The Maine Mural

Maine DSA

A show brought to you by the Maine DSA. We touch on various topics including electoral and direct action in the state of Maine, interviews with prominent left Mainers, working class history, and more!

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Sep 3

57 min 38 sec

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Aug 20

56 min 31 sec

Citations: LD 1708 EUT Public Hearings: Streamed live on May 20, 2021 More on Governor Mills' Veto Letter and Seth Berry's Response Maine PUC approves rate increase for CMP customers by WGME Wednesday, July 14th 2021 Our Power Maine Public Power More Information on Seth Berry Pine and Roses Articles on Maine Public Power: Power Grab – Mainers Want to Own the Grid: by Larry Gilman | May 1, 2021 Full legislature to vote on public power ballot: by Tennessee Pierce | Jun 12, 2021 Mike Sylvester on landmark bills and Mills’s veto machine in the Maine Legislature: by Todd Chretien | Jul 24, 2021  

Aug 6

42 min 16 sec

Transcript and video of the interview on PineandRoses.org. The Maine Beacon also wrote on the subject of the Union's formation, including more on the union-busting consultants, hired by Maine Med.

Jul 30

15 min 58 sec

We continue to revisit the May 1st kickoff of the Pine and Roses publication. This episode features a discussion of Pine and Roses articles with their authors, Andrew Miln, Israel Mosley, and Pine and Roses Editorial Collective member Coral Howe. This episode's volunteer editor was Chris Burns. Chris does audio editing for a living, and since we do not yet live in a world of free bread and roses, consider hiring him for audio work through his connected email address, cmoneyburns@cosmicblackltd.com. 

Jul 16

22 min 8 sec

The Maine Mural Podcast is revisiting the May 1st kickoff of the Pine and Roses publication! This episode features a discussion of Pine and Roses articles with their authors Kate Sykes of the Maine DSA Electoral Committee and People First Portland, and  out and proud trans butch activist  N. Sainte Harkins. Kate Sykes has appeared previously on the Maine Mural Podcast for our "Post Election Roundtable" on  Nov 6, 2020. This episode's volunteer editor was Elias Pasquerillo. Citations: [03 Min : 05 Sec] : Articles by Kate Sykes on "Pine and Roses." [14 Min : 08 Sec] : "Maine Youth Justice: No prisons for children by N. Sainte Harkins."  

Jul 2

26 min 22 sec

The Maine Mural Podcast is revisiting the May 1st kickoff of the Pine and Roses publication! This episode features a discussion of our hope's for Pine and Roses with speakers Coral Howe, Todd Chretien of No Borders News, and Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin magazine. This episode's volunteer editor was Adam Bovie, of the Maine DSA State-Wide Podcast Committee.   Citations By Time-Stamp   [00 Min 47 Sec] -- Pine and Roses.org   [01 Min 04 Sec] -- Pine and Roses Launch Party Facebook Video   [01 Min 25 Sec] -- 2020 Post Election Round Table - Maine Mural Podcast Episode 4   [02 Min 38 Sec] -- Pine and Roses Facebook Page   [02 Min 39 Sec] -- Maine DSA's Homepage   [03 Min 24 Sec] -- Kate Sykes on 'Pine and Roses'   [03 Min 34 Sec] -- N. Sainte Harkins on 'Pine and Roses'   [03 Min 43 Sec] -- Andrew Miln on 'Pine and Roses'                           -- Isreal Mosley on 'Pine and Roses'   [03 Min 52 Sec] -- "The Mainer Who Wrote Jim Crow Into Law," By Isreal Mosley   [09 Min 29 Sec] -- "Interview: Maine Med Nurses Vote Union," By Todd Chretien   [10 Min 53 Sec] -- Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912 on Wikipedia   [11 Min 26 Sec] -- Southern Maine IWW   [12 Min 52 Sec] -- pineandrosesme@gmail.com   [17 Min 26 Sec]  -- Jacobin                            -- Catalyst                            -- Tribune of London   [18 Min 50 Sec] -- Appeal to Reason on Wikipedia   [21 Min 05 Sec] -- 'The Maine Socialist' and other publications from the University of Maine Bureau of Labor Education.   [25 Min 01 Sec] -- Marxists.org

Jun 18

34 min 19 sec

On April 9th at 6pm, the Maine DSA Drug Policy Subcommittee hosted an educational event about current efforts in our state to decriminalize all drugs. The event included a screening of the movie The House I Live In as well as a panel of activists, policy experts, and people with lived experiences to discuss the film and how the war on drugs has impacted Maine.

