Here are some calendar items for June (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.
June 1: Legal and direct action training for activists and organizers, 9 AM-5 PM, Mediation and Facilitation Resources, 11 King St., Augusta. Lynne Williams, LwilliamsLaw@earthlink.net.
June 1: Rally in support of whistleblower Bradley Manning, noon, Congress Square Park, downtown Portland. Code Pink, 541-7119.
June 1: “Ring Around the Bay” six hour celebration of Penobscot Bay, 9 AM-3 PM, various locations. Ron Huber, firstname.lastname@example.org or 593-2744.
June 1: Benefit concert for expenses for Thanks But No Tank to cover costs in defeating the proposed LPG Tank in Searsport with music, paintings by Rob Shettrly of “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” and more, 7 PM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Ken Agabian, email@example.com.
June 4: “Realizing Our Vision of a Restorative State” conference, 9 AM-4 PM, Inn at Brunswick Station, 4 Noble St., Brunswick. Restorative Justice Institute o Maine, 619-3630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 7: Vital Connections Forum: “Affordable Clean Energy Options for Maine,” 6:30 PM, First Parish Church (second floor), 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Cal Fred Horch, 725-9104.
June 8: Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition statewide strategy meeting, 9:30 AM, First Church, 8 Court St., Belfast. Contact: email@example.com.
June 14: Annual meeting of Peace Action Maine w/speaker Andrew Bacevich, 5-8 PM, Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland. Peace Action Maine, 772-0680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 14: Eighth annual Portland Maine Dyke March as part of the Pride Festival, 6:30 PM, Monument Square, Portland. Email: email@example.com.
June 15: 27th annual Southern Maine Pride Festival and Parade, noon in Monument Square (parade) and 1-5 PM at Deering Oaks Park (festival). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or southernmainepride.org.
June 15: Farm and Homestead Day (all about rural living), all day, MOFGA Education Center, Unity. MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association), 568-4142 or www.mofga.org.
June 21-23: Harry’s Hoe Down festival for marijuana liberation with music, social action tent, and displays, Bijah Hill, Starks. See. www.HarrysHill.net.
June 22: Annual Vegetarian Food Festival w/vegan food, music, vendors, speakers, 11 AM-3 PM, East End School, 195 North St., Portland. Maine Animal Coalition, 773-2215 or maineanimalcoalition.org.
June 26-30: Bangor Pride Festival w/films, art walk, dance, parade, and programs with faith communities. Try https://www.facebook.com/#!/BangorPrideFestival.
July 1: Monday Night summer programs begin at the Good Life Center with “Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle” w/Charlotte Clews, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. GLC, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org for a complete list of summer programs in Harborside, Blue Hill, and Camden.
July 8: Monday Night summer program at the Good Life Center with “Thoughts on Scott Nearing” w/Bill Coperthwaite, 7 PM, Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Rd., Harborside. GLC, 374-5386 or www.goodlife.org.
“Federal Health Care Funding Makes Dollars and Sense for Maine” is a report by the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MeCEP) advocating that using funds from the Affordable Care Act will expand health coverage, create more jobs, benefit the economy, and improve health care for thousands in Maine. While some politicians who don’t like the ACA (ObamaCare) might rather refuse to participate, the MeCEP argues that the cost to the state will be minimal (most of the funds are federal in the next few years) and that the benefits will be great. For an “executive summary” of how the act will affect Maine in the next few years, contact MeCEP, 622-7381 or www.mecep.org
Relatively new the the health care scene is Maine AllCare, promoting a universal, single payer health care system for Maine and the country. It is a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. A single payer system is simple, the group says, including one plan for everyone, mission rather than profit driven, with a focus on prevention, efficiency, and choice. A national system would also cut health care costs, since all services would be paid fairly rather than based on “what the traffic will bear.” If it works in Europe and other industrialized countries, it can work here too. For more on the group: email@example.com