Peninsula Peace & Justice Notes


Minutes for Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Public Library
Ron, Peter, Bonnie, Steve, Judy

Ron reported on his time in the Southwest at the Mexico/Arizona border, including time in Nogales, Agua Prieta, Douglas, Tucson, and the desert, working with Christian Peacemaker Teams. Returning thru Alabama he also visited the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, dedicated to the history of lynching in the USA. Ron has been invited to talk in Blue Hill about his observations. 

Ridgely Fuller has just returned from Iran and will be invited to talk about her trip there. Carolyn Coe is also willing to plan a time to share her most recent experience as a volunteer in Kabul, and an earlier trip to Occupied Palestine.

Judy shows a draft of a brochure regarding why Bath Iron Works might better convert from military construction projects to building infrastructure projects for domestic uses and tempering global warming. The brochure is designed to be useful for talking to Congresspeople. It is not yet in its final form, until moneys are raised for printing. “Climate Change Demands Conversion!” PPJ is one of the sponsoring organizations to help raise money for the brochure and get word out on the protest at the next warship “christening”, as yet unscheduled, at BIW.

Judy and Peter previewed The Wanted 18. This partly animated film includes interviews with Palestinians involved in their community’s efforts to secure a herd of cows to supply themselves with milk, an act determined by Israel to be a national security threat. Ron will preview it next. Connie is vetting another film An Act of Conscience about war-tax resistance in Colrain Massachusetts. We also considered showing Crossing Arizona again sometime soon, having screened it publicly about ten years ago. A new film relating to climate justice and the growing climate emergency, called The Human Element, has recently been released and could be rented for streaming in our series.

Judy has agreed to check with potential speakers and Peter will watch The Human Element, so that we can decide by March 15 on a plan for our March 29 program.

We talk about using heart circles or talking circles as means of discussing issues after a film or other presentation. Our next organizational meeting is scheduled for the Bass Room, in the Blue Hill Library, at 12:00 noon on the first Wednesday of next month, April 3, 2018.  

— Notes by Steve Benson 

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1515
Blue Hill ME 04614  


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