I've only been a member of the Southern Maine Workers' Center for a little over a year, but I immediately found my home of fellow weirdos dedicated to justice for all workers. I stepped into a Work with Dignity meeting and found, to name just a few: a lawyer, a catholic priest, a school teacher, a carpenter, and a machinist, all sitting at a round table, all voices lifted up and respected. While this could be the set up for a horrible "XYZ walks into a bar..." type of joke, it's just the reality of the true diversity of voices and backgrounds I see every day at SMWC: a place where every worker is welcomed and heard, where working men 45 years my senior tell me they love the Workers' Center because being involved is the first time they feel like their opinions matter and they have a spot at the table where decisions are made.
SMWC does a whole lot of good work organizing for working folks in Maine, lifting up our need for human rights such as health care and paid sick days, and ensuring that the policy changes and social shifts we are fighting for are inclusive and respectful of the needs of poor and working class, immigrants, queer and trans folks, and black and brown folks.
I could wax poetic about how much the Workers' Center means to me, but I'll save that for another time. The real reason I'm writing this...
The Workers' Center is hosting its annual KARAOKE FUNDRAISER and I am participating! I am a total ham so I am not afraid, but the more I raise, the more of a ham I will be.
My goal is $900. Will you help me reach my goal?
If I get $300, I will sing a song of my choice.
If I get $600, I will take a poll and sing one of these: 1) Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill, 2) It's Raining Men by the Weather Girls, or 3) Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
If I get to $900, I will dress up fantastically while I do it, and boy, you don't want to miss that.
If YOU donate $25 or more, I will send you a valentine via snail mail. If you donate $100 or more, I will make you a small painting or embroidery or make you dinner if you're in town.
And, if you ever want to come to a SMWC meeting with me, I would love for you to tag along!