Opinion: Divisiveness simply isn’t the problem / by Rob Korobkin

Photo: Volunteers with People First Portland ahead of the 2020 election. | via Maine DSA As Portland comes into the final weeks of the 2021 election season, there’s one word, above all others, that seems to capture how a sizable contingent of local people currently see the town’s political landscape: Divisive. There’s corporate attorney BrandonContinue reading “Opinion: Divisiveness simply isn’t the problem / by Rob Korobkin”

Opinion: Progressives are being attacked in Portland because they’re winning / by Ethan Strimling

People First Portland rallying at City Hall for rent control, a local Green New Deal, and more. (Photo by Em Burnett) Losing sucks. I should know. In 2019, as the unapologetically progressive incumbent mayor of Portland, Maine, I got my ass kicked, in part, because of a Republican-operated, Chamber-backed, landlord-funded, law-breaking attack PAC. Bitterness. Anger. Sadness.Continue reading “Opinion: Progressives are being attacked in Portland because they’re winning / by Ethan Strimling”

Rally for Wabanaki Rights: A Virtual Rally For Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The virtual rally will take place on Facebook Live from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, October 11. Virtual Rally for Indigenous Peoples’ Dayhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.484.0_en.html#goog_1925111284Volume 90% Author: Hannah Dineen (NEWS CENTER Maine)Published: 7:51 PM EDT October 10, 2021Updated: 7:51 PM EDT October 10, 2021 MAINE, Maine — A rally is being held this Indigenous Peoples’ Day that everyone can attend,Continue reading “Rally for Wabanaki Rights: A Virtual Rally For Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

Opinion: Why are the people paying for private companies’ workforce training? / by Sam Pfeifle

News broke Oct. 5 of a big new initiative by the Maine Community College System: We will spend $60 million over the next four years on a new “workforce training” program.  In the abstract, maybe it sounds pretty good. More than 24,000 Mainers will get free or discounted training to help them pursue jobs, thanksContinue reading “Opinion: Why are the people paying for private companies’ workforce training? / by Sam Pfeifle”

Bates College staff launch union drive in response to low pay, high turnover / by Dan Neumann

Adjunct faculty and staff at Bates College in Lewiston have announced that they are attempting to unionize, citing low pay, poor working conditions and declining staff retention at the private liberal arts college as their reasons for organizing. Staff announced on Monday that “a strong majority of contingent faculty” filed for a union election withContinue reading “Bates College staff launch union drive in response to low pay, high turnover / by Dan Neumann”

Union scorecards show progress on labor bills, but hurdles remain after Mills’ vetoes / by Evan Popp

Photo: MSEA members rally outside in June the State House on Sunday for a fair contract / Courtesy of the Maine Service Employee Association. Recently released scorecards from unions in Maine tell the story of a legislative session in which significant progress on expanding labor protections was coupled with setbacks on a number of workers’Continue reading “Union scorecards show progress on labor bills, but hurdles remain after Mills’ vetoes / by Evan Popp”

Poll shows Biden’s Build Back Better proposals more popular than Golden in CD2 / by Dan Neumann

Photo of Rep. Jared Golden via Twitter. A new survey of voters in Maine’s Second Congressional District finds strong support among Democrats, Republicans and independents for President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda which would make long-overdue investments in “human infrastructure,” such as health care, lowered prescription drug costs, childcare and climate action. Eighty-one percent of Second DistrictContinue reading “Poll shows Biden’s Build Back Better proposals more popular than Golden in CD2 / by Dan Neumann”

After historic council tenure, Khalid plans grassroots effort to diversify Lewiston politics / by Nathan Bernard

Photo: Safiya Khalid campaigning for her 2019 race for Lewiston City Council. | Safiya Khalid, Facebook In 2019 Safiya Khalid made history, becoming the first Somali-American woman ever elected to Lewiston’s City Council. Her groundbreaking accomplishment garnered national attention from CNN, Washington Post and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar— all of whom celebrated Khalid’s perseverance through a campaignContinue reading “After historic council tenure, Khalid plans grassroots effort to diversify Lewiston politics / by Nathan Bernard”

Mills delaying action on bill to allow Maine farmworkers to organize, collectively bargain / by Evan Popp

Photo: Activists with Migrant Justice protest outside a Hannaford supermarket. A bill passed by the legislature earlier this year that would allow farmworkers in Maine to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining is being held by Gov. Janet Mills, delaying action on a measure proponents argue would take a step toward providing agricultural employeesContinue reading “Mills delaying action on bill to allow Maine farmworkers to organize, collectively bargain / by Evan Popp”

Two-thirds of Mainers support path to citizenship for undocumented essential workers / by Lauren McCauley

A majority of Mainers support creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children, who fled war or natural disasters in their home country or who are considered essential workers, such as farmworkers, according to a recent poll conducted by the Maine People’s Resource Center. The poll, which surveyed 528Continue reading “Two-thirds of Mainers support path to citizenship for undocumented essential workers / by Lauren McCauley”