5/29 panel "Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?"

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Four panelists from across Maine will discuss Corporations and Communities at Odds

Belfast, Maine – Four Mainers opposing harmful corporate practices in their communities will discuss their work as part of a panel discussion,”Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?” on Wednesday, May 29, from 6-8pm at the Belfast Free Library. This event is free; all are welcome.

Nickie Sekera of Community Water Justice; Matt Wagner of No to NECEC opposing the CMP NECEC Corridor; Ellie Daniels of Local Citizens for SMART Growth (LCSG); and John Banks, Natural Resources Director for the Penobscot Nation, will address the all-too-common tensions between corporate interests in extracting profits from community and environmental resources and a community’s desire to protect and preserve their identity and assets.

As people everywhere are grappling with the threats of catastrophic climate disruption, and the challenges of dwindling resources and economic pressures at state and local levels, the competitive push for economic development frequently gives greater rights to industry while stifling citizen voices, disregarding threats to the environment, and diminishing democratic rights and processes within communities.

This timely panel discussion will be facilitated by Dawn Neptune Adams of the Penobscot Nation, a water potector, activist, racial and social justice consultant, and journalist.

The evening is co-sponsored by Local Citizens for SMART Growth and the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County.

LCSG works to support local regenerative and sustainable food systems. The organization opposes large industrial-scale aquaculture and agriculture, while supporting the restoration of healthy bio-diverse fisheries in Penobscot Bay and striving to include citizen voice at the local level in land-use and economic planning decisions.

The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County works for peace and justice in our community, our nation, and our world. It presents monthly films and forums focusing on social, political, and racial justice, gender equality, climate change, and peace.

For more information, please contact Jason Rawn at rawnjason@gmail.com


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