Protesters Arrested In Sit-In At Susan Collins’ Office Make Donation To Social Justice Group

Dec 11, 2017

Five protesters who were arrested last week at U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ Bangor office on criminal trespass charges will collectively donate $500 to a Brewer food distribution group.

As part of a negotiated agreement with Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy, in exchange for a dismissal of all charges, Old Town demonstrator Erin Oberson told reporters Monday that the activists will make their cash donation to Food and Medicine, a social justice group at the Solidarity Center in Brewer.

“Today the five of us are here to announce that we each will be making a $100 donation to Food and Medicine,” she said. “Food and Medicine does terrific work here in the community to address issues facing low-income Mainers. Over the Thanksgiving holiday season they donated over 1,000 meals for needy families in Maine.”

Oberson and her four former co-defendants were arrested for refusing to leave Collins’ office as part of a protest against the senator’s support of the Senate GOP tax package, which the demonstrators described as a giveaway to the super-rich.

One of activists, James Betts, of Winthrop, said he has no regrets over his arrest.

“This is a terrible bill,” he said. “My family is so proud of me. My friends are proud of me. I just wasn’t expecting this simple little sit-in to turn into what it has.”

Each of the demonstrators could have potentially faced fines of $1,000 had the case gone to court.