Fwd: An American Who Tells the Truth


Judy posted the following notice from filmmaker Richard Kane, but the HCCN list mechanism blocked it as being too large. To enable the list to see it, I’ve shrunk the images by 50%. They’re still visible, though not perhaps quite as in-your-face grand as in the original. I know Richard Kane, and he did a wonderful job with his film on Islesford’s Ashley Bryan, “I Know A Man” (ashleybryanfilms.org/). Now he’s set his sights on Robert Shetterly. Should be another great film.
The credits for five photos refer to pictures 2-6 below. The first one headlined the original message.
Dick
————————————————————————— MAINE MASTERS LAUNCHES NEW FILM
ROBERT SHETTERLY: AN AMERICAN WHO TELLS THE TRUTH
Robert Shetterly: An American Who Tells the Truth is a documentary film-in-progress by Richard Kane about this political artist and activist who has created a portrait series called Americans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship. Scratched into each of his 238+ paintings is a quote epitomizing the subjects’ beliefs. All focus on how to build a truly democratic society and what we need to do now to survive in harmony with Nature.
The film is about a man driven to re-invent our country so that its founding ideals — equality, justice, liberty, and the common good — are the principles we live by. His ground-breaking project introduces us to those who act with moral courage for the sake of humanity, our communities, our Earth.
Political and civil rights activist Bill Ayers, one of the portrait subjects, called Shetterly “the cartographer of a nation that does not yet exist” based on honesty and the courage to tell the truth. See the film’s trailer: https://vimeo.com/220552230
Shetterly and filmmaker Richard Kane, director of the Union of Maine Visual Artists’ Maine Masters Project recently returned from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship where all 238 portraits were exhibited for the first time (see attached images). Kane received funding to travel with Shetterly and document several of the events, short clips of which can be seen on this website: www.kanelewis.com
The film will bring new and wider attention to the importance of speaking truth to power, to have the courage to build a society where all people are respected, where hatred is rejected, where embracing diversity is the source of our strength. If funding can be obtained, the film is slated to be released March 2020 and distributed widely throughout the US.
The campaign seeks $50,000. for production funding. See more details about the film at www.kanelewis.com
See more about Robert Shetterly’s project at www.americanswhotellthetruth.org
See images attached
For more information Contact:
Richard Kane kanelewisproductions@gmail.com 207-359-2320
Richard Kane, Director ROBERT SHETTERLY: An American Who Tells the Truth Trailer: https://vimeo.com/220552230 www.kanelewis.com Union of Maine Visual Artists and Kane-Lewis Productions 189 Rope Ferry Road, Sedgwick, ME 04676 207-359-2320 office 207-632-4534 cell kanelewisproductions@gmail.com
Photo Credits Required: 1. Opening, by Steve Sartori for Syracuse University, 2018 2. AWTT Sign, by Steve Sartori for Syracuse University, 2018 3. Group at Opening, by Steve Sartori for Syracuse University, 2018 4. Robert Shetterly, by Steve Sartori for Syracuse University, 2018 5. Terry Tempest Williams, by Richard Kane, 2018
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Fwd: A Very Urgent Message


For those who are not already familiar with the sage Caitlin Johnstone, please receive her poem.

Ways to continue reading her work follow below. — JR

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From: Caitlin Johnstone <donotreply@wordpress.com>
Subject: [New post] A Very Urgent Message
Date: February 12, 2019 at 7:20:52 PM EST




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Feb 23 Venezuela solidarity protest in Brunswick at 11:00 am


In support of an international day of protest against the attempted coup in Venezuela, a rally in Brunswick on Saturday Febr. 23.

Endorsed by Peninsula Peace & Justice and others. #HandsOffVenezuela 


 



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A (suppressed) letter to Americans from Venezuelan PresidentMaduro


