8th Fire Drum Circle
May
16
6:00 pm18:00

8th Fire Drum Circle

  • Mount Agamenticus

This Circle is a 7th Generation Drum Circle. It is intersectional and All are welcome. It has been created with a focus on bringing awareness to Indigenous Culture and the preservation of Native song. This space of Peace, Equality and healing welcomes everyone to bring hand drums, Native songs, voice or simply the interest in learning. 

There is a stone seating area, also feel free to bring blankets and/or chairs. There is no fee for this Drum Circle or any teachings within. For those who feel moved to donate, there is a box on the summit for donations to support the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region. They as well as the York Park and Rec. Dept. have been very generous in offering this space and I know any support would be greatly appreciated.

Mount Agamenticus, for those who have not been there, is located off of Mountain Rd. in York, ME. It can be found by GPS under it's name. There is a summit road, ample parking and is handicapped accessible.

This peaceful summit offers incredible panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, coastal Maine and New Hampshire as well as silhouettes of New Hampshire's mountain ranges. It is home to many winged and four legged.

Hope you can join us in Honoring the Heartbeat of Mother Earth.

See you in May!


Contact:

Sterling Chase
603 767 2405
sterlchase@gmail.com

Nonviolent Direct Action Training
Apr
30
12:30 pm12:30

Nonviolent Direct Action Training

  • First Universalist Church in Rockland

As a result of recent reactionary policies being promoted in Congress and the White House, many in Maine are worried about the loss of health care and other entitlements, arrest of innocent immigrants and deportation, erosion of an already fragile environment, loss of educational opportunities and an assault on our civil rights and liberties. Understanding and training in Nonviolent Direct Action could prove useful.

The training will describe ways of using strategic nonviolent action to address issues and problems being experienced by thousands in Maine. One goal of the workshop will be to give people a grounding in the history, current applications, and strategic use of nonviolent direct action and to encourage the formation of action groups to apply the workshop in real life situations. It will be an opportunity for people to channel fears, anger, and frustration into positive action. The workshop style will be interactive, not a bunch of lectures.

Segments of the preparation session include introductions, goals for the day, background and history of nonviolent direct action, role plays, affinity group formation, legal issues, strategic thinking and action, emotional preparation, and next steps. Background handouts are provided or available. 

Individuals are encouraged to attend whether or not they are currently part of a group addressing any of these concerns. This gathering is open to all. Cost for the workshop is by donation, on a sliding scale (pay what you can or make a donation). Participants can bring snacks to share during the workshop and breaks.


If you can attend please let us know, it will help us to get a fix on the numbers, reply to this email, sburke@midcoast.com or call 691-0322.

Indigenous Flood - United Nations : NYC - Come to New York!
Apr
24
May 5

Indigenous Flood - United Nations : NYC - Come to New York!

  • New York, NY

The Flood never came to Standing Rock, so let's bring the Flood to the United Nations. 

From April 24th to May 5th the United Nations in New York City is holding the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, also known as PFII. Typically, these forums lack Native American representation, and often have Non-Natives speaking on behalf of Natives and their issues. This ends now. 

For two weeks, we need to show New York, The UN, and the world that Indigenous People are here, and can speak for themselves. 

The world will not forget what happened at Standing Rock. The world will no longer ignore the conditions on reservations, and the issues effecting indigenous people around the globe. 3/4 of the world's population are indigenous, and it's time they stop forgetting that. 

There are multiple levels of events within this forum, some more exclusive than others. We want to come out in full force at every level. From top to bottom. From panels at the UN headquarters to flash mob round dances in Time Square, we are going to Flood New York City. 

Whether you are registered for the forum or not, we are asking for all indigenous people and allies to come to New York City and show your support. As the strongest of warriors take the United Nations to speak, they will have the support of their brothers and sisters outside, praying, singing, marching and standing in solidarity. 

Thousands came to Standing Rock. Thousands came to DC. And we can do the same in New York City. 

We are planning a plethora of events, from demonstrations, to speaking engagements, to gatherings and dances and celebrations. For two weeks, let's make New York City our new home. 

More details to come as this develops and grows. 

