Calendar & Action Alerts

Check back periodically for information on important dates and feminist events throughout Maine. This is a great way to connect with your local activist community. If you have information about a feminist oriented event in Maine that is not listed here, feel free to email me:

January 2015

January 22nd – 7:30 PM
Obvious Child Screening
Hosted by the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund
Cost: free
Talbot Lecture Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus
Facebook event page here 
Obvious Child is a progressive romantic comedy which centers on the protagonist’s choice to terminate an unexpected pregnancy. Obvious Child has received rave reviews from feminist publications such as Bitch Media and RH Reality CheckThe screening of the film will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion on the film’s themes and how they apply to people who may become pregnant in Maine and across the U.S.

January 27th – 2:00 PM
White Privilege, Diversity, & Inclusivity Webinar
Hosted by University of Southern Maine Multicultural Student Affairs
Cost: free
Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus
Facebook event here

January 29th – 7:00 PM
Human Trafficking in Maine Panel
Hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women
Cost: free
Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth
More information here
Panelists: Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine Program Manager Julia Davidson, Senator Amy Volk (R – Scarborough, Buxton, Gorham), and South Portland Detective Sergeant Steve Webster

January 31st – 9:00 PM
Queer Dance Party Fundraiser
Hosted by Sub/Merge
Cost: $3-5 (self-determined sliding scale)
Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St., Portland
Facebook event page here
-Sub/Merge is a recurring inclusive, queer-friendly dance party. All cover charges are donated to local and national social justice organizations.

February 2015

Film Screening: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
February 6th – 6:30 PM
February 7th – 2:00 PM
February 8th – 2:00 PM
Cost: $8 / General Admission / $6 / Members & Students
Portland Museum of Art
Facebook event page here
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a recent documentary about the second wave of U.S. feminism during the 1960s and 1970s. The Portland Museum of Art’s website describes it as “informative, inspiring, and anger-inducing, the film looks at feminism’s past, present, and future, and the amount of work the women accomplished along with the amount of scorn they received”.

March 2015

March 7th – 6:00-9:00 PM
6th Annual International Women’s Day Fashion Show
Hosted by Women Around the World
Cost: $15 (cash or check only)
Guild Hall, 307 Congress St., Portland
Facebook event page here
-From event page: “In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women Around the World is hosting their 6th annual international fashion show. An amazing evening showcasing the talent, beauty, intelligence and pride of women from all over the world who now make Maine their home. Featuring Women from over 50 countries modeling traditional outfits from their homeland amidst cultural entertainment, great food and great music. The evening will culminate with a sneak peak at local designer, Adele Ngoy’s, new collection.”

March 19th – 7:00-8:30 PM
Ruchira Gupta Lecture
Hosted by Justice for Women Lecture Series
Cost: free (but pre-registration is required)
Abromson Community Education Center (USM Portland Campus)
Facebook event page here
-From JFW’s website: “Ms. Gupta is Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide – a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking by increasing choices for at-risk girls and women. She has striven over her 25 year career to highlight the link between trafficking and prostitution laws, and to lobby policy makers to shift blame from victims to perpetrators.”

April 2015

April 12 – 1:00-4:00 PM
29th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling Fundraiser
All proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Support Services of Southern Maine
Cost: $50 – tickets available now!
Or volunteer with SARSSM to help plan and execute the fling for free admission!
Holiday Inn by the Bay (88 Spring St., Portland)
More information available here
-From the SARSSM website: “The Chocolate Lovers’ Fling (CLF), our biggest fundraiser each year, is held on the first Sunday in April. Community members enjoy a tasting of the best chocolate treats from bakers and restaurateurs across York and Cumberland Counties!”


May 2015

May 6th – 6:00-9:00 PM
Annual Gala & Auction
Hosted by Family Crisis Services
Cost: $75/person
Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
More information available here
-From FCS’s website: “There will be a silent and live auction, a fantastic dinner, music, a guest speaker and a video documenting the importance of the FCS Shelter. Tickets are $75/person and will need to be purchased in advance.”