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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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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic:
    Key Discussion Points: Potential Impacts of Trump Administration on Climate, Energy and Tribal Right; Standing Rock Updates

    1) Today we begin to look at the potential impacts of a Trump administration on a number of issues nationally and internationally and how social movements anticipate the work going forward.
    2) We speak with the director of the Global Justice Ecology Project about potential policy impacts on climate change, oil and gas development and tribal rights.
    3) We also look at the current assault on water protectors at Standing Rock. A solidarity rally will be held at noon on Tuesday at Westmarket Square in Bangor. At the end of the month a Wabanaki delegation will head to Standing Rock to set up members for the winter.

    Guests:
    Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, globaljusticeecology.org/
    Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot, indigenous rights attorney, facebook.com/sacredinstructions/info

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Food Security and the Minimum Wage; Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today we speak with community and labor organizer Jack McKay about a forum on Food Security and the Minimum Wage taking place Wed. October 19th from 930-1130 at the Bangor Public Library.
    2)McKay say, in the past decade, the Maine’s state food insecurity rating has risen from 33rd to 3rd, attributable to a number of administrative changes by Governor LePage restricting access to food stamps/ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. On November 8th, Mainers will vote on a referendum to increase the state minimum wage.
    3) And we speak with Hillary Lister about the proposed Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town. On Tuesday, October 18th, Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection will conduct a public hearing on the expansion. It will take place at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Starting at 9am applicants and intervenors will present. At 6pm the public may comment. Written comments are accepted until October 19th. There has been long opposition to the expansion of the landfill, including for it’s impact on water and the state operational policy to avoid restrictions to take out of state waste by minimal processing that re-classifies it as in state waste.

    Guests:
    Jack McKay, Director of Food AND Medicine, President of the Eastern Maine Labor Council
    Hillary Lister, waste/landfill/incinerator activist

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