Here are some calendar items for December (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.
November 27: “Public School,” part of monthly series on “Deconstructing Poverty,” 11:30 AM-1 PM, U-U Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Jennifer Hill, 722-3383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 30: “Evening for the Environment” w/panel of legislators discussing environmental issues, 5-7:30 PM, USM, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Maine Conservation Voters, 620-8811 or www.maineconservation.org
December 1: World AIDS Day observed, including reception and vigil, 5-7 PM, Victoria Mansion, Danforth St., Portland. Frannie Peabody Center, 774-6877 x8013 or email@example.com
December 2: Dinner honoring Kit St. John w/speaker Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5:30-7:30 PM, Gulf of Maine Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland.Judy Ward, Maine Center for Economic Policy, 622-7381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2: “Budrus” film shown (Palestinian nonviolent struggle for freedom on the West Bank), 7 PM, Public Library, Blue Hill. Call Peninsula Peace and Justice, 326-4405.
December 9: ESTIA Eco-Peace conference, “Culitvating Permanent Culture in Maine,” 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Dee Clark, email@example.com
or 338-8000 to register.
December 10: International Human Rights Day. Check for local activities or contact Amnesty International, 832-6863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 11: “My Name Is Khan” film shown (Bollywood film about Muslims and 9/11), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or email@example.com
December 18: “Social Class Prejudice,” part of monthly series on “Deconstructing Poverty,” 11:30 AM-1 PM, U-U Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Jennifer Hill, 722-3383 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Farmer Brown. That’s the simple version of a struggle by Dan Brown of Blue Hill and his supporters, including Food for Maine’s Future, to allow him to sell his farm-produced products without certain state licenses. In April, Blue Hill passed an ordinance allowing small farmers to sell products at the farm and nearby without requiring state licenses. Brown supporters point out that there are state regulations that permit such sales but are contradicted by other regulations. “We Are All Farmer Brown” is asking supporters to contact Walter Whitcomb, commissioner of agriculture, at 287-3419, email@example.com
or Paul LePage at firstname.lastname@example.org
. FMI, contact Bob St. Peter, email@example.com
“Some Facts about LGBT Students in Maine Schools” is a one-page handout about how homophobia affects those students and the rest of the students in Maine schools. Did you know there’s a law mandating “equal rights in eduction for LGBT students?” Or that LGBT students are six times more likely to skip school because of safety concerns? Or that an estimated 30,000-40,000 students are impacted by anti-gay acts? For a copy: Downeast GLSEN, downeastGLSEN@roadrunner.com
The restoration of the Abyssinian Meeting House, Portland’s long standing house of worship for African-Americans, is making progress, with a recent $25K grant. They hope to raise a matching $25,000 by the end of December. Funds will be used for a finished, dry basement in which to hold events. The church is also a major stop in a historical tour of Maine’s African-American community. Send donations to: Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House, PO Box 11064, Portland 04104 or call 829-4995 or firstname.lastname@example.org