Organize with MFP!


MFP has a staff organizer on board to help Mainers stay connected to opportunities for education, civic participation, and collective action for reproductive health, rights & justice.

We Need YOU! Join Us! 

You are invited to join Maine Family Planning for a very special event celebrating the innovation & leadership of indie abortion care providers (like us!) in improving access & advancing abortion rights around the country & right here in Maine.

Staff from the Abortion Care Network will share about their groundbreaking report, Communities Need Clinics. You'll experience stories about the realities of abortion care from our clinics. We'll give updates on how we're fighting for abortion rights & share ways YOU can support our work!

Light refreshments / Cash Bar / Open to Public

 

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We keep you in the loop about opportunities to testify in public hearings at the state house, when to call your local representatives about relevant bills, as well as upcoming grassroots actions and public events. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter and our Instagram account (username: Maine_Family_Planning).  

Partner with us! Work with us to organize a public forum, presentation, or workshop in your town or with an existing community group. During summer/fall 2017, we are particularly looking for folks willing to host public info sessions about Medicaid expansion in their area. Contact Cait to brainstorm!

Become a trained MFP advocacy volunteer. We need folks who are willing to give their time and talents on a semi-regular basis to engage in conversations “beyond the choir.” Cait will work one-on-one and in cohorts to provide training and ongoing support as you learn new organizing skills, or brush up on old ones you haven’t used in a while! During summer & fall 2017, we are looking for folks interested in educating & registering voters for the November 7th ballot question on MaineCare expansion.

Become a storyteller advocate. Sharing personal stories is one of the most effective ways to shift public opinion and lobby lawmakers. It’s also a powerful method of combating stigma around reproductive health and abortion. Begin by sharing why you support MFP via our online story bank, and consider if you'd like to share your stories via other platforms, such as Letters to the Editor, our MFP blog, and more. Cait can consult with you about the most empowering ways to share your unique story.

Start something new! As new supporters join, our efforts evolve with the unique experiences you bring to the work. If there’s something you’re excited about that isn’t listed here, contact Cait to talk about it!

What is community organizing & why do we do it? 

Organizing is one way we put our values into action, by transforming our communities through ongoing outreach, public education & demonstration. Acting collectively & strategically, we CAN achieve significant cultural & political shifts.

Reproductive freedoms are under renewed attack by the Trump administration and Congress. It's crucial for those who support access to family planning services & abortion care to come together and demand the protection of our rights. MFP utilizes a Reproductive Justice framework, inspired by & adopted from the national movement founded & led by Black women in the 1990s. We seek to educate, agitate, and organize around the issues and systems that shape Mainers' ability to 1) make informed & empowered choices about sexual & reproductive health, 2) freely decide if/when to have children, and 3) raise families & foster healthy communities with adequate resources and self-determination, and 4) express their gender identities & sexual orientations with freedom & safety.

Reproductive oppression takes many forms, including bills that create legal, economic & social barriers to accessing abortion & contraceptives, such as the Hyde Amendment; cuts to public assistance programs; racist & xenophobic violence and intimidation targeting People of Color & immigrants; and efforts to criminalize pregnant people & parents experiencing addiction, rather than provide care that supports a road to recovery & keeps families together.

We need the support, talent, and time of Maine people more than ever so we can defend our existing legal access and rights, and advance a bold vision for reproductive freedom and justice that dignifies all of us.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Read more about MFP’s broad vision for organizing here.
  • You can also read this OpEd on why #BlackLivesMatter to reproductive justice organizations here in Maine.
  • You can also read here about MFP's current lawsuit against Maine's DHHS that aims to expand Mainecare coverage to include abortion care.
  • You can follow our work at the state house by visiting our Advocacy page!