Here are some calendar items for November (plus a few earlier and/or later). FEEL FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE AND NOT USE EVERY ITEM.
October 29: Physicians for Social Responsibility annual meeting w/speaker Edgar Allen Beem, 5:30 PM, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport. Call 869-1014.
October 30: “Poverty Free Maine” convention to promote economic human rights and ratify a bill of economic human rights, plus panel, workshops, 8:30 AM-4 PM, Jewett Hall, UM/Augusta. Maine PPEHRC, 453-2353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2-11: Maine Walk for Peace, Human Needs, and Veterans Care from Farmington to Portland via various towns/cities in Maine. Veterans for Peace, 865-0655 or 443-9502 or, for a complete schedule of towns along the walk: http://vfpmaine.org/vfp.htm.
November 4: “Cuban History through the Lens of Music” presentation by Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, 7 PM, Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick. Tina Phillips, Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Assn., email@example.com or www.brunswicktrinidad.org.
November 5-7: Building an Organized War (Tax) Resistance Movement,” annual gathering of war tax resisters and supporters in New England, Boston/Cambridge MA. For carpooling from Maine and more info: Larry Dansinger, Maine WTR Resource Center, 525-7776 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nwtrcc.org/Boston_Nov2010.php.
November 11: Draw-a-thon combining art and peace on Veterans Day to “Bring Our War Dollars Home,” 10 AM-4 PM, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Natasha Mayers, 549-7516 or email@example.com.
November 17: “Maquilopolis” film shown (low wage work in less developed countries), 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Jane Sanford, 338-3854.
November 20: Maine Pesticide Summit, Brunswick (time and location TBA). Laura Stevens, Toxics Action Center, 871-1810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 20: PICA (Power in Community Alliances) annual auction to benefit El Salvador sister city and PICA programs, 3-6 PM, Brick Church, Union St., Bangor. PICA, 947-4203 or email@example.com or www.pica.ws.
November 21: “The End of Poverty?” (wealthy countries actions as cause of global poverty), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 170 Park St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.peacectr.org.
November 28: Sustainability Film Festival w/”Dirt: The Movie,” “For the Next Seven Generations,” and more, 1 PM on, Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln St., Rockland. Phil Whitehawk, 993-2327 or email@example.com.
“She Decides” is an agenda promoted by women’s groups in Maine to harness the power of women’s votes for change. The issues on the agenda include raising the minimum wage, getting paid sick days, equity in pay, and family leave insurance. They are looking for candidates who support these issues and are urging women and men to vote for candidates who support them. For more on this campaign: Maine Women’s Lobby, 622-0851 or www.mainewomen.org.
Looking for a pen pal? How about Frank Donnelly, an Ellsworth area war tax resister who is serving time in prison for tax fraud. (This case is unique; war tax resisters rarely are jailed.) Frank would love to hear from anyone who believes in peace and is active in the peace and justice community in Maine. Write: FCI-Estill-Satellite Camp, Frank Donnelly 01787-036 Unit E, PO Box 699, Estill, SC 29918.
Calling all Landless Farmers: The Maine Landless Farmers Association is trying to open up opportunities for young farmers to have access to land they need. High land prices and gentrification make owning land difficult for those without many assets. The association is trying to organize farmers to make their needs known, identify possible land available and abandoned farmlands, arrange work trade options, and matching new farmers with older farmers or other farming opportunities. If you are such a (potential) farmer or know others who are having difficulty getting on the land, contact: MLFA, 446-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.