June E-News


Samantha Smith Day Ceremony and Road Dedication

Maine Veterans For Peace is hosting a celebration on Samantha Smith Day, June 5, 2023 at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn, 700 Main Street in South Portland, Maine. The event is to be held in the Wildwood Ballroom starting at 10am, and will feature local politicians, poets, teachers and entertainers who will remember “Maine’s Youngest Diplomat”.

Samantha Smith Day was officially recognized by the State of Maine in 1987 and is always the first Monday in June. The ceremony will conclude with the unveiling of the Samantha Smith Way at the intersection of US Route 1 and the Maine Turnpike Approach (exit 45) off of the Maine Turnpike. 

Featured speakers include: VFP honorary member and artist Robert Shetterly, founder of Americans Who Tell the Truth and Rob Kelly, Assistant Professor at the School of International Services, American University.

PSR Maine Board Member Dr. Doug Dransfield will be attending this event and will be sharing information about Back from the Brink and M.E.N.D. (Mainers to End Nuclear Danger) Please stop by and say hello!


Updates on PSR Maine's Environmental Legislative Priorities

Offshore Wind Procurement (LD-1895)

An amended LD-1895 Offshore Wind Procurement bill was introduced on May 25. The amended bill represents negotiations with key stakeholders to address their concerns, including provisions negotiated by the lobster and fishing communities on the siting of wind turbines outside of lobster management area 1.

The Bill builds upon recommendations from Maine's Offshore Wind Roadmap that
were developed with input from fishing industry, labor and environmental groups, businesses, the University of Maine, state government, and more. Offshore wind development is a key strategy for meeting Maine's climate and renewable energy obligations. It will reduce the region’s reliance on imported fossil gas and oil and create new jobs.

A working session for the amended bill is scheduled for this week. Updates on this Bill and any recommended actions will be provided.



Upcoming Activities of Interest

An evening about Climate & Possibility with Amara Ifeji and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Tuesday, June 6th 6:30 - 8:30pm ET

Thomas College

Hosted by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and presented as part of EcologyShifts, a community-learning and change-making experience focused on personal growth and organizational change as critical elements to creating shifts in the environmental field toward equity and justice. 

Register HERE


Climate & Health Opportunities Fair 
Wednesday, June 7th 7-8:30pm ET


Hosted by PSR National. Come learn about different opportunities to engage in climate and health advocacy work from a variety of speakers working in diverse areas in the climate and health field at PSR and beyond. This free virtual event is specifically geared for young and emerging health professionals and current and past Next Generation Climate & Health Ambassadors. 

Register HERE


The Missing Link: A Statewide Interconnection Conference

Thursday, June 22nd

Hutchinson Center in Belfast

Hosted by A Climate to Thrive. A discussion of Maine’s ability to meet the largest challenge facing renewable energy deployment and reaching Maine’s climate goals. 

Register HERE


Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Peace Boat

Saturday, June 24th-Friday, June 30th in Maine.

Stay tuned for a special e-newsletter with more information!

Learn more about Golden Rule's journey HERE


Join the Wabanaki Alliance for Nihkaniyane: Let’s Go Forward Together

Thursday, July 13th 5:30-7:00pm ET

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport

This fundraising event is hosted by the Wabanaki Alliance and their partners. There is a cost associated with this event. Celebrating the strong alliances the Wabanaki Alliance has built since their inception in 2020.

Register HERE


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