Democracy Forum on WERU FM Community Radio

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 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 The show can also be heard in the Portland area at 11:30 a.m., the first Sunday of the following month, at WMPG Community Radio, 90.9 FM Portland, streaming at

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

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Here is information about our latest or upcoming broadcast.

July 15: Taxation without Representation: Should DC be a State?

This new episode will be pre-recorded on July 13; no listener calls will be taken. Comments and questions may be emailed to with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

"The residents of the District of Columbia deserve the right to (full) representation in Congress if for no other reason than simple fairness." U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond (R), South Carolina

We'll have a conversation on statehood for the District of Columbia. What rights of self-determination do DC residents now enjoy? How are their rights now constrained? What are the obstacles to DC statehood? What is the history? What is the racial justice aspect to this issue? Against the backdrop of Maine's own struggle for statehood and the Missouri Compromise, why should Maine people care?

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