I will persist



To the Editor:

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting with 100 or more Maine residents in a town hall meeting organized by Indivisible MDI, (IMDI) a group with which I’ve worked closely these last 3 months.

Despite multiple invitations and great effort from IMDI, in the final days leading up to the event, we were informed Sen. Susan Collins, our requested guest of honor, would not be joining us.

The meeting was well attended, organized and quite civil. Jill Goldthwait was there to facilitate, keeping everyone on topic and keeping attendees within the structure planned for the evening.

Jeff Dobbs came to film the event, capturing the many questions and comments directed to Collins. The Tuesday following, we delivered to her office a copy of what she was unable to see and hear in person from her Maine residents (along with everyone’s handwritten questions).

We hope she will make the time to watch, to listen, to feel the deep worry and concern shared by one of many pockets of constituents across the state.

As one of the original organizers of IMDI, I want to offer my deep heartfelt gratitude to our ever-inspiring steering committee members and all of the volunteers doing the great amount of work it has taken to organize.

With news tracking, event planning and execution, letter writing, placing ads, managing correspondence with hundreds of members and other clerical work, not to mention the volunteer coordinating necessary to get all of this done, it’s been nothing short of awe-inspiring to see so many passionate individuals come together, set aside time from work and family, set aside minor differences and personal discomforts to unite.

To see so many communities come together to resist what is now a daily onslaught of atrocities from our government and their supporters has brought hope at a time it is needed most. For most of us, it’s become unthinkable to not respond.

Hundreds on MDI, thousands across the state of Maine and millions across the country have come together because we recognize the current administration for what it is; an unprecedented threat to all human lives.

I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve all accomplished so far.

Many of us have stepped out of our comfort zone to unite to build a foundation, a solid foundation that is essential to sustain all of the work that lies ahead, from staying informed and engaged to writing/visiting our members of Congress, attending public events and more from here on out, because, like it or not, politics are part of all of our lives.

The town hall was just one activity, one piece of a growing network of actions, building a larger nationwide movement.

That is what the town hall meeting was, a peaceable gathering in our community, all of us, together, boldly asking important questions, explaining why we will continue to resist all that we see happening that will hurt not only the people standing beside us today but also the billions who will join us here on the planet for generations to come.

This is the only thing that allows me to sleep at night these days: knowing I’m doing what I can right now, working with my community of transformational activists, choosing to be accountable with action rather than silence.

So for these reasons and many more, I too will persist.

Kate Sebelin

Bar Harbor

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