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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View the recording of David Rothauser's Aug 9 Discussion.
We commemorated #Nagasaki2022 77 years later.
Press Release:
Join us! #PeaceWave2022! Tuesday Aug. 9, 7-8:30
In commemoration of #Nagasaki, we will view a film by David Rothauser: Article 9 Comes to America, about the evolving  Article 9 in Japan's Constitution. The film is sponsored by WILPF, Jane Addams Peace Assoc. and Veterans for Peace. We screened his film Hibakusha, Our Life to Live during a prior #PeaceWave.
The 1 hour film will be followed by a meet & greet and discussion with David Rothauser.
He has shared notes about Kazuo Aichi and Can Article 9 Survive the Abe Assassination  for  our review. And writes: I'm prepared to answer the question, "What is Article 9?"  I've also prepared a "teachable" section on Japanese politicians, scholars and average citizens thoughts and polls regarding the future of Article 9 since PM Abe's assassination. And wrap it up with an assessment of the roles scientists and engineers play in the design and use of nuclear weapons and how that ties in with the daily slaughter of our collective children in schools across America.
When we asked David where he was when the bomb was dropped?

Where were you when the bomb was dropped?   "I was playing in a vacant lot next to our house in Pleasantdale, NJ.  I already knew that a super bomb was being developed by our military. It was common knowledge, but noone knew it would be an atomic bomb and everyone assumed it would be dropped on Germany. I went in the house for lunch. The radio announced that the bomb was dropped on Japan. Car horns were blaring, people were shouting.  My Mom gave me a tin pot and a spoon. I went back to the vacant lot and banged on the pot in celebration. After the war I sent away for an atomic ring from a cereal box and even tried to make my own A-bomb using wooden match heads and my Mother's spray bottle.

Years later I read the book Hiroshima, by a NY Times journalist. I was appalled by the reality of radiation poisoning. I was living in Manhattan then and often rode busses and subways, purposely reading the book in hopes that commuters would see the cover of a blazing red sun and the title, 'Hiroshima'.  I became a walking commercial for the book.
Much later while teaching at a Japanese language and culture school in Boston, I got started meeting A-bomb survivors and developing my film about them, that you saw a few years ago."

David Rothauser, filmmaker, writer. teacher, actor
Article 9 in North America
Hibakusha, Our Life to Live
ESL through Theatre"There's an excellent two volume book by Klaus Schlichtmann titled, Japan In The World; Shidehara Kijuro, Pacifism and the Abolition of War. Shidehara Kijuro was the Japanese Prime Minister at the end of WWII who brought the idea of a peace constitution to General MacArthur and the two of them worked to create Article 9 and the peace constitution that is under siege today by right wing politicos and a powerful religious cult that Abe was a member of"

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#PeaceWave2022 #Nagasaki #Maine Article 9

Jul 24, 2022
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View the recording of David Rothauser's Aug 9 Discussion. We commemorated #Nagasaki2022 77 years later.Press Release: Join us! #PeaceWave2022! Tuesday Aug. 9, 7-8:30In commemoration of #Nagasaki, we will view a film by David Rothauser: Article 9 Comes to America, about the evolving Article 9 in Japan's Constitution. The…

Memorial Day Parade Brunswick 2022 Peace Hub

May 30, 2022
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Brunswick Maine held its Memorial Day Parade once again in-person after a few years hiatus due to Covid. The Peace Hub groups once again ask participants to wear black or dark clothing. Check out Maine Veterans For Peace and PeaceWorks of Greater Brunswick sites too..

Poor People's Campaign: Militarism and Ecological Devastation

May 07, 2022
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This Saturday join us for the Poor People’s Campaign’s Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. #MeetUsinDC or tune in online at at 9:30am ET on June 18. Poor People’s Campaign National Website…

Peace in Ukraine: International Day of Action: May 7

May 06, 2022
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"Consider President Biden’s proposed $33 billion in additional aid to Ukraine. Twenty billionof it is for weapons, eight billion for humanitarian relief, and five billion for economic recovery.The proportions in the package speak volumes"**. This Saturday, May 7, Peace Action Maine joins the International Day of Action-…

Maine TaxDay/EarthDay Pop-Up Art Exhibit

Apr 15, 2022
April 18 Monday, Pop-Up Art Exhibit TaxDay/Earth Day! Street Art Pop-Up Art Exhibit. #TaxDayEarthDay 2022, #GDAMS2022Congress Sq. Park, Portland, MaineShare on Tweet and with your friends.Share your music. Poems. #Resist War Industry, #People Over Pentagon! Join the War Industry Resisters Network, look for more events near…

#PeaceInUkraine Global Day of Action March 6

Mar 25, 2022
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Maine: #PeaceInUkraine #StopWar! We were there in Portland at NOON, Congress Square Park, Sunday March 6FMI: https://www.peaceinukraine.orgThe link to some of the signs and messaging: of the participants stayed around for the group video: Here is…

Ukraine: Peace Matters!

Mar 24, 2022
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Rally: Congress Square Park. Video of poem and statement shared with us today. Sunday April 3, 12:00-1:00.In response to President Zelenskyy's call today: “Make yourself visible and heard...Say that people matter, freedom matters. Peace matters. Ukraine matters. " A big "thank you" to all of you who joined us. Photos from…

Energy, dependence, war and peace

Mar 17, 2022
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March 25, Friday, Noon -1pm. Energy, dependence, war and peace.Join our zoominar with Paul Kando*. If you subscribe to the Lincoln County News, you'll be familiar with his column: Energy Matters, recently making the connection between energy policy, climate change, and the prospects for war. Born in Hungary, he discussed a…

Cuba Myth-Busting: An on-the-ground report from Havana

Mar 15, 2022
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Rescheduled!! Cuba Myth-Busting: An On-the-Ground Report from HavanaZoom with Conner Gorry, introduction by Cynthia Howard* (recently returned)Unforseen events have caused us to reschedule this event.Thank you for your understanding and we wil post any new date as schedules permit.Beginning a discussion: - There are no…

Maine Family helping to evacuate Ukrainians

Mar 11, 2022
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Zoom with Brian Milakovsky, a FaceBook friend, who was posting from Volnovakha, eastern Ukraine.He is from Somerville Maine, attended Cony High School, and studied Forestry at the University of Maine.Our 1/2 hour zoom with Brian(in Croatia) and his father(in Maine) took place on SUNDAY 2 PM March 13.The program began with…

The Military Industrial Complex and our Culture

Feb 20, 2022
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Tuesday, February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ESTRegister HERE.Our affiliate MA Peace Action invites our members toa program with David Swanson, Marcy Winograd, andChris Velazquez. (see PAM's Maine And the Military Industrial Complexwith Christian Sorensen HERE)There is an overlapping event at 8:30 "How to Respond to War…