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RadioActive 4/17/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Program Topic: Cowboys and Indians Alliance DC Action Opposing Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline National; Maine Action on Tar Sands and Climate

Key Discussion Points:
-The Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a broad coalition of tribes, farmers,ranchers and others located along the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route will engage in a week long encampment on the mall in Washington DC before their April 26th demonstration. We speak to a member of the alliance.
-Close to 100,000,have signed the CREDO Keystone XL pledge of resistance, committing to engage in an action which could result in civil disobedience, if the Obama administration approves the Keystone XL Pipeline.
-Activists in 350 Maine talk about ongoing and upcoming local actions on tar sands extraction and pipelines, and climate change.

Guests:
Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska; Cowboys and Indians Alliance; Reject and Protect, www.rejectandprotect.org; www.boldnebraska.org;
Dick Thomas, 350 Central Maine, Waterville
Lee Chisholm, leechisholm@comcast.comcast.com, act.credoaction.com/sign/kxl_pledge
Bob Klotz, 350 Maine, www.350maine.org

RadioActive 4/10/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Program Topic: Waterville City Council supports federal minimum wage increase; the LePage administration’s attempts to restrict EBT card use, veto of Medicaid expansion bill

Key Discussion Points:
a) Last month, the Waterville City Council voted unanimously to support to an increase of the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and hour, and to send communications to elected representatives to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act, sponsored by Rep. Miller (D-CA) and Sen. Harkin (D-IA). We speak with the Mayor of Waterville.
b) The LePage administration is attempting to implement a change to include a photo id on EBT cards, which distribute funds for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Based on past experiences, low income advocates and federal officials are concerned this would have an undue impact in recipients. 223,891 Mainers hold EBT cards.
c) LePage vetoes a bill that would have expanded Medicaid coverage to 70,00 Mainers under the Affordable Care Act. This is the third time he’s vetoed such a measure.

Guests:
Mayor Karen Heck of Waterville
Chris Hastedt, Maine Equal Justice Partners, public policy director www.mejp.org/

www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Waterville_councilors_urge_federal_minimum_wage_increase_.html

www.raiseto1010.com/http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/gov_-lepage-has-little-to-show-from-fraud-hunt_2013-09-16.html

RadioActive 3/27/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Program Topic: Tour to raise federal minimum wage to $10.10; Wabanaki Tribes continuing struggle to maintain sovereignty and fishing rights

Key Discussion Points:
a) We look at the movement to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. A bus tour promoting the passage of the Fair Minimum Wage Act stopped in Bangor. Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant of Bangor has just raised their minimum wage to $10.10.
b) We speak with Maine Congressional Representative and gubernatorial candidate, Mike Michaud about the minimum wage and the realities for low income Mainers
c) Passamquoddy tribal member, Vera Francis speaks on state opposition to tribal sovereignty and fishing rights,
specifically around the elver fishery. After long negotiations to come to an agreement that involved recognizing that tribal elver regulations were protective of the fishery and allowed tribal autonomy, Maine’s State Attorney General shut down the process in the 11th hour. The Passamquoddy Tribes own management plan puts a limit on total tribal catch, but allows anyone in the tribe to fish. They argue that this management system is more protective then the state’s permit system.

Guests:
Congressman Mike Michaud
Laura Fortman, US Dept of Labor
Sean Garceau , manager at Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, Bangor
Rev. Becky Gunn, Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor
Vera Francis, Passamaquoddy tribal member, Passamaquoddy Fisheries Committee

RadioActive 3/20/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

Program Topic: Coalition of Immokalee Workers Movement at Wendy’s Headquarters and Ellsworth Solidarity Action; Tribal Scholars Event on Wabanaki Self Determination

Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
a) This month, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers completed a 10 day “Now is the Time” bus tour, calling on the Wendy’s fast food chain, and regional supermarket chain Publix, to join the Fair Food Program. 12 other retailers have already done so, committing them to pay farmworkers a penny per pound more for Florida’s winter tomatoes and to buy from growers adhering to a fair labor code of conduct. We join the tour at Wendy’s Headquarters in Ohio.
b) A solidarity action was held at the Wendy’s restaurant in Ellsworth on Saturday.
c) Last night, three Wabanaki scholars spoke at Sipayik on the history and implications of settler treaties with the Wabanaki tribes, the Maien Indian Claims Settlement Act and current fisheries issues. It was the fist of a two day series titled “Wabanaki Self Determination: Earth Treaties to Settlement Acts and Beyond”. The second evening will be at the University of Maine at Orono this evening.