If you would like to register your own group for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in New York City. http://bit.ly/PFIIRegistration

Deadline March 30th 2017


Inexpensive Bus resources : 
www.wanderu.com 
www.busbud.com

Nonviolent Direct Action Training *NEW DATE*
Apr
23
12:00 pm12:00

Nonviolent Direct Action Training *NEW DATE*

  • Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine

Nonviolent Direct Action Training in Bangor, April 23, noon-5:30 PM

A training/workshop in nonviolent direct action is planned for Sunday, April 23rd (rescheduled from March 25th), from 12 noon-5:30 PM at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St. #100 in downtown Bangor. It is sponsored by Resources for Organizing and Social Change and the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine.

As a result of recent reactionary policies being promoted in Congress and the White House, many in Maine are worried about or fearing loss of health care and other entitlements, deportation and arrest of innocent immigrants, erosion of an already fragile climate and environment, and loss of educational opportunities, civil rights and liberties, and other basic benefits that every person should have.

Nonviolent direct action is a proven and effective strategy for changing public values and policies. The training will describe ways of using strategic nonviolent action to address these issues and problems being experienced by thousands in Maine. Individuals are encouraged to attend whether or not they are currently part of a group addressing any of these concerns. It is open to anyone in Eastern Maine or beyond.

One goal of the workshop will be to give attendees a grounding in the history, current applications, and strategic use of nonviolent direct action and to encourage the formation of action groups to apply the workshop in real life situations. It will be an opportunity for people to channel fears, anger, and frustration into positive action. The workshop style will be interactive, not a bunch of lectures.

Segments of the preparation session include introductions, goals for the day, background and history of nonviolent direct action, role plays, affinity group formation, legal issues, addressing issues of oppression and difference, strategic thinking and action, emotional preparation, and next steps. Background handouts are provided or available. 

Cost for the workshop is by donation, on a sliding scale (pay what you can or make a donation). Participants can bring snacks to share during the workshop and breaks.

To register or for more information, contact: Larry Dansinger, (207) 262-3706 or larryd@myfairpoint.net

  •  
Earth2Trump: Roadshow of Resistance
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

Earth2Trump: Roadshow of Resistance

  • State Theatre

The #Earth2Trump: Roadshow of Resistance is coming through Portland, Maine and bringing with it some musical medicine and a call to action! These shows will be an act of resistance within themselves - providing ways to get inspired, plug in to your local community's issues, and even take action during the event. There are a million ways to resist, so make sure to join us and help spread the word! The event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.

A special emphasis will be put on #NoDAPL#protectthesacred, and indigenous solidarity. Learn more about Sacred Stone camp, civil disobedience, the importance of building bridges, and standing up for the land and water. You don't want to miss our line-up here in Portland. 

Featuring music by: RSVP encouraged
Lyla June - Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist
Casey Neill - singer-songwriter

Speeches by:
Cheryl Angel - Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines
Brytnee Laurette - activist with Center for Biological Diversity

Acts of resistance:
Prints will be for sale to raise money for the Lakota Peoples Law Project
Letter to Your Senators station will be set up, where you can sign an already written postcard or write your own message to your senators. Postcards and stamps will be provided. 
Plug into your local community by visiting one of the many organizations tabling at the venue. 
Join 65,000 other protectors across the U.S. who have signed the pledge of resistance to let Trump and his administration know we are here to protect and resist.
And more - guess you'll have to come to find out! 

Shout outs to our local partners: 
TBA

Standing Rock Solidarity
Mar
10
11:00 am11:00

Standing Rock Solidarity

  • Maine State House

**PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGED FROM BANGOR TO AUGUSTA**

On March 10 people around the country will gather to send a clear message to the political leaders in this country that we do not support the continuation of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

We are asking everyone to join us in this location, so that we can send a unified and powerful message. 

We support the rights of Indigenous people to protect their lands, waters, and way of life. The ongoing attack on Tribal rights must stop. We cannot demand protections for others until the rights of the first inhabitants of this land are honored. 

We come together to honor the right of Mother Earth to exist, unmolested, with all of her biodiversity intact. We stand for the protection of the water, the source of our lives. And, we stand for the right of the future generations to inherit a world that can sustain their lives. 

This is a peaceful, prayerful gathering, to honor the peaceful prayerful stance of the water protectors at Standing Rock. We do not want any violent or disruptive actions.

