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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Indigenous rights attorney Sherri Mitchell of the Penobscot Nation, has been a regular guest here on WERU, and if you were tuned in this morning at 10, you heard the new Pacifica network show she cohosts called “Love (and Revolution). Today on Maine Currents we’re bringing you to a talk Sherri Mitchell gave at the University of Maine last week called “Ending Conquest Activism”.

    FMI re “Love (and Revolution) radio”: us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=52edd9c637ac7dc6228813e39&id=842fbb908f

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Each year we kick off our live, overnight special coverage of the national Homelessness Marathon by checking in with folks from some of the local shelters to get an update on homelessness in this area. Today we’ll be talking what resources exist, how to access them, what is needed and what the community can do to help, with representatives from HOME in Orland and the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter

    Guests:
    Tracey Hair, Assistant Director and Gerald Botta, Shelter Dept., HOME Inc in Orland
    Rowena Griffen, Executive Director and Dennis Pegues, Overnight Worker, Veteran and former guest at Bangor Area Homeless Shelter

    FMI:
    www.homemmausa.org/ www.bangorareashelter.org/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    It has been called “NAFTA on steroids” and “the largest corporate power grab you’ve never heard of”.
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is the largest regional trade deal in history, encompassing 12 countries that control 40% of the world’s economy, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia and several other Pacific Rim countries.

    The TPP was negotiated in extreme secrecy for five years. Other than sections leaked by wikileaks, the public, the media and even elected officials were kept in the dark. President Obama had promised the public would have plenty of time to read it before he signed the agreement. The 6000+ pages long document was finally released in November, and Obama signed it last week. There is now a 2 year deadline by which the agreement must be ratified by the processes used in each country that signed on. In the US that means Congress needs to pass it. They voted last year to give the President fast track authority, which means they can now only vote “yes” or “no” on the agreement, having given up their power to make any amendments.

    Obama says the TPP will open new markets and create new jobs. Similar arguments were made for the passage of NAFTA in the 90s and history has proven that to not be the case. Here in Maine the impact of so-called “free trade” agreements has been seen in the massive loss of manufacturing jobs. It was with those years of experience with NAFTA, CAFTA and other “free trade” agreements that Mainers came out to express concerns about the TPP

    FMI:
    Full text of the TPP: ustr.gov/tpp/#text
    Maine’s Citizen Trade Policy Commission: www.maine.gov/legis/opla/citpol.htm
    The Presidential Candidate’s positions on the TPP: ballotpedia.org/2016_presidential_candidates_on_the_Trans-Pacific_Partnership_trade_deal

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio contributed by John Greenman

    Segment 1: Bill Farrell, a University of Maine Ph.D. Candidate and Senior Advisor on Special Projects, for the international nonprofit Mercy Corps. speaking at the University last week on “The Syrian Refugee Crisis”.

    Segment 2: We bring you to last week’s town council meeting in Bucksport, where a vote was held on withdrawing the town’s legal support of the state in Penobscot Nation v Mills, a lawsuit between the state and the Penobscot Nation.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Tomorrow will be a historic day in Augusta, as orders to impeach Governor LePage will be introduced and debated by the Maine House of Representatives. And whether the impeachment order ultimately succeeds or not, supporters say LePage’s behavior must be addressed.

    Today on Maine Currents we’ll be talking with two of the grassroots organizers behind the efforts to impeach LePage, Rebecca Halbrook and Hendrik Gideonse. We’ll hear from Dawn Neptune Adams, the woman who was shouted down by LePage supporters as she tried to speak at a pro-impeachment rally last week. And we’ll talk with the sponsor of the impeachment order, Representative Ben Chipman of Portland.

    FMI re the grassroots efforts to impeach LePage: www.facebook.com/ImpeachGovLePage/?fref=ts

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Today we do a 2015 year in review with clips from stories about Divest UMaine, an investigation by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Kim Ervin Tucker, scientists and lobstermen opposing the Searsport dredging project, the fight over mining regulations in Maine, the NRDC and Maine People’s Alliance’s federal lawsuit over the mercury pollution in the Penobscot River, Mainers opposing the TPP, and a story by Naomi Graychase , recording at “Bucksport, Then and Now”, and more — and we look ahead to 2016!

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Today we’re bringing you to the season finale of the Queen City Cellar Tellers storytelling series, held at the Fork and Spoon in Bangor on December 18th. This month the theme was “family”. Chris Roberts emceed.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: Today we bring you Part 2 of Mainers speaking out at the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission’s Public Hearing on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), in Bangor on December 10th (more info re the TPP is below).

    Segment 2: We shift gears for some local storytelling from the “True Stories” event held by the Midcoast Actors’ Studio in Belfast earlier this month.

    If passed, the TPP would cover 12 countries with an estimated combined GDP totaling 40% of the world’s economy,
    For several years, the TPP was negotiated in extreme secrecy. When the text was released last month, the advocacy group Public Citizen responded that “In chapter after chapter, the final text is worse than expected, with the demands of the 500 official U.S. trade advisers representing corporate interests satisfied to the detriment of the public interest. The text reveals that the pact replicates many of the most controversial terms of past pacts that promote job offshoring and push down U.S. wages.” Congress is expected to vote on the agreement in 2016.

    The Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission was created by Maine law in 2003 to “assess and monitor the legal and economic impacts of trade agreements on state and local laws, working conditions and the business environment; to provide a mechanism for citizens and Legislators to voice their concerns and recommendations; and to make policy recommendations designed to protect Maine’s jobs, business environment and laws from any negative impact of trade agreements.” The CTPC is composed of 6 legislators, 7 members from the private sector and 5 representatives of different state agencies.

    TPP text: ustr.gov/tpp/#text

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