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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco
    Cheri Honkala, the National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, was in Maine in early April for a speaking tour. Today we bring you some of her remarks at an event at the University of Maine on April 2nd, 2009. Audio recorded by John Greenman

    **Correction: This event took place at the Worker’s Center in Brewer, Maine in early April

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
    Topics: Sweatfree Communities new report, Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne

    A report on: “A New Day in Trade: Public Forum on NAFTA Reform and Fair Trade, with Congressman Mike Michaud”, which took place last night in Bucksport, Maine

    From the announcement for the event: “The current NAFTA model of free trade has devastated workers, farmers, and the environment and eroded our democracy. There is unprecedented opposition in the U.S. and Congressman Mike Michaud is leading the House of Representatives in fighting for an end to NAFTA-style free trade and globalization. Michaud will discuss his blueprint for fair trade and take questions & comments from the audience.

    “The Maine Fair Trade Campaign will let people know how they can plug-in locally in the fight for a more just and sustainable global economy.

    “This event is co-sponsord by the Maine Fair Trade Campaign; USW Locals 1188 and 261; the Hancock County, Waldo County, and Penobscot County Democratic Committees, Food AND Medicine, and the Eastern Maine Labor Council.

    “For More information Contact Daphne Loring at the Maine Fair Trade Campaign
    Office: 777-6387
    Cell: 266-5895

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco

    Segment 1: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have scathing criticism of the Maine Department of Transportation’s plan to start a federal Umbrella Wetlands Mitigation Bank on Sears Island— and they have made their concerns known to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who is currently considering MeDOT’s proposal. We talk with Kyla Bennett, Director of the New England branch of PEER, to get the details. FMI: www.peer.org

    Segment 2: Rob Brown, Executive Director of Opportunity Maine, talks about LD 1181, the “Green Jobs, Green Savings bill”, a proposal to create jobs and energy efficiency in Maine. Opportunity Maine authored the bill, it was sponsored by Rep. Seth Berry (Bowdoinham), and it has drawn an out-pouring of support from labor activists, environmentalists, students and others in recent public hearings. FMI: www.opportunitymaine.org

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco
    Segment 1: Local workers and union members speak out in support of the Employee Free Trade Act (EFCA)
    Segment 2: Army Corps of Engineers Public Meeting tonight in Searsport. At stake: whether “Umbrella Wetlands Mitigation” will allow the Maine Dept of Transportation to build a port on Sears Island. Ron Huber joins us to talk about that issue, and also the lawsuit he recently filed against the state in hopes of protecting the island.
    FMI: Ron Huber, 207-691-7485, coastwatch@gmail.com, www.penobscotbay.blogspot.com
    Comments may be sent to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division, Attn: Ruth Ladd, 696 Virginia Rd., Concord, MA 01742-2751 or 800-343-4789 or ruth.m.ladd@usace.army.mil (Reference Proposal File NAE-2008-1703)

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco
    Topics: FMLN wins El Salvador Election- Social Movement Response, and local Peace and Justice movement responds to the 6th Anniversary of the US war on Iraq.
    Segment 1: Interviews with Esther Chavez, who is from El Salvador, now living in the United States. She has been working with the US El Salvador Sister Cities network since the early 90s and went down as an election observer on Sunday. She talks about her experience and the historical significance of the election of the FMLN candidate, Mauricio Funes, and with social movement leader Lorena Martinez, the President of CRIPDES, a network of over 300 organized communities throughout El Salvador, involved in community development projects and organizing around social and political issues, like free trade, water privatization and gold mining. She talks about the significance of the elections and the implications for the social movement in El Salvador FMI: www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org & www.cispes.org
    Segment 2: A coalition of groups working on peace, justice and human rights issues held a press conference at the Peace & Justice Center in Bangor earlier today to mark the 6th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq & to announce plans for a Community Teach In Saturday called “New Organizing Strategies for the Obama Era”. Here are some excerpts of remarks from members of some of the coalition of 16 groups co-sponsoring the Teach-In (which will be held 3/21/09, 1-5pm at the UU Church on Park Street in Bangor). FMI: www.peacectr.org or 207-943-9343

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco, Amy Browne, Jesse Dyer Stewart, Carolyn Coe
    Guests: Pedro Juan Hernandez, Economist & Social Movement Organizer with the MPR-12, a network of rural community cooperatives and unions; Pedro Miranda, President of PROGRESO, the regional organization of CRIPDES, in Suchitoto,
    Topic: El Salvador presidential elections: Mauricio Funes, FMLN party candidate, former journalist, and ARENA party candidate Rodrigo Avila, former head of the National Police
    What are the economic problems in El Salvador as a basis for the movement for political change? What US Congressional statements in recent days have inferred that the FMLN party is “pro-terrorist” and that if they win the U.S. government could cut off remittances to El Salvador? Why has the Salvadoran government located military troops through out the Suchitoto region?

    FMI: www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topics: Privatization of water supplies….. the impacts of coal mining and burning on the environment…… climate change—– concerns about these issues are mobilizing international coalitions. Today on RadioActive we’ll get the latest news from Mainers who are involved. Segment 1: Residents of the towns of Shapleigh and Hancock move to protect their groundwater from corporate extraction; Segment 2: Thousands of protesters marched to a coal-fired plant in Washington DC Monday, and surrounded the plant to call attention to the coal industry’s impact on the environment and climate change. The event was organized by several groups, including the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Bill McKibben’s 350.org and Powershift 2009. In the days leading up to the protest more than 12,000 students attended a conference on the issues at George Washington University. Local artist and activist Rob Shetterly was among the participants. We spoke with him by phone yesterday and he described the protest and the growing movement of young people mobilizing on this issue.
    FMI: www.coldrivermountainwatch.org , www.ilovemountains.org , www.kftc.org and mountainjustice.org/

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