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PAM Annual meeting and keynote address:
Please join us Saturday, October 29 to hear keynote speaker, Nermeen Shaikh, co-host of Democracy Now! The PAM annual meeting, including a traditional potluck supper, will be held the same day. Please RSVP to our facebook event if you haven't already! If you are planning to enjoy the potluck, please email email@example.com with the food you will bring as soon as you can.
We signed a petition telling LePage that we won't tolerate his racism any longer. Show your support. We stand with Central Maine Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and the myriad of other cosigning organizations around the state and urge you to, too.
From Oct. 11-26 there will be another peace walk through Maine similar to the ones we have organized over the past five years. This walk will be called ‘Stop the War$ on Mother Earth’ and will draw links between our endless wars for oil and the ravaging of our planet by the fossil fuel industry.
We’ve just had the hottest summer in recorded human history and you’d think the nation would go on a massive campaign to reorder our society to solar, wind, tidal power and mass transit production instead of picking a fight with China and Russia. It would make more sense to convert BIW from war making to peaceful pursuits and help give future generations a fair chance at survival. Unfortunately, while we crash and burn, the American people seem distracted by the ongoing circus sideshow on corporate TV.
Racial disparities in charges for the protesters raise concerns about whether this apology accounts for all civil rights violations inflicted against the protesters by authorities. Of the 18 people arrested at the protest, five are black, 12 appear to be either white or non-black and one is a juvenile. According to courthouse records that are publicly available, all of the black people received either three or four charges, 11 of the 12 white or non-black people arrested received two charges, and only one white individual faced three charges. The juvenile’s charges were not made available to the public.
These numbers reveal that, excluding the one white individual who received three charges, the black protesters each received either one or two more charges than their white/non-black counterparts. This data gives the appearance that there are inequities in how charges were doled out. The women whose mugshots were wrongfully released are black and are among those hit with a greater number of charges.
Bazian said studying decolonisation was a process of understanding historical frameworks that dictate how relations in present conflict will be thought about, in order to rethink these frameworks and pose new questions.
"There's no set of clear answers when we think about and talk about decolonial thought, because we first have to emerge out of the contexts of nationalist, colonial and post-colonial thinking," Bazian told Al Jazeera.
He added that "those who are interested in making a static engagement with the present status quo historically and continuously are not comfortable in posing questions that complicate things".
"The latest salvo from opponents of the deal came in the form of a letter to Congress signed by hundreds of law professors and economists – including Laurence Tribe, who taught Obama at Harvard – protesting the inclusion of “Investor State Dispute Settlement” (ISDS) provisions in the TPP agreement."
“Climate change is inherently racist,” said Nick Estes, co-founder of activist organization the Red Nation and a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. “The Anthropocene began with fossil fuel extraction, which began with colonization. The rise of temperatures began with the industrial revolution. And the damage was done to ‘expendable people,’ exploiting the labor of black people and the land of indigenous people.”
Democracy Now! looks at this month’s killing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of Khalid Jabara and last year’s triple killing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, of Deah Barakat and two sisters, Razan and Yusor Abu-Salha. Both killings have been described as anti-Arab hate crimes. They spoke to Khalid’s brother and sister, Rami Jabara and Victoria Jabara Williams, and to Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, the father of Razan and Yusor.
The hypermilitarized U.S. approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to change. Unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel — making up 20 percent of Israel's military budget — is part of the problem. So is the fact that U.S. policymakers too often view the security of Israelis and Palestinians as a zero-sum game, rather than focusing on the ways their security is interlinked. Israel’s nearly half-century military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip endangers the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis.
On March 3, 2016, the volunteer-led organization and the state of Maine amalgamate of the group National Peace Action, Peace Action Maine (a local collective with more than twenty-five “years of grassroots mobilizing to end war and occupation and to abolish nuclear weapons,” according to their website peaceactionme.org) presented a live-streaming video conference featuring Bill McKibben, titled “Creating a Climate of Peace.” The conference took place in Talbot Hall on the University of Southern Maine campus at 7:00 P.M. Free and open to the public, “Creating a Climate of Peace” was co-sponsored by the University of Southern Maine Department of Environmental Science and Policy.
On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. Can you join us?
Recent PAM Events
Bill McKibben, of 350.org, spoke via satellite for a crowd of 75 on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7pm, in Talbot Hall, USM Portland.
A local panel spoke on "Creating a Climate for Peace," Bill spoke on the COP 21, the United Nations climate conference in Paris that took place in December of 2015.
Co-sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Department, USM, the local panel included:
- Meaghan LaSala, Divest UMaine and Southern Maine Workers Center
- Iris SanGiovanni, Maine Students for Climate Justice and Protect South Portland
- Chloe Maxmin, Divest Harvard, writing a book on climate for The Nation
- Lee Chisholm, 350maine.org/greater_portland
- Sherry Mitchell, Esq., Land Peace Foundation, Maine Students for Climate Justice, Indigenous Rights attorney
If you weren’t able to attend Tuesday’s PAM Annual Meeting with Keynote speaker Dr. Bennis about Syria and ISIS, here are links that include most of her talk.
Also included: the award acceptance speech delivered by 2015 Peacemaker Jessica Moore, wrapping up so much in just a few short sentences.