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Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine

Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine to hold open forum

BANGOR For 25 years, the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine has called downtown Bangor home. In the changing social and political landscape, organizers are looking to ensure the center remains a 'vital hub for the peace and justice community for years to come.' An open forum will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Save Our Center forum was first held in 2008 to assess how the center would remain active and engaged into the new decade. Thirty members and supporters gathered to strategize and to prepare for the future. The event proved a success, and the energy carried the center over another half a decade.

The center provides several services in the Bangor area for the peace-minded. A film series is sponsored by the center that showcases a variety of subjects, from war and economy to climate change and gender issues, all with an open post-film discussion. There is an on-site library with an extensive collection of books on peace, reconciliation, and conflict resolution, all available to the public thanks to a donation from the Peace and Reconciliation program at the University of Maine.

Numerous vigils and walks have been organized with the center. A weekly peace vigil is held in Peirce Park by the Bangor Public Library. Most recently, the Peace & Justice Center worked alongside Bring Our War $$ Home and Maine Veterans for Peace on a 10-day walk protesting the use of drones both at home and abroad. Buddhist Monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji order were brought to lead the walk from Limestone to Bath.

The center maintains connections to the University of Maine student peace group, the Maine Peace Action Committee and to the HOPE Festival, which comes to the University of Maine every spring. Community potlucks are also a staple.

A monthly newsletter is published to provide updates on upcoming and past events. It is available free to the public.

After the first Save Our Center forum, members and supporters organized a successful move of the center from its old Park Street locations to the more visible real estate on Harlow Street, not far from the Bangor Public Library.

November's forum will cover many of the same topics and concerns as the previous gathering. Organizers of the forum hope to find solutions to counter apathy in an age without any galvanizing figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., and the changing social landscape for young and old alike. They hope to diversify their membership into the second half of the decade.

Members of the general public are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts.

For more information on the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine and the upcoming Save Our Center forum, visit, or contact the center by phone at (207) 942-9343 or by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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