Here are some calendar items for September (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.
August 27: Protest against blue Angels flights over Brunswick Naval Air Station, 11-AM-1 PM. Tom Sturtevant, 377-2370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 28 and September 25: (+ 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 email@example.com.
September 5: Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day w/talk and bell ringing, 5 PM, Portsmouth, preceded by a parade on Parrott Ave. Stephanie, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 603-436-5221.
September 9-10: Maine Grassroots Media Conference (workshops on media strategies), Friday evening (informal events) and 8:15 AM-5:15 PM on Saturday, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity. Meaghan LaSala, 973-862-7105 or www.mainegrassrootsmedia.org
September 10-October 10: Bring Our War $$ Home Care-a-Van doing talks, events, actions around the state of Maine to highlight the need to cut military spending and give more for human needs. For a list of events and to sponsor an event in your area: Lisa Savage, 643-2356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Bruce Gagnon, 443-9502 or email@example.com
September 11: It’s Time for Light (candlelight gathering for humanity, justice, and peace on 10th anniversary of tragedies of 9/11/01), 6-8 PM, Back Cove, Portland. Grace, Peace Action Maine, 774-1995.
September 11: Ten hour “No More Victims” vigil on 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 attacks, 8:45 AM on, Market Square, Portsmouth, NH. Seacoast Peace Response, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 16-18: Annual GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) weekend for new and experienced organizers for new skills and techniques, 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond (near Bethel and Norway). Iggy, 415-4458 or Jacqui, 284-3358 or email@example.com.
September 23-25: Common Ground Country Fair, Unity. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mofga.org.
September 25: “Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War” film shown, 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. Peace and Justice Center, 942-9343 or email@example.com
September 30: Sixth annual Chefs Soirée to benefit St. Mary’s Health System, 5:30 PM, location in Lewiston TBA. Call 755-3366 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 30: “Afghanistan Teach-in: What We Have Learned, What Can We Do?” 3-6 PM, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Call Peace Action Maine, 772-0680.
September 30-October 1: “Not Here” conference on human trafficking, Lewiston-Auburn area. Patricia Pora, 615-2522 or www.auburnmaine.org
October 1: Solidarity vigil with Keep Space for Peace Week, 11:30 ASM-12:30 PM, outside Bath Iron Works, Washington St., Bath. Smilin’ Trees Disarmanent Farm, 763-4062.
October 1-9: Keep Space for Peace Week in Maine and throughout the world. Global Network against Nuclear Weapons and Power in Space, 443-9502 or email@example.com
Want to know who won and especially who lost in the recent statewide budget negotiations and approval? Ask the Maine Equal Justice Partners, which can tell you its effects especially on low income people in Maine. Who will lose MaineCare? How will legal immigrants be hurt by changes? Who will lose aid thru TANF and General Assistance? In one other ways did low income people get the short end of the stick? For a list of changes and who will lose what, contact MEJP, 1-866-626-7059 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The signature gathering process is gearing up to collect 80,000 signatures on petitions for a vote in November, 2012, on the issue of marriage equality. Trainings for volunteers in how to collect signatures and what to do with them are being organized in different parts of Maine. The goal is to collect signatures between August and election day, November 8th. For more on plans and how to volunteer, contact EqualityMaine, 761-3732 or email@example.com
A new web site for people interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency, www.greenenergymaine.com
, has been launched. It hopes to be a clearninghouse of information on those issues as well as funding for people who want to transition to a more clean energy economy. It includes news, blogs, calendar items, educational information, tools, and a directory of Maine vendors and products. For more information, contact GEM (Green Energy Maine), 725-9997 or go to the website.