22 Oct

Call for Artists- Reflections on Death Art Show

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Join us for an exciting event this Halloween season, exploring the holidays and ceremonies around the world that honor the dead, and explore how death is a common theme to all of humanity, and learn about the diverse ways humans express this. Our plan is to build several puppets and masks of papier mache, and string them around the sidewalks around the Peace and Justice Center. During the week of Halloween, we’ll conduct walking tours in the evenings, and lead them back to the Peace and Justice Center for an art show, submitted by local artists, around the theme of death and the artists’ exploration of that theme.We need lots of help building the puppets, as well as individual art contributions to this theme. Art Camp is for kids ages 7 to 17, but parents are encouraged to participate as well. Join us every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 5 from and we’ll build puppets, learn about other cultures, and all of this goes to raise money for the Peace and Justice Center to continue our great programs going! We ask for a $5 donation for each kid to participate in art camp, but that $5 means you can participate for the whole 8 class session without being asked to donate again. Unless you want to, of course. Perfect after-school activity, and within the hours of operation of the bus, at that!

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Call For Artists: We’re holding a fundraiser the week of October 24th till October 31st. It is a fundraiser that will include walking tours, a public art exhibit, and finally, an art show that will feature you, our local artists! We are asking artists to produce works exploring the theme of death. Note: This is NOT supposed to be a gore-fest. We’re asking artists to really think about the concepts of death, their feelings on it, their experiences and their truths surrounding death. If gore is necessary, please keep it to an absolute minimum.

We believe in artists getting paid for their work, so all the art submitted will be available for sale. The Peace and Justice Center asks only 20% of each sale, so that we may continue our great art programs in the future and continue to provide a platform for our incredible local talent. The proceeds go to continue all of the P&Js awesome programs, among them our fast-growing youth art program, Art Camp, which creates public installations throughout the year. 

If you have a piece you’d like to submit, please send us a message and we’ll schedule a time to meet so you can drop it off. We’ll keep it safe for you and all unsold pieces will be promptly returned to the artist. Please share this event with all the great artists you know!We’re holding a fundraiser the week of October 23rd till October 31st. It is a fundraiser that will include walking tours, a public art exhibit, and finally, an art show that will feature you, our local artists! We are asking artists to produce works exploring the theme of death.


We believe in artists getting paid for their work, so all the art submitted will be available for sale. The Peace and Justice Center asks only 20% of each sale, so that we may continue our great art programs in the future and continue to provide a platform for our incredible local talent. The proceeds go to continue all of the P&Js awesome programs, among them our fast-growing youth art program, Art Camp, which creates public installations throughout the year. 

If you have a piece you’d like to submit, please gives us a call at 207 942 9343 and we’ll schedule a time to meet so you can drop it off. We’ll keep it safe for you and all unsold pieces will be promptly returned to the artist. Please share this event with all the great artists you know!

17 Oct

Speaker from India at Peace and Justice Center on Oct. 26th

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Mahesh Upadhyaya from India will offer a free speaking program at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern on Thursday, October 26th, at 6:30 p.m. His topic is “Unpacking the Caste System: India and the United States.” He will be doing a program on this topic on October 26th, at 12:30 p.m., in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union, of the University of Maine, but he will focus on different aspects of caste for his evening presentation.

Based in Ahmedabad, India, Mahesh Upadhyaya serves as the IPM (International Partners in Mission) South Asia Regional Director. He works to bring people together regardless of caste, class, religion, or gender working toward the goal of peace, justice, and reconciliation.

With studies in biochemistry and social management in India and with a graduate degree in religion from the University of Chicago, Upadhyaya has a wide range of experience in human rights and labor rights organizing, training NGOs, microenterprise cooperatives, nurse and social work training, and efforts at gender equality and interfaith dialogue.

What is “caste”? Unlike many Indians who deny that caste still exists or others who present an idealized view of caste, Upadhyaya will unpack the human devastation of caste violence. Isn’t the U.S., which promotes its ideology of equality for all, free from hierarchical caste violence and injustice? How is caste in India and in the U.S. related?

From firsthand personal experience, I know that Mahesh is a very caring and humanistic person, who is a dynamic engaged activist, and is an effective communicator. Those who attend his program at the Peace and Justice Center will be educated, inspired, and motivated by his presentation and will enjoy a lively question and discussion period.

12 Oct

Harvest Supper 2017

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Saturday, November 11th 6-8pm

Unitarian Universalist Church 120 Park Street Bangor

Program Includes Hands of Peace Award Presentation

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Hands of Peace Award is Sherri Mitchell who is a Penobscot lawyer, author, and activist. The Youth Hands of Peace Award goes to Olivia Baldacci for her leadership in Peace and Justice Center projects, at school, and in her community. 

Online Harvest Supper Program Ad/Sponsor Form

We invite individuals, businesses, and organizations to convey their message of greetings, appreciation and congratulations to award recipients through ads in the Harvest Supper Program Booklet.
  • Ads should be greyscale or black-and-white and must be formatted as PDF documents, tiffs, or jpegs with all fonts and images embedded. Ads must be received by Monday, September 19th.
  • Mail check to: Peace and Justice Center 96 Harlow Street, STE 100 Bangor ME 04401 OR to pay online Click Here

03 Oct

Indigenous People’s Day Observance, 2017

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Indigenous People’s Day, 2017
Monday, October 9, 1pm to 3pm
Hammond St. Congregational Church, 28 High St, Bangor
On August 28, 2017, the Bangor City Council voted unanimously that “the 2nd Monday of October shall be known in the City of Bangor as Indigenous People’s Day.”  In honor of that declaration, local groups are sponsoring an Indigenous People’s Day observance on Monday, October 9th,  from 1 to 3pm, in the large vestry of the Hammond St. Congregational Church in Bangor.
Our plan is to feature a few speakers, sharing why it is important to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day and some specific examples of Native history and culture.  We will also take time, in small groups, to talk about how we can make IPD observances an ongoing part of our community.
Please join us and share with your friends and neighbors!  (FB event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/783687465166465/)
FMI:  Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, info@peacectr.org, 207-942-9343.
Current co-sponsors:  Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Maine People’s Alliance, Greater Bangor Area NAACP, Faith Linking in Action, Food AND Medicine, Social Justice Committee of the UU Church (contact us ASAP if you wish your group to be added as a co-sponsor!)
26 Sep

Film showing: “13th”

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Friday, October 13, 6:30 pm

Peace & Justice Center, 96 Harlow St, Suite 100, Bangor

Free admission – discussion to follow

13th is Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary exploring the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery. The US has five percent of the world’s population but twenty-five percent of the world’s prisoners. 13th shows that slavery has been perpetuated in criminal justice practices since the end of the American Civil War and examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, demonstrating how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.

Sponsored by:  Peace & Justice Center, Greater Bangor Area NAACP, Bangor Racial & Economic Justice Coalition

26 Sep

October, 2017 P&J Newsletter Available for Download

Download October newsletter HERE.

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