Indivisible MDI invites you to join us at our monthly meetings and at all our actions. Whether you’re an area resident or from away, we invite you to join us.
Defend Our Reproductive Rights
Saturday, October 2, 2021 Noon – 2 p.m.
Join us on the Bar Harbor Village Green at on Saturday, October 2, 2021, as we rally to Defend Our Reproductive Rights! We will have sign making and postcard writing starting at noon, speakers beginning at 1 p.m., and finish with a group photo.
Confirmed speakers thus far:
Alex Newell Taylor
Alifair Durand McDonnell
Sirohi Gupta Kumar
Neha Gupta Kumar
This event is a sister event with the national Women’s March Mobilization to Defend Our Reproductive Rights.
For your safety and everyone else’s, please wear a mask.
Free parking is available at the Connors Emerson School.
Co-hosted by Indivisible MDI and YWCA of Mount Desert Island.
Should you want to bring a sign you make at home, the national organizers are asking that we focus messaging on reproductive justice. Specifically, they have asked that we avoid images of coathangers and hand maids. Here’s why:
Coat-hanger imagery:- We do not want to accidentally reinforce the right wing talking points that self-managed abortions are dangerous, scary and harmful.
Handmaid’s Tale themed: The use of Handmaid’s Tale imagery to characterize the controlling of women’s reproduction has proliferated, primarily by white women across the country, since the show has gained popularity. This message continues to create more fragmentation, often around race and class, because it erases the fact that Black women, undocumented women, incarcerated women, poor women and disabled women have always had their reproduction freedom controlled in this country. This is not a dystopian past or future.
You may use your own words, but if you are open to suggestions, words shared by the national organizers with us are:
“Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion” (courtesy of We Testify & the National Network of Abortion Funds)
Abortion: legal, accessible & funded/free.
Abortion: Anytime. Any reason. (courtesy of We Testify)
Roe is the floor, not the ceiling; it’s time for more!
We’re done compromising: abortion justice for all!
Build power, protect Roe, reach for more!
Fund abortion, build power! (courtesy of the National Network of Abortion Funds)
Saving Roe is not enough. We need Abortion Justice. (courtesy of All* Above All)
Abortion is healthcare.
The courts don’t decide our destiny, we do.
Abortion today, tomorrow, forever.
Your reason is the right reason. (courtesy of We Testify)
There’s no freedom without access.
Abortion is unstoppable! (courtesy of Reproaction)
I love someone who had an abortion.
Abortion justice can’t wait. (Courtesy of All* Above All)
DO NOT USE: “Safe, legal, and rare” as it is stigmatizing and contends that abortion is not something that should be happening, thus it should be rare and reduced. There will be as many abortions as there need to be. The anti-abortion movement does not get to dictate who has abortions and why.
PRE-COVID REGULAR ACTIONS
(Tuesdays and Postcard writings are on hiatus during COVID. We still gather via Zoom once a month.)
#ProtectDemocracyPromoteEquityAndJusticeForAllTuesdays: Weekly group visit to our Member of Congress offices in Bangor. Meet at the Town Hill VIS at 9:30 am to carpool. (The VIS is the fire station at the intersection of the Crooked Road and Rt. 102.) On Hiatus during COVID.
Indivisible MDI Group meetings are at 6:30 pm on the second Wednesday of every month, at the YWCA MDI in Bar Harbor. 36 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor. A children’s area is available. Virtual during COVID.
Postcard-writing at the Jesup Library, Bar Harbor. A mail box and supplies are on a table in the rotunda: complete a postcard about something you want our Members of Congress to hear, and put the postcard back into the box. We will mail it for you. On Hiatus during COVID.
Get Involved with Georgia
The following is a link to an enormous resource complied by people in Georgia who know what they need. There is not one clear action, but a long list of ways we can be involved and be helpful.
Sign up with the Fair Fight group led by Stacey Abram and others here:
PROTECT THE RESULTS De-Escalation Training
Sunday, 18 October 2020 3 p.m.
Thursday, 22 October 2020 Noon
Protect the Results De-escalation Training
Length: about 1.5 hours
Protect the Results is a national coalition of groups that will mobilize to take action should the current President follow through on his threats and reject the results of the election. If that happens, we will mobilize (proposed date/time is Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 5 p.m. local time), much the way we did with the Red Line event concerning the Mueller investigation – we commit to action and if action is needed, we respond and turn out.) There are over 100 organizations, including National Indivisible, that are a part of this effort. To indicate that you want to be a part of this action IF IT HAPPENS, please go to https://protecttheresults.com/ and search for the zip code 04609 so we know of your interest.
