The 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 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill. Listen on the web at WERU.org. This show can be heard in the Portland area on WMPG Community Radio from the Democracy Forum podcast archive.
In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.
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May 19 — Young Change Makers: Owning the Future
"Activism is my rent for living on the planet." - Alice Walker
This new episode will be pre-recorded; no listener calls will be taken. Comments and questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with Democracy Forum on the subject line.
We'll talk about how young people are engaging politically nationwide and here in Maine. What motivates them? What challenges do they face? What can the larger community do to support their efforts? Why is it important to the future of democracy?
- Cole Cochrane, co-founder, Maine Youth Action
- Mahnoor Hussain, Program Manager, CIRCLE
- Anna Siegel, founding member of Maine Youth Climate Justice and co-founder of Maine Youth Action
To learn more, follow these links to related content:
The teen brain: Mysteries and misconceptions | Knowable, April 2023
24 Ways to Grow Voters Before 2024 | CIRCLE, April 2023
The Youth Vote in 2022 | CIRCLE, April 2023
LWVME Youth Voting Age Study Info Session, April, 2023
How the Youth Vote Is Being Suppressed - Long Story Short | The Daily Show - YouTube, March, 2023
Making our ‘civic deserts’ more fertile - Island Institute, April, 2023
GOP lawyer Cleta Mitchell decries ease of ‘campus voting’ in private RNC pitch - The Washington Post, April, 2023
Will the Youth Vote Decide the 2024 Presidential Election? - Brown Political Review, December, 2022
Suppressing the Youth Vote - LA Progressive, November, 2022
Gen Z on voting: 'We're the wrong generation to piss off', October, 2022
Does the Underrepresentation of Young People in Political Institutions Matter for Social Spending?, September, 2022
Supporting Young People on their Path to Running for Office, September, 2022
Maine Voices: Maine Generation Authority needed to meet state climate, energy goals - Portland Press Herald, Anna Siegel, April, 2022
A Baby Boomer and a Gen Zer Walk into a Climate Action Meeting, Anna Siegel and John Hagan, January, 2022
Bad Idea: Prioritizing STEM Education at the Expense of Civic Education | Defense360, December, 2020
Growing Voters: 18 Ways Youth Under 18 Can Contribute to Elections, January, 2020