education

fair taxes

Maine’s resistance gets organized

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike thank the hard-working organizers who are putting together the upcoming Maine Resistance Summit – all are welcome. Also: A UMaine student

immigration

Maine teacher and Sudanese refugee has an amazing, emotional moment on Ellen

There were plenty of tears on The Ellen Show on Thursday, as Mainer Ekhlas Ahmed shared her story of fleeing the genocide in Sudan with her family at the age

Maine Legislature

Throwing me out of a hearing won’t stop me from speaking against Gov. LePage’s budget

On Friday, I was ejected from a committee hearing of the Maine Legislature where members of the public were testifying on the tax and school funding changes in Gov. LePage’s

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

Larry Lockman

Rising tide of white nationalism prompts free speech debate at USM

The normalization of bigotry in the wake of Trump’s election has taken new heights. Nationally-known racist, Sen. Jeff Sessions, has been confirmed as Attorney General and Steven Bannon, a white

racial justice

Why it matters that a Black Lives Matter flag flies over UMaine

Black lives matter is such a simple concept and yet even now there are those who do not believe the black community needs to say it, or that it is

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

federal

Report: Sen. Collins only opposed DeVos once she knew her vote wouldn’t matter

According to Republican sources quoted by Politico, Maine Senator Susan Collins waited to announce her opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Education, until

human rights

Mainers demand Sen. Collins meet with constituents, stand up to Trump

More than a thousand Mainers rallied on the steps of City Hall in Portland on Sunday morning to call on Senator Susan Collins to stand against a series of appointments

Maine Legislature

Ditching personality politics for bold policies is how to win working class, rural Maine

Is it smarter to avoid taking bold policy positions, or embrace a populist, progressive agenda? Is it smarter to run on one’s personal story and biography, or outline a substantive