BANGOR, Maine — The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine said it will hold a peace vigil this afternoon calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan. Since the war started 10 years ago, a vigil has been held from 5 to 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday across the street from the federal building on Harlow Street.
Organizers said they will mourn the continuing war in Afghanistan and other military interventions and have cake and cider to celebrate their calls for “Healthcare not Warfare,” “Good Jobs and Healthcare not Warfare,” and “Bring Our War $$ Home.”
This week’s vigil is part of a monthlong statewide “Bring Our War $$ Home Care-a-Van” that has been featured at events in many communities focusing on the costs of war and the need for reordered priorities, according to the Peace & Justice Center. The finale will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the UMA Holocaust and Human Rights Center, 46 University Drive, Augusta. Speakers will include Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation; Dud Hendrick, president of Veterans for Peace Chapter 001 and Lisa Savage, co-coordinator of the Bring Our War $$ Home and coordinator of the Maine Chapter of Code Pink. Carpooling is being organized to Augusta from Bangor by the Peace & Justice Center. For more information, call 942-9343.