The May 6 decision affects over 19,000 employees in the city. The 5-4 vote comes after a debate that has been ongoing in the City Council for a year and a half.
In February, the Portland City Council’s Health and Human Services Committee voted to adopt the measure, which then went to the full City Council for consideration.
Those in favor of the bill were upset by Monday night’s decision.
“We have fought incredibly, incredibly hard for the Portland community,” said Drew Christopher Joy of the Southern Maine Workers Center. “We will not stop fighting for working class people and for people of color and for women and for trans and queer folks in this city.”
The Pope has previously criticised US President Donald Trump’s aim of building a wall to keep migrants out.
The US has put pressure on Mexico’s government to stem the so-called caravans of people from Central America heading north.
“In 2018, six migrant caravans entered Mexico, for a total of 75,000 people. The arrival of other groups was announced,” the Peter’s Pence office said.
“All these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood. The Catholic Church hosts thousands of them in the hotels within dioceses or religious congregations, providing basic necessities, from housing to clothing.”
“In this context, Pope Francis donated US $500,000 to assist migrants in Mexico. This amount will be distributed among 27 projects in 16 dioceses and among Mexican religious congregations that have asked for help in order to continue providing housing, food and basic necessities to these our brothers and sisters.”
In March, the Pope criticised political leaders who tried to erect barriers to keep migrants out.
“Builders of walls, be they made of razor wire or bricks, will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build,” he said.
The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an “armed fascist militia organization.” His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.
Hello All, For those who do not know of the Changing Maine Directory, it is the most important directory you will ever have in Maine if you are an activist. The work that goes into this is amazing. Larry Dansinger has been the person behind if for so many years and now as you will read both Sass and Jason Linneken have taken it on. Some of you may have already received this, but I wanted to make sure you all had it. Please share widely. Love,jacqui
The Changing Maine Directory (CMD), in its 23rd year of publication and previously known as the Maine Yellow & Green Pages, has officially launched at www.changingmaine.org, packed with new, interactive, call-to-action and community-building tools, all of which are free to use.
The CMD, which provides directory listings with detailed descriptions and contact information for over 1,500nonprofit, grassroots, social change and social service organizations working in Maine, now gives organizers, activists and people working in the nonprofit field the ability to publish calls-to-action, news articles, press releases and event announcements on the interactive Newsreel and Public Events Calendar. Users can also add new listings for organizations or grassroots groups they see missing, or can update listings for groups they are affiliated with.
Listings in the Directory can be searched by region, alphabetical order, or by category, and users will now be able to email organizations directly using the Contact tab within listings, without needing to take the extra step of leaving the site.
“The Changing Maine Directory is an amazing resource! Maine has such a vibrant, progressive, civil society, and there’s no better way to navigate it than this directory. When I moved to Maine, I knew almost no one, but wanted to be involved with social justice work. The first resource I found was the Changing Maine Directory and it helped me connect to so many different amazing organizations across the state. It’s so well organized and easy to use,” says Portland organizer, Lizzie Handschy.
“The Changing Maine Directory is heart work for me that keeps me optimistic,” says Jason Linneken, Project Manager for the CMD. “It truly is a one-stop-shop for people interested in social change because it offers a hub for change makers to announce concrete actions people can take, volunteer opportunities, and generally a way to learn more about the landscape of social change and social service offerings in our local communities. We hope it will empower people and strengthen cross-issue movement building,” Linneken says.
“There are amazing grassroots nonprofits all over Maine, but it’s hard to find out about them. When I got tired of telling people about the groups I knew, the first directory was born. This is the seventh edition, and it’s still an incredible resource for the state,” says Larry Dansinger, founder of the CMD.
The Changing Maine Directory is sponsored and published by Resources for Organizing and Social Change (www.resourcesforsocialchange.org), whose mission is to build and support a movement for nonviolent social change that will educate, activate, & empower all Maine people through grassroots community organizing.
I am sharing this as it always amazes me how much animals are so far ahead of humans in their instinct to protect and love each other. Something to celebrate and share.
A man finds a goose that was shaking with cold stuck to a pole in Montana. As he got closer he realized, wrapped up in her wings, was a tiny puppy she was shielding from the freezing temperatures. We have so much to learn from the animals. Beautiful. (Both the goose and the puppy have recovered, were adopted together, and are doing well.) ??