RadioActive 11/14/19: Stephen Miller’s White Supremacist Emails to Breitbart and Indigenous Resistance to Megadam Power in Canada

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

a) Today we speak with a senior investigative reporter with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch. Reports published this week examine over 900 emails written by now senior policy adviser to President Trump, Stephen Miller, to Breitbart News prior to the 2016 elections.
b) The emails, of which more then 80% relate to race and immigration, reveal Miller’s affinity and perpetuation of white supremacist ideology and an active effort to infuse Breitabrt readers with anti-immigrant fear mongering, and the motivation behind the Trump administration’s extremist immigration policy, of which Stephen Miller is the architect.
c) We also speak with the North American Megadam Resistance Alliance. A delegation this month will tour a number of North Eat states, including Maine, to underscore the links between energy transmission corridor’s Like Central Maine Power’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect and the Indigenous communities within Canada who bear the devastating impacts of mega hydro-dams.
On November 25th, members of some of those Indigenous communities will hold events in Maine. northeastmegadamresistance.org/2019-megadams-megadamage-speaking-tour/

Guests:
a) Michael Edison Hayden, senior investigative reporter Southern Poverty Law Center, Hate Watch
www.splcenter.org/presscenter/splc-leaked-emails-expose-key-white-house-aide-stephen-millers-affinity-white
www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/11/12/stephen-millers-affinity-white-nationalism-revealed-leaked-emails
www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/11/14/emails-detail-millers-ties-group-touted-white-nationalist-writers
www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/opinion/stephen-miller-emails.html

b) Meg Sheehan, North American Megadam Resistance Alliance
northeastmegadamresistance.org/2019-megadams-megadamage-speaking-tour/
northeastmegadamresistance.org/
northeastmegadamresistance.org/cmp-corridor-maine/

Today’s program was co-produced by WERU FM/RadioActive and Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 8/8/19: Taking a Stand Against White Supremacy Group in Maine

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Production assistance from Dawn Neptune Adams

We spoke with Mackenzie Swift, who took a stand against the white supremacist group “Maine for Mainers” on line and is now being targeted at her workplace, Slate’s in Hallowell.
We hear her experience and discuss the responsibility of businesses and communities in responding to white supremacy and supporting those targeted by harassment.
Our guests include Mackenzie Swift, Sass Linnekan with Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC) and Christine with the Central Maine Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).

Guests:
Mackenzie Swift, Maine for Everyone
www.facebook.com/groups/1661178880692781/
Sass Linnekan with Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC)
resourcesforsocialchange.org/
Christine with the Central Maine Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
www.facebook.com/centralmainesurj/
www.showingupforracialjustice.org/

Article:
mainebeacon.com/white-supremacist-troll-storm-tactics-have-come-to-maine/

Today’s program was co-produced by WERU FM/RadioActive and Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 7/25/19: Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act & Interview w/ Chief Francis

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

First Meeting of Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act and Interview with Chief Kirk Francis

a) Almost forty years after the settlement of the Maine Indian Land Claims, the Wabanaki Tribes in Maine struggle with oppressive State interpretations of jurisdictional issues folded into the Settlement Act which has put the Tribes in a category separate from other federally recognized Tribes throughout the country in regards to their sovereignty and the applicability of federal legislation.
b) In attempts to address this, the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act, which held it’s first meeting Monday, July 22, 2019, at the Augusta State House. The charge of the task force is to review the 1980 Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act and the 1989 Micmac Settlement Act, and to make recommendations for changes through legislation.
The Task Force is comprised of the Chiefs of the Penobscot, Passamquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet Tribes, two Maine Senators, three Maine Representatives and ex offico representation from the Governor’s Office, Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission.
c) Today we hear some of the opening remarks by Chiefs, a Vice- Chief, and the Task Force Legislative co-chairs, and we interview Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation.

