KVO Attends Rally for Racial Justice in Portland

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KVO and member groups drove down to Payson Park in Portland’s Back Bay to stand in solidarity with hundreds of others against racism.

From the “Oppose White Supremacy: Coming Together For Racial Justice” Facebook event page:

“What a beautiful day to gather! And what a beautiful, powerful demonstration in Boston yesterday, where more than 40,000 people standing up for racial justice dwarfed the handful of white supremacists and neo-Nazis demonstrating in the Boston Common.

While the “Free Speech” protesters yesterday were small in number, we know the reach of white supremacy goes wide and deep. We hope today’s gathering in Maine can be another powerful demonstration in opposition to white supremacy; a moment of reckoning about the history and present-day reality of racism in our state and nation; and reflect a collective commitment to liberation. This is an opportunity to face the truths of our past, and our present, and to step towards our future.”

Below are the groups who co-sponsored the gathering:

NAACP Maine, Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, Maine Women’s Lobby, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Congregation Beth El of Bangor, Temple Beth El of Portland, Equality Maine, Maine AFL-CIO, Maine Democratic Party, Greater Portland Greens, Somali Bantu Association, Mainers for Accountable Leadership, Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, Maine Equal Justice Partners, Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Kennebec Valley Organization, Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America, Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, March Forth, Maine Initiatives, Maine Small Business Coalition, Maine State Nurses Association, New Mainers PAC, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Prevention. Action. Change, Suit Up Maine, USM Socialists, First Parish Portland, USM Women & Gender Studies Program, USM Chapter of the Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine, Bend the Arc Greater Portland, Progressive Portland, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, Somali Community Center of Maine, Southern Maine Industrial Workers of the World, Preble Street, Peace Action Maine, Maine Conservation Voters, Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition, New England Arab American Organization, and Community Financial Literacy, Greater Portland SURJ, Vajra Dakini Nunnery, Sierra Club Maine, Maine Veterans for Peace, New Mainers Tenants’ Association, Maine Votes, Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Catholic Charities Maine

KVO at State House Vigil Against Hate- Solidarity Rally

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Some of the photos from the Maine State House rally, held in response to the horrific events in Charlottesville, VA. Local press estimated that 150 attended, including KVO and member congregations.

From the Facebook event page:

“Stand with us against the rising tide of racism, nationalism and white supremacy highlighted this past weekend in Charlottesville. Show support for our brothers and sisters around the country who are resisting hate and coming together in love and compassion.”

Similar rallies and vigils were held in Portland, Sanford, Skowhegan, Rockland, Bar Harbor, Machias, Bangor, Cumberland, Norway, Gouldsboro, Belfast and Brunswick. Almost 700 rallies were held across the country.