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First things first
MUUSAN's next meeting is on March 8 from 10 am to 12 noon at the UU Community Church in Augusta. The meeting will be followed by a potluck lunch and a work session on how to strengthen our relationships among the 27 UU congregations in Maine. It would be wonderful to have at least one person from each congregation. Please join us on March 8 and help us by sharing this information at your congregation.

During their trip to Raleigh N.C. for the Mass Moral March, Rev. Carie Johnsen and Rev. Sara Huisjen learned about the growing fusion coalition work. They will discuss this fascinating framework and radical shift for state's organizing advocacy at the legislative level at the March 8th meeting.


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Health Care Group

Every Thursday morning since this legislative session began, Maine Peoples Alliance has organized a "Lives on the Line" presence at the State House.  Several dozen people hold placards with pictures of real folks who are being denied coverage. Those placards are then hung with clothespins on a line.  Some people tell their stories, they sing, a couple of the sympathetic legislators speak for a few moments and it ends.  Thursday morning thousands of signatures were delivered to Rep. Eves and Senator Jackson.   It's moving and legislators assure us that it matters that we're there.  I have been there twice now.  We really need more people to become involved.  It would be great if more MUUSAN folks can attend in the next few weeks.   This effort will be ending soon as the session only lasts until early April.  Meet in the welcome center around 9-9:30a.m.

Climate Change Group

Melanie Lanctot, chair of the Climate Change issues group, earns our eblast hero medal for February.  She reports that she and Community Church Augusta minister Rev. Carie Johnsen had a very interesting meeting in Carie’s office with Senator Roger Katz and Representative Matthew Pouliot.  The conversation mostly concerned Medicaid expansion, she says, "but I also got a quick word in about LD 1652, the Maine Solar Energy Act, which would establish solar energy goals in the state and promote its development and use."

Also, Melanie on February 12 attended a meeting in Mount Vernon to discuss environmental legislation with Senator Tom Saviello and Rep. Dennis Keschl.
 
On March 12 Melanie and Dale McCormick will attend the Climate Solutions Expo, Rally and Summit at the Augusta Civic Center (See fancy graphics below.)
The Expo is to educate the public on climate change and solutions, while the Summit is to be an in-depth discussion of climate solutions and adaptations among persons familiar with the issues.  Melanie has reserved a space for a MUUSAN exhibit.

Natural Resources Council of Maine
Melanie and Mary Ann Larson encourage us to consider these NRCM activities:  
info: www.nrcm.kintera.org/citizenactionday.  
To register call Todd Martin at 430-0115 or tmartin@nrcm.org
February 18, NRCM is sponsoring a Solar Day in Augusta to give people a chance to ask their lawmakers to pass LDs 1652 and 1552 , which would support solar energy use and rebates in Maine   
February 24,  5 pm- 7 pm in Portland at USM's Glickman Library, Dr Jonathan Foley, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, will speak on, “Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future.”
February 25,  NRCM is holding a Citizen’s Action Day where staff will train people to speak effectively with their legislators.

Climate Solutions Expo & Summit
Working for Maine's Future!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9am to 5pm
Augusta Civic Center

Expo free and open to the public!
Exhibits and panel presentations on energy efficiency, fisheries, farming, adaptation planning, renewable energy, and more
Summit by registration: Day long work session on public policy.
For more information and to register for the summit: climatesolutionsme.org


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