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Welcome to PICA (Power In Community Alliances)!


PICA is pleased to announce the Annual Silent and Live Auction in support of our Bangor, Maine-based organization! The Auction will be held Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 pm – 6 pm at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business (near Husson University). 

Local artisans, businesses and generous donors offer wonderful items including original artwork, sweatshop-free clothing, holiday wreaths, pottery, books, yoga and dance lessons, gift certificates for local restaurants and stores, seacoast weekend, plants, flowers, food and more!  The Auction’s format includes both a silent and live auction, so there is something for everyone.  No shopping experience offers so much variety in one place – with lots of fun, free food and great music.  So gather your friends and your holiday lists and join us for a great afternoon.


For more information, to volunteer to help or to make donations please call Ellen at 207-947-4203 or email Ellen at elleng@pica.ws.



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.