On September 27th at the Bangor waterfront, Forty Maine organizations & faith communities with 200 people gathered for End Violence Together rally & march to build a culture of peace. Participants spent time at informational tables networking to learn more about Campaign Nonviolence and local efforts to end war, poverty, domestic violence and the climate crisis. Drumming circle was led by Peter Baldwin. Doug Allen, U Maine professor and long time peace activist made opening remarks. Speakers were Mary Ellen Quinn, Co-Coordinator Pax Christi Maine; Marc Cryer, Veterans for Peace and Chris Buchanan, Defending Water for the Planet. Music by the Voices for Peace chorus directed by Marty Kelley set the tone for the downtown march. With flags and signs promoting nonviolence solutions, marchers received positive responses from passers-by along the route. A closing ceremony including the formation of concentric circles with the passing of an inflated globe around to the center while Voices for Peace sang the Pete Seeger song ‘One Blue Sky’ and our day ended with a Pace e Bene blessing for the world!
Katie Greenman facilitated the media coverage. Leading up to the event there were radio interviews, newspaper coverage, editorials/letters to the editor in several publications, and following the event television coverage on 3 stations.
Ilze Petersons, Program Coordinator at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine organized and hosted all the planning meetings which were critical to their efforts!
See the great local TV news coverage in Bangor here!
Photo Credit: Katie Greenman and Ron Davis