After recent antisemitic, racist, and homophobic disruptions at City Council proceedings across Maine, most recently on September 11th, 2023, in the cities of Bangor and Hallowell, Maine Democratic Party Chair Bev Uhlenhake and Vice Chair Julian Rogers released the following statement:

“The hateful comments made at City Council meetings in Bangor, Biddeford, Hallowell, Rockland, and Portland illustrate an increasingly disturbing trend of bad actors targeting our Maine communities for harassment and intimidation. Beyond disrupting the work of local government officials who have stepped up to serve their neighbors, their vitriol seeks to spread baseless conspiracy theories and outright bigotry with the intent of demonizing our fellow Mainers. The fact that they chose to do so on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a national day of mourning, is appalling. We as Mainers will not allow these types of comments to stand. Instead, we call on all Mainers to stand with us in unity, with resolve, as we continue to speak out against hatred and work to make Maine more welcoming and prosperous for all people.”