20th annual HOPE festival held at Orono

Posted April 28, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
Parents and children enjoyed the myriad of activities offered to youth in the HOPE Festival Children's Area at the 20th Anniversary HOPE Festival.
Some of the organizations engaging children in nature and craft activities included: Fields Pond Audubon, Windover Arts, Bangor High School Environmental Studies, UMO Peace Action Committee, Penobscot River Restoration Project, Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, and 4H Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove Camps.
Katie Greenman
Parents and children enjoyed the myriad of activities offered to youth in the HOPE Festival Children's Area at the 20th Anniversary HOPE Festival. Some of the organizations engaging children in nature and craft activities included: Fields Pond Audubon, Windover Arts, Bangor High School Environmental Studies, UMO Peace Action Committee, Penobscot River Restoration Project, Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, and 4H Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove Camps.
Dancing to the beat of the the Inanna Sisters in Rhythm, Festival attenders close the 20th anniversary HOPE Festival at the University of Maine, Orono with joy and optimism.
Katie Greenman
Dancing to the beat of the the Inanna Sisters in Rhythm, Festival attenders close the 20th anniversary HOPE Festival at the University of Maine, Orono with joy and optimism.
Barbara Kates, representing Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission was just one of many staffing over 60 organizational tables networking for peace, justice, social and environmental issues around the state.
Katie Greenman
Barbara Kates, representing Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission was just one of many staffing over 60 organizational tables networking for peace, justice, social and environmental issues around the state.
At HOPE Festival 2014, We the People-Maine gathers signatures for a proposed amendment to the Constitution: &quotCorporations are not people, money is not speech!"
Katie Greenman
At HOPE Festival 2014, We the People-Maine gathers signatures for a proposed amendment to the Constitution: "Corporations are not people, money is not speech!"
Chris Buchanan, representing StoptheCorridor.org,  listens to a festival attender voice his opinion during HOPE Festival 2014.
Katie Greenman
Chris Buchanan, representing StoptheCorridor.org, listens to a festival attender voice his opinion during HOPE Festival 2014.
HOPE Festival keynoter, Sherri Mitchell, Native American Rights Lawyer and Activist,  exposed the destruction of tribal lands in pursuit of fossil fuels and the need to respect land treaties and to pursue alternative energies for the sake of future generations.
Katie Greenman
HOPE Festival keynoter, Sherri Mitchell, Native American Rights Lawyer and Activist, exposed the destruction of tribal lands in pursuit of fossil fuels and the need to respect land treaties and to pursue alternative energies for the sake of future generations.

ORONO, Maine — The 20th annual Help Organize Peace Earthwide (HOPE) festival was held Saturday, April 26, at University of Maine in Orono.

 The festival is held each year to celebrate Earth Day and all the good work being done my more than 60 organizations working to take care of the earth and each other, according to a press release.

The day’s events featured at least 60 organizations who had displays, provided activities, music or speakers or otherwise participated in the event. There also was a special display of 20 years of HOPE Festival posters and videos.

The annual HOPE Festival was organized by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, located in Bangor.

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