“Maine Resists” has a very comprehensive Calendar of Resistance Events throughout Maine:
April 8-23: Congressional Recess: We recommend the Indivisible April Recess Toolkit!
Sunday, April 23 from 9:30-3:30 at Thomas College in Waterville: Maine Citizens for Clean Elections will host its “Stronger Democracy Volunteer Convention.” Free of charge. Breakfast, lunch and Ben & Jerry’s included! The convention is your opportunity to:
learn the latest about efforts to get big money out of politics,
implement Ranked Choice Voting, and make it easier for Mainers to register to vote
develop the skills to be an effective advocate for the issues you care about
learn what strategies actually move lawmakers to support a policy
discover how to build a diverse movement in your community
learn how you find common ground with people across the political divide.
Saturday, April 29 in Washington, D.C. and in Augusta, ME: We March’s Climate March.
Washington March Info: 350 Maine ( http://www.350maine.org/pcm_dc ) is teaming up with the Sierra Club and other coalition partners to help get Mainers to Washington by bus! Cost: $50 per person round trip. Lower cost tickets available. Time: Leaving Portland on Friday, April 28 around 11 PM and arriving in Washington about nine hours later. Leaving Washington after the march around 3 PM Saturday and arriving back in Portland between midnight and 1 AM. (There may also be a bus leaving Friday morning with a hotel overnight; total cost bus and hotel $175.)
Augusta March Info: 10:00-1:00: Behind The State House, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, ME 04330 https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-mobilization-in-maine
Monday, May 1; Saturday, May 6; and Thursday, May 11: Sagadahoc County’s Democratic state legislators will host a series of public forums on the “Opportunity Agenda,” the Democratic budget proposal for 2018 and 2019. The Opportunity Agenda calls for the largest property tax cut in Maine history, invests in jobs and the economy, fully funds public schools, makes college degrees more affordable and attainable, supports families, seniors, children and veterans and provides meaningful student debt relief. It does all of those things without unnecessary cuts and without raising new taxes. The Opportunity Agenda builds on the current budget established in 2015, leaving current services intact while leveraging new revenue to invest in Maine’s future:
The first forum will take place on Monday, May 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the cafeteria of Bath Middle School and will be hosted by Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, Rep. Jennifer DeChant, D-Bath, and Rep. Jay Rep. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell.
The second forum will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Topsham Public Library and will be hosted by Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, Rep. Denise Tepler, D-Topsham, Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, and Rep. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell.
The third forum will take place on Thursday, May 11 at 6 PM at the Woolwich Town Office and will be hosted by Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic.
Further Information About This: the Maine People’s Alliance says: Governor LePage’s budget proposal is reckless and draconian. It’s trickle-down economics at its worst. LePage would strip funding from our schools, shift more costs onto Maine communities, cut 20,000 low-income Mainers from health care, and take away assistance for Maine’s poorest children—all to fund a massive tax giveaway to the wealthy. Earlier this month, Maine Democrats in the legislature stood up to LePage and released an alternative plan called the Opportunity Agenda. It rejects harmful cuts to anti-poverty programs, fully funds local education, invests in free community college, increases wages for workers, and funds some treatment to address the opioid crisis.* Most importantly, it rejects LePage’s tax cuts, ensuring the wealthy pay closer to their fair share, just like we voted for in November. With fair taxes and a $200,000 surplus from a slowly-improving economy, Maine has the resources to fund health care, education, and the rest of these moral priorities. We don’t need arbitrary and cruel cuts. But Republican House leaders have already threatened to shut down the government unless Democrats agree to overturn the will of the voters and repeal Question 2, the fair taxes and education funding referendum. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle need to hear from us right now—tell them to stand for the will of the voters and against a massive new tax break for the wealthy. Democratic legislators are also holding town hall-style events in the next few weeks. These are great opportunities to go and learn more about the values behind these budget proposals, ask questions, and make your voice heard.
In addition to the above Sagadahoc events: they highlight the following:”
Saturday, 4/22: 9 AM in Millinocket at Memorial Library, 5 Maine Ave.
Saturday, 4/22: Noon in Old Town at Old Town High School, 203 Stillwater Ave.
Saturday, 4/22: 5:30 PM in Hallowell at the American Legion, 114 2nd St.
Monday, 4/24: 6 PM in Biddeford at Biddeford High School, 20 Maplewood Ave.
Tuesday, 4/25: 6 PM in Lewiston at the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St.
Wednesday, 4/26: 6 PM in Belfast at The University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave (Rt 3).
