Posts From 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.

Maine Legislature

Democratic legislators are about to rob Maine of a minimum wage victory

As the president of the Maine Young Democrats, I take very seriously questions regarding creating unnecessary division in an environment where forward motion for progressive political change requires both political

federal

The Resistance is evolving, and growing in strength

Something is afoot in American politics these days. When massive, spontaneous protests took shape mere days into the new Trump administration, many observers and pundits were left asking whether the

labor

Puzder’s withdrawal is a victory for the resistance, but next time won’t be so easy

On Wednesday afternoon, the Labor movement scored a major victory as Labor Secretary candidate Andrew Pudzer became the first nominee to the Trump Cabinet to go down in flames, with

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

Susan Collins

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

Paul LePage

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

organizing

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

Maine Heritage Policy Center

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