May 21

1 hr 14 min

Earlier this month, on Friday the 7th, Maine DSA Drug Policy Subcommittee hosted an educational event about current efforts to decriminalize all drugs in the State of Maine. The event included a screening of the movie “The House I Live In” as well as a panel of activists, policy experts, and people with lived experiences to discuss the film and how the war on drugs has impacted Maine. They also provided information on two key bills in the state legislature, LD 967 “An Act To Make Possession of Scheduled Drugs for Personal Use a Civil Penalty” and LD 994 “An Act To Promote Public Health by Eliminating Criminal Penalties for Possession of Hypodermic Apparatuses”, as well as a future event on writing public testimony and op-eds. The event will take place on April 9th at 6pm until 8:30pm. We hope to see you there! The session was recorded and today, we will be bringing you part two of the discussion between Davey and Craig of the Maine DSA Drug Policy Subcommittee, as they address questions from Maine DSA members following the event. Part 1 aired Friday, April 30th, 2021. Contact Your Maine State Representatives Contact Your Maine State Senators The May 11th Drug Policy Subcommittee Meeting

May 7

41 min 39 sec

Earlier this month, on Friday the 7th, Maine DSA Drug Policy Subcommittee hosted an educational event about current efforts to decriminalize all drugs in the State of Maine. The event included a screening of the movie “The House I Live In” as well as a panel of activists, policy experts, and people with lived experiences to discuss the film and how the war on drugs has impacted Maine. They also provided information on two key bills in the state legislature, LD 967 “An Act To Make Possession of Scheduled Drugs for Personal Use a Civil Penalty” and LD 994 “An Act To Promote Public Health by Eliminating Criminal Penalties for Possession of Hypodermic Apparatuses”, as well as a future event on writing public testimony and op-eds.   With the permission of the subcommittee, the session was recorded and today, we will be interviewing Davey and Craig of the Maine DSA Drug Policy Subcommittee with questions from Maine DSA members.

Apr 30

45 min 51 sec

Check out Andy O'Brien and Will Chapman's other work at "The Mainer Magazine," and "The Rockland Free Press." This episode's volunteer editor was Chris Burns. Consider contacting him at his business email at cmoneyburns@cosmicblackltd.com.   

Apr 16

28 min 54 sec

NPR News: "Uber And Lyft Must Make Drivers Employees, California Court Rules" -https://www.npr.org/2020/10/22/926916925/uber-and-lyft-must-make-drivers-employees-california-appeals-court-rules The Guardian: "'I can't keep doing this': gig workers say pay has fallen after California's Prop 22" -https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/18/uber-lyft-doordash-prop-22-drivers-california KPIX: "Vote Smart: Uber, Lyft Place Pop-Up Ads In Favor Of Prop 22 In Rideshare Apps" -https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/10/05/kpix-vote-smart-uber-lyft-place-pop-up-ads-in-favor-of-prop-22-in-rideshare-apps/ The Free Press Newspaper: "Andy O'Brien Archives" -https://freepressonline.com/Content/Special-Features/Andy-O-Brien-Archives/52/777 The Mainer: "Radical Mainers: Honoring the Legacy of Labor Historian Charlie Scontras 'The beloved professor, researcher and author gave us a people's history of Maine'" -https://mainernews.com/radical-mainers-honoring-the-legacy-of-labor-historian-charlie-scontras/ The Mainer: "Radical Mainers: When Maine Bosses Marched Workers to the Ballot Box Voter 'Intimidation and suppression in 19th century Maine'" -https://mainernews.com/radical-mainers-when-maine-bosses-marched-workers-to-the-ballot-box/

Apr 2

58 min 34 sec

Maine Poor People's Campaign Facebook Poor People's Campaign: Carrying on the Work of MLK, The Campaign Spreads Its Message in Maine

Mar 12

35 min 56 sec

"We Can Do Better Than Joe Biden" Renegade Cut [1] - Families in Detention [2] - Mayorkas [3] - Avril Hanes [4] - Amnesty International [5] - Committee for the Projection of Journalists

Feb 26

25 min 39 sec

A conversation with two representatives of the Maine Poor People's Campaign, set in the historical context of the 1968 Poor People's March on Washington.

