If you’re feeling the winter blues and want to get out for some excitement, the next several weeks are chock full of unique civil liberties events. You can always find a complete listing of what’s happening on our events page, but given that we’ve got five listings coming up in the span of just three weeks, here’s a quick rundown of each. We hope to see you at one or more of these!
Celebrating Immigration – Tuesday, January 13, 4:00pm to 6:30pm in Portland – In the months ahead, the World Affairs Council and the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition will be hosting a series of forums on the theme of “Celebrating Immigration” and the strategic economic opportunities presented by immigration to the state of Maine. Tuesday marks the first in the series, with a forum held at the Abromson Community Center at USM in Portland. More details here.
Martin Luther King Day Event – Monday, January 19, 9:00am in Winthrop – In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, the St. Frances Xavier Church will host a special event featuring a panel discussion, addressing questions related to racial disparities in police stops, sentencing and prison terms, as well as an examination of what the impact in Maine has been of the national attention paid to the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. Featuring ACLU of Maine criminal justice organizer Grainne Dunne. More details here.
Maine Women’s Day at the State House – Tuesday, January 20, 8:45am to 3:00pm in Augusta – Hosted by the Coalition for Maine Women and the Maine Choice Coalition, Maine Women’s Day is a unique opportunity for women around the state to connect with one another, learn how the upcoming legislative session will affect women, and develop advocacy skills to help use their voices to influence the political process. Go here to RSVP (using the Coalition’s Google form) and don’t forget to wear red to the event! More details here.
Clean Elections Initiative Signature Delivery - Wednesday, January 21, 10:00am in Augusta - The enormous scale of spending on political campaigns has increasingly drowned out individual voices in our democracy, but the Maine Clean Elections initiative can help change that. Learn more about the initiative here, then join us in Augusta as more than 80,000 signatures are delivered to qualify the initiative for the ballot. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP with the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. More details here.
Screening: CITIZENFOUR - Monday, February 2, 7:30pm in Portland – For anyone who thought they missed the chance to see CITIZENFOUR, the acclaimed documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we have great news. The ACLU of Maine is proud to present this film with Space Gallery, with a special appearance by our legal director, Zach Heiden, who will be on hand after the screening for an exclusive Q+A session. Buy your tickets and find more details here.