Peninsula Peace & Justice notes

Minutes of the Peninsula Peace and Justice
meeting of 12 04 2013         6:30 pm, Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library
Bonnie Preston (facilitator), Steve Benson, Judy Robbins, Peter Robbins


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. 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. has more information.


— minutes written up by Steve Benson

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1 Response to Peninsula Peace & Justice notes

  1. starrcgil says:
    I noticed that you had the peace walk as starting on October 3rd; it actually starts from Ellsworth on October 9th with a gathering/pot luck at the UU church in Ellsworth.  We are looking for participants, people willing to host walkers and contributors for the pot luck.  I have attached information regarding the walk.    Peace, Starr

    On Aug 15, 2015, at 5:44 PM, Judy_Robbins <> wrote:

    Peninsula Peace and Justice organizational meeting


    August 5, 2015 in the Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library

    Judy, Peter, Steve


    We plan to enjoy the foliage thriving as it beautifies the Memorial Field of Flags, rather than trying to rally supporters to pull and reset the flags for mowing this summer. Perimeter mowing will continue during the summer.

    PPJ will screen a new feature length documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, on August 28 at 7 pm in the Howard Room of the Blue Hill Public Library. Steve will write a press release, Peter will make a poster. We look forward to possibly screening Laura Poitras’ film Citizen Four when it is available.

     In mid-September Peter and Judy will help represent Let Cuba Live at the Common Ground Fair.
    PPJ will again this year co-sponsor End Violence Together in Bangor September 19. 

    An annual Mainers for Peace walk starts October 3 in Ellsworth to wend its way over about three weeks to Kittery. Steve will post information and links about it on the PPJ Facebook page: “PPJ   –   Peninsula Peace and Justice”.  E.g., at


    – – – minutes by Steve Benson

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

    pdf icon Walk-Flyer-3.pdf

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