I've been a member of the Southern Maine Workers Center for nearly four years. We’re a grassroots, member led organization working to improve the lives, working conditions, and terms of employment for working class and poor people in Maine.
The SMWC has a unique commitment to building members' leadership and encouraging us to think creatively. My involvement in the SMWC 's paid sick leave campaign helped me grow from being too nervous to do in-person canvassing, to being able to easily talk to strangers off script.
The SMWC has made a big difference in the lives of workers by influencing the passage of a statewide PTO law, and by operating a workers' rights hotline and legal clinic to give direct assistance to workers experiencing violations of rights at work.
This year, the SMWC annual karaoke fundraiser has become an online variety show fundraiser. In the past, I've contributed to other people's pages. This year, I'm starting one of my own so that more of my friends and family will know about the SMWC and the transformative work that we do.
To encourage you to donate, I'm offering a few incentives:
- Any donation gets you a video of me singing eight verses of "Solidarity Forever" by heart (which may also be played at the online variety show--I can't be there in person)
- $20 and up and I'll send you a recording of me singing the labor song of your choice
- $50 and up and I'll bake and deliver you a cake/pie of your choice (unfortunately limited to those in the Portland area or willing to meet me near a bus/train stop in Southern Maine)
Thank you for your support.