Ideas

Pedestrian Deaths in Portland are No Accident

Pedestrian Deaths in Portland are No Accident

Earlier this week, in broad daylight, 44-year-old cyclist Christina Holt was killed in a collision with a motor vehicle in downtown Portland. This continues a tragic trend in Maine, as well as nationwide, of a rapid increase in pedestrian deaths,...

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May Day Thoughts

May Day Thoughts

The office is empty today. Folks are with family or friends, celebrating the holiday or the good weather, as they should be. May Day doesn’t always fall on a Sunday, but when it does, it feels right. Most Americans don’t give a thought about May...

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Metabolizing Dissent

Metabolizing Dissent

Pine & Roses is a project of the Maine chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Our publication mainly focuses on news and opinions about issues affecting working class Mainers and U.S. leftists. While the following piece is primarily...

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Author Hadas Thier to Speak!

Author Hadas Thier to Speak!

All are welcome to join the April 13th, 6 pm conversation with Hadas Thier hosted by Maine DSA’s Political Education Committee. RSVP here for the Zoom details. Hadas Thier frames her popular book, A People’s Guide to Capitalism (Haymarket, 2021),...

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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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Maine DSA Convention 2021 – Opening Speech

Maine DSA Convention 2021 – Opening Speech

To celebrate this weekend’s 2022 Maine DSA Convention, we offer this speech from last year’s Convention, lightly edited here. Delivered by Maine DSA Steering Committee member Aaron Berger on January 23, 2021, it reflects on events of 2020 while...

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