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Maine allocates $20 million for green housing construction

The commodification of housing under capitalism means that affordable housing developers often view affordability and sustainability as mutually exclusive goals. To cut costs, labor and the environment are left holding the bag, but a new program...

Mike Sylvester on landmark bills and Mills’s veto machine in the Maine Legislature

Pine and Roses’ Todd Chretien sat down with Maine State Representative Mike Sylvester (District 39, Portland) who serves as House chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing to review the good, the bad, and ugly of the 130th...

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Maine socialists study Marx and the market

Maine socialists study Marx and the market

“Digestion takes something more than a good stomach,” Karl Marx wrote. In a June 28 presentation on economics organized by the Maine Democratic Socialists of America, Howard...

What and Why a Third Reconstruction?

What and Why a Third Reconstruction?

On May 25, 2021, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the “Third Reconstruction Resolution” in the U.S. Congress. Within a month, nearly forty of the 438 members of...

Understanding economics: Where to begin

Understanding economics: Where to begin

This article previews the author’s upcoming presentation on “Marx and the Market” for Maine DSA’s Socialism 101 series. The event will be held via Zoom on Monday, June 28...

What Mainers can do for Palestine

What Mainers can do for Palestine

You might have seen the recent clamorings for US citizens to denounce the state of Israel and oppose its ongoing brutality against Palestinians. In response, you may have...

Homelessness in Maine is exhausting

Homelessness in Maine is exhausting

As the cost of living goes up, wages remain stagnant, and eviction moratoriums are lifted, a slew of individuals are becoming homeless. Homelessness does not discriminate—it...

Landlords Resist Granting Tenants Rights

Landlords Resist Granting Tenants Rights

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, Justice Marygay Kennedy heard oral arguments in Portland’s Maine Superior Court for a case that cuts to the heart of the new rent control law in...

Drug Policy Reform in Maine

Drug Policy Reform in Maine

A number of great drug sentencing reform bills have been making their way through the Maine legislature this session, which has given the Maine DSA’s Drug Policy...

One Mainer’s abortion story, Part 2

One Mainer’s abortion story, Part 2

One Mainer’s abortion story, Part 2 While Maine has some of the least restrictive abortion laws in the nation, the anti-Roe v. Wade majority on the Supreme Court and a raft...

Maine socialists talk drug policy

Maine socialists talk drug policy

Pine and Roses and the Maine Mural podcast are proud to announce a little socialist media mutual aid. We'll be sharing resources, people power, research, interviews, and...

One Mainer’s abortion story, Part 1

One Mainer’s abortion story, Part 1

While Maine has some of the least restrictive abortion laws in the nation, the anti-Roe v. Wade majority on the Supreme Court and a raft of anti-choice legislation from...

Portland for Palestine

Portland for Palestine

The state of Israel’s recent attacks against Palestinians was sparked by the attempt to forcibly remove Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem...

Running Back Cove for Breonna

Running Back Cove for Breonna

While out supporting our local farmers market in Payson Park (temporarily relocated from Deering Oaks owing to a browntail moth infestation), Pine and Roses bumped into Nina...

Fight for public power in Maine heats up

Fight for public power in Maine heats up

According to Maine Beacon, LD 1708, put forward by Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) and a bipartisan slate of co-sponsors, and supported by Maine Public Power (initiated by...

Interview: Maine Med nurses vote union

Interview: Maine Med nurses vote union

Interview with Maine Med ICU nurse Madison Light On April 29, the National Labor Relations Board confirmed that nurses at Maine Medical Center, Scarborough Surgery Center,...

May Day Rallies Push PRO Act

May Day Rallies Push PRO Act

Many Mainers know May 1st as May Day. But until recently, few Mainers celebrated May Day -- a holiday observed around the world as International Workers’ Day. Americans are...

Rural Mainers need transportation solutions

Rural Mainers need transportation solutions

Tens of thousands of working-class rural Mainers need to get from point A to point B. Sometimes for work, sometimes for medical appointments, sometimes for groceries. If you...

Power Grab – Mainers Want to Own the Grid

Power Grab – Mainers Want to Own the Grid

The grid: that ugly-yet-invisible network of poles, lines, and fenced yards full of hulking, buzzing machines that we all count on to keep the lights bright, the cheese...

The Mainer Who Wrote Jim Crow into Law

The Mainer Who Wrote Jim Crow into Law

  Melville Fuller, the Maine-born U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1888 to 1910, is a stain on America’s judicial history. That’s not my opinion. That is the opinion of...

Why Did Prisoners Get a COVID Shot Before Me?

Why Did Prisoners Get a COVID Shot Before Me?

This question is often asked in frustration. Why should  incarcerated people be prioritized? Some may believe that prisoners don’t have the same right to healthcare as the...

Mainers Want Pine and Roses

Mainers Want Pine and Roses

“Welcome to Maine: The Way Life Should Be.” That’s what the sign said when you crossed over the Piscatiqua River bridge into Maine starting in 1987. And we’ll be the first...