Hugh Curran to speak on NONVIOLENCE, TOLERANCE, Friday Dec 20 Blue Hill

Please join Peninsula Peace & Justice for Hugh Curran’s presentation on the topic of Nonviolence and Tolerance.
Hugh offered this talk at an international conference in Malta in October.
Howard Room, Blue Hill Library, Friday evening December 20 at 7 p.m.
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

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Fwd: Impeachment rallies

From the Bangor Civic Engagement Group:

Begin forwarded message:

From: Christina Diebold <>
Subject: Impeachment rallies

Two impeachment rallies are planned for Bangor.
One at noon on Monday, Dec. 16, at Rep. Jared Golden’s office on State St. 
The other at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Peirce Park.
The one on Monday is scheduled for those who can’t attend Tuesday, and will be early enough to get press coverage. The weather is likely to be quieter on Monday as well.
Please come to both — or at least one — bring signs and SPREAD THE WORD. Some 50 anti-impeachment people gathered at Golden’s office a few days ago. We need to counter that and show Jared we have his back if he votes to impeach.

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Reflections on Eugenics published Dec 12, 2019 by the Ellsworth
American re-titled to: “Hate is not Science Based”
Eugenics, meaning “well born”, is an ideology that believed that one’s
behavior is caused by genetics and that certain races have traits and
mental abilities that are particular to them. Eugenics has a history
stretching back to the late 19 th century, supposedly based upon
scientific principles. It was founded in 1883 by Francis Galton, a cousin
of Charles Darwin and assumed that white supremacy had a scientific
basis. Its promoters included Clarence Little, who in 1922 became
President of the University of Maine and had a building at the
University named for him. After leaving the University of Maine he
became a President of the University of Michigan in 1925-1929 before
founding Jackson Lab in 1929. Clarence Little became President of the
American Eugenics Society and later gained notoriety by defending
tobacco products while being the Director of the Scientific Advisory
Board for the Tobacco Industry from 1954-1969. He died in Ellsworth in
1971 at age 83. Although his name was removed from a building at the
University of Michigan it continues to arouse heated discussions as to
whether the same action should not take place at the University of
Eugenics has had a number of adherents, including many 19 th century
intellectuals, as well as racist movements sharing similar beliefs,
including the Nativism prevalent in the 1850s which tried to limit Irish
immigration following the Great Famine. More recently, debates have
been taking place on university campuses on the subject of racial
divides and whether eugenicists have any relevance since their views
were the result of an era lacking a deeper scientific understanding of
genetics. The current science behind genetic studies asserts that human
differences in intelligence are relatively minor and that all humans

