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#FakeEmergency: Tell Congress to Override Trump’s Veto

Trump’s #FakeEmergency attempts to snatch Congress’s power of the purse, funding from military construction projects, and citizens’ private land, despite evidence that no emergency exists. Both the House and Senate have passed a bill to repeal the emergency declaration.
QUICK ACTION: Thank our Maine MoC for voting to uphold Congress’s constitutional authority, and ask them to urge more fellow legislators to join them in overriding Trump’s expected veto.

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SUPPORT “RED FLAG” BILL: Reduce Suicide & Domestic Violence Gun Deaths

Last year’s “red flag” bill never received a final vote, but a new bill, LD 1312, has just been introduced. Red flag bills reduce gun-related suicides and domestic violence homicides by temporarily suspending access to firearms for people who are a danger to themselves or others.
QUICK ACTION: Join the Maine Gun Safety Coalition and Moms Demand Action at the State House for their Advocacy Day on Tuesday March 19 from 9am to 3pm and help build support for LD 1312.

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN YEMEN: End U.S. Support for Saudi-Backed War

U.S. military and financial participation in Yemen’s civil war is contributing to what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in 100 years. The Senate again passed a resolution to end U.S. support for the war. The new Democratic-controlled House will now take up the measure. 
QUICK ACTION: Thank Collins and King for their support of the measure and ask Reps Pingree and Golden to support H.J. 37.

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ARM YOURSELF…WITH FACTS!

Need quick access to facts to fight back against gun nonsense? We’ve built you a war chest.
Check out our list of the most powerful gun violence statistics and find rebuttals to common arguments against gun reform. Take your weapons into battle and win!

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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: This week in Augusta

Here’s our Legislature Roundup for the week of March 11, where you’ll find details on bills dealing with reducing carbon pollution, protecting children from preventable diseases, the CMP corridor, an early voting amendment, earned paid sick leave, and much more.
QUICK ACTION: Review this week’s public hearings, submit testimony on bills that matter to you, and tell your legislators how you’d like them to vote.

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How to Talk About Indian-Themed Mascots

Thanks to many years of outreach to Maine schools by tribal leaders, Maine’s LAST Indian-themed mascot has finally been retired. Know of a school in another state facing a similar issue? In collaboration with representatives from the Penobscot Nation, we’ve compiled the most common arguments made by those who want to keep these offensive mascots, with suggestions for ways to respond.

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17 Reasons Why We Don’t Need a Wall

When Congress rebuffed his border wall demands for a third time, Trump made an end-run around them by declaring a national emergency. While all lawmakers agree that we can improve our border security, the case for wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on an ineffective vanity project steeped in racial animus is as thin as tissue paper. We’ll show you why.

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PROTECT TITLE IX: Oppose Protection Rollbacks for Student Survivors

The Trump administration has issued new Title IX regulations that would make it harder for students who are sexually assaulted to report the assaults. More than 100,000 comments were submitted during the public comment period on the rule, with the vast majority in opposition. QUICK ACTION: Stay tuned for updates and ask Reps. Pingree and Golden to support 3 bills in the House that protect Title IX.

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Speed Dial Congress

Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I):
(202) 224-5344
Sen. Susan Collins (R):
(202) 224-2523
Chellie Pingree (D):
(202) 225-6116
Rep. Jared Golden (D):
(202) 225-6306

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Maine House:
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Maine Senate:
1-800-423-6900
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