Call to Action Archive

Suit Up Maine’s current calls to actions (C2As) 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.

COVID RELIEF: Support Biden’s American Rescue Plan

COVID RELIEF: Support Biden’s American Rescue Plan

UPDATE: The COVID relief bill passed, with Maine’s Rep. Jared Golden joining Sen. Susan Collins and every Republican in the House and Senate in voting against the bill. QUICK ACTION: Learn how the aid package will benefit Mainers and let Golden and Collins hear from you.

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Support Trump’s Removal from Office

Support Trump’s Removal from Office

Donald Trump incited an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and the vice president and cabinet have refused to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, despite bipartisan calls for them to do so. The House will vote this week to impeach, with support from Representatives Pingree and Golden and Sen. King. QUICK ACTION: Ask Senators Collins to vote to convict when impeachment moves to the Senate.

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SUM Testimony on bills in the 130th Legislature

SUM Testimony on bills in the 130th Legislature

Every bill that goes before the Maine Legislature gets a public hearing, offering Mainers an opportunity to make their voice heard on every piece of legislation our elected officials consider. It’s a hallmark of our citizen Legislature and a key step to holding our elected officials accountable. Suit Up Maine testified on more than a dozen bills during the first half of the 130th Legislature, on issues ranging from housing to health care to racial justice. Read our testimony and learn more about the bills we tracked.

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WHAT’S NEW: Read SUM’s latest newsletter

WHAT’S NEW: Read SUM’s latest newsletter

Latest news: The For the People Act gets a vote in the Senate. And while other states have passed strict voter suppression laws, Maine is passing bills to make voting easier and more secure. We have more on that and a run-down of the latest legislative victories. Read SUM’s latest newsletter to get caught up on our current actions!

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#StandWithWabanaki: Restore Tribal Sovereignty

#StandWithWabanaki: Restore Tribal Sovereignty

Legislators will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 4 on legislation to restore tribal sovereignty to the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. UPDATE: LD 1626 has been held over until January. Read on more details and what you can do to keep momentum going!

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MAINE VOTES 2020 Guide: Who’s on the ballot, GOTV, and more

MAINE VOTES 2020 Guide: Who’s on the ballot, GOTV, and more

Everything we’ve done for the past three years comes down to Tuesday. We’re ready, and with this guide, you will be, too. Learn who’s on the ballot, review incumbents’ voting records, volunteer to help turn out the vote, and find information on voter registration.

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MAINE VOTES 2020 FAQ: Your Questions Answered

MAINE VOTES 2020 FAQ: Your Questions Answered

Mainers have voting questions. We have answers. This FAQ guide was created by and for Maine’s 2020 voters, with answers informed by Maine’s Secretary of State. Get all the information you need to cast your ballot safely and securely in the 2020 election.

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

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

#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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WELCOME NEW MAINERS: Support asylum seekers at the Portland Expo Center

WELCOME NEW MAINERS: Support asylum seekers at the Portland Expo Center

More than 170 asylum seekers have arrived in Portland in recent days, and more will be arriving in the near future. The families will have temporary shelter at the Portland Expo, and efforts to coordinate volunteers and donations are under way. QUICK ACTION: Learn more and sign up to volunteer and donate.

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A GUIDE FOR TRANS ALLIES

A GUIDE FOR TRANS ALLIES

2021 has been a record-breaking year for legislation targeting transgender people in the U.S., with more than 100 anti-trans bills in 33 states as of mid-April. Although measures did pass in some states, three anti-trans bills introduced in Maine were defeated in the Legislature, with the last bill dying July 19. QUICK ACTION: Our new Guide for Trans Allies cuts through the spin from supporters of anti-trans legislation and offers tips to help you be a better ally.

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WHAT’S NEW: Read SUM’s latest newsletter

WHAT’S NEW: Read SUM’s latest newsletter

Latest news: The For the People Act gets a vote in the Senate. And while other states have passed strict voter suppression laws, Maine is passing bills to make voting easier and more secure. We have more on that and a run-down of the latest legislative victories. Read SUM’s latest newsletter to get caught up on our current actions!

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2020 Maine Legislature Roundup Recap

2020 Maine Legislature Roundup Recap

An early adjournment due to COVID-19 meant that many bills we were tracking in the second session of the 129th Maine Legislature were left on the table, eventually dying when efforts to reconvene for a special session were unsuccessful. Our Legislature Roundup will reconvene with the Legislature in January 2021, with dozens of bills to track in the coming session. For now, see what passed in 2020 and what was left behind.

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BLOCK EXTREMIST & UNQUALIFIED JUDGES: No Zealots in Lifetime Positions

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. Justin Walker, a nominee to the DC Court of Appeals, opposes the ACA, unions, and civil rights and is the latest in a long line of extremist, unqualified nominees.
QUICK ACTION: Learn more about Walker’s extremist record and tell Collins and King to vote NO on his confirmation.

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#StrikeWithUs: Support Global Climate Strikes

#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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PROTECT PERSONAL DATA: Secure Your Online Accounts and Devices

PROTECT PERSONAL DATA: Secure Your Online Accounts and Devices

Facebook failed to protect its users’ personal information from exploitation by third parties interested in manipulating voters.
QUICK ACTION: Follow these steps to secure your devices and online accounts, and protect your private data from prying eyes and bad actors.

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WHOSE NEWS? Take Back Control of Your Facebook News Feed

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

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

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

#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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WELCOME NEW MAINERS: Support asylum seekers at the Portland Expo Center

WELCOME NEW MAINERS: Support asylum seekers at the Portland Expo Center

More than 170 asylum seekers have arrived in Portland in recent days, and more will be arriving in the near future. The families will have temporary shelter at the Portland Expo, and efforts to coordinate volunteers and donations are under way. QUICK ACTION: Learn more and sign up to volunteer and donate.

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ARM YOURSELF…WITH FACTS!

ARM YOURSELF…WITH FACTS!

Another holiday weekend in America, another 12 mass shootings. Including the massacre in Texas, those three days of mass shootings left 15 dead and 63 injured. Those opposed to gun safety quickly turned to their tired excuses for the gun violence and weak arguments against common sense gun reform. We have what you need to debunk their spin. QUICK ACTION: Check out our list of the most powerful gun violence statistics and find rebuttals to common arguments against gun safety legislation. 

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PROTECT TITLE IX: Oppose Protection Rollbacks for Student Survivors

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

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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