Jan 15

41 min 24 sec

A dive into the history of the fight against fascism as told by the music, beloved by one family who survived its evils.   This Podcast is a Project of the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America, State-Wide Podcast Committee. Intro and Outro music is "Bella Ciao," by Chris Teret and Snaex.

Jan 1

50 min 8 sec

This week, we dive back into the work that People First Portland has done and continues to do. The fight is not over! Ever since the referenda victory, PFP has been getting involved with a number of other local Portland happenings. Tune in this week to learn more about how People First Portland continues to do the work. 

Dec 2020

22 min 44 sec

Picking up where we left off with part I, we continue to talk with Luis Meiners! If you haven't listened to part I of this interview, please feel free to check it out!

Dec 2020

1 hr 8 min

Returning to our normal schedule, we take some time to talk with Luis Meiners this week. Luis is a regular contributor to No Borders News and is a member of the International Socialist League. Please enjoy!

Nov 2020

1 hr 11 min

This week we recorded a post election round table. This episode took more of an open ended approach, with folks discussing everything from the People First Portland campaign's victories, Maine state politics, climate change, and politics at the national level. Happy listening!

Nov 2020

1 hr 54 min

This week, we speak with folks from the People First Portland campaign as the 2020 electoral season winds down. We touch on each of the referenda, all the potential positive impacts to Portlanders, what the opposition has to say, and more! Happy listening! Further notes and citations for the episode: Citations and Further Reading 00:00:00 - People First Portland. (n.d.). People First Portland. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://www.peoplefirstportland.org/ - P.F.P. (2020, October 19). How to fix Portland’s housing market [Video]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=816502295832078 00:12:25 - Harrison, J. (2020, June 24). Here’s what the Maine Information and Analysis Center is, and why it was created. Bangor Daily News. https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/14/politics/heres-what-the-maine-intelligence-analysis-center-is-and-why-it-was-created/ - Shepherd, M. (2020, June 27). Hundreds of records hacked from Maine intelligence agency. Bangor Daily News. https://bangordailynews.com/2020/06/26/mainefocus/hundreds-of-records-hacked-from-maine-intelligence-agency/ - An Open Letter to Portland City Council on Facial Recognition. (2020, January 6). ACLU of Maine. https://www.aclumaine.org/en/news/open-letter-portland-city-council-facial-recognition - American Civil Liberties Union. (n.d.). What’s Wrong With Fusion Centers - Executive Summary. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://www.aclu.org/report/whats-wrong-fusion-centers-executive-summary - American Civil Liberties Union. (2020, June 24). ACLU OF Maine Statement Calling For MIAC Investigation. https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/aclu-maine-statement-calling-miac-investigation 00:13:46 - M.P.H.C. [Maine People’s Housing Coalition]. (2020a, October 29). @phc.me · Community Organization [Facebook Profile]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/phc.me/ 00:18:42 - The Associated Press. (2020, October 18). City officials against social ballot referendums in Portland. Bangor Daily News. https://bangordailynews.com/2020/10/18/news/city-officials-against-social-ballot-referendums-in-portland/ - Billings, R. B. (2020, October 13). Portland mayor and most councilors announce opposition to 5 referendum questions. Press Herald. https://www.pressherald.com/2020/10/13/portland-mayor-and-most-councilors-announce-opposition-to-5-referendum-questions/ 00:21:00 - Money pours in to efforts to defeat citizen referendum questions in Portland. (2020, October 28). Press Herald. https://www.pressherald.com/2020/10/28/money-pours-into-efforts-to-defeat-citizen-referendum-questions-in-portland/ 00:24:00 - More than a quarter of Maine workers will get a raise from minimum wage increase in 2020. (2019, December 30). Maine Center for Economic Policy. https://www.mecep.org/more-than-a-quarter-of-maine-workers-will-get-a-raise-from-minimum-wage-increase-in-2020/ 00:33:09 - Portland City Council approves ban on use of facial recognition technology. (2020, August 5). [Video]. Https://Www.Wabi.Tv. https://www.wabi.tv/2020/08/05/portland-city-council-approves-ban-on-use-of-facial-recognition-technology/ 00:34:00 - American Civil Liberties Union. (2020b, August 4). Portland City Council Unanimously Passes Face Surveillance Ban, but. https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/portland-city-council-unanimously-passes-face-surveillance-ban-without-important

Oct 2020

1 hr 23 min

Oct 2020

28 min 39 sec