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Helping Ban Indian Mascots Among Achievements of Departed Leader of ACLU of Maine

November 5, 2022

The new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is a former executive director of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League.

Arthur Padilla, who prefers the personal pronouns he, him, and they, also worked on prison reform and led a young adult shelter, according to a press release. He takes over Monday, November 7.

The previous executive director, Alison Beyea, who left in March, supported efforts to ban Indian mascots in Maine high schools, according to the Portland Press Herald. The governor, Janet Mills, a Democrat, signed a bill banning Indian mascots in public schools in May 2019.

In a farewell note in the organization’s winter 2021 newsletter, Beyea listed as among her achievements “a series of surprising legal reform victories in the legislature” and “an intern and fellowship program that is emerging as a cutting-edge program for equity and capacity-building.”


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