BANGOR– This past year we have seen ever more clearly how racism is used to divide and divert people from understanding and challenging the systemic roots of growing inequality and injustice. Our annual commemoration will look at how our community is addressing racism. 17 community organizations have agreed to be part of a panel and discussion. This will be followed by a vegetarian potluck and sing-a-long.
3 p.m. Panel: How does your organization address racism and how are those efforts related to the following Martin Luther King, Jr. quote?
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies…True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring…A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. — Martin Luther King, Jr. Riverside Church Speech April 7, 1967
4 p.m. Small group discussion Members of the audience will be invited to join small group discussions about how we can strengthen our work to challenge racism and continue to collaborate to be a diverse but unified force for peace, justice and sustainability. Small groups which will be facilitated by members of the Peace & Justice Centers education committee. Each small group will be asked to come up with one action to challenge racism in our community to share in a report back.
5 p.m. Potluck supper (vegetarian)
6 p.m. Sing-a-long with Marx Brothers and Sister
Participating Organizations as of 12/31/17:
Bangor High School Women’s’ Interest Group
Community Union of Ellsworth
Food and Medicine
Greater Bangor NAACP
Health Equity Alliance
Islamic Center of Maine
Maine All Care
Bangor Racial and Economic Justice Coalition
Maine Peace Action Committee
Maine People’s Alliance
Partners for Peace
Pax Christi Maine
Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
Resource for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC)
Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor Social Justice Committee
University of Maine Multicultural Center
Veterans for Peace