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RadioActive Special: Gold Mining in El Salvador 6/29/06

Producer/host: Meredith DeFrancesco

WERU RadioActive Special, “Resisting the Green Scare”

Ray Luc Levasseur and Connor Cash speaking at “Resisting the Green Scare” event in Portland, Maine, June 10, 2006

Recorded by Carolyn Coe, produced by Amy Browne

While some may be intimidated by the government’s “green scare” tactics, others have mobilized in solidarity and mutual aid. The weekend of June 10th and 11th saw events in southern, midcoast and downeast Maine, as well as around the country, that focused on knowing and protecting civil rights.
In Portland Maine, at an event called “Resisting the Green Scare”, Ray Luc Levasseur, a former U.S. political prisoner from Maine who spent 20 years in prison and a decade prior to that underground, and Connor Cash, a Long Island based activist who successfully beat federal charges for alleged Earth Liberation Front (ELF) arsons, spoke about their experiences. A note to listeners: The “Mr Worden?? you will hear the speakers refer to, is local civil rights attorney Phil Worden.

RadioActive 06/22/06

Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco
Topics: Upcoming Peace Conference at UMO; a report back from the “Resisting Atlantica” conference; a low-power FM action alert from Prometheus Radio
What is the focus of this year’s peace conference?
Why resist “Atlantica”?
What do the radio activists at Prometheus think would be the impact of a bill that’s currently being discussed by the Senate?

RadioActive 06/15/06

Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco
Topics: The National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG) and the Maine Chapter of the NLG have issued statements in response to the green scare. A press conference was held in Augusta June 14th with NLG attorneys and activists speaking out about the issue. Also an update on gold mining impacting Bangor’s sister city and WERU’s sister radio station’s communities in El Salvador
What is “green scare”?
How are communities in Maine continuing to organize to protect the right to dissent?
How can we help our sister communities in El Salvador as they face environmental degradation from mining? What is the U.S. connection?

RadioActive 06/08/06

Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
Guests: Attny’s Lynne Williams (pre-recorded interview), and Phil Worden (live) and activist Logan Perkins
Topic: “Green Scare”
What is “Green Scare”?
Why do civil liberties groups and activists see recent actions by law enforcement as an attempt to stifle dissent?
How does a law recently passed in Maine, and formerly known as the “Eco-terrorism”, bill further erode civil rights?

RadioActive 06/01/06

Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco
Topics: Sears Island steering committee; LD1481
How was the Sears Island steering committee re-formed to be more inclusive of interests beyond commerce and government agency representatives?
How do locals feel Sears Island should be “used”?
Why is LD1481 so important to both anti-sprawl activists and proponents of citizens rights to petition government?

RadioActive 5/18/06

Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco

Topic: Activist/author Medea Benjamin (Code Pink, Global Exchange, “Stop the Next War Now!”) speaking at the general assembly meeting of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine on May 11th, 2006

Production assistance from John Greenman

RadioActive 05/11/06

Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco
Topics: Lawrence Reichard’s recorded interview with Burt Case, a reporter who witnessed the police opening fire on student protesters at Jackson State University in Mississippi in 1970
Amy Browne interviews Ilze Petersons about Medea Benjamin’s appearance in Bangor, Maine that evening