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WERU News Report 3/9/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing Producer: Meredith DeFrancesco

Segment 1: Today we pick up where we left off yesterday in our coverage of testimony at Monday’s public hearing on Governor LePage’s proposed budget cuts. The public hearing was preceeded by a large rally– one of many at the statehouse in recent weeks, in response to LePage’s budget and legislative wishlist. Here are some excerpts.

Segment 2: The Natural Resources Council of Maine is tracking what they call the “50 Worst Bills” for Maine’s environment, that are currently under consideration. Meredith DeFrancesco gets an overview from Pete Didisheim, Senior Director of Advocacy for the NRCM.

WERU News Report 2/8/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributors: Jim Campbell, Meaghan LaSala

Segment 1: Brownie Carson retired last week after a career that spanned more than a quarter century, of protecting Maine’s environment, at the helm of the Natural Resources Council of Maine
Back in 1983, when he started work at NRCM, Maine’s rivers were a primary concern for environmentalists because of the high levels of pollution and the dams, which among other things, obstructed fish. As he cleaned out his office Friday afternoon, Brownie Carson took a break to talk with us, reflecting back over early successes and looking ahead to challenges for Maine’s environment.

Segment 2: New York City has Selected Shorts, a program that features readings of short stories from all over the world. Belfast has As If Stories, short stories written by Maine writers and read live by local actors for local audiences.
The series is now in its second year. Gail Hennigsen is one of the original founders and still a current producer of the series which will feature a live reading of a story by Stephen King this coming Sunday. Jim Campbell caught up with Gail recently to find out more about the series, and the
somewhat mysterious name.

Segment 3: The recent 17th annual Changing Maine Gathering was called “Beyond Capitalism: New Economies for Maine.”
Excerpts from a presentation on Solidarity Economy by Ethan Miller and Olivia Geiger

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RadioActive 2/18/10

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Topics: Executive bonuses at Fraser Papers while workers got pay cuts and company filed for bankruptcy,  in 2009.    Legislation to ban toxic DECA in plastic pallets and other pending environmental legislation.  An update on Plum Creek’s massive development plans in the Maine woods.

Guests:  Duane Lugdon, Union Rep. for Maine’s United Steelworkers;  Judy Berke, Natural Resources Council of Maine (www.nrcm.org)

RadioActive 1/21/10

Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is calling upon it’s membership to attend public hearings in Augusta tomorrow on what it calls “Three of the most important bills of this legislative session”.   Matt Prindiville, the Project Director of the Toxics and Clean Production campaign at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, is with us today to tell us why the NRCM considers LDs 1662, 1631 and 1568 to be so important
And as we’ve reported in the past on RadioActive,  legislation has been introduced that would regulate the use of Solitary Confinement in Maine prisons, which many believe is being used abusively.    At a press conference in Augusta this morning it was announced that a coalition of groups has come together to work for the passage of LD 1611 “An Act to Ensure Humane Treatment of Special Management Unit Prisoners” (sponsored by Rep. Jim Schatz, Blue Hill), including the Maine Civil Liberties Union, the Jeremiah Project, the Maine Psychological Association, the NAACP- Portland Branch, and the Maine Council of Churches. We speak to Emily Posner of Mainers Against the Abuse of Solitary Confinement.  FMI: maineprisonjustice.org

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is calling upon it’s membership to attend public hearings in Augusta tomorrow on what it calls “Three of the most important bills of this legislative session”.   Matt Prindiville, the Project Director of the Toxics and Clean Production campaign at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, is with us today to tell us why the NRCM considers LDs 1662, 1631 and 1568 to be so important.  FMI: www.nrcm.org

And as we’ve reported in the past on RadioActive,  legislation has been introduced that would regulate the use of Solitary Confinement in Maine prisons, which many believe is being used abusively.    At a press conference in Augusta this morning it was announced that a coalition of groups has come together to work for the passage of LD 1611 “An Act to Ensure Humane Treatment of Special Management Unit Prisoners” (sponsored by Rep. Jim Schatz, Blue Hill), including the Maine Civil Liberties Union, the Jeremiah Project, the Maine Psychological Association, the NAACP- Portland Branch, and the Maine Council of Churches. We speak to Emily Posner of Mainers Against the Abuse of Solitary Confinement.  FMI: maineprisonjustice.org

RadioActive 5/21/09

Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco
Topic: Federal Climate Change Legislation
An interview with Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Voorhees offers a critique of the current version of the proposed legislation and explains the importance of this issue to Mainers, as well as the impact Mainers can have on the outcome.
FMI: www.nrcm.org

RadioActive 1/22/09

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Today we take a look at the Obama administration’s proposed initiative to seriously address global climate change and create jobs. We speak with Maine environmental groups on their ideas of how this might be implemented.
And as the United States swears president Obama into office, we get an update on another potential electoral sea change in country with historic ties to the US : El Salvador. We will speak with an election observer of this Sunday’s past legislative elections.
First we look at the push for a national and state level shift towards a green economy. We start with an interview with Dylan Voorhees, the Clean Energy Director at the National Resources Council of Maine.
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1. As Preident Obama announces that green infrastructure and energy will be central to economic recovery and job creation in the US, Can you talk about the potential and necessity, from your perspective of a movement to create an economy based on taking on global climate change?
2. Can you talk about the current and potential movement in Maine- in terms of federal and state legislation, subsidies, research and development and citizen initiative. For a green economy. What is now being proposed, and what more needs to be done?
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Segment 2: Katie Kokkinos, with Environment Maine. That organization has just released a report called “Clean Energy, Bright Future – Rebuilding America through Green Infrastructure” She outlines what the report has recommended in terms of renewable energy, energy efficiency and transportation, and how hopeful they might be that the Obama administration’s initiative will reflect these.
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As the United States tries to turn from the policies of an entrenched right wing party, with the change of parties and presidents, this week El Salvador is also embroiled in historic elections as well. In March, the country will hold it’s presidential elections. Currently and consistently in the polls, FMLN candidate Mauricio Funes is ahead of the right wing ARENA party candidate, the party which has been in power since the brutal civil war, in which government and paramilitary forces murdered, tortured, massacred and disappeared 10s of 1000s of civilians.
This past Sunday, El Salvador engaged in country wide legislative elections, which brought forth 2 potential harbingers for the next elections. One was the switching of historically ARENA areas to FMLN supporting. But also the elections exposed wide spread voter fraud, specifically impacting traditionally left areas to reflect support for ARENA.
A number of election observers traveled from the US and other places for Sunday’s elections.
We speak by phone with Leigh  Hardy, an US election observer from Cambridge Sister Cities, and Michelle Anderson, from US El Salvador Sister Cities, to give us an update from San Salvador.
Questions/Points:
-FMLN winning new areas
-election fraud
-Lorena Martinez from CRIPDES wins alternate Deputado seat
-March elections and election observation delegation

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* For more information on the upcoming March election observing delegation etc: www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org
* www.nrcm.org
* www.environmentmaine.org