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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Dakota Access Pipeline Divestment Protest at TD Bank in Bangor, Update on DAPL and Standing Rock, Council on American-Islamic Relations Federal Suit on Muslim Ban

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) On Saturday, January 28th, close to 300 people demonstrated at TD Bank’s Stillwater Ave, Bangor branch in Bangor. TD Bank, along with 16 other financial institutions, including Wells Fargo and Citibank, are major investors in the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is slated to cross Standing Rock Sioux treaty lands, directly above their reservation and under the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe, source for the area’s water supply.
    2) At the end of last year, the Army Corp of Engineers withheld granting the necessary easement to construct the pipeline segment near Standing Rock until the EPA could conduct an Environmental Impact Statement. The Trump administration, however, is pressuring for an expatiated approval.
    3) We also speak with the Council on American-Islamic Relations on their federal lawsuit on behalf of 20 individuals challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s Muslim travel ban.

    Guests:
    A) participants in Standing Rock/TD Bank protest including: June Sapiel, Penobscot tribal member, Don White, Bucksport resident, Kimberly Hammill, Bangor Racial and Economic Justice Coalition, Cecil from Waterville, Margot Roberts, Bangor, Isis Moon, Bangor, Mariah Helms, Monroe
    B) Jade Begay, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) ienearth.org indigenousrising.org
    C) Lena Masri, Council on American Islamic Relations, litigation director and acting civil rights director cair.com

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice
    Program Topic: Inauguration Demonstrations In DC: Disrupt J20 and Women’s March

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today’s hour long edition covers the inauguration demonstrations in DC this past weekend, both the Disrupt J 20 on the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump and the historic Women’s’ March, which flooded the city with over a half a million people the day after.
    2)Demonstrations on the day of the inauguration, were reportedly the largest in US history. We hear from march participants in the Disrupt J 20 Festival of Resistance march and speakers from the rally that followed, addressing a wide range of issues that will intensify under the Trump Administration.
    3) We also hear from participants from the Women’s March on January 21st in DC. The Trump inauguration team had blocked the Women’s March from getting a permit for the Mall, but the reportedly half a million people overwhelmed the permitted site on Independence Ave. Rather then stay on the march route, people streamed across the city, taking over streets in spontaneous, giant, leaderless marches towards the Mall and as close to the White House that barricades would allow.

    Guests:
    A) participants at January 20th inauguration protest march
    B ) Jacquelyn Cordoba, International Indigenous Youth Council
    C) Chase Iron Eyes, Standing Rock Sioux
    D) Daraksham Raja, Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum and Washington Peace Center
    E) Melissa Miles, It Takes Roots
    F) Evan Greer, musician and activist
    G) Michael Moore
    H) Son of None, musician, police brutality and mass incarceration activist
    I) Participants in Women’s March in DC
    J) Taina Asili, musician, police brutality and mass incarceration activist

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Planned Disrupt J 20 Inauguration Actions and Discussion on Trump’s Nominees’ Impact on Environment and Climate Change

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Reporting from Washington DC, the day before the inauguration of Donald Trump, we look at the protests planned for tomorrow, including the Disrupt J 20 direct action blockades of the inauguration entrances.
    2) We also look at what Trump’s nominees to head the EPA, the State Dept, the Dept of Energy and the Dept of Interior could mean for environmental health and climate change.
    3) We discuss the urgency of climate change and the need for action.

    Guest: Janet Redman, climate justice activist, part of coordinating committee of the climate contingent of Disrupt J 20; policy analyst for Oil Change, in Washington DC

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Governor LePage’s proposal to build a privately run mental healthcare facility in Maine

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) Today we take a closer look at Governor LePage’s proposal to build a privately run mental healthcare facility in Maine, and what that could mean for quality and continuity of of patient care, transparency and legislative oversight
    2) There is a national trend towards the privatization of mental healthcare. One of the bidders for the Maine facility id Correct Care Solution who has be criticized for it record in for profit prison facilities.
    3) We also look at other labor issues in the state, including the implementation of this elections referendums on the minimum wage and income tax reform.

