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  • Producer: Donna Loring
    Guest Host: Amy Browne
    Studio Engineer: John Greenman

    Topics:
    What’s happening at Standing Rock currently and local solidarity efforts
    Racism associated with Trump’s campaign and future concerns

    Guests:
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Sunlight Media Collective, Penobscot Nation
    Sherri Mitchell, Indigenous Rights Attorney, Penobscot Nation
    Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Local communities respond to the recent mass shooting in Orlando. We bring you to vigils held this week in Bangor and Belfast, Maine and then we talk with long time activist and former “Ism Prism” host Valentine King and open the phone lines for your calls. Valentine King is a cultural maven and independent thinker who has been based in Sommesville, Maine for the past 8 years. Originally from Philadelphia, he was active in the independent arts and queer cultural movement in the 1980s, and was part of the movement fighting for recognition of AIDS as a national health crisis at that time. For many years, he was a youth development worker at the Youth Health Empowerment Project, an agency devoted to promoting HIV prevention and youth leadership.

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Mascot issue

    Program Topic: Mascot issue Skowhegan High school

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) why is the mascot issue so i
    b) why being used as a mascot is so offensive
    c) next steps/how to help

    Guest: Maulian Dana Smith

    Watch a video of this interview, here: www.seveneaglesmedia.org/videogallery/mascot-issue/

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: 50th Anniversary of Peter Francis Murder at Peasant Point/Creation of a Joint Investigative Task Force by United South and Eastern Tribes/ First time in history to investigate crimes against their own Tribal members

    Program Topic: Searching for Justice for family and community

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Establishment of a United South and Eastern Tribes Investigative Task Force
    b) Investigate what happened and the effects of a failed justice system
    c) Task Force as model for rest of Indian Country

    Guests:
    Michael Corey Hinton, Great grandson of Peter Francis and an attorney for Akin Gump a prestigious law firm in Washington DC
    Penobscot Nation Chief, Kirk Francis
    USET Chair of its Criminal Justice Committee Robert Bryant

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  • Producer/Host: Anita Arnold
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: White Ally Movement in Maine

    Key Discussion Points
    a) Ally Training and connection to Wabanaki Reach Training
    b) Qualities of Allies
    c) White privilege connection to racial justice
    d) Maine’s Ally Movement

    Guests:
    Barbara Kates, Community Organizer/Ally Trainer for Maine Wabanaki Reach
    David Smith, Member of White Ally Group in Belfast, Maine

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Racism in its various forms

    Program Topic: Racism in places of power
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What is the definition of Racism?
    b) Is there Racism in our Institutions of power such as our government and our law enforcement agencies?
    c) How do we recognize it and address it?

    Guests:
    (A) Professor David Gillborn Director, Centre for Research in Race & Education Editor, ‘Race Ethnicity and Education’ Department of Education & Social Justice School of Education University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
    (B) Penobscot Nation Police Chief Robert Bryant

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Special presentation of “The 1927 Project”, a presentation about an early 20th-century lynching in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2013, the project’s creator, writer/historian Stephanie Harp traveled to Arkansas to join descendants and relatives of those connected to the lynching to present historical and personal perspectives on what happened. “The 1927 Project” recreates that community discussion. “The public discussion in Little Rock was the first to include family members of so many major figures in the 1927 events,” Harp said. “The wounds from this lynching are still very raw in Little Rock. We all gain a better understanding of today’s news by looking at its roots in the past.” Harp holds a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Maine where the lynching was her research topic, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia. She has published journalism, creative nonfiction and book reviews, and has presented her research and writing in Maine, North Carolina and Arkansas.

    Stephanie Harp and Orono High School students Emily Noyes, Tom Boss, Erin Luthin, Elsa Jolliffe Saunders, and Jessie Walker join us in the studio for the presentation and discussion.

    FMI: www.stephanieharp.com/inheritance/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Production assistance: Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Panel discussion called “Young and Black Today”, featuring UMaine student leaders Ronald Robbs, from East Orange, New Jersey, who is an elementary education major and president of the Black Student Union; Muna Abdullahi, from Portland, Maine, who is the director of Multicultural Student Life; Ogechi Ogoke, from Nigeria, who is a chemical engineering major and president of the National Society of Black Engineers; and Izundu Ngwu, from Nigeria, who is treasurer of the International Student Association, recorded at the Peace & Justice Center in Bangor on the eve of MLK Day.

    Segment 2: Keynote speech from the annual MLK Day breakfast at UMaine the following day. The event is sponsored by the university and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. This year’s keynote speakers were Esther Attean and Denise Altvater spoke on the topic of “Truth, Healing and Change: Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation”.

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