Projects

All ROSC projects are funded from community support. See below for a list of our projects and their descriptions. If you like the work of any of these ventures please consider volunteering or donating to support them. You can register for any of ROSC's upcoming events by contacting us or filling out applicable registration forms.

Ability Maine

Ability Maine is a website created by people who are disabled and friends of the disability community in Maine. The mission of the site is to offer a place for collecting and sharing information and opinions about living with disabilities. Ability Maine aims to provide a place on the web for people with disabilities to find help in creating better lives for themselves and others. Breath & Shadow, which is connected to the Ability Maine website, also offers a quarterly literary magazine written by people with disabilities. 

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Alternatives to Violence Project

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), offering weekend workshops to prisoners in Maine, is a program whose wellspring is the belief that human beings are capable of change for the better. AVP programs work on the premise that former inmates are more likely to succeed when they return to their communities by developing, during incarceration, the skills to communicate more effectively, to reflect on their lives, and to deal non-violently with potentially explosive situations. 

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Changing Maine Directory

The Changing Maine Directory (CMD) is Maine's grassroots resource for nonprofits and change makers. Each listing in the CMD includes detailed descriptions and the most up-to-date contact information for over 1,500 non-profit, grassroots, progressive, social change and social service organizations working throughout Maine, some of which can be found in no other place. Previously called the Maine Alternative Yellow & Green Pages, since 1986 ROSC has continuously worked to keep this directory's entries current, accurate and relevant to help empower folx looking to create positive, meaningful social change. Click "Learn More" to visit the CMD website.

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Changing Maine Gatherings

Changing Maine Gatherings are an annual, short and sweet one-day series of talks and workshops for grassroots activists. These gatherings have been happening in Maine for over two decades and are a great place for activists and organizers to plug into ongoing campaigns and to network with others working for social change. Every year offers a different theme.

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GrassRoots Organizing Workshops (GROW)

Every year ROSC helps organize and financially support a weekend long gathering in the fall that offers workshops focused on the fundamentals of community organizing. The goal of GROW is to create a culture of organizing as the way to create change and build grassroots power in the state. The theme every year rotates between Skills, Tactics, and Strategies.

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Maine Draft and Military Counselors

Maine Draft and Military Counselors provides information about conscientious objection, the draft, and other military service issues. We have information on the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and, for those who have signed up and changed their minds, how to get out of that commitment. This project has not been very active recently but may become more active again in the future. In the meantime, if you or someone you know needs support related to these issues, please contact us.

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Mindful Queer Collective

Mindful Queer Collective (MQC) is a non-hierarchical, consensus-based collective of volunteers, organizers, and participants. While we mobilize to support individuals and grassroots organizing on behalf of queer and trans rights, we recognize a need for, and prioritize intersectionality, decolonization, and centering of voices erased within popular "LGBT"/Pride organizing. We reclaim the word "Queer" and collectivize as a group of individuals with ties to many different social justice communities. Our mission is to organize a community of transgender, queer, and marginalized people of all ages for the purpose of community building, networking for advocacy, and supporting each other. We seek to develop a model for rural queer organizing that may be used by other groups and organizations.

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No Class

No Class is a group of Maine people who began getting together in 2003 to educate each other on issues of class and classism. The group is at least ¾ people of working or lowered class background. No Class works for justice and the redistribution of power by working in our communities to increase understanding, change attitudes, take action and overcome class inequality.

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True History Project

The True History Project is made up of a Maine based collective whose mission is to record, produce and curate stories from the lives of elders and others who have made and are making significant contributions to movements for social and environmental justice. Integrating various mediums including audio and film, these stories will be promoted and made available to educational venues, including classrooms, public media platforms and online. The vision of this project is to preserve and recover stories that inspire, instruct and inform. Ordinary people's stories are too often lost and obscured. Dominant powers survive in part by erasing those narratives which disrupt their authority. Yet these stories are true history. Future generations will benefit from these narratives by making history real and personal, and by finding people to relate to who have worked to make the world a more just and peaceful place.

Youth Activism Gatherings

The Youth Activism Gathering (YAG) is about supporting youth as social change activists. Every year ROSC helps to organize and financially support a weekend-long YAG in mid-April that offers workshops and activist skills as well as time and space for art-builds, music, talent-shows, and other beautiful and creative bonding opportunities. The YAG is a youth organized, youth centered gathering dedicated to providing a safe environment in which participants are given the space to explore issues and topics important to them, and to share tools that will help them be active organizers within their communities. We're looking for more youth organizers to plan this event and outreach to Maine youth, so please contact us if you or others you know might be interested.

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