Urge Maine’s Senators to Protect Democracy
In collaboration with MUUSAN, the Maine Episcopal Diocese, and NETWORKlobby.org, Maine Council of Churches is inviting laity and clergy throughout Maine to sign a petition from people of faith urging Senator King and Senator Collins to support S.1, the For the People Act.
Although MCC usually focuses our efforts on state-level advocacy, we recognize that the success of all our social justice legislative advocacy depends upon a fair and inclusive democracy. S1 FOR THE PEOPLE ACT empowers ordinary voters in every state by mandating same-day voter registration, restoring voting rights to people with prior convictions, ending partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, reforming campaign finance, and more.
The House passed The For the People Act in March, so it is now in the hands of the Senate. Our Maine Senators need to hear from as many constituents as possible in support of this vital effort to enshrine and extend voting rights across our country!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION
From the Charlottesville violence to the Capitol insurrection to the shootings in Atlanta targeting the Asian American community, hate crimes and domestic extremism are at record levels — and we’re facing a dangerous and dire threat of white supremacy.
On Tuesday, May 25th at 7 pm ET, join us for a critical conversation with @IntegrityFirstforAmerica’s Amy Spitalnick on their groundbreaking Charlottesville suit and how we can fight back against the rising tide of violent hate.
We will be joined by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, Portland City Councilor Pious Ali, and Reverend Kenneth Lewis who will offer their insights into this important conversation.
SAVE THE DATE
UUCB, in collaboration with Maine Moms Demand Action, will give a virtual presentation on the importance of Wear Orange on Wed. May 19 at 6:30pm.
RSVP at this link and the zoom information will be sent to you a few days prior to the event. https://forms.everytown.org/a/me-wear-orange-presentation
Wear Orange Weekend in 2021 is Friday June 4 – 6. We will be engaging in virtual activities as well as a few covid safe events across Maine. This is an opportunity for us to continue to highlight the crisis of gun violence and bring educational awareness to our communities. We wear orange to be seen, and demand that we be heard. Support us by going orange.
What is Wear Orange: On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from the south side of Chicago, marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s childhood friends decided to commemorate her life by wearing orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. Wear Orange originated on June 2, 2015—what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. Now, it is observed nationally on the first Friday in June and the following weekend each year. Moms Demand Action chapters around the country have embraced the campaign each year. Brunswick has been involved in events for several years now and will highlight how you can get involved at the May 19th presentation. This 20-minute presentation will give folks information on the start of this year’s campaign along with how groups and individuals can support it in 2021. For more information visit https://wearorange.org/