Like probably most of you on this list, I’ve been watching with deep sadness the latest round of hypocritical regime change efforts funded and cynically facilitated by the U.S. government. Declaring to be President a political nobody who never even ran for president and simply announced himself as President, in place of a constitutionally-elected actual President, is about as anti-democratic as you can get, particularly galling when it is termed “support for democracy.” So is claiming we are trying to rescue the people of Venezuela — from a terrible situation of which we are the primary authors.
The following letter from that constitutionally-elected President is an appeal to our democratic instincts. I hope you will pass it on, since the Western media has apparently seen fit to suppress it.
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An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro February 10, 2019 www.globalresearch.ca/an-open-letter-to-the-people-of-theunited-states-from-president-nicolas-maduro/5668092
[A Note to Global Research Readers — “Disinformation by Omission”: Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro’s Open Letter to the People of the United States.]
——————————————————————————– If I know anything, it is about people, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality.
I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander*Hugo Chávez*since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.
We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it’s not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.
Maduro to Americans: You Are Bigger than Trump, Don’t Let Him Start A ‘Vietnam’ War Against Venezuela <www.globalresearch.ca/maduro-to-americans-you-are-bigger-than-trump-dont-let-him-start-a-vietnam-war-against-venezuela/5667189>
Venezuela is a country that, by virtue of its 1999 Constitution, has broadly expanded the participatory and protagonist democracy of the people, and that is unprecedented today, as one of the countries with the largest number of electoral processes in its last 20 years. You might not like our ideology, or our appearance, but we exist and we are millions.
I address these words to the people of the United States of America to warn of the gravity and danger that intend some sectors in the White House to invade Venezuela with unpredictable consequences for my country and for the entire American region. President Donald Trump also intends to disturb noble dialogue initiatives promoted by Uruguay and Mexico with the support of CARICOM for a peaceful solution and dialogue in favour of Venezuela. We know that for the good of Venezuela we have to sit down and talk, because to refuse to dialogue is to choose strength as a way. Keep in mind the words of John F. Kennedy: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate”.
Are those who do not want to dialogue afraid of the truth?
The political intolerance towards the Venezuelan Bolivarian model and the desires for our immense oil resources, minerals and other great riches, has prompted an international coalition headed by the US government to commit the serious insanity of militarily attacking Venezuela under the false excuse of a non-existent humanitarian crisis.
The people of Venezuela have suffered painfully social wounds caused by a criminal commercial and financial blockade, which has been aggravated by the dispossession and robbery of our financial resources and assets in countries aligned with this demented onslaught.
And yet, thanks to a new system of social protection, of direct attention to the most vulnerable sectors, we proudly continue to be a country with a high human development index and low inequality in the Americas.
The American people must know that this complex multiform aggression is carried out with total impunity and in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which expressly outlaws the threat or use of force, among other principles and purposes for the sake of peace and the friendly relations between Nations.
We want to continue being business partners of the people of the United States, as we have been throughout our history. Their politicians in Washington, on the other hand, are willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war, instead of respecting the sacred right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and safeguarding their sovereignty.
Like you, people of the United States, we Venezuelans are patriots. And we shall defend our homeland with all the pieces of our soul.
Today Venezuela is united in a single clamor: we demand the cessation of the aggression that seeks to suffocate our economy and socially suffocate our people, as well as the cessation of the serious and dangerous threats of military intervention against Venezuela.
We appeal to the good soul of American society, victim of its own leaders, to join our call for peace, let us be all one people against warmongering and war.
Long live the peoples of America!
Nicolás Maduro President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela * Note to readers: please click the share buttons below. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. The original source of this article is Bolivarian Government of Venezuela Copyright ©Nicolas Maduro <www.globalresearch.ca/author/nicolas-maduro>, Bolivarian Government of Venezuela, 2019
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Free Press and Functioning Democracy on WERU


The next show from the League of Women Voters Downeast on Friday, February 15, and it’s going to be a good one!

Judy Woodruff of the PBS Newshour will be one of the interviewees.  If you miss it live, it will also be archived at WERU.

“The Free Press and a Functioning Democracy”


Friday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. 
LWVME Radio 2Democracy Forum on WERU Community Radio 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM. 

We’ll talk about democracy, journalism, the state of play in American news. Can fact-based journalism survive? Can democracy survive otherwise? We’ll take listener questions by email at info@weru.org with “Democracy Forum” in the subject line. This program is being produced with support from the Maine Humanities Council. 

Special Guests:

  • Earl Brechlin was the founding editor of the award-winning weekly newspaper, the Mount Desert Islander, and former editor of the Bar Harbor Times.
  • Burt Neuborne is the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties and founding Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School.

  • Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour.

Read more about this show at www.lwvme.org.
 

Martha Dickinson
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Fwd: Democracy Forum: Next Friday!


Can you please  submit this to your e-mail list?  Thanks, Starr

Sent from my iPad
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From: Starr Gilmartin <starrcgil@gmail.com>
Date: February 8, 2019 at 14:11:36 EST
To: Starr Gilmartin <starrcgil@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Democracy Forum: Next Friday!

Please join me in listening to this timely issue.    I will be listening online at www.weru.org or you can listen at 89.9.  
Starr

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Democracy Forum: Next Friday!

LWV_Logo Color 2Dear Starr,

Our next show is on Friday, February 15, and it’s going to be a good one!

“The Free Press and a Functioning Democracy”

Friday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. 
LWVME Radio 2Democracy Forum on WERU Community Radio 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM. 

