banner-croppedOn December 5, 2016, Rev. Jodi Hayashida preached about doing “the tasks before us” as acts of hope: “Sometimes we can’t see the path forward, but still there is work to do. The fact that we do that work is what sustains our hope, our vision of that community of fierce hope and radical love that we yearn for.”

Because social justice is an integral part of our UU faith, each week we share here “Actions of Fierce Hope and Radical Love.” You are encouraged to carry out these actions as a spiritual practice, as you are willing and able.

  • Actions of Fierce Hope for 5/21

    Tuesday 5/23- Susan Collins,55 Lisbon St,11:30, Health-care
    Friday 5/26- Longley Bridge 5pm

    June 3 March For Truth in Portland asking for special counsel for Russia investigation, 3pm
    FMI .https://actionnetwork.org/forms/we-need-you-march-for-truth-rally-june-3rd-portland
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    Submit comments against Section 1115 waivers by May 25
    http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/demonstration-waivers.shtml

    Ask legislators to suport LD 1274
    http://www.wmtw.com/article/bill-would-create-single-payer-health-care-system/9624439

    Ask legislature to respect will of voters who passed question 2
    https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-5526760068202102784?midqs=2813062016757923840

    Take WMTW poll on single payer healthcare
    http://www.wmtw.com/article/bill-would-create-single-payer-health-care-system/9624439

    Ask legislators to pass LD 820 about Clean Water and protection from mining pollution
    https://nrcm.salsalabs.org/passld820/index.html

    Use this form to ask lawmakers to support LD 1237
    https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app20110a?alertId=19662&pg=makeACall&autologin=true&NONCE_TOKEN=32A7EAB7613F7208E219E53155890FDF

    Respond to recent assault by Turkish security officials against Armenian and Kurdish protesters
    who are U.S. citizens on American soil. Call the State Department to let them know you expect action: 202-647-6575, press 8.

  • FH & RL Actions for 5/14

    FHRL actions 5/14

    Tues, May 16 Protest at Sen. Collins office, 11:30. Focus on Healthcare.
    Tues, May 16 State house hearing on LD 327 “personhood” measure, 1pm

    Interfaith Advocacy against Proposed Medicaid Waiver
    FMI http://www.mejp.org/sites/default/files/Medicaid%20Waiver%20-%20Section%201115%20%25283%2529%20%282%29.pdf
    Wed, May 17 9-noon in Portland at Cross Arena
    Thurs, May 18 9-noon at Augusta Civic Center **Our own Karen Lane will testify

    Fri, May 19 Show Up for BLM arrestees @ 205 Newbury St, Portland. 9am-on
    https://www.facebook.com/events/216015908888999/
    Fri, May 19 Protest at Longley Bridge, 5pm Focus on Special Prosecutor
    Fri, May 19 Gray/New Gloucester Earth Keepers & Permaculture Meetup host a Social Permaculture Share
    8-11am https://www.meetup.com/Gray-New-Gloucester-Earth-Keepers-Permaculture-Meetup/events/239755842/?rv=ea1

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    Ask Ivanka to keep Trump in Paris Climate Agreement
    https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app314a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4249&autologin=true&s_src=EMOPARPETACT0517FU2&utm_source=alert&utm_medium=text1&utm_campaign=email&NONCE_TOKEN=6EBBAD3DA79337E47C0432EAAAFF4C29

    Ask Congress not to divert education dollars to privatization
    http://edadvocacy.nea.org/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=199273

    End VW’s anti-union campaign that hurts workers
    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-volkswagen-to-stop-its-anti-union-campaign?auto_submit=true&link_id=1&can_id=22e9707f0eb451d2cca3c8b09a08f96c&source=email-firstname-default-friend-sign-this-to-stop-volkswagens-anti-union-tactics&email_referrer=firstname-default-friend-sign-this-to-stop-volkswagens-anti-union-tactics&email_subject=firstname-default-friend-sign-this-to-stop-volkswagens-anti-union-tactics

    Act from home
    Tips on Lobbying http://www.mainewomen.org/howtolobby.html

    Denounce the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which will relieve corporate polluters of accountability. Sen. Collins 784-6969 202-224-2523 Sen. King 622-8292 202-224-5344

    Tell Congress ‘no drilling in national parks’
    https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0069548&id=70131000001yHt3AAE&ddi=N17DSAFB23&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=emacq&utm_content=natlparkdrill

    Ask for strong protections from Maine mining pollution for our clean water with LD 820, as amended.
    https://nrcm.salsalabs.org/passld820/index.html

