You may have seen a video about same-sex marriage in Ireland. But check out this one about it in Maine, featuring Portland's own Jill Barkley:
For the listeners on KCNW in Canada who just heard Deirdre and me
talk about retrosexuals and fretrosexuals, here are the links to our
stories. (And for our local readers, we'll post the link to the audio
stream just as soon as we can!)
Here's Deirdre's piece on retrosexuals.
And here's mine on fretrosexuals.
Thanks for listening!
The National Catholic Reporter has a story about Pamela Starbird Beliveau of Lewiston, a lector and Eucharistic minister in her Catholic parish, who wrote an op-ed piece in the Sun Journal supporting same-sex marriage - and who very quickly received a letter from her parish priest saying she would no longer be allowed to lead worship services, specifically because of her pro-equality stance.
The National Catholic Reporter carried a story yesterday about the split in the Catholic Church in Maine, with many practicing Catholics publicly breaking from Bishop Richard Malone, who has led the anti-same-sex-marriage fight. (The Church has put up a lot of money, but so has a group reportedly closely tied to the Mormon Church.)
Wired has the story of a man we first heard tell of from local anarchist Paul McCarrier after the G-20 protests: a man who used Twitter to communicate and help protestors rally against an organization he believes is a threat to human rights.
No, this isn't those Twitter-fueled Iran protests, which the State Department famously asked Twitter to delay site maintenance to support.
Out and about snapping photos for our election issue (hitting the streets tomorrow) this morning, I encountered this man in Deering Oaks Park. I didn't have a notebook or anything with me, but here's a sketch of who he is: He lives in Portland, and those are his flags. He brought them to the park, along with the chair he's leaning on as he prays, after several of his Yes on One signs were stolen -- he's keeping vigil (since Thursday!) over the new crop that's shown here.
Representative Jim Schatz (D-Blue Hill) has gotten seven of the 10 members of legislative leadership to back his proposal to tightly restrict the usage of solitary confinement in Maine's prisons. We have been writing about abuse of Maine prisoners at the hands of Maine guards and corrections officials for four years; mentally ill inmates are particularly harmed by these practices.
I attended a wedding in New York last weekend. Without going into much detail / spilling too many secrets, I'll allow that it was a crazy time; many high school friends and acquaintences who hadn't seen each other in years were, um, reunited. Some were really excited to reconnect, if you catch my drift. When you haven't seen someone since high school and all of a sudden they can drink legally, flirt ably, and wear a tuxedo without looking like a clown, it's undeniably appealing.
(with deep apologies to the winners, and only secondarily to Ini Kamoze)
The League of Young Voters held their annual Step Up to the Plate Awards party on Saturday, and we're proud to list the winners here for your enjoyment:
working as a full-time organizer on the Marriage Campaign for the Maine Civil
Liberties Union in September of 2008.
With one week left before Election Day on Tuesday, November 3 (HOW is it almost November?), activists on all sides are pulling out their last-minute strategies. And local media outlets are overflowing with opinions too. (You can see our election coverage in this week's issue.)
At 10 a.m. tomorrow, Governor John Baldacci will speak in Bangor in favor of gay marriage and against ballot question #1.
It's official - FairPoint has filed for bankruptcy protection. Here's the spin they're trying to put on it. Bottom line: Worse service, higher rates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reaches Agreement with Bank Lenders –
Voluntary Chapter 11 Proceeding
Chapter 11 Filing Will Not Impact the Company’s Operations or
The League (you know, the formerly young, even more formerly pissed off, still voters) is hosting their annual Step Up to the Plate awards on Saturday at SPACE Gallery. (Yes, we at the Phoenix are sponsoring it, too.)
It's from 7:30 to 11 pm, and admission is $15, which benefits the League's education fund. It's all about celebrating young, community-minded, involved people in Portland. Show them some love and be there to support them!
The latest Repeal Equality Campaign ad (embedded below) just outright says that gay sex will be taught in Maine's grade schools. Suddenly, it seems, the Catholic Church, which is a major backer of this campaign, is concerned about kids learning about sex at a young age, and is concerned about the appropriateness of what they are learning.
Portland author Phillip Hoose has been nominated for a National Book Award for Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). The book, which tells the story of a young civil-rights heroine, is nominated in the Young People's Literature category, where it's up against just four others (more than 250 were submitted for consideration).
The Harry Potter Alliance, "a global organization dedicated to bringing the themes of Harry Potter into the real world," is organizing wizard-loving activists in favor of gay marriage in Maine.
This Saturday morning (October 24), the HPA will bring Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys (I have no idea what these things mean but I bet lots of you do) to the North Star Cafe for a morning concert that starts at 10:30 a.