The Storm

by Frank Kadi While very young      I asked my father      to take me out      in a stormWhich he did     Large branches flying     An old tree falling     Wild sheets of rainWe leaned against the wind     Energy all around us     The wind tearing through our clothes     Lightning illuminating each crystal drop… Read more »

Statement on Portland’s Asylum Seekers

On Wednesday, June 12, around 100 asylum seekers– many of them women and children– arrived by bus in Portland. Because our emergency shelters are already at capacity, these asylum seekers are being sent to stay at the EXPO building. Federal and state agencies have told the city to expect more arrivals in the coming weeks…. Read more »

We Stand with Preble Street Workers

The workers of Preble Street are currently organizing for better working conditions in order to do their jobs with as much focus, care, and compassion as possible. Southern Maine Democratic Socialist of America (SMDSA) stands in solidarity with the workers of Preble Street and strongly urge management and the Board of Directors of Preble Street… Read more »

Free abortions, on demand, without apology!

Abortion rights are under attack, and these attacks are accelerating. Alabama recently signed into law a bill to outlaw all abortions and imprison medical professionals who perform abortions with a sentence of up to 99 years. Georgia has outlawed abortions after six weeks – a window of time so limited that the majority of people… Read more »

Response: All we have is our voice.

The editorial board of the Bangor Daily News (BDN) this week joined calls for the working class to be polite and calm while the rich rob us and our politicians fail us. They quoted a post we made on Facebook that poked fun at the Portland City Councilors who voted against the right of their… Read more »

Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses LD308 “An Act To Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will”

For Immediate Release March 18, 2018 PORTLAND, ME – On Monday, March 11, 2018, the membership of the Southern Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted overwhelmingly to endorse state bill, LD308 “An Act To Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will.” This statewide bill increases… Read more »

SMDSA Calls on NPC to Defer Sanders Endorsement to National Convention

For Immediate Release, March 12, 2019 SMDSA Co-Chairs Kate Sykes & Jon Torsch Introduction A petition has circulated asking members and chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to call to defer the decision to endorse Bernie Sanders to the highest body of our organization – the National Convention – where delegates from every… Read more »

Press Release: SMDSA Releases 2018 Annual Report

For Immediate Release January 21, 2019 Kate Sykes, Co-Chair Jon Torsch, Co-Chair   Southern Maine DSA Files 2018 Annual Report PORTLAND, ME – The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America announced today that it has published its annual report for the calendar year ending December 31, 2018. The full report may be viewed here.… Read more »

Social Democrat to Democratic Socialist

Like all good millennials, I was all about Obama. After all, the George W. Bush years were literally a coming of age experience for me. By necessity, those years were also my time growing political and economic awareness. Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart made it abundantly clear Obama was not George W. Bush and crony Republicans… Read more »

Poetry Report 10/27/18

By Mike Sylvester So they’ve taken the White House, the Congress, the Courts So what the hell are we gonna do now? There isn’t a magic bean stalk in sight No golden goose, no milking cow.   There is no handy axe That lets us climb down off this limb You may have hoped for… Read more »