share many traits in common and that differences within racial groups
are more marked than those between racial groups.
Recently written articles in the New Yorker, the NYRB and Harpers
Magazine have placed the topic of “white supremacy” in an historical
context. The New Yorker article discussed Lothrop Stoddard, Madison
Grant and W.E.B. DuBois, and noted that both Grant and Stoddard
were Harvard trained historians. Lothrop Stoddard became a
popularizer of the Nordic Theory of race superiority while Madison
Grant was known as the author of: “The Passing of the Great Race”,
published in 1916. It was soon translated into other languages and read
by the politically ambitious Adolph Hitler, who wrote Grant a letter
praising the book as “my bible”.  International Congresses on Eugenics
were widespread in the 1920s and 1930s and included Britain and Italy,
as well as Germany and the U.S. Eugenicist theories were soon applied to
immigration policies such as the 1924 Immigration Act.
which drastically limited immigration from E. Europe to the U.S. at a
time in which Jewish populations were being severely persecuted.
Eugenic science had become so pervasive that Madison Grant could
coin the term “master race” and not be disparaged for doing so. Grant
became one of the Directors of the American Eugenics Society which
encouraged sterilization as a means to control populations deemed
unsuitable. He advocated ridding society of undesirables “ who crowd
our jails, hospitals and insane asylums…”
Grant considered “tall, blond warlike Nordic people as the creators of
Western Civilization. As a regular summer visitor to Bar Harbor, he
would have known Clarence Little, who shared much in common,
including his role in the American Eugenics Movement. This was also
true of Lothrop Stoddard whose 1920 book: The Rising Tide of Color
Against White World-Supremacy
had an introduction by Madison
Grant and was frequently quoted by President Warren Harding as well
as praised by the NY Times.
In a debate in 1929, mentioned in the New Yorker article, Stoddard and
DuBois addressed the question: “Should the Negro Be Encouraged to
Seek Cultural Equality?”
Stoddard’s position was that mulattoes were
the cause of social unrest since they exhibited the dangers of “mongrel
races”. But W.E.B. DuBois’ eloquence won the day in a packed hall with
3000 or more in attendance. DuBois argued that cultural equality
should be encouraged, not feared”. He stated: “Nordics are not a
chosen people…There is no scientific proof that Nordics had larger
brains or that modern culture was derived from them”. He continued:
the Nordic program was, in fact, “the subjection and ruler-ship of the
world for their own benefit. In actuality they “brought exploitation,
slavery and degradation to the majority of men…What black, brown
and yellow people want is to have the barriers to equal citizenship torn
In a very recently published book: "Skin Deep”, Gavin Evans explored
the deep-seated ideas concerning “biological determinism” (ie racist
science) and showed how it has been appropriated by those who
believed there were fundamental differences between races. Evans
pointed out, based on IQ tests of immigrants in the 1920s, that many
immigrants were considered “morons”, but IQ tests, as Evans
maintained were: “nothing other than a measure of the potentiality for
technical prowess”. Two generations later those immigrant
descendants had a higher than average IQ score.
Gavin Evans pointed out that racist science is still with us in its attempts
to prove that some racial groups are more intelligent than others.
Eugenicist beliefs do not stand up under close scrutiny despite white
supremacists continuing to echo century old views. With genetic facts
at our disposal we are now able to examine motives that underlie the
eugenics movement and gain insight into attitudes and policies that
have promoted racial abuses of the past and continue to pervade our
political discourses.
Although white supremacy is masked in slogans and clichés in current

political and media rhetoric, it has been more crudely displayed by groups such
as the KKK and the white nationalists of current times. The underlying
attitudes continue to give rise to distorted beliefs that encourage mass
shootings in schools, churches, synagogues, and mosques. Those who
are deeply alienated from feelings of empathy for others have brought
about appalling levels of suffering to schools and communities
throughout the nation, and continue to exacerbate pervasive fears in
our gun-obsessed society.

Hugh J. Curran teaches in Peace &amp; Reconciliation Studies at the University of Maine

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Tolerance and Nonviolence: talk Dec. 20, Blue Hill

Presentation on Tolerance and Nonviolence


BLUE HILL — Peace and Reconciliation Studies educator Hugh Curran of Surry will give a presentation on Tolerance and Nonviolence at the Blue Hill Library on Friday December 20, at 7 p.m.He gave a version of this talk recently in Malta at the Global Council on Tolerance and Peace.
Curran will focus on nonviolence practices in his native country of Ireland, demonstrating their immediate influence on the strategies of Gandhi’s political work in the Indian independence movement, as well as the writings of Leo Tolstoy. The same practices eventually led to the Northern Ireland Peace Accord. 


Hugh Curran is on the faculty of the University of Maine Orono, where he has organized numerous peace conferences.  


The talk is sponsored by Peninsula Peace & Justice and the public is welcome. For information 326-4405.


Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614

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Buy Local and Beautiful

Hi, Everyone, 

I am promoting some locally made products at holiday gift-buying time, because: 

1) the products are earth-friendly, useful and beautiful, 
2) they are unique and handmade by a conscious artist,
3) I am currently using them regularly and believe they are a good step in replacing the plastic in our lives.

I really do recommend beeswax fabric food wraps made right here in Sedgwick.

Go to: to see the selection

Thanks for reading and please share with friends who may be interested.

