Midcoast Peace and Justice Group



Midcoast Peace & Justice Group

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Steve with apple

Saturday, June 1 at 4 p.m.
at Watts Hall, 174 Main St. in Thomaston

Steve Burke Celebration of Life

This event started at 4 p.m. with family and friends sharing stories and remembrances and also a potluck food feast featuring some of Steve's favorite dishes, and was followed by dancing to the local music Steve, loved generously provided by the Blind Albert Blues Band and the Midnight Riders.

Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate the legendary life and times of our beloved Steve Burke, at Watt's Hall in Thomaston, Maine. Watts Hall was Steve's favorite venue for hosting dance fundraisers, and it was just down Route 1 from the Burke homestead and his cherished Liberty Hall.

Facebook Event Page        "I don't know how . . . ‘the best horse’ poem

   Outlaw, humanist, revolutionary, servant, friend . . . Steve Burke Obituary

  Thank you to the Blind Albert Blues Band and the Midnight Riders



U.S. Healthcare System is BROKEN
FIX IT Event Poster

FIX IT: Health Care at the Tipping Point  Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Showing of “FIX IT: Health Care at the Tipping Point” a comprehensive documentary about the advantages of a single payer health care system for meeting the health care needs of the State of Maine and the nation.

     First Universalist Church

     345 Broadway, Rockland Maine

With expensive insurance, rising costs of healthcare and complicated billing, we need to be considering the Universal Health Care / Medicare for All alternatives. The film shows how all Mainers would be better off, with an emphasis on benefits to businesses and job creation and sustainability of our communities.

Following the film there will be a panel discussion with

  • Representative Pinny Beebe-Center (Rockland and Owls Head)
  • Bill Clark, MD, Maine AllCare and Physicians for a National Health Program
  • Jonathan Fulford, a small business owner and Maine AllCare member.

Presented by The Midcoast Peace and Justice Group, this program will honor the memory of member Jerry Call, who worked tirelessly for Single Payer.

Directions: Broadway/Route 1A runs between Route 1 and Route 17. The First Universalist Church is across from the former MacDougal School. Parking and entrance are in back of the church. Come in the entrance and turn left; we meet in the large room at the end of the hall.   Google map: directions to 345 Broadway


Sunday, April 30 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. Nonviolent Direct Action Training in Rockland

The training explored ways of using strategic nonviolent action to address issues and problems being experienced by thousands in Maine.


Beauty, Peace, Resistance: Barefoot Artists in Palestine
Beauty, Peace, Resistance:
Barefoot Artists in Palestine
click above for PDF poster







Beauty, Peace, Resistance: Barefoot Artists in Palestine

       Sponsored by Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Maine Chapter

Thursday July 21, 7 p.m.  St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick

Friday July 22, 7 p.m.  St. Francis Episcopal Church, Blue Hill

The public is welcome; refreshments served.

Lily Yeh, Philadelphia-based community artist and founder of Barefoot Artists, along with Dud Hendrick and Rob Shetterly, will discuss and show images of their recent work in three areas of the Palestinian West Bank. Yeh uses art to build community, peace, and hope among some of the world's most oppressed people.


Thursday May 12   6:30 - 9:30 p.m. John Schetky Benefit Concert     event poster

event poster
John Schetky Benefit Concert

         Highlands Coffee House, Thomaston Maine


  • Vince Gabriel
  • Mike Whitehead
  • and other musicians

Silent Auction

  • E.L. Spears gift certificate
  • Hello Hello Books
  • Loyal Biscuit
  • Mystical Views
  • Tilbury House Publishers
  • Craignair Inn & Resaurant, 1 night for 2 and breakfast
  • Cafe Miranda gift certificate
  • Rock City gift certificate
  • Shepard Auto
  • Bufflehead, 2 hour / 2 person Sail
  • Maine rafting trip for 2
  • and more

To donate silent auction items or for more information - 354-8963

Directions: Route 1, Southwest end of business district, next to Thomaston Grocery.   Google map: directions to Highlands Coffee House in Thomaston




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Living for 32 event poster

Sunday March 6, 5:30 p.m. (potluck),
6:30 p.m. (film showing) Living for 32

     St John's Episcopal Church  200 Main St. (Rte 1)  Thomaston Maine

Living for 32: Directed by Kevin Breslin and produced by Maria Cuomo Cole , Living for 32 is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, April 16th, 2007. The winning combination of Colin’s passion, charisma and optimism has commanded the attention of the American public and media since the devastating incident which left 32 dead and 17 injured. In Living for 32, Colin shares an intimate account of terror he and his classmates endured and the courageous journey of renewal and hope he chose to pursue.

