The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County will host its annual spring celebration potluck Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m., followed by 6 p.m. screening of “Taking Root,” in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

“Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” a 2008 film by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy —a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

“This film proves that courage is contagious, and that one small voice of dissent can shake nations,” said group member Meredith Bruskin of Swanville. “We’ve seen in recent months that committed individuals and mass movements, whether through tree planting or removing entrenched dictators, can help fix our environment and create change in very positive ways.”

All are invited to bring food to share to the potluck. The film is free, with donations accepted. For more information about the film or the Peace and Justice Group, contact Bruskin at 338-5089.

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