Call to Action Archive

Suit Up Maine publishes new calls to action (C2A) each week. The current actions can be found on our homepage, but past C2A can be viewed here in our archive by topics. For more information on the specific issues and the working groups that produce them, click on the issue headers below.

MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Track bills, contact your legislators, and be heard!

The second session of the 129th Maine Legislature is underway, with legislators considering hundreds of bills. Our State Government Working Group collaborates with other progressive groups and advocacy organizations, as well as legislators, to track dozens of bills from introduction to passage or defeat. QUICK ACTION: Find information on the bills we’re tracking, learn more about the legislative process, and find your legislators in our Maine Legislature Roundup.

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BLOCK EXTREMIST & UNQUALIFIED JUDGES: No Zealots in Lifetime Positions

We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Because Mitch McConnell slashed the time frame for reviewing nominees, many highly objectionable have been rushed through to confirmation, and others now face IMMINENT votes.
QUICK ACTION: Call Collins and King and tell them to voice their opposition to these extremist nominees facing imminent confirmation votes.

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FACT CHECK: Correcting Anti-Vaccine Testimony

While measles outbreaks are spreading across 22 states and Maine’s pertussis rate is the worst in the nation, our state’s non-medical vaccination opt-out rate is more than triple the national average. At the public hearing earlier this year for a law passed by the Maine Legislature to strengthen vaccination requirements for school children, false and misleading information was shared by anti-vaccination advocates. We decided to do some fact checking to set the record straight. Now that it appears a “people’s veto” will appear on the ballot in March to repeal this public health law, having these facts is more important than ever.

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IMPEACHMENT: Tune In, Learn More, and Give Feedback

The House impeached President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and the Senate trial is underway. QUICK ACTION: Watch the trial, get caught up on the facts, and tell Sen. Collins you expect her to stand by her previous calls for witness testimony in Clinton’s impeach trial.  

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THE CASE AGAINST SUSAN COLLINS

Republicans began the new year with a brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Of the 39 senators who signed it, Sen. Susan Collins funded 35 of them through her leadership PAC. Find details on her PAC and more on her funding and voting history in The Case Against Collins, an online resource for voters who want to look beyond the flashy ads and examine Collins’ increasingly partisan record on important issues for themselves. QUICK ACTION: Read about Collins’ record and follow the money.

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NO WAR WITH IRAN: Tell Congress to Block an Illegal War

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran remain high following the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the second-most powerful leader in Iran. The House passed a war powers resolution with bipartisan support, and the Senate will soon take up its own measure.
QUICK ACTION: Tell Susan Collins to support the Senate war powers resolution, and get caught up on the developments. 

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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Track bills, contact your legislators, and be heard!

The second session of the 129th Maine Legislature is underway, with legislators considering hundreds of bills. Our State Government Working Group collaborates with other progressive groups and advocacy organizations, as well as legislators, to track dozens of bills from introduction to passage or defeat. QUICK ACTION: Find information on the bills we’re tracking, learn more about the legislative process, and find your legislators in our Maine Legislature Roundup.

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2019 Maine Legislature Roundup Recap

The first regular session of the 129th Maine Legislature was gaveled to a close just after dawn on Thursday, June 20. Legislators considered more than 2,000 bills since convening in December. Our State Government Working Group collaborated with other grassroots...

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VICTORIES & GOOD NEWS ROUNDUP: 2019 Maine Legislature edition

As 2019 draws to a close, we’re taking stock of this year’s many legislative victories. We didn’t win every battle, but Maine is in a far better position today than we have been in a long while, and we’re on our way to repairing the damage of the past 8 years. Read the latest Victories & Good News Report: Maine Legislature Edition and let your legislators know how you feel about their votes!

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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Track bills, contact your legislators, and be heard!

The second session of the 129th Maine Legislature is underway, with legislators considering hundreds of bills. Our State Government Working Group collaborates with other progressive groups and advocacy organizations, as well as legislators, to track dozens of bills from introduction to passage or defeat. QUICK ACTION: Find information on the bills we’re tracking, learn more about the legislative process, and find your legislators in our Maine Legislature Roundup.

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BLOCK EXTREMIST & UNQUALIFIED JUDGES: No Zealots in Lifetime Positions

We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Because Mitch McConnell slashed the time frame for reviewing nominees, many highly objectionable have been rushed through to confirmation, and others now face IMMINENT votes.
QUICK ACTION: Call Collins and King and tell them to voice their opposition to these extremist nominees facing imminent confirmation votes.

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#StrikeWithUs: Support Global Climate Strikes

More than 500 climate strikes were held Sept. 20 in the U.S.–including 20 in Maine–in an intergenerational action to demand action on climate justice and to highlight the climate change crisis.
QUICK ACTION: View image galleries from the strikes, learn about upcoming actions, and contact your members of Congress!

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SHARE YOUR OPINION: Letter to the Editor Guide

Letters to the editor are one of the most effective ways to share your concerns about important issues with fellow constituents locally and across the state.
QUICK ACTION: Find tips on writing effective letters, contact info for Maine newspapers, and more in our LTE Guide!

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SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: Build Your Press Room

Trump’s attacks on the press are escalating and now a conservative group with ties to the White House is ramping up a pre-election effort to discredit reporters—and their families—at news outlets whose reporting has uncovered unflattering, unethical, and potentially illegal actions by the president, his administration, and associates.
QUICK ACTION: Support the work of reputable journalists by subscribing to local and national outlets and building your own diversified press room.

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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Track bills, contact your legislators, and be heard!

The second session of the 129th Maine Legislature is underway, with legislators considering hundreds of bills. Our State Government Working Group collaborates with other progressive groups and advocacy organizations, as well as legislators, to track dozens of bills from introduction to passage or defeat. QUICK ACTION: Find information on the bills we’re tracking, learn more about the legislative process, and find your legislators in our Maine Legislature Roundup.

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BLOCK EXTREMIST & UNQUALIFIED JUDGES: No Zealots in Lifetime Positions

We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Because Mitch McConnell slashed the time frame for reviewing nominees, many highly objectionable have been rushed through to confirmation, and others now face IMMINENT votes.
QUICK ACTION: Call Collins and King and tell them to voice their opposition to these extremist nominees facing imminent confirmation votes.

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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Track bills, contact your legislators, and be heard!

The second session of the 129th Maine Legislature is underway, with legislators considering hundreds of bills. Our State Government Working Group collaborates with other progressive groups and advocacy organizations, as well as legislators, to track dozens of bills from introduction to passage or defeat. QUICK ACTION: Find information on the bills we’re tracking, learn more about the legislative process, and find your legislators in our Maine Legislature Roundup.

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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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CHILD POVERTY IN MAINE: Support Bill to Improve Parents’ Access to Education and Training

Maine’s child poverty rate is increasing eight times faster than the national average. A bill in the Maine legislature could help bring those numbers down by increasing parents’ access to educational and training opportunities. UPDATE: LD 1774 is now law in Maine! After receiving overwhelming support in the House and Senate, the bill became law without the governor’s signature. A huge thank you to everyone who worked on this important legislation!

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