Maine Moms Demand Action America is a grassroots movement of volunteers fighting for common sense policies that reduce gun violence and make it harder for dangerous people to get their hands on guns, including background checks on all gun sales and steps that keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Contact Info. Daniel Lord 207 460‑8084

Free and open to the public. St John's Episcopal Church, Thomaston Maine
   Google map: directions to 200 Maine St. Thomaston

Wednesday January 13   7 p.m. The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory     event poster

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Penobscot event poster

     First Universalist Church    345 Broadway, Rockland Maine

This new documentary illustrates the Penobscots’ long environmental stewardship and their struggle to retain their territory and treaty-reserved, sustenance fishing rights for future generations. At issue is the fact that in 2012, the state of Maine reversed their position and declared that the Penobscot Indian reservation, which includes more than 200 islands in the Penobscot River, does not include any portion of the water. In Penobscot Nation v Mills, the tribe argues that this amounts to territorial theft by the state.

We are hopeful that representatives from the Penobscot Nation will be present to discuss recent developments.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments. Sponsored by the Midcoast Peace and Justice Group. For more information - 691-0322

Directions: Broadway/Route 1A runs between Route 1 and Route 17. The First Universalist Church is across from the former MacDougal School. Parking and entrance are in back of the church. Come in the entrance and turn left; we meet in the large room at the end of the hall.   Google map: directions to 345 Broadway




Friday October 9 to Saturday October 24Maine Walk for Peace
from Ellsworth Maine to Portsmouth New Hamshire along Route 1

Call for Peace Walk Voluteers       Walk Schedule


Sunday October 4, 4 - 6 p.m.Kathy Kelly - Break Every Chain:
           Unshackling Ourselves from War and Prison



Wednesday, April 22   7 p.m.  LIBERATE HAWAI’I Event page
Renouncing and Defying the Continuing Fraudulent U.S. Claim to the Sovereignty of Hawai’i

First Universalist Church
345 Broadway, Rockland Maine


Wednesday, November 12   7 p.m.   Occupying a New Maine Economy

Poster for Event

     First Universalist Church

     345 Broadway, Rockland Maine

Broadway/Route 1A runs between Route 1 and Route 17. The First Universalist Church is across from the former MacDougal School. Parking and entrance are in back of the church. Come in the entrance and turn left; the event will be in the large room at the end of the hall.   Google map: directions to 345 Broadway


Randall Parr talked about his new book “Occupying a New Maine Economy” and the effort to create a State‑Owned Bank in Maine

Included a slide presentation on the book and author signing. A free copy of the new book was awarded. Admission was free.

An era of prosperity has been replaced by an epoch of austerity.

Participants learned about an effort to create a Maine state‑owned bank.   Randall's web site


Tuesday, June 17   Andy Piascik Everywhere Is War

Saturday May 24  March Against Monsanto  Protect Our Food
   March begins at 1:30 p.m. starting at First Universalist Church

               345 Broadway, Rockland Maine

Broadway/Route 1A runs between Route 1 and Route 17. The First Universalist Church is across from the former MacDougal School. Parking is in the back parking lot. Meet in front of the church.   Google map: directions to 345 Broadway

Wear red, carry signs, bring musical instruments - this is a family friendly march. Rain or shine!

Millions of activists from around the world will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro‑chemicals. Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in over 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states. A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at www.march-against-monsanto.com

Aimee Moffitt-Mercer, one of the organizers for Rockland's March, says, “Whether you like it or not, chances are, Monsanto contaminated plenty of the conventionally grown food you ate today. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply, at the expense of common sense, and people’s health.”

See links and information about the yearly March Against Monsanto on last year's event page.      last year's march


Jan. 18, noon - 3 p.m. WeThePeopleMaine.org Statewide Organizational Meeting


Tuesday, June 4   7 p.m.   Climate Reality Slideshow and Talk


Friday, May 24   7 ‑ 9  p.m.   Special Midcoast Peace and Justice Group Meeting

Saturday, May 25   1:30 p.m.  Protect Our Food March Against Monsanto
   March begins at 2 p.m.  starting at First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland


Sunday, May 12   1 p.m. Organizational Meeting
   Midcoast Peace and Justice Group MOVE TO AMEND
   15 North Street, Thomaston


Friday  May 10  All Day (24 hour) Fast    Supporting Justice for Guantanamo Prisoners
From 12 Noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. people who are fasting will gather at Chapman Park on the southwest corner of Park and Main Streets.
Please join us and pledge to join the global hunger strike and actions for justice for Guantanamo prisoners by fasting for at least 24 hours.    FMI: Bill Eberle 354‑0931


