HOW DID THIS GROUP GET STARTED?
Suit Up Maine originated as a closed Facebook group that served as a regional offshoot of Pantsuit Nation shortly before the 2016 election. When Pantsuit Nation sought non-profit status, restricting chapters in the forms of action they could take, we ended our affiliation and changed our name to Suit Up Maine Action Network, to make it clear that we are an independent, action-oriented group. We later shortened our name to Suit Up Maine, or SUM. Karin Leuthy and Kelli Whitlock Burton are SUM’s current co-leaders. They are joined by a talented team of administrators and working group leaders from all across Maine.
DOES SUM HAVE A MISSION STATEMENT?
IS ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH SUM PAID?
IS SUM AFFILIATED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY?
ARE ALL SUM MEMBERS MAINERS?
Our Working Groups and Member Forum are only for those who live in or are from Maine. If you don’t have a Maine connection, you are welcome to see and share what we do on this website or on our public Facebook page.
IS SUM COORDINATING WITH OTHER GROUPS?
HOW ARE CALLS TO ACTION CREATED?
Our issue-based working groups spend the week discussing current issues, debating where action is most needed, and then researching and writing calls to action. Those action items are submitted to C2A Editor Karin Leuthy, who posts new items on our home page and public Facebook page each Monday. Our calls to action are then shared by social media and email to dozens of groups and thousands of individuals in Maine and far beyond. If there is an issue you’d like to see some action directed to, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous action items can be found in our Archive, via a keyword search, or on our working group pages: