Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day 

In 2019, Maine officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an overdue yet important milestone for our state. (You can use this map to identify whose land you occupy). Now, it’s time to fully and authentically honor the Wabanaki Tribes by restoring their right to self-govern. On Monday, October 11th people can support and learn more by joining the Rally for Wabanaki Rights: A Virtual Rally for Indigenous Peoples’ Day (details here). Attendees will experience a celebration of Wabanaki culture and learn about how Mainers can take action.

The tribes in the land we call Maine deserve the rights, privileges, powers, duties and immunities similar to those of other federally recognized tribes within the United States. We understand that this is not an instance of our state granting their rights but rather a restoration of rights. This is fairness and this is what we must fight for!

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CALLS TO ACTION! 

Stop the CMP Corridor! - CMP Corridor Hearing

CMP’s lease has now been terminated by a State Superior Court Judge. The company does not have full right, title, and interest to land that belongs to all Maine people along the proposed route.  

On October 19th, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an online public hearing about whether they should revoke the permit. We hope you’ll attend the hearing to remind the DEP that Maine’s public lands belong to all of us, and to demonstrate that Mainers overwhelmingly oppose the CMP corridor. Please urge the DEP to revoke CMP’s permit.  

The CMP corridor would damage Maine’s environment with no new benefits for the climate. It’s a bad deal for Mainers. The transmission line would cut a permanent gash through Maine’s Western mountains, forever harming a globally significant region that supports a vibrant outdoor industry. Be sure to vote YES on Question 1 on the November 2021 ballot to stop the destructive CMP corridor.

What: DEP public hearing on CMP’s illegal lease on public lands
When: Tuesday, October 19 starting at 5:30 p.m.  
Where: Online via Zoom. Click here to join the meeting. The password is 85dBL8
IMPORTANT: If you want to testify at the hearing, you must sign up in advance by emailing Ruth Ann Burke at Ruth.A.Burke@maine.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12. Additional information about the hearing can be found here (the link will download a PDF for you). 

Take Action to Stop Line 3! 

After seven years of resistance from Indigenous communities and environmental activists, Enbridge has announced that Line 3 is set to be fully operational soon, but the fight to stop it continues. You can check out this recent article from Grist and this Letter From a Jailed Line 3 Water Protector by Tara Houska. Actions continue to take place on the frontlines to stop Line 3.

Please follow, donate, and support frontline Indigenous Water Protectors: Giniw Collective RISE Coalition Honor the Earth Red Lake Treaty Camp Indigenous Environmental Network Camp Migizi. Interested in planning a solidarity action? Check out this guide!

You can learn more about Line 3 here.

Sign up and Volunteer to collect signatures for Our Power! 

Sign up now to join fellow Mainers in gathering signatures this fall for a Citizen Initiative to put the Pine Tree Power proposal on the ballot. Our Power is hosting weekly volunteer trainings and needs hundreds of volunteers to collect signatures and make the vision of consumer-owned power in Maine a reality.

Submit feedback to the Maine Climate Council Equity Subcommittee

The Maine Climate Council Equity Subcommittee has published draft recommendations, which are now available online. Public comment or suggestions on these draft recommendations will be accepted during a meeting October 21 or anytime through this online form (select the Equity Subcommittee dropdown).

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Stop New England's Greenwashing of Mega Dam Hydropower

If you missed Stop New England's Greenwashing of Mega Dam Hydropower, no worries! You can watch a recording of it here and take action in the following ways: 

  • Write an OpEd or LTE and submit it to your local paper.  Check out our LTE guide here for talking points and resources! Make sure to email info@350maine.org if your LTE is published - the first two people that let us know about a published LTE will receive a signed copy of Arctic Blue Deserts by Stephen M. Kasprzak! ​

  • Maine Youth for Climate Justice asks Maine voters to vote ‘YES’ on 1 to reject the CMP Corridor on November 2nd. You can find more information here. ​

  • Contact your representatives both in Maine and Massachusetts to let them know you oppose this project and Canadian hydropower and ask them to support a just energy transition. You can check out the LTE guide for talking points! 