Guests:
a) Senator Michael Carpenter, Senate Chair
b) Representative Donna Bailey, House Chair
c) Chief Edward Peter-Paul, Aroostook Band of the Micmacs
d) Chief Clarissa Sabattis, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
e)Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation
f) Vice-Chief Maggie Dana, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik
g) Chief William Nicholas, Sr, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, Motahkomikuk

Video and transcripts of the entire meeting can be viewed at www.sunlightmediacollective.org
Today’s program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 6/20/19: Asylum Seekers in Portland and CMP Transmission Project Update

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

a) Today we hear from the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland on support work for the over 200 asylum seekers, primarily from the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, recently arrived in Maine, and the impacts of federal and state policy. This week the Maine Senate failed to vote on legislation that would have restored cuts made by the LePage administration to safety net programs for documented immigrants and asylum seekers, including food stamps, MaineCare and General Assistance. Governor Mills still has the power to mobilize funds for General Assistance.

b) We also hear an update on the status of so called New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), the proposed Central Maine Power high voltage, highly controversial 145 mile transmission line corridor which would bring electric power form Hydro Quebec in a swath through Maine to Massachusetts markets. Theres has been concerted and growing opposition to this mega project from a wide swath of communities, groups and individuals concerned with environmental impacts on wetlands, waterways and habitat and concerned with democratic and local control.

Guests:
Julia Brown, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

For more information on volunteering and donations:
Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition
Translators needed in French, Portuguese and Lingala.

Matt Wagner, NO NECEC
www.facebook.com/groups/279944929428517/

Today’s program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective.

c) A number of bills that would have potentially impacted the project were presented in the legislature at the end of this session. One bill, would have required a study to examine claims that the NECEC would benefit efforts to address climate change. Two others would have given local governments and municipalities power to approve transmission line projects and the taking of land through eminent domain. These two bills, LD 1382 and LD 1363, both passed the full legislature, but were vetoed by Governor Mills, who has thrown her full support behind the CMP project

The climate study bills received a majority of votes, but as “emergency” legislation criteria, did not receive enough votes to be implemented.

The NECEC project is still seeking permits form the Department of Environmental Protection, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Impacts by Hydro Quebec operations on Canadian communities, including First Nations, will be examined in a future program.

RadioActive 6/6/19: “Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?”

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Last week a panel of Maine-based activists spoke in Belfast at an event called “Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?” Panelists Nickie Sekera of Community Water Justice; Matt Wagner of No to NECEC; Ellie Daniels of Local Citizens for SMART Growth; and John Banks, Natural Resources Director for the Penobscot Nation, talked about tensions between corporate interests and efforts to protect and preserve communities.

Part 1 of this panel discussion aired on Maine Currents this morning, and is available here

RadioActive 4/25/19: Updates on Water Extraction and Solid Waste Reform Bills

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

a) Today we hear updates on the status of proposed waste reform and water extraction bills in the Maine State Legislature.

b) Yesterday, the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee made decisions on five bills that could impact industrial water extraction in Maine, specifically by Poland Spring, owned by Nestle Waters North America. The ENR Committee voted unanimously “ought to pass” on LD 112 ” An Act to Acknowledge Potable Water as a Necessity.” They voted unanimously “ought not to pass” on
LD 1358, “An Act to Further the Public Interest In All Maine Waters”, LD 413 ” An Act to Ensure the Rights
of Citizens to Groundwater in the State” and LD 197 “An Act to Convene a Working Group to Authorize a Public Trust for Maine’s Groundwater”. The Committee voted to move LD 1474 “An Act to Ensure Water Equity and Accountability for the People of the State”, sponsored by Rep. Hickman legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP1076&item=1&snum=129, to the Legislative Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. The work session is not yet scheduled.

c) Tomorrow, April 26th, at 10 am the Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hold a work session on LD 401, An Act To Preserve State Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling,” would request the accurate tracking and record keeping of waste from its generation to final disposal point, including as landfill leachate discharged into Maine waterways, including Juniper Ridge Landfill leachate deposited into the Penobscot River. It would walk back a 2011 state statute that allows out of state waste to be re-classified as in-state waste. It would also walk back the ability for the state to meet recycling goals by counting construction and demolition debris used as landfill covering and waste biosolids used as agricultural fertilizer. It would strengthen protections for the health of those living in close proximity to waste disposal facilities, including the Penobscot Nation.

