Seacoast Area Peace Events (plus some important items from outside the Seacoast)

1. Vigils Calender: Click here.

2. Help Wanted.

3. Media/Letters to Editor contacts

4. NH Congressional Delegation


Note: Please submit tabling/flyering opportunities for SPR, comments, interest, and suggested locations to Wes Flierl, (603) 335-6240, to be included in an up-dated listing. Particularly contact him if you can help with any of these events! Help us reach more of those not yet involved with SPR's work!

Thursday, Nov. 11, at 1 pm: The Department of Peace Campaign will have a Potluck Peace Party in Farmington, NH. For more information contact Pat Frisella at or Manny Krasner at or phone 603-332-0732.

Friday, Nov. 12, at 6:15 pm: Planning meeting of Seacoast Peace Response (usually the first Friday of every month but postponed one week this month so as not to conflict with the NH Peace Action Annual Dinner) at Karnan House, 206 Court St. (behind the UU church) in Portsmouth. For more information contact Amy Antonucci at 750-7506 or

Friday, Nov. 12, thru Sunday, Nov. 14: The annual New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters and Supporters will be held at The New School, 38 York St., Kennebunk, Maine. Whether you are interested in exploring war tax resistance (wtr) for the first time or already refusing to pay some or all of your federal income and phone taxes, this weekend is for you. This year's theme is: "Spreading the Word, Practicing Mutual Aid." The cost for the weekend is $0-50, which includes meals, activities, and housing at The New School or in nearby homes. Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell of American Friends Service Committee, who have spent much of the last year in Baghdad, will speak about the Iraq war and current situation there on Friday evening. On Saturday, there will be sessions on how to do war tax resistance for new or potential resisters, how to spread the word about the effectiveness of war tax resistance, and how resisters can support each other in doing this form of civil disobedience. On Saturday evening there will be do-it-yourself entertainment and possibly a segment from "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" by a youth theater group. For a brochure, registration information, or further details, contact Stephen Soucy, PO Box 5510, Ellsworth, ME 04605, or Larry Dansinger, or (207) 525-7776.

Friday, Nov. 12, thru Sunday, Nov. 14: "The First U.S. Conference on 'Peak Oil' and Community Solutions" will be held in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The Keynote Speaker is Richard Heinberg, author of "The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies" and "Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World." For more information on the conference, a list of speakers, as well as the informational flyer with registration form, go to their website Alternatively contact Patricia Allison, one of the speakers at the conference (explaining how the principles of Permaculture are vital in the transition to a sustainable post-oil society) at

Sat., November 13th
ANOTHER LAUNCH AT BATH IRON WORKS The USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) will be "christened" at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine on November 13th. WE WILL GATHER AT 9:30 AM ACROSS FROM BIW’S SOUTH GATE ON WASHINGTON ST, BATH. OUR PARTICIPATION SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY 11:30 am Gates open at 10 AM and ceremony begins at 11 AM. Maine Veterans For Peace, Maine peace and justice groups, activists and concerned citizens will gather, once again, to protest the continued building of these weapons of mass destruction. Remember that every Aegis Destroyer built at Bath costs $1 billion for a machine whose function is to kill. Maine Veterans For Peace would rather see products for peace built at Bath Iron Works, products that are helpful, rather than harmful, to society. The Aegis destroyer carries 56 nuclear capable Tomahawk missiles which can carry a 200 KT nuclear warhead, 15 times the destructive power of Hiroshima. The on-board anti-aircraft, anti-missile Vulcan Phalanx system used depleted uranium ammunition, the most persistent radioactive material known to humankind with a half life of 1.5 billion years. For further information call: Fay or Jack Bussell, 207-772-1442 or

Sunday, Nov. 14, at 7 pm: "Bonhoeffer," an award-winning film by Martin Doblmeier, at Dover Friends Meeting House, 141 Central Avenue (across from Care Pharmacy). Potluck at 6, Film at 7, followed by discussion led by Nancy Lukens and Martin Rumscheidt on recognizing and combating fascism today. This Dover Meeting event is open to the public. For more information contact Randall Kezar 642-8265.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6 pm: The Well-Informed Book Discussion Group meets again. They will be discussing "The Image & Reality of the Israel/Palestine Conflict" by Norman Finkelstein, meeting at Jamilla's art studio in Kittery. RSVP to Jamilla El-Shafei, phone 207-439-5800.

