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Restorative Justice Panel

Restorative Justice will be the topic at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. Panelists will include Natasha Irving, who won election in November as the first woman to be district attorney for the Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo County prosecutorial district. She ran on a platform of restorative justice, decisively defeating the Republican incumbent. Also on the panel, Willi Hurley, who experienced restorative justice first hand as a young person in Belfast. The Center is located at 96 Harlow Street in Bangor, opposite Peirce Park. There is no charge; donations accepted.

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Doctrine of Christian Discovery

Sunday, February 17, 6pm, P&J Center, 96 Harlow St, Suite 100, Bangor

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery: Colonial Repression of Indigenous Peoples – a presentation by John Dieffenbacher-Krall

Few people know of the outsized role played by several 15th century papal bulls that encouraged Christian nations to subjugate and dispossess the non-Christian peoples of their lands in countries “discovered” by European explorers. The bulls gave license to genocide, land theft and slave trafficking that endures to this day. In 1823 the Christian Doctrine of Discovery was adopted into U.S. law by the Supreme Court in the case of Johnson v. M’Intosh and became the cornerstone of U.S. Indian policy, depriving Native Americans of basic rights.

John Dieffenbacher-Krall will speak on the need to expunge the Doctrine of Discovery. He served as executive director for the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission for 12 and a half years. He chairs the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations, and has preached in churches representing seven different religious denominations about the need to counter the pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Womxns March 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

11am – Gather at West Market Square, Bangor

Numerous local activists and organizations are sponsoring an intersectional Womxns March, with a diverse selection of speakers and organizers. The organizers of this particular march recognize the needs of our community to be complex because discrimination overlaps in areas of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religion.  This inclusive march will give the opportunity to educate the public on subjects that aren’t discussed enough, but also for all voices to be heard.  We will gather at West Market Square briefly, then march to an indoor location to hear speakers.  Stay tuned for more info!

Organizers:  Dawn Neptune Adams, Danielle Ravyn VanHelsing, Desiree Vargas, Ambureen Rana, Isabella Juliana, Samantha Le, Aislinn Canarr, Hannah Ruhlin, Cynthia Leiffer, Nik Sparlin, Melissa Anne Day, Kimberly Hammill, Karen Marysdaughter

Sponsoring organizations:  Maine TransNet, Sunlight Media Collective, Bangor Racial & Economic Justice Coalition, Health Equity Alliance, Maine People’s Alliance, Bangor High School Students for Gender Equality, Socialist Party of Maine, U Maine Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Congregation Beth El Social Action Committee, The Wilson Center, Resources for Organizing & Social Change, Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, OUT Maine, Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor Social Justice Committee