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MUUSAN Network Meeting

Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:00-noon
(second Saturday, every other month)

UU Community Church of Augusta  

69 Winthrop St., Augusta 04330

  Please mark your calendar now!  This will be our only MUUSAN meeting before the Nov. 8 election, and there is much to share with your congregation!

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INTRODUCING OUR 2016-17

ISSUE GROUP CO-CHAIRS

 

Maine UU State Advocacy Network focuses our legislative ministry on three primary issues: 1) Democracy in Action, 2) Health Care for All, and 3) Climate Change, each of which has an Issue Group of volunteers. 

Two co--chairs lead each Issue Group to gather and mobilize Maine UUs who are especially interested in helping to create progress on the target issue. 


Please meet our Issue Group Co-Chairs for 2016-17.  Not only do they bring strong experience in the Maine State Legislature and expertise on their chosen issue, they are passionate UU social justice leaders in Maine.  We thank them for their leadership for our UU Principles in action!

Brief in-person Issue Group meetings for updates and strategizing happen at most MUUSAN Network meetings (2nd Saturday of alternate months in Augusta).  Other, more detailed Issue Group meetings rely on ZOOM videoconferencing and telephone to include UUs across Maine's vast geography.


DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

     
Cush Anthony            Karen Kusiak

A retired lawyer and mediator, Cush Anthony is a former member of the Maine Legislature.  A member of Allen Avenue UU in Portland, he has been very active with the immigrant community.  Cush has long served on several nonprofit boards, currently on the Board of the Maine Council of Churches and the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine.

Karen Kusiak is a member of the UU Church in Waterville. An undergraduate teacher educator, she has been active in church leadership, her local school board, AAUW, and an English Language Program for new Mainers. Karen represented Fairfield, Smithfield, and Rome in the 126th Legislature.



HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

     
Rev. Pam Gross               Rosemary Winslow

For nearly 20 years, Rev. Pam Gross served UU congregations in Maine, first as a DIrector of Religious Education and then, as Minister. After working the past six years as a hospital Staff Chaplain, she has semi-retired to enjoy her new spouse, new home in Brunswick, and expected grandchild (October 2016!).  She will attend the UU Church of Brunswick.
 
Rosemary Winslow has worked as a Legislative Aide for the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee (State Senator Mike Michaud) and as the Intergovernmental Liaison for Congressman Michaud as well.  Completing her 16th year as a Waterville City Councilor, she is active on several boards in the Central Maine Region such as the Sustain Mid-Maine Coalition and Inland Hospital.  Rosemary is a member of the UU Church of Waterviile.
 

CLIMATE CHANGE
 
       
Melanie Lanctot           Mary Ann Larson

Melanie Lanctot, retired from the Maine Geological Survey, describes herself as "a tree-hugging, silver-sneakered lover of planet Earth" and a drawing enthusiast.  A nature photographer, Melanie is also a Maine Master Naturalist, part of a network of certified citizen-naturalist volunteers.  Close-up photographs of some of Melanie's favorite subjects, some so tiny they are easy to overlook, but all marvelous in their unique beauty and intricacy, can be viewed at the UU Community Church of Augusta where she is a member.

Love of the outdoors brought Mary Ann Larson and her husband to Maine nearly 20 years ago. They love living in Portland with their dog Patrik and near their daughter, and you can find them most days of the year walking at one of the beaches or taking advantage of the Portland Trails.  Mary Ann is a member of First Parish Portland UU.
 
 



MUUSAN at the COMMON GROUND FAIR!
 
Hurray, MUUSAN's first time at the Common Ground Fair! We are blessed with this opportunity to share with thousands of people the message of our UU faith in action through legislative ministry.

We have a few volunteer spots open to help us table on Friday, Saturday, Sunday September 23-25. Shifts of 2-4 hours available or stay all day.

If you want to help, contact Lynn Ellis who is organizing this event for us. You can contact her at lynnsellis@yahoo.com. Volunteer spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We look forward to sharing this experience with you!

 

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MUUSAN DAY in Maine UU congregations in October:  Plans are underway for a MUUSAN Day in which our goal is to host an educational table on the four MUUSAN-endorsed November ballot initiatives at as many Maine UU congregations as possible:

• Question 2: Stand Up for Students (fully funding public education through a 3% tax on household incomes over $200,000)

• Question 3: Background Checks for Firearms (closes legal loophole for 40% of Maine firearm sales or transfers not now requiring background checks)

• Question 4: Raise the Minimum Wage (to $12/hr by 2020)

• Question 5: Ranked Choice Voting (enhances voter voice and civil discourse)


We encourage UUs to support and work for these measures for a more healthy, more just and compassionate, more equitable and more civil Maine.  Stand by for additional info!

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WELCOME to all our MUUSAN newcomers!

 

  

MUUSAN has been rapidly expanding our mailing list to Maine Unitarian Universalists and others who share our values in the public arena.  We hope you will enjoy all the opportunities that our newsletter, website and active Facebook Page provide for social justice actions in Maine, especially on our three primary issues:  1)  democracy in action, 2) health care for all, and 3) climate change.

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For more information about Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network, please visit http://www.muusan.org/ or email at admin@muusan.org

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