    Protect digital privacy
    https://www.standtallforamerica.com/petition/border-privacy/e/

  • Actions for May 14

    Tues, May 16 Protest at Sen. Collins office, 11:30
    Tues, May 16 State house hearing on LD 327 “personhood” measure, 1pm

    Wed May 17 Interfaith Advocacy against Proposed Medicaid Waiver 9-noon in Portland at Cross Arena

    Thurs May 18 Interfaith Advocacy against Proposed Medicaid Waiver 9-noon at Augusta Civic Center
    FMI http://www.mejp.org/sites/default/files/Medicaid%20Waiver%20-%20Section%201115%20%25283%2529%20%282%29.pdf

    Friday, May 19 Show Up for BLM arrestees @ 205 Newbury St, Portland

    Fri, May 19 Gray/New Gloucester Earth Keepers & Permaculture Meetup host a Social Permaculture Share
    8-11am https://www.meetup.com/Gray-New-Gloucester-Earth-Keepers-Permaculture-Meetup/events/239755842/?rv=ea1

    Fri May 19 Healthcare Die-in in front of Rep. Poliquin’s office, 5pm (If 50+, move to Kennedy Park)
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    Ask Ivanka to keep Trump in Paris Climate Agreement
    https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app314a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4249&autologin=true&s_src=EMOPARPETACT0517FU2&utm_source=alert&utm_medium=text1&utm_campaign=email&NONCE_TOKEN=6EBBAD3DA79337E47C0432EAAAFF4C29

    End VW’s anti-union campaign that hurts workers
    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-volkswagen-to-stop-its-anti-union-campaign?auto_submit=true&link_id=1&can_id=22e9707f0eb451d2cca3c8b09a08f96c&source=email-firstname-default-friend-sign-this-to-stop-volkswagens-anti-union-tactics&email_referrer=firstname-default-friend-sign-this-to-stop-volkswagens-anti-union-tactics&email_subject=firstname-default-friend-sign-this-to-stop-volkswagens-anti-union-tactics

    Act from home
    Tips on Lobbying http://www.mainewomen.org/howtolobby.html

    Denounce the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which will relieve corporate polluters of accountability. Sen. Collins 784-6969 202-224-2523 Sen. King 622-8292 202-224-5344

    Tell Congress ‘no drilling in national parks’
    https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0069548&id=70131000001yHt3AAE&ddi=N17DSAFB23&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=emacq&utm_content=natlparkdrill

    Ask for strong protections from Maine mining pollution for our clean water with LD 820, as amended.
    https://nrcm.salsalabs.org/passld820/index.html

    Protect digital privacy
    https://www.standtallforamerica.com/petition/border-privacy/e/

  • FH&RL actions as of Apr 23

    FH&RL actions as of Apr 23, 2017

    Monday, 4/24 SURJ vigil for racial justice on Longley Bridge near Gritty’s. 4:30pm.

    Tuesday 4/25 RESIST at Sen. Collins office 11:30AM, Rep. Poliquin’s office at noon. Focus: Climate change
    Tuesday 4/25 Skills to Fight Back for Maine’s Environment 6:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/285016871937918/

    Wed., 4/26 RESIST – Resist Repeal of ACA at Rep. Poliquin’s office @ 11:30

    Thursday 4/27 Join Maine Council of Churches for public hearing on 3 state bills addressing hunger.
    Cross bldg, Augusta, rm 209 @1pm

    Friday 4/28 Rally on Longley bridge 5PM Topic: Climate change

    Saturday, 4/29 Maine People’s Climate March- Augusta- 10am-1pm
    Join with 350 Midcoast Maine, Maine Conservation Alliance, Natural Resources Council of Maine,
    and Maine People’s Alliance https://www.facebook.com/events/1900909990179657/
    Sunday, 4/30 YWCA Central Maine’s 6th annual Stand Against Racism conference. Noon-4pm Theme: “Women of Color Leading Change.” A day of education, dialog and action. All are welcome. Childcare provided. Central Maine SURJ will present a session. For more information: http://goo.gl/IFZmgX http://goo.gl/uExgYQ

    Sunday, 4/30 RESIST Central Maine 4:30 mtg at Auburn UU (Also 5/14 and 5/28)

    Thursday, May 4 Rally for LD 1373 Solar bill at noon Cross Bldg rm 211- wear yellow
    Thursday, May 4 LD 1274 press conference for Healthy Maine Act, State House welcome Ctr, noon cmi visit maineallcare.org
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    Reproductive Justice – Urge your lawmakers to pass LD 1237 allowing women to receive 12 months of birth control at a time
    https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app20109a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=21599&autologin=true&AddInterest=1587&NONCE_TOKEN=A17E43150AB80B72D373740A7FC1634A

