Newsletter editors and emailers (I hope you will send this to others in your group or area if you don’t already),
Here are some calendar items for August (plus a few earlier and/or later). FEEL FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE AND NOT USE EVERY ITEM. If you know of things that should be publicized, please send them to me by the 15th of the month preceding the month when the event occurs. I don’t have time to search for things, so your assistance is really a big help in getting notice of more upcoming events.
July 26: “War on Whistleblowers” film about recent releasers of information and government response to them shown, 7 PM, Library, Blue Hill. Peninsula Peace and Justice, Judy or Peter, 326-4405.
July 26-28: Low Impact Forestry workshop on draft animals, Bethel. MOFGA, 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 27: Organic Orcharding Workshop, Thorndike. MOFGA, 568-4142 or email@example.com.
July 27: International Day to Support Bradley Manning (whistleblower who released info thru WikiLeaks), events TBA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 29: “Early Writings of Scott Nearing on the Modern Homestead” w/Jennifer Adams, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. GLC, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org.
July 30: “Who Were Helen and Scott Nearing?” w.Greg Joly, 7 PM, Camden Library, Camden. Good Life Center, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org.
July 29-August 2: “Sustainable Communication: Theory and Practice” class w/Peggy Smith, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Peggy Smith, 789-5299.
July 30-August 6: Annual Burdock Gathering in new location in Pittston w/skillshares, workshops, music, food, barter fair on August 3, cabaret. Burdock, email@example.com or google.com/site/burdockgatheringmaine.
August 3: Annual Peace Fair on the Green, all day, downtown Brunswick. Christine DeTroy, 729-0023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 5: Maine Climate Summer Riders bicyclers in Damariscotta. FMI, email MaineTeam@betterfutureproject.org.
August 6: Hiroshima commemoration with symbolic “die-in,” noon, Peirce Park (next to Library), Harlow St., Bangor. Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or email@example.com.
August 6-7: Maine Climate Summer Riders bicyclers in Freeport. FMI, email MaineTeam@betterfutureproject.org.
August 7-8: Annual Maine AFL-CIO and Bureau of Labor Education Summer Institute, all day, U/Maine, Orono. Maine AFL-CIO, 622-9675 or www.maineaflcio.org.
August 8-11: Maine Climate Summer Riders bicyclers in York. FMI email MaineTeam@betterfutureproject.org.
August 12: Monday Night summer program at the Good Life Center with “The Notebooks of Richard Gregg: Nonviolence and Simple Living” w/John Saltmarsh, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. GLC, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org.
August 15: Evening with Florence Williams, author of “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, time TBA, Strand Theater, Main St., Rockland. Maine Women’s Policy Center, 622-0851 x25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 16-18: Green Love Festival to support marijuana liberation with social action tables, Harry Brown’s Farm, Bijah Hill, Starks. FMI: www.HarrysHill.net.
August 18: Monday Night summer program at the Good Life Center with “Awanadjo Almanac” w/Rob McCall, 3 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. GLC, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org.
August 30: “Long Distance Revolutionary” film about Mumia Abu Jamal shown, 7 PM, Library, Blue Hill. Peninsula Peace and Justice, Judy or Peter, 326-4405.
Your town could be next. Otisfield became the latest (July 1) town to say “no” to tar sands oil that could run thru the pipeline that is under parts of the town. The town passed a resolution “overwhelmingly” to say to the Portland-Montreal Pipeline that they did not want the line to carry any tar sands oil. The line runs from Montreal to South Portland, including under the town and close to Sebago Lake, which includes the water supplies for a number of towns in southern Maine. The resolution included statements about changes in the product currently running thru the line and the direction of the flow and called on various legislative bodies and officials to protect the health and safety of the people of Otisfield and the public at large. For a copy of the resolution: Todd Martin, Natural Resources Council, email@example.com
The Backbone Zone and Backbone Project urges young people to stop using sexist and homophobic words in their schools and among their peers and the public. Unfortunately, sexist and homophobic language can transition into sexual violence, which is what the Maine Coalition against Sexual Assault (MeCASA) opposes. The campaign asks young people to speak out, to call people out, to challenge the words, to demand respect, and to demonstrate that they have a backbone. Talking and doing are the best ways to stop verbal assaults that sometimes lead to physical ones. For more about the campaign: MeCASA, 626-0034 or www.backbonezone.com
Boycott Irving. JD Irving is the company that was to receive the ill-fated Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic railroad shipment of petroleum that destroyed part of the town of Lac Megantic, Quebec. Some Maine activists opposed to over-dependence on fossil fuels and their effects on the climate are suggesting this as a way to point up this problem. Of course, there are other oil companies that also have been accused or convicted of climate catastrophe, terrible pollution, and other destruction, so boycotting one company may not make a big dent in the problem, if the use isn’t reduced. For more about this possible boycott, contact firstname.lastname@example.org