One of the reasons I'm so proud to work for the ACLU of Maine is because we work on a wide variety of issues, protecting the rights enshrined in our constitution. In my work specific to the campaign for same-sex marriage in Maine, I'm thrilled to have been able to organize a group of supporters from our state's Republican party. When I first started talking about my goals for my work at the ACLU of Maine, some people thought this effort would be challenging and that I was unlikely to find much support.
“It’s important to understand how disturbing it might be for a father to be told he cannot follow the police to the location where they are taking his child. In many places, you have to follow the police when they take your loved one so you know which jail they end up in. If you don’t, they disappear.” | continue reading
This week, for the first time in over two decades, the United States will play host to the International AIDS Conference. The long wait is not without reason. In 1987, Congress passed legislation that prohibited people living with HIV from traveling into the country. With this and other policies rooted in such fear and prejudice, the international community understandably passed on bringing the AIDS Conference here. | continue reading
Since the record voter turnout in 2008, 30 states have passed measures making it more difficult for Americans to vote. Proponents suggest that these measures help prevent voter fraud, but that problem is virtually non-existent. There is much more evidence that qualified voters are disfranchised by these measures than there is evidence of fraud. Since I last blogged about voting rights, the ACLU has uncovered even more personal stories about obstructions to voting across the country. | continue reading
Yesterday, I traveled to Bangor to stand with the Coalition for the Freedom to Marry and the Mainer's United Campaign at a press conference to celebrate our accomplishments thus far. The ACLU of Maine is one of 77 members of the Coalition, a group that had only 22 members back in January. We're growing every day and encourage groups, organizations, businesses and faith communities to join our efforts. If you're interested, you can email me at email@example.com | continue reading
On my way to work this morning I saw a man "flying a sign" on the median on Franklin Avenue in Portland. "Homeless," was his message, "Please help." I felt uncomfortable. It always pains me to see our neighbors who have no home and are forced to spend nights at a local shelter or even outside. My second thought was to give a silent thanks to the man for taking the time to stand in the median with a sign reminding all of the morning commuters that homelessness exists, and it is not okay. "Flying a sign" or "panhandling&q | continue reading
Progressive States Network Board Member and former Maine Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree was a guest on MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes on Sunday May 13, 2012 (Mother's Day) discussing how state and federal policy affects moms — with her mom, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME).