Peace Action Maine's Mission:
We are a voice of education and a center for people committed to disarmament and creative responses to conflict.

Peace Action Maine's Mission:
We are a voice of education and a center for people committed to disarmament and creative responses to conflict.

Highlights, Updates and a November Request for Warm Winter Apparel

PAM's Annual Meeting was held on Oct 27. It was a successful and a memorable event. Keynote speaker  Medea Benjamin spoke about the travesty of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, the resulting humanitarian crisis, how the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has changed the narrative, and how to cut off U.S. support for this brutal war.  Video of her talk  is posted as well as access to the  2018AnnualMembershipMeetingSummary.pdf of the meeting, by Morgana Warner-Evans, board member.
      PAM members were treated with a brown bag supper at the business meeting. Our 2019 board was approved. Two remarkable Peaceworker awardees, Seth Berner and Stan Scott, were honored. High school student Essay Contest Winners were recognized.  Devon Grayson-Wallace  reviewed PAM’s coordinated campaigns as an affiliate of Peace Action. She led a discussion focused  on member suggestions for upcoming additional interests and local action including donating Warm Winter Wear for friends in need.  Peace Action Maine's meeting opener: PAM’s  2 minute 2018 year-end video recognized PAM champions and achievements. We honor and remember members we have lost: Sally Breen, Selma Sternlieb, Victor Skorapa, and Loukie Lofchie. They are greatly missed.
        Many thanks to those who were able to attend our meeting, we look forward to seeing you again soon. We would like to extend a thank you to our membership for making this meeting possible and for allowing us to continue our grassroots mobilizing, creating a climate for peace.
Don't forget to sign the Joint Statement for the Korean Peace Process. Peace Action Maine has signed, but you can sign on as an individual!

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Medea Benjamin
Divesting from the War Machine
(& Current Events)

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.
She is the author of ten books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. Her most recent book, Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is part of a campaign to prevent a war with Iran and instead promote normal trade and diplomatic relations. 

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The meeting emcee: Devon Grayson-Wallace, board member, has worked for 2 years in DC as a lobbyist for the Friends Committee on National Legislatrion, a Quaker lobby in the public interest.  She comes to peace and justice work with a particular concern for and expertise in the federal budget.                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                 

Upcoming Events

Common Ground Country Fair Peace Action Maine Portal

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Peace Action Maine will be participating once again in the Social & Political Action area of the Common Ground Country Fair!The fair schedule is HERE. You can join the Livestream HERE. Fair Stories: HEREThe Poetry Grove portal is HERE.This year’s Fair will be in virtual format and visitors will be able to visit our booth…

Past Events

No War On Iran

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On March 23, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced an initiative for a global ceasefire, noting that armed conflict makes it virtually impossible to implement public health measures required to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. He called for support from governments and civil society. And he instructed UN special…

Ease Sanctions, Save Souls from Pandemic

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Economic sanctions should never interfere with humanitarian assistance, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. Yet, sanctions have delayed life saving aid from NGOs getting to the people of North Korea for many years.We have a rare opportunity to make an immediate impact to save lives, and to improve relations with…

2020 Peace Worker Award: Organization Recognized

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Peace Action Maine recognizes Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights (MVPR) for their tireless work - including calls to action, lobbying, public outreach, fundraising for medical and sanitation aid amid the ongoing world pandemic - as peacemakers advocating for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories…

2020 Peace Worker Award: Individual Recognized

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Peace Action Maine recognizes our individual 2020 Peace Worker: Grace Braley. Grace is a resolute, dedicated, resourceful member and leader who has helped navigate this organization through some challenging times. (Pictured: Braley interviews Lydia Wood, of ICAN.us. at Portland Media Center) PeaceWorker 2020 Individual…

Support Kingsbay Plowshares7- write the Judge & sign petition

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Join Peace Action Maine-show support for the Kingsbay Plowshares 7 today! -Sign their petition located on the website https://Kingsbayplowshares7.org. Elizabeth McAlister, at 80 years old the eldest of the KBP7 defendants and widow of Phil Berrigan, was just sentenced via video to time served, three years supervised…

The Case Against Sanctions

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The Case Against SanctionsMonday June 15 @ 7:00The United States is the world leader in imposing economic sanctions. It supports sanctions regimes affecting nearly 200 million people. In this webinar, learn how economic sanctions work and explore what can be done to curtail their use and humanitarian impact. Join the…

Tina Malcolmson will be dearly missed

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Dear members and friends of Peace Action Maine, We need to tell you, sadly, that our dear friend, Tina Malcolmson, former board member/treasurer/co-chair of PAM and retired professor of English at Bates College, died alone, suddenly, from an accident on or about the 11th of July, at her home in Portland. She and I had just…

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years

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( REQUEST YOUR NOV. 3 ABSENTEE BALLOT HERE)This was our* HiroshimaNagasaki75.org commemorative event. Saturday August 8, Payson Park. Denny Dreher of Pax Christi Maine begins the program with a reading of the poem "Water.""We are part of a group of organizations and individuals working together: --to mark the anniversaries…

Thermonuclear Monarchy: Talk by Professor Scarry

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Thank you for helping make our Fall Gathering a success! What was to have been a Spring Renewal business meeting and Keynote was rescheduled from May due to Covid-19 descending upon Maine. We were honored to hear keynote Professor Elaine Scarry speak about Thermonuclear Monarchy.A link to her entire keynote zoom…

Celebrate the International Day of Peace!

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Virtual Screening Event on International Day of Peace100 Cities. One Night for Peace.Monday, September 218 PM EDT (New York); 5 PM PDT (Los Angeles)Join us! Peace Action Maine is hosting 100 Cities. One Night for Peace. The event includes musical performances, the film We Are Many, followed by a discussion and Q&A with…

Stand Out for the elimination of nuclear weapons!

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September 26, 2020 – The UN’s “International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons” “Nuclear weapons present an unacceptable danger to humanity. The only real way to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons is to eliminate nuclear weapons.” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres **Co-sponsors of this StandOut:…

Common Ground Country Fair Peace Action Maine Portal

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Peace Action Maine will be participating once again in the Social & Political Action area of the Common Ground Country Fair!The fair schedule is HERE. You can join the Livestream HERE. Fair Stories: HEREThe Poetry Grove portal is HERE.This year’s Fair will be in virtual format and visitors will be able to visit our booth…