Fwd: Attacked by Fox News

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From: Ethan Strimling <info@email.actionnetwork.org>
Subject: Attacked by Fox News
Date: January 31, 2019 at 8:27:35 PM EST

Hi Judy,

Fox News has declared war on Portland and our immigrant community.

Last night, Laura Ingraham of Fox News ran a race-baiting hit piece, falsely claiming that our city is “overrun by asylum-seekers” and demanding that we kick African immigrants out of our emergency homeless shelters.1

I refuse to back down to Fox News and or turn my back on our immigrant neighbors. Will you stand with me by making a donation today?

The right-wing media attacks on Portland began in the Wall Street Journal.2 Then Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze and Stuart Varney of Fox News joined the smear campaign.3,4

But last night, Laura Ingraham took things to a whole new level. She painted a picture of a city falling to pieces because of an invasion of Africans. She demanded that we close the doors of our emergency homeless shelters to immigrants–even as temperatures fall near zero in the dead of Maine’s winter.

Laura Ingraham clearly knows nothing about Portland. 

We are a vibrant community that regularly makes top 10 lists for the best places to live in America. We are the economic engine of the state with an unemployment rate near 2%. Immigrants are key drivers of that growth and enrich our life and culture.

She finished the piece by saying she “doesn’t get” why asylum-seekers from Somalia, Sudan, or the Congo would come to Portland.

I’ll tell you why, Ms. Ingraham: They come here to flee horrific violence and persecution. They work, pay taxes, and start businesses. They are teachers, soccer coaches, artists, musicians, and police officers. They come to build a life and contribute to our community.

I will never turn my back on my immigrant neighbors no matter what Fox News says. Will you stand with my by making a donation today?

Yes, I’ll make a donation.

In unity,

Ethan Strimling
Mayor of Portland, ME

Authorized by the candidate.

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WERU: Tues, Jan 29, Carolyn Coe on Refugees in Afghanistan and Fast for Yemen

Journalist Carolyn Coe recently returned from a trip to Kabul and will offer an update on the Public Affairs 10:00 a.m. Tuesday program on WERU Radio.

She also participated in a January Fast for Yemen in New York and will report on that effort.

TUESDAY JANUARY 29, 10:00 live show at WERU.ORG or 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor

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Paper Bag Ordinance to Ellsworth City Council Feb 11

Press Release for January 28, 2019

City Ordinance on Single Use Plastic Bags

The Ellsworth Green Action Team (EGAT), a subcommittee of the Ellsworth Green Plan, has drafted an ordinance for the City of Ellsworth that would ban single use carry-out plastic bags given at the point of purchase. EGAT will present that ordinance for consideration at the next regular public meeting of the City Council on February 11.  At least nineteen communities in Maine have already passed ordinances that limit or ban the use of single use carry-out plastic bags. Will Ellsworth soon join them?  


EGAT urges people to reuse products such as shopping bags in order to reduce throw-away plastics, which are not biodegradable and will remain in our environment long into the future. Although petroleum based plastic products get broken up into smaller pieces, they are not biodegradable and will remain a problem for hundreds or thousands of years.  Plastic pollution is all around us, and the deadly harm done to marine life is especially evident. Even whales are found dead, their stomachs filled with plastic debris.  The Shaw Institute in Blue Hill has shown that tiny bits of plastic called micro-plastics are widespread in our nearby waters and in seafood, especially mussels, clams, and oysters. Microplastics have been found in our drinking water and table salt.  Some good sources of information about plastics pollution are:  The Shaw Institute in Blue Hill studies of Microplastics in the Gulf of Maine;  National Geographic Magazine named their June 2018 issue Planet or Plastic?;  The World Economic Forum report on The New Plastics Economy.

For more information, contact Martha Dickinson at 667-5863.
Martha Dickinson
40 Washington Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

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Fwd: The Wall

Thanks to karen S. for bringing this poll to our attention.

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Subject: The Wall
Date: January 28, 2019 at 9:30:16 AM EST

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From Indivisible MDI, re: The Bills (bad/good) voting TODAY

