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 November (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.
October 25: ESTIA annual EcoPeace Conference, “Reclaiming the Water Commons,” 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Hutchinson Center, U/Maine, Belfast. Diana McSorley, 338-8000 for details and registration.
October 25-27: Various workshops by Paul Chappell on peace, conflict resolution, leadership development, action strategies, Hutchinson Center, U/Maine, Belfast. Tammy Scully, email@example.com.
October 25-27: “From Conflict to Connection: The Fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication” workshop w/Peggy Smith, South Portland. Call Peggy, 789-5299.
October 27: Great Maine Apple Day, noon-4 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. MOFGA, 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 31:Barney Frank, former US representative, speaks on “Politics Then and Now,” 4 PM, Abromson Hall, USM, Portland. Susan Morrow, 228-8181 or email@example.com.
November 2-4: Farmer to Farmer Conference to connect and educate farmers in Maine, Point Lookout, Northport. MOFGA, 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 7: Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence 14th annual Fitzgerald Award Dinner, 6-8 PM, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. MCAHV, 780-0501 or email@example.com.
November 14: Eighth annual Maine Advocacy Conference on issues of interest to low-income people and their supporters, 8 AM-4 PM, Civic Center, Augusta. Maine Equal Justice, 626-7058 x205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 14: Slow Money Maine daylong gathering to connect lenders with local food producers, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Contact email@example.com.
November 14-17: Low Impact Forestry Workshops (sustainably forestry, logging w/animals or small machinery), Common Ground Education Center, Unity.
MOFGA, 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 15: “The Trial of Anne Hutchinson” play reading (about 17th century feminist), 4 PM, Reversing Fall Sanctuary, Brooksville. Call 326-8564 or email@example.com.
November 16: PICA (Power in Community Alliances) annul auction to benefit El Salvador sister city and PICA, 3-6 PM, Brick Church, 126 Union Street, Bangor. PICA, 947-4203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 20: “The Cost of Tarsands–The Face of Fracking” film shown, 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Bob Shaw, Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, 338-4450.
November 21: “Evolving Away from Capitalism: Market Dependence, Participation, and the Sharing Economy” talks by economist Juliet Schor, 4 PM and 7:30 PM, Univ. of Maine, Orono. Doug Allen, 581-3861.
November 24: “Soldiers of Peace” film shown (demonstrating that war is not natural or inevitable), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., #100, Bangor. Call 942-9343 or email@example.com or www.peacectr.org.
November 30 + December 7, 14, 21: Advent vigil at entrance to Bath Iron Works in support of ending construction of weapons of mass destruction at the facility, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM each Saturday, Washington Street, Bath. Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062.
Wondering how (your) legislators did in the first half of the 126th session? If you’re interested how women fared, you can see the Maine Women’s Lobby legislative report. MWL looked at bills addressing voting rights, economic security, and especially health care, with emphasis on access to coverage and care and the right to control of their bodies. Some bills were a success for MWL, some not, and some bills were carried over to the upcoming session. Maine Conservation Voters also published its “report card,” focusing on renewable energy, climate disruption, wildlife protection, mining, and healthy home environments. For a copy of MWL’s report, call 622-0851 or www.mainewomen.org
. For the conservation card: Call 620-8811 or www.maineconservation.org
Have a day free on November 5, Election Day? You could set some of it aside to collect signatures for the Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting Campaign. MFBHC is trying to ban the use of “baiting, trapping, and hounding” in the process of bear hunting. Supporters argue that the only reason bears come in contact with human habitat is that people leave out food that is easy for them to get and that we’ve destroyed so much of their habitat that they have no “get away” from “nuisance humans.” For more about the campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Direct Care Alliance, advocating on behalf of direct care workers (CNAs or anyone who provides personal assistance to another) is a national group with a Maine branch. The Maine chapter has started Maine Voices Institute to help direct care workers to advocate for better jobs, pay, respect, and conditions. It will also offer a place for direct care workers can meet and get to know each other. The Maine Voices Institute will be a gathering in 2014 where workers can take time off to organize themselves. The event will include room, board, and a stipend to cover lost wages. For more about the event and the DCA’s Maine chapter, contact Helen Hanson, 441-9487 or email@example.com