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The 26th Annual PICA Plant Sale is coming...

Congratulations to you, us and PICA for running this sale for 25 years, for gardening, and for all that organizing for peace and power in community alliances !! Our first sale was on a sidewalk. In 2002 we topped out at 1586 plants. Over the years many PICA supporters have beautified their gardens through this annual plant sale to benefit Power in Community Alliances. The PICA sale features many of our lovely friends, the native perennials. Our catalog includes about 40 native-to-Eastern North America plants, 20 of which are native to Maine. So, as the days get longer and the weather starts warming up it's time to think about this year's garden.  Whether you are adding to your exsisting garden or are new to the gardening scene we can help.  These plants, all field-grown in Maine, have not spent their lives in an artificial greenhouse environment and are not grown with fossil fuels.  Field-grown perennials are strong, healthy, well rooted and necessarily hardy. Unlike many garden-center plants, which may have spent a coddled youth in California, ours have endured a winter outside, exposed to the same elements they’ll meet in your garden.

Click here to check out this year's catalog and here for an order form.  You will be glad you did.  You can call or email us with any questions you might have.   207-945-0020 or fraw@gwi.net for Francine / 207-947-4203 or info@pica.ws for the PICA office.  We'd be happy to h\send you a catalog if you prefer a hard copy. 

Thanks for taking a peek!  


Hello PICA friends!  


PICA has changed the company that handles our online donations recently.  We are now working with JustGive.  There is no monthly fee for us and more of your donations stay right here with PICA.  Your tax-deductible donations can be made through JustGive by clicking on our Donate Now button.


Mining Alert!


We urge you to send a message to the Democratic House leadership to urge defeat of proposed mining regulations presented as LD750.   Their action or in-action will make the difference in whether these rules pass or are rejected.  Now is the time

The legislation would create lax mining regulations that could pollute Maine’s waters for generations to come.  It could make Maine taxpayers liable for cleaning up the mess that mining companies cause. 

Address your email message to:

House leader Jeff McCabe 


                                                AND TO

House Speaker Mark Eves


If it’s easy, cc your own state representative, as well.

In addition a short message phone call to the  Democratic House office at    (207) 287-1430  and/or the Maine House Speaker's office at (207) 287-1300  would be fantastic.

Your message needn’t be lengthy, or profess any expertise.   Most important: that it be SENT.

Many thanks,


Seth Davis, Katherine Kates, Sidney Mitchell, Dennis Chinoy




Home of the Dignity For All campaign


Bangor's Sister City Initiative


Click here for more information about the Dignity For All campaign.



PICA's Dignity for All Committee continues to work on tools for community economic education.   Already in the "tool kit" are five modular powerpoint  presentations which, taken together tell the story:  Since 1980,  global tradewinds and domestic elites have driven our economy into a ditch. This transformation has damaged the vast majority but has greatly profited the very few.  Over the same time period, we have been subjected to an anti-government and scape-goating ideology that has been a political product as skillfully, and relentlessly promoted as any other product ever marketed.

The whole sad but intriguing story can be downloaded as an entire "chapter-course" entitled "How's the Trickle Down Economy Working for Us?".     Or, you can enjoy it as more bite-size segments serially entitled: 1. The Great Wealth Transfer; 2. Where Did the Money Go?; 3. Vilifying Government; 4. The Debt, the Deficit and Economic Scapegoats;  and  5. Supply Side Economics and the Myth of Job Creator.  

You can download any of all of these by links to MediaFire,  available below,  or from PICA's webpage  www.pica.ws.   They're packaged as powerpoint presentations to view,  or to share.  We're also looking for small or large groups to share these with,  so if you have any ideas....

Here are the links:   If anything gets lost in the translation, formatting-wise,  please contact us,  and we'll try to get you the presentation(s) without glitches.  

How's the Trickle Down Economy Working for Us?

1. The Great Wealth Transfer

2. Where Did the Money Go?

3. Vilifying Government

4. The Debt, the Deficit, and Economic Scapegoats

5.Supply Side Economics and the Myth of Job Creator



PICA Auction thanks!

A great big Thank You goes out to the many donors, solicitors, committee members and volunteers who helped make this year's auction another success!!  A special thank you to Mark Kelley our auctioneer who knows just the right thing to say to make you realize you really need that item, Brian Dyer Stewart who entertained us with his beautiful music and Dave and Deb Morrill who again this year made sure we had burritos and tamales to keep us going. 

Doesn't that all sound like fun? For those of you who were there, you know it was, for those of you who were not, we look forward to you joining us next year!!



PICA is a grassroots organization in Bangor, Maine. For nearly 25 years we have been building grassroots community alliances that address global problems of economic justice, human and worker rights. Our work is grounded in careful listening, telling and sharing stories. Our goal is to transform both individuals and institutions.

We have helped make Maine a leader among all states in addressing the effects of the global economy on our own lives.