Posts From Grady Burns

Grady Burns
Grady Burns 27 posts

Grady Burns is an activist on issues involving young Mainers. He serves on the Auburn City Council and is president of the Maine Young Democrats.

Maine Legislature

Maine Republicans again attempt to disenfranchise student voters

In what has become a shamefully regular post-election routine from Republican leadership in Maine, we are once again witnessing an explicit attack on the rights of students to vote in

federal

Burns: We can’t let Sen. Collins trick us anymore

Tracking votes within the halls of Congress is an arcane, head-scratching process. The byzantine rules that govern how bills and appointments move from committee to committee, to the floor of

organizing

Beyond marching: how to get involved and fight back

In the past week, since Maine saw a day some of the largest public demonstrations in its history, I have been approached by dozens of young Mainers who attended the

democracy

Burns: How do we respond to LePage’s continuing racism? We fight to win.

This week, once again, Governor LePage has made an embarrassment of himself and this state with remarks that are both casually, and seemingly deliberately, racist. Wading into an ongoing dispute

corporate influence

2016 is a new opportunity for social progress in Maine and the nation

Having reached the end of 2015, politicos, organizers, and activists will mark this year gone by as one of monumental– though monumentally uneven– social progress across the nation. Certainly, the

Matt Gagnon

Maine conservatives can’t win with astroturf organizing

Matt Gagnon, the president of the staunchly conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center, walked into a conference room in Auburn on Wednesday and in a presentation covered by the Sun Journal

municipal

Lewiston vote shows the corrosive power of the politics of division

When Ben Chin conceded his race for mayor on Tuesday night, he did so with the optimism and grace that had defined his campaign, in the face of sustained and

organizing

Progress is possible in Paris, but not victory

As we watch the United States join nearly 200 other nations this week in Paris to work to reach a consensus on how world powers will respond the advancing climate

Luke Jensen

Republican initiative seeks to prevent Lewiston students from voting

Many of my peers in the Maine organizing space came of age in 2011, when in that summer Governor LePage and then-Chairman of the Maine Republican Party Charlie Webster pushed

education

Conservatives’ condescension won’t solve the issues students are protesting

Organizing or protesting as a young person exposes one to a lot of what I like to call “special snowflake” conversations. These conversations occur when the critic of a youth