ROSC believes having active relationships with organizations in our community is key to effective organizing. See the list below to learn about some of the groups we partner with.
The For Us, By Us Fund (FUBU Fund) is a flexible funding and organizing initiative that seeks to support the creative and organizing efforts of people of color (PoC) in Maine. The initiative, started after the election in November 2016, was the brainchild of two Portland-based Black women organizers. The fund was started in response to the needs the founders heard in their communities. After the election, PoCs in southern Maine expressed a need for funds, space, and opportunities to connect, collaborate, create, and organize. The founders are committed to keeping the fund flexible to respond to these needs.
The FUBU Fund is a collaborative project. Since its initial days, the FUBU Fund has sponsored a variety of organizing and growth, and skill-building opportunities for PoC in southern Maine.
Maine Students for Climate Justice (MSCJ), is a student-run coalition dedicated to confronting the systems and institutions fueling the climate crisis. The mission of MSCJ is to bring youth voices to the struggle toward ecological sustainability and social justice through education, training, strategic support for campus campaigns, statewide resistance to all new carbon infrastructure in Maine, and through allyship and solidarity with impacted communities. MSCJ is committed to building a diverse grassroots movement for a more just, post-fossil fuel future among students of all ages, types of education, and experiences.
The Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center (MWTRRC) is a local affiliate of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC), which is a coalition of groups from across the U.S., formed in 1982 to provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance. More information about NWTRCC and war tax resistance in general can be found online by clicking here, or to learn more about how to get involved with the MWTRRC, click “learn more” below.
MaineShare’s mission is to provide significant support to organizations doing progressive social justice and root cause work in Maine and to raise public awareness of their work. Values As an organization, MaineShare values integrity/ethics/fairness/truth, compassion, justice, inclusiveness, commitment, community, stewardship, respect, diversity, and fostering tolerance. These values correspond to how we do our work everyday, and how our members do their work.
The mission of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine is to support and link groups and individuals concerned with peace, justice and a sustainable environment. The Center promotes its mission through mobilizing and organizing, educating and sharing resources, and celebrating the power of connections.
The mission of the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County is to promote peace, justice, a clean environment, and good government; to become part of a caring community; to take constructive action locally to create a better world; and to be part of statewide and national efforts working for social change. They sponsor weekly peace vigils, monthly film showings, and send regular email notices of events in Waldo County to group supporters. They also meet each first Tuesday of the month to plan events and projects.
Pine Tree Youth Organizing (PTYO) is an alliance of young activists who collaborate with experienced organizers to build a truly independent, community-based, youth-led organization. PTYO doesn’t work for the government, the school system, the church or the military – they work for each other, helping other young people gain access to resources and organize meaningful projects. PTYO is a grassroots organization that acts as a youth organizing resource hub by offering trainings and workshops, matching people up with mentors, and by providing funding and network opportunities.
Presente! Maine works toward “empowerment and integration of the Latino community in Maine through education, community organizing, civic engagement, and direct support and services.” Some of their projects include the Food Brigade, which is delivering hundreds of pounds of food rations a week to undocumented people and poor people all over Maine, no questions asked, and The People’s Emergency Fund, which purchases basic survival goods (food, medicine, etc) and distributes those goods and money during the COVID-19 crisis to people *most* marginalized in this crisis, with the *least* access to other forms of aid.
Central Maine SURJ organizes white Mainers in and around the Lewiston-Auburn area for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. The violence communities of color experience due to their race is largely coming from white-controlled institutions and white communities, therefore it is our work to organize our communities to work for racial justice. Central Maine SURJ is dedicated to racial justice world-wide and specifically in our region. We know that even though we live in the whitest state in the country, racism and colonialism are present here just as they are elsewhere. Some examples of this are the governor’s racist and false comments linking drug problems in Maine to people of color, the state’s recent decision that the Penobscot Indian Reservation does not include the waters of Penobscot River, attacks on general assistance for asylum seekers, and the governor’s efforts to block refugees from coming to Maine. We are dedicated to stopping this oppression.
The United States’ oldest secular pacifist organization, the War Resisters League has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. Their work for nonviolent revolution has spanned decades and has been shaped by the new visions and strategies of each generation’s peacemakers. Through education, organizing, strategy, and direct action, the War Resisters League works to sow and grow seeds of peace and liberation in our time.
WERU Community Radio is an independent, noncommercial, educational media organization. The WERU mission is to engage with the community to provide diverse music, entertainment and alternative news and public affairs programming, with emphasis on local people, issues and cultures. WERU is a voice of many offering a wide variety of people an opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, and perspectives with their neighbors over the airwaves at 89.9, and on the Internet. One of ROSC’s board members, Larry Dansinger, hosts a weekly think piece on WERU every Tuesday at 8:30am, called Outside the Box. To listen to archived episodes online click here.