To listen to the work session: legislature.maine.gov/Audio/#216

Guests:
Nickie Sekera, Community Water Justice www.facebook.com/communitywaterjustice/ www.communitywaterjustice.com

Hillary Lister, solid waste and environmental justice activist, Contact info: hmaine9@gmail.com or 207-314-4692

Today’s program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 4/11/19 Proposed Water Bills Would Impact Industrial Water Extraction in Maine

Proposed Water Bills Would Impact Industrial Water Extraction in Maine

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

a) Today we speak with watchdog group Nickie Sekera at Community Water Justice about five bills that could impact industrial water extraction in Maine, specifically by Poland Spring, owned by Nestle Waters North America.

b) A public hearing on the bills was before the Maine Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee on April 10th, attended by representatives of state agencies, water districts, watch dog groups and industry, including Nestle North America.
The bills being considered are LD 1474 “An Act to Ensure Water Equity and Accountability for the People of the State”, sponsored by Rep. Hickman legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP1076&item=1&snum=129, LD 1121 ” An act to Acknowledge Potable Water as a Necessity. Sponsored by Senator Chenette legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0341&item=1&snum=129, LD 197 “An Act to Convene a Working Group to Authorize a Public Trust for Maine’s Groundwater”, sponsored by Rep. Sylvester legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0160&item=1&snum=129, LD 413 ” An Act to Ensure the Rights of Citizens to Groundwater in the State” www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0322&item=1&snum=129, sponsored by Rep Riseman, An Act to Further the Public Interest In All Maine Waters, sponsored by Lori Gramlich

The Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hold its work session on the bills Wednesday, April 24th.

Guest: Nickie Sekera, Community Water Justice www.facebook.com/communitywaterjustice/

Today’s program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective.

legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0980&item=1&snum=129

c) Directly following the public hearing before the ENR, Poland Spring/ Nestle North America released a video and ran full page ads in state news papers promoting their business and commitment “to preserve and protect one of Maine’s most valuable resources.”

RadioActive 4/4/19

Penobscot Nation and Other Affected Communities Speak Out at Public Hearing on Solid Waste Reform Bill

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Today we follow up on reforms afoot for solid waste policy in Maine, as affected communities, including the Penobscot Nation, policy makers and the Department of Environmental Protection look to address long standing problems. Yesterday, the Maine Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources heard public testimony on three waste bills, including LD 401, “An Act to Preserve State Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling”, (legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0310&item=1&snum=129)

LD 401 would request the accurate tracking and record keeping of waste from its generation to final disposal point, including as landfill leachate discharged into Maine waterways, including Juniper Ridge Landfill leachate deposited into the Penobscot River. It would walk back a 2011 state statute that allows out of state waste to be re-classified as in-state waste. It would also walk back the ability for the state to meet recycling goals by counting construction and demolition debris used as landfill covering and waste biosolids used as agricultural fertilizer. It would strengthen protections for the health of those living in close proximity to waste disposal facilities.

Today we hear some of the testimony from those present, including representatives of the Penobscot Nation. And we speak with Hillary Lister, longtime waste organizer and co-author of LD 401, on how things are developing, as the Department seeks to incorporate elements of LD 401 into a bill that also go before the ENR Committee soon.

Guests:

Rep. Ryan Tipping, sponsor of LD 401, District 123, Orono
John Banks, Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Penobscot Nation
Mauilian Dana, Penobscot Nation Ambassador
Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Hillary Lister, solid waste activist
Dawn Neptune Adams, environmental activist, member of Penobscot Nation
Heather Linnet Whittier
Rep. Lori Gramlich, District 13

Today’s program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective, including Dawn Neptune Adams, Andrea DeFrancesco and Josh Woodbury. Audio recording by Josh Woodbury. www.sunlightmediacollective.org