One week from today, women and men in Portland will celebrate a different kind of V-Day -- one that doesn't involve chocolates and flowers. This February 14th marks the 15th anniversary of Eve Ensler's V-Day: "a global movement to end violence against women and girls."
This year's event, dubbed One Billion Rising, calls on women and men to "stop what they normally do, walk out, strike, and dance."
"We request that WGAN, which currently has 1 female host and 15 male hosts, show its support for the women of Maine by pulling Limbaugh's show from the airwaves effective immediately--and replacing his noon to 3 pm radio show with one that has a woman host."
So reads the petition, signed by 2,244 irate listeners so far, that's headed to the desk of Jeff Wade, program and news director at WGAN talk radio.
Maine Veterans For Peace representatives were allowed to march in Portland's Veterans Day parade this year, after a brief round of phone calls (including to and from the Portland Phoenix office) in which the peace activists were concerned parade organizers at the Harold Andrews Post of the American Legion would not let them participate.
We were inspired by the It Gets Better Project and the Make It Better Project to record our own videos of Mainers offering encouraging messages to young people everywhere. We'll be uploading them over the next few weeks at the Portland Phoenix's YouTube site, as well as the IGB site. The first one is up now; its message is inspiring and moving.
Over the past few weeks, friends have posted pictures of defaced BP signs, or empty BP lots, on Facebook. There's a pretty big Boycott BP Facebook group. There have been anti-BP rallies across the country, including here in Portland. People, understandably, want to take out their fear and anger about the oil spill on something -- especially when their attempts to help are rebuffed