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How to Talk About Indian-Themed Mascots

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. QUICK ACTION: Learn more about these arguments and attend the next school board meeting on Jan. 24 at 7pm at the Skowhegan Middle School to support Maine’s Indigenous communities.

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WE’RE STILL HERE: Maine Persists 2018

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.

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Ten Reasons to Remove Acting AG Matthew Whitaker

Acting AG Matt Whitaker has a background overrun with fraud, scams, dark money payments, conflicts of interest, and other potentially illegal activity. The appointment of Trump’s “White House spy” poses a direct threat to the Mueller investigation.
QUICK ACTION: Tell your MoC to demand the immediate replacement of Matt Whitaker with the proper successor, Rod Rosenstein, and to pass legislation to protect Mueller’s investigation.

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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 passed a resolution to end U.S. support for the war. The new Democratic-controlled House will take up the measure in January. QUICK ACTION: Thank Collins and King for their support of S.J. Res. 54 and ask Pingree and Rep-Elect Golden to support the measure in January.

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Settling the First Amendment Case Against Gov. Paul LePage

Suit Up Maine’s co-leaders Karin Leuthy and Kelli Whitlock Burton agreed to a settlement in their First Amendment censorship case against Governor Paul LePage. The terms of the settlement required administrators of the governor’s Facebook page to unblock Leuthy and Burton, create a process allowing others who have been blocked to request that their posting privileges be restored, and agree not to censor or block other constituents during Gov. LePage’s remaining time in office. Read their statement about their decision to settle the case.

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Chellie Pingree (D):
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Rep. Jared Golden (D):
(202) 225-6306

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