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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Analysis of Obama Administration New Rules on Carbon Pollution

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced proposed carbon pollution standards, they say, will cut national emissions by 30%, from 2005 levels, by 2030. Rules would be finalized in June 2015.
    b) Janet Redman, director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies, gives analysis on the discrepancy in individual state reduction requirements, the allowance of cap and trade, offsets and other controversial means to meet requirements and the lack of federal oversight.
    c) Redman also speaks to these rules in the context of international climate negotiations at the IPCCC, and on the climate meeting UN Secretary General Ban KI-moon is convening in NYC in September.

    Janet Redman, director of the Climate Policy Program, at the Institute for Policy Studies

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission presents testimony on impacts of proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade Agreement with European Union

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Last week, Maine Rep. Sharon Treat traveled to the Arlington, VA to give testimony on the potential impacts of the currently proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment partnership Agreement (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union.
    b) Rep Treat’s presentation was entitled : “Is a Food Fight Inevitable? Preventing Conflicts with Sub Central Food Procurement, Labeling and Consumer Protections”
    c) The Commission has made it clear to the US Trade Representative that proposals in the agreement could effect Maine policy, including consumer product safety, environmental protections, work to strengthen the local food movement and Maine’s new GMO labeling law.

    Maine State Representative Sharon Treat, ( D-House District 79), co-chair of Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Cowboy and Indian Alliance Demonstration Against Tar Sands and Keystone XL Pipeline

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) The Cowboy and Indian Alliance, made up of tribal members, ranchers and farmers along the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, demonstrated for a week in Washington DC at the end of April.
    b) Tipis were erected for the week on the mall, and a painted tipi was presented to the Smithsonian to represent the Alliance’s opposition to Keystone XL and tar sands mining and their demand that President Obama reject approval of the Keystone XL.
    c) On Saturday, May 17th, the Tar Sands Coalition and Hands Across the Sand/ Hands Across the Land has called for a national day of action/ In Miane , a really in oppostion to the Keystone XL and the reversal of the Montreal Portland pipeline will take place at Deering Oaks Park in Portland at 11am.

    Casey Camp-Hornick, Ponca Tribe, Oklahoma region
    Dallas Goldtooth, Lower Sioux Dakota Nation
    Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska
    Megan Hammond, Nebraska
    Diana Harrelson, Nebraska
    Eriel Deranger, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (AFCN), of Northern Alberta
    Neli Young
    Rubin George, Sundance Chief, member of Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, British Columbia

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: International Labor Day: National Restaurant Association Lobbies Against Raise in Minimum Wage, While Member CEOs Receive Double Subsidies; Small Business Path to Worker Cooperatives

    Key Discussion Points:
    *We speak with the co-author of a report published last week titled, “Restaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers Double Burden: How CEOs are Benefiting from Subsidies While Lobbying to Defeat the Minimum Wage.”
    *Looking at alternatives to the current economic structure, we examine worker cooperatives and efforts being made in Maine to transition current businesses into cooperatives, including the Island Employee Cooperative in Stonington, which would include four businesses currently run by owners about to retire.

    *Updates: Last month, Delmonte became the 13th retailer to sign onto the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food Program.

    Yesterday, the mayor of Seattle announced an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, to be phased in over the next 7 years.


    A) Sarah Anderson, Institute for Policy Studies, director of Global Economy Project


    B) Rob Brown, Cooperative Development Institute, Business Ownership Solutions (BOS) program


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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Cowboys and Indians Alliance DC Action Opposing Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline National; Maine Action on Tar Sands and Climate

    Key Discussion Points:
    -The Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a broad coalition of tribes, farmers,ranchers and others located along the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route will engage in a week long encampment on the mall in Washington DC before their April 26th demonstration. We speak to a member of the alliance.
    -Close to 100,000,have signed the CREDO Keystone XL pledge of resistance, committing to engage in an action which could result in civil disobedience, if the Obama administration approves the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    -Activists in 350 Maine talk about ongoing and upcoming local actions on tar sands extraction and pipelines, and climate change.

    Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska; Cowboys and Indians Alliance; Reject and Protect, www.rejectandprotect.org; www.boldnebraska.org;
    Dick Thomas, 350 Central Maine, Waterville
    Lee Chisholm, leechisholm@comcast.comcast.com, https://act.credoaction.com/sign/kxl_pledge
    Bob Klotz, 350 Maine, www.350maine.org

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Waterville City Council supports federal minimum wage increase; the LePage administration’s attempts to restrict EBT card use, veto of Medicaid expansion bill

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Last month, the Waterville City Council voted unanimously to support to an increase of the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and hour, and to send communications to elected representatives to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act, sponsored by Rep. Miller (D-CA) and Sen. Harkin (D-IA). We speak with the Mayor of Waterville.
    b) The LePage administration is attempting to implement a change to include a photo id on EBT cards, which distribute funds for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Based on past experiences, low income advocates and federal officials are concerned this would have an undue impact in recipients. 223,891 Mainers hold EBT cards.
    c) LePage vetoes a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage to 70,00 Mainers under the Affordable Care Act. This is the third time he’s vetoed such a measure.

    Mayor Karen Heck of Waterville
    Chris Hastedt, Maine Equal Justice Partners, public policy director http://www.mejp.org/



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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Tour to raise federal minimum wage to $10.10; Wabanaki Tribes continuing struggle to maintain sovereignty and fishing rights

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) We look at the movement to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. A bus tour promoting the passage of the Fair Minimum Wage Act stopped in Bangor. Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant of Bangor has just raised their minimum wage to $10.10.
    b) We speak with Maine Congressional Representative and gubernatorial candidate, Mike Michaud about the minimum wage and the realities for low income Mainers
    c) Passamquoddy tribal member, Vera Francis speaks on state opposition to tribal sovereignty and fishing rights,
    specifically around the elver fishery. After long negotiations to come to an agreement that involved recognizing that tribal elver regulations were protective of the fishery and allowed tribal autonomy, Maine’s State Attorney General shut down the process in the 11th hour. The Passamquoddy Tribes own management plan puts a limit on total tribal catch, but allows anyone in the tribe to fish. They argue that this management system is more protective then the state’s permit system.

    Congressman Mike Michaud
    Laura Fortman, US Dept of Labor
    Sean Garceau , manager at Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, Bangor
    Rev. Becky Gunn, Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor
    Vera Francis, Passamaquoddy tribal member, Passamaquoddy Fisheries Committee

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Coalition of Immokalee Workers Movement at Wendy’s Headquarters and Ellsworth Solidarity Action; Tribal Scholars Event on Wabanaki Self Determination

    Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
    a) This month, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers completed a 10 day “Now is the Time” bus tour, calling on the Wendy’s fast food chain, and regional supermarket chain Publix, to join the Fair Food Program. 12 other retailers have already done so, committing them to pay farmworkers a penny per pound more for Florida’s winter tomatoes and to buy from growers adhering to a fair labor code of conduct. We join the tour at Wendy’s Headquarters in Ohio.
    b) A solidarity action was held at the Wendy’s restaurant in Ellsworth on Saturday.
    c) Last night, three Wabanaki scholars spoke at Sipayik on the history and implications of settler treaties with the Wabanaki tribes, the Maien Indian Claims Settlement Act and current fisheries issues. It was the fist of a two day series titled “Wabanaki Self Determination: Earth Treaties to Settlement Acts and Beyond”. The second evening will be at the University of Maine at Orono this evening.

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    A) Lupe Gonzalo, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
    B) Cruz Salucio, Coalition of Immoklaee Workers
    C) demonstrators at March 8th march on Wendy’s headquarters in Ohio
    D) demonstrators at March 15th vigil at Wendy’s in Ellsworth, ME
    E) Gail Dana-Sacco, PhD, MPH, Passamaquoddy tribal member, www.mitsc.org

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