|Bastard Goddess Janet gets her OBC|
One of the collateral benefits and enjoyments of bastard rights activism has been the election,of adoptees and other adoption reform activists to state legislatures.
After a couple years of trying to pass access legislation in New Hampshire, in 2004 Bastard Nation’s own Janet Allen was elected to the New Hampshire House. During her second term, she was instrumental in the enactment of SB 335 which retored the right of all the state’s adoptees the access upon request.of their original birth certificates. Janet was the first person in the state to receive her OBC when records were opened January 2005.
Since then Maine has elected two activists to its House.
Bobbi Beavers, first mother and co-founder of OBC for ME, shepherded PL 409 which in 2009, restored the right of OBC access to Maine adoptees, through the Legislature She was was elected to the House in 2010 (D-District 148) and re-elected yesterday, 3,164- 2,094. Bobbi sits on the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. Her legislative interests include foreclosure protection and environmental issues. Bobbi earned perfect marks from the non-partisan Maine Conservation Voters for her votes to protect the environment and invest in Maine’s natural resources during the second session of the 125th Legislaturei.Her latest campaign flyer is here.
Yesterday Craig Hickman was elected 2915-2057 to the Maine House (District 82). Craig, who identifies politically as a progressive libertarian is a graduate cum laude of Harvard College with an an AB is Government: .He is a performance artist, poet, award winning memoirist (Stumbling Toward Divinity: the Adoption Scriptures) and organic farmer,. He and his husband operate Annabessacook Farm and B&B.in Winthrop. Just before the election Craig wrote on his blog:
Every single day, I work tirelessly for the people to try and make this community a better place. We need policies in Augusta to enhance this work: less regulation on family farms and small businesses; a comprehensive food policy ensuring all people—especially children, veterans, and seniors—have access to wholesome food; energy policy that protects our precious natural resources; investments in education, infrastructure, and worker training. We must lift people up, make work pay a wage you can raise a family on, and grow the middle class.
Craig worked on passage of PL 409, and it was my pleasure to testify with him in Augusta on the previous near identical bill. Craig’s inspiring Letter to ta Wisconson Bureaaucrat was re-printed with his permission in the December 8, 22007 issue of The Daily Bastardette.
Craig is one of the most remarkable men I’ve ever met. If our legislatures and Washingtin were filled with representatives like him we would have a much more humane and human country.