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.

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 a recent hearing for a bill that would 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.

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Response to Sen. Collins’ Support of Brett Kavanaugh

Senator Collins has made her decision and will support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. She has long called herself a moderate and a defender of women. With this decision, she showed Mainers and the nation that she is no moderate and certainly no champion of women.

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7 Reasons to Vote NO on Kavanaugh

He lied to Congress, is credibly accused of sexual assault, lacks judicial temperament, and is hostile to Roe v. Wade. Need more reasons why Brett Kavanaugh should not serve on the Supreme Court?
We’ve got the top seven reasons right here. Share them with your Senators and tell them you want them to vote NO on Kavanaugh.

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NO FAMILY DETENTION: Maine vigils against Trump’s internment camps

More than a dozen groups around Maine took part in the Lights for Liberty vigil on July 12, a national protest of Trump’s inhumane immigration policies and his internment camps for immigrant families. Hundreds turned out in 12 towns around the state, joining thousands of others in more than 700 cities around the U.S. ACTION: See the image galleries below from the Maine vigils, volunteer at one of Maine’s immigrant advocacy organizations, and tell your members of Congress to take action.

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#SaveTheCensus: No citizenship question on the 2020 Census

The fight against adding an untested, unnecessary, and likely unconstitutional citizenship question to the 2020 Census has been hard to follow. Bottom line: There will be no citizenship question, but Trump is still hoping to help Republican-controlled state governments move forward with plans to gerrymander districts in favor of Republicans. Read more.

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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 a recent hearing for a bill that would 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.

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SUPPORT ERPO BILL: Reduce Suicide & Domestic Violence Gun Deaths

Last year’s “ERPO” bill was vetoed by Gov. LePage, but a new bill, LD 1312, has just been introduced. Extreme Risk Protection Orders 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: Submit testimony in support of the bill and contact your legislators and Gov. Mills! 

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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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WHOSE NEWS? Take Back Control of Your Facebook News Feed

Facebook recently changed the way users see posts in their News Feed, choosing the content THEY think you should see first. As a result, you may be missing important posts, updates, events, and calls to action.
QUICK ACTION: Take back control of your news feed in a few easy steps. 

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NET NEUTRALITY: Defend Internet Freedom in FCC Vote

The Senate voted to restore the net neutrality regulations that protect our internet freedom which were eliminated by Trump’s FCC earlier this year. Now the issue heads to the House where its fate is less certain.
QUICK ACTION: Thank Senators Collins, King, and Rep. Pingree for supporting net neutrality, and tell Rep. Poliquin that rural residents and small businesses depend on the freedom and access to the internet that net neutrality provides. 

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SUPPORT ERPO BILL: Reduce Suicide & Domestic Violence Gun Deaths

Last year’s “ERPO” bill was vetoed by Gov. LePage, but a new bill, LD 1312, has just been introduced. Extreme Risk Protection Orders 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: Submit testimony in support of the bill and contact your legislators and Gov. Mills! 

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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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Take Action: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Communities around Maine are holding events during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October to draw attention to intimate partner violence and rally support for prevention efforts. Take action and attend an event near you!

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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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