The Maine Dems unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter. We recognize that substantial action is necessary to address systemic racism and violence, both here in Maine and across the nation. This page is intended as a guide to resources for community members and allies. If any information on this page is inaccurate, needs updating, or you have any other concerns you want to voice, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this anonymous feedback form.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
The Maine Democratic Party respects and values diverse life experiences and heritages and must do more to ensure that all voices are valued, heard, and represented within our party. Fostering real organizational change on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is not only directly aligned with our mission of electing more Democrats, but it is also our responsibility to live the values we promote as transformative and beneficial for all. We are in the process of creating a permanent DEI Committee within MDP. We are committing to this work in perpetuity which will make the party more reflective of the communities we serve, make our local committees (and HQ) more accessible, and increase our ability to source high-quality talent from a larger talent pool.
Take Action Safely.
If you are participating in protests, remember to wear a mask at all times and do your best to maintain a safe social distancing radius of 6’ around yourself. COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color in Maine and it’s all of our responsibility to help keep all Maine residents safe and healthy.
Protest and Take Action.
This list is actively curated and is being consistently updated. Check back frequently!
Youth Leadership (4/13 5:30-7pm*)
Grantee panelists: Eastern Woodlands Rematriation, Portland Empowered, Resources for Organizing and Social Change
Are you looking to learn more about the racial justice work happening in Maine?
Join Maine Initiatives for a virtual series we’re calling “Racial Justice and…”!
Every day, grassroots leaders in Maine are challenging the ways that racism shows up in our community's policies, practices, and culture. Through this multi-part series we will engage in a dialogue with inspiring leaders addressing these intersections of racial justice and other social, economic, and environmental issues.
If you find yourself needing legal assistance, please see this tweet by Tina Neadeau (aka Tina Heat), the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. They have dozens of criminal defense attorneys who want to help.
Read Stacey Abrams: I Know Voting Feels Inadequate Right Now. To learn about your voting rights, visit VoteInMaine.com.
You can also check out blackownedeverything.co and register any missing Black-owned businesses there!
These are some organizations led by and/or serving BIPOC Maine people. These organizations are not necessarily affiliated with the Maine Democratic Party.
Empower the Immigrant Woman: Facebook
King Fellows: Facebook
Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition: Website | Facebook | Helpful guide to organizations within MIRC ecosystem.
NAACP Maine: Facebook
New Mainers Alliance: Facebook
Presente! Maine: Facebook
Statements and Actions from Maine Democrats
Representative Rachel Talbot Ross: Your Statement of Support is Not Enough
Speaker of the House Sara Gideon: On Twitter
Governor Janet Mills: On Facebook
Representative Chellie Pingree: Press Release: "Pingree Cosponsors Most Significant Federal Police Reform Package in Generations"
Representative Jared Golden: Golden Statement on Recent Protests
Senate President Troy Jackson: On Facebook: "Reflecting on the murder of George Floyd"
Representative Ryan Fecteau: On Twitter
Senator Shenna Bellows: On Facebook
Dig into one of the antiracist reading lists compiled by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, for The Atlantic and The New York Times, or check out this reading list by the Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland.
Sit down with the “Me and White Supremacy Workbook”.