Calendar of Events for April

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 April (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.

Larry Dansinger 

(207) 525-7776 or

March 28-30: Winter Gathering 2014 for all those HIV+ and partners, Bangor area. FMI: Kent, 400-7518.

March 29:  “Race and Racism in Intimate and Professional Relationships” discussion, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, McArthur Library, Biddeford. Lindiwe, 391-0062.

March 29: Rural Living Day w/info on permaculture, food systems, gardening, forestry, more, 8:30 AM-3 PM, Mount View HS, 577 Route 220, Thorndike. Call 1-800-287-1426. 

March 29 (+ April 5): Lenten vigils for disarmament and ending production of battleships at Bath Iron Works, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, Washington St., Bath. Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062. 

March 30: Seed Swap and Scion Exchange (get new fruits and veggies), 10 AM-4 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 568-4142 or

April 5: “Celebration of Immigration: Stories of Struggles and Successes” w/panelists from several ethnic groups, 2 PM, Lewiston Armory, 65 Central Ave., Lewiston. Lewiston Youth Advisory Council, call 513-3000 x3205.

April 6: “Positive Impact/Sustainable Living” talk w/Anneli Sunqvist and Dennis Carter, 4 PM, Reversing Falls sanctuary, Brooksville. Email Gary Vencill, or 326-8564. 

April 5-6: “Go Granny D” w/Barbara Bates-Smith dramatic presentation of life and ideas of political reformer, 4 PM, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland (5th) and 7 PM, Bay School, Blue Hill (6th). Alliance for Democracy, 374-3636.

April 11: Asia Pivot Teach-in on military and foreign policy changes w/speakers from Asia and US, 2:30 PM, Bangor Room, Memorial Union, U/Maine, Orono.  Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or or

April 12: Protest at “christening” of stealth destroyer ship to call for nonmilitary production, 10 AM-noon, Bath Iron Works, Washington Street, Bath. Followed by Panel on US Pivot to Asia/Pacific, 6 PM (potluck) and 7 PM (panel), Unitarian-Universalist Church, Brunswick. Email for more info. 

April 11-13: 7th annual Rainbow Ball weekend for LGBTQ youth and allies, U/Maine, Machias. Lois-Anne Kuntz,

April 12-13: Nonviolent Communication Level 2 Training to benefit MOFGA-El Salvador Sister City program, 9:30 AM-4 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or

April 13: “Bidder 70” film shown (stopping corporate destruction of public land), 6 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Bangor.  Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or or

April 15: Tax Day leafletting about US government spending priorities on and before April 15 in various locations in Maine. Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center, 525-7776 or

April 16: Maine Fair Trade Campaign annual meeting, 6 PM, Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall, 21 Gabriel Drive, Augusta. Contact:

April 19-21: Annual Youth Activism Gathering, Friends Camp, South China. Email or for registration, schedule (up soon) and other details.

April 23-24: Richard Wolff speaks on “Capitalism Hits the Fan, So Now What” 7 PM, Masterton Hall, USM, Portland (23rd), and Harriet Fraad speaks on “The Great Recession’s Hurricane Swath Through Intimate Life” at noon, Glickman Library, USM, (24th). Michael Hillard,

April 26: NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) annual conference on “Many Views: One Community,” 8 AM-4:30 PM, Point Lookout Resort, Northport. NAMI Maine, 622-5767 or

April 26: 20th annual HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival w/organizational fair, speakers, entertainment, 11 AM-4 PM, Student Recreation and Fitness Center, U/Maine, Orono. Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 942-9343 or or

April 26: Empty Bowl Supper to benefit El Salvador Sister City Committee, 6 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Contact MOFGA, 568-4142 or

April 28: Workers Memorial Day, program TBA. Maine Labor Group on Health, 622-7823 or

May 1: MayDay (International Workers Day) events throughout the world. Check for local activities.

May 1-2: “Grow It! The New Food Economy” Slow Money Maine conference to promote funding of food businesses in Maine, 5-7 PM (1st, Rosemont Market, Commercial Street) and 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Hannaford Hall, USM, Portland (2nd). Slow Money Maine,

May 3: 30th anniversary of founding of the Green Party in Maine (dinner, music, speeches), 4 PM, Senator Inn, Augusta. Betsy Garrold, 568-3302 or Jacqui Deveneau,


Support the Maine Family Planning Association by giving to their Pledge-a-Picketer campaign. FPA has opponents picketing their offices in Augusta until April 13, so they want to turn lemons into lemonade by raising money based on how many people picket the office. It also enables FPA to show those who visit their offices that FPA can’t be intimidated by opposition. Funds will go for various aspects of reproductive health care, sexual health education, and health care for women and their partners. To pledge, FPA, PO Box 587, Augusta, ME 04332 or 622-7524.
We the People Maine continues to collect signatures in its petition to qualify as a Citizen Initiative to request a constitutional amendment declaring that money is not speech and corporations are not people. It’s a several step process, beginning with enough signatures to declare a Citizen Initiative. The legislature can support the initiative, but, if not, it goes on the ballot as a referendum vote in a coming election. To collect signatures in your area or to clarify the process, contact We the People Maine,
WMPG community radio, (90.9 and 104.1 FM), broadcasting in the Portland area, has a new series called Safe Space Radio, which focuses on LGBTQ teens and students. Beginning in February, the program has run each Monday at 1 PM for half an hour. It has generally been interviews with young people dealing with their own sexual identity, homophobia directed against them, and how they have responded to that. Some have organized or worked with GLBTQ groups or Gay-Straight Alliance groups in their school. The program can be heard at its scheduled time, live streamed, or heard on the station’s archive. FMI:

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