Judy Robbins

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Peninsula Peace & Justice notes


Minutes for Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Public Library
Steve, Dud, Connie, Harry, John


Connie has a DVD of a recent documentary film to share: The nuns, the priests, and the bombs, which she acquired from Helen Young for possible screening by PPJ. The action of the Plowshares group is focus of film. Steve will borrow it for taking a look.


On December 20th, we will have Hugh Curran giving a talk he presented recently in a conference in Malta, reflecting work on tolerance and non-violence. Judy will be preparing a press release for Hugh’s talk by the end of this week and forwarding it to Steve to send out to media, after Hugh approves it.


We observed that feedback on the Peace On Earth banners has been unusually strong. One sign is loose and will be attended to soon.


Judy will prepare a financial report by early January. We have happily received around $100 in donations over the past month.


Dud lauds a new book, Common sense for the 21st Century, by Roger Hallam, one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion. Steve reported on his recent visit to an XR meeting in Belfast, and on Fridays for the Future rally in Orono on 12/6/19, on the Ecosattva group developing at the UU church in Ellsworth, and on last Friday’s FFF event on Blue Hill Bridge. We also talked about the Climate Change Net meetings and teams stemming from Reversing Falls Sanctuary’s work to address global warming.


Our next organizational meeting is scheduled for the Bass Room, in the Blue Hill Library, at 12:00 noon on the second Wednesday of next month, January 8, 2020. (The library is closed on January 1, the first Wednesday of the month.)


— Notes by Steve Benson 

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614

Steve Benson, POBox 1257, Blue Hill, ME 04614


“The dialectical tension between humans and their environments produces the cultures and technology 
we need to thrive. A change in the tension will change the people, and the environment.”

— Susan Bodnar, in “Wasted and Bombed: Clinical encounters of a changing relationship to the earth,” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, vol. 18 (2008)

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Leonard Peltier’s Thanksgiving Message: In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Leonard Peltier’s 2019 Thanksgiving Message: “Walking on Stolen Land”

Published November 23, 2019

COLEMAN, FLORIDA – Leonard Peltier, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, who is incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida, for his 1977 conviction in connection with a shootout with U.S. government forces, where two FBI agents and one young American Indian lost their lives.

Peltier, who is considered a political prisoner of war by many, released this statement on Thanksgiving through the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee:

The year of 2019 is coming to a close and with it, comes the day most Americans set aside as a day for Thanksgiving. As I let my mind wander beyond the steel bars and concrete walls, I try to imagine what the people who live outside the prison gates are doing, and what they are thinking. Do they ever think of the Indigenous people who were forced from their homelands? Do they understand that with every step they take, no matter the direction, that they are walking on stolen land? Can they imagine, even for one minute, what it was like to watch the suffering of the women, the children and babies and yes, the sick and elderly, as they were made to keep pushing west in freezing temperatures, with little or no food? These were my people and this was our land. There was a time when we enjoyed freedom and were able to hunt buffalo and gather the foods and sacred medicines. We were able to fish and we enjoyed the clean clear water! My people were generous, we shared everything we had, including the knowledge of how to survive the long harsh winters or the hot humid summers. We were appreciative of the gifts from our Creator and remembered to give thanks on a daily basis. We had ceremonies and special dances that were a celebration of life.

With the coming of foreigners to our shores, life as we knew it would change drastically. Individual ownership was foreign to my people. Fences?? Unheard of, back then. We were a communal people and we took care of each other. Our grandparents weren’t isolated from us! They were the wisdom keepers and story tellers and were an important link in our families. The babies? They were and are our future! Look at the brilliant young people who put themselves at risk, fighting to keep our water and environment clean and safe for the generations yet to come. They are willing to confront the giant, multi-national corporations by educating the general public of the devastation being caused. I smile with hope when I think of them. They are fearless and ready to speak the truth to all who are willing to listen. We also remember our brothers and sisters of Bolivia, who are rioting, in support of the first Indigenous President, Evo Morales. His commitment to the people, the land, their resources and protection against corruption is commendable. We recognize and identify with that struggle so well.

