Grassroots Movement Includes Diverse Groups From Across Maine
Portland, ME (December 16, 2016) — Women and men from Maine will join tens of thousands of others in a march for women’s rights and civil rights on January 21 in Washington, D.C. Marchers intend to send a message to all levels of government, including but not limited to the incoming presidential administration, that women stand together in solidarity and expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.
“Women and men from Maine are committed to the ideals put forth by the national organizers of the march, and stand united behind the messages we will convey when we march on January 21,” said novelist Genevieve Morgan, who is coordinating the Maine group with a team of talented women from more than 12 different regions from Caribou to Kittery.
“I am amazed by the tremendous energy that citizens of Maine are bringing to this event and proud that this is a true grass-roots movement that includes people from all across our state.” In addition to marching in Washington, members of the Maine contingent will meet with a representative from Senator Susan Collins’ office later this month. “We plan to make very clear our support of human and equal rights for all women and the protection of civil rights for all Americans, regardless of race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation, as well as the health and safety of all of our families, our state and our planet,” adds Morgan.
According to registration on Facebook, approximately 2,000 people from Maine will attend the march, but Morgan believes many more Mainers than that will be in Washington. She advises people to join their local group so that they are up to date on logistics and can share information about transportation and lodging. Local hubs include Augusta/Gardiner, Bangor/Ellsworth, Belfast, Biddeford, Brunswick, Camden/Rockport, Fryeburg/Western Maine, Lewiston/Auburn and greater Portland.
The group has reached out to groups throughout Maine to insure that as many Maine voices as possible are represented. These include the Maine chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Catholic Charities, the Center for Peace, Action and Justice, EMPOWER the Immigrant Woman, the ILAP, MEJP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Slim Peace, the University of Southern Maine’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the University of Maine Law School, the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition and several student activist groups across the state’s campuses.
Funding for marchers who need assistance with expenses is also available, thanks to a generous donation from Nathaniel and Anna Clark, brother and sister and grandchildren of Marion Fuller Brown, a celebrated Maine Republican who was the creator of the Scenic Highways Act, which prohibits billboards on highways in Maine. Those who wish to support marchers can make donations through the group’s fiscal sponsor, the Maine People’s Alliance (MPA). Donations can be made at: https://www.mainepeoplesalliance.org
For more information:
Maine homepage: http://mainemarch.com/
Maine Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/
National homepage: https://www.womensmarch.com/
National Twitter account: twitter.com/womensmarch
MPA’s purpose is to bring individuals and organizations together to realize shared goals. They focus on leadership development to increase the number of citizen leaders prepared to work for positive social change. They are known for their ability to do grassroots organizing and education that reaches more than 100,000 Mainers each year with direct personal contact and quality leadership development work that has yielded dozens of leaders and staff for MPA and other organizations. MPA was founded in 1982 (and officially incorporated in 1983) in the Lewiston/Auburn area with a focus on housing, rent and utility rate reform issues. In 1984, our sister organization, the Maine People’s Resource Center, was created. MPA has four main chapters, in Lewiston, Portland, the Midcoast and Bangor.