See all: Minimum Wage9 Dec 2014
In his State of the City address earlier this year, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan said that he wanted to explore raising the city’s minimum wage to help address growing inequality. After months of meetings, you have a chance to have your voice heard on the proposed increase this week.
On Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM, the Finance Committee of the Portland City Council will hold a public hearing and the public will be able to speak. The proposed minimum wage increase would raise Portland’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $9.50 in 2015, to $10.10 in 2016, and to $10.68 in 2017. It will also index the minimum wage to inflation going forward from 2017. It would only apply to workers who are 18 years old and over.
We are excited about the possibility of Portland’s lowest wage workers getting a much needed and much deserved raise. However, we are also very concerned about the exemption of workers under the age of 18. We know that there are many at-risk and vulnerable teens who are already struggling with homelessness or working to help support their families. By excluding these workers from a wage increase, we fear more teens will be at risk of homelessness and put in other vulnerable situations.
The Maine Women’s Lobby will be at the hearing to support the plan to raise the minimum wage and tie it to inflation, but we will also call on the Finance Committee to include workers under 18 years old.
Do you want to make your voice heard on Thursday evening? If you plan to attend the committee hearing, email Kathy at email@example.com and we’ll make sure you have the information you need to speak on this proposal.
See all: #CourtsMatter5 Dec 2014
Over the decades, courts have been key when it comes to our rights – both protecting them and not. Our right to vote, our civil rights, our reproductive rights, the quality of our air & water, our health care, our privacy, and more have all been impacted by the federal courts.
On Wednesday, December 10th, come listen to those on the front lines in the battle to protect our rights and about how courts matter for all of us.
Julie Ebenstein Staff Attorney for the ACLU Voting Rights Project
Zach Heiden Legal Director, ACLU Maine
Sammie Moshenberg Former Director of Washington Operations, NCJW
Eliza Townsend Executive Director, Maine Women’s Policy Center
WHERE: First Parish Church, 425 Congress St. Portland
RSVP to Molly Bogart firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s voices matter. Make yours heard on Election Day – November 4th.
If you’re feeling like us, you’re more than ready for the bombardment of lawn signs, advertisements, phone calls, and mailers to end. But you know, too, that Election Day won’t just bring the end of campaign season. It’s the chance for our state-wide community to select who will have the power to make laws on the issues that matter most to our lives – economic security, access to health care, and your ability to make your own reproductive decisions.
The choices we make on Election Day will affect our lives for years to come. Mainers are electing our next governor, a U.S. senator, two U.S. representatives, 35 state senators, and 151 state representatives – as well as deciding numerous local offices and statewide ballot and bond questions. Your vote will help decide the future of our state.
When women turn out at the polls, it strengthens our power when policy decisions are being made.
There are several easy ways to vote now through Election Day.
Do you have questions about registering to vote, the location of your polling place, or what’s on the ballot? Visit the Maine Women’s Policy Center’s online voter resource for this information and more: bit.ly/mevoterhelp.
See you at the polls!
Eliza, Danna, Kathy, and Molly
P.S. Please remind your friends and family to vote, too. Together we can make sure women’s voices are heard loud and clear.