Wednesday, Nov., 17, at 7 pm: Eyewitness to Occupation: Report from Iraq, Concord UU Church. Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell, AFSC’s representatives in Iraq, will speak sout the current conditions in Iraq. Since May, 2003, Rick and Mary have lived in a neighborhood in Baghdad, where they supervised AFSC’s relief and redevelopment projects, and further developed contacts with emerging civil society organizations. Prior to joining the AFSC staff, Rick participated in 15 trips to Iraq between 1996 and 2003. Both Rick and Mary have been involved in nonviolent action to shut down the US Army’s School of the Americas in Georgia. Sponsored by AFSC and New Hampshire Peace Action. For more information contact Anne Miller at NH Peace Action, phone 228-0559, e-mail:

Friday, Nov. 19, thru Sunday, Nov. 21: Fort Benning, Georgia Call To Action: Shut Down the School of the Americas (SOA)! SOA is a combat training school for Latin American security personnel located at Fort Benning, Georgia. They will gather again this year to continue together in the struggle until the SOA is closed and the policies it represents are changed forever! Friday, Teach-in, trainings, and caucuses will begin. Saturday & Sunday, Thousands will gather at the main gate of Fort Benning for rallies, music, speakers and nonviolent direct action. For more information visit or call 202-234-3440.

Sunday, Nov. 28, at 3:15 pm: Dover Holiday Parade has accepted SPR and our peace dove. For more informaton contact Wes Flierl

Saturday, Dec. 4: Portsmouth Holiday Parade. SPR has put in an application for a contingent with the peace dove. For more informaton contact Wes Flierl

Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 pm: Jewish American Medical Project, presented by Seacoast Peace Response at South Church (UU), 292 State St., Portsmouth. Their medical project reports, including video clips, from their two delegations to Israel and Palestine are currently available on their website, For more information contact Amy Antonucci at 750-7506 or Vivian Bingham at 743-3774

Friday, Dec. 10, at 11 am, through Saturday, Dec. 11, at 5:00 pm: This year's annual BAE vigil will be held in front of the BAE Corporate Offices on Spit Brook Road in Nashua. The Chain Reaction Affinity Group will stand vigil for the full 30 hours. We invite everyone to join us for any or all of the time. There will be no formal rally but instead we will hold Critical Mass times: Friday from 11-1 and 4-6 and Saturday from 11-5. But please come at any time! More details will follow as planning continues. For more information contact Carol Tashie

Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, from noon to 2 pm (approx): Dr. MLK celebration Middle School Portsmouth. A number of civic and environmental groups table along with parade. Anyone who would like to help with the SPR table please contact Wes Flierl at or 335-6240.

Thursday, Jan. 20: ANSWER March in Washington, DC, to protest at the Inaguaration. NH Peace Action will be sponsoring a bus from New Hampshire. Contact Anne Miller at 603-228-0559.

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(2) SPR Help Wanted

From Amy Antonucci

Hello friends,
Listening to the news the past few weeks has been particularly painful - the torture of Iraqi prisoners, the non-answers from "our" officials, Kerry still failing to prove himself as much of an anti-war candidate... All of this is reminding me how critically important our work for peace & justice is, and how no one else is going to do it for us, no matter who wins in November. This leads me to both renew my commitment to this work, and also take the time now to reach out to all of you for more of your participation and help in SPR. We always welcome people to come to our meetings to join in and to bring their own ideas. But, we also know that some are more able to take on ideas or projects already existing. And honestly, the core group in SPR is unable to take much more on. So, here are some specific tasks/projects needing someone's energy to breathe life into them:

Local Calendar Listings of Events
We have a list of local calendars that we need SPR events to be added to from our weekly email calendar. This should take probably an hour a week or so. Contact David Diamond at

Volunteers to table at every event we can
There are a lot of great events coming up this summer that we want to be at to share info on peace and justice to a less "converted" audience. They are fun to be at also! Contact Susie Husted at -Postering - Please help me get up flyers for SPR events!! We even have lists of places where posters are accepted for each town. contact Amy Antonucci at

?? Fall '04 The Burkharts made a very good suggestion for outreach and contacts which is we consider events such as county fairs and 'old home' days. They had used this during the 'K' campaign events. So anyone that has a favorite event, fair, festival or old home day they think is appropriate please let us know. Also let us know if you can/will be able to be at the event and make the contacts. If you think it is good and we should try it but don't have the time let us know about it and we will try to follow it up. so far we have no schedule suggestions please contact wes at 335-6240 if you have ideas

