Some intrepid Facebook reportage suggests that there will be an
impromptu and informal celebration at 7 pm in Monument Square tonight.
Here's the Press Herald on today's events; here's As Maine Goes, and here's Pam's House Blend (with a really interesting story about a personal phone call Governor Baldacci made last week).
I'm getting a feeling of deja vu. Jamilla El-Shafei, of the Kennebunks Peace Department, is helping to organize a weekend protest march to the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport.
What isn't happening tomorrow?
-- From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the Local Sprouts Community Kitchen will host an open house in its new Public Market House digs.
-- At 2 p.m., outside of the Kennebunk Water District office, a coalition of water-rights activists will hold a rally and press conference to protest the proposed Nestle contract there
New site, created to call out "projects that obviously were not vetted by the Maine Sensible Transportation Act...[which was] created to keep MDOT from completely paving over Maine, after Mainers were worn down and relented to allow the widening of Rt 95 south of Portland," according to an email sent out by webmaster Tim Sullivan.
The Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative is currently collecting signatures to get a question on the ballot that would better define who can access medical marijuana, and where they can get it. It would also establish registry cards and broaden protections for physicians. On Primary Day, signature-collectors gathered approximately 4000 John Hancocks, according to an email sent out by the organization today. They have about half the sigs they need so far.
There are plenty of interesting things to do here in Portland to observe National Trails Day tomorrow, including hiking 10 miles through the Forest City on a guided walk with Portland Trails.
But really the big thing you should do, if in any way you can, is to head up to near Greenville to walk among some of the oldest trees in Maine.
Today is a big day in the nation's human-rights history. Five "detainees" captured and held for their alleged roles in terrorism and other acts against the United States who are being imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay are facing a US military judge today in open court. What happens to them will provide powerful evidence of how far down the human-rights-abuse spectrum we have slid.
In April, I suggested that Portland look into starting a bike-share program like the one recently launched in Washington, DC. And like magic, it's happening! (To be fair, I think the idea was on the radar long before I stuck my nose into the matter.)
Starting on Monday, June 9, Portlanders will be able to unlock white bikes around the city (using the White Bike code, which you can find at the group's website), ride them -- for free -- and then relock them for the next user.