Posts From Grady Burns

Grady Burns
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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.

climate change

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

organizing

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

organizing

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

climate change

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

Ben Chin

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

organizing

Symbolic or not, Keystone is a huge win for environmentalists

You may have missed it last Friday– a day where news goes to die— but environmentalists scored a decisive win on perhaps this decade’s most prominent environmental battle: the cancellation

immigration

A progressive surge in Lewiston/Auburn

My community has been getting quite a bit of attention these days. As a political activist that has stated as loudly and as often as possible that the Twin Cities

education

It’s time to stand up against Gov. LePage’s anti-education agenda

I got my first taste of Maine politics in 2011, when, as a sophomore Education major at the University of Maine at Farmington, a recently-elected Governor LePage vowed to balance

fair taxes

Gov. LePage should stop exploiting young Mainers to push tax cuts for the rich

Compared to previous outings Governor LePage has made to Androscoggin county, his most recent trip to Lewiston this week for a public forum was relatively subdued. He didn’t, for example,