I was on maternity leave from my job at Emerge Maine, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for political office, when Shenna called to ask if we could meet. A few minutes into the conversation, she cut to the chase and said, “I want you to be my campaign manager.”
I laughed out loud. I was literally nursing my infant son at that moment. I also had an almost-two year old daughter who was in the middle of potty training. I told her that I just didn’t see how it would be possible to also run her campaign.
But Shenna told me she wanted her campaign to reflect her vision for how the world should look and how even campaigns should work. She said she didn’t want moms to be sidelined. She wanted people with skills to be able to use them as best they could and for those people to be able to participate in the process. And because of her vision, both for what her campaign would look like and what she wanted Maine and our country to look like, I made the decision to join her in this race.
Tonight is the second debate between Shenna Bellows and Republican Susan Collins, hosted by MPBN. The details for how you can watch are below. The Bellows for Senate campaign is also hosting debate watching parties around the state, with opportunities to volunteer at several of them. For any questions, contact Field Director Debbie Atwood at email@example.com or at 207-504-1918. We look forward to seeing you there!
Debate season is here! Republican Susan Collins refused to debate Shenna until just two weeks before Election Day, but we do have five debates scheduled over the next seven days. Be sure to watch on tv as all five debates are televised, and check back often to see how you can follow along via livestream otherwise. If you're on twitter, we encourage you to join in the conversation at #TeamShenna and #MEPolitics.
Today, the United States recognizes Christopher Columbus Day, a day on which we celebrate the “discovery of America.” But it is widely known that Columbus brought disease, death and destruction to the Indigenous peoples, both of Maine and of the greater United States, and that they have suffered tremendous and horrific losses to their populations and to their culture in the centuries since.
What we see in those communities today – the high rate of youth suicide, the devastating health disparities – are linked to the historical trauma of European oppression that traces back hundreds of years.
The four federally recognized tribes within Maine – the Penobscot, MicMac, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy – have embarked on a journey to unpack that historical trauma and revive their culture. Through language revitalization efforts, cultural study and documentation, truth and reconciliation efforts and sustainable living, Maine's native communities are working to restore their traditional structures and ways of being.
I support renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day, so that we can appropriately honor those who deserve our respect.
This week, a little over 16 years ago, a student at the University of Wyoming accepted a ride home from a bar with two men. Because he was gay, they drove him to a remote field, brutally assaulted him, then tied him to a fence.
Matthew Shepard’s torture on that freezing night lasted for hours, and he was found the following morning by a cyclist who at first mistook him for a scarecrow. He died in a hospital several days later.
During the days that Matthew lay in the hospital – not once awakening from his coma – supporters and allies held candlelight vigils around the world. In the time that followed, legislation would be introduced and a national conversation started about intolerance, hatred and violence in our country.
Now, sixteen years later, we’ve come a long way in terms of tolerance and respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. As of just a few days ago, more than 60% of Americans live in a state with marriage equality, and I’m proud that Mainers were among the first.