Maine Initiatives Blog

July 6, 2020
Create a $50 Million Nonprofit Relief Fund NOW

Dear Ms. Laurie Lachance, Mr. Josh Broder, Mr. Bill Burke, and the members of the Economic Recovery Committee,  We, the undersigned members of Maine’s nonprofit and philanthropic community, recognize that grassroots and community-based nonprofit organizations are on the front lines of our state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. These organizations are extraordinarily effective and efficient  READ MORE »

June 24, 2020
June 2020 eNews

Dear Friend, It has been a tough month. The pain and frustration caused by the ongoing pandemic and persistent racial injustices have been felt within our community and across the country. But there have also been feelings of hope and possibility. There is no doubt that this is a transformational moment, and that the voices  READ MORE »

June 19, 2020
COVID-19 Issue Spotlight- Movement for Black Lives

Movement for Black Lives Systemic racism is a public health crisis. Police brutality against Black folks is not new, but the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on Black communities is making all too clear the ways in which systemic racism is as pervasive and dangerous as the virus itself. Here in Maine, Black activists  READ MORE »

June 18, 2020
Supporting the Movement for Black Lives in Maine

If you would like to support organizations working on the movement for Black lives, consider the following organizations: BLM Portland BLM Portland was established as an organization dedicated to and aligned with the demands and mission of the national Movement for Black Lives*. We are a collective of local organizers, activists, and community members who  READ MORE »

June 12, 2020
It is time.

Black Lives Matter Dear Community: Black lives matter. It’s easy to say these words, and ever so important in this moment. But it’s not enough. As a community, we recognize that this is a transformational moment. Now is not the time to rest, but the time to work. Today, we make the following commitments: We  READ MORE »

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