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.

PROTECT ABORTION RIGHTS: Tell Trump #NoGagRule

The Trump administration wants to block all federal family planning funding to health centers that provide abortions or abortion referrals, which would eliminate contraceptive and preventive care for millions of women.
QUICK ACTION: Learn about the proposed rule, offer a public comment, and demand that state and federal legislators halt their attack on women’s rights.

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MEDICAID EXPANSION: Support bill to fund Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion becomes the law of the land July 2, expanding critical health care to 70,000 Mainers. But Gov. LePage has stalled on funding the state’s share of expansion. UPDATE 4/19: Republicans chose to leave Augusta before their work was done. A special session may be called by House and Senate leadership. QUICK ACTION: Contact your legislators and tell them you expect them to finish the work we sent them to Augusta to do, including voting YES on LD 837. 

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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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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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NO FOX IN THE HEN HOUSE: Oppose Andrew Wheeler for EPA Director

UPDATE 2/28: Andrew Wheeler was confirmed by the Senate 52-47, with both Maine senators voting NO. 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.

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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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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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NO FOX IN THE HEN HOUSE: Oppose Andrew Wheeler for EPA Director

UPDATE 2/28: Andrew Wheeler was confirmed by the Senate 52-47, with both Maine senators voting NO. 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.

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PROTECT CLEAN AIR: Oppose Fuel-Efficiency Freeze

Trump’s proposed freeze on fuel-efficiency standards would increase oil consumption, CO2 emissions, gas costs, and health risks. 
QUICK ACTION: Submit a public comment opposing the proposal before the October deadline!

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PROTECT THE CLEAN POWER PLAN: Oppose Trump’s repeal

The Trump Administration is taking steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a blueprint for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and stemming the speed of climate change.
QUICK ACTION: Voice your opposition to the stripping of environmental and health protections by submitting a public comment on the EPA’s plan by this THURSDAY.

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SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: Build Your Press Room

More than 300 newspapers across the country—large and small, right- and left-leaning—published editorials in a single day in support of a free press. Why? Because the president has targeted the news media in a way no leader of a free nation ever has or ever should. 
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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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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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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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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NO GUNS ON SCHOOLS GROUNDS: Oppose LD 1761

A vote on LD 1761, which would allow people to carry guns in their vehicles on school grounds, could come as early as TUESDAY.
UPDATE: The bill was voted down in the House, and is now DEAD. Great work, everyone!

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