Guests by name and affiliation:
A) Lupe Gonzalo, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
B) Cruz Salucio, Coalition of Immoklaee Workers
C) demonstrators at March 8th march on Wendy’s headquarters in Ohio
D) demonstrators at March 15th vigil at Wendy’s in Ellsworth, ME
E) Gail Dana-Sacco, PhD, MPH, Passamaquoddy tribal member, www.mitsc.org

RadioActive 3/13/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

Program Topic: FMLN Candidate Declared Winner in El Salvador; Creating Local Economies in Maine; Action in Solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Key Discussion Points:
a) Today, FMLN candidate Salvador Sanchez-Cerran was declared the winner in El Salvador’s presidential elections. We speak with a social movement leader about the elections unprecedented transparency and the issues the Salvadoran social movement hopes will be the focus of the Sanchez Cerran.
b) We preview a conference titled “Creating and Sustaining Vibrant Local Economies”. This includes looking at definitions of economy and alternative models, including cooperatives.
c) The Community Union of Ellsworth speaks on their upcoming demonstration in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Demonstrators will call on Wendy’s to join the other top five fast food chains in signing onto the Fair Food Program, committing them to pay farmworkers a penny per pound more for Florida’s winter tomatoes and to buy from growers adhering to a fair labor code of conduct.

Guests:
A) Marcos Galvez, director of CRIPDES ( Association for the Development of El Salvador ) www.cripdes.com/
B) Cori Ring-Martinez, US El Salvador Sister Cities, election observer www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org
C)Larry Dansinger, Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC) mainelocaleconomies.org/
D)Jane Livingston, Cooperative Maine, cooperativemaine.wordpress.com/
E) John Curtis, Community Union of Ellsworth, www.facebook.com/communityunionofellsworth?ref=stream

RadioActive 3/6/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Program Topic:The Ngobe Peoples’ Resistance to Hydroelectric Dam in Panama; 3 Activists Sentenced for Tar Sands Pipeline Action in Michigan

Key Discussion Points:
a) Today we speak with Lawrence Reichard, from Panama, on the resistance of a Ngobe indigenous people against the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam.
b) We also speak with a member of the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI CATS). Yesterday, three activists were sentenced to time served and 13 months probation, for trespassing and obstruction, when they locked themselves to construction equipment at the site of Enbridge’s 6B pipeline expansion.
c) In 2010, Endbridge’s Line 6B ruptured and spilled 840,000 gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamzoo River.

Guests:
A)Lawrence Reichard, freelance journalist, WERU contributor, co-director of Learning Center at H.O.M.E. Incorporated
B) Liz Starks, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) www.michigancats.org/

www.culturalsurvival.org/news/panamas-barro-blanco-dam-threatens-ngobe-people

RadioActive 3/6/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Program Topic:The Ngobe Peoples’ Resistance to Hydroelectric Dam in Panama; 3 Activists Sentenced for Tar Sands Pipeline Action in Michigan

Key Discussion Points:
a) Today we speak with Lawrence Reichard, from Panama, on the resistance of a Ngobe indigenous people against the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam.
b) We also speak with a member of the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI CATS). Yesterday, three activists were sentenced to time served and 13 months probation, for trespassing and obstruction, when they locked themselves to construction equipment at the site of Enbridge’s 6B pipeline expansion.
c) In 2010, Endbridge’s Line 6B ruptured and spilled 840,000 gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamzoo River.

Guests:
A)Lawrence Reichard, freelance journalist, WERU contributor, co-director of Learning Center at H.O.M.E. Incorporated
B) Liz Starks, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) www.michigancats.org/

RadioActive 2/27/14

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

Program Topic: U Main Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement; Public Hearing on Metallic Mining Bill; Work to Connect Local Farms to Unions and Low Income Mainers

Key Discussion Points:
a) Today we hear some of the testimony given before legislative committee on a bill aimed at opening the state for metallic mining. Water quality, cleanup, and the democratic process were all brought into question at Monday’s hearing.
b) We also look at work to support local farmers and connect them with union members and low income Mainers.
c) But first, we speak with a member of Divest UMaine. This afternoon students met with the University of Maine’s Investment Committee on the impacts the institution could have, if the divested from the fossil fuel industry.

Guests:
A) Iris SanGiovanni, Divest UMaine
B) Senator Chris Johnson, Maine Legislature
C)Chief Brenda Commander, Houlton Band of the Maliseets
D)Rep. Ralph Chapman, Maine Legislature
E) Erin Sweeney, agricultural organizer, Food and Medicine, www.foodandmedicine.org