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.

Talk of the Towns 06/23/06

Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Topic: Sustainable development for Maine’s Native Peoples: Four Directions Development Corporation (FDDC)
Location and population of Passamaquoddy, Penobscot Tribes, Houlton Band of Maliseets and Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, current economic and social conditions?
When and why was the FDDC established? What are the primary goals? What are the community impacts?
Guests: Susan Hammond, Executive Director, Four Directions Development Corporation; Patricia Kontur, FDDC Business Program Director; Mark Chavaree, FDDC Advisory Board Member; Helen Scalia, Giving Winds Capital Campaign Coordinator; Tom Euell, former Executive Director, Maine Council of Churches
Resources for listeners: www.fourdirectionsmaine.org or 207-866-6545; www.mainecouncilofchurches.org or 207-772-1918

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?

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 06/22/06

Host: Jim Campbell
“It’s summer but Washington is still buzzin’. In this edition, we take a
look at a few recent actions of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial
branches of the federal government that will affect our lives in the
electronic (and every other) realm, and, in the eyes of many, not in a
particularly positive way.”

WERU RadioActive Special “Green Scare”

Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco
Topic: “Green Scare”
Guests: Attorneys Lynne Williams and Phil Worden

How are tactics being used by the government today similar to those used during the McCarthy era “red scare”?
What are your rights if police ask for a DNA sample without a warrant?
What is a Grand Jury?

Call in show with several callers

Voices 06/21/06

Producer: Amy Browne
Topics: Karen Larsen on the Summer Solstice; an interview about a film and fundraiser for Maine Greyhound Placement Service; an interview with a local resident organizing a visit to the area by Thunder Rider, a Native American elder
What are some of the ways different cultures have celebrated Solstice?
How can people learn more about greyhound adoption?
What will Thunder Rider’s workshops be like?

Common Health 06/21/06

Host: Jim Fisher
Topic: Disasters and Emergency Management
Guest: Rich Bishop, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office
What kinds of disasters do you confront?
What are some of the health issues?
What can we do to prepare our homes?

Call in show with several callers