gender

racial justice

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

Donald Trump

Bangor protesters stand in opposition to Trump SCOTUS nominee

Chanting “Our bodies. Our Lives. Our families. We decide,” and “Voting is a basic right, not just for the rich and white,” demonstrators gathered in West Market Square in Bangor on Thursday

equality

Burrage: Women’s marchers are attacking the very basis of sexism and violence

In the wake of the historic Women’s March, which represented the largest collective demonstration in  American history, many people have made criticisms about the relatively easy life women in the

gender

Women take over the Beacon Podcast to discuss week one of The Resistance

Amy Halsted and Taryn Hallweaver take over the podcast this week to talk about the women’s march, movement-building, intersectionality, and the fight ahead. They’re joined by June Sapiel of the

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

gender

Some of the best photos from Maine women’s marchers

Tens of thousands of Maine women and allies marched in Washington D.C., Boston, and closer to home in Portland and Augusta on Saturday. The streets were clogged, pink hats were

racial justice

Schmidt: Donald Trump’s own hate will likely destroy him today, but then what?

“Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.” I’ve returned obsessively to this quote of James Baldwin’s in

Hillary Clinton

#ThisMaineWoman hashtag takes social media by storm

#ThisMaineWoman, a campaign launched early this week to celebrate Maine women and underscore the importance of women voting this election, has taken off across Facebook pages in Maine. “There are

fair wages

Maine Democrats’ milquetoast vision is a missed opportunity

This is the piece I didn’t want to have to write. When I first read the vision for “A Better State of Maine” put forth by the Maine Democratic Party,

corporate influence

Three things your restaurant boss won’t tell you about raising Maine’s minimum wage

The subminimum wage for tipped workers is a shady and often-misunderstood aspect of Maine’s labor laws. Most Mainers don’t realize that workers who receive at least $30 a month in