Maine activists organize in D.C. to electoralize The Resistance

Maine activists organize in D.C. to electoralize The Resistance

MPA member Melissa Stevens at a rally outside the White House

Activists from Maine joined allies from across the country at the People’s Action Rise Up: From Protest to Power Convention in Washington D.C. this week to help plan the next steps of the progressive movement that has arisen in recent months to defend fundamental American values and push back against the agenda of the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress.

After a campaign of  local town hall meetings across the country, successful efforts to oppose a Republican attempt to strip away health coverage and demonstrations on issues from immigration to climate change, People’s Action supporters, including members of the Maine People’s Alliance, are now looking  to harness the current energy to promote and train grassroots leaders and help them win elected office.

“It was great to have the chance to interact with other progressive minds from across the country as well as get to know other MPA members more,” said Esther Pew, an MPA member and intern in Portland. “Hearing speakers like Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison and Van Jones only solidified my belief in the progressive movement and the work we have to do together to make our vision a reality.”

In addition to training and organizing sessions and speeches from progressive leaders, convention participants also took to the streets to protest the Trump administration’s federal budget proposal, which contains devastating cuts in areas ranging from environmental protection to assistance programs for children and seniors.

“The resistance is alive and well, beating back attacks on health care and more. Now we are electorializing the resistance – taking the energy of marches and town hall takeovers to the ballot box,” said George Goehl, co-director of People’s Action.

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