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Intersectionality and Inclusion in Maine Politics & Policymaking with Marpheen Chann in cooperation with MDI Racial Equity Working Group
January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The 2016 election has sparked movements all across the country. Here in Maine, one of the oldest, whitest states in the union, how do we ensure that our politics and activism is inclusive – especially for minorities and indigenous populations? The path forward is to recognize our blindspots and examine how privilege plays a role in how we look at both public policy and politics
Marpheen Chann, a digital strategy consultant and a board member of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, is a gay, first-generation Asian-American who was born into a Cambodian refugee family and adopted by an evangelical, white working class family. He is a Portland, Maine-based thinker, writer, and speaker on LGBTQ+ and immigrants’ rights, social justice and equality. He holds a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Southern Maine and a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Chann ran for Portland City Council in 2017.