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.

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Call  Congress from Congress Square Park! 
Feb. 14.: #LoveToAfghanistan, #UnfreezeAfghanFunds, #EndAfghanSanctions
Vigils are happening across the US.
      When the United States military pulled out of Afghanistan, the Biden administration responded by choking off assets to Afghan banks and economy by freezing the reserves of the Afghan Central Bank held in the U.S, by imposing sanctions on those doing business with Afghanistan, and by cutting aid. Jobs and income disappeared, people could not afford to buy food and mass starvation is now imminent. (Depreciation of Afghan $ and inflation are worsening.)
     With that background, Peace Action Maine will hold a Valentine's Day Vigil to End Afghan Famine at Congress Square Park  in Portland from 12:00-12:30 PM on Monday, February 14.  The vigil calls for increased aid to Afghanistan, to lift sanctions and  unfreeze assets that humanitarian groups say are driving the crisis.  A limited number of posters will be available to attendees.
      Several peace organizations, including Peace Action, Code Pink, World Beyond War, and Afghans for a Better Tomorrow, have designated this as a national day of action on Afghanistan: “Love to Afghanistan,” "Biden's time to lift sanctions and unfreeze Afghan assets,  stabilize the economy and end the famine.  Don't  turn our backs on mass starvation, caused by the U.S!We mobilize to change these harmful policies with  actions: (to be shared during Vigil and here soon!)
On Feb 3, Rep. Pingree voted Yea to an amendment(PA strongly supported) about Afghanistan and the US asset freezes driving the humanitarian crisis. Rep. Golden voted Nay.
On Monday February 14th @ 7: How U.S. Sanctions Starve Afghans--and How Can We Move From a Place of Love to End this Continuing War, with Phyllis Bennis and Kathy Kelly. REGISTER HERE.

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Join ME VFP: My Journey Back to Vietnam with Doug Rawlings

Sep 08, 2023
My Journey Back to Vietnam Sept. 17, Sunday 3-5pm Portland Media Center 516 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 Doug Rawlings returned to Vietnam in early August with his son, Josh, to speak at a conference in Hue City. Fifty-three years ago Rawlings was in the 7/15th Artillery located at a firebase in the Central Highlands.…

Maine Farm's call to protest warship's christening

Jul 24, 2023
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CALL TO ACTION: from Smilin' Trees Disarmament Farm Please join Smilin' Trees Disarmament Farm at Bath Iron Works on Saturday July 29th from 9:30 till 11 AM to protest the Christening of the Harvey C. Barnum Jr. DDG-124 an Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer. We will gather across from the Post Office on Washington Street in…

NDAA 2023

Jul 09, 2023
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Historic Golden Rule, Peace Sailboat Visits Maine

Jun 17, 2023
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Samantha Smith Day Maine

May 25, 2023
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Peace Action Maine 2023 Spring Renewal Annual Address

Apr 30, 2023
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Joseph Gerson is President of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Co-founder of the Committee for a SANE U.S. China Policy, a member of Massachusetts Peace Action, and former Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau.Venue: Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland, ME 04101, 133 Lee…

TAX DAY 2023 Maine

Apr 17, 2023
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Peace Action National Tax Day 2023 Handout. 2022 Maine Average Federal Income Taxes PaidApril 18, 2023 TAX DAY! The average taxpayer paid $1,087 just for Pentagon contractors in 2022. That’s nearly half the total contribution for the military. Congress Square Park 10-11 am, and Portland Post Office, Forest Ave. Where do…

Daniel Ellsberg Week April 24-30

Apr 09, 2023
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During the last few weeks, widespread heartfelt tributes followed Daniel Ellsberg’s public letter disclosing that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with a prognosis that he has only three to six months to live. FMI: In the words of the Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and…

Exhibition DMITRI BELIAKOV Russian photojournalist

Apr 07, 2023
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Report back: Dmitri Beliakov's Exhibit in Vermont.Introduction to his photo exhibit is located HERE. "Photojournalist Dmitri Baliakov was born in 1970 in the Vologda region of Russia."Having done national service in what was then the Soviet army, he began taking picutres wih a camera borrowed from his Latvian friend."(Ray…