Activist workshops will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, May 18th, in two sessions: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. You do not need to register at the Colisee before attending activist workshops. Please pick one workshop from each session. 

First Session – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM 

AARP: Medicare and Social Security

One in three Mainers over 65 lives entirely on Social Security. What does this mean? Learn the details of Social Security and Medicare in this comprehensive presentation by AARP Maine State Director Lori Parham, PhD.

Run Local, Part 1 

The first part of our two-part campaign training will cover creating a plan, building a team, and communications. We are here to provide you with the training you need to run a smart, successful campaign in your town! Now more than ever, we need Democratic voters to stand up and fight for progressive values in their communities. County commissioner, school board member, city councilor — these are just a few examples of local offices with a big impact.

Wabanaki REACH: Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History

Join Maine-Wabanaki REACH, a cross-cultural collaborative of people working in Wabanaki and Maine communities, for an interactive story-telling experience. We will learn about events in the colonizing history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants. This is a participatory program appropriate for adults and teens. Our goal is to increase our understanding of colonization. 

Second Session – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Grassroots Lobbying

Maine has some great lobbyists who depend on the grassroots to make their case. Learn what it takes to build a successful grassroots strategy to lobby from the best In Maine. 

Including New Mainers in the Political Process

Hear from New Mainers about how they would like to be included in the political process. Learn the answers to questions such as: What do community organizers need to consider? How do you make contact and ask? What are the cultural sensitivities that we should understand? How do we make sure we are being truly inclusive of communities and their interests

Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions: Ranked-Choice Voting

Hear from Julie Flynn, Director of Elections and Corporations on how Maine is implementing the RCV system for the primary election in June. Julie will talk in detail about how the State will be implementing RCV, what the ballots will look like, and how the actual counting of votes will work.

Run Local, Part 2

The second part of our two-part campaign training will cover fundraising, materials, and door-knocking. We are here to provide you with the training you need to run a smart, successful campaign in your town! Now more than ever, we need Democratic voters to stand up and fight for progressive values in their communities. County commissioner, school board member, city councilor — these are just a few examples of local offices with a big impact.