In addition, FREE 1.5 hour virtual trainings are being offered in De-escalation prior to this potential event These trainings (you only need to attend one) will offer you the ability to learn skills to you should you meet and need to interact with counter protestors. The classes are being taught by Clara Porter of Prevention Action Change and are being offered by Mainers for Accountable Leadership. Pre-registration for the classes is required.
Please sign up to Protect the Results AND for one of the de-escalation trainings.
Upcoming trainings are:
Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time. Sign up here.
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time. Sign up here.
Please join us!
Sunday, 20 September 2020
8 p.m. Bar Harbor Village Green
Corner of Main Street and Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Join us at 8 p.m. on Sunday, 20 September 2020, on the Bar Harbor Village Green to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the courageous life of service she led.
This event will be a socially distanced, masked vigil as we mourn and honor her legacy.
We ask that you bring a candle in a mason jar or other glass container (votive candles are great!) to line the sidewalks of the Village Green. If you also want to bring a handle to hold, please do so.
RBG was a fierce champion of justice and equality on the Supreme Court. We owe her an enormous debt of gratitude, and we must fight hard to uphold the ideals of equality and justice to which she dedicated her life.
May her memory be a blessing.
FaceBook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570857283101042
Juneteenth Emancipation Recognition and Bell Ringing
Friday, June 19, 2020 6:19 p.m.
Bar Harbor Village Green
Please join us on the Bar Harbor Village Green (corner of Mt. Desert Street and Main Street in Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609) to celebrate America’s other Independence Day. Juneteenth, June 19, 1865 was the date the last enslaved people in the US were informed of their freedom granted by the Emancipation Proclamation. We will gather at 6pm to hear recordings of Black voices and a symbolic bell-ringing at 6:19 for 19 minutes. Masks and social distancing are required. #sixnineteen #juneteenth #freedom #defendblacklives #blacklivesmatter
Friday, June 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Bar Harbor Village Green
Trump’s Legacy: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death
The President is visiting Maine and the hard working people at Puritan Medical Products today. But we will not forget: his response to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in over 109,000 deaths in the US. His response to the state sanctioned murder of Black people has ignited protests across the country. He has militarized our streets and encouraged attacks on news media
Join us to express your righteous anger, sorrow, and distress. Everything this President touches dies, so protect yourself — wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Justice for George Floyd Vigil
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Virtual and In Person
Please join us for 10 minutes on Thursday, May 28 (suggested time 7:30PM). Stand in a public place alone or with fellow Resisters (6′ apart, no more than 10 in a group) with signs”.facebook.com/hashtag/justiceforgeorgefloyd” target=”blank” rel=”noopener”>#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, #BlackLivesMatter, End Police Brutality, etc. OR place a candle and a sign “he couldn’t breathe” at your home. Take pictures and add to this Facebook event or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with “George Floyd” in the subject line. We will compile and share far and wide.
Please share this announcement far and wide.
2020 Island Women’s March Saturday, January 18, 1pm on the Bar Harbor Village Green.
Please join us to mark the 100th anniversary of a true Suffrage milestone — the ratification of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote!
There will be a slate of inspirational speakers as well as an open house across the street at MDI Ice Cream for warming up. A number of organizations will have tables set up so that we can convert our enthusiasm (or anger) into action.
Downeast Climate March
photos by Yoi Ashida
Photos by Joie Torsiello
See the PowerPoint talk on MaineCare for All here: MDI INDIVISIBLE
Tell Me the Truth
Join us for a conversation between two friends to examine cross-racial issues. Shay and Debby are riveting. Their chats are unscripted and even they do not know where the conversation will take them.
On Monday, 9/10/2018, we joined with other Indivisible groups in Maine to sponsor ads in the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Our April 2018 meeting featured a presentation by Chris Cayer of MoreVoice.org about Ranked Choice Voting. It is important for everyone to understand that the June 12 election will be using ranked choice voting for primaries AND will include a statewide ballot question about continuing Ranked Choice Voting in the future. Links to information presented at the meeting are below.
Ranked Choice Voting Presentation
Ranked Choice Voting Information
Additional information is available from Maine League of Women Voters.
Our April 6, 2018 Candidate Forum featured the four Democratic and two Independent candidates vying to unseat Bruce Poliquin. The entire forum can be seen on the YouTube links below.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/OkH05Dumkpc
Part 2: https://youtu.be/A1uMhDaKzNE
Part 3: https://youtu.be/31qhKSYYbHw
Part 4: https://youtu.be/gskWkTcGTuo
Part 5: https://youtu.be/IoQ3qbCC7ts
Part 6: https://youtu.be/ZJ04Wr9jdK4
Check the “Graphics” page for posters like these that you can print out or use on social media. Credit “Indivisible MDI” on social media.