04 Sep

5th Annual End Violence Together Event


The 5th Annual End Violence Together Rally & March will be held on September 15, 2018 at West Market Square. The Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine and Pax Christi Maine will lead the planning effort along with numerous peace, justice and environmental justice organizations and faith communities from across eastern Maine. Sign up to participate using this form: END VIOLENCE TOGETHER SIGNUP

Active participation in creative nonviolent resistance is needed now more than ever! The culture of violence in which we dwell continues to threaten the survival of our planet and its inhabitants. More and more people have come to realize that all forms of violence are interconnected. The proliferation of war brings environmental destruction which creates refugees searching for new homelands where tensions of race and poverty arise which increases domestic violence and gun violence and so on.

Campaign Nonviolence, a long term movement to mainstream nonviolence, was initiated by Pace e Bene in 2014 with a week of actions which includes the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21st. Since then, CNV has grown from 230 actions to over 1600 actions in 2017 across the U.S. in all 50 states and around the world. As we approach the week of Sept. 15-23, 2018, momentum is building! This is a pivotal time with U.S. Congressional elections coming this fall. To give witness to the strength of this people’s movement, CNV will hold a national convergence with a march and action in Washington DC on Sept. 21-22. For more details see www.CampaignNonviolence.org

Please join us as an individual or as an organization to share ideas and resources. The time has come for comprehensive change based on creative nonviolence!  Planning begins in early June. Everyone can contribute! As the Rev. Dr. King declared over 50 years ago, “the choice is no longer violence or nonviolence; it’s nonviolence or non-existence.” FMI: Mary Ellen 223-4992 or Amy 942-9343. 

03 Sep

The Manitoba Story: A Basic Income Film

Sunday, September 16 at 6:00

Location: Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine

96 Harlow Street, Suite 100

the BIG experience

“The Manitoba Story” is about the residents of a rural town that was the site of a Canadian basic income pilot project in the 1970s. Everyone in Dauphin, Manitoba, was eligible for an unconditional minimum income. Over the course of four years they experienced the impact of changes to their economy and social fabric that would forever change the course of their lives. Understanding their experiences gives insight into ideas that can help us understand and solve society’s most important issues.

Followed by a discussion of whether a basic income would be a good policy for the US, led by Michael Howard, National Coordinator of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network.


02 Sep

Bangor Premiere! Dawnland: A story of stolen children and cultural survival

Indigenous People’s Day

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7pm

Bangor Opera House/Penobscot Theater

131 Main St, Bangor

Panel discussion to follow the film

FMI:  info@peacectr.org


Dawnland documents the century-long nationwide act of blatant cultural genocide against Native peoples, in which the state of Maine participated in the removal of Native children from their families and placement in white homes.  


In 2012, the state of Maine and the five Wabanaki chiefs entered into an historic agreement to establish the Maine-Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to determine what happened to Wabanaki children and families.  The first of its kind, the Commission was initiated and supported by Maine-Wabanaki REACH, a collaboration of Wabanaki and non-Native people. The Commission’s 2015 report states that the state of Maine continued to remove Native children from their families at disproportionate rates; racism is still at work in state institutions; Wabanaki people, despite amazing resilience, suffer from intergenerational trauma as a result of child welfare practices; and ongoing work is necessary to truly uphold the welfare of Native children and families. Maine-Wabanaki REACH continues this ongoing work.


Dawnland (http://dawnland.org/) is a feature length documentary film which follows the 2-year TRC process and shares the pain and healing of those removed from their homes and communities. It is a powerful testament to the spirit of the Wabanaki people, and a call to white people to consider how they and their communities perpetuate the racist systems that lead to cultural genocide.


26 Aug

September 2018 P&J Newsletter E-Edition

Click HERE to download the September 2018 Peace & Justice Center newsletter in pdf format.