Category Archives: Community Events

Potluck with Jessica Pooley of RONA

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Jessica is the executive director of the Resident Owned Neighborhood Association of Maine (RONA). RONA works to support residents of mobile home parks in organizing to form cooperatives and buy their parks (6 now, 235 affordable housing units!), so that they can be owned and operated by the community of residents.

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Potluck w. Foster Pinkney & the Poor People’s Campaign

 Saturday, July 18, 2015

A recent graduate of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Foster is a scholar and activist dedicated to building genuine community and working toward social justice. He joined us from his parents’ home in Ohio, projected via Google Hangouts onto a sheet in one of the big common spaces at the Dreamship, and spoke about his travels over the last year to Ferguson, Missouri and Selma, Alabama and his ongoing work as part of the new national effort to revive Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign.  The event was family-friendly, with free childcare, and was a collaborative effort between the Greater Portland Community Land Trust, the Southern Maine Workers Center and the Portland Racial Justice Congress.

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Training with Jason Webb from the National Community Land Trust Network

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jason Webb, from the National Community Land Trust Network, joined us in mid-June for a daylong training that we organized at the Resilience Hub.  Jason is a leader in the field of community development who led the initiative to build one of the largest community land trusts in Boston and has been doing this work for 25 years.  The gathering was free to attend, and everyone was welcome, whether they were new to this work or had been doing it for years.

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Second Annual Meeting

In May, we had our second annual meeting at the King Middle School.  Around 50 people came out for a great evening of presentations, break out groups and some delicious food generously donated by local restaurants.

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Potluck w. Nick Kaufmann

6:30pm – Saturday, March 21
Dreamship Housing Cooperative
15 Boynton St., Portland, ME 04101

Pack your bags for a virtual world tour of “do-it-yourself ” city-making practices and cultures that prove that massive governments and corporations aren’t the only ones who get to determine what our cities are like! Our tour guide will be Nick Kaufmann, a local storyteller who grew up in Biddeford and has studied Sociology and Urban Planning in Oregon, Japan and London.

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Potluck w. David Gulak & the HubBub

6:30pm – Sarurday, February 28, 2015
Dreamship Housing Cooperative
15 Boynton St., Portland, ME 04101

A founding member of the Barrels Community Market in down- town Waterville, David is an entrepreneur, community developer and shopkeeper-activist dedicated to supporting local farms and building a strong sustainable economy in rural Maine. He’ll be coming down with some of his co-conspirators to talk about Meridians, the new store that he opened this year to sell local wine, beer and food, as well as his latest project, currently titled HubBub, a co-working space and recording studio that will be opening soon in downtown Fairfield.

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Potluck w. Craig Saddlemire & RAISE-OP!

6:30pm – Friday, January 16, 2015
Dreamship Housing Cooperative
15 Boynton St., Portland, ME 04101

Based in Lewiston, Craig is a film-maker, community organizer, former city councilor and the co-founder of the Faire Op Housing Cooperative, where he has lived for the last six years. He’ll be talking about the work he’s currently doing with the exciting new community project, the RAISE-Op Housing Cooperative.

All are welcome! Kid friendly!

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