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Maine Currents 8/29/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Bangor City Council votes to recognize Indigenous People’s Day and approves a proposal “Urging the United States Congress to enact a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax and Dividend”

We take you to last night’s meeting of the Bangor City Council to listen in on the testimony from tribal council member Maulian Dana Smith, Chief Kirk Francis and others, and the council’s discussion and vote on these two issues. On today’s program you’ll also hear Maulian Dana Smith’s testimony in support of Indigenous People’s Day at Bangor’s Government Operations Committee Meeting earlier in the month, and some background on the Carbon Dividend issue from a 2015 edition of this program.

Special thanks to the folks at www.townhallstreams.com Some of the audio in today’s program was recorded by them and used with their permission.


Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

Maine Currents 7/18/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing producers: Meredith DeFrancesco, Matt Murphy

Segment 1: Penobscot Nation member and indigenous rights attorney Sherri Mitchell speaking at the Penobscot River Sovereignty Rally held on the Bangor waterfront on July 9th in response to the recent court decision against the tribe- produced by Meredith DeFrancesco

Segment 2: Matt Murphy interviews former Senator George Mitchell about ways to apply what he has learned in his years as a diplomat to present day politics

Segment 3: Matt Murphy interviews performance artist Judith Sloan about her latest project. FMI: www.earsay.org


Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

RadioActive 6/15/17

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla

1) Today we hear some audio from Saturday’s Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla on the Bangor Waterfront, where people gathered to support the Penobscot Tribe’s struggle for continued stewardship of the River, and other local and statewide struggles for clean water and clean energy.
2) Over 30 organizations co-sponsored the event, which showed support for the Penobscot Nation’s efforts to retain sovereignty and stewardship on the section of the river passing through their island territory. In 2012, the Maine Attorney General’s office sought to establish that section as State territory. The Tribe has sued the State in an on going legal case: Penobscot Nation v Attorney General Janet Mills.
3) Speakers broadcast in this program address the Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion in Old Town and the dumping of toxic leachate into the Penobscot River and on state bills and policies that could support or paralyze the development of solar energy in Maine.

Guests:
Ed Spencer, Old Town resident, logger and intervenor in Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion process
Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot tribal member and activist
Fred Greenhalgh, ReVision Energy and solar activist
Jim Freeman, Flotilla organizer, Alliance for the Common Good,

This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 6/8/17

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

BEP Proposed Rule Changes to Allow Increased CDD Import; Solar Legislation; Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla

1) Today we look at rule changes the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) is poised to make which would allow for the increased importation and incineration of toxic Construction and Demolition Debris (CDD) in Maine. The BEP will be accepting comments on the rule changes until June 25th.
2) We also look at two solar energy bills currently before the Maine legislature: LD 1504: An Act Regarding Solar Power for Farms and Businesses and LD 1444: An Act Regarding Large Scale Community Solar Procurement.
3) We also look towards Saturday’s Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla, where people will gather to support the Penobscot Tribe’s struggle for continued stewardship of the River, and other local and statewide struggles for clean water and clean energy. Over 30 organizations are co-sponsoring this event.

Guests:
Hillary Lister, waste activist, Maine Matters Research, Consulting and Advocacy. ( BEP Rule Changes Summary : app.box.com/s/acwa9mqnl7firfw9y5ori9ua40oim60y)
Dylan Voorhes, Clean Energy director at Natural Resources Council of Maine
Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Tribe, indigenous rights attorney, Land Peace Foundation

This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

RadioActive 6/1/17

Guest Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion Approved by BEP; Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement

-Today the Maine Board of Environmental Protection approved the expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.
-Local activists have strongly opposed the expansion, underlining the amount of out of state waste that is reclassified as “in-state waste” and disposed at Juniper Ridge, which is state owned, but privately operated by Casella Waste Management. Opponents, including members of the Penobscot Nation, are alarmed by potential impacts on ground water and the continued dumping of leachate by product into the Penobscot River.
-We also examine Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

Guests:
Ed Spencer, Old Town resident and intervenor in Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion
Erika Lennon, senior attorney for the Center for International Environmental Law

This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

Wabanaki Windows 9/20/16

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: North Dakota Access Pipeline part 2

Program Topic: Largest gathering of Tribes in 100 years

Key Discussion Points:
a) Any new developments in the courts
b) Corporate Oil and it’s destruction of Native Land?
c) Attempt to cover up its use of force against Native people at site
d) What can we do to support the Human and Civil Rights of the Tribes?

Guests:
Sherri Mitchell, Esq.Director of the Land Peace Foundation. she is a Native Rights and Environmental Activist and a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
Former Passamaquoddy Tribal Representative Matt Dana just back from Standing Rock
Tara Houska, Tribal Rights Attorney and National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth working closely with Winona LaDuke. Tara is at the Standing Rock Camp site.

Wabanaki Windows Special Report 9/12/16

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Studio Engineers: Amy Browne & Matt Murphy

Issue: North Dakota Access Pipeline– Largest gathering of Tribes in 100 years

Key Discussion Points:
a) Corporate Oil and it’s destruction of Native Land?
b) Attempt to cover up its use of force against Native people at site
c) What can we do to support the Human and Civil Rights of the Tribes?

Guests:
Sherri Mitchell, Esq., Director of the Land Peace Foundation. she is a Native Rights and Environmental Activist and a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson University of Alberta, Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
Chief Kirk Francis, Chief of the Penobscot Nation

FMI:
www.seveneaglesmedia.org/
www.democracynow.org/
www.honorearth.org/
www.btlonline.org/2016/seg/160916bf-btl-hall.html
bsnorrell.blogspot.com/
www.facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp

Wabanaki Windows 7/19/16

Producer/Host: Donna Loring

Issue: River case, East West Highway and the Settlement Act

Program Topic: River Case/Environment

Key Discussion Points:
a) Where are we now with the River Case?
b) How does the East West Highway issue connect with the River Case?
c) How does the Settlement Act affect the case?

Guest: Sherri Mitchell, Director of the Land Peace Foundation