racial justice

Ben Chin interviews National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi on racism in America

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin interviews Professor Ibram X. Kendi about his new book, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Two weeks after their conversation, Kendi became the youngest author in 30 years to win the National Book Award for non-fiction. Subscribe to the podcast feed right here using your

Maine Legislature

Press Herald editorial board: ‘Hands off the minimum wage increase’

Calling it the “easiest job for the new Legislature,” the Portland Press Herald published an editorial on Sunday recommending Maine

climate change

Mainers react to people-powered victory at Standing Rock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Sunday that it has denied an easement to allow the Dakota Access

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage will attempt minimum wage rollback, but Democrats stand firm

In a letter sent to incoming lawmakers and released publicly yesterday, Maine Governor Paul LePage railed against the recently-passed minimum

organizing

Schmidt: We must recommit ourselves to an endless war for justice in America

There has been a lot of debate about the dangers of normalizing the Trump victory. (See here, here, and here

Maine Legislature

More Mainers voted on minimum wage question than on presidential race

Preliminary numbers and analysis from the Associated Press show that more than 10,000 Maine voters (1.4% of the total) cast

Joe Biden

Vice President Biden hails Maine minimum wage referendum as sign of economic progress

In this week’s White House address, Vice President Joe Biden cites the passage of the minimum wage increase referendum in

fair wages
Maine Center for Economic Policy

Mainers join a national movement to stop predatory payday lenders

When the Maine Center for Economic Policy joined a dozen nonprofit labor, business, senior, economic justice, and community organizations from

fair wages

New Senate Democratic leaders pledge to ‘fight like hell’ for working Mainers

Troy Jackson of Allagash, who is returning to the Maine State Senate this January after two-years out of office, has

environment

Mainers at Standing Rock explain how you can help

Events are being held across the country (including in Maine) today in solidarity with those at the Standing Rock Reservation

democracy

Schmidt: White Americans have become the most special of interests

On January 20th, 2017, the first African American president of the United States will hand over the White House to