Archives for Occupy

RadioActive 8/2/12

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

Key Discussion Points:

a) Hundreds demonstrated at the Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Burlinton, VT July 31st . In the early evening, when a smaller group attempted to peacefully block the road, Burlington police used rubber and pepper bullets against them point blank.

b) Inside the Hilton Hotel conference, the New England Governors, Eastern Premiers and their energy consultants meet on, among other things, what they call “building a clean and cost effective energy future for the Northeast”.

c) Outside, activists from all around the Northeast converged to underscore their opposition to the local and global impacts of a number of proposed regional energy projects. These include Quebec’s $80 billion resource extraction and energy development “Plan Nord” project; the so-called Northern Pass transmission plan to bring energy from Quebec through New Hampshire to New England markets; the proposed private East West Highway which would link Quebec and the Martimes through Maine; and the Trailbreaker pipeline, which is in the process of being reversed to bring tar sands oil from eastern Canada to Portland, Maine, for shipping. Activists from the Innu in Quebec to Mainers living along the the Trailbreaker Pipeline spoke of the community and environmental impacts of these initiatives, including climate change.

A) Demonstrators from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Occupy NYC and more
B) Elyse Vollant, Innu First Nations delegation, from Maliotenam indigenous community in Quebec
C) Bill Mckibben,

Call In Program: no

Talk of the Towns 2/10/12

Issue: Citizen engagement, local democracy, occupy maine
Broadcast Time: 10- 11 AM
Program Topic: Learning from Occupy Efforts in Eastern Maine

Key Discussion Points:
1. What inspired you to get involved … what was your path like? Where there particular issues or questions that Occupy groups have raised that particularly resonate with you?
2. What have the various Occupy efforts looked like (Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Bangor, Augusta)… what activities did you carry out in the fall and early winter?
3. What have you seen happening more recently, with the gathering in Washington and the Occupy the Courts events?
4. What are you planning? (free speech community event in Bar Harbor… other events?)
5. What have you learned? What about the Occupy movement seems to make it easy for people to get involved? What tangible/intangible results have you seen in your community as a result of Occupy efforts?
6. What issues that seem to be emerging as most important for the Occupy movement in 2012, and how you would like to see Maine people respond and get involved.

A) Lawrence Reichard, Bangor
B) John Curtis, Ellsworth area
C) Simon Beckford – east of Ellsworth
D) Benjamin Hitchcock — Bar Harbor / College of the Atlantic
E) Kara Oster– Bar Harbor / College of the Atlantic
F) Margaret Fetzer-Rogers– Bar Harbor / College of the Atlantic

Call In Program: Yes
Host: Ron Beard
Engineer: Amy Browne

RadioActive 9/29/11

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Program Topic: The lack of civil rights history in US education; October 2011 demonstration in DC

Key Discussion Points:
We discuss the recent findings of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s study, which shows the dismal inadequacy of civil rights history taught in schools in the United States.
We hear from two organizers of the October 2011 demonstration “ to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.”
As Occupy Wall Street gains momentum, and the beginning of media attention, we reflect on the movement and sentiment.

Maureen Costello, Southern Poverty Law Center
Lisa Simeone, October 2011 organizer
Maria Allwine, October 2011