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Ukraine Series #1: Five Reasons to care about Ukraine

Ukraine Series #1: Five Reasons to care about Ukraine

Why should people in Maine care about the Russian invasion of Ukraine? As the great American socialist Eugene V. Debs put it, “Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder. The master class has always declared the wars; the...

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Can a Good Samaritan law reduce overdoses in Maine?

Can a Good Samaritan law reduce overdoses in Maine?

More than 600 Mainers died from drug overdoses in 2021, the highest number ever. On February 9, the State Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a 4-hour public hearing on LD 1862, An Act to Strengthen Maine’s Good...

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Ken Bailey: Radical Black Socialist

Ken Bailey: Radical Black Socialist

Ken Bailey was born February 20, 1946 in New York City. He was raised in St. Albans, a neighborhood on the south east side of Queens, by Black working-class parents who influenced Ken with their leftist thoughts and actions. Now, almost 76, Ken...

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Revolutionary Optimism

Revolutionary Optimism

In the summer of 2020, I became radicalized. Somewhat. In quarantine, I was exposed to left wing ideas that clicked with my experience with the world so far. I had been given language to articulate the discontent and inequality that my previous...

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Gov. Mills throws public power a curveball

Gov. Mills throws public power a curveball

Wil Thieme from the Maine Public Power campaign looks at Gov. Janet Mills's legislative entry into the fight to make our electrical grid a public good.  ***** Gov. Janet Mills knows CMP is deeply unpopular and can see what that might mean when we...

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Driven Out By Burnout

Driven Out By Burnout

This is part of a series, “The Great American Burnout,” that focuses on interviews with Mainers who experienced burnout during the pandemic. Sam Spadafore sat down with LCPC turned realtor Kary Goodman to share her story on leaving the social...

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Augusta mulls new white supremacy museum

Augusta mulls new white supremacy museum

You may have recently heard about the Governor of Louisiana issuing a pardon to one Homer Plessy, an African American activist who dared challenge Jim Crow segregation in the 1890s in the Deep South. And you may have also read my previous article...

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Maine DSA Holds 2022 Statewide Convention

Maine DSA Holds 2022 Statewide Convention

How do we organize a campaign to democratize the entirety of Maine’s energy grid? Engage with local debates about national flashpoints like teaching racism in schools? Unite renters at risk of eviction at a time when neighbors talk less and less?...

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On hypocritical MLK Day observances

On hypocritical MLK Day observances

Last week, we celebrated a spectacle of historic proportions. Politicians and leading figures around the country in every state did their best to go a whole 24 hours without mentioning a racist policy they’ve endorsed or supported. And the most...

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