The Coastal Packet: Maine students organizing

Tuesday, February 23

Maine students organizing

Maine Beacon - In early December of last year, twenty students from across the state convened to form a new student organization. With students representing six Maine colleges and universities, the goal of the Maine Student Action Network will be to empower young people to engage in their communities and collaborate on campaigns to create lasting social change in Maine.

Students participating in the new group cite contemporary student activists fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage, protesting police brutality and organizing for Black Lives Matter as models to emulate, as well as older movements like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the American civil rights movement and anti-war protests in the 1960’s.

“I know what young people in this state are capable of, but there’s been something missing here,” said Carissa Tinker, a graduate student and intern at Maine People’s Alliance, who helped to bring the group together. “If we want to see real change happen, we need to be part of it. We need to stand up together and show how much we care about Maine.”

Students looking to get involved can contact Carissa at carissa.tinker@gmail.com or like the group on Facebook.

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