(L) Rev. Pam Gross leads public prayer for a moral budget at the State House, Interfaith Vigil, 2/22
(R) MUUSAN Co-Chair Julia Fitz-Randolph offers sermon, First Universalist Church in Rockland, 2/26
We are being heard in the 128th Legislature!
MUUSAN Network Meeting
Saturday, March 11, 10:00-noon
(second Saturday, every other month)
UU Community Church of Augusta
69 Winthrop St., Augusta 04330
Join us on Saturday, March 11 in Augusta for live updates and the charting of further plans for legislative action on our three MUUSAN issues (democracy, health care, climate change). We will identify emerging bills which require our attention, and our Issue Groups will break out for an hour to plan and discuss specific actions.
At our last MUUSAN meeting in January, 42 people attended from 15 UU congregations. Join us for camaraderie, inspiration and the targeted tools to have a real impact!
THANK YOU to the many of you who have been acting upon our several recent Action Alerts, both with U.S. Sen. Collins and your state legislators. Every call, e-mail and letter makes a difference!
Option immediately following!
Saturday, March 11, Noon-1:00
Please bring a brown bag lunch for this extra learning opportunity.
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
with presenters Doug Rooks and David Ezhaya
From Wikipedia: "The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among a group of U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact is designed to ensure that the candidate who wins the most popular votes is elected President.
"...Because of current state laws, presidential candidates have lost the popular vote nationally but still won the presidency. Public opinion surveys suggest that a majority of Americans support the idea of a popular vote for President. A 2007 poll found that 72% favored replacing the Electoral College with a direct election, including 78% of Democrats, 60% of Republicans, and 73% of independent voters."
The National Popular Vote bill passed the Maine Senate in 2008. It has been enacted into law in some states. See its progress here.
Seasoned journalist Doug Rooks has covered the State House for 32 years. His first book, the political biography “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible,” was published last year. Doug is a freelance editor, writer and author who specializes in environmental issues, public education, municipal affairs, business and tax policy.
Political analyst David Ezhaya
is a retired Bonny Eagle HS teacher (40 years of service). David has served as Maine State Director for "We the People," as faculty advisor for Amnesty International, and as Mock Trial coach. He also works as a motivational speaker and group facilitator.
Hope to see you on Saturday, March 11 in Augusta!
IMPORTANT! SAVE THE DATES!
MAINE INTERFAITH ADVOCACY DAYS
Lobby training and legislator meetings in Augusta
for people of faith
This two-day event is designed to bring people of all faiths together in our state capital to worship, learn, and advocate effectively with Maine’s legislators on the issues of hunger, homelessness, health care, and climate justice.
DAY ONE (at South Parish Congregational Church UCC, Augusta, 9:00-4:30): Keynote speakers, panel presentations, and in-depth workshops will give participants the tools they need to become effective advocates who can articulate informed positions rooted in our faiths’ common social justice traditions. Participants register for two workshops (choose from hunger, homelessness, health care, and climate justice) led by policy experts and theologians in those fields.
DAY TWO (at Cross Office Building, 8:30-2:00): Equipped with that information and inspiration, participants will visit the State House in Augusta speaking directly with their Representatives and Senators about pending legislation. Grounded in our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation, we will strengthen our voices of faith and mobilize for action.
COST: $20 includes lunch both days.
A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TRAINING.
Please join us in Augusta on March 27 and 28!
Click HERE to register.
Maine Council of Churches
Maine Episcopal Network for Justice
Preble Street Faith Action Network
Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network (MUUSAN)
Capital Area Ministerial Association
Winthrop Area Ministerial Association
Faith Linking in Action, Bangor
For more information contact:
John Hennessy Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Field, Maine Council of Churches, email@example.com