'Drone Warfare' book tour

CODEPINK's Benjamin heads for Midcoast

Jul 03, 2012
Gary Edward Hinte's "Blood for Oil" is among the artworks that will accompany Medea Benjamin's visit to the Waldo County Shrine Club in Belfast.

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is touring the state in conjunction with her new book "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control" and will have stops in Camden and Belfast, as well as Damariscotta.

On Friday, July 13, Benjamin will be at the downtown Camden Public Library from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; and at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, from 7 to 9 p.m. There is a multi-media event built around her presentation Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Waldo County Shrine Club, 20 Northport Ave., Belfast.

Increasing alarm is widespread among activists and intellectuals nationwide about the use of killer drones in modern warfare. Benjamin will address this in a presentation of her new book, which offers a comprehensive look at how drones are being used to assassinate people around the world, the legal and moral implications and how to build a movement to rein in the drones. It also looks at how drones are coming to local police departments and what that means for our privacy rights. For more information, visit codepink.org/booktour.

Multimedia event in Belfast

Food, wine, art, music and theater on topics of war and peace will be incorporated into the free, public event welcoming Benjamin to town Saturday, July 14 beginning at 4 p.m. with her talk. "Drone Warfare" will be available for purchase and signing, and questions and comments will be welcome. Following the talk, a potluck supper will be held. After supper, the group will enjoy live theater and a sing-a-long celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday.

Paintings, drawings, and sculpture with a peace or anti-war theme will be on display throughout the event, with appetizers by chef Eric Goodale and wine. At 6 p.m., a potluck supper with an emphasis on local food will be shared by all. Art on display will include recently completed portrait of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer by Jude Spacks, paintings by political artist Gary Edward Hinte and “Medusa” by Monroe sculptor Squidge Davis, among others.

An original political theater production directed by Larraine Brown, written and performed by local talent, will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the sing-a-long led by Tri-Peace Trio of Jud Esty-Kendall, Leslie Latour and Larry Latour. If the weather is cooperative, the evening will end with a stroll through Belfast’s City Park.

Sponsors include the Peace & Justice Group of Waldo County, Outspoken Women, Monroe Progressives, WERU-FM Community Radio, Larraine Brown, Inc. Creative Fundraising Consultations for Non Profits and Entrepreneurs, Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast Social Action Committee, Jim Harney Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Old Professor's Bookshop, Maine Green Independent Party of Monroe, Belfast Co-op Store, Whitman Graphics and Hintes Liberty Theatre.

The Shrine Club is located opposite City Park. For more information about this event, contact Jennifer Hill at 930-5700 or rooted@fairpoint.net.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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