Bottom line: Call Senators Collins and King and tell them to pass the clean government-opening resolution they both already voted for once (and Collins is now wavering on), and not the really ugly one.
———————————————————————– From Indivisible MDI:
Trump’s horrible bill is coming to a vote TODAY, basically a dangerous bribe to open the government in exchange for funding to build his stupid wall. And oh by the way, there is some really bad stuff that has been quietly put into the bill that marginalizes immigrants even more.
Trump shut down the government on Dec. 22 when he refused to sign a bill passed by the House and approved 100-0 by the Senate, after initially pledging to support it. It is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The House has already passed several bills to re-open the government, but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow the Senate to vote on them. TODAY, McConnell will finally allow votes on two competing bills.
The first would give Trump $5.7 billion for his wall and create new roadblocks designed to block some migrant children from seeking asylum in the U.S. Trump would cap the number of children asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, force them to remain in the countries they are trying to flee in dangerous conditions while their asylum claims are heard, and make them pay an unspecified asylum fee. If their asylum application is granted, the bill would allow the government to deport them at any time. Contrary to Republican claims, the bill provides no meaningful relief for DACA recipients or Temporary Protected Status holders. McConnell is calling the bill a “bipartisan” effort, but no Democrats were involved in writing it.
The second bill, a clean continuing resolution (CR), is based on one already approved by the Senate 100-0 in December. After initially pledging to sign it, Trump rejected it and shutdown the government. It does not include any funding for a border wall but would fully re-open the government through Feb. 8 so that workers could return to work and get paid while Congress negotiates a permanent funding package. The House has already passed similar bills, and Sen. Collins initially supported those House measures. But recent reports indicate her support for re-opening the government with a clean CR is wavering. Sen. King has spoken out against wall funding, arguing that giving in to Trump’s demands would only encourage him to use similar strong-arm tactics in the future.
Neither bill currently has the 60 votes needed to pass, meaning that 800,000 government employees and even more federal contractors may miss another paycheck on Friday. The shutdown has hit many Mainers hard, including Coast Guard service personnel.
THURSDAY CALL TO ACTION: •Call Senators Collins and King and tell them to pass the clean CR they both already voted for once. Collins: Augusta: (207) 622-8414, Bangor: (207) 945-0417, Biddeford: (207) 283-1101, Caribou: (207) 493-7873, Lewiston: (207) 784-6969, Portland: (207) 780-3575, or DC: (202) 224-2523 King: Augusta: (207) 622-8292, Bangor: (207) 945-8000, Presque Isle: (207) 764-5124, Scarborough: (207) 883-1588, DC: (202) 224-5344
•Attend a rally and/or visit to one of Sen. Collins’ offices:
TODAY in Bangor, organized by Indivisible Bangor, Federal Building from 1-2pm
TOMORROW in Lewiston, organized by MoveOn at 3:30 p.m. Dufresne Plaza and Portland from 12-1pm at Senator Susan Collins’ office, 1 Canal Plz Ste 802, organized by March Forth.
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and while you’re at it, The Wall…

Regarding Venezuelan regime change, you probably would have more of an effect by actually calling your Senators. Not that anything will have an impact on Senator Collins…
She was apparently on the floor of the Senate today saying how important it is to protect our borders. Oh, but she IS listening to both sides…
I gather the Republicans have been broadcasting to their partisans to call and call and call their Senators. Senator King has been pretty steady in his opposition to the wall, but…. his office says the calls are 3-to-1 in favor of The Wall.
Clearly we gotta keep them Latins out of our back yard while we mess with theirs.
So get on the horn and get a double bang two-fer for your buck! Call:
Collins’s Offices
622-8414 Augusta 945-0417 Bangor 283-1101 Biddeford 493-7873 Caribou 784-6969 Lewiston 780-3575 Portland
DC 202-224-2523
King’s Offices
622-8292 Augusta 945-8000 Bangor 764-5124 Presque Isle 883-1588 Scarborough
DC 202-224-5344
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Fwd: Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela! Take Action Now!

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From: Judy_Robbins <Judy@RobbinsAndRobbins.com>
Subject: Fwd: Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela! Take Action Now!
Date: January 23, 2019 at 6:44:52 PM EST
To: Peter Robbins <peter@robbinsandrobbins.com>

For those who would like to express opposition to U.S. attempts to force regime change in sovereign Venezuela, this site has a form for contacting your senators.

Please share broadly.

Today US President Donald Trump took the extraordinary and illegal action to recognize the president of Venezuela’s legislature as the “interim president” of the country. Sign the petition on this page to tell your elected officials NO US-ENGINEERED COUP In Venezuela! It is clear that the US government and corporate media believe they have entered the final offensive to replace the elected Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro with one that will be subservient to US interests. Tell your elected officials that you oppose foreign intervention in Venezuela’s internal affairs. This action is counter to both the United Nations and Organization of American States Charters and thus illegal under international law.   

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film KILLING GAZA Friday Blue Hill

Peninsula Peace & Justice will show “Killing Gaza” Friday January 25, 7 p.m., at Blue Hill Library.

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Report from the World Economic Forum

   ‘Sleepwalking into catastrophe’: Extreme weather is biggest global risk in 2019
The World Economic Forum’s annual report found climate change accounting for more than half of the Top 10 risks facing the world

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Fwd: WERU Link: Land Use Planning Commission Poised to Open 1.3 million Acres of Maine Woods to Development

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Subject: WERU Link: Land Use Planning Commission Poised to Open 1.3 million Acres of Maine Woods to Development

RadioActive 1/17/19

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Land Use Planning Commission Poised to Open 1.3 million Acres of Maine Woods to Development
The Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) is poised to make the biggest proposed policy change in Commission history. Their plan to change adjacency criteria, eliminating the so-called “one mile rule”, would open up over 1.3 million acres of the Maine woods to residential subdivisions. 800,000 of those acres would also be opened to commercial development. This would open an unspecified number of class 3 lakes to development.
Opponents say, the policy change would also reverse a 2001 legislative ban on large residential subdivisions of 25 acres (so called, kingdom lots), and would allow subdivisions of up to 14 lots and 30 acres to meet only limited environmental review on approximately 400,000 acres.
The LUPC is accepting written comments on their proposed development changes until January 22. Email comments toBenjamin.Godsoe@maine.gov
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Land Use Planning Commission
Proposed Rules Revisions: Revised Applications of Adjacency Principle and Subdivision Standards :www.maine.gov/dacf/lupc/projects/adjacency/rulemaking/Adj_Sub_PublicCommentDraft_Dec2018.pdf
Today’s program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective.

Meredith DeFrancesco
producer/ journalist
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www.weru.org, 207 469 6600
Sunlight Media Collective
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