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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Radio Consciencia; Rally of Unity speakers on University and State Fossil Fuel Divestment, Climate Change, South Portland Tar Sands Pipeline

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) The work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a Florida based tomato farm workers association, has revolutionized a system which has held workers in abusive conditions, without a voice,and dismissed growers and retailers from responsibility or repercussions. One of the organizing tools for the CIW is their low power FM Station, Radio Consciencia.
    b) We hear from some of the speakers of last month’s Rally of Unity, organized through the Alliance for the Common Good. Topics include the South Portland struggle to keep tar sands from being piped through Maine, and the student and state level efforts to divest from the fossil fuel industry.
    c) Unity College was the first in the nation to begin the process of divestment from the fossil fuel industry. College of the Atlantic was the first to complete the process.

    Guests:
    A) Silvia Perez, farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers www.ciw-online.org
    www.naplesnews.com/news/2006/nov/17/radio_conciencia/?neapolitan

    B) Jake Ratner, Just Harvest USA

    C) Maria Giraurd, member of Penobscot Nation and Penobscot Tribal Council

    D) Iris SanGiovanni, Maine Students for Climate Justice; student at University of Southern Maine
    gofossilfree.org/maine-students-unite-against-climate-change/ www.350maine.org/divestment_campaign
    www.workingwaterfront.com/articles/College-of-the-Atlantic-divests-of-fossil-fuels/15425/

    E) Maine State Representative, Brian Jones, from Freedom

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: The impacts of Tar Sands extraction on the First nations health, environment and autonomy; Update on South Portland Tar Sands Moratorium

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Today we look at the impacts of the rampant contamination by tar sands oil extraction on First Nations communities health, environment and autonomy.
    b) We speak with Eriel Deranger, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation ,who will be on the “Tar Sands Exposed speaking tour in Maine, January 30th and 31st, sponsored by climate activist network 350 Maine.
    We also speak with indigenous rights attorney,and Penobscot Nation member, Sherri Mitchell, who will talk about the patterns of i exploitation at the Orono talk.

    c) We begin with an update on the current moratorium on tar sands export in South Portland, Maine.

    Guests:

    A) Emily Figdor, Environment Maine and Protect South Portland

    B) Eriel Deranger, memebr of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of northern Alberta, Canada; ACFN tar sands campaign and communication coordinator.

    C) Sherri Mitchell, member of Penobscot Nation; indigenous rights attorney with Land Peace Foundation

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Walmart signs Fair Food Code of Conduct

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Over the past 2 decades, the Coalition of Immokalee has worked tirelessly to change the abusive labor conditions and poverty wages experienced by farm workers in the tomato fields of Florida.
    b)After years of organizing, public campaigns, direct action, and negotiations with retailers and growers, the CIW has facilitated the comprehensive implementation of the Fair Food Program, with it’s Code of Conduct for participating growers and its “penny per pound” premium for participating buyers.
    c) On January 16th, Walmart became the 12th retailer to sign onto the Fair Food Program. It says it looks toward expanding the standards into other states and other crops. Of the five largest restaurant chains, Wendy’s still has refused to sign on. A number of grocery store chains have also refused to, including the Florida based Publix chain.

    Guests:
    A) Silvia Perez, farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
    B) Gerardo Reyes Chavez, farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

    www.ciw-online.org

    www.takepart.com/article/2014/01/17/walmart-joins-fair-food-program

    money.cnn.com/2014/01/16/news/companies/walmart-farm-labor/
    Immokalee: a story of slavery and freedom : www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBc4cOg9-ks

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Mining Bill at BEP; Divestment from Fossil Fuels

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Today we discuss the ongoing moves to change Maine’s mining laws,which open the state up to metallic mining, without regard for environmental consequences or adequate industry clean up responsibilities.
    b)Tomorrow the state Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) is expected to approve a new set of rules, which would send it on the legislature.

    We also look at the movement to divest colleges and universities from the fossil fuel industry, and a bill in the state legislature which would similarly divest Maine Public Employees Retirement System.

    Guests:

    A) Beth Ahern, Maine Conservation Alliance; Maine Mining Watch
    www.maineminingwatch.org/

    B)Sarah Linnekan, climate activist with 350 Maine

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: 20th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising; Rally of Unity in Maine

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Today we look at the Zapatista movement, on the 20th anniversary of the uprising in Chiapas, on the day the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect. The uprising was an accumulated response to centuries of colonization, poverty, repression and authoritarian and neo-liberal structures, particular to the experience of the indigenous people of Chiapas. However, it was not just a push back, or a call for government reform; it explicitly focused on the creation of alternative models. The analysis of the Zapatatista movement and it organizational examples has been profoundly impactful on social movements across the globe.
    b) We look at the Zapatista Escuelitas, open to participants outside the community, for the purposes of application to the struggles in the places they’ve come from.
    c) We look ahead to the second annual Rally of Unity, in Augusta, coordinated by a broad network of environmental, social justice and democracy groups “Alliance for the Common Good”.

