The combination of greed and incompetence exhibited by the current administration has shone a spotlight on issues that have been simmering under the surface of US politics for decades:
- Rising economic inequality that has left increasing numbers of people in the U.S. without permanent housing and food insecure.
- A climate crisis that continues to spiral out of control, addressed with paltry half-measures.
- An opioid epidemic further exacerbated by the hopelessness and isolation created by the Covid-19 epidemic.
- Underfunded schools and rapidly increasing disparities between communities’ access to public education.
- The demonization of immigrants and increase in barriers for those seeking asylum.
For many, these issues have been obvious for decades. The problem has been charting a course to fixing them. How do we best address the problems and find a way forward?
This summer independent Green candidate for U.S. Senate Lisa Savage is convening a series of policy-focused webinars, “The Way Forward,” that have brought together experts from Maine and around the country for substantive discussions about solving some of our country’s most difficult policy issues, with opportunity for questions and discussion.
After our first five webinars - focusing on Medicare for All, the CMP Corridor, the human cost of war, racial justice, and ranked-choice voting - have already reached over 9,000 views, the Lisa for Maine campaign is extending this series of events to continue to explore solutions to problems we face.
Schedule of webinars, free and open to the public:
August 31, at 5 p.m.: “The Homelessness Crisis and What To Do About It,” with Portland homeless advocate and anti-poverty advocate Jess Falero, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU) and co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Cheri Honkala, and homelessness activist, author, and former Green Vice Presidential candidate Pat LaMarche. RSVP now!
September 15, at 5 p.m.: “Ending the Drug War, Beginning the Road to Recovery,” with Josh Bloom, Director of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, American Council on Science and Health, and Portland harm reductionist and Community Health Promotion Specialist Zoe Brokos.
September 24, at 5 p.m.: “The Opportunity of Higher Education for All,” with panelists TBA.
October 5, at 5 p.m.: “A Nation of Immigrants, a Nation for Immigrants,” with Stephanie Trice Gil, IntWork - STEM | Diversity Recruitment and more panelists TBA.
October 15, at 5 p.m.: “Our Future Demands a Demilitarized Green New Deal,” with panelists TBA.
Event details will be finalized in the coming weeks.
To see the full schedule of webinars, including past events with video recordings, visit www.lisaformaine.org/events.
Unlike many politicians, Lisa doesn’t claim to have all the answers. In the Senate, she would rely on those with experience studying difficult issues and make decisions informed by the best thinking and research on the matter.
This webinar series is the start of the work Lisa plans to do to both inform the public and get them better involved in the lawmaking process, and the hard work we must do to provide everyone in the United States a way forward they can believe in.
We hope you’ll join us for what are sure to be discussions to remember!
The Lisa for Maine Team