human rights

racial justice

Rep. Golden stands up to corporate lobby to fight wage theft

A new bill introduced by House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden would crack down on wage theft by unethical employers in Maine. The bill is designed to address a widespread

economy

Bill would prevent Maine workers from being punished for getting sick

Sick leave is often taken for granted by a majority of white-collar workers in Maine, but for many blue-color and service-sector employees, it’s just not an option. Nationally, fewer than

racial justice

Maine immigrant leaders blast Trump’s new Muslim ban

Maine immigrants and civil rights advocates are calling the new immigration order released by the Trump administration on Monday both unjust and unconstitutional. The Executive Order, which is written to

public assistance

No justification for Gov. LePage’s latest attack on poor, ill and vulnerable Mainers

Some of the most vulnerable Mainers are about to get hit with a one-two sucker punch from DHHS director Mary Mayhew and Governor Paul LePage that, if approved, will decimate

education

Bill would finally, fully ban corporal punishment in Maine schools

A bill sponsored by Rep. Maureen Terry, a Democrat from Gorham, aims to make Maine the 29th state in the union to explicitly ban the use of physical force against

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

human rights

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

Supreme Court

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

June Sapiel

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

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