Monday, April 29  7 p.m.   David Cobb and Move to Amend
Come and hear this dynamic speaker talk about the Move to Amend campaign, an exciting initiative to create democracy by challenging corporate rule. Followed by discussion and refreshments.
  First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland Maine
Broadway/Route 1A runs between Route 1 and Route 17. The First Universalist Church is across from the former MacDougal School. Parking and entrance are in back of the church. Come in the entrance and turn left; the event is in the large room at the end of the hall.    Google map: directions to 345 Broadway
  No charge - Open to the public

Monday, April 29  10 a.m.   We're Mainers First Clean Elections Rally
  Hall of Flags, State House, Augusta
    On the corner of State Street and Capitol Street in Augusta.   Google map: directions to Maine State House

Clean Elections Forum
Thursday, April 25  5 p.m.
  St. John’s Episcopal Church   200 Main St, Thomaston,
    On the corner of Main and Green Streets.   Google map: directions to 200 Main Street

Legislative Action Alert for Mainers Regarding Opt-Out Fees
March 26  1 p.m.   Cross Building (Augusta), Room 211

Primo Cubano Fukushima Benefit Dance  Dancing for Fukushima
March 23  8:30 - 11:30+ p.m.   Billy's Tavern in Thomaston




Tuesday, November 13     at 7 p.m.       Event Poster
      the Welcome A Healing Journey for War Veterans and their Families

The Welcome offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike.

As we join these vets in a small room for an unusual five day healing retreat, we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry. Here our perceptions are changed, our psyches strained, and our hearts broken. And at the end, when this poetry is shared with a large civilian audience, we begin to understand that all of us are a vital piece of the Welcome as Veterans try to find the way back home. Their examples of unflinching honesty, courage and love lift us up, inspiring all of us once again to feel our common humanity, always the first casualty of war.


Monday, November 12   7 p.m.       Event Poster
     Barbara Lubin, The Middle East Children's Alliance

Mainers Provided Clean Drinking Water for Children in Gaza 2 Years Ago. And We Need Your Support to Do It Again! 100% of all funds donated will go directly to build a water treatment unit for children at the Rehabilitation Centre for the Visually Impaired, a UN school in Gaza.

Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters Event

Thursday, October 4     10 - 11 a.m.

Press Conference and Protest at Maine PUC

Maine Public Utilities Office
101 Second St., (just off Winslow St.)
Hallowell, Maine

Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters calls for an immediate moratorium on smart meter use and related smart grid development, immediate halt to opt out fees, recall of smart meters and replacement with safe and effective analog meters and for the Maine Attorney General to begin an immediate criminal investigation into the mandatory imposition of extortionate opt out fees by the Maine PUC and Central Maine Power.

FMI: Ed Friedman 207-666-3372

Monday, September 17

     A Call for Action by People Questioning Not‑So‑Smart Meters


For the World Movement for Democracy International Day of Democracy, exercise your rights to free speech (1st Amend.), to not be subjected to unreasonable search (4th Amend.), and to not be made ill (not in the Constitution but apparently it needs to be) by public entities collaborating with unscrupulous corporations. Learn more

Thursday, August 23  7 p.m.  Kathy Kelly Tour     Kathy Kelly in Courier

       The Cost of War, the Price of Peace

7:00 p.m.  First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland

Full Tour Schedule in Maine

Portland on Mon., 20th    Sponsored by Codepink Maine and Codepink Portland

6:30-7:30 PM - First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland
- FMI: Pat Taub - 542-7199

Bangor on Tues, 21st    Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine

7:00 p.m. Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor
- FMI: Ilze Petersons - 942-9343


Brunswick on Wed, 22nd    Sponsored by Occupy Bath Brunswick

7:00 PM - the Morrell Room of Curtis Memorial Library - Brunswick
- FMI: Selma Sternlieb - 725-7675


Rockland on Thurs, 23rd    Sponsored by Midcoast Peace & Justice Group

7:00 PM - First Universalist Church - 345 Broadway, Rockland
- FMI: Steve Burke - 691-0322


Belfast on Fri, 24th    Sponsored by UU Social Action Committee

6:30 P.M. - Unitarian Universalist Church 37 Miller St., Belfast
- FMI: Rick McDowell - 342-2251



Friday, July 13   Medea Benjamin on Drone Warfare

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.  Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street, Camden

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Midcoast Friends Meeting, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta

Wednesday, May 23     7 p.m.

Film - Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth

     First Universalist Church  345 Broadway, Rockland Maine

Friday March 16 and Saturday March 17 at 7 p.m.




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