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March 20 --
Rerun: Black, White, and Blue Lies: Lies that Divide, Lies that Unite

POSTPONED  ERA: No Time Like the Present 

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe League of Women Voters-Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

Now available as a podcast from WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

March 20 -- Rerun: Black, White, and Blue Lies: Lies that Divide, Lies that Unite

Our live programming at WERU is a casualty of the ongoing civil defense against COVID-19. Our loyal partners at WERU have taken steps to limit exposure for their volunteers and staff.

We will be on the air as scheduled, Friday at 4:00 p.m. However, we will be rebroadcasting a show from earlier this year: We'll talk about the lies in politics and the politics of lying, historical examples, current practice, and the consequences for democracy. Learn more about that show here.

We hope to reschedule our original program sometime soon. Stay tuned.

ERA: No Time Like the Present  POSTPONED

We will talk about where the federal ERA stands now, the obstacles to its final ratification, and the validity of the time limit and the rescissions. We will review the path taken to ratification for some other expansive amendments, particularly including the Reconstruction Amendments.  We'll take listener questions during the second half of the show. 

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at

Special Guests:

  • Carol Jenkins is Co-President and CEO, ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality
  • Patricia E. Ryan was the founding Executive Director of the Maine Human Rights Commission
Key Topics:
  • What is the history of the Equal Rights Amendment going back to the 1920s.
  • What are some of the key milestones since the push for passage in the 1970s and 1980s?
  • Where are we now and what needs to happen for the ERA to be ratified?
  • Why do we still need it?
  • Who opposes ratification and why?
  • What can people do here in Maine?
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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.