The Southern Maine Workers Center has been BUSY ya'll. The pandemic has shown us how important community is and how much relationships matter when our world is falling apart. The Workers Center has thrown down during this past year and we've become stronger and more powerful than ever. I'm asking you to help support this powerful organizing work and be part of creating a better world for working people. I hope you'll consider making a donation to this amazing organization and continue to support badass grassroots, working class organizing in Maine.
Here are just a few things we've done this year:
- Supported our community emotionally, socially, and financially by setting up a mutual aid network to help fight the social isolation and financial distress of the pandemic.
- Created supportive and tender space for grieving and celebration for the lives of powerful friends we lost.
- Supported hundreds of workers to navigate unsafe working conditions, understand their rights, and demand protections through our worker support hotline.
- Organized a campaign to demand Maine's Governor implement a universal healthcare policy that would cover Covid-19 treatment and testing for all Mainers.
- Supported workers around the state who want to form unions and organize in their workplace for better conditions.
- Conducted an intensive year long research study on the political economy of Maine and our broader context Nationally and Internationally so we can make clearer strategic decisions about our work.
- Created our first truly multi-lingual organizing committee complete with translated documents and interpretation in French.
- Organized a campaign to get Dental Care added to Medicaid in Maine including rallies, lobbying legislators, community events, and testifying at the state house in Augusta.
- Created ongoing workshops for people in our community to talk about Universal Healthcare through storytelling and art.
- Supported a campaign that banned facial recognition, implemented rent control, hazard pay, a living wage, and a green new deal in Portland.