Sector Event: 2022 Elections: How Maine Nonprofits Can Take Action

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 -
9:00am to 10:00am EDT
Virtual Meeting
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Presented by the Maine Association of Nonprofits

What does an election year mean for your nonprofit? How can your organization engage in the election while remaining nonpartisan? What broader issues are at stake?

Join this virtual session for a quick overview of what’s at stake in the 2022 election in Maine and why it matters to nonprofits. We will answer common questions about election-related activities that organizations (and their staff and volunteers) can and cannot do, and we’ll leave plenty of time to answer your questions.

This virtual session will cover:

  • Election law basics including how to share basic election information
  • Voter engagement (including GOTV)
  • How to learn more about candidates’ positions on issues that matter to your mission
  • Nonpartisan ways your nonprofit can help your people be well-informed voters this year

This is the second session in a three-part Advocacy Series. The first session is Nonprofit Advocacy 101 (May 25), and the final session is Advocacy Through Earned Media (June 8).

Guest Speaker

Joann Bautista, Deputy Secretary of State
Joann is a native of Iowa and first-generation Mexican- American. She is a graduate of The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and International Studies. She is also a proud graduate of The University of Maine School of Law and (very) happy to call Maine home. During law school, Joann was selected to be a Fellow in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School and spent time in Seattle, Washington defending detained youth for Kids in Need of Defense, a national non-profit. Following law school, Joann moved to Washington D.C. to work on federal immigration policy for the National Immigrant Justice Center, focusing on issues impacting unaccompanied children and asylum seekers. Most recently Joann worked for the ACLU of Maine and was the Advocacy Director for Preble Street, leading efforts around homelessness, hunger and poverty.

Joann is now the Deputy Secretary of State - Policy Advisor in the Secretary of State's Office in Augusta. She is the first woman of color in the history of the state to hold this position. In the Secretary of State's Office, Joann plays an integral role in shaping and implementing legislative goals and priorities; frequently meets with elected officials, advocates, and other stakeholders; and aims to put an equity and inclusion lens on all of the Department's internal and external policies and procedures.

For more information and to register, visit the event page.

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