    Stop LD366, Lockman’s “anti-sanctuary city” bill
    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-larry-lockmans-anti-sanctuary-city-bill?source=facebook&

    Ask the Census Bureau to count the LGBTQ community
    http://takeaction.joekennedyforcongress.com/petition/count-lgbtq-community/a/

    Tell EPA if you favor scrapping Clean Air and clean Power rules
    https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190-0042

    Protect Katahdin Woods & Waters park- email Secy Zinke and your congress reps
    https://nrcm.salsalabs.org/defendkww/index.html

  • FH&RL actions for 4/9 (some repeats but many new)

    Tuesday, April 11 Medicare for All !1:30 at Sen. Collins office, Lewiston

    Tuesday, April 11 Solar Advocacy training at Auburn UU with 350 Maine, in our vestry, 6pm

    Friday, April 14 – Medicare for All 5pm @ Rep. Poliquin office

    Saturday, April 15 Tax Rally @ Portland City Hall noon-2pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1060589197419441/

    Fuera ICE/Immigrant Support Rally @Deering Park, Portland 2-4pm
    https://www.facebook.com/events/105580859974590/

    Sunday, April 16 RESIST Central Maine meeting (vestry) 4:30 to 6 pm

    Tuesday, April 18 Stand Up For Students Day at the State House: http://bit.ly/April-18-Lobby-Day
    Lobby for enactment of the successful referendum #2

    Thursday, April 20 Reject LD366 (Anti-Immigrant bill) rally, 12noon https://www.facebook.com/events/426168851074792/

    April 23 Stronger Democracy Reform Volunteer Convention- Thomas College, Waterville 9:30-3:30
    run by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections/ Leaue of Women Voters/ Committee for Ranked Choice Voting
    https://www.mainecleanelections.org/civicrm/event/register?id=181&reset=1

    Saturday, April 29 Maine People’s Climate March- Augusta- 10am-1pm
    Join with 350 Midcoast Maine, Maine Conservation Alliance, Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Maine People’s Alliance
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1900909990179657/

  • Fierce Hope for April 2

    Tuesdays at Sen. Collins’ office, 55 Lisbon St., 11:30
    April 2 RESIST Central Maine in the vestry 4:30 to 6 p.m.
    Mon., April 3 Support BLM arrestees at 205 Newbury St., Portland @8:30am
    Wed., April 5, SURJ meeting, 5:30pm
    April 11 @ 6pm- 350 Maine presents Solar advocate training
    April 16 RESIST Central Maine 4:30 to 6 p.m.

    Sun., April 30 from 12-4pm
    YMCA Central Maine’s 6th annual Stand Against Racism conference
    This year’s theme: Women of Color Leading Change
    CM SURJ will present a session.
    FMI https://ywcamaine.org/stand-against-racism-2017/
    ttps://www.facebook.com/events/1921855377843906/
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    Fierce Hope for 3/26
    Today we blessed our banner:
    Live with Fierce Hope and Radical Love

    Now let’s live it!

    ^ Tuesdays at Susan Collins’ office, 55 Lisbon St. at 11:30 with RESIST Central Maine

    ^ March 27 & 28 Maine Interfaith Advocacy Days- sponsored by Maine Council of Churches
    Lobby training and legislator meetings for people of faith Cost $20 includes lunches
    3/27 South Parish UCC i nAugusta, 9am-4:30pm
    3/28 Cross Office Bldg, Augusta 8:30am-2pm
    Register at https://episcopalmaine.formstack.com/forms/maine_interfaith_advocay_days
    or go to
    http://www.muusan.org/muusan-news.html

  • FHope & RLove for 3/19

    Send a message to our US senators about healthcare reform-
    UUs across the country are writing letters on healthcare to their U.S. Senators, to be personally delivered at the April conference, “Reversing Inequality: Healthcare Justice is a UU Value.”
    Write a message on healthcare justice or bring one in next Sunday, March 26.
    We will collect & mail them.
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    3/21 This Tuesday at Poliquin’ office -179 Lisbon St., Lewiston with RESIST Central Maine 11:30am

    3/21 & 3/22 Deliver “I Stand With PP” petitions to Rep. Bruce Poliquin this Tuesday and Wednesday
    for about 45 minutes between 9:30 and 4:30 pm to go to his office

    3/24 Rally to suport healthcare 5-6pm at Bruce Poliquin’s office at 179 Lisbon St., Lewiston- RESIST Central Maine.
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    Have you benefitted from ACA’s Medicaid Expansion?
    Are you in the Medicaid gap?
    Share your story at http://www.ppaction.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=54669&autologin=true

    Tell Congress to leave Planned Parenthood alone
    https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app20110b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=21442&s_subsrc=3NALz1709S1N1V&s_src=Defund_0317_Alert_c3_ppfb&NONCE_TOKEN=595ED763B5696AC360802DF291BF00B0

    Oppose private school vouchers with the NEA
    http://edadvocacy.nea.org/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=199273&ep=AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAxAkyscNl3fgiipvSJBTua9VXnZ0lXLd67BjBwerGM3lvbW4NUMWK_qSal1Q4SXP9THNGrX60GgzyKe7_aZ3j0kofeYI8gkV64byS-iRDdgp0&lp=0

  • more local actions 3/3-3/5

    Every Tuesday 11:30

    at Sen. Collins office on Lisbon st
    Friday, March 3, State House, Augusta at 10:00 Ami n rm 228. Public hearing on Gov. LePage’s proposal to cut more than $150 million from education funding and eliminate Question 2, which was passed by Maine voters. 
     
    Sat, March 4  at 1pm, UU Vestry
    RESIST Central Maine meeting
     
    Sat, March 4, 1:30-3, Lewiston Public Library
    Unified LA Team meeting
    Issue and action training and planning
    Saturday, March 4, from 6-10pm
    8th Annual International Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser
    Italian Heritage Center at 40 Westland Ave in Portland,
    Sunday, March 5  Resistance Summit, Augusta Civic Center  8am-6pm
    *From Mobilizing to Movement Building*
    The Maine People’s Alliance is convening a summit where activists and organizations from across the state can come together to strategize about the future, learn basic organizing skills, and cohere around a vision for Maine and our country.
    Over 100 organizations from across the state have been invited. Trainings and workshops will be offered on a variety of topics and skills. 
     
    Sunday, March 5 @4pm
    Listening Session on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
    Hannaford Hall at USM, Portland
  • Action of FH & RL for 2/26

    Action of FH & RL for 2/26

    Monday, Feb. 27 4:30-5:30pm
    Monthly vigil by Central Maine SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice)
    (on Longley Bridge, near Gritty’s)

    upcoming action this week…

    Tuesday, Feb. 28, State House, Augusta at 1:00 in Rm. 228, Ask the Appropriations Committee to fully fund the Maine Clean Elections Fund, and to return money that past legislatures raided from the Clean Election Fund.
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    Wed March 1 at Bates College 7-8:30pm
    G52 Pettengill Hall
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1934041293486353/
    Presentation by Danny Richter, Citizens Climate Lobby’s Legislative Director:
    “Cracks in the Dam: Post-election Politics on Climate”
    Explore where opportunities for moving forward on climate change were before the election, and how those opportunities look after the election.
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    Friday, March 3, State House, Augusta at 10:00 Ami n rm 228. Public hearing on Gov. LePage’s proposal to cut more than $150 million from education funding and eliminate Question 2, which was passed by Maine voters.
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    Sunday, March 5 Resistance Summit, Augusta Civic Center 8am-6pm
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1267468383346444/
    *From Mobilizing to Movement Building*
    The Maine People’s Alliance is convening a summit where activists and organizations from across the state can come together to strategize about the future, learn basic organizing skills, and cohere around a vision for Maine and our country.
    Over 100 organizations from across the state have been invited. Trainings and workshops will be offered on a variety of topics and skills.

  • Action week of Feb 19

    * Wed Feb 22 Open Air Town Hall meeting with Sen. Susan Collins on Maine calling
    MPBN’s Lewiston studio, 1450 Lisbon Street
    For free tickets, https://mfal.nationbuilder.com/senator_collins_open_air_town_hall

    * Wed Feb 22 Mainers for Equal Justice Budget Day at the State House in Augusta, 9am
    FMI https://www.facebook.com/events/383904798640122/

    * Thurs Feb 23 5:30pm in the Outright Room
    Central Maine SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) meeting
    (usually on 3rd Thurs)

    * Sat, Feb 25 at 4 PM – 6 PM
    Breaking Bread CommunityPotluck at LewistonMiddle school
    https://www.facebook.com/events/694466184046697/

    Mon Feb 27 4:30-5:30pm
    Monthly SURJ vigil
    (on Longley Bridge near Gritty’s)