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Poster promoting Exploring Wabanaki Maine History, an event by the Maine-Wabanaki REACH, sponsored by the UMaine Study Government which accompanied a Facebook post issued by The Feminist Collective in response to racist propeganda promoted by the Umaine College Republicans in advance of Maine's first Indigenous People's Day, 2019. "The University of Maine Feminist Collective would like to offer our support to all those negatively affected by the UMaine College Republican’s recent Facebook post regarding Indigenous people and the culture surrounding the upcoming holiday on Monday. Regardless of politics, we recognize that the remarks made against minorities are fueled by internalized biases from the members of this group, and are dismayed to share the same title as them. We will always stand by those who are impacted by this systematic racism, and we fully support speaking more on this issue as a community. The Feminist Collective recognizes that the University of Maine has a diverse population, and as an organization we have taken the steps to improve our own implicit biases regarding race. We invite everyone to reach out for more information to participate in our scheduled Implicit Bias trainings, as well as to attend our weekly meetings where we tackle race related issues and work to improve our own internalized racism. We would also like to share a message from our Student Government Body President Bentley Simpson, inviting all of us to attend an event about Maine Wabanaki history. The Feminist Collective will not speak on behalf on those who are affected by the posts from the UMaine College Republicans, but we will stand beside them as allies and fight for the right to feel safe on the campus we all share and love."


Captured from the Student Women's Association Facebook page.


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