    Guests:

    A) Tony Nelson, Mexico Solidarity Network, Centro Autonomo and the Autonomous University of Social Movements in Chicago.

    www.mexicosolidarity.org/

    enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/

    desinformemonos.org/

    roarmag.org/2013/08/escuelita-zapatista-10-year-autonomy/

    B) Chris Buchanan, organizer with Defending Water for Life, and the Stop the East West Corridor

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Fraud and Repression in Honduran Elections; Fast Food Wages Rally

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) We look at Hondurans elections, rife with numerous instances of election fraud recorded by election observers. Despite this the European Union and the U.S. Have verified the oficial results, in favor of the National Party, the party behind the coup and who was declared the winner of the following elections.
    b) Violence against social movement activists and journalist has been continuous since the 2009 military coup, and intensified against supporters of the LIBRE party preceding the elections, including at least 18 killed in the past year.
    c) Today, fast food workers in 100 cities are walking off the job in a one day strike for higher wages. Supporting rallies were expected in close to 100 more cities, including Ellsworth.

    Guests:
    A) Grahame Russel, director of Rights Action, www.rightsaction.org/
    B) demonstrators at Ellsworth rally for increased wages at fast food restaurants, including members of the Ellsworth Community Union. www.facebook.com/communityunionofellsworth

    Additional links:
    therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11164&updaterx=2013-12-08+15%3A13%3A10
    upsidedownworld.org/main/honduras-archives-46/4584-the-results-of-the-elections-in-honduras-were-changed-says-european-union-observer-
    upsidedownworld.org/main/honduras-archives-46/4590-honduras-beyond-the-eye-of-the-electoral-storm
    upsidedownworld.org/main/honduras-archives-46/4580-the-different-souls-of-the-libre-party-and-repression-against-honduran-students
    www.ips-dc.org/reports/fast-food_ceos_rake_in_taxpayer-subsidized_pay
    www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/us-usa-employment-fastfood-idUSBRE9B40WW20131205
    www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/05/fast-food-strike-wages/3877023/
    www.thenation.com/blog/177451/fast-food-strikes-hit-100-cities-thursday#
    upsidedownworld.org/main/honduras-archives-46/4601-international-election-monitors-in-honduras-do-they-ensure-clean-elections-or-whitewash-fraud

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: The 19th Conference of Parties(COP) to the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change conclusion and analysis

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) The UN climate talks in Warsaw were meant to build towards a goal of a binding agreement in 2015, but even this modest directive has disintegrated. Today, established environmental groups and other social movement representatives walked out of the COP 19, saying they felt not enough was being done. They say they will focus on building a movement to pressure on governments for the next conference.
    b) Main areas to be addressed at the climate talks are the mitigation of climate change, adaption to the increasing extreme weather effects and funding for countries who are the hardest hit, the least able to afford it, and have had the least contribution to carbon dioxide levels. On Wednesday, members of the G77 and China temporarily walked out negotiations on “loss and damages”, responding to the lack of engagement by developed countries, who want to put off the issue until 2015.
    c) With all the current carbon dioxide emissions reduction goals submitted by party countries, there is still a projected mitigation gap of 8-13 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide. To hold the planet to 2 degree Celsius, CO 2 emissions can’t exceed 44 gigatonnes by 2020. With the current party goals, the planet will be at 52-58 gigatonnes at 2020.

    Guest:
    A) Janet Redman, the Institute for Policy Studies, director of the Climate Policy Program.

    www.ips-dc.org/
    www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/21/mass-walk-out-un-climate-talks-warsaw
    www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/nov/20/climate-talks-walk-out-compensation-un-warsaw
    climate-connections.org/
    allafrica.com/stories/201311210409.html
    allafrica.com/stories/201311210463.html
    www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/climate-change-fight

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Climate Change and Increasing Storm Intensity

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) As the 19th round of UN climate talks open in Poland and the Philippines reels from Typhoon Haiyan, climate scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Kevin Trenberth, talks about how global climate change effects the intensity of extreme weather, like typhoons.
    b) Trenberth discusses the science behind how rising temperatures and rising sea levels effects the severity of storms, how carbon outputs effect ocean acidification,
    c)and some of the recommendations for mitigation outlined in a recent report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    Guest:
    Kevin Trenberth, climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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