May Calendar of Events

Newsletter editors,

Here are some calendar items for May (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

April 28: Forum on public vs. private ownership of water and other resources, evening, Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. Nisha Swinton, 202-683-4923 or

April 29: “Gasland” film shown (effects of natural gas drilling/fracking on environment), 7 PM, Public Library, Blue Hill. Peninsula Peace and Justice, 326-4405 or
April 30: 17th annual HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival w/organizational fair, music, talks, children’s program, 11 AM-4 PM, Student Recreation and Fitness Center, U/Maine, Orono. Peace and Justice Center, 942-9343 or or

April 30: Salt River in concert to benefit Peace Action Maine, 6:30-8 PM, Sacred Heart Church, 80 Sherman St., Portland. Sally Breen, 892-8391 or 712-7566.

April 30:  Democracy School (rights-based strategy to learn how to protect people from the influence of corporations), 8:30 AM-5 PM, Pleasant St. United Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant St., Waterville. Chad Nicholson, CELDF, 541-3649 or
May 1: Maine Green Independent Party Convention, Brunswick. FMI:

May 1: Solarfest (U/New Hampshire student-sponsored music, arts, and energy displays and presentation by Beehive Design Collective), 11 AM-sunset, Boulder Field, UNH campus, Durham, NH. Lee Domeika,

May 1: Community Rights Forum Protecting Our Health, Safety, and Welfare (corporatization of resources and what to do about that), 2-4 PM, U-U Church, 292 State St., Portsmouth, NH. Chad Nicholson, CELDF, 541-3649 or

May 2: “Etty: The Play” (about letters of diaries of Holocaust poet/writer Etty Hillesum, 7 PM, Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland. Holocaust and Human Rights Center, 621-3530.

May 5: “Cross-Pollinating the Grassroots” presentation on “The True Cost of Coal” and other Beehive Design Collective graphics, 5-7 PM, Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. Peace Action Maine, 772-1051 and

May 6: Affordable Housing Replacement Rally (replacing lost affordable units with new ones), 4 PM, Congress Square, High and Congress St., Portland. Homeless Voices for Justice, 775-0026 (Amy).

May 6-7: AIDS Walk Weekend to Support Frannie Peabody Center, especially Saturday morning on the beach and around town of Ogunquit. Call 774-6877 x8013. 

May 7: Organic orcharding workshop w/Michael Phillips, 10 AM-4 PM, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. MOFGA, 568-4142 or or
May 7: Annual Peace Action Maine Peace Supper w/speaker Medea Benjamin, 5 PM, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland . Peace Action Maine, 772-0680 or

May 7: General Assembly of Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine w/speaker Jo Comerford of National Priorities Project, 6 PM, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call the Center, 942-9343 or or

May 7-8: Crafting Frames of Timber workshop, Newforest Institute, 66 Monroe Highway, Brooks. Call 722-3625.

May 7-8: “Resisting Racism” workshop with Ewuare Osayande, all day both days, location TBA, Portland. Jesse Newcomb, 949-6668 or

May 8: Mother’s Day peace vigil + reading of Julia Ward Howe’s “Proclamation for Peace, noon-1 PM, Market Square, Portsmouth, NH. Amy Antonucci, 603-664-2796 or

May 10: “Know Your Farmer” film shown about Maine farmers, 6:30 PM (with food and drinks from 5-6:30 PM), Brick Church, 126 Union St., Bangor. Food AND Medicine, 989-5860 or

May 12: Louis Skolnik Award Dinner honoring Cushman Anthony, 7 PM, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. Maine Civil Liberties Union, 774-5444 or

May 14-15: “Building Bridges of Communication,” an introduction to Nonviolent Communication, Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., Belfast. Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or

May 15: Community Rights Forum Protecting Our Health, Safety, and Welfare (corporatization of resources and what to do about that), 2-4 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Chad Nicholson, CELDF, 541-3649 or

May 15: “Affluenza” film shown (overwork, shopping fever, huge debt, too much commercialism), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Call the Center, 942-9343 or or
May 18: “The People Speak” film shown (words from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States), 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, 525-7776.

May 20-22: “Speaking Peace in a World of Conflict,” the basics of Nonviolent Communication, Augusta. Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or


June 5 (+ other programs almost monthly thru December): 11/11 forums on poverty with topics such as food issues, literacy, jail, transportation, mental health, classism, 11 AM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Call Jennifer Hill, 722-3383 or
Altho there are tons or bad bills in the Maine legislature this year, one is of special concern to human rights and justice advocates: LD 1095, “An Act to Facilitate the Construction and Operation of Private Prisons by Authorizing the Transport of Prisoners out of State.” This would be a “barter” by enabling the Corrections Corporation of America to build and run a federal prison in Maine in exchange for Maine sending some of its prisoners to CCA facilities in other states. Not only will this bill create a federal prison in an isolated area of Maine where it will make visits from families almost impossible, it will also take Maine prisoners away from their families as well. For more details and how to respond, contact Judy/Jim, 374-2437 or or
PICA’s (Power in Community Alliances) annual plant sale is approaching, and it’s time to think perennial for your garden. Over seventy-five varieties are available, all organic, field grown, and many native. Orders will be taken until just before the May 14 pickup weekend (check web site to be sure). Local sellers of these plants are also being sought, since those purchases would also benefit PICA. For more info, call PICA at 947-4203 or
One other bill of note is LD 1077, a bill to ensure that voters have a say on any large public extractions of water in their town. Often town officials make deals with corporations to take water out of town, with no public input or a chance to find out what is happening until after it happens. In conjunction with this bill, there’s a petition called “Let the People Decide” that is being circulated to support the concept and the bill. To sign the on-line petition, try and look for the petition, and for the web site: Or call Nisha Swinton in Portland at 202-683-4923 or

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