How often are administrative offices used to pursue political agendas? Two recent events coming from the Maine Secretary of State’s office in close proximity to one another force us to call into question whether or not the ‘rule of law’ is actually as objective as we’d all like to think it is. One involves marijuana, and the other basic human rights. Continue reading
PORTLAND, ME — The Portland Green Independent Committee held its annual meeting on November 18th and elected its new party officers for 2016.
Crystal Cron, a long-time Green Party member, won the seat for chair. She has been a home health worker for the past five years, taking care of elderly and disabled people who need nursing home level of care.
Cron helped to reestablish the Portland Tenants’ Union, served as the treasurer of Portlanders for a Living Wage committee, participated in the successful municipal Marijuana Legalization campaign, managed Tom MacMillan’s 2012 campaign for state representative, and has been a Latin America Solidarity activist for many years.
Cron will be the first Latina to serve as an officer of the PGIC. Raised by a single immigrant mother, Cron is dedicated to building connections to the immigrant community.
PORTLAND, ME — With only 37% of eligible voters participating in the election on Nov 3rd, a “vast majority” of 21.46% of eligible voters struck down the Living Wage ordinance that would have lifted the minimum wage to $15/hr in Portland this past Tuesday, Nov 3rd.
The Scenic View Protection ordinance was struck down by a similarly large majority of 23.31%.
City wide races saw tough competition, but few candidates. Continue reading
After a Real Crap Week, Area Woman has had Enough of Everyone’s B.S.
After arriving home, Area Woman dragged herself down to the laundry room to get a quick load in the wash, only to find a passive-aggressive note deriding her as having “no communal spirit” scrawled upon the laundry soap she left in the laundry room.
While riding my bicycle from a friend’s wedding rehearsal at the First Unitarian Universalist church on Congress Street, I was almost hit by a car.
For being almost maimed by 1.5 tons of steel barreling by me at high speed, I think my reaction was reserved. “Woah… hey now!” I said, fairly matter of fact.
After the car rolled past, thoughts rolled through my head as I realized the gravity of the situation and what just happened.
I could have just died. Why? Continue reading