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“Sometimes by sitting down, you’re really standing up”

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Each time there’s a mass shooting, citizens across the country have a conversation on how to keep the next one from happening and how to keep guns out of the hands of people who want to commit violence. The nation holds this conversation at the dinner table, on the Internet, and in many other places. But it doesn’t happen in one place where it absolutely should—the halls of Congress. Mass shootin...

FY 16 Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program

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Deadline August 16, 2016. The principal objective of the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants solicitation is to implement projects that use a proactive approach to improve or restore coastal habitat to: 1) strengthen the resilience of U.S. marine and coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather and 2) support sustainable fisheries and contribute to the recovery of protected resources.

Our Town FY 17

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Deadline Sept. 12, 2016. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities.

Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program

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Deadline July 6, 2016. Organizations funded under RAPP implement strategies that encourage the development of agricultural and food systems related services that will improve the livelihoods, physically and economically, of refugee families.

Preferred Communities (PC) Program

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Deadline Aug. 1, 2016. The twin goals of the PC Program are: The successful resettlement and integration of especially vulnerable refugees (and other ORR client populations); and The enhancement of refugee service providers’ capacity to serve such populations at new or established PC locations.

US Labor Department announces $100M America’s Promise grant competition to strengthen, expand regional job training partnerships

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The four-year grants will support tuition-free education and training that prepares participants for jobs in industries that currently utilize the H-1B temporary visa program to meet industry workforce needs. Grant-funded programs will use individual assessments to determine the best strategies to successfully move participants into middle- to high-skilled jobs including accelerated training, longer-term intensive training and upskilling current employees to meet the demands of higher skilled jobs.

Historic moment with Cuba presents opportunity for Maine businesses

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Meeting with Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, the lead negotiator for the Cuban government in negotiations with the United States. On the recent trade mission I led to Cuba, one thing was made clear over and over again—the embargo the U.S. has had on the country for over 50 years is not working in either country’s interest. The embargo has not worked to end the Castro regime, bring economic reforms, or s...

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