In April 1985, Governor Brennan hosted tea at the Blaine House in Augusta for a small group of Holocaust survivors and allies to commemorate Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. The group had been active in organizing a 1984 seminar to train teachers in Holocaust education at Bowdoin College.  Gerda Haas, the leader of…

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We are all facing challenges right now, but we will get through this, together. Remember the lines from the second stanza of “The Impossible Dream?”

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As communities across Maine and the world grapple with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, diseases of old, namely hate and prejudice, have made their appearance. But so too have the remedies for such vices become apparent as we strive to care and create community amidst the chaos; remedies such as hope, love, resilience and tolerance.

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Maulian Davis, Tribal Ambassador for the Penobscot Nation, recently gave a TEDx Dirigo talk on her work to change how Indigenous people, stereotypes, and slurs are used in schools and sports – most recently before the Skowhegan school board.

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Trafton recently took part in a panel discussion on domestic violence along with four survivors of abuse at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine in Augusta. The event was in conjunction with the “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse” exhibit on display at the HHRC though Dec. 13, which was…

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Patrisha, 60, is adamant that these stories – like her own abusive relationship with American Pie singer Don – are no longer overlooked. It is for that reason that she has created Finding Our Voices, an exhibition featuring women who, for too long,… Read more on The Telegraph

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Patrisha McLean has reinvented herself as an organizer for abused women in the state, creating a traveling exhibit, “Finding Our Voices.” In the exhibit, women — some of them, like her, from wealthy and prominent families — speak out about violence within their relationships, in a small-town echo of the #MeToo movement. At the Holocaust and…

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At the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta on Oct. 10, the exhibit’s host read aloud, to laughter from the audience, the contents of a letter from Mr. McLean’s public relations firm, warning that “any display of doctored photos and untruthful information concerning the details of a 2016 incident in their home may be…

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McLean, the Camden photographer whose ex-husband, the singer Don McLean, was convicted on charges related to domestic abuse, is giving voice to her story and the stories of more than a dozen other women who have extricated themselves from abusive situations. The multimedia exhibition, “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse,” is on…

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