2 October 04 Apple Harvest Day (sponsored by chamber of commerce) Central Street, Dover noon to 5/6pm Many many groups there (also a vigil in sq day) Draws big crowds of people -- Wes has filed application for SPR and N.H. Peace to be included acceptance is pending, non-profits are down list from actual artists

?? October 04 Portsmouth Halloween Parade downtown Portsmouth evening Fun event - just show up (in costume!). Pre-Parade plans will also be made to coordinate a peace contingent if you are interested

??? Jan 05 Dr. MLK celebration Middle School Portsmouth noon to 2pm (approx) A number of civic and environmental groups table along with parade

Reporting of SPR events to NH IMC, etc.
To make our programs more effective in reaching a lot of people, it is important to report on our events. There are numerous possibilities for where to submit writeups & photos. Contact Steve Diamond at

Help coordinating action sessions (probably monthly):
writing letters to the editor, sign-making, (other ideas?)
A great way of reaching more people is writing letters to editors! Also, more creative and timely signs can help our vigils & other demonstrations to be effective. Contact Amy at

Yard Sale (or "cheap art"?) Fundraiser:
There's been a suggestion to have a combined yard sale as a fundraiser for SPR and a couple other local groups. We need help coordinating this, as well as volunteers for staffing, etc. Contact Amy at

Peace Fountain:
he Voice of Clay Pottery Studio created a peace fountain for SPR! They first had it displayed at a Portsmouth Bank where people could put in change that was then donated to us. We'd love it if the fountain continued to be hosted at different area businesses! Could you help coordinate this effort? Contact Amy at -Recording / digitizing / editing / posting / promoting online audio/video of our events. Contact Steve at

Help w/ SPR grantwriting:
If you have any experience in this, we'd love more help. Contact Wes Flierl at

Peace & Many Thanks, Amy & SPR
" The Brave fairy does not come out of the sky and sprinkle you with bravery dust. Being brave comes from making a decision...the cause (speaking the truth, working for social justice) is the heart beat. Make this cause your heartbeat. Decide to make this decision". --William Rivers Pitt

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Seacoast Area Ongoing Vigils (including new Sunday vigil in York)

*See note at bottom

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7-8 pm; Saturdays 10:45-Noon (In good weather, 10-Noon) & Sundays 12-1: Merrimack Valley People for Peace at Old Town Hall, Main St, Andover, MA. Sunday vigil at the corner of Rtes. 28 & 133. For further information contact Lou Bernieri at 978-475-6847 or e-mail Don Abbott at

Tuesday mornings, 5:45-6:45 am: Raytheon Peacemakers Vigil, at the entrance to Raytheon, Rte. 133, just off Rte. I-93, Andover, MA. For more information call Arthur Brien at 978-686-4418.

Thursdays, 5:30 pm, Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine, across from the statue. For more information contact Greg Field at Peace Action Maine

Thursdays, 6:30-7:00pm, weekly vigil for peace in front of the Dover Friends(Quaker) Meetinghouse, 141 Central Ave., Dover. All welcome. For more information please contact Barbara Sturrock at 742-3694 or Meredith Malo at 664-5562 or

Fridays: Wear red for "Freedom Fridays"

Fridays, 5-6 p.m. Peace Vigil on Market Square in Portsmouth, sponsored by Portsmouth Peace Action. The vigil is a presence in opposition to U.S. bombing and warfare and to any further expansion of military retaliation. For further information contact Doug Bogen at 430-9565 or Macy Morse at 433-4119

Fridays, 5-6 pm. Peace Vigil in front of the Town Hall on the corner of Water and Front Streets (near the Band Stand) in Exeter. Please bring your signs and hopeful spirits. Contact Donna Schlachman, 772-4934 or

Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Peace Vigil on the traffic island at the corner of Central Ave. & Washington St. in Dover, sponsored by War Resister's League of Southeastern New Hampshire. This vigil will take place as long as the U.S. continues to bomb or in any way attack another country. For further information contact David Diamond at 749-9159 or Tom Jackson at 603-781-8623 (cell phone)

Sundays, 12 noon to 12:30 pm. Women in Black stand in silent vigil in front of the Ocean View Cemetery located on Rte 1, in Wells, Maine, across from the Junior High School. Women in Black is an informal group and all women are invited to join us as they are able. Please wear black when possible.  For more information please call Betty Williams 207-646-5772 or email

Sundays,12 noon. Shawsheen Square Peace Witness-corner of Rt. 28 and Rt. 133 in Andover, Mass. - initiated by the Lawrence Friends Meeting. For more information contact Allan Sifferlen at

Sundays, 12 noon - 1pm. Bridges for Peace vigils are held at the same time on bridges throughout Maine, as well as several locations in Maryland. For the listing of locations see the Bridges for Peace website, or call 207-563-8902.

