Upcoming Advocacy Events
Thursday, May 11 at 6 PM at the Woolwich Town Office: Sen. Eloise Vitelli (D-Arrowsic) will host the final Sagadahoc County “Opportunity Agenda” Budget Forum on the Democratic budget proposal for 2018 and 2019. This 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. We had highly successful fora in Bath on May 1, and in Topsham on May 6, and encourage those who missed them to attend the final one on Thursday! 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:
Monday, May 15 from 7:00-8:00 PM at The Center for Peace and Community, 44 Summer St, Bath: Representative Jennifer DeChant (D-Bath) will give an Advocacy Talk sponsored by Indivisible Sagadahoc. She will discuss advocacy, tracking legislation, and how to engage your lawmakers. Space is limited!
Wednesday, May 10: The Maine House will vote on The Maine Equal Rights Amendment—LD 197! Twenty-three states have equal rights provisions in their constitutions that grant to women equal rights to men. Maine is not one of them! On April 13th, six members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary, including the chairman, voted against LD 197. It passed by a narrow one-vote margin, 7-6, along party lines. Equal rights should not be a partisan issue. The wording of the proposed amendment to Maine’s Constitution is: “Equality of rights under the law may not be denied or abridged based on the sex of an individual.” Contact your legislator!
8:00 AM-3:00 PM Women’s Day at the State House, Maine Women’s Lobby
http://maineresists.org/event/womens-day-state-house-augusta/ for info and registration
“Maine Resists” has a very comprehensive Calendar of Resistance Events throughout Maine:
We recommend that you sign up to receive Action Alerts from:
https://dailyaction.org/ : text the word DAILY to 228466
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!
Local Advocacy Groups:
Mainers For Accountable Leadership
Indivisible Lincoln County Maine
Brunswick Area Rising!
We the People