Ensuring inclusion in our politics

BAR HARBOR — Marpheen Chann will discuss inclusion in Maine politics at the Jesup Memorial Library on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.

Here in the oldest, whitest state in the union, how do we ensure that our politics is inclusive — especially for minorities?

“To make activism inclusive is to recognize our blind spots and examine how privilege plays a role in how we look at both public policy and politics,” Chann says.

Chann is a gay, first-generation Cambodian-American who was adopted by an evangelical, white working class family. Now based in Portland, he writes and speaks about LGBTQ+ and immigrants’ rights, social justice and equality. Chann ran for Portland City Council in 2017.

This is the first in a series of three talks at the Jesup organized by the Racial Equity Working Group. This group consists of Mount Desert Island residents who aim to foster racial justice, equity and inclusion.

For more information about Chann, visit marpheenchann.com. For more information on the talk, contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected]


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