Lynne Williams endorsed by Women’s Campaign Forum in ME State Senate run

From Independent Political Report:

The following is posted at the Women’s Campaign Forum website:

Lynne WilliamsLynne Williams is running for State Senate in Maine’s 28th District. Williams has spent many years as an attorney and organizer, working with disenfranchised communities to give them a voice in the halls of power. Williams now represents community groups that are resisting industrial development in their communities and is a member of the Bar Harbor, Maine Planning Board.  She also practices First Amendment law representing environmental and peace activists as well as estate planning for families with disabled family members. In October 2007, Williams was awarded the “Hands of Peace” award from the Eastern Maine Peace and Justice Center, and in 2008 was awarded the “Conservationist of the Year” award from RESTORE: the North Woods. To learn more, visit Lynne Williams’ website.

And this is posted at Lynne William’s campaign website:

I am very pleased to have received the endorsement of the D.C. based Women’s Campaign Forum, for my State Senate race. The WCF is the oldest, national non-partisan political committee of its kind, and endorses only women who support reproductive health choices for all.

It provides technical assistance, financial support and great contacts. Hopefully I will be able to get a contribution to help pay off my gubernatorial debt and/or towards my seed money fundraising. However, the most exciting aspect of this endorsement is that fact that, to my knowledge, the WCF has never endorsed a Green Party candidate. In my interview with the WCF leadership, I emphasized how important it was that we establish a relationship between WCF and the fabulous woman who are running – and who will run in the future – as Green Party candidates. I truly believe that this is the start of just such a relationship.


Dave Schwab


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  2. To sponsor a child to participate in the Will County Boxing Afterschool Program call 877-806-4611

    Boxing and martial arts have a purpose beyond winning fights, students at Lincoln School in Joliet learned recently.

    Dr. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools, said the Will County Boxing Association, which runs a gym in Joliet, “offers a positive after-school program for students. I would eventually like to see all our students involved in some after- or before-school program. I believe it is important for children to have some connection with outside community organizations,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

    Physical skills can translate into a way of life as practice helps develop character and focus, members of the Boxing Association told sixth- through 12th-graders at Lincoln, the Regional Safe School for students facing expulsion or multiple suspensions.

    Through traing and practice, “you find a way to fix yourself,” said Joseph Awinongya, a professional boxer who trains youth boxers. “Be a champion in school,” he said. “Stay in school because life is not easy. You guys may think life is easy, but life is very, very hard,” he said.

    “We’re here to talk to you all about character,” said Derek Drey, 21, who plans to attend Joliet Junior College. “Boxing shapes your body,” Drey said. “You guys can change your life.”

    The Boxing Association is performing a service for the young people of Joliet’s East Side, said Tony Pena, a member of the Joliet Elementary District 86 School Board.

    Pena said Awinongya “has done something nobody else has done. Life is like boxing,” he said. “It’s a one-on-one situation/ Boxing will help you look in the mirror, build your self-esteem,” he said. “We’re trying to give you the opportunity to change, to do something good for yourself.”

    “The gym is a great place to vent,” said coach Delwin C. Fields, adding that physical activity is an “outlet to turn my energy positive.” Positive energy can overcome the mistakes of the past, Fields said. “All I see is winners out here.”

    Octavius Webb, 20, said he is turning his life around after going off-track as a college student on a football scholarship. “Boxing keeps me focused on making a better life. It helps me with my anger,” said Webb, who attends Joliet Junior College.

    Sixteen-year-old Adrian Palacios is successfully blending sports and study, Awinongya said. Palacios, a student at Joliet Catholic Academy, expects to attend college on a wrestling scholarship. He doesn’t neglect his schoolwork, Awinongya said. “Adrian has to get A’s and B’s.”

    But boxing isn’t a boys-only sport, as Fields demonstrated by sparring with Jaecee Burkart, 17. Fields said Jaecee, who is home-schooled, is one of the best. “A woman can be a boxer,” he said.

    The gym also offers a martial arts program, which emphasizes mental strength as much as physical prowess, instructor Quinton McCottrell said. He said martial arts originated among Chinese monks, who, for a while, were the only ones allowed to practice those skills because they could be trusted not to use them for personal gain.

    “It builds character, but it’s also a culture,” McCottrell said. “Martial arts build discipline, character and focus.”

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