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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Studio Engineer: John Greenman

    Segment 1: Multi-partisan panel discussion on communicating with people with political differences

    Segment 2: Indivisible MDI’s April Town Hall for Senator Collins (who did not attend)

    Guests: Multi-partisan panel Renee Trust, Ken Gleason, Thomas White (Tim Wilson was unable to join us this week)

    WERU thanks Jeff Dobbs who provided us with a recording of the speakers at the Indivisible MDI Town Hall and Jennifer Booher who sent the photos from the event that are posted on WERU’s facebook page.

    FMI:
    Indivisible Guide: www.indivisibleguide.com/about-us/
    MDI Indivisible group: www.facebook.com/groups/397472590586952/


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Anti-immigration bills introduced in Maine

    We take you to last week’s public hearing for LD 366 “An Act To Ensure Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities”, LD 847 “An Act To Hold Refugee Resettlement Agencies Accountable to Maine People” and LD 1099, a resolve that would have “Required the State To Bring Suit against the Federal Government for Failure To Comply with the Federal Refugee Act of 1980”. All were introduced by Rep. Lawrence Lockman of Amherst.

    In breaking news just before we went to air, the Judiciary Committee voted “Ought Not to Pass” on LDs 1099 and 847, and tabled LD366.

    Update: We mentioned on the show that we had contacted Rep. Lockman to inquire about two issues that were raised during the hearing: His testimony that the City of Portland had redirected educational funding to refugee support, and the comments made by members of the public that he did not stay to hear their comments after introducing the legislation. We did hear back from him after the show. Here is his response: “I was there for most of the hearing, stepped out twice to do TV interviews, then had to attend my own committee.” And he provided this link to a 2015 article entitled “LePage to fight Portland over asylum seekers money”: www.centralmaine.com/2015/06/30/lepage-to-fight-portland-over-asylum-seekers-money/


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Segment 1: Proposed Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations in Maine
    Segment 2: Communities Coming Together for Civil Political Discourse

    Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    State Representative Rachel Talbot Ross of Portland is sponsoring LD1008, legislation that would create a “Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations” in the state. We take you to the public hearing. And in the 2nd half of the show we open the phone lines as we talk with organizers of 2 of the many “civil discussion” type events popping up in the area.
    Stacy Leafsong from Mainers for Accountable Leadership & Standing for the Common Good is organizing a Community Listening Session in Orland this Saturday, and Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions will fill us in on the “Make Shift Coffee Houses” he facilitates. The next one is coming up Friday night at Husson University.

    FMI:
    makeshiftcoffeehouse.com/
    www.facebook.com/events/196440904180229/
    www.facebook.com/events/285498321885744/


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    A multi-partisan panel discussion of how personal experiences influence political beliefs, and how to communicate with people with different beliefs. Listeners call in and share their views as well.

    Guests: Renee Trust, Tim Wilson, Thomas White, Ken Gleason

    Note from Jennifer, one of the callers on today’s show, re “Bridging the Gap” group in Belfast: “I called in about a group that formed in Belfast this January, with Elliot Benjamin…as the originator. The initial concept was to bring “Trump and non-Trump” supporters together around a common belief of being opposed to hate crimes and hate discrimination. The mission is evolving as is the name. The next meeting is on Sunday April 2 at 6:30 in Belfast at 93 Main Street above Alexia’s Pizza. Anyone who is interested can call me at 469-2045.”


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • What’s Been Happening in Augusta While Attention Has Been on DC?

    We listen in on some of the public hearings held by the state legislature this week.

    Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: Monday the Committee on Taxation considered several bills that would overturn the results of Question 2 on Maine’s ballot last November, which was approved by voters. By passing Question 2, voters approved a 3 percent surcharge on household income over $200,000 a year, with the revenue earmarked to fund public education.

    Segment 2: LD 882, “An Act Prohibiting Public Entities from Contracting with, and Investing in, Companies That Boycott the State of Israel”. The bill targets the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement that successfully applied financial pressure to help end apartheid in South Africa –and has in recent years been focused on the government of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians. FMI: legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280063780

    Segment 3: LD 914, “An Act To Establish Indigenous People’s Day”- a bill that would replace Columbus Day with an Indigenous People’s holiday statewide
    FMI: legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/bills_128th/billtexts/HP064201.asp

    For information about the legislature, including contact info: legislature.maine.gov/

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • “Democracy Lives in Truth” Rally & Welcoming City Resolutions in Maine

    Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Segment 1: Speakers at Saturday’s “Democracy Lives in Truth” rally in Bangor: Sean Faircloth, Kimberly Hammill, Stacy Leafsong and James Varner The rally and march that preceded it were hosted by Mainers for Accountable Leadership and cosponsored by Indivisible: Bangor, Standing For The Common Good, Bangor Racial and Economic Justice Coalition, Food AND Medicine Peace and the Justice Center of Eastern Maine.
    FMI:
    Mainers for Accountable Leadership www.facebook.com/groups/223438051414968/
    Indivisible: Bangor www.facebook.com/groups/indivisiblebangor/
    Standing for the Common Good www.facebook.com/groups/245994745824081/
    Bangor Racial & Economic Justice Coalition www.facebook.com/BangorREJC/
    Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine www.facebook.com/Peace-Justice-Center-of-Eastern-Maine-102131166536360/
    Food AND Medicine: www.facebook.com/foodandmedicineme/

    Segment 2: Several towns in Maine have joined others across the country in adopting what are known as “Welcoming City” resolutions. Today we’re going to talk with some of the organizers: Nicolle Littrell of Belfast, Becca Shaw Glaser of Rockland, Elisabeth Goodridge of Appleton and Betsy Sweet of Hallowell.
    FMI:
    Details on Belfast’s petition for a resolution: www.change.org/p/please-sign-to-support-adoption-of-this-resolution-to-make-belfast-maine-a-welcoming-city-for-all
    BelFem (group organizing Belfast’s efforts to pass a resolution): www.facebook.com/belfemgroup
    Village Soup article about Rockland’s resolution passing: knox.villagesoup.com/p/rockland-council-oks-diversity-resolve/1632942
    Appleton’s Resolution reads:
    “Appleton is a home to people from all walks of life, whose heritage and origins are diverse, and is a community whose well-being depends on the security, serenity, and mutual respect of all its citizens.
    Therefore, Appleton is resolved to respect the dignity of all people, promote civil discourse, and honor diversity in all forms. We as a town and individuals will work to make our community a place where all people feel safe in their homes, on the streets, in our schools, and within the community at large.
    Appleton is resolved to be a community where all people are welcome.”

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • “Our Rights At Risk- Why the Courts Matter”, a discussion held in Bangor last week, featuring panelists Andrea Irwin, Executive Director of the Mabel Wadsworth Center (mabelwadsworth.org), Eliza Townsend, Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Lobby (mainewomen.org/mwl), and Nicole Golden-Bouchard, Attorney, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance (sprucerun.net)

    Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by Abbie Strout and edited by Amy Browne

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    When Maine’s Congressman Bruce Poliquin failed to respond to their request for a Town Hall meeting, Bangor’s Indivisible group decided to go ahead and hold one without him. Listen today and hear what he missed

    FMI: www.facebook.com/groups/indivisiblebangor/

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