I added two items–“Marx in Soho” (Na. 29-30) and “Mountaintop Industrial Wind Summit” (Feb. 12) in case you want to send this out again.
Here are some calendar items for February (plus a few earlier and/or later). FEEL FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE AND NOT USE EVERY ITEM. Sorry this is a pretty sparse calendar, but I put in whatever gets sent to me. So, if you know of things that should be publicized, please send them to me.
January 28-29: Maine Farmers Market Convention w/workshops, panels, speakers, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. MOFGA, 568-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 29: (snow date: January 30): “Beyond Capitalism: New Economies for Maine” annual Changing Maine gathering, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Pine Tree (Viles) Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta. Larry Dansinger/ROSC, 525-7776 or email@example.com.
January 29: “Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream Symposium” (how to take action on environmental and social issues locally and globally), 10 AM-4 PM, Allen Avenue U-U Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland. Call the church, 797-7240 or 978-771-6535.
January 29-30: “Marx in Soho” play by Howard Zinn on ideas of Karl Marx presented, 2 PM, Center Theater, Dover-Foxcroft. Trisha Smith, 564-4918.
January 30: “Rethinking Afghanistan” film shown w/discussion w/Katrina Bisheimer on “Bring Our War $$ Home,” 11:45 AM-1:15 PM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 121 Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth. Call 667-4393 or Pam Person at Phppwp@aol.com.
February 1: Speakers Bureau for Equality training (speak on marriage equality), 9 AM-4 PM, Unitarian-Universalist Church, Saco. Diane Gilman, 272-2658, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Also offered, February 12, 9-4, UCC Church, Saco.)
February 1-18: Paintings by political prisoner Antonio Guerrero displayed, 5th floor, Glickman Library, USM, Portland. Let Cuba Live, 743-2183 or www.letcubalive.org.
February 1 (also 2, 3, 11): “Doing Well by Being Well” presentation as part of Women’s Leadership Series, 11:30-1 PM (1st) and noon-1:30 PM, (2nd, 3rd, 11th), Auburn Public Library (1st), CIEE/300 Fore St., Portland (2nd), Bangor Public Library (3rd), Rockland Public Library (11th). Maine Women’s Fund, 774-5513 or www.mainewomensfund.org.
February 3: Southern Poverty Law Center director Morris Dees speakers on “A Conversation about Fighting Hate” and “With Justice for All,” 2-4 PM Strafford Room, MUB, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, and 7-8:30 PM, Johnson Theatre, UNH, Durham. David Diamond, email@example.com.
February 5: Open House and discussion of “Defeating Islamaphobia through Understanding,” 5 PM, Islamic Center of Maine, 151 Park St., Orono. Call 866-7932.
February 10: “Scarred Lands, Wounded Lives” film shown (environmental effects of war), 6-8 PM, Abbott Room, Free Library, Belfast. Judy Williams, 338-1852.
February 12 (snow date, February 13): Annual Workshop and meeting for war tax resisters and supporters in Maine, 10 AM-3 PM, MEJP office, 126 Sewall St., Augusta. Larry Dansinger, Maine WTR Resource Center, 525-7776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 12: “Mountaintop Industrial Wind Summit” to focus on responding to legislative bills on industrial wind, 8 AM-4 PM, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. Jonathan Carter, 628-6404 or email@example.com
February 16: “Farming with Nature” (permaculture and food production) film shown, 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, 338-3854 or Susan Cutting, New Forest Institute, 722-3625.
Looking for local foods to buy especially when the weather gets warmer? Two web sites might help. One is www.eatmainefoods.org, sponsored by the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine, whose mission is to promote and establish an active, sustainable, and vibrant local food system for Maine. There’s also the Maine Food Trader, www.Mefoodtrader.org, which also has lists of who’s buying and selling Maine foods and food production supplies in the state. This site is sponsored by the New England Environmental Finance Center.
Sudan is undergoing rapid changes, with its recent vote to divide south from north. Some Sudanese in southern Maine have created the Sudanese International Organization to improve the lives of Sudan’s people thru support from those in the US. Their specific focus is on helping to build schools in the south of the country. They are raising funds for all kinds of school equipment–chairs, paper, pens and pencils, computers, food, teachers, and medical personnel. Contributions can go to the Sudanese International Organization, 48 Salem St., #607, Portland 04102 or call Charles at 899-9965 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sudaneseinternationalorg. com.
Farming isn’t easy these days, and some are facing foreclosure. Food for Maine’s Future has set up a hotline for those facing this problem, thru a partnership with the Worker Rights Hotline run by Food AND Medicine. That number to call is 1-866-933-9236. There have also been calls for a moratorium on farm foreclosures in Maine and other states. For more on this issue, contact Bob St. Peter, Food for Maine’s Future, 244-0908 or email@example.com. And for those who want to farm but are having trouble with the financing part, the Organic Farmer Loan Fund, sponsored by MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) gives loans of $5-20K for capital, equipment, and other start-up needs. The application deadline is January 28, but there are more funding cycles coming. Contact: MOFGA, 568-4142 or www.mofga.org.
“A Proposal to Reduce the Cost and Occurrence of Crime in Maine” is a summary of a plan to create more effective re-entry strategies for inmates being released from Maine’s prisons. It’s written by former Maine State Prison chaplain Stan Moody to Maine’s new governor and anyone else who is interested. Moody has ideas on how to more effectively use volunteers, how to partner with social services and business communities, and how to reduce the current recidivism rate in the first year from 35% to one fifth of that. For a copy and more on his proposal, contact Stan Moody, 626-0594 or www.stanmoody.com.