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Activist groups open 'Commons' as community resource

Jan 12, 2020

Belfast — Four local social activist organizations have come together to open a downtown space at 158 High St.

According to a news release, the purpose of "The Commons" is to provide a shared meeting space and forum for climate, environmental, and social justice work "for all who are working cooperatively towards a better world."

A grand opening with a ribbon-cutting by Rep. Jan Dodge, D-Belfast, is planned for Monday, Jan. 20, at noon. The celebration, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will continue until 2 p.m. with an open house with refreshments, information, and socializing. The release quotes Dr. King, saying:  “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Local Citizens for SMART Growth, Belfast Area Community Rights, Midcoast Maine Extinction Rebellion, and Friends of the Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area are the four groups that have established the space. Other groups or individuals who align with the collective mission of the space are invited to explore how they might get involved, according to the news release.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Patricia Edith Kaplan | Jan 13, 2020 07:09

My dear friends, this joining together under one roof to protect the earth, speaks to and strengthens something deep inside, a new beat reverberates, a stronger sense of what to do, how to do it, and and when to do it.  Thank you to the courageous leaders of this earth-saving movement.  You know who you are.  Peace and life for all living things.

"The earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry

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