*The $5 million allotted to fund opioid epidemic treatment is a step in the right direction, but what’s really needed is Medicaid expansion. The legislature has the chance to pass expansion this year—for the sixth time—and figure out how to override an inevitable LePage veto. If they don’t, voters can and will approve it as a referendum this fall, adding coverage for 70,000 low-income Mainers who need treatment.
Thursday, May 4 at 1:00 PM. outside of the State House at 12 noon: a NRCM rally (in the plaza between the State House and the Cross Office Building) to support LD 1373 sponsored by Sagadahoc’s Representative Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham help Maine move ahead with solar power.
Following the rally there will be a public hearing on the bill at 12:45 in the Energy & Utilities Committee room for the 1:00 p.m. public hearing (Room 211 of the Cross Office Building). Representative Berry’s bill would increase Maine’s energy independence and create hundreds of new jobs (http://www.nrcm.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/LD1373SolarFactSheet.pdf ). Please note that the LePage-appointed Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is trying to take Maine in the wrong direction by voting to roll back Maine’s minimal existing solar policy: net metering which has made it possible for thousands of Maine homeowners and business owners to own and produce their own solar power. It’s important than the Legislature stops the PUC’s extreme solar rollback and gets Maine on track for solar power—please come to the public hearing.
Please RSVP to NRCM if you can come:
NRCM BONUS! You can also join a joint “Conservation Lobby Day” in the morning of May 4! Meet us at 9:00 AM in the Cross Cafeteria in the Cross Office Building (next to the State House). We’ll provide information on our priority environmental bills, including solar, share tips about how to communicate effectively with legislators, and then escort you to the State House to help you you’re your legislators!
A Request from the Maine Democratic Party http://www.mainedems.org/ :
The Maine Democratic Party’s “Run Local” Program recruits and trains Democratic candidates to run for local office and win. Now more than ever we need Democratic voters to stand up and fight for progressive values in their communities. County commissioner, school board member, town manager, city councilor—these are just a few examples of local roles with a big impact. Elected positions and campaign processes vary throughout the state. We are here to provide you with the training you need to run. Select the “Run Local” section of the MDP website:
From Maine Peoples’ Alliance: while Republicans in Congress have been scrambling to ram through their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they’ve been quietly working to undermine health care from another direction too. Speaker Ryan’s health care plan would also propose radical changes to the federal Medicaid program that would cut health care for thousands of Mainers—including children, seniors and the disabled. More than 260,000 Mainers count on MaineCare (Maine’s Medicaid program) for quality, affordable health care. The GOP plan would end the federal commitment to pay for care each person needs, cutting funding and forcing Maine to either make up the difference or deny more people access to care. Older Mainers, people with disabilities, children, and people living in rural Maine stand to lose the most under these proposals. With so much at stake, there’s no excuse for Senators King and Collins to support any proposals to cut Medicaid. We know that Mainers want more health care, not less. Let’s make sure Senators King and Collins get the message. Ask them to reject any cuts to Medicaid.
Trash Pictures for Peirce:
State Representative Jeff Pierce is one of the lead opponents of LD 57, “An Act to Reduce Waste by Promoting the Use of Reusable Bags and Recyclable Food Service Containers” will soon make its way to the Maine House floor for a vote. It establishes that it is a policy of the State to promote local actions that address these forms of plastic litter. It sets non-binding, achievable statewide goals that 20 towns will adopt a bag ordinance and 20 towns will adopt a foam ordinance by 2020; 35 towns by 2025; and 50 towns by 2030. Nine communities have adopted ordinances to address plastic bags, and six have adopted ordinances to address foam food containers. State Representative, Jeff Pierce, doesn’t think plastic litter is a problem is his district. He has challenged NRCM to provide him with photographic evidence of litter from plastic bags and foam (Styrofoam) containers. Could you help us by keeping a keen eye out for plastic bags and foam containers in the environment in his district, which includes Arrowsic, Dresden, Georgetown, Phippsburg, Woolwich, and part of Richmond? Please take a picture whenever you see one, and send to Representative Pierce—be sure to mention the location of the litter so Representative Pierce knows it is from his district. You can contact him by email:
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There is another valuable resource we wish to let you know about: COUNTABLE (https://www.countable.us/ ) has an app which you can up-load for free and set up to monitor the votes of your US Senators and Representative. It can be set up to pay attention to particular issues, to all votes, etc. It can also be set up to send messages to them regarding bills and issues, as well as to send you emails about votes. This appears to be an invaluable tool!
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