Black Lives Matter

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Following the announcement that no police officers would be charged in the killing of Breonna Taylor, protesters in Portland took to the streets Wednesday night.

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Black Lives Matter protesters in Maine's largest city are calling for greater police accountability following the announcement that no police officers would be indicted in the shooting of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

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A Black Lives Matter rally planned for Portland Saturday was canceled, although a number of people turned out for an independent demonstration anyway.

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Portland Police Chief Frank Clark and other city leaders are asking those expected to take part in a planned protest Saturday to do so peacefully.

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A number of public art works have sprung up in Portland that were created to celebrate Black life and honor those who have been killed by police officers in recent years. One of those works is Ashley Page’s “In Memory of Those Taken,” which incorporates a series of portraits. Willis Ryder Arnold spoke with Page about the role of public art in a time of cultural reckoning on the issues of race and police brutality.

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Cumberland County District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck says his office will not file any further criminal charges against 32 protesters arrested in June for failure to disperse.

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We discuss the top stories and issues in Maine from the month of July, including: the fatal shark attack;  protests over racial justice; the primary election; and tthe state's ongoing struggle to balance public health and economic health in the face of the pandemic. Also, Senator Angus King joins us for an update on national news, including stimulus aid.

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Times like these often turn previously ordinary citizens into activists. Such has been the case with George Floyd's death at the hands of police. Protests against racism and white supremacy have spread to numerous towns across the country and throughout Maine over the last month.

Portland’s mayor wants to create special panel to consider systemic racism in the city’s budget and policies.

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Janet Mills, Maine's governor since 2019, returns to discuss the latest on the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. We’ll ask about progress and concerns regarding reopening the state, and how the state will address aid for sectors that have been hit hardest by fallout from the pandemic. We’ll also discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, calls for policing reforms and other ways for the state to address racial justice.

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More than 120 people of all ages turned out in the tiny town of Deer Isle Sunday for a peaceful, anti-racism gathering, after a noose was found hanging from a utility line and several Black Lives Matter signs were vandalized.

LEWISTON, Maine - The Lewiston City Council has passed a resolution opposing excessive use of force by police and calling for equal treatment under the law.

Sen. Angus King joins us to discuss his work on the Great American Outdoors Act — bipartisan legislation to protect and preserve national parks and public lands. He'll also address government response to current events, including the nationwide civil unrest over racial justice and the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Maine’s Supreme Court issued a statement last week in the wake of George Floyd's killing and the protests that followed.  It noted that "racism continues to be a pervasive blight," and promised to become better educated on racism and provide training to ensure discrimination is kept out of the courts. Acting Chief Justice Andrew Mead talked with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about the court's plan, beginning with Mead's reaction to the Floyd killing video.

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For almost two weeks, protests have taken place in communities all over the state of Maine as part of a national outcry over the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.