The Winter Survival Guide: Top Places To Chase Away The Winter Blues (Or Any Blues)

Winter has got to be my least favorite season. Without the sparkle of the holidays, it’s a period filled with slush, freezing winds, and limited daylight. Sickness seems unavoidable, whether I’m at home or work. And the constant chill (which you longtime locals might be used to by now, but not me!), makes me want to stay inside, curled up under blankets, until buds begin blooming. But instead of letting the drab of the winter…

Women's March Solidarity Ripples Through Maine

What began as a singular protest and coalesced into a massive movement nationally, internationally, and statewide, the Women's March on Washington will mark the first day of Donald Trump's presidency. At 10 a.m. Saturday, January 21, ralliers will begin to collect in D.C., in solidarity with a national citizens' movement for human rights. And as of Tuesday afternoon, 616 sister marches have been registered worldwide, occurring in all 50 states and 61 countries (a spokesperson from…

What Will Life Be Like Under Trump and LePage?

Here at The Phoenix, we’ve created this week’s slightly unsettling cover image of a face-swap of Governor Paul LePage and President Donald Trump to illustrate a commonly held perception: they’re basically the same person.   Sure, they come from different backgrounds — Trump from New York real estate, and Franco-American LePage from the Maine paper and lumber industries — but as political leaders, they share many similarities in terms of behavior, values, and proposed policies.…

He said what?! Picking quotes from Trump and LePage

When a leader is considered “quotable,” it’s typically a praise, but not if you’re President Donald Trump or Governor Paul LePage. Last year those in the media had a plethora of controversial soundbites to publish and initiate the next wave of controversy. But it must be asked, what good comes from publishing their nasty remarks or, often times, factually untrue generalizations?   I’ll admit, not much. But, there is some value in revisiting Trump and…

Ways to Support Planned Parenthood

If you want to stand up to Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, and other Republicans who are using their political influence for efforts that might leave thousands without access to basic preventative health care, there are some things that you can do. If you want to defend a woman's right to choose and reject the notion that relics from a bygone era can dictate what a woman should or shouldn't do with their body, consider supporting…

Why Planned Parenthood Matters: Thousands might lose vital health care with Republican defund effort

In the first couple weeks after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced plans to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood through a budget reconciliation bill, staff and volunteers at the Portland center have been hard at work. Immediately after the election, Planned Parenthood, a low-cost facility that provides preventative and reproductive health care to people of all genders and ages, saw a surge in volunteers across the country. At the Portland center, over 300…

The Cultural Appropriation Debate (Because You're Already In It)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (this may include being an avid World of Warcraft player), you’re acquainted with the concept of cultural appropriation. In the past 18 months, writers from Slate, Salon, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and countless more have tackled the subject. It’s been accused of pop stars like Katy Perry (for dressing like a geisha at the American Music Awards), M.I.A. (for shooting a music video…

Resurgam: The old Phoenix is the new Phoenix

In a bit of a media mash-up, three former staffers of The Portland Phoenix have returned.  Associate publisher Marc Shepard, culture editor Nick Schroeder and sales representative Emma Hollander are again infusing the Phoenix with the style and substance it was known for before the alternative newspaper world in Portland blew up two years ago when the paper changed ownership. Shepard was the associate publisher of the Portland Phoenix for 10 years before moving to the corporate offices  in Boston in 2010. He…

"It's Bad For Business," Committee of local merchants hold first meeting to curb panhandling downtown

William Higgins of Portland packed a cardboard sign that read “panhandling is not a crime, brother can you spare a dime,” before he left his house last Monday. But it wasn’t for begging on the streets. In fact, Higgins never panhandled in his life before. Instead, he brought it with him to a meeting inside the conference room of the Portland Downtown District, a nonprofit trade group of local merchants.   The meeting was the first…

Local efforts to oppose Dakota Access pipeline collide with Portland institutions

Local efforts to oppose the Dakota Pipeline have pushed beyond hashtags and social media and hit the streets. On December 19 and 30, small groups of protestors gathered at the Portland TD Banknorth branch at 1 Portland Sq., protesting the bank's status as a financial backer in the proposed construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota.  The most recent effort, mobilized by the Portland branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO),…
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