December calendar of events

Newsletter editors,

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.

Larry Dansinger

November 27 (+ next three Saturdays): Advent vigil for disarmament “We cannot both prepare for peace while we continue to build for war”), 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, across from Bath Iron Works administration building, Washington St., Bath. Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062 or Jack Bussell, 772-1442.

November 27: Action to protest Army Regional Recruiting Battalion, 3:30-5 PM, Portsmouth Shipyard (Main gate, Walker Street), Kittery. Jacqui Deveneau, Peace Action Maine, 284-3358 or 772-0680.

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

November 30: Marc Herold speaks on “White House/Pentagon Lies and the Afghan War Today,” Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave. Portsmouth. David Diamond, or 603-749-9159.

December 1: World AIDS Day, with events in various locations in Maine, including U-U Church in Brunswick and vigil in Belfast. Maine AIDS Alliance, 899-9983 or

December 2 Fiachra O’Luain and Scott Hamann speak on the Gaza Flotilla action last spring and how to support Palestinian and Gazan rights, 7 PM, Sacred Heart/St. Dom’s church, Portland. Robert Schaible,

December 7: “Bucking the Assimilation Trend” program, part of Women’s Leadership Series, 11:30 AM-1 PM, Public Library, Auburn. (Also same program on December 8, CIEE at 300 Fore St., Portland, December 9, Bangor Public Library and December 17, Rockland Public Library, all from noon-1:30 PM). Maine Women’s Fund, 774-5513 or

December 9: Rally in support of Sudan independence election (on Jan. 9), time TBA, Monument Square, Portland. Jacqui Deveneau, 284-3358 or Wells Staley-Mays, 409-0778.

December 10: International Human Rights day w/events in various locations. Amnesty International, 832-6863 or

December 10: Rally for economic human rights, noon-3 PM, corner of High and Congress Sts., Portland. Laurel Merchant, 761-7936.

December 15: “The Yes Men” film shown (anti-corporate monkeywrenching), 5:30 PM (potluck) and 6:15 PM (film), Free Library, Belfast. Meredith Bruskin, 338-5089.

December 18: Action to protest Army Regional Recruiting Battalion, 3:30-5 PM, Portsmouth Shipyard (Main gate, Walker Street), Kittery. Jacqui Deveneau, Peace Action Maine, 284-3358 or 772-0680.

December 19: “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” film shown (entertaining Bollywood film with Gandhi theme), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 92 Harlow St., Bangor. Call 942-9343 or

December 31: Polar Bear Plunge to help fight Global Warming (fundraising event), noon, East End Beach, Portland. Stacie, Natural Resources Council of Maine, 430-0127 or

December 31: Peace Vigil in Market Square, 6 PM (tent.), downtown Portsmouth, NH. Wes Flierl,


For Human Rights Day, December 10th, the Maine Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Coalition is urging everyone to write letters to the editor and to groups they work with about the importance of economic human rights in ending poverty in Maine and the US. They are also encouraging people to do two internet searches: One on “economic human rights” and the other on “livable wage,” as ways to see solutions to poverty. Contact: Maine Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Coalition, 453-2353 or

Platypus is a reading group with a focus on preventing the extinction of the left and finding a way to understand and resurrect it as a viable political movement. Chris McKinnon is trying to get a group started in the Augusta area but needs readers for a ten-week series of books on bringing the left back to life. To find out more: Chris McKinnon, 430-8419 or

If five people were recently arrested trying to save Lincoln Lakes from a wind farm, then something is amiss with this project. First Wind’s Rollins Project near Lincoln is expected to endanger wildlife, destroy part of Rollins mountain, create large clearcuts, and endanger the ecosystem of nearby lakes. Opponents also question whether the project is needed if Maine already produces more electricity than it uses. To find out more about the project, contact Friends of Lincoln Lakes, or or                                                                                                                              

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