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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2023 Peace Action Maine Annual Fall Gathering. You are invited!
ALERT: due to the active shooter event, this event is CANCELED. We hope to reschedule in the future.
Our condolences to the victims of this violence.

   Doug Rawlings was drafted in 1969 and sent to Viet Nam as a member of the 7/15th artillery.  His experiences in the military turned him into a lifelong peace advocate trying to put words into action through teaching and through participating in groups such as Veterans For Peace.  Rawlings believes that veterans' voices have a special resonance in the peace movement that can help us all save the planet from the destructive forces of rampant militarism. He also believes that the arts provide us with a powerful vehicle to move our message forward, cutting across generational, racial, and gender-based divides. And, finally, he believes that educators, religious leaders, and political appointees have a special obligation to keep the dialogue about war and its lifelong consequences before the American public. 

  Will Hopkins has just finished fourteen years as Executive Director of NH Peace Action and is taking a moment to catch his breath. In 2004 and 2005 Will spent a year as a US Army infantryman which included the fall 2004 Fallujah offensive, his experiences led him to  devote himself to building a more peaceful future.


Upcoming Events and Recent Events

GAZA actions

Nov 21, 2023
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MVPR post for Dec. 5: Raise Your Voice To AIPAC Joe in Boston (mailchi.mp) Note: on Tuesday 12/5, there's a call in program (4 - 5 pm) on Gaza on radio station WERU broadcasting out of the midcoast. Listen online: https://weru.org/listen/ Call-in number: 207-469-0500 Guests on the program are supporters of Palestinian…

Commemorating Armistice Day 2023 ME VFP screens What I Want You To Know

Oct 16, 2023
What I want you to know https://www.whatiwantyoutoknow-film.com/ Nov. 12, Sunday In observance of Armistice Day ME VFP is sponsoring a screening of What I Want You To Know at the Portland Media Center currently planned for 1 PM and co-sponsored by Maine Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Peace Action Maine. It…

Two Veterans Talking About Peace_ Peace Action Maine 2023 Fall Gathering

Sep 20, 2023
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2023 Peace Action Maine Annual Fall Gathering. You are invited!ALERT: due to the active shooter event, this event is CANCELED. We hope to reschedule in the future.Our condolences to the victims of this violence. Doug Rawlings was drafted in 1969 and sent to Viet Nam as a member of the 7/15th artillery. His experiences in…

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

Sep 08, 2023
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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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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is legislation that Congress passes each year to make changes to the policies and organization of United States defense agencies and provide guidance on how military funding can be spent, though funding for the U.S. military must be approved through appropriations bills. A…

Historic Golden Rule, Peace Sailboat Visits Maine

Jun 17, 2023
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Plenty of public parking, due to the upcoming Heritage Days in Bath, expect some roads to be blocked off but be patient:) Golden Rule is docked right in front of Waterfront Park on the Kennebec River!! For the later event, there is parking behind the Customs House and also under the bridge (you have to look hard for the…