Meet Your Neighbor: Jenifer Wikstrom, Artist With A Political Message


Organizer of the Weekly Protest, Jenifer Wikstrom, With Two of the 22 Signs She's Made

Protestor Nancy Mineart
Protestor Sean McDonough

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 767)

The sun shone brightly earlier today on downtown Portland and  there was little foot traffic in the area.  But that lack of traffic did not deter three protestors from carrying on their weekly protest against the leadership and policies of Maine’s Governor Paul LePage.  Artist Jenifer Wikstrom, a Hill resident, is organizer of the weekly protest.
Shortly after LePage’s term began in January, he has increasingly come under criticism for all manner of reasons.  His policies and his leadership style to be specific.   From trying to  roll  back environmental regulations, to secretly removing a labor mural from the walls at the Department of Labor, Augusta, his “inappropriate” language toward his opponents, to the resignation of two cabinet members and his PR person ….the mural issue has not been resolved and is still in court.
“I’ve been so fed-up with LePage and tired of not dong anything, that I got off my couch and walked down here today,” said Hill resident Jenifer Wikstrom.  “We have gotten a lot of thumbs up and honking horns in support of us,” she said.  “If you want to join us, please meet us, weather permitting, at noon every Sunday.”  Wikstrom has made over 20 signs that are available to be borrowed.