When voting isn’t enough (hint: that would be now)

Here are some high-priority activities where
you can make a difference.

1. Saturday Oct. 20: Women for Women canvassing. 12-4pm, LCDC headquarters, Damariscotta.

Laura Fortman could help flip the Maine Senate and Holly Stover is running against a Republican in Boothbay who just told a reporter she wants to eliminate the minimum wage. We’ll be canvassing for them and other amazing women candidates in Lincoln County this weekend and WE NEED YOU!

This is sponsored by Suit Up Maine, Lincoln County Indivisible and Indivisible-Boothbay. And don’t worry if you’ve never canvassed. We’ll have training first and we go in pairs. We need drivers too! Email kelliwburton@gmail.com to sign up. Afterwards you can relax with local beer and music at the Rally for Democracy (same location). Please join us!!

2. Sunday, Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4: Canvass for Laura Fortman, 1-4pm. LCDC headquarters, Damariscotta.

Channel your frustrations and disappointment over the latest activities in Washington! Rally yourself and join us to push Laura over the TOP! Since we have only 3 weekends left that will be dedicated to Laura we really need you in this home stretch.

If you can work one or more of these last Sunday afternoon dates, please email Jan John at janjohn1us@yahoo.com. Tell her the date(s) you are available and whether you would like to be a driver or canvasser.

3. Monday, Oct. 22: Postcards for Laura, 7pm. LCDC headquarters, Damariscotta.

Postcard party, GOTV for Laura Fortman. We’re writing literally one sentence on hundreds of postcards, then adding address stickers and stamps. The more people that come, the faster it will go. BRING A FRIEND who has never done anything but vote before and introduce them to activism! Sign up with an email to LCIsteering@gmail.com.

4. Tuesday, Oct. 23: Fahrenheit 11/9 special showing, 6:30pm, Lincoln Theater. 25 and under free.

Pass the word on this. Printable flyer is here and social media signup here. There will be voter registration information in the lobby, plus a special talk by activist Betsy Sweet. This movie will rile up the youth vote but we have to get them into the theater to see it.

5. Ongoing: GOTV letters for Jared Golden.

Vote Forward is working to flip Congress blue. Send simple but heartfelt “please vote” letters to unlikely Democratic voters in key swing districts. Sign up here and learn how – it’s simple and you do only 5 letters at a time in minutes.

6. Donate to LCI’s ramp up the vote effort.

We’re publishing 3 hard-hitting issue ads in the local paper plus sponsoring the Fahrenheit 11/9 showing with free admission for people 25 and under. It takes money plus effort to do all that. You can help with the money by donating here. (If you have already done so, thank you.)

Donate here

Thank you for all you do.

“I’m Dying. Here Is What I Refuse to Accept With Serenity.” – Ady Barkin

Friends, you may have seen this article around the web, by Ady Barkin of “Be a Hero” fame. Please, if you have not already done so, take time to read this piece and reflect on Ady’s message. It’s sad, yes, but also joyous and so filled with hope and purpose that you cannot help but be inspired. And then, let’s all get back to work saving our democracy! – Kate

I’m Dying. Here Is What I Refuse to Accept With Serenity.

Voting is not nearly enough. We need to become organizers.
By Ady Barkan

On September 30, 2016, Rachael and I celebrated one year of marriage and 11 years together by booking a hotel room in Los Angeles and going out for fancy Asian fusion. It was our first night away from our 4-month-old son, Carl. Rachael had a great new job as an English professor in Santa Barbara. My career as a progressive activist was going gangbusters. We had just bought a beautiful house and could see decades of happiness stretching out ahead of us. We were the luckiest people we knew.

The next morning, we had brunch with my oldest friend, a first-year medical resident. I mentioned to her that my left hand was feeling weak, and after playing with it for a few minutes, she told me I needed to see a neurologist.

The following Friday, at the ripe old age of 32, I was given my death sentence: The doctor told me I had ALS—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—which would rapidly destroy all the connections between my brain and my muscles, leading to complete paralysis and death, likely in three to four years. Continue reading ““I’m Dying. Here Is What I Refuse to Accept With Serenity.” – Ady Barkin”

Letter writing group, Thursday 10AM

Letter Writing Group
Thursday, Oct. 11, 10-11:30AM
NEW LOCATION: Van Lloyd’s Bistro
Damariscotta Back Parking Lot

This week we’ll focus on two issues: followup to the Kavanaugh affair, and the environmental disregard that makes Republicans an existential threat to the planet. We’ll draft talking points for LTEs and consider an ad strategy as well.

Coffee, tea & baked goods are available for sale.

See you tomorrow.

Gathering tonight – 7pm Meeting House

gathering tonight

General Meeting Tonight 

7pm, Friends Meeting House
Belvedere Road, Damariscotta

We’re staying positive by plunging back into the election! LCI has some interesting actions planned for our candidates beyond the critically important canvassing, calling, and writing LTEs. We could use your help refining our ideas and getting them executed. Also, bring your favorite pen because we’re filling out handwritten GOTV postcards for Laura Fortman. And there will be homemade cake for the virtuous.

Hope to see you there.