The following Activist Update is a joint communication from the Maine Women’s Policy Center and our sister organization, the Maine Women’s Lobby.
“Movements are destroyed by conflicts over money, power, and credit. We have to take seriously the impact of not being able to have principled disagreement, or we’re not going to be around very long.” – Alicia Garza
AUGUST’S MISSION..IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT
Welcome to the seventh edition of Activist Update! Summer is almost over, but don’t get too down! We have plenty of opportunities for you to engage in our work (which is almost as much fun as going to the beach…right?). Check out some of our exciting updates and events below!
- SIGN UP for our e-news alerts to keep informed about the issues that matter most to women and girls.
- SAVE THE DATE for this year’s Women’s Economic Summit hosted by us on Wednesday, October 11! We’re excited to announce that Alicia Garza will be our Keynote Speaker! Alicia Garza is one of the co-creators of #BlackLivesMatter—a movement working for the validity of Black life and to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people. She is also the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States.If your organization or business is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Kathy at 207-622-0851 x3 or kkilraindelrio@
mainewomen.org. More information to come soon!
- SHARE YOUR STORY with us! The Maine Women’s Lobby is collecting stories from community members regarding paid leave, child care services, and paid sick days. If you have experiences accessing paid leave, child care, or paid sick days, please reach out to Victoria at email@example.com.
- WRITE AN LTE Do you, or have you in the past, had a child in a home-based child care center? The Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Children’s Alliance are working together to ensure the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) goes through a legislative process prior to the implementation of their rule changes, which happen to be harmful to children. To learn more about these rule changes and how you can help hold DHHS accountable.
- KEEP A LOOKOUT for our upcoming publication! Our sister organizer, the Maine Women’s Policy Center, will be releasing a report on child care issues in Maine and the solutions we can apply to better support children and parents. More details to come soon!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Join the Maine Women’s Lobby and March Forth for an evening of inspiration. This is the kickoff event for a year’s worth of incredible films. Each month we will feature unique films you won’t find at your local movie house starting with this fantastic award-winning documentary! SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. Learn more here.
Free Film and Forum: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry hosted by the Maine Women’s Lobby and the YWCA Central Maine at the YWCA Central Maine, August 23 from 6:45 – 8:30 PM
Join the Maine Women’s Lobby and the YWCA for a night of film, networking, discussion, and fun! This month’s film, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY, resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.
Join us at the Portland Farmers’ Market in Deering Oaks Park from 7 AM to 12 PM, and the Portland Fine Craft Show on Congress Street from 12:30 PM to 4 PM to register to vote and learn more about how you can get involved with the Maine Women‘s Lobby.
BOOKS WE’RE READING AND THINK YOU SHOULD TOO
To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells by Mia Bay
Born to slaves in 1862, Ida B. Wells became a fearless antilynching crusader, women’s rights advocate, and journalist. Wells’s refusal to accept any compromise on racial inequality caused her to be labeled a “dangerous radical” in her day but made her a model for later civil rights activists as well as a powerful witness to the troubled racial politics of her era. Though she eventually helped found the NAACP in 1910, she would not remain a member for long, as she rejected not only Booker T. Washington’s accommodationism but also the moderating influence of white reformers within the early NAACP. In the richly illustrated To Tell the Truth Freely, the historian Mia Bay vividly captures Wells’s legacy and life, from her childhood in Mississippi to her early career in late-nineteenth-century Memphis and her later life in Progressive-era Chicago.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.
PODCASTS WE’RE HOOKED ON
Never Before with Janet Mock is a new podcast of intimate, wide-ranging and in-depth conversations with the boldest cultural figures of our day. Janet brings all her selves to the mic — the fangirl, the journalist, the feminist — in an intimate space that allows her and her guests to give and bear testimony.
On One with Angela Rye CNN political commentator Angela Rye focuses on answering the most pressing political, racial, and pop culture questions of our day.
WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP…LIKE TODAY
Paid leave is something each employee, family member, and friend can benefit from at some point in their lives. Paid leave can help assist someone recovering from birth and welcoming a new family member into the world as well as help someone recover from a personal illness or an ill loved-one.
We need your help in making paid leave a reality for Maine.
The Maine Women’s Lobby is collecting stories from community members all across Maine regarding paid leave. You can share your personal experiences accessing paid leave here, or you may contact Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you have any tips, suggestions, and/or want specific information on activism that has not been covered in this edition, please email Victoria at email@example.com!