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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Dakota Access Pipeline Divestment Protest at TD Bank in Bangor, Update on DAPL and Standing Rock, Council on American-Islamic Relations Federal Suit on Muslim Ban

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) On Saturday, January 28th, close to 300 people demonstrated at TD Bank’s Stillwater Ave, Bangor branch in Bangor. TD Bank, along with 16 other financial institutions, including Wells Fargo and Citibank, are major investors in the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is slated to cross Standing Rock Sioux treaty lands, directly above their reservation and under the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe, source for the area’s water supply.
    2) At the end of last year, the Army Corp of Engineers withheld granting the necessary easement to construct the pipeline segment near Standing Rock until the EPA could conduct an Environmental Impact Statement. The Trump administration, however, is pressuring for an expatiated approval.
    3) We also speak with the Council on American-Islamic Relations on their federal lawsuit on behalf of 20 individuals challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s Muslim travel ban.

    Guests:
    A) participants in Standing Rock/TD Bank protest including: June Sapiel, Penobscot tribal member, Don White, Bucksport resident, Kimberly Hammill, Bangor Racial and Economic Justice Coalition, Cecil from Waterville, Margot Roberts, Bangor, Isis Moon, Bangor, Mariah Helms, Monroe
    B) Jade Begay, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) ienearth.org indigenousrising.org
    C) Lena Masri, Council on American Islamic Relations, litigation director and acting civil rights director cair.com

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

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  • Producer/Host: R.W. Estela

    “To EPA or Not to EPA”

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Update from Standing Rock; Solidarity Event in Bangor; Reaction to Trump EPA Nominee

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) Today we hear an update from Standing Rock where Water Protector camps reorganize, as the Army Corp of Engineers rules against an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River until an Environmental Impact Statement can assess alternative routes.
    2) We also look at Trump’s nomination to head the EPA, Oklahoma State Attorney General , Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is known for his pro oil, gas and coal industry stances and his opposition to policies aimed at addressing air and water pollution and climate change.
    3) We also hear from some voices from the Solidarity Rally with Standing Rock at the Penobscot River Waterfront in Bangor on December 5th.

    Guests:
    A) Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network
    indigenousrising.org/whats-next-for-the-water-protectors-at-standing-rock-coalition-statement/
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    B ) Bob Deans, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) www.nrdc.org
    C) Kathy Paul, Penobscot elder, rally organizer, Sunlight Media Collective
    D) Hope, Bangor resident
    E) Barbra Moore, Penobscot Nation

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  • Producer/Host: R.W. Estela

    “Standing Rock’s Temporary Ally?”

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  • Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
    Production Assistant: John Welles

    “Standing Rock”

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Police Attack on Standing Rock Water Protectors on Nov 20th

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today we hear more information about the police attack on Standing Rock Water Protectors on November 20th.
    2) Standing Rock Sioux’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is slated to carry Bakken shale oil through sacred grounds and underneath the Missouri River, a drinking water source for millions.
    3) A number of Wabananki tribal members and other Mainers have been or currently are at Standing Rock. Tomorrow another delegation will travel our with winter supplies and people for the encampment.

    Guests:
    KT Crossman, attorney, Community Law Office, LLC, participant in Water Protectors Legal Collective
    June Sapiel, Penobscot Nation, Standing Rock Water Protector

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Standing Rock Day of Solidarity Actions, the Minimum Wage Referendum Passes in Maine and the Annual Solidarity Harvest Efforts

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Tuesday marked a day of national action in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is slated to carry Bakken shale oil through sacred grounds and underneath the Missouri River, a drinking water source for millions.
    2) Numerous rallies took place across Maine, including over 65 people in Ellsworth and over 200 in Bangor. Today we hear from three Penobscot women who spoke at the Bangor rally before people marched to the federal building. A number of Wabananki tribal members and other Mainers have been or currently are at Standing Rock. On December 2nd another delegation will travel our with supplies.
    3) On this past election day, 4 states voted to pass a minimum wage increase. In Maine, voters passed Question 4, approving a $12 an hour minimum wag by 2020. We speak with labor organizer Jack McKay about this and the annual Solidarity Harvest, a Thanksgiving effort focusing on laid off workers in the area, while examining systemic changes needed to increase food security in the state.

    Guests:
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobcsot Nation, Sunlight Media Collective
    June Sappiel, Penobscot Nation, Standing Rock Water Protector
    Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Nation, Indigenous Rights Attorney
    Jack McKay, director of Food AND Medicine, president of Eastern Maine Labor Council

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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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