A Line in the Sand: Reflections on Standing Rock and the Rising Movement
Mar
2
6:00 pm18:00

A Line in the Sand: Reflections on Standing Rock and the Rising Movement

  • Milk and Hiney Swallowtail Farm

A mix of reflective and inspiring words and music, as well as thoughts on how to lean into our hearts moving forward in trying times. 

DONATIONS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED! 
All proceeds to benefit Water Protection, more information on specific use of funds available at the host site, Milk & Honey of Swallowtail Farm. 

***Food & Beverage available for purchase through Milk & Honey! Come for dinner or snacks! ***

Shawn and Molly Mercer (of Orland, Maine) traveled to North Dakota to join Water Protectors from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and from around the world. Back in Maine and ready to share insight from their trip, they welcome you to join in a presentation followed by an informal time for Q & A.

Additional info: 
Shawn and Molly sell blueberries, veggies, and herbs at their tiny, off-grid farm in Orland, and also host travelers from around the world via AirBnb. Shawn is a singer/songwriter who performs locally. Many of his songs explore backwoods living and reflect a calling to live close to the earth. Molly and Shawn have two adultish kids who are off at college and two hardworking homeschooled daughters, Maizey 13, and Ella, 11, who both often help with the farm, its mission, and at off-farm events, presentations, and volunteering. 

This presentation, A Line in the Sand, is a mixture of information, photo, prose, music, and inspiration. Actions, ideas, and resources will be posted on an info table, but the presentation itself reflects a lived experience and the resulting transformative power of the experience. Further, it asks participants to consider heart-based, connective experience as a pathway to changing our world from the inside out and hopes to inspire a deeper understanding of why being heart-connected, and heart-based activism matters.

Rise up with Standing Rock
Mar
2
1:00 pm13:00

Rise up with Standing Rock

  • TD Bank

This event will begin at TDBank in Rockland at 34 School St. from 1-1:30pm and will move to TDBank in Camden at 89 Elm St. from 2-2:30pm.

Please join us as we stand with the Standing Rock Water Protectors and call for TDBank to remove funding from Pipelines. We also call for individuals to remove accounts from TDBank and other banks funding pipelines.

This event will be an outside event only, so please dress accordingly. We will have extra signs and we invite you to join us.

Parking: Public lot on School St in Rockland and behind Nature's Choice in Camden.

TD Bank NoDAPL Protest
Feb
24
1:00 pm13:00

TD Bank NoDAPL Protest

  • Portland, Maine

Join us in standing with Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline as we demand that TD Bank ends their line of credit in the pipeline.

We will meet at the Coffin parking lot at 1, drive to Congress Square Park in Portland, and march from there to TD Bank. At the bank, we will stand outside state our demands, give speeches, and sing. This will be a non-violent protest. 

With President Trump in office, much of our progress towards blocking the pipeline has been undone. In fact, Energy Transfer Partners, the Dakota Access Pipeline construction company, has gotten the green light to continue building again. Our protests and fights this fall were important, but now they are more imperative and urgent than ever. We are no longer merely fighting against fossil fuel corporations and banks - this resistance is extended the to climate-denying Trump administration as well.

While primarily an issue of indigenous sovereignty, protecting clean water is an issue that affects all of us, and we ask all who are able to stand with us. We must stand with those protecting their water, sacred grounds, and their future and oppose the continued extraction of fossil fuels. 

We will be carpooling, so please let us know if you have a car. 

Reach out to Isabella McCann with any questions.

Solidarity with Standing Rock: Opposing Forced Eviction
Feb
22
3:30 pm15:30

Solidarity with Standing Rock: Opposing Forced Eviction

  • Pulver, Colby College

Stand in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux! Despite the danger that DAPL poses to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s water sources, health, and ways of living, the Army Corps of Engineers has granted the easement allowing Energy Transfer Partners to begin drilling under Missouri River/Lake Oahe. They have demanded that the protest camps be closed by Wednesday Feb 22 despite the threat it poses for the present and future generations. 

On this day, Feb 22 at 3:30pm, join us in Pulver to protest this injustice and symbolically cut through DAPL across Miller Lawn. We will march together to Miller steps to hear about the resistance’s recent developments. We will end around 4 pm. 

