1. Finances. We have had two additional donations to PPJ since last month. We agreed on the annual contribution we will make to the Blue Hill Public Library with gratitude for uses we make of the building for PPJ events.
2. Films for December and January. We plan to show Chasing Ice on Friday December 27 and possibly The Gatekeepers on January 31 (if we are not having a different program). Steve will write a press release for the first of these by the 15th of December.
We are interested in co-sponsoring with At Home Downeast a showing of Gen Silent with Doug Kimmel as speaker; Steve will contact Doug and Judy will contact Joan McCracken about dates early in 2014.
The film Seed about independent farming rights has a kickstarter campaign that PPJ film lovers may want to contribute to.
3. Peace on Earth banners. We plan to set these up on Sunday December 8 at 9 a.m.
4. A new citizens’ initiative is working toward abolishing corporate personhood and calling for a constitutional convention. Bonnie tells us about this effort across the state to create momentum and rally support among the people. www.wethepeoplemaine.org has the text. Help will be required to gather signatures. This plan would require safeguarding access to the election process for all citizens. Nearly 58,000 signatures may be needed to put this on the Maine ballot, and the petition drive may begin as soon as mid-January.
5. Maine AllCare program on January 17 in the Howard Room. PPJ agrees to sponsor this in the interest of sharing concepts through film (Healthcare: the movie) and speakers regarding healthcare for all Maine people.
6. Bonnie received a request for PPJ to consider a climate change risk assessment project for consciousness raising in our area. Possible speakers were suggested for a program we might mount on this issue. We plan to think about this in the spring. On 3/12/14 there’s a rally and a summit on this topic at the Civic Center in Augusta. www.climatesolutionsme.org has more information.
— minutes written up by Steve Benson