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We are a voice of education and a center for people committed to disarmament and creative responses to conflict.

Gandhi For WebSiteTalk and book signing by scholar Professor Douglas Allen.
The event is free and open to the public.
Time and location-see flier.

Professor Allen had Smithsonian and Fulbright grants in India, and teaches courses in Marxism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. His courses deal with sexism, racism, and peace and justice issues. He has authored four books in the phenomenology of religion and others on the Indochina/Vietnam War and on religious-political conflict.He is involved in the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine helped form a group in 1074, which became the Maine Peace Action Committee (MPAC)


Piascik: Can you talk about engaging in civil disobedience and serving a one-day prison sentence in 2006?

Allen: On September 21, 2006, International Day of Peace, eleven of us were arrested at former Senator Olympia Snowe’s office to dramatize how Snowe and Senator Susan Collins supported the US war in Iraq. As part of a carefully prepared and very effective campaign in the Gandhi-King tradition, our affinity group refused to leave Snowe’s office, were arrested, and later imprisoned for a little over 24 hours.

     One should not overemphasize civil disobedience, one of many forms of resistance to injustice, in which one disobeys the law. I believe in forceful, disciplined, nonviolent resistance, most of which involves noncooperation, withholding one’s labor and resisting complicity, raising consciousness and organizing, boycotts, and demonstrations. However, sometimes when there are no viable alternatives, it’s necessary to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience to resist blatant injustice.

Upcoming Events

Gandhi After 9-11 A talk by Professor Allen

Gandhi For WebSite
Talk and book signing by scholar Professor Douglas Allen.The event is free and open to the public.Time and location-see flier.Professor Allen had Smithsonian and Fulbright grants in India, and teaches courses in Marxism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. His courses deal with sexism, racism, and peace and justice issues. He has…

Past Events

Successful Spring Gathering with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson

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Thank you for a very successful Spring Renewal Gathering Saturday, May 4 at The Woodfords Club! You can review Colonel Wilkerson's talk and call to action recorded by the Portland Media Center. as well as Channel 13's coverage.Member Pat Taub interviewed Colonel Wilkerson at the Portland Media Center Studio and that link…

Report back: Peace Delegation to Iran!

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Fuller traveled with a peace delegation of 28 U.S. citizens, led by the organization Code Pink. The presentation will feature many photos of Iran as well as a report of what was learned about Iran in listening and talking with as many Iranians as possible in ten days. This is a time of great urgency for becoming aware of…

Cost of Nuclear Modernization, Judy Elliott

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As a Prelude to PeaceWorks' 15th Annual PeaceFair, this screening of a new documentary was followed by a "Nuclear Update" by Judy Elliott. The PeaceFair commemorated the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945. "The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons" helps explain the history of nuclear…

Gandhi After 9-11 A talk by Professor Allen

Gandhi For WebSite
Talk and book signing by scholar Professor Douglas Allen.The event is free and open to the public.Time and location-see flier.Professor Allen had Smithsonian and Fulbright grants in India, and teaches courses in Marxism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. His courses deal with sexism, racism, and peace and justice issues. He has…