Join us on Saturday to celebrate a huge win for farmworkers!
Dear Friends, 

Please join us on September 17th to celebrate some signifacant organizing victories! We will be joined on Skype by Edgar Franks of Familias Unidas por la Justicia who will report on the historic union victory for workers at Sakuma farms who lead the boycott of Driscoll's Berries for the past three years. 

We'll also hear about a successful organizing effort locally that led to the Portland Food Co-Op to join that boycott. 

Victories for worker & human rights don't happen everyday so we're really excited have the opportunity to celebrate two with all of you!

We hope you can join us on for our Work With Dignity Committee breakfast on Saturday September 17th from 10am-Noon at our office (68 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101). A light breakfast will be served. Childcare & rides are available: please contact me to make arrangements. This event is free and open to the public. 

After the meeting many of us will be heading over to the Standing In Solidarity: No Dakota Access Pipeline! event in Congress Square at 12:30pm. We'll have markers and paper available if you want to bring your own sign! Learn more about the pipeline and the protest against it here. 

Introducing the Maine Health Care is a Human Right Coalition
And while we are celebrating, we are also thrilled to announce the official Maine Health Care is a Human Right Coalition. On June 11, 2016, representatives from Southern Maine Workers’ Center, Maine State Nurses Association and Maine AllCare convened with the goal of formalizing a multi-organizational coalition to build the power of grassroots leadership to win universal & publicly-funded health care in Maine. Our organizations saw that forming a coalition would help us all win by increasing our geographical reach, making better use of our resources, and developing a shared strategy. 

You can read our Points of Unity here.

Organizations across the state who share a commitment to the human right to health care can sign on as endorsing organizations--demonstrating the widespread support for universal health care. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming an endorsing organization:

And finally, we're still searching for our volunteer or intern Communications Coordinator and Operations Coordinator positions. Please reach out to if you are interested or want to learn more. Help us spread this request far and wide! 

In Solidarity, 
DrewChristopher Joy for the SMWC team
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