PEACE DELEGATION TO IRAN: 6PM WED., MAY 15, 2019

The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County will present a talk by Ridgely Fuller of Belfast, who recently traveled to Iran with a Code Pink delegation, bringing a message of peace and respect and
seeking to learn about this important country. She will present a talk and photographs at the Belfast Free Library on Wednesday,
May 15 at 6 pm.

Ridgely writes : “Since I believe that many Americans are as curious as I am, my presentation will feature a power-point with many
photos of Iran as well as a report of what I learned about Iran in my
listening and talking with as many Iranians as possible in ten days.”  
All are welcome. FMI call 338-5089.—

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P & J Waldo County Film Forum for March 2019

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County Film Forum  will be showing  DO NOT RESIST, a documentary film which examines the militarization of America’s local police forces.  The film will start at 6 pm in the Abbott Room, Belfast Free Library located at Miller and High Streets in Belfast.        According to Pentagon information, during  the Obama Administration police departments throughout the US received transfers of unneeded  military equipment.  This transfer is still going on.   While the Pentagon does not  push this  equipment into local law enforcement departments,  such equipment is given free upon request from municipal  Police Departments.  They have received thousands of machine guns, ammunition magazines- some that carry 100 rounds of M-16 ammunition allowing officers to fire continuously for 3 times longer than normal,  camouflage material, night-vision equipment, gun silencers, armored vehicles with mounted .50 caliber guns and aircraft.  As the presence and use of this military equipment increases in our local police departments, citizens are starting to debate whether the line between soldiers and police officers is becoming less and less visible.  These  everywhere-seen military items in use by local police have changed the way police officers look as well as how law enforcement departments see themselves.  As a police recruiting tool, videos show clips of police officers storming into homes with smoke and flash grenades,  shooting with automatic weapons and creeping through fields in camouflage outfits.  
This 72- minute film explores where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead to next in  the field of policing in American towns and cities.     In some  communities the growing debate has divided the population.  The topic of this documentary is timely and in great need of public discussion.

FILM FORUM FOR FEBRUARY 20, 2019

The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, in recognition of Black History Month, will show the film “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement” on Wednesday , February 20 in the Abbott Room, Belfast Free Library at 6 pm.
#BlackLivesMatter launched a transformative grassroots movement that moved from social media to the streets across America. This is the real story of brave young people who have found their voice to lead a powerful social movement. The evolution of the BLM movement is told through first person accounts of local activists, protestors, journalists and others. This is a powerful film about recent history–an essential chapter in understanding the struggle for racial justice. Discussion to follow the program. <p

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WED., DEC., 19, 2018 POTLUCK (5:30) FILM (6:00)

You Are Invited to Solstice Potluck and “Living Soils” Film.

The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County is holding its annual Solstice Potluck and film on Wednesday, December 19, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.

The potluck will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by the documentary “Living Soils : A Documentary for All of Us” at 6 pm. This 60 minute documentary features innovative farmers and soil experts from throughout the U.S. and addresses how to rebuild the “vibrantly alive soils” that allow us to feed ourselves.

Join us for this timely film, following a community potluck in celebration of the light returning!

Admission is free. All are welcome. Questions– call 323-5160

“BEING CARIBOU” Film Forum on Sept. 19, 2018 at Belfast Library, 6:00 p.m.

The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County Fall Forum

Please join us on Wed. Sept. 19, at the Belfast Free Library for the film “Being Caribou”, a documentary by Environmentalist Leanne Allison and wildlife biologist Karsten Huer about their epic 1500 kilometre jouney following a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot, through the rugged Artic tundra.

They let the caribou guide them through a wild and remote wilderness from central Yukon to coastal Alaska and back. Their brave and arduous journey is undertaken to raise awareness of threats to the caribou’s survival, and the importance of the continued struggle to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. At stake is the herd’s delicate habitat, which could be devastated if proposed oil and gas development goes ahead in the herd’s calving grounds. While this powerful film was produced in 2004, the message and the urgency, remain pertinent to the environmental struggle that continues today.

The film is free and starts at 6 pm. Donations always appreciated.

Monthly Planning Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

The Peace & Justice Group of Waldo County meets the first Tuesday of Every Month at 6:30 pm at The Office, 17 Main St in Belfast, Maine. We invite anyone interested in discussing projects and ideas for working toward peace and justice in both our local community and our world, to JOIN US. We organize monthly films and community forums on current events that affect all our lives such as climate change, social, political and racial justice, gender equality, and peace in our community and our world.

-FIRST MEETING OF FALL 2018! THIS MEETING ONLY, AT 7PM–COME TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUR FOCUS BE FOR THE NEXT YEAR…

All are welcome at our meetings– bring ideas, projects to share and plans for action to promote peace and justice or if you cannot make it, we encourage you to be in touch so we can discuss your idea, and see how we might be of support.

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR AGENDA ADDITIONS CALL CATHY AT 323-5160
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Agenda items can be sent by reply, or bring them with you!.

General Agenda Items are:

1. Films and Community Forums–Third Wed of every month at 6 pm, Belfast Free Library.
review past events

2. Upcoming actions and events:
OTHER EVENTS, ACTIONS?

3.New projects-update on website
local connections /support with other groups–how to? Resist.org

4. Sunday vigils- -Climate Change 3rd Sunday-12-1 pm on corner Main and High;
new signs? ideas? Resist Banner; choose focus weekly on corner?

5. Treasurer’s report; fundraising

6. Other agenda items; announcements

CARPOOLING TO JUNE 30TH “FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER” RALLIES IN BANGOR OR AUGUSTA

There is interest in carpooling on Saturday to the Families Belong Together Rally, either Bangor or Augusta. If you would like to carpool, please indicate your interest by replying to this email by Friday noon with

#1–where you are located and #2–the rally you will be attending.

Your replies will come to me and I will post that info to the group by tomorrow afternoon.

Bangor Rally is at 10AM at Cascade Park, 600 State St. (aka Route 2). Go past Eastern Maine Medical Center on the right and Cascade Park will be on the left before the turn to Hogan Road.

Augusta Rally is at 11AM at the State House at the corner of Capitol and State Streets. FOR MORE INFO CALL 323-5160.