Author: Michael Chaney

The Frances Perkins Center’s Steadfast Award was presented on Thursday August 14, 2014  to Christine Hastedt, Public Policy Director, Maine Equal Justice, based in Augusta. She has been a legal advocate for low income people for more than 35 years. “If anyone has ever been steadfast in his or her work to keep the legacy of Frances Perkins alive, it is Chris Hastedt,” according to a State House Leader.

Frances Perkins served FDR as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933-1945, the first woman cabinet secretary and founder of Social Security.  Her family homestead in Newcastle, Maine was a source of reflection and rejuvenation for her throughout her life.  We were pleased to join with our friends at the College of the Atlantic to celebrate the legacy of Frances Perkins and share with guests the perspectives of contemporary leaders who have committed themselves to social justice and economic security for all.

  In the News Please click on the links to read more: David Brooks talks about Frances Perkins at Mount Holyoke The Gap to raise minimum hourly wage (NYTimes) Chained CPI is out of the Obama Budget (HuffPo) Sen. Bernie Sanders urges not to make cuts Even with Social Security, elderly poverty...

MEET OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Frances Perkins Center is pleased to introduce you to Michael P. Chaney, our new Executive Director. Michael will begin his duties on April 1, 2014, and is looking forward to meeting all of you. A native of nearby Alna, Maine, Michael earned a B.A. in History...

  A Special Message from our Board Chair Dear Friends and Supporters, Frances Perkins was born Fannie Coralie Perkins in Boston in 1880, but her roots were firmly at the family farm here in Newcastle, Maine.  Through stories passed down through her great-grandmother Thankful Otis, Fanny (as she...

  This month in history The NBC Radio Network program "America's Town Meeting of the Air" was an early form of electronic "townhall" democracy. In this broadcast from December 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins is defending and explaining the recently passed Social Security Act, while journalist...