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.

KVO Standing With State Employees During Government Shutdown

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Such a beautiful place the Maine State House in Augusta is, with so many stories under its dome. But last weekend, that beauty was marred by the first statewide government shutdown to be experienced in more than 25 years. All non-emergency government functions were closed immediately, prompting state employees to protest in Augusta.

The shutdown, which lasted 3 days, occurred as legislators were unable to unable to come together on a veto proof biannual budget by midnight on June 30. But by Tuesday morning, lawmakers were able to craft legislation eliminating the additional lodging tax hike that Governor LePage found objectionable. Once that provision was removed, the budget bill was signed, ending the shutdown.