Sundays noon - 1 pm, Kennebunk, ME, at the Peace Pole by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. Contact Carol Spalding - 207-641-8663 or Mary Stiler - 207-282-2023.

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NH Congressional delegation

Phone Washington Weekdays, 9 am to 5 pm: White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111 Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Congressman Jeb Bradley (First District NH)
1218 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: DC 202-225-5456
Dover 603-743-4813

Senator John E. Sununu
111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
phone: DC 202-224-2841
Portsmouth 603-430-9560

Senator Judd Gregg
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
phone: DC 202-224-3324
Portsmouth (Newington) 603-431-2171

Maine delegation:

Congressman Tom Allen (First Disrict Maine)
1717 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: DC 202-225-6116
Portland: 207-774-5019

Senator Susan Collins
172 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
phone: DC 202-224-2523
Biddeford: 207-283-1101
e-mail (web form):

Senator Olympia Snowe
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
phone: DC 202-224-5344
Toll free in Maine: 1-800-432-1599

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Write letters to the editor and Media contacts:

Associated Press Larry Laughlin, chief of bureau, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont 800-258-3484 (from outside NH) 800-559-3433 (within NH) David Tirrell-Wysoki: P.O. Box 1200 Concord NH 03302-1200 (NH bureau - Holly Raimer) 224-3327, fax 226-0883 Cathy McCormack (Concord day supervisor)

Boston Globe (NH Section) - Clare Kittridge: 431-3939 phone/fax

Colebrook - The News & Sentinel, PO Box 39, Colebrook, N.H. 03576 603-237-5501, 1-800-521-5501, Fax 603-237-5060

Concord Monitor - PO Box 1177, Concord, NH 03302-1177 603-224-5301, 800-464-3415, news 603-224-5301 Ext. 324, Fax-news: 603-224-8120 News: Photos: Editorials:

Dartmouth - 6175 Robinson Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755 News: (603) 646-2600, Fax: (603) 646-3443

Equinox - 229 Main St, Keene, NH 03435-2413 (Keene State College) News (603) 358-2413, 358-2241 Exec Editor 358-2414, Fax 358-2407

Foster's Daily Democrat - 333 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820 1-800-660-8310 - News Fax: 749-7079 Editorials - Jon Breen (603) 742-4455 ext. 5840 - News Editors (603) 742-4455, ext. 5100 and 5210 Bureaus: Rochester 332-2200 Somersworth 692-3300 Portsmouth 431-4888 Exeter 778-8585 Concord 226-3633 (Press Room, Statehouse) Brian Dekoning - Joel Harris 431-4888 - Michael Goot,

Keene Sentinel - 60 West Street, Keene, NH 03431 (603) 352-1234, (800) 765-9994 Fax: (603) 352-0437 or news: (603) 352-9700 email and editorials:

Nashua Telegraph - P.O. Box 1008, Nashua, NH 03061 (603) 882-2741, fax: (603) 882-2681, Editorials: Regional editor:, 594-6518 Assistant News Editor: , 594-6584 --- NH Telegraph -"Al Mckeon"

New Hampshire Gazette - PO Box 756, Portsmouth, NH 03802 433-9898 - Steve Fowle -

The Peterborough Transcript One Phoenix Mill Lane, Suite 100, Peterborough, NH 03458 E-Mail: Telephone: 603-924-3333 Fax: 603-924-7946

Portsmouth Herald - 111 Maplewood Avenue Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 436-1800 (incl. Exeter Newletter, Hampton Union, Rockingham News, Dover Community News) Fax (603) 433-5760 and (603) 772-3830 (Exeter) Editorials - Jesse Deconto PH Derek Fanton PH 749-5808 610-1147

The New Hampshire News desk 603-862-1490. Photography, 862-1527

Union Leader - P.O. Box 9555, Manchester, NH 03108-9555 (603) 668-4321 ext. 320 (John Toole), fax 603-668-0382 or 668-NEWS news: Editorials: Barbara LeBlanc

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Other web sites:

New Hampshire Peace Action:

New Hampshire IndyMedia:

The AFSC-NH Presidential Primary Project

Common Dreams

Joe Public Films (Tom Jackson)

Save Our Groundwater

Kucinich for President

For many more related sites go to the links page: Links

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