By Tony Zeli
Youth from all across Maine gathered at polling stations on Super Tuesday, March 3rd, to remind voters that while the youth cannot yet vote, the people at the polls can, and the youth encourage them to vote for the climate, and for a brighter future for the world at large.
In Portland, youth rallied, sang, and shared stories at City Hall before spreading out to talk to voters in front of City Hall and at Lincoln Park and Monument Square. The teams of youth handed out environmental scorecards for the Democratic primary candidates.
“Our main message to voters today is to vote with the climate crisis… We’re asking people to head to the polls and vote for the candidates who are best equipped to deal with it,” said Anthony Marvin, an organizer with Sunrise Portland.
“Sunrise Portland, which is a member of the larger Sunrise movement, has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders. That said this rally is not really for or against any one candidate, it’s more informing voters that this is a very important issue for many of us… and many of us like youth in this state, in this country – This is folks who don’t have the opportunity to vote right now who are trying to make their voices heard because it is their futures.”