AUTHOR: Joe Zamboni

How would you spend $50 million here in Cumberland County?

Portland Democratic City Committee

Did you know Cumberland County is set to receive $57,300,874 this year in funding from the American Rescue Plan? This money is coming because Democrats took action to lead us out of the Covid-19 pandemic and into an economic recovery.

But our job isn’t done. We as Democrats, along with all residents of Cumberland County, get to use our voices in determining how these funds will be spent. So we are dedicating our July PDCC meeting to discussing the Rescue Plan Funds. We’ll first hear from Portland’s County Commissioner Jim Cloutier about opportunities for input and advocacy around the fund allocation, and then we’ll have an open member discussion about ideas for spending these funds.

Bring your voices, your hopes, and your ideas. President Biden and the Democrats delivered the American Rescue Plan, but it’s up to all of us to put it into action!

July PDCC Meeting: Rescue Plan Funds Discussion, feat. Commissioner Jim Cloutier

Thursday July 15, 6:30-8:00pm, over Zoom

(Register Here) (Agenda Here)

We raised $500 for the Abyssinian Restoration Project!
Thanks to everyone who donated to PDCC between 6/17 – 6/24 for our fundraiser for the Abyssinian Restoration Project. We raised $500 to contribute towards the reopening of this important part of Portland’s Black community life and history. Learn more and get involved at

The Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland is very important to Maine’s Black History and the history of the Abolitionist Movement. Pictured here undergoing restoration on its front side. Photo credit:

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Happy Juneteenth – Help support Portland’s Abyssinian Meeting Hall

Today is Juneteenth, now finally recognized as an official Maine State Holiday AND an official U.S. Federal Holiday.
On Thursday the Portland Dems celebrated Juneteenth (and Pride!) with an in-person event: thank you to everyone who participated and helped make it happen! Thanks especially to performing artists Viva and JanaeSound. You can catch them at these upcoming events:

Support the Abyssinian Restoration Project

Here in Portland, we have one of the oldest historic African American meeting halls in the country. Since 1828 the Abyssinian Meeting Hall has been a fixture of Portland’s Black community life and the struggle for emancipation and liberation, and is re-opening soon amid ongoing tremendous restoration efforts. We were honored to hear from Mr. Leonard Cummings at our recent celebration, and want to encourage the Portland Democratic community to support this important work. All donations to PDCC contributed online through ActBlue between 6/17 – 6/24 will be sent to the Abyssinian Restoration Project. Contribute online HERE.

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Juneteenth: What they’re saying

Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland)

“Through this holiday, we can teach about and discuss Maine’s history with slavery and its lasting effects on our culture and communities. We can uncover this history that has been forgotten. And finally, we can honor our past as we also move forward.”

Gov. Janet Mills

“While we have made progress in the long march to create a more perfect union since that fateful day, progress is by no means inevitable. By establishing Juneteenth as a State of Maine holiday, may we renew our commitment to fighting for a state and nation where equality, freedom, and justice for all is more than an ideal, but a reality.”

President Joe Biden

“The truth is, it’s not — simply not enough just to commemorate Juneteenth. After all, the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans didn’t mark the end of America’s work to deliver on the promise of equality; it only marked the beginning. To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth, we have to continue toward that promise because we’ve not gotten there yet.”

Vice President Kamala Harris

“Let us also remember that day was not the end of slavery in America. The truth is it would be six more months before the 13th amendment was ratified, before enslaved people in the south in the north were free. As we commemorate the history of Juneteenth, as we did just weeks ago with the history of the Tulsa Race Massacre, we must learn from our history and we must teach our children our history, because it is part of our history as a nation. It is part of American history.”

The Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland is very important to Maine’s Black History and the history of the Abolitionist Movement. Pictured here undergoing restoration on its front side. Photo credit:

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Celebrate Pride and Juneteenth..with live music!

Please join the Portland Dems this Thursday evening to celebrate Pride and Juneteenth, featuring local performing artists Viva and JanaeSound!

RSVP and invite friends on Facebook here

We will also celebrate the end of the recent election, and some of the elected Charter Commission Members will be in attendance for a Meet & Greet.

This is a fundraiser to benefit some local organizations (TBA!). Free to attend for all. $10-20 donation encouraged.
WHERE: Urban Farm Fermentory (200 Anderson St., Portland)WHEN: Thursday June 17th, 6-9pm

WHO: All are welcome to attend!6:00 – Gather, Meet & Greet
6:30 – Welcome, Remarks
7:10 – Mingle, Meet & Greet
7:30 – Performance by Viva
8:00 – Performance by JanaeSound
8:30 – Mingle, Last Call
With Maine’s Covid vaccination rate getting higher, we are willing and excited to offer this in-person event. Face coverings are welcome, but optional at this time for those who are fully vaccinated from Covid-19. Not yet vaccinated? Find out how to get your free vaccination here.


Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States and commemorates all the enslaved who suffered so unjustly under its rule. Starting in 2022, Juneteenth will be an official paid state holiday, thanks to a new bill signed by Gov. Mills last weekCongratulations to Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) who introduced the bill and whose leadership made this happen!

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