Maine News: Dems back progressive reforms in platform but protesters say party fell short on tribal rights / by Evan Popp

Top photo: Gov. Janet Mills outside the Maine Democratic Convention over the weekend | Photo via Maine Democrats on Maine Democrats finalized their party platform at a convention over the weekend in Bangor, including some progressive policy principles such as the right to health care, housing, food and reproductive freedom but also drawing the ire ofContinue reading “Maine News: Dems back progressive reforms in platform but protesters say party fell short on tribal rights / by Evan Popp”

Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp

Photo: A day of action organized by the Maine Poor People’s Campaign in Bangor in 2021 | Photo courtesy of Maine Poor People’s Campaign via Facebook  Mainers from across the state will travel to Washington, D.C., next month as part of a march to demand that those in power stop ignoring the 140 million poor andContinue reading “Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp”

Maine News: Bangor Daily News Voluntarily Recognizes News Staff Union / by Andy O’Brien

Photo Credit: NCM The parent company of the Bangor Daily News agreed last Friday to recognize a new union that will represent more than 30 newsroom members. The unionization effort went public last week, when a group of BDN employees announced its intention to organize as part of the News Guild of Maine, Local 31128 of the Communications WorkersContinue reading “Maine News: Bangor Daily News Voluntarily Recognizes News Staff Union / by Andy O’Brien”

Maine News: Progressive legislators not seeking reelection say institutional barriers often prevent change / by Evan Popp

Top photo: State Sen. Chloe Maxmin (left) and state Rep. Mike Sylvester (right). Photos via Facebook and Beacon archive As the November 2022 election approaches, some progressive lawmakers are choosing to leave the legislature despite being eligible for another term. While proud of the work they accomplished at the State House, a number of thoseContinue reading “Maine News: Progressive legislators not seeking reelection say institutional barriers often prevent change / by Evan Popp”

Maine News: ‘We are unified’: Maine Med nurses, supporters rally for fair union contract / by Evan Popp

Image credit: WMTW Hundreds rallied in solidarity with nurses at Maine Medical Center on Wednesday morning, braving a steady rain to urge management at the state’s largest hospital to agree to adequate staffing levels, competitive benefits and wages, and other policies to improve working conditions and patient safety within nurses’ first union contract, which isContinue reading “Maine News: ‘We are unified’: Maine Med nurses, supporters rally for fair union contract / by Evan Popp”

Maine News: Wabanaki vow to continue larger sovereignty push amid Mills’ opposition to historic bill / Evan Popp

Supporters of tribal sovereignty at the State House last month | Via Wabanaki Alliance  After opposition from Gov. Janet Mills halted progress on a bill that would reinforce Wabanaki sovereignty and reset a relationship with the state that the tribes argue is fraught with paternalism, Wabanaki leaders say they will continue the push to beContinue reading “Maine News: Wabanaki vow to continue larger sovereignty push amid Mills’ opposition to historic bill / Evan Popp”

Report: Gaps in data limit Maine’s ability to support marginalized women / by Maine News Service

Photo: Lewiston resident Rose Walker, who works as an Ed Tech, has struggled to find and afford childcare for her own children throughout the pandemic. | courtesy of Rose Walker A new report finds the pandemic disproportionately impacted women, but that gaps in data limit Maine’s ability to help those in need. Women are more likelyContinue reading “Report: Gaps in data limit Maine’s ability to support marginalized women / by Maine News Service”

Maine News: Tribal sovereignty, housing, environmental bills among big votes taken in Augusta this week / by Evan Popp

The Maine Legislature voted on a number of important issues this week, ranging from high-profile tribal sovereignty measures to bills related to economic justice, health care, housing and the environment. Here’s a rundown of some of the recent decisions made in Augusta.  Tribal sovereignty The legislature this week took up multiple measures designed to reinforceContinue reading “Maine News: Tribal sovereignty, housing, environmental bills among big votes taken in Augusta this week / by Evan Popp”