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P&J General Assembly

We hope you will join us Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 6 to 8pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St, Bangor, for our General Assembly.  We will be reviewing our progress since our November, 2018 General Assembly, affirming a revised set of By-Laws, our goals, and a slate of Steering Committee members.  We especially want your input on plans for diversifying the leadership of the Center!

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Colonization and Its Effects on Indigenous People

6 p.m. Sunday, May 19 Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine 96 Harlow St, Bangor

Carol Dana and June Sapiel, both members of the Penobscot Nation and residents of Indian Island, will speak on the wide-ranging effects of centuries of colonization –suicide rates, incarceration levels, life expectancy, loss of language and culture – in short, the toll on the mental, physical and emotional health of indigenous people.

Carol is the mother of six. She works at the Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department as a language specialist, having learned the Penobscot language from June’s grandmother, Madas Sapiel, as well as many other teachers. Now, in a turn of the circle, Carol is passing the language on to June.

June is the mother of three. She was greatly influenced by her grandmother, Madas, who participated in the American Indian Movement. She is a member of the Bear Clan and has been to Standing Rock four times between August 2016 and March 2017. 

There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

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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.