We’ll talk about democracy, journalism, the state of play in American news. Can fact-based journalism survive? Can democracy survive otherwise? We’ll take listener questions by email at info@weru.org with “Democracy Forum” in the subject line. This program is being produced with support from the Maine Humanities Council.

Special Guests:

  • Earl Brechlin was the founding editor of the award-winning weekly newspaper, the Mount Desert Islander, and former editor of the Bar Harbor Times.
  • Burt Neuborne is the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties and founding Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School.

  • Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour.

Read more about this show at www.lwvme.org.
 


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Fwd: “Raising Voices for Yemen” Defendants to Appear in New York City Criminal Court on February 25



From: Voices for Creative Nonviolence <info@vcnv.org>


“Raising Voices for Yemen” Defendants to Appear in New York City Criminal Court on February 25

On January 2nd, 2019, eleven people from New York, New Jersey, Maine, Illinois and Iowa protested the the Saudi-led, U.S.-supported bombardment and siege of Yemen by nonviolently blocking the doors of the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations at 799 United Nations Plaza in New York. Far outnumbered by officers of the New York City Police, the protestors were arrested and later released pending court appearances.

The protest was a part of “Fast for Yemen,” two weeks when participants fasted from solid food in solidarity with the people of Yemen suffering from the world’s worst famine in over a century and took part in daily protests and marches in New York City and in Washington, DC. Along with the US Mission, the fasters and their friends brought their protest to some of the other parties to war crimes in Yemen, to the missions or consulates of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, France and to the offices of Lockheed Martin.

The eleven defendants, Kathy Kelly, Joan Pleune, Alice Sutter, Manijeh Saba, Trudy Silver, Jules Orkin, Brian Terrell, Bud Courtney and Al Pereira, will appear in Criminal Court of the City of New York, 100 Center St., at 9:30 AM on Monday, February 25, to answer to charges of disorderly conduct. Carolyn Coe and Ed Kinane will be represented by an attorney. The public is encouraged to attend this hearing to show solidarity with the defendants and with the people of Yemen.



After Court:
4 to 7 PM: The defendants and their friends invite the public to an event, The Fierce Urgency of Now: YEMEN! at the 5C Cafe and Cultural Center at 68 Avenue C, on the corner of E. 5th Street. This will be an afternoon to raise awareness and also raise funds for legal and other expenses. $10 donation is requested. Among the performers for the afternoon will be Rose Tang, Vinie Burrows, Flames of Discontent, Trudy Silver’s Where’s the Outrage, Bud Courtney and Anthony Donovan, Raymond Nat Turner and Ras Moshe. For information call 212-477-5993.

Other Events in New York February 22 to 26:

Friday, February 22, at 11 AM- 1 PM: gather at the “Isaiah Wall,” Ralph Bunche Park, 1st Avenue and E 42nd Street, across from the United Nations. At 11:30, process to 42nd and Lexington, offices of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin is one of many arms manufacturers that are profiting from the war in Yemen- On August 8, 1918, A Saudi Air Force jet dropped a 500 pound bomb made by Lockheed Martin was dropped on a school bus, killing more than 40 children and their teachers.

Saturday, February 23:
11 AM- 12:30 PM: join the weekly Vigil for Yemen, held each Saturday at Union Square on E 14th Street

Tuesday, February 26:
11 AM: at 11 AM- 1 PM: gather at the “Isaiah Wall,” Ralph Bunche Park, 1st Avenue and E 42nd Street, across from the United Nations. At 11:30, process to US Mission and Saudi Consulate, 866 2nd Avenue, to demand that the United States and Saudi Arabia immediately and permanently end all military and economic assault on Yemen.

7:PM: Rise and Resist meeting at People’s Forum, 320 W 37th Street. Rise and Resist is a direct action group committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties. Kathy Kelly and Brian Terrell of Voices for Creative Nonviolence will lead a discussion about resisting the war in Yemen.
Contact Brian Terrell, 773-853-1886, Kathy Kelly, 773-619-2418 or Jules Orkin, 201-566-8403

https://therealnews.com/stories/activists-on-hunger-strike-demanding-an-end-to-us-saudi-war-on-yemen
 
Photos from January 2 at the US Mission by Sophia Ko
 
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Plastic Bag Ban to Ellsworth City Council Feb 11




City Ordinance on Single Use Plastic Bags

The Ellsworth Green Action Team (EGAT), a subcommittee of the Ellsworth Green Plan, has drafted an ordinance for the City of Ellsworth that would ban single use carry-out plastic bags given at the point of purchase. EGAT will present that ordinance for consideration at the next regular public meeting of the City Council on February 11 at 7 pm.  At least nineteen communities in Maine have already passed ordinances that limit or ban the use of single use carry-out plastic bags. Will Ellsworth soon join them?  

