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  • Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Contributing Producer: Carolyn Coe

    Topic:  Demolition of homes and forced eviction in East Jerusalem

    Guests: Ahmed Abdullah, Nassima Ait-Saadi (interpreter), Douad Nassar, Tent of Nations, Julia Alfandari, Israeli Coalition Against House Demolition

    Admed’s house was demolished.  Douad’s family received 9 demolition orders for structures on family land.

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco & Amy Browne

    Today, as we wait to hear back from the most recent delegation of human rights activists to visit Gaza, we bring you an interview with Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian peace activist now living in the U.S.  Meredith spoke with him in June 2009, when he was in Bangor, speaking at an event was co-sponsored by the Eastern Maine Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) and The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at George Mason University, where Aziz Abu Sarah is a Senior Research Associate.

    FMI: www.gmu.edu/departments/crdc , www.azizabusarah.wordpress.com

    You can also hear the talk given by Aziz Abu Sarah (recorded by Carolyn Coe, and broadcast on WERU’s Weekend Voices in June 2009), here:  archives.weru.org/voices/weekend-voices-62709

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  • Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributors: Carolyn Coe and Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian now living in the U.S., speaking in Bangor, Maine on 6/24/09 on the topic of Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. The event was co-sponsored by the Eastern Maine Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) and The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at George Mason University. In just four years, Brit Tzedek v’ Shalom has become America’s largest Jewish peace group with over 45,000 supporters, and 40 chapters nationwide. This event was part of a Speaker’s Series they are sponsoring. For more information about Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, contact Barbara Kates at bkates50@hotmail.com or 207-947-6858. For more information about CRDC: www.gmu.edu/departments/crdc

    Segment 2: Maine Folklife Center needs community support and involvement as it struggles to survive following budget cuts. Matt Murphy talks with Executive Director Pauleen MacDougall. FMI: www.maine.edu/folklife or 207-581-1848

    Segment 3: All the latest news from the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Flash in the Pans with the Blue Hill Pops— an interview with Mary Cheney Gould, Founder, Organizer and Music Director
    The Blue Hill Pops Concert will be Friday July 3rd at the George Stevens Academy gym in Blue Hill, Maine. FMI: www.bagaducemusic.org

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  • Producer/Host: Cathy Melio
    Contributor: John Greenman

    Segment 1: Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s “Artists Voice” feature.
    Segment 2: Tomorrow (Wednesday) at Husson University, Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian peace activist from the West Bank will share experiences of his life and as a member of the Bereaved Family Forum, a group of Israeli Jews and Palestinians who have lost close family members in the violence. Ahead of this even, John Greenman talks with Alex Grab, an Israeli who is active with the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace. Grab teaches at the University of Maine and is an outspoken advocate for a middle eastern peace that recognizes the 1967 borders.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Contributors: Jim Fisher, Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Jim Fisher interviews Dan Kane, a Phys Ed instructor at GSA who teaches a course on Outdoor Experiential Education and Leadership every spring.  This nine minute interview describes the program and what students gain by working together outdoors.

    Segment 2: We talk with a Jonathan Sherman, a high school student from southern Maine who has been keeping in touch with his Israeli and Palestinian friends he met at the “Seeds of Peace” camp.  Facebook and MySpace have allowed them to maintain contact through the recent escalation.  (FMI: www.seedsofpeace.org)

    Segment 3: Highlights of a recent workshop that offered tips to help non-profits survive in today’s economy: “Navigating Rough Seas, A Community Discussion with Non-Profits on Program Sustainability”.

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topic: 3 perspectives on Israel’s assault on Gaza, with Molly Little, Frida Berrigan & Bruce Gagnon

    Segment 1: Molly Little.   In 2005, Molly Little spent three months in Israel and the West Bank, conducting interviews with Israeli peace activists, members of an Israeli kibbutz, employees of the Israeli Knesset, and people from a wide range of Palestinian society, including students, farmers, political activists, artists, public officials, teachers, and health care providers. Her articles and op-eds have appeared in Lefthook, The Providence Journal-Bulletin, The Palestine Monitor, Portland Indy Media and elsewhere.  She’ll be giving a talk next week in Bath, called “American Witness in Palestine: Roots and Realities”. (Friday, January 16 at 7:00 pm, Addams-Melman House,212 Center Street, Bath, ME) We spoke with Molly Little by phone from her home in Whitefield, Maine earlier today:

    Segment 2: “War In Gaza, Weapons From the USA”, Frida Berrigan, Senior Program Associate of the “Arms and Security Initiative” at the New America Foundation, columnist for “Foreign Policy in Focus”, and a contributing editor of In These Times magazine. She is also the author of several reports on arms trade and human rights, and will talk with us today about the ties between the US and Israel.  FMI: Frida Berrigan, berrigan@newamerica.net, 212-431-5808 ext 200

    Segment 3: Bruce Gagnon, a long-time organizer, currently based in Maine, for his perspective on the Peace & Justice communities response to the situation in Gaza. FMI: space4peace.blogspot.com/

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