So today, I thank all of the people who are willing to have an open mind, those who are willing to accept the responsibility of planning for seven generations ahead, those who remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors so we can continue to speak our own language, practice our own way of thankfulness in our own skin, and that we always acknowledge and respect the Indigenous linage that we carry.

For those of you who are thankful that you have enough food to feed your families, please give to those who aren’t as fortunate. If you are warm and have a comfortable shelter to live in, please give to those who are cold and homeless, if you see someone hurting and in need of a kind word or two, be that person who steps forward and lends a hand. And especially, when you see injustice anywhere, please be brave enough to speak up to confront it.

I want to thank all who are kind enough to remember me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for continuing to support and believe in me. There isn’t a minute in any day that passes without me hoping that this will be the day I will be granted freedom. I long for the day when I can smell clean fresh air, when I can feel a gentle breeze in my hair, witness the clouds as their movement hides the sun and when the moon shines the light on the path to the sacred Inipi. That would truly be a day I could call a day of Thanksgiving.

Thank you for listening to whomever is voicing my words. My Spirit is there with you.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Leonard Peltier

Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online. Previously, he served as editor of the Native News Network. He is a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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film WATERMARK Friday 11.29 Blue Hill

Please join Peninsula Peace & Justice for a screening of the Canadian award-winning documentary WATERMARK.

Friday Nov 29, 7 p.m., Blue Hill Library.

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Fwd: Climate Matters and the Black Friday Rally

Begin forwarded message:

From: tony ferrara <>

To All Concerned with Earth’s Health,
November 29th is a special day. Extinction Rebellion, FridaysforFuture, and Global Student Strike are all conducting climate actions on that Friday. We too will gather in solidarity with these global climate events to rally (see poster). 
It is also “Black Friday,” the day of “incredible bargains” and frenzied shopping. The bridge rally will be followed by a conversation at the Blue Hill Congo Church which will include an exploration of the linkage between climate and our consumer culture, and an update of local climate-actions and issues. A longer note on the relationship between “growing the economy (GDP)” and our climate crisis is attached. Also, attached is an important Bar Harbor climate action initiated by MDI/HS and COA (Earth-in-brackets) students with the support of local climate action groups: ACTT and Indivisible, Bar Harbor.
Tony Ferrara
Climate Action Net
PS: Below is a well stated comment on our consumer culture by Charles Eisenstein:

A world without weapons, without McMansions in sprawling suburbs, without mountains of unnecessary packaging, without giant mechanized monofarms, without energy-hogging big-box stores, without electronic billboards, without endless piles of throw-away junk, without the overconsumption of consumer goods no one really needs is not an impoverished world. I disagree with those environmentalists who say we are going to have to make do with less. In fact, we are going to make do with more: more beauty, more community, more fulfillment, more art, more music, and material objects that are fewer in number but superior in utility and aesthetics. . . .

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Fwd: This Issue latest guest – Moms Demand Action

From: “Global Network” <>

This Issue Public Access TV Program                      
Please share with your lists
This Issue host Bruce Gagnon interviews guests Kathleen McFadden & Nacole Palmer from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Their organization, part of a national network, has been working hard across Maine for several years, locally and in Augusta, to bring attention and legislative change to our state’s gun laws.  (Thanks to VFP member Peter Morgan for arranging their appearance on the show.)
Bruce Gagnon works for the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and publishes a popular blog called Organizing Notes.

This Issue is produced by David Brooks.  Camera work was done by Peter Woodruff and Dan Ellis.  Dan Ellis also did the final editing. Photos provided by Moms Demand Action.
This Issue runs each week during the following days/times on Brunswick’s Cable TV Channel 3:

Wed  6:00 pm
Friday  2:30 pm
Sat  2:01 am
Sunday  8:30 pm
This Issue also airs on Bath, Harpswell, Portland, Phippsburg, Freeport, New Castle, Madison, Skowhegan, Anson, North Anson, Solon, Belfast, South Portland, and Biddeford public access cable TV at random times.  Check
local listings.
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 607-4255  (blog)

‘Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.’
~ Henry David Thoreau

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