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 Legislature has a busy week ahead, with work sessions on bills to restore Tribal sovereignty, paid family and medical leave, health reform, and workers protections and upcoming votes on dental care expansion, equal pay for workers with disabilities, a tax credit for family caregivers, and more. 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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VOTE NO ON 1: Defend Maine’s Vaccine Law and Protect Maine’s Children

On March 3, Maine voters overwhelmingly rejected Question 1, a “people’s veto” that would have repealed a new law that protects public health and safety by eliminating non-medical exemptions for school-required immunizations. At a time when our state’s immunization rate is already dangerously low and the spread of some communicable diseases is on the rise, 74% of voters chose to protect this strong public health vaccine law.QUICK ACTION: Get answers about the law and the referendum, and learn how to respond to vaccine opponents in our vaccine guide.

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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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EVERYONE COUNTS: Complete your 2020 Census!

The 2020 Census will be used to determine our congressional representation and funding for the next decade for education, transportation, and hospitals, as well as critical programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and SNAP. QUICK ACTION: Complete your 2020 Census now!

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THE CASE AGAINST SUSAN COLLINS

After promising to only serve two terms, Sen. Susan Collins is now running for her fifth term. That’s not the only promise to Mainers that she’s broken. Learn more 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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IMPEACHMENT: Thank King for Honoring His Oath

The House impeached President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and the Senate voted to acquit. Only one Republican senator found him guilty, and it wasn’t Susan Collins. QUICK ACTION: Congress was unable to hold Trump accountable, so now the job is ours. Thank Senator King for honoring his oath and serving his constituents ethically and honorably.

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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Track Bills, Contact Your Legislators, and Be Heard!

The Legislature has a busy week ahead, with work sessions on bills to restore Tribal sovereignty, paid family and medical leave, health reform, and workers protections and upcoming votes on dental care expansion, equal pay for workers with disabilities, a tax credit for family caregivers, and more. 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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VOTE NO ON 1: Defend Maine’s Vaccine Law and Protect Maine’s Children

On March 3, Maine voters overwhelmingly rejected Question 1, a “people’s veto” that would have repealed a new law that protects public health and safety by eliminating non-medical exemptions for school-required immunizations. At a time when our state’s immunization rate is already dangerously low and the spread of some communicable diseases is on the rise, 74% of voters chose to protect this strong public health vaccine law.QUICK ACTION: Get answers about the law and the referendum, and learn how to respond to vaccine opponents in our vaccine guide.

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How to Talk About Indian-Themed Mascots

Maine’s last Indian-themed mascot was finally retired in 2019, but many remain in other states and in professional sports leagues. Want to help retire them all? 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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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Track Bills, Contact Your Legislators, and Be Heard!

The Legislature has a busy week ahead, with work sessions on bills to restore Tribal sovereignty, paid family and medical leave, health reform, and workers protections and upcoming votes on dental care expansion, equal pay for workers with disabilities, a tax credit for family caregivers, and more. 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 Legislature has a busy week ahead, with work sessions on bills to restore Tribal sovereignty, paid family and medical leave, health reform, and workers protections and upcoming votes on dental care expansion, equal pay for workers with disabilities, a tax credit for family caregivers, and more. 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 Legislature has a busy week ahead, with work sessions on bills to restore Tribal sovereignty, paid family and medical leave, health reform, and workers protections and upcoming votes on dental care expansion, equal pay for workers with disabilities, a tax credit for family caregivers, and more. 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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