"Community Vigils for Global Action"

Bridges for Peace


JOIN with

 Bridges for Peace


12 noon to 1pm 

in Your Community

see  List of Bridges

About Bridges for Peace  

         Connecting Communities       

       Bridges for Peace is a grassroots organization that began in Maine as the threat of war in Iraq escalated in the fall of 2002. On first one bridge, and then another, the vigils began to spread along the coast, and then inland. A few people soon led to small groups and soon larger crowds of people joined together at noon each Sunday.

     The simultaneous vigils have continued in Maine and several other states since October, 2002.  Of course the symbolism of meeting on bridges is undeniable, and bridges are central to many Maine towns.  But more importantly, the Bridges for Peace vigils allow people to participate in a widespread demonstration right in their own individual towns.  The network is highly visible to those who pass over the bridges, one after another, and each individual bridge provides community and courage  to those who gather on it. Many people there will report that they have never before taken part in a demonstration or a vigil, and would not be boarding the buses to the larger rallies. It is only at the community level that dialogue and effective, lasting change can occur - this is the true grassroots.  Every week....


Links to Peace and Justice Sites

'Standing for Peace '

'Dealing with confrontation'

Calendar of Events 

Article about Bridges for Peace on Peace Action Maine's web site.  


  The rising costs of war  

     US troops  killed : 3257

    Iraqi citizens:  200,000+++

US troops wounded: 24314  reported


routine, visible.....

Can you imagine what would happen if people took to the streets in every town and city ???

Join us each Sunday       noon-1pm in your community

routine, visible.....

       There are many Bridges that meet each Sunday from 12 to pm.  At some times there are a few people while at others there are a great many. It is very powerful to see people stretched across a bridge, from one end to the other, but is is also powerful to be that one to stand alone, supported by those doing the same further up the road, in the next town or the next state on another bridge. And as the weather and the individual signs change, the witness for peace remains clear. Some bridge groups have grown, forming new regional Peace and Justice programs and others meet  more intermittently, but the network of the bridges continues to grow. Weekly vigils are held in Maine, Maryland, Vermont and New Hampshire. We hope that the concept of simultaneous community action will spread.
       Bridges for Peace has supported  past International Days of protest. On January 15 and February 15, 2003, over 1200 people stood against war on  very cold bridges throughout Maine and in Maryland and New York City while buses carried friends to the demonstrations in those and other major cities.  In October of that year another call to Bridges for Peace went out to support protests in Washington DC, and in March 2004 we gathered to mark the first anniversary of the war.  On March 19 2005 and 2006 we watched this country begin its third then the fourth year of war and occupation of Iraq from Bridges for Peace. Each year we hoped it was the last. In 2007, Bridges for Peace joined On Every Village Green in communities throughout Maine, and vigils all over the world to mark the fourth anniversary of 'shock and awe', and the start of another year of occupation.
        Bridges for Peace welcomes you to its website and invites you to visit its
Calendar and  Peace and Social Justice Links pages. We would like to add your community to the network of vigils listed below and welcome ‘bridges’ large and small, near and far, to join with us. The connections that we make with each other as activists and with members of our communities form the threads in the fabric of peace.  Each bridge that we build is important. !







 SOME BRIDGES for PEACE              Sundays from 12-1 unless noted....

MAINE BRIDGES and others






  Annapolis                                 Spa Creek Eastport Bridge

Pasadena                                  Stoney Creek Bridge (Smallwood  Road)                                





Westminster 191 overpass- contact Great Falls Peace and Justice    for times contact carmichaelbowers@hotmail.com


and now....















  If you have a vigil listing or information you would like to add to this site

e-mail us  at peacebridges@peacebridges.org








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Town Bridge                                    

( Fridays, 12:30 p.m., Lithgow Library, corner of State   and Winthrop Streets.

 623-1960. Thursdays, 5 p.m., West Side Rotary. )


 Kennebec- Memorial   Bridge




 Kennebec  Sagadahoc Bridge 

(Belfast- Sundays, noon to 1 p.m., In-town traffic light, corner of High  and

Main Streets. "Standing for Peace". FMI: Cathy @ 338-1429.)

Downtown    Belfast Vigil at the in town traffic light at the corner of High and Main Streets at noon on March 19 and every Sunday.
Blue Hill   Sundays, noon, Blue Hill Bridge. FMI: Judy 326-4405 robbins@downeast.net.
Main Street
Boothbay  (Thursdays, 1 to 2 pm, Route 27 sidewalk at traffic light by Hannafords. Boothbay Region Peace and Justice. All are welcome. )  
Bucksport  FMI: 469-0067 or tims@sullboat.com route 1
Brunswick/Topsham (Fridays, 5:30 p.m., Downtown end of Mall.

FMI: 443-2899.)

 Green Bridge
Calais International Bridge


Caribou   207 896-3184 main street



Damariscotta  peacebridges@peacebridges.org (207 563 5416)


Main Street 

Ellsworth  The Ellsworth Area Peace Group. Union River Bridge

5-7 Fridays
12-1 Sundays

Falmouth (846 8960) Martins Pt and Tukey's 


Farmington Center Bridge
Kennebunk (biddefordsacodemocrats@hotmail.com)
Mousam River rte 1
Kezar Falls   Saturday, 10:00AM to 11:00AM. FMI: Dianne at ds167@psouth.net
Route 25 Bridge Vigil-


Memorial Bridge
Lewiston  Auburn     Contact  marijach@gmail.com

Longley Bridge 


Sundays, noon-1 p.m., Ducktrap Bridge. FMI: John Pincince at 230-2410.
Orono - Bangor
 Sundays, 11a.m.-1p.m., Stillwater River Bridge in downtown Orono. FMI: Peter Millard at 866-3503.


Pittsfield Main Street on the hill in front of the Universalist Church 7:30 pm Sundays
Portland  contact  207- 767-3012  :  millard49@hotmail.com     Casco Bay Bridge- South Portland end
Presque Isle (sdemaio@lycos.com) Rte #1, Aroostook River Bridge 
Rockland    Main & Park Street
Fridays 6-7 
Rockport  Main Street 
Rumford  peace96@usadatanet.net
Green Bridge at Rumford

Falls, by Visitor Center off Rte 2.

Saco  Elm Street

Skowhegan   FMI:hayrus@gwi.net.         lsavage3@yahoo.com

Margaret Chase Bridge
Sundays from 12 - 1
Southport Draw bridge 
Thomaston St. Georges River
Topsham  frieden@gwi.net "Green" Bridge
Vinal Haven Mill Race Bridge
Contact Ron 649-8433. 
We in Waterville stand on the Bridge over Mesalonskee Stream on Kennedy Memorial Drive every Sunday from Noon to 1pm. The reception from passing motorists is very positive.  We have been there 4+ years since before theinvasion.Waterville Area Bridges for Peace & Justice www.wabpj.org
Messalonskee Bridge on Kennedy Memorial Drive Sundays from 12-1
Westbrook/Portland Rt. 302, Presumpscot River Bridge
Wiscasset     (Boothbay Area P and J ) goodwood@gwi.net)      park Edgecomb side Davey Bridge 




Calendar of Events
Links to Other Peace and
Social Justice Sites
'Standing for Peace'
'Dealing with confrontation'


Article about Bridges for Peace on Peace Action Maine's web site.


          Printable poster  of the Maine Bridges for PeaceMSword version (24K)
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