Thursday, March 31, 2011


Return Our Mural! Restore the names!

Press Conference

contact: Robert Shetterly, 326-8459
Natasha Mayers, 549-7516
Joan Braun, 585-2218

WHEN: Monday April 4, 2011

WHERE: Hall of Flags, State House, Augusta
230 State St.

Augusta, ME 04330

TIME: 12:00 Noon

Artists, labor leaders, civil rights advocates, historians, and concerned citizens will convene in the Hall of Flags to demand the return of the "Maine Labor History" mural to its rightful place in the Maine Department of Labor. Governor Paul Le Page's seizure and hiding of a mural painted for the people of Maine is not merely presumptuous and disrespectful but also illegal and a breach of the state's contract with artist Judy Taylor.

All Mainers who are concerned about this governor's disregard of the rule of law and of the dignity of Maine's workers and their history are invited to attend. All Mainers who believe in supporting art that tells our history and who believe in organizing to defend our rights, please join us.

All are urged to come one hour early, at 11 AM to attend another related news Conference & Rally, COMMUNITY LEADERS OFFER SOLUTIONS TO BUDGET CUTS
sponsored by The Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home, the Union of Maine Visual Artists, and others.

Members of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (including Robert Shetterly and Natasha Mayers)will be on hand during the rally to help the public create images of where they believe our war $$ should be spent in Maine.
some of the speakers and sponsors: (sponsors in bold)

Robert Shetterly and Natasha Mayers, Union of Maine Visual Artists
Maine College of Art (MECA)
Veterans For Peace, Maine Chapter 001
Worker from MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 (Christopher G. Quint Executive Director)
a statement from Charlie Scontras, labor historian
Bruce Gagnon, Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home
Rachel Talbot or another representative from NAACP
Jose Joey Lopez, state director, Maine League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Ed Beem, writer, critic, The Forecaster
Rep. Bruce MacDonald, District 61
Lee Sharkey
Jeff Young/John Beal, lawyers
David Marshall, Portland city council, artist and art gallery owner
statement from Judy Taylor
The Jim Harney Chapter VFP 003

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