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Racial Justice: Maine Joins The Nation in Protesting Racial Injustice And Police Brutality

Kevin Bennett / Maine Public

The death of George Floyd and other similar cases of racial injustice and police brutality have prompted outrage and protests across the country and in Maine. We talk with community leaders, protesters, law enforcement and others about what the core issues are, and whether there are ways to seek meaningful change.


Rev. Kenneth Lewis, senior pastor, Green Memorial AME Zion Church; executive director, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Police Chief Frank Clark, Portland Police Department

Desiree Vargas (call-in), community organizer, co-founder, Racial Equity & Justice

Shenna Bellows (call-in), state senator, District 14; executive director, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

Sean Alonzo Harris (call-in), editorial, commercial and fine art photographer

Shay Stewart-Bouley (call-in), also known as Black Girl in Maine; writer, speaker; executive director of Community Change Inc., Boston


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.