WERU FM 89.9 Blue Hill
99.9 FM Bangor, Maine
207 469 6600
(c) 207 266 1284
Hi~ We will be beginning a monthly digest email containing a list of two of WERU FM’s weekly, locally produced news programs. You can access these programs in the station’s archives at www.weru.org. You can also listen on demand for 12 days after broadcast.
RadioActive (Th 430-5pm-produced/hosted by Meredith DeFrancesco), is a weekly environmental and social justice news journal, covering Maine, national and international issues. The WERU News Report (Tues, Wed. 430-5pm-produced/hosted by Amy Browne) is a bi-weekly news journal covering similar topics, but mostly on Maine issues.
If you would be interested in receiving such a digest for one or both of these programs, please let us know! ~Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
Program Topic: The impacts of Tar Sands extraction on First Nations health, environment and autonomy; Update on South Portland tar sands export moratorium
a) Today we look at the impacts of the rampant contamination by tar sands oil extraction on First Nations communities health, environment and autonomy.
b) We speak with Eriel Deranger, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation ,who will be on the “Tar Sands Exposed speaking
tourin Maine, January 30th and 31st, sponsored by climate activist network 350 Maine.
We also speak with indigenous rights attorney,and Penobscot Nation member, Sherri Mitchell, who will talk about the patterns of i exploitation at the Orono talk.
c) We begin with an update on the current moratorium on tar sands export in South Portland, Maine.
WERU News Report 1/29/14
The legislature is considering a proposed law that is meant to standardize workplace
drug testing: LD 1669 “An Act To Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers To Provide a Drug-free Workplace”.
Supporters say that drug testing makes for safer work places, and that the current law places unfair demands on employers to cover the costs of rehab if an employee tests positive. Opponents, including the Maine ACLU and the Medical Marijuana caregivers association are concerned about the invasion of privacy. And people on both sides say the issue is complicated by the legalization of marijuana, and the fact that a worker may test positive for cannabis for weeks after use, even if they never used it in the workplace.
A public hearing for the bill was held yesterday before the Labor, Commerce, Research AND Economic Development committee. Here are some excerpts:
WERU News Report 1/28/14
Segment 1: Environment groups are warning that Mainers may find themselves using gas derived from tar sands, citing a recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Dylan Vorhees, the Clean Energy and Global Warming Project Director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine is joining us today to tell us why they see that as a big problem.
(Link to a pdf of the full report is here: http://www.nrcm.org/news/new-report-oil-industry-plans-to-pump-refined-tar-sands-to-maine/ )
Segment 2: Pete Seeger at SOA, 2003. Back in 2003 we reported on the annual protest at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly called the School of the Americas – and know to human rights activists as the “School of the Assassins”. The school, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, is run by the US Military. It trains soldiers from Latin America in counterinsurgency techniques and war fare, and many graduates have gone on to commit atrocities. One of the participants in the protest that year was Pete Seeger. On a stage set up right outside the gates of the military compound, he led the crowd in a sing-a-long. His voice was failing, but not his spirit, as you’ll hear in this clip
Program Topic: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Walmart signs Fair Food Code of Conduct
a) Over the past 2 decades, the Coalition of Immokalee has worked tirelessly to change the abusive labor conditions and poverty wages experienced by farm workers in the tomato fields of Florida.
b)After years of organizing, public campaigns, direct action, and negotiations with retailers and growers, the CIW has facilitated the comprehensive implementation of the Fair Food Program, with it’s Code of Conduct for participating growers and its “penny per pound” premium for participating buyers.
c) On January 16th, Walmart became the 12th retailer to sign onto the Fair Food Program. It says it looks toward expanding the standards into other states and other crops. Of the five largest restaurant chains, Wendy’s still has refused to sign on. A number of grocery store chains have also refused to, including the Florida based Publix chain.
A) Silvia Perez, farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
B) Gerardo Reyes Chavez, farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
WERU News Report 1/22/14
The state legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy & Utilities held a public hearing on Tuesday on LD1652, “An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine”
This bill has been chosen as a priority bill by Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition, a partnership of 28 environmental, conservation, and public health organizations, representing over 100,000 members, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine. They say that if passed, this legislation will make solar power “more accessible and affordable for Maine people”. Today on the News Report we’re bringing you some of the testimony from the public hearing
WERU News Report 1/21/14
Last week the Maine legislature’s Health and Human Services committee held a public hearing, as they are considering amended legislation that would allow for Mainecare (Maine’s version of Medicaid) expansion, but include a sunset clause, allowing the state to drop the program after 3 years. The expansion would offer coverage to 70,000 Mainers. The Affordable Care Act was structured with the intent that the expanded Medicaid would cover people with incomes of less that 128% of the federal poverty level.
Today we’re going to hear some of the stories, told by people who have no health coverage, their family members, and people who work with them
Program Topic: Mining Bill at BEP; Divestment from Fossil Fuels
a) Today we discuss the ongoing moves to change Maine’s mining laws,which open the state up to metallic mining, without regard for environmental consequences or adequate industry clean up responsibilities.
b)Tomorrow the state Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) is expected to approve a new set of rules, which would send it on the legislature.
We also look at the movement to divest colleges and universities from the fossil fuel industry, and a bill in the state legislature which would similarly divest Maine Public Employees Retirement System.
A) Beth Ahern, Maine Conservation Alliance; Maine Mining Watch
B)Sarah Linnekan, climate activist with 350 Maine
WERU News Report 1/15/14
Today we’re catching up with Daryl DeJoy, Executive Director of the Wildlife Alliance of Maine, getting an update on the issues they are working on, including bear baiting, and lynx protection in Maine
FMI: www.wildlifealliancemaine.org http://fairbearhunt.com/
WERU News Report 1/14/14
The state legislature’s Insurance and Financial Services Committee held a public hearing Thursday, on LD 1345, “An Act To Establish a Single-payor Health Care System To Be Effective in 2017“. Today we listen in as the bill is introduced, and we’ll hear some of the testimony in support, recorded by WERU’s John Greenman
Program Topic: 20th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising; Rally of Unity in Maine
a) Today we look at the Zapatista movement, on the 20th anniversary of the uprising in Chiapas, on the day the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect. The uprising was an accumulated response to centuries of colonization, poverty, repression and authoritarian and neo-liberal structures, particular to the experience of the indigenous people of Chiapas. However, it was not just a push back, or a call for government reform; it explicitly focused on the creation of alternative models. The analysis of the Zapatatista movement and it organizational examples has been profoundly impactful on social movements across the globe.
b) We look at the Zapatista Escuelitas, open to participants outside the community, for the purposes of application to the struggles in the places they’ve come from.
c) We look ahead to the second annual Rally of Unity, in Augusta, coordinated by a broad network of environmental, social justice and democracy groups “Alliance for the Common Good”.
A) Tony Nelson, Mexico Solidarity Network, Centro Autonomo and the Autonomous University of Social Movements in Chicago.
B) Chris Buchanan, organizer with Defending Water for Life, and the Stop the East West Corridor
WERU FM 89.9 Blue Hill
99.9 FM Bangor, Maine
207 469 6600
(c) 207 266 1284