 

EGAT urges people to reuse products such as shopping bags in order to reduce throw-away plastics, which are not biodegradable and will remain in our environment long into the future. Although petroleum based plastic products get broken up into smaller pieces, they are not biodegradable and will remain a problem for hundreds or thousands of years.  Plastic pollution is all around us, and the deadly harm done to marine life is especially evident. Even whales are found dead, their stomachs filled with plastic debris.  The Shaw Institute in Blue Hill has shown that tiny bits of plastic called micro-plastics are widespread in our nearby waters and in seafood, especially mussels, clams, and oysters. Microplastics have been found in our drinking water and table salt.  Some good sources of information about plastics pollution are:  The Shaw Institute in Blue Hill studies of Microplastics in the Gulf of Maine;  National Geographic Magazine named their June 2018 issue Planet or Plastic?;  The World Economic Forum report on The New Plastics Economy.


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Peninsula Peace & Justice Notes


Meeting notes February 6, Blue Hill Library.

Connie, Peter, Bonnie, Judy

We have agreed to go forward with plans to schedule the film “In the Executioners Shadow”, hopefully with filmmakers present in August.

We had a discussion of US interventionism …
“Since 1945, the United States has overthrown fifty governments, including democracies, and crushed some 30 liberation movements, and supported tyrannies and set up torture chambers from Egypt to Guatemala. Countless men, women and children have been bombed to death” ~ an excerpt of what Bonnie read from John Pilger’s film War on Democracy, 2010

We also talked about how our choice of media sources determines what we see to be the truth, and how mainstream media fails us. For example in discussions of the AOC tax proposal, Medicare for All, the unconstitutionality of anti-BDS legislation, and the coup in Venezuela.

The following films are in consideration for our upcoming film nights: “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?”; “Daughters of the Dust”; “The Wanted 18”. We hope to show the first of these later in February. Peter mentioned that Jewish Voice for Peace has a film library from which we may be able to acquire some videos in the future.

PPJ would like to support a local effort to educate about the desirability of General Dynamics BIW plant converting to sustainable non-military production. An info brochure is being planned and we will do some fundraising to support that. This is in advance of a proposed “christening” at BIW of a new Zumwalt stealth destroyer in the spring.

notes by Judy R.


Peninsula Peace & Justice
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Fwd: Attacked by Fox News


This email is really an appeal by Ethan Strimling to benefit his campaign for mayor of Portland. (And I’m not even sure it may not go into his pocket, given the wording. Above the donation numbers, it says “Your contribution will benefit Ethan Strimling.”) I don’t think this is an appropriate email to go out to your lists. Please be careful in what gets sent out as an issue of concern when it is really a campaign appeal. 


Larry Dansinger
(207) 262-3706 or larryd@myfairpoint.net




On Jan 31, 2019, at 9:13 PM, Judy_Robbins <Judy@RobbinsAndRobbins.com> wrote:




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From: Ethan Strimling <info@email.actionnetwork.org>
Subject: Attacked by Fox News
Date: January 31, 2019 at 8:27:35 PM EST


Hi Judy,

Fox News has declared war on Portland and our immigrant community.

Last night, Laura Ingraham of Fox News ran a race-baiting hit piece, falsely claiming that our city is “overrun by asylum-seekers” and demanding that we kick African immigrants out of our emergency homeless shelters.1

I refuse to back down to Fox News and or turn my back on our immigrant neighbors. Will you stand with me by making a donation today?

The right-wing media attacks on Portland began in the Wall Street Journal.2 Then Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze and Stuart Varney of Fox News joined the smear campaign.3,4

But last night, Laura Ingraham took things to a whole new level. She painted a picture of a city falling to pieces because of an invasion of Africans. She demanded that we close the doors of our emergency homeless shelters to immigrants–even as temperatures fall near zero in the dead of Maine’s winter.

Laura Ingraham clearly knows nothing about Portland. 

We are a vibrant community that regularly makes top 10 lists for the best places to live in America. We are the economic engine of the state with an unemployment rate near 2%. Immigrants are key drivers of that growth and enrich our life and culture.

She finished the piece by saying she “doesn’t get” why asylum-seekers from Somalia, Sudan, or the Congo would come to Portland.

I’ll tell you why, Ms. Ingraham: They come here to flee horrific violence and persecution. They work, pay taxes, and start businesses. They are teachers, soccer coaches, artists, musicians, and police officers. They come to build a life and contribute to our community.

I will never turn my back on my immigrant neighbors no matter what Fox News says. Will you stand with my by making a donation today?

Yes, I’ll make a donation.

In unity,

Ethan Strimling
Mayor of Portland, ME

Authorized by the candidate.

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