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.
2021 is on track to become the worst legislative year ever for abortion rights in the U.S., with more than 560 abortion restrictions introduced in state legislatures in 47 states in the U.S., including in Texas, where the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the U.S. was enacted Sept. 1. QUICK ACTION: Join an Oct. 2 march or rally in support of abortion rights an find out how YOU can help support, protect, and expand abortion access for all people.
Just before midnight Sept. 1, 2021, Brett Kavanaugh joined a conservative Supreme Court majority to overturn Roe v Wade in Texas. Although Sen. Susan Collins has yet to comment, we know her response cannot include claim that she didn’t know this would happen. Because in 2018, leaders of Suit Up Maine and four advocacy groups met with Maine’s senators’ judicial advisers on Kavanaugh’s record. Her senior staff included the case review we prepared in her official briefing book. Read our report on these cases and Kavanaugh’s relevant history.
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.
On April 22 the World will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. From saying no-thanks to single-use disposable products to learning better recycling hygiene, our list of 51 lifestyle changes compiled in partnership with various environmental groups offers easy and creative ways for your family to live lighter on the planet by celebrating Earth Day every day.
Hoaxes, fabricated stories, and misinformation spread like wildfire on social media sites. Learn how to identify false stories, report hoaxes, correct inaccuracies and #ProtectTheTruth with eight powerful tips.
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!
Maine passed the nation’s first ban on Indian-themed mascots in all public schools two years ago. Despite this progress, the upcoming Super Bowl match-up featuring the Kansas City “Chiefs” is a stark reminder that much work remains to retire Indian-themed mascots from all schools and sports teams. 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.
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.
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.
After promising to only serve two terms, Sen. Susan Collins is now running for her fifth. That’s not the only promise she’s broken. Use this resource to look beyond the flashy ads and examine Collins’ increasingly partisan record on important issues for yourself.
Learn about Collins’ support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Cony Barrett, her role in the current USPS crisis, her opposition to extending additional $600 in unemployed insurance to laid-off workers, and more.
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 paid just $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017, his colossal debts pose a grave national security risk, he refuses to commit to a peaceful post-election transfer of power, and he refuses to condemn white supremacists.
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.