March calendar listings

Newsletter editors,

Here are some calendar items for March (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.

Larry Dansinger 

February 25: “South of the Border” political change in Latin America”, 7 PM, Public Library, Blue Hill. Call Peninsula Peace and Justice, 326-4405.

February 25: Celebration of African American Art and Culture w/”Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist” play, freedom songs, art exhibit, more, 7:30 PM, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland. Liz McMahon, 807-7320 or

February 27: Caravan to Boston in support of farmworker justice w/Coalition of Immokalee Workers marches to Boston-area supermarkets, leaving from Portland at 10 AM. Food for Maine’s Future, or 244-0908.

March 8: “A Crude Awakening” film shown (high cost of cheap oil), 6:30 PM, Dover (NH) Public Library, 73 Locust St., Dover, NH. Liz Goldman, 603-742-0064.

March 9 (+ March 12 and next 5 Saturdays): Lenten Vigil for Disarmament, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, across from Bath Iron Works administration building, Bath. Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062 or

March 9 (+16, 30): “Conversations about Islamic Culture” w/Reza Jalali, 6:30-8 PM, Public Library, 48 Gorham Rd., Scarborough. Call 883-4723 or

March 11-13: “Speaking Peace in a World of Conflict” introductory workshop on Nonviolent Communication (free intro on Friday evening and then 9 AM-4 PM on Saturday-Sunday), Healthy for Life Wellness Center, 9 Marston St., Norway. Call Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or

March 12: Bring Our War $$ Home meeting to plan federal budget priorities actions to take money from Pentagon for human needs, 1-3 PM, Addams-Melman House, 212 Centre St., Bath. Call 643-2356 or 443-9502.

March 20: “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” film shown (environmental action in Kenya), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call the Center, 942-9343 or or

March 25: “Capitalism Hits the Fan” film shown (why we need other economic strategies), 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, 525-7776.

March 25: Second annual TRANSforming Health and Wellness conference, 9 AM-5:30 PM, Luther Bonney Hall, USM, Portland. Maine TransNet, or

March 26-27: “Building Bridges of Communication” introductory workshop on Nonviolent Communication to benefit WERU Community Radio, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St. #100, Bangor. Call Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or

March 29: Malalai Joya (Afghan Parliament member) speaks, 6:30 PM, MUB Theater, Univ. of NH, Durham. Email

April 1: Vigil for Disarmament with potluck following to commemorate 20th anniversary of Aegis Plowshares cvil disobedience at Bath Iron Works, 3-5 PM, BIW Administration Building, Washington Street, Bath. Potluck at 212 Centre St., Bath. Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062 or

The FAN (Family Affairs Newsletter) is a twice-a-month newsletter with lots of news and “social activities for the Gay. Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender,, Queer, and Intersex Community.” It has news, political and social action activities, social events, and notices of glbtqi-friendly businesses and organizations throughout the state. The FAN is generally about 15 pages in length, altho many of the items are repeated each month. To get onto the list, email

The leadership of the Egyptian revolution was primarily young people. They are our future. Support them. That’s the message from Hardy Girls Healthy Women of Waterville is preparing for Girls Rock! weekend in April, focusing on how to give more attention to girls and their empowerment. They are always looking for more powerful girls, especially those from ages 12 to 19, to recognize and award during that and future weekends. For more about HGHW and the Girls Rock! weekend, contact Jackie Dupont, 861-8131 or

It’s time for those on the left and those on the right to find more common ground. “Reasoning with the Right: Finding Common Ground” is a presentation by Steve Musica that is available for any local group that wants one. Steve can travel to talk, seriously and satirically, about how to connect, rather than polarize, people with seemingly diverse views on topics like taxes, corporate control, the environment, and governmental regulations. He’s flexible in time and location, with gas money appreciated but no other cost required. For more details, contact Steve in Richmond at 737-2928 or

In some respects, not much has changed in 20 years. That’s true from the perspective of the Aegis Plowshares, five people who were arrested 20 years ago this month for symbolically turning missiles and weapons into plowshares. Sadly, these weapons are still being made, and the military budget continues to climb. So, there will be a reunion of those of the five who can come back to Maine with Maine supporters on Friday, April 1 from 3-5 PM, with a vigil at the maker of those Aegis destroyers, Bath Iron Works, and a potluck and celebration of continued resistance to follow at about 5:30. The vigil will take place in front of the BIW administration building on Washington Street, with a potluck at the Addams-Melman House, 212 Centre St., Bath. Call Maureen at 763-4062.

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