Do you favor one of the two city ordinances summarized below, or should both be rejected?
The ballot contains summaries and the full language of each proposal, so you'll be able to read them before you vote.
Ultimately, you have three options: choose A, choose B, or reject them both (C). Among the three options, there is one clear choice: Option B. Here’s why.
Question 1 on Portland’s November 2021 ballot asks:
The text below was published as a Maine Voices column in the Portland Press Herald online on October 15, 2021 and in the e-edition of the Press Herald on October 18, 2021.
Over the next month you’re going to see a lot of “smaller shelters” signs urging you to Vote A on Portland’s Question 1, but you should be wary. While the idea of “smaller shelters” may sound good in theory, Option A will actively harm people experiencing homelessness. That’s why groups like Preble Street’s Homeless Voices for Justice and advocates from organizations that work to prevent and end homelessness have spoken out against it.
First, I want to say that I agree wholeheartedly with the joint statement that was issued by Northern Light Health and MaineHealth, the parent organizations for Mercy and Maine Med, respectively. As they said on September 17, 2021, people must do everything they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone who is able should:
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