As Portland Democrats, we believe Black History Month is a time for honoring America’s Black heritage, learning our overlooked history, and taking action to support justice and equality for communities of color.
We are proud to announce that Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross (Portland, H.D. 40) will be joining our February meeting to talk about her new role in Democratic leadership, her work in the legislature, and how we can take action together. We’ll focus on some of the legislation that Rep. Talbot Ross is currently sponsoring that connects with Black History, including:
- LD 2 “An Act To Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process
- LD 183 “An Act To Establish Juneteenth as a Paid State Holiday”
- LD 187 “An Act To Require Education about African-American History and the History of Genocide”
Initially elected in 2016, Rep. Talbot Ross is the former president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP, the first African-American woman ever elected to the Maine legislature, and the first African American legislative leader in Maine history. Please join us this month on Thursday, Feb. 18!
PDCC February Meeting – with special guest Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8:00pm
Rep. Talbot Ross was recently elected to Assistant House Majority Leader in the 130th Legislature. Read about it in Amjambo Africa here.
Another way to take action: help elect Craig Hickman to the Senate!
Craig Hickman recently finished four terms in the Maine House of Representatives and is running in the March 9 special election for Maine Senate District 14. If elected, Rep. Hickman will be the first African-American Democrat to ever serve in the Maine Senate.Volunteers are calling voters between 4-7pm Monday to Thursday, and 3-5pm on Sundays.Sign up here to help make some calls!
Craig Hickman is running as a traditionally-funded candidate.Donate to Craig Hickman’s campaign here!
We need you! As a local democratic committee, nothing gets done unless local Democrats get involved.
So get involved! Use this interest form to learn more about our new committee efforts and add your own ideas as well.