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

    Our multi-partisan panel of local community members convenes for one last discussion of the elections prior to Election Day.

    Guests: Trump supporter Thomas White of the Maine Maritime Academy Republicans; Former Libertarian/Johnson supporter (now undecided) Renee Trust; Democrat/Clinton supporter Ken Gleason; Green/Stein supporter Betsy Garrold; and “3rd degree Berner” now planning to vote for Stein, Tim Wilson.

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

    Our multi-partisan panel tackle Question 3 on Maine’s ballot this November, with a supporter and an opponent of the measure joining us to answer questions from the panel and callers.

    Question 3 is a citizen initiative that reads: “Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?” (FMI: www.state.me.us/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html)

    Panel: Trump supporter Thomas White; Libertarian/Johnson supporter Renee Trust; Democrat/Clinton supporter Ken Gleason; Green/Stein supporter Betsy Garrold; and “3rd degree Berner” now planning to vote for Stein, Tim Wilson.

    Supporting Question 3: David Farmer, the campaign manager for “Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership” (responsiblemaine.org/)

    Opposing Question 3: Bruce Ashmore of “Gun Owners of Maine” (www.gunownersofmaine.org/)

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    “Rights At Risk” panel discussion featuring Andrea Irwin, JD, Executive Director of Mabel Wadsworth Center and Eliza Townsend, Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Lobby, discussing the impacts of court decisions on women’s reproductive rights here in Maine and across the country. Judy Kahrl of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights facilitated. Recorded at the Bangor Public Library on September 29th, 2016.

    We also have a report on Friday’s announcement that a mining company’s lawsuit against the country of El Salvador was dismissed after 7 years of struggle.

    FMI:
    www.mabelwadsworth.org/
    www.mainewomen.org/
    www.grandmothersforreproductiverights.org/
    www.stopesmining.org/
    www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org/

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

    Our multi-partisan panel joins us again to discuss the upcoming elections, and Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress for Maine’s 2nd District joins us for the first half hour to answers questions from the panel and callers. (Opponent Bruce Poliquin was invited but declined and did not respond to requests to send a campaign aide in his place). We also discuss referendum questions on Maine’s ballot and recent candidate scandals.

    Guests:
    Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress for Maine’s 2nd District Congressional. (Opponent Bruce Poliquin was invited but declined and did not respond to requests to send a campaign aide in his place).
    Betsy Garrold, Green Party, Dr. Jill Stein supporter
    Tim Wilson, former Bernie Sanders supporter now supporting Stein
    Ken Gleason, Democrat, Hillary Clinton supporter
    Renee Trust, Libertarian, Gary Johnson supporter
    Republican Dave Gulya was absent this week.

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

    Today we welcome visitors from El Salvador and local residents who are working together through US-El Salvador Sister Cities. The right wing death squads in El Salvador’s civil war (1980-1992) were funded and trained by the US government, so alliances between citizens of these two countries may seem unlikely – but our guests explain how they are strong and mutually beneficial. We also look at some of the issues facing El Salvador today, and hear what Salvadorans are saying about the US presidential elections.

    Guests:
    Zulma Tobar, US-El Salvador Sister Cities staff, based in El Salvador
    Carly Roach, Volunteer with US-El Salvador Sister Cities, based in El Salvador
    Dennis Chinoy, PICA and City of Bangor Sister City Committee (with Carasque, El Salvador)
    Karen Volckhausen, Maine farmer and member of the MOFGA committee that has a sistering relationship with CCR, a rural communities organization in El Salvador
    Willie Marquart, WERU Finance Manager and former Sister Cities staff member- has worked with MOFGA committee and the sister stations WERU and Radio Sumpul in El Salvador

    Maine Currents is a weekly show featuring independent local news, views and culture. Catch us on WERU-FM every Wednesday at 4pm. Send story ideas, suggestions and comments to news@weru.org

    FMI:
    www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org/
    www.pica.ws/
    www.mofga.org/Programs/MOFGAElSalvadorSisteringProject/tabid/371/Default.aspx
    weru.org/radio-sumpul

    Past WERU reporting on El Salvador may be found here: archives.weru.org/?s=el+salvador

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

    In November Mainers will have an opportunity to vote to legalize marijuana in the state– but the details of the ballot question are raising concerns for some folks who are otherwise pro-legalization. Today we continue the conversation about this topic from our Sept 7th show. We again hear from both sides and then take calls from listeners.

    Guests:
    Hillary Lister, advocate/activist, patient & caregiver
    Don Christen, Founder of the Maine Vocals
    Paul McCarrier, President of Legalize Maine

    FMI:
    www.state.me.us/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html
    www.noon1.me/
    legalizemaine.net/
    mevocals.weebly.com/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

    Maine Currents-Independent local news, views and culture

    Today our multi-partisan panel of area residents once again meet to discuss upcoming the elections, the candidates and lying in politics, and we take calls from listeners

    Guests:
    Betsy Garrold (Green Party); Renee Trust (Libertarian Party); Ken Gleason (Democratic Party); Tim Wilson (“3rd degree Berner”/ Sanders supporter now supporting Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party). Absent this week: Dave Gulya, the regular Donald Trump supporter on the panel.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

    Today on “Maine Currents” we focus on ways local people are plugging into larger movements to create positive change. Guests Tracey Hair and Larry Dansinger report back from their trip to the World Social Forum in Canada this summer, we talk about the “End Violence Together” rally and march and events marking the anniversary of the Occupy movement in Bangor this coming weekend, as well as last weekend’s Wabanaki Solidarity with Standing Rock rally, and we invite listeners to call in with question and with their own stories of working to create positive change.

    Guests:
    Tracey Hair started working at HOME Inc in 12 years ago. For a brief time she worked in partnership with HOME at a homeless charity located in Harlem. She lived and worked in Harlem doing street outreach, handing out sandwiches and serving food from a pop up food pantry. In addition to street outreach, Tracey taught basic computer skills to undocumented and low-income women in the Bronx. She have since returned to HOME Inc here in Orland where she currently serves as Acting Director. In addition to working with homeless people, Tracey has spent time advocating for Immigration Rights for same sex couples and is also a member of the Board of St Francis Community / Mandala Farm where she lived and worked for two years. Mandala Farm is a homeless shelter where homeless people live and work together in community. FMI: www.homemmausa.org/

    Larry Dansinger used to work with Resources for Organizing and Social Change and still volunteers with the group. Besides attending the most recent World Social Forum this summer in Montreal, Larry helped to organize a Social Forum here in Maine in 2006 and hopes there will be another in Maine soon. Larry was also active in the Occupy Bangor’s camp next to the Bangor Public Library in 2011 and is helping to plan a 5th anniversary event there on Saturday 9/17/16, 10-11:30 am (followed by a potluck) at the park next to the Bangor Public Library.
    FMI: www.facebook.com/OccupyBangor/?fref=ts

    Mary Ellen Quinn is the Co-coordinator of Pax Christi Maine and one of the organizers of the “End Violence Together” rally and march that will be taking place in Bangor on Saturday, 9/17/16 from 1-4pm at West Market Square (rain location: Columbia Street Church). FMI: www.facebook.com/events/1031435066943636/

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