Welcome to PICA!

Carasque Listening Project DelegationPICA (Power In Community Alliances) is a grassroots organization in Bangor, Maine. For the past 30 years we have been building grassroots community alliances that confront global problems of economic justice, human and worker rights and address the effects of the global economy on our own lives.

Our work is grounded in careful listening, telling and sharing stories. We are inspired and informed by our deep bonds of friendship and mutual solidarity with our Sister City of Carasque and the people of El Salvador. Our goal is to transform both individuals and institutions.

PICA Presents “Who is The Other?” – an Immigration Class

PICA’s Dignity For All Committee is presenting a Penobscot Valley Senior College Class:

What: Who is “the other?” Issues related to immigration from Central America
When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Where: UMA-Bangor, 136 Eastport Hall

We are offering this 3-hour class to help give participants a deeper understanding of current immigration issues, sharing the perspectives we have gained through 30 years of sistering with El Salvador. The course objectives are:

  • Through hearing stories from Bangor’s Sister City of Carasque, El Salvador, learners will deepen their understanding of the dynamics of immigration from Central America to the U.S.
  • After participating in this course learners will know basic facts about immigration and how these compare with common perceptions.
  • Learners will gain understanding of the similarities and differences between immigration today and immigration in previous generations.

References and handouts will be provided during the class for those who would like to do further reading.

There is no charge for the class but you must pre-register with Penobscot Valley Senior College. To register call 992-0118.

Trade in the Trump Era

Log pile, Ashland MEOne of President Trump’s first official acts was to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (the TPP), but Trump did not kill the TPP. It was already dead when it was signed by President Obama last February. Congress could have ratified it by a simple majority vote at any time after that, but the votes were never there, thanks to years of work by millions of Americans to hold our elected representatives accountable. Trump took a staged “victory lap” when he put a stake into the heart of a treaty that was already dead and cold, but the victory was ours, not his.

We should celebrate, but this is no time to let down our guard. There are still plenty of pending trade agreements to worry about, starting with Trump’s promised renegotiation of NAFTA. Any new agreements that the Trump administration negotiates could well be worse than what we have now.

The good news: Activists in countries around the world have learned how to block bad treaties and advocate for fair trade agreements that put people and the environment above corporate profits. Together we can win!

You can keep up with developments by checking the Web sites of the Maine Fair Trade Campaign and the Citizens Trade Campaign.