The first Women’s March on Washington took place January 21, 2017 in Washington DC and in hundreds of cities and countries around the world, on all seven continents. Over 4.7 million people marched worldwide, and served as an opening bell to a movement that marches ever onward. Our movement is inclusive, open to everyone who supports women’s rights, civil rights, and the health, equality, and safety of all humans. It is free to join. For an overview of our platform, please visit our national page. WE MADE HISTORY that day. Watch the Maine Coalition of the Women’s March Video to learn more.
On a local level, we are dedicated to keeping you ENGAGED in our democracy by serving as a resource and communication hub for you to lean on, whether you want to run for office, call your representatives, or fight for a personal concern. We have several regional action groups throughout the state that can update you on actions in your area. Connect with our regional hubs here: mainemarch.com/regional-hubs
There are many organizations in our state, that are active and working on your behalf. Please join and support them!
Maine People’s Alliance (our fiscal sponsor) brings individuals and organizations together to realize shared goals. We focus on leadership development to increase the number of citizen leaders prepared to work for positive social change. MPA has four main chapters, in Lewiston, Portland, the Midcoast and Bangor, where members meet each month to work together to advance the issues they care about: Healthcare, Affordable Housing, Economic Justice, the Environment, Affordable Education, Immigration, Worker’s Rights, Racial Justice, and our Democracy.
Mainers for Accountable Leadership is a group of engaged citizen with eyes on Maine’s Congressional Delegation: Fighting to protect our Civil Liberties, Stand up against Hate & Resist.
ACLU of Maine is the state’s guardian of liberty. We are active in the courts, the legislature and the public sphere to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for all Mainers. Our priority issues include criminal justice reform, reproductive freedom, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights, voting rights, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and religion, and privacy.
Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
Emerge Maine is changing the face of Maine politics by recruiting, training, and inspiring Democratic women to run for office. As an organization, Emerge is committed to increasing the number of Democratic women in office, building a strong network of dedicated women leaders, and creating a pipeline of Maine Democratic candidates at all levels of government.
Maine Women’s Lobby
For more than 35 years, the Maine Women’s Lobby has been an advocate on the issues affecting the lives of Maine women and girls. We work to create a future that is free from violence, free from discrimination, with access to health care, and real economic security.
350 Maine is a grassroots movement dedicated to solving the planetary climate crisis. We grow our power collectively to find real and lasting solutions, to end our dependence on fossil fuels, and to build a healthy, sustainable life for people and the planet.
EqualityMaine works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration.
Maine Conservation Voters cultivates and uses political power to conserve and protect Maine’s environment. MCV helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, elects pro-environment candidates to office, and holds our elected officials accountable, without regard to political party.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
CentralmaineSURJ organizes white Mainers in and around the Lewiston-Auburn area for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education.
Peace Action Maine is a volunteer-led organization, the state affiliate of National Peace Action.With more than 25+ years of grassroots mobilizing to end war and occupation and to abolish nuclear weapons, this is an organization committed to non-violent conflict resolution and supporting community action for justice, a center of information for all who stand for peace. In this time of an increasing military budget and decreasing expenditures for human needs, we strive to address the connection between corporate globalization and militarism, to promote global security, working for a peace economy, social justice and sustainability.