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 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.
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.