WMPG Community Radio joined with: Portland Media Center; The First Amendment Museum at the Gannet House in Augusta; and the New England First Amendment Coalition to celebrate National Free Speech Week, October 22 through 28.
Live events and broadcasts will examine, discuss, celebrate and appreciate the rights and responsibilities of the free speech as defined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Here are some of the highlights of Maine’s activities for Free Speech Week.
All members of the public are invited to attend an open house at 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the First Amendment Museum, 184 State Street in Augusta. The open house will present a unique opportunity for conversations on current issues pertaining to political speech, the Internet, student speech and symbolic expression. The event will feature discussions on these topics with experts from Maine, and attendees will be encouraged to participate!
Public welcome to attend Free Speech Week Closing Event, Saturday, Oct 27 at 2 p.m. at the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street in Portland. A panel of local experts on Free Speech, including:
WMPG BROADCASTS: Some of WMPG’s Volunteer programmers will highlight music and conversations for Free Speech Week
Monday, Oct 22
10:30 to Noon Palm Wine Radio with DJ Zachariah – Listen to African musicians who speak/sing out without the protections of a first amendment. Featuring Fela Kuti,Thomas Mapfumo and others.
10:00 to 11:30 Music For the Expanding Mind with DJ NY Mike – playing “Tipper Gore’s List.”
Wednesday, Oct 24
10:30 to noon Crossfade with Barb Truex – music of truth and dissent from around the world
1 to 1:30 PM Friendly Fire with Don Kimball – exploring free speech issues affecting veterans
8:30 to 10 PM Left of the Dial with DJ Shaxx – a show about artists who speak truth to power and use music for the purpose of social justice!
10:00 to 11:30 PM The Beat Don’t Stop with DJ Low Down Dirty Shane – Hip-Hop was certainly at the center of a lot of free speech controversy in the late 80’s. Let’s listen!
Friday, Oct 26
5:00 to 7:00 PM Evening Sun Blues: Ruby’s Juke Joint – Free speech and the blues and beyond.
Sunday, Oct 28
10:30 to Noon Cool Britannia with DJ Annella – Listen to Civil Rights, Free Speech and Radio.
9:00 to 11:00 PM The Broad Cast with DJ Caitlin – Women and Free Speech