Midcoast Maine Indivisible plans Susan Collins Listening Town Hall
Event to proceed with or without Senator
Thomaston, ME, April 6, 2017—They emailed, they phoned, and they drove to Bangor and Augusta, all in an effort to schedule a local town hall with Senator Susan Collins. Midcoast Maine Indivisible (MCMI) waited almost two-and-a-half months, then forged ahead and scheduled the Susan Collins Listening Town Hall for 6:30 p.m. April 20, 2017, at Watts Hall in Thomaston. MCMI has invited Senator Collins to participate in the Listening Town Hall in person and to answer her constituents’ recorded questions later if she chooses not to attend. Senator Collins’ office has been informed that the event will proceed with or without her presence.
Despite months of repeated requests, Senator Collins’ staff still refuses to respond to MCMI’s request for the first available date in Senator Collins’ schedule during the remaining four years of her term in office, offering only a remote video conference limited to 6-8 participants and not open to the public. Instead, MCMI has invited Senator Collins to the Listening Town Hall on April 20, and they plan to both livestream and record video of the proceedings.
The public is invited and encouraged to bring their questions and participate. Town halls are a time-honored tradition, providing a public forum for constituents to ask questions and voice their concerns. MCMI models their Listening Town Hall after Senator Angus King’s and Representative Chellie Pingree’s highly successful and thoroughly civil recent events, which disprove Collins’ repeated public claims that town halls are necessarily uncivil affairs in which a few voices drown out others in the audience.
Suit Up Maine, Lincoln County Indivisible, and the Midcoast Women’s Collective join MCMI in presenting the Listening Town Hall.
MCMI’s invitation to the town hall, a full timeline of attempts to contact Senator Collins, her office’s eventual responses, and items still awaiting a response are available at https://midcoastindivisible.wordpress.com/news/.
Who: Midcoast Maine Indivisible is an activist group of locally-organized citizens working together to resist the Trump agenda. Part of a growing nationwide movement with about 5,800 groups, MCMI has more than 800 online members, with about 100 members attending each biweekly meeting.
What: Susan Collins Listening Town Hall
Where: Watts Hall, 170 Main Street, Thomaston, ME
When: Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.