Then join us at 7pm in the Pugh center to watch live streams of the protests in North Dakota who aim to make a Last Stand: to hold the Army Corps of Engineers accountable for their actions.

Organized by Four Winds.

More info: 
https://mic.com/articles/168534/standing-rock-prepares-for-what-could-be-its-last-stand-against-the-dakota-access-pipeline#.z49oni8lB

http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/bia-law-enforcement-assist-closing-protest-camps/

http://sacredstonecamp.org/take-action/

NoDAPL Last Stand - Solidarity with Standing Rock MDI
Feb
17
12:00 pm12:00

NoDAPL Last Stand - Solidarity with Standing Rock MDI

  • pin In front of the Sunoco

Enough is enough! 
This Friday (2/17/17) we will gather in front of the Sunoco gas station in Bar Harbor to stand in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux as part of the NoDAPL emergency call to action.  

Sunoco will be our base as it is set to be the operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline and plans to merge with Energy Transfer Partners. Bring signs, songs, friends and family!  

This is a Non-Violent/Non-Arrest action and will be a great opportunity to start conversations about the pipeline, indigenous sovereignty and steps forward. We will be outside so wear warm clothing! #werisewithstandingrock#waterislife

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17.

Contra Fundraiser: Stand with Standing Rock
Feb
4
7:30 pm19:30

Contra Fundraiser: Stand with Standing Rock

  • South Parish Congregational Church and Parish House

WHY WE’RE DOING THIS:
On January 24th President Trump signed executive actions to advance the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We are here to say #NoDAPL! We must once again fight to reassure that our water is protected! As a community we are raising money with this dance to send to the water protectors at Standing Rock! As we raise this money we are aiding in the resistance against corporate oil companies destroying native lands and natural resources. We will stand with native people. We will stand with Standing Rock!

OUR TALENT:
Contra dance caller Lani Palm! 
Volution! A band of the contra persuasion. They have been known to sing as well, when the instruments aren't loud enough!

DETAILS:
A beginner's lesson at 7:00 p.m.
Dessert potluck at 9:15 p.m.
$12 minimum donation!

After rent is paid all donations will be sent to Standing Rock via standwithstandingrock.net!

All ages, all skill levels, all people welcome!  
For more info email: autumn@91courtstreet.net

American Indian Movement Benefit Show for Standing Rock
Feb
4
6:00 pm18:00

American Indian Movement Benefit Show for Standing Rock

  • 5 Washington St Pl Augusta Maine

Squashed Warehouse and Trash Mansion are colaberating to host this exciting benefit show for the American Indian Movement (https://www.aimovement.org/), Standing Rock chapter. All the funds raised will be put to use in the way that the front line defenders of water at Standing Rock see fit. Big thank you to all the bands donating thier time for such an important cause. Share this event, bring your friends, invite anyone you know. Let's really put together something special!

Due to a long history/herstory if alcohol being used as a weapon against American Indigenous people, AIM has asked that people leave it at home for this show.

Asking a door donation of between $5-10.

Leash
New England's most important band will be throwing d-beat anthem after d-beat anthem. If you have yet to see these folks, they are not to be missed.  
https://leashnh.bandcamp.com/

Cadaverette
Portland's newest addition to the Maine punk scene. An amazingly unique female fronted spazztic, jazz inspired, harshness that will blow your ears off.
https://cadaverette.bandcamp.com/releases

Random Ideas
Young triplet punk gals from Central Maine playing fun queer-postive warming punk rock! Some of the best lyrics Maine punk has to offer.
https://youtu.be/69QBOphRGKY

Prey
Angry Maine anarcho-punk a-la 1997. Ex-members of Pinko & the Action Boys, The Commonwealth, C.D.S., Amaranthus, and many more.
https://preymaine.bandcamp.com/

Man is Murder
Unique new Central Maine hardcore. One members dad was an elvis impersonater. One memeber stays warm in their leggings. One memeber loves his hi-hats. Uncle Spudd wrote a song about the last member but accidently called him "Robinson".


Trash Mansion (5 washington st place Augusta ME) is a new basement space. Respect the space and the people in it so we can keep doing shows!