Dispatch from Maine: “When People Rally Together, There’s Magic.”

Photo: A candlelight vigil for democracy in Bar Harbor. All images in post courtesy of @IndivisibleMDI.

This post is part of the series, “Meet the Citizens of the Resistance,” by Indivisible volunteer Michael Mellini. Across the country, members of Indivisible groups are working to defeat the Trump agenda and hold their members of Congress accountable. This is a grassroots movement of ordinary people doing extraordinary things and Indivisible wants to celebrate that. These are the stories of the citizens of the resistance.

Bo Greene; Bar Harbor, Maine; leader of Indivisible MDI

A Not-so-Centrist Senator: “I sobbed in my classroom the day after the election. I couldn’t help it. Facing a school full of young people, my heart just ached for them. It felt like the world was ending, but that’s the feeling so many of us had and the reason this movement started. In the summer we get a lot of tourists in Bar Harbor, but offseason the island’s population is only about 3,000. Three full buses departed here to D.C. for the Women’s March.

Shortly after, a group of about 20 gathered in the gazebo in our village green, in the middle of winter, and just said, “What are we going to do next?” Susan Collins has only been holding tele-town halls, so we staged a town hall and invited her. Of course she didn’t attend, but we had it professionally filmed and mailed the footage to her office. She has this reputation of being the most moderate Republican, but that shows how far right the political spectrum has shifted.”

Dying to Be Heard: “Collins has said she’s voting no on the motion for the senate health care vote to proceed, but we are always suspicious. Most of the hospitals in this area are small, rural hospitals. I know all the doctors in our hospital, that’s just how Maine is. I can’t imagine our community without our hospital. People in our group will directly be affected if this bill passes. We staged a die-in in opposition to the bill with people on the ground holding up tombstones. We were down for 23 minutes to symbolize the estimated 23 million Americans who will go without healthcare if this in enacted.

A young woman in our group named Phoebe has had Type 1 diabetes since she was 10 years [old]. She took all the shots and supplies she uses in a month and glued them to a poster to emphasize how much she depends on the ACA. It was startling. Doesn’t it say something that no health organizations in the country support this bill? But it’s not just right vs. left, Republicans vs. Democrats. It’s top vs bottom.”

Peace from the Parks: “I could never have guessed I would be engaged in activity like this, but it’s just so bad I can’t sit it out. I worry this is what the Republicans had in mind: beat us down with  constant bad news and have it all be normalized. I keep stressing this is so not normal.

There’s no question the camaraderie in our group has been the biggest gift. We’ve been learning how to best use people’s different skills and what they can bring to the table. When people rally together, there’s magic.

Our group got really psyched for the climate march we held. We’re right near Acadia National Park which is an incredible place for about a billion reasons. I feel so fortunate to be near this land, it’s really like a best friend.  An 8 year old read a poem she wrote, two middle school kids spoke, as did the CEO of Friends of Acadia and professors from College of the Atlantic. Every little achievement like that helps and hopefully gives us hope for the next fight.”