If you want to check out additional resources about this issue or learn more about ways to get involved you can do so on the MYCJ website here!

We’re Hiring: Grassroots Engagement Coordinator 
350 Maine is seeking a Grassroots Engagement Coordinator to coordinate 350 Maine’s grassroots engagement efforts and develop recruitment and support systems for new members as we look to broaden our profile and thus the scope of activism we can engage. This work would be in collaboration with that of our Climate Justice Fellow who is developing on-going relationships with groups and organizations in diverse Maine communities. Applications are due October 10th! You can learn more and apply here. Please share with your networks!

MYCJ Administrative and Communications Coordinator

350 Maine and Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ) are seeking an Administrative and Communications Coordinator to coordinate Maine Youth for Climate Justice’s administrative tasks and communication efforts to support this youth coalition’s work. Applications are due October 29th! You can learn more and apply here.
MYCJ and MCAN Advocacy and Organizing Coordinator

Maine Climate Action NOW! (MCAN) and Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ) are seeking an Advocacy and Organizing Coordinator to coordinate Maine Youth for Climate Justice’s (MYCJ) advocacy and organizing efforts in support of this youth coalition’s goals. Applications are due October 29th! You can learn more and apply here.

Upcoming Events

350 Maine Statewide Meeting
Thursday, October 14th, 6:30pm

Join us to leap into action at our next statewide meeting! All are welcome to this informal virtual call to galvanize our action and have a discussion.

Register Here
350 Downeast Meeting
Sunday, November 14th,1pm 
Live in the downeast area and interested in getting involved with 350 Maine? You can join the next virtual 350 Downeast meeting this month to learn about what the group is working on! Contact Mark Brown for link: dr.maineblackfly@gmail.com
350 Midcoast Meeting
Live in the midcoast area and interested in getting involved? Contact Noel for more info: noeljcoq@gmail.com.
ARRTISTS! Join the ARTIST'S RAPID RESPONSE TEAM (ARRT!)
Sunday, October 10th, 10am-5pm
Join AART! to design and paint banners in opposition to metallic mining in Pembroke. Make sketches, bring images, bring friends to help paint! Bring something to share at the Potluck lunch. ARRT! will provide some food and coffee. Wear a mask and socially distance. 
Merrymeeting Grange Hall  27 Main St. Bowdoinham 
Please contact if you plan on attending: Natasha Mayers: mayersnatasha@gmail.com
 
Rally for Wabanaki Rights: A Virtual Rally on Indigenous Peoples' Day
Monday, October 11th, 10-12pm

This Indigenous Peoples' Day, join us for a VIRTUAL rally in support of Wabanaki Rights! Hear from powerful speakers, celebrate Wabanaki culture, and take action together to ensure that the Wabanaki Tribes receive the justice they fully deserve. These are not just rural Maine issues. These are not just Maine issues. These are national issues of equity and justice so invite your friends to this FB event to participate. We hope to see you there… virtually! 
TUNE IN here for a live stream of the event!

Dawnland Film Screening and Discussion
Monday, October 11th, 6-7:30pm
Dawnland is a documentary about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The feature-length documentary will be available to view from October 7-11, 2021 prior to the scheduled panel discussion with Wabanaki REACH team members on October 11th (Indigenous People's Day).  Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with a few of the women who created Wabanaki REACH and the historic Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Registration is required.
Deep Dive Webinar: Passing State Level Food Policy
Thursday, October 14th, 3pm
Food production uses up half of the Earth’s habitable land, and is responsible for nearly a third of global heat-trapping emissions. Join a discussion about how US states can tackle agricultural greenhouse gas emissions at the state-level with four experts in the field. Register here.
350 Network Training Series: "Skilling Up for Climate Action"
October 16th - December 18th
This 5-part series runs October 16 – December 18 and provides core climate activism skills, useful for anyone who’s new to the work, has not been trained, or just wants a refresher (they are going to be very similar to the series we held in Spring). All are presented by experienced 350 local group leaders and offer a chance to connect with climate activists across the country.  All of the materials (recordings, slides, resources) are available to your group to share and/or copy and modify for your own use. All trainings are free & open to all members of 350 groups + partners. You can learn more here and register here

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