In the wake of heightened awareness caused by the distribution of Klu Klux Klan (KKK) fliers in the central Maine area, the District Attorney for Kennebec and Somerset is hosting an open forum on discrimination at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jewett Hall Auditorium on February 8th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm; a snow date is set for the same time and place on February 16, 2017.
The event is an opportunity for residents of Augusta, Gardiner, and surrounding communities to join a town hall forum discussion about the KKK fliers and discrimination in the community led by Maeghan Maloney, District Attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties.
Event speakers include Maine Attorney General, Janet Mills who will talk about what constitutes a hate crime, and UMA Social Science Professors James Cook and Lorien Lake-Corral who will present on the distinction between prejudice and discrimination and research on racial discrimination in the United States; including a historic incident in Bath and Bangor in the 1800s. In addition Fatuma Hussein, the founder and executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine; and Ahmed Al-Abbas, owner of Mainely Groceries in Augusta and Hallowell will also be speaking at the event.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the District Attorney’s office at (207) 623-1156.