UPCOMING EVENTS

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PREVIOUS PUBLIC EVENTS

Discussion on Student Loan Debt 

I joined Henry Beck, State Treasurer and former Maine State Legislature Representative, Representative Matthea Daughtry, Co-chair of the Maine Commission on College Affordability and Completion, and Will Nelligan, Architect of the Income Share Agreement model of College Financing to discuss student loan debt, the Opportunity Maine Tax Credit, the State of Maine Grant Program, and Income Share Agreements.

Roundtable on Technology and Government

I joined Maine House Majority Leader Matt Moonen, Megan Sway of the ACLU Policy Council, and Representative Thom Harnett, Co-Chair of the Legislature's Right to Know Advisory Committee, to discuss adapting government to modern technology, and review the advantages and pitfalls of technology with a focus on privacy concerns.
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Discussion on Campaign Finance Reform

I got together with John Brautigam, Former Assistant Attorney General and defender of the 1996 Clean Elections Act, Betsy Sweet, Politician, Organizer, Activist, and Co-Author of the 1996 Clean Elections Act, and Senator Justin Chenette, Co-Chair of the Maine Legislature's Government Oversight Committee for a discussion about Campaign Finance Reform, Maine Clean Elections, and bans on lobbyist contributions to legislative and gubernatorial candidates.
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Roundtable to Address Domestic Violence

I met with Amanda Cost, Facilitative Director at Partners for Peace, MJ Smith, UMaine Student and Director of the Every Voice Coalition, Maine Chapter, and Representative Lois Galgay Reckitt, Former Director of Family Crisis Services in Cumberland County, to discuss past, present, and proposed efforts to address and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Maine.
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Discussion on Issues for Working Families 

I met with Amy Roeder, then-candidate (current Rep.) for Maine House District 125, Representative Scott Cuddy, Member of the Maine Legislature's Committee on Labor and Housing, and Serina DeWolfe, Lead Organizer at the American Federation of Teachers Council of Maine, to discuss the efforts of Union members and the successes for workers and their families in the 129th Legislature, and the goals for the next legislative session.
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Discussion on Racial Justice

I got together with Desiree Nicole Vargas & David Patrick, Racial Equity and Justice Co-founders, Advocates, and Community Educators, for a discussion about ways that businesses, municipalities, and schools can begin to dismantle systemic racism.
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Women in Leadership Discussion

Mary Cathcart, Founder of the Maine NEW Leadership Program, Hannah Pingree, Former Majority Leader and Speaker of the Maine House, and I got together for a discussion about the successes of the Maine Legislature's Women Leaders, the Maine NEW Leadership Program, and where to go next.
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Talk on Public Health

I met with Greg Gonsalves from the Yale School of Public Health, and Ben Schatz, Co-Founder of the AIDS Civil Rights Project and part of the Kinsey Sicks, to discuss public health, the response to the ongoing pandemic, and look at comparisons between the handling of COVID-19 and of HIV/AIDS.
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Discussion on Tribal Sovereignty

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Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Ambassador, and I had a discussion about Tribal/State Relations and the proposed changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.
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Talk on Equity and Justice

I joined Representative Rachel Talbot Ross, Comm. on Status of Racial, Indigenous & Tribal Populations, and Professor Linda Silka of the Maine Climate Council, to learn about differential impacts of present and proposed state programs on Blacks, Indigenous people, POC, elders, rural Mainers, and those who live in poverty.
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Discussion on Tax Fairness

I joined Representative Ryan Tipping, Co-Chair of the Maine Legislature's Taxation Committee, Sarah Austen, Policy Analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy, for a deep dive on taxation and how to best use state funds to benefit the Maine people.
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Talk on Housing

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I joined Representative Victoria Morales, Executive DIrector of the Quality Housing Coalition, Jason Bird Housing Development Coordinator for Penquis, Evan Richart, Principal Richart Planning, Retired to discuss the need for affordable housing across Maine. 
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Talk on the Opioid Crisis

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I got together with Noah Nesin, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Family Doctor at PCHC, Allison MItchell Phd, Researching Rural Maine and Opioid Use and Courtney Allen, Feild Researcher studying at the ME Drug Policy Lab at Colby College, to talk about the Opioid epidemic in Maine, Narcan for all and LD 1466.
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Talk on the Rights of Adults with Disabilities

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I joined Senator Rebecca Millet; and Alan Cobo-Lewis of the Center for Community Inclusion, to discuss LD-1984. This bill requested full funding of support services for adults with disabilities. 
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Talk on Early Childhood Education

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A conversation with Kristie Miner Candidate for Senate district 9.
Moderated by Vivian Perrault, FLA Childcare/Jobs Team, Childhood Educator
The discussion focused The crisis in childhood and early education and LD-1760 
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LGBTQ Victory Fund Virtual Rally 

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Conversation on Anti-Racism

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A conversation with Angela Okafor, Bangor City Council and parent of 3 students & Adrian Sockalexis Orono High school class of 2020 and Penobscot Nation Member. 
A discussion focused on  racism in local public schools & potential statewide policies to tackle this issue. 
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Talk on Climate Policy and our Power Grid

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A conversation with  Abby Hargreaves , Member of the ME Climate Council and Youth Representative  &  Representative Seth Berry, Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee Co-Chair
A discussion about owning Maine's power grid, and the work of the ME Climate Council. 
To listen to our discussion click here.  (this session starts at 1 min 45 sec.) 

Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform

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A conversation with Charolette Warren, State Representative, Hallowell Maine .
A discussion focused on Criminal Justice Reform and Public Safety at the
State and Local level. 
To listen to our discussion click here (the session starts at 9 min 45 sec. )