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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributing producers: Meredith DeFrancesco, Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Penobscot Nation member and indigenous rights attorney Sherri Mitchell speaking at the Penobscot River Sovereignty Rally held on the Bangor waterfront on July 9th in response to the recent court decision against the tribe- produced by Meredith DeFrancesco

    Segment 2: Matt Murphy interviews former Senator George Mitchell about ways to apply what he has learned in his years as a diplomat to present day politics

    Segment 3: Matt Murphy interviews performance artist Judith Sloan about her latest project. FMI: www.earsay.org


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla

    1) Today we hear some audio from Saturday’s Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla on the Bangor Waterfront, where people gathered to support the Penobscot Tribe’s struggle for continued stewardship of the River, and other local and statewide struggles for clean water and clean energy.
    2) Over 30 organizations co-sponsored the event, which showed support for the Penobscot Nation’s efforts to retain sovereignty and stewardship on the section of the river passing through their island territory. In 2012, the Maine Attorney General’s office sought to establish that section as State territory. The Tribe has sued the State in an on going legal case: Penobscot Nation v Attorney General Janet Mills.
    3) Speakers broadcast in this program address the Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion in Old Town and the dumping of toxic leachate into the Penobscot River and on state bills and policies that could support or paralyze the development of solar energy in Maine.

    Guests:
    Ed Spencer, Old Town resident, logger and intervenor in Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion process
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot tribal member and activist
    Fred Greenhalgh, ReVision Energy and solar activist
    Jim Freeman, Flotilla organizer, Alliance for the Common Good,

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    BEP Proposed Rule Changes to Allow Increased CDD Import; Solar Legislation; Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla

    1) Today we look at rule changes the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) is poised to make which would allow for the increased importation and incineration of toxic Construction and Demolition Debris (CDD) in Maine. The BEP will be accepting comments on the rule changes until June 25th.
    2) We also look at two solar energy bills currently before the Maine legislature: LD 1504: An Act Regarding Solar Power for Farms and Businesses and LD 1444: An Act Regarding Large Scale Community Solar Procurement.
    3) We also look towards Saturday’s Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla, where people will gather to support the Penobscot Tribe’s struggle for continued stewardship of the River, and other local and statewide struggles for clean water and clean energy. Over 30 organizations are co-sponsoring this event.

    Guests:
    Hillary Lister, waste activist, Maine Matters Research, Consulting and Advocacy. ( BEP Rule Changes Summary : app.box.com/s/acwa9mqnl7firfw9y5ori9ua40oim60y)
    Dylan Voorhes, Clean Energy director at Natural Resources Council of Maine
    Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Tribe, indigenous rights attorney, Land Peace Foundation

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Guest Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion Approved by BEP; Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement

    -Today the Maine Board of Environmental Protection approved the expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.
    -Local activists have strongly opposed the expansion, underlining the amount of out of state waste that is reclassified as “in-state waste” and disposed at Juniper Ridge, which is state owned, but privately operated by Casella Waste Management. Opponents, including members of the Penobscot Nation, are alarmed by potential impacts on ground water and the continued dumping of leachate by product into the Penobscot River.
    -We also examine Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

    Guests:
    Ed Spencer, Old Town resident and intervenor in Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion
    Erika Lennon, senior attorney for the Center for International Environmental Law

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: North Dakota Access Pipeline part 2

    Program Topic: Largest gathering of Tribes in 100 years

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Any new developments in the courts
    b) Corporate Oil and it’s destruction of Native Land?
    c) Attempt to cover up its use of force against Native people at site
    d) What can we do to support the Human and Civil Rights of the Tribes?

    Guests:
    Sherri Mitchell, Esq.Director of the Land Peace Foundation. she is a Native Rights and Environmental Activist and a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
    Former Passamaquoddy Tribal Representative Matt Dana just back from Standing Rock
    Tara Houska, Tribal Rights Attorney and National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth working closely with Winona LaDuke. Tara is at the Standing Rock Camp site.

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Studio Engineers: Amy Browne & Matt Murphy

    Issue: North Dakota Access Pipeline– Largest gathering of Tribes in 100 years

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Corporate Oil and it’s destruction of Native Land?
    b) Attempt to cover up its use of force against Native people at site
    c) What can we do to support the Human and Civil Rights of the Tribes?

    Guests:
    Sherri Mitchell, Esq., Director of the Land Peace Foundation. she is a Native Rights and Environmental Activist and a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
    Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson University of Alberta, Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
    Chief Kirk Francis, Chief of the Penobscot Nation

    FMI:
    www.seveneaglesmedia.org/
    www.democracynow.org/
    www.honorearth.org/
    www.btlonline.org/2016/seg/160916bf-btl-hall.html
    bsnorrell.blogspot.com/
    www.facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring

    Issue: River case, East West Highway and the Settlement Act

    Program Topic: River Case/Environment

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Where are we now with the River Case?
    b) How does the East West Highway issue connect with the River Case?
    c) How does the Settlement Act affect the case?

    Guest: Sherri Mitchell, Director of the Land Peace Foundation

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring

    Issue: River case update/ Tribal Representatives

    Program Topic: River case and Tribal State issues

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What is the current status of the River case?
    b) What is the current status of the Tribal Representatives
    c) How will the Tribes move forward outside of the State Legislature

    Guests:
    Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation

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