#USMFuture raises more than $2,800 in first day of #NoMoreNice campaign


On Wednesday morning members and supporters of the #USMFuture group held a rally on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland to help spread awareness for their #NoMoreNice campaign. #NoMoreNice, which was announced via this blog last week, is a fundraising effort to pay for things like an audit of the university; an investigation into […]

Favorite pics of Pride Portland

This is my personal favorite of all the pics, kid gave me a fist bump and yelled "priiiiiide!".

Thanks to windy marine conditions on Saturday I was able to take the Maine Green Independent Party‘s leadership up on their invitation to march with them in the Southern Maine Pride Parade. The experience was not what I expected it to be. Almost immediately I felt the need to document the awesomeness that I was […]

#USMFuture group announces #NoMoreNice campaign- “we’re lawyering up”


The #USMFuture group has released an exclusive statement to ‘Fighting the Tides’ announcing several new developments in their mission to stop what they call “draconian measures” taken by University of Southern Maine president Theo Kalikow’s administration. The student led group has launched a crowd funding campaign with the goal of $10,000 to help cover costs for things like […]

Maine lobstermen starring in hilarious “shrinkage” videos


When my boss Skip Werner told me last fall that he had helped make a short film, I figured it was just for some fun project, especially when he told me the video was a joke about “shrinkage”. For most people familiar with the show “Seinfeld”, the term shrinkage conjures images of George Castanza in […]

Message to the Portland Press Herald- Green Independents are NOT Republicans


I got off the lobster boat today with an unusual Facebook update. Maine Green Independent Party member Asher Platts, who is running for state senate out of Portland’s district 27, tagged me in a post: “@PressHerald please list the @mainegreens candidates under their own party, not the GOP. Thx.” Platts is referring to the primary results […]

Portland parks advocate Frank Turek- “Tuesday’s vote a once in a generation opportunity”

President of the Friends of Congress Square Park, Frank Turek. Photo- Seth Koenig, BDN.

Here’s what president of the Friends of Congress Square Park, Frank Turek, has to say about Tuesday’s vote on the citizen referendum question asking Portlanders if they want to be able to vote on sales of the city’s public parks: “There’s a fundamental battle taking place in Portland right now and it’s not pretty. It’s […]

Local historian Abraham Schechter gives his take on Congress Square Park


I’ve lived and worked near Congress Square Park since its inception in 1982. As a teenaged MeCA student, living in the Eastland, I survived the building’s fire. I also witnessed a positive transformation by tandem virtue of the Park and Museum. The public space became the fulcrum point for our nascent Arts District. I’m also […]

Students for USMFuture Responds to Faculty Senate Budget Proposal


Statement released to Fighting the Tides by Students for USMFuture member Meaghan LaSala: “On May 29th the Faculty Senate of the University of Southern Maine released an alternative budget proposal for the university, including 1.26 million dollars worth of “savings” presented as an alternative to the faculty retrenchments originally proposed by the administration. We, the […]