As you may, or may not know I've been doing community organizing work for the last couple years up in Portland, Maine. I was disgusted and shocked when Trump was elected and decided to get more engaged in political work because it was clear our world needs some serious help! I feel so lucky because at that moment I got connected to an incredible organization called The Southern Maine Workers Center. The Workers Center's philosophy is simple - they believe that by bringing people together and working together, we can actually make politicians do the right thing. The goal is to build deep and transformative political power through our relationships with each other and to center the leadership of those who are the most impacted.
The Workers Center is beloved and respected in Portland for doing this cutting edge organizing work with an incredible amount of dedication and love. I've spent the last 2 years working with some of the most wonderful, compassionate, and thoughtful people I've ever met. I've never been more inspired or engaged politically, and thank god, because we have a lot of work to do.
The Workers Center has a few people on staff but is largely operated via the hundreds of hours that volunteers invest each month to steer the organization and carry the work forward. Here are just a few things we've done recently:
- We're on the verge of getting Earned Paid Sick Days passed in Portland, which will allow working people to take time off when they're sick or their kids are sick without worrying if they'll still be able to pay the bills
- We successfully fought new work requirements that would have kicked thousands of people of of MaineCare
- We've held monthly workshops to deepen our collective understanding of labor history, poverty, racism, indigenous history, and other important topics that guide our work
- We've created a free legal clinic and worker support hotline for workers that are struggling at work and need help
So, here's the ask: We're trying to raise $10,000 from our community to fully fund the work we have planned for this year and I've set a goal to raise $2,000. These dollars go directly to on the ground organizing in Portland. You can make your donation here. Any donation big or small helps and if you can't afford to donate, but feel inspired by this work, you can help by sharing the donation link on your social media and give a shout out to this important work.