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An Evening with Farm Labor Activist Baldemar Velasquez & others

Audio recorded at event

On Thursday, September 20th at 7-9 p.m. at the Crosby Center in Belfast, WERU Community Radio and Americans Who Tell the Truth presented renowned activist and union leader Baldemar Velasquez, founder and president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO. Velasquez is a highly respected advocate for migrant workers and immigrants, himself the son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico.

There was also a panel presentation and question-and-answers featuring Velasquez and Jorge Acero of the Maine Department of Labor, Edith Flores of Mano en Mano, and Cynthia Phinney of the Maine AFL-CIO. Music opening and closing the evening was performed by father and daughter duo Shawn and Maizey Mercer.


WERU Special: Cecile Richards 8/31/18

Producer/Editor/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy

Cecile Richards is the former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation and author of the New York Times bestseller “Make Trouble”. She spoke in Blue Hill, Maine on August 21st, 2018 at the unveiling of her portrait, the latest in Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” series.


WERU Special, Truth and Evidence: The Role of the Media 8/30/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded/contributed by: John Greenman

A panel discussion at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota on June 16th, 2018. The panelists were Carleton alums Eric Wieffering of the Minneapolis Star Tribune; Mary Stuckey, Executive Director of Round Earth Media; and John Greenman, a reporter for Maine Public and other media outlets before retiring and volunteering here at WERU.

WERU Special 8/22/18: The Threatened Forcible Displacement of Khan al-Ahmar and the Denial of Human Rights to Palestinians

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

The Threatened Forcible Displacement of Khan al-Ahmar and the Denial of Human Rights to Palestinians

Israeli order for the destruction of the bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar
Israeli control of water in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
The unviable so-called two-state solution
How do Palestinians resist the continued denial of human rights?
How will climate change and illegal settlement building impact the future of Palestine?
How do Palestinians channel their anger?

Jamal Juma’, organizer of the grassroots campaign Stop the Wall (
Saim AbuDahouk, Khan al-Ahmar community member, Palestinian Authority employee
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, activist, professor, and founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (
Qumsiyeh’s blog:

WERU Special 8/15/18 The Importance of Human and Biological Diversity: Palestine as a Case Study

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

What is the value of social diversity and biodiversity? In resistance?
How does Zionism threaten diversity?
What are the historical outcomes of colonialism?
How does the Palestine Museum of Natural History work to influence Palestinian school children?

Guest: Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (
Qumsiyeh’s blog:

WERU Special 4/12/17: Bruce Gagnon

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Topics: Americans Who Tell the Truth, Bruce Gagnon

Bruce Gagnon, co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, spoke at Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville, Maine, on Mar. 26 as part of their spring lenten series featuring individuals Robert Shetterly has painted for the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. Gagnon shared his history of activism. He also described the campaign to convert Bath Iron Works from a shipyard building warships to a facility building commuter rail systems, solar panels, and/or wind turbines.


WERU Special 3/28/17 – Life for girls and women in Afghanistan

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Three girls, aged 12-18, describe the socioeconomic challenges in their lives, yet they remain committed to helping others in their family and community.

Hadisa, volunteer
Muqadisa, volunteer
Fatima, student

Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan
Voices for Creative Nonviolence,