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    Shelby Moreau, mental health worker at Riverview Psychiatric Center, Vice-president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, local 1814
    Sarah Bigney, Maine AFL-CIO

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Board of Environmental Approves Passes Mining Regulations

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) Today, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted to support changes to environmental regulations that would allow metallic mining in Maine. The Proposed rule changes now go to the legislature.
    2) Over the paste past 5 years, the Department of Environmental Protection has tried to push the rule changes through the legislature, where it has been voted down. Changes to Maine’s mining law were originally designed by JD Irving, who has interest in mining Bald Mountain in Aroostook County.
    3) Widespread public opposition has organized around com batting the DEP’s proposed rule changes, while trying to offer alternative protections to the state’s current inadequate statute.

    Guest: Lindsay Newland Bowker, Environmental Risk Manager, Bowker Associates, Science and Research In the Public Interest

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Update from Standing Rock; Solidarity Event in Bangor; Reaction to Trump EPA Nominee

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) Today we hear an update from Standing Rock where Water Protector camps reorganize, as the Army Corp of Engineers rules against an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River until an Environmental Impact Statement can assess alternative routes.
    2) We also look at Trump’s nomination to head the EPA, Oklahoma State Attorney General , Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is known for his pro oil, gas and coal industry stances and his opposition to policies aimed at addressing air and water pollution and climate change.
    3) We also hear from some voices from the Solidarity Rally with Standing Rock at the Penobscot River Waterfront in Bangor on December 5th.

    Guests:
    A) Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network
    indigenousrising.org/whats-next-for-the-water-protectors-at-standing-rock-coalition-statement/
    www.ienearth.org/
    indigenousrising.org/
    B ) Bob Deans, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) www.nrdc.org
    C) Kathy Paul, Penobscot elder, rally organizer, Sunlight Media Collective
    D) Hope, Bangor resident
    E) Barbra Moore, Penobscot Nation

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Police Attack on Standing Rock Water Protectors on Nov 20th

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today we hear more information about the police attack on Standing Rock Water Protectors on November 20th.
    2) Standing Rock Sioux’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is slated to carry Bakken shale oil through sacred grounds and underneath the Missouri River, a drinking water source for millions.
    3) A number of Wabananki tribal members and other Mainers have been or currently are at Standing Rock. Tomorrow another delegation will travel our with winter supplies and people for the encampment.

    Guests:
    KT Crossman, attorney, Community Law Office, LLC, participant in Water Protectors Legal Collective
    June Sapiel, Penobscot Nation, Standing Rock Water Protector

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Standing Rock Day of Solidarity Actions, the Minimum Wage Referendum Passes in Maine and the Annual Solidarity Harvest Efforts

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Tuesday marked a day of national action in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is slated to carry Bakken shale oil through sacred grounds and underneath the Missouri River, a drinking water source for millions.
    2) Numerous rallies took place across Maine, including over 65 people in Ellsworth and over 200 in Bangor. Today we hear from three Penobscot women who spoke at the Bangor rally before people marched to the federal building. A number of Wabananki tribal members and other Mainers have been or currently are at Standing Rock. On December 2nd another delegation will travel our with supplies.
    3) On this past election day, 4 states voted to pass a minimum wage increase. In Maine, voters passed Question 4, approving a $12 an hour minimum wag by 2020. We speak with labor organizer Jack McKay about this and the annual Solidarity Harvest, a Thanksgiving effort focusing on laid off workers in the area, while examining systemic changes needed to increase food security in the state.

    Guests:
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobcsot Nation, Sunlight Media Collective
    June Sappiel, Penobscot Nation, Standing Rock Water Protector
    Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Nation, Indigenous Rights Attorney
    Jack McKay, director of Food AND Medicine, president of Eastern Maine Labor Council

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