October 2016 Events

October 7, 2016

We’ve got some exciting events planned for October:

Ride the Bus! Month Proclamation Acceptance

Wednesday, October 12, 7:30-8:00 PM, in the City Council Chambers, Bangor City Hall, 73 Harlow St

Our Transportation for All (TFA) team is asking for support to join them to accept a Proclamation from the Bangor City Council declaring November “Ride the Bus! Month”. This is an initiative started by TFA, that the City has endorsed for the second consecutive year. Come help celebrate this victory! Meet outside Council Chambers, 3rd Floor.

For more information, call Martin Chartrand 207-989-5850.

Bangor City Council Candidate Forum

Saturday, October 15, 8:30-10:30 AM, at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street

Do you know how you’ll be voting for City Council?

If not, you are probably not alone. Get informed before you go to the polls! Join us to hear candidates’ perspectives on core economic justice issues, and ask your own questions! The forum will include coffee/refreshments, time for informal networking, a structured program of questions and time for questions from the audience. This candidate forum is co-sponsored by Food AND Medicine, Faith Linking in Action, and the Eastern Maine Labor Council.

For more information, call Martin Chartrand 207-989-5850.

Food AND Medicine call night for Fair Wages and Stand Up for Students

Monday, October 17, 6:00-8:00 PM, at the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer

Maine voters have the opportunity to make two changes in this year’s election that could greatly benefit families in hard times: Ballot Question #4 on raising Maine’s minimum wage; and Ballot Question #2, which aims to increase funding for Maine’s public schools by adding a surcharge to Maine residents making over $200,000/year. Join us to call fellow Maine voters about these two important ballot questions. Child care and transportation available; dinner will be provided.

For more information, call Adam Thiesen 989-5830.

Food Insecurity and Wages Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 19, 9:30-11:00 AM, at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street

Ten years ago, Maine ranked 33rd highest among US states for the degree of very low food security among our residents; we are now ranked THIRD highest.

At the same time, Maine has the opportunity to lead the nation in establishing a higher minimum wage. A higher minimum wage would benefit many of our state’s lowest-income households, who also are most likely to suffer from food insecurity.

This panel discussion will include perspectives from people impacted by food insecurity and low wages, policy experts and faith leaders. We will discuss the policies that have contributed to this unprecedented increase in hunger, and opportunities to reverse it through raising the minimum wage and other changes.

Coffee, juice and light refreshments will be served. Child care and transportation are available. Co-sponsored by Food AND Medicine, Faith Linking in Action and the Eastern Maine Labor Council.

For more information: on program, Jack McKay 989-4141; on child care / transportation, Martin Chartrand 989-5850.

Canning Workshop

Saturday, October 22, 3:00-6:00 PM, at the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer

Learn how to preserve the bounty of the harvest with Food AND Medicine’s Food Access Committee. For more information, call Adam Thiesen 989-5830.

Ride the Bus! Month Launch Celebration

Monday, October 31, 3:00-5:00 PM, at Pickering Square, Bangor

November is Ride the Bus! Month. This is a time to celebrate and ride the Community Connector, Greater Bangor’s public transportation system. Join us to launch the festivities with a costume contest, food, speakers and more, right at the bus depot! Transportation for All, a partnership of Faith Linking in Action, Food AND Medicine, Power in Community Alliances, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 714, are organizing this event.

For more information, call Martin Chartrand, 989-5850.

 

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