GUIDES & EXPLAINERS

Some topics require a little more explanation and guidance than what you’ll find in our Calls to Action. Take a deep dive into immigration, gun violence, and a range of other topics with our Explainers. Our Guides offer tips on navigating difficult topics, spotting (and debunking) propaganda, protecting yourself online, and more. Interested in helping us track these and other issues? Take action with us. 

MAINE VOTES 2020

Everything we’ve done for the past three years comes down to this year’s elections. We’re ready, and with this guide, you will be, too.
QUICK ACTION: Learn who’s on the ballot on Nov. 3, how to vote absentee, register to vote by mail, sign up to be a poll worker or poll watcher, and how to help elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot.

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THE CASE AGAINST TRUMP – A Shortlist

It’s easy to lose track of all the unconscionable actions Trump has taken in office and the real harm he has caused. Here’s a condensed refresher of Trump’s worst attributes, and the receipts to prove why a vote for Trump in 2020 is utterly indefensible.
UPDATE: Trump says he intentionally downplayed the pandemic threat, he’s funneling millions of campaign donor cash into his business, he demanded John Kelly pledge loyalty to him to get the top FBI post, and he’s using the DOJ to defend him in a civil case brought by woman who says he raped her in the 1990s.

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SAVE THE USPS

Trump admitted that he is sabotaging the U.S. Postal Service in order to suppress the vote.
QUICK ACTION: Learn how we got here, how Susan Collins laid the groundwork for this crisis, and what you can do to help protect our mail service and our votes.

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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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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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VOTE NO ON 1: Defend Maine’s Vaccine Law and Protect Maine’s Children

74% of Maine voters overwhelmingly rejected Question 1, a “people’s veto” that attempted to repeal Maine’s new law that protects public health and safety by eliminating non-medical exemptions for school-required immunizations.
QUICK ACTION: Get answers about the law and the referendum, and learn how to effectively respond to vaccine opponents.

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IMPEACHMENT

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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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 the public hearing earlier this year for a law passed by the Maine Legislature to 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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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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