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After Congress refused three times to approve new tax-payer funds for a border wall, Trump bypassed the branch by declaring a national emergency. The lawsuits have already begun to fly, and Congress is planning action as well. Get up to speed on all the moving parts with our explainer.read more
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.read more
Former coal lobbyist and acting EPA director Andrew Wheeler has been nominated by Trump to take over the position permanently. The Senate could vote on his confirmation as early as THIS WEEK. QUICK ACTION: Call senators Collins and King and tell them to vote NO on Wheeler.read more
The Trump administration has issued new Title IX regulations that would make it harder for students who are sexually assaulted to report the assaults.
QUICK ACTION: Submit a public comment opposing the new rules by Jan. 30 and ask Reps. Pingree and Golden to support 3 bills in the House that protect Title IX.
Thanks to many years of outreach to Maine schools by tribal leaders, all except one of Maine’s Indian-themed mascots have been retired. Community efforts have recently renewed in Skowhegan, aiming to persuade the school board to retire the one remaining mascot. 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.read more
In 2018, Maine’s progressive grassroots and advocacy groups held more than 50 statewide rallies, marches and protests; made thousands of calls to our MoCs and legislators; and knocked on tens of thousands of doors to get out the vote. We’ve put together a video highlighting these and many other ways Mainers showed up for justice, human rights, and democracy over the past year.read more
Hoaxes, fabricated stories, and misinformation spread like wildfire on social media sites.
QUICK ACTION: Learn how to identify false stories, report hoaxes, correct inaccuracies and #ProtectTheTruth with eight powerful tips.
Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker has a background overrun with fraud, scams, dark money payments, conflicts of interest, and other potentially illegal activity.
QUICK ACTION: Tell your MoC that Matt Whitaker has no business working in the Department of Justice and to demand answers about his background before considering him for any other position at DOJ.