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Suing the police: The ongoing legacy of the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto

10/23/2018
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In episode #292 of Talking Radical Radio (October 23, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Luke Stewart. Back in 2010, Stewart was one of the many grassroots activists and organizers who took to the streets of Toronto in opposition to the G8 and G20 meetings being hosted that year by Canada. He was also one of the many people who directly experienced the now infamously bad behaviour on the part of the police during the protests. Neigh and Stewart talk about the summit protests and about Stewart's...

Duration:00:28:15

Building a network of social justice educators in Alberta

10/16/2018
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In episode #291 of Talking Radical Radio (October 16, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Dan Scratch and Renee Vaugeois. Scratch is a high school teacher in Edmonton with over a decade of experience of incorporating concern for social justice and human rights into his teaching practice. Vaugeois is the executive director of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. They talk about the RAD Educator Network, a new Alberta-based network of classroom teachers and other educators who are...

Duration:00:28:08

Grassroots work in urban Indigenous contexts

10/9/2018
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In episode #290 of Talking Radical Radio (October 9, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Patty Krawec and Karl Dockstader. Krawec is an Anishinaabe woman with roots in Lac Seul First Nation in northern Ontario. Dockstader is an Oneida man of the Bear Clan, and his family is from the Oneida Nation of the Thames. Both grew up and live in the Niagara Region of southern Ontario. They talk about the many shapes that grassroots work can take in urban Indigenous contexts, and particularly about the many...

Duration:00:28:15

Histories of anti-Blackness in Canada and today's social movements

10/2/2018
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In episode #289 of Talking Radical Radio (October 2, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Robyn Maynard. She is a Black feminist writer and long-time anti-authoritarian organizer who has been active in movements around racial profiling, police violence, migrant justice, sex worker rights, and harm reduction, mostly in Montreal. Since the publication of her book *Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present* (Fernwood Publishing, 2017), she has been doing launch events...

Duration:00:28:15

How to start your own grassroots activist collective

9/25/2018
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In episode #288 of Talking Radical Radio (September 25, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews long-time organizers Amanda Wilson and Dan Sawyer of the Punch Up Collective. In recent years, Wilson and Sawyer have found that many people they talk to want ways to get together with others to work for social change, but in our disconnected, fragmented, neoliberal age have few options to do so. They believe that one possibility that could work for almost anyone is to get together with a handful of other...

Duration:00:28:01

High school student walkout in Ontario

9/18/2018
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In episode #287 of Talking Radical Radio (September 18, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Indygo Arscott. Arscott is a grade eleven student attending an arts-focused high school in Toronto. They are gender nonbinary. They are Ojibwe, of the Marten Clan. And they are one of the instigators of the We The Students Do Not Consent day of action, happening on September 21st (or, for those for whom that is a PA day, on September 20th). On that day, students from schools across the province are invited...

Duration:00:27:57

Challenging rape culture in the media

9/11/2018
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In episode #286 of Talking Radical Radio (September 11, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Farrah Khan and Shannon Giannitsopoulou. They are Toronto-based feminists and co-founders of the grassroots organization Femifesto. They talk about Femifesto's work to transform rape culture to consent culture, particularly Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada, a free guide for journalists that provides language and frameworks to report on sexual violence in ways that do not...

Duration:00:28:09

People with lived experience of homelessness walking for justice

7/10/2018
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In episode #278 of Talking Radical Radio (July 10, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Kym Hines, Hugh Lampkin, and Cynthia Travers. They are all social justice activists with lived experience of homelessness, who live in Victoria, Vancouver, and Kamloops, British Columbia, respectively. They talk about the Poor Persons Walk, an action taking place in a number of British Columbia communities later in July. For a more detailed description of this episode, go here:...

Duration:00:28:04

Fighting for the rights of disabled women

7/3/2018
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In episode #277 of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh interviews Bonnie Brayton. She is the executive of the DisAbled Women's Network Canada, the country's only national advocacy organization focused on the needs and rights of women with disabilities. She talks about the issues that disabled women and girls face and about DAWN Canada's work. For a more detailed description of the episode, go here: http://talkingradical.ca/2018/07/03/trr-disabled_womens_network/

Duration:00:28:02

Fighting homelessness in Ontario's past and in its Doug Ford future

6/26/2018
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In episode #276 of Talking Radical Radio (June 26, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Cathy Crowe, who was worked for decades as a street nurse in Toronto. Not only has she delivered community-based primary health care to homeless and poor people over that time, but has also been involved in a wide range of activism, organizing, and advocacy around homelessness, poverty, and housing. They talk about that long history of involvement, about what she describes as the "post-apocalyptic scene" that...

Duration:00:28:15

Pushing rural organizations to be more welcoming to trans and gender-diverse people

6/19/2018
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In episode #275 of Talking Radical Radio (June 19, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Behc Jax-Lynx and Cara Tierney. They work with a small organization called Building through Education and Community Knowledge, which uses educational approaches to push organizations in rural and suburban Ontario to do better when it comes to equity for transgender and gender-diverse people. They speak about the barriers that trans and gender-diverse people face, about their work, and about their broader vision...

Duration:00:28:08

Queerspawn speak out: Growing up in queer and trans families

6/12/2018
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In episode #274 of Talking Radical Radio (June 12, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Sadie Epstein-Fine and Makeda Zook, the editors of a new anthology called Spawning Generations: Rants and Reflections on Growing Up with LGBTQ+ Parents. They talk about the importance of queerspawn (i.e. people with LGBTQ+ parents) having the space to tell their own stories, about the book, and about its launch on June 18 at Glad Day Books in Toronto. For a more detailed description of the episode, go here:...

Duration:00:28:13

From anti-privatization to pro-public

6/5/2018
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In episode #273 of Talking Radical Radio (June 5, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews David McDonald, an academic whose work has focused on issues related to public services and privatization. They talk about his role as a co-organizer of The Future is Public, a conference happening in Montreal on June 15 and 16 that will bring together more than 150 activists, trade unionists, and researchers from across North America to discuss struggles and successes from around the world and to begin figuring...

Duration:00:28:17

Demanding justice for Black cleaning workers in Halifax

5/29/2018
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In episode #272 of Talking Radical Radio (May 29, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Taylor MacLean and Darius Mirshahi. MacLean is a cleaning worker in Halifax. Mirshahi is an organizer with SEIU Local 2 in the same city, in particular with their Justice for Janitors campaign. They talk about anti-Black racism in the workplace, about precarious work, about an injustice faced by MacLean and a number of other Black cleaning workers, and about the human rights complaint and community campaign that...

Duration:00:27:51

International direct action to support the people of Palestine

5/22/2018
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In episode #271 of Talking Radical Radio (May 22, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Wendy Goldsmith and Ron Rosseau. Goldsmith is a social worker who lives in London, Ontario. Rousseau is a postal worker in the Yukon, as well as the president of his local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Vice President for Indigenous peoples of the Canadian Labour Congress. They speak about their involvement in this year's efforts by the Canada Boat to Gaza and its international counterpart, the...

Duration:00:28:11

Political hip hop, grassroots activism, and movement support for the arts

5/15/2018
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In episode #270 of Talking Radical Radio (May 15, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Mohammad Ali, the Socialist Vocalist. Ali is a hip hop artist based in Toronto known for his sharp political lyrics and for his deep commitment to struggles for social justice. They speak about Ali's music, about his involvement in activism and organizing, and about the ways that social movements in Canada need to do a better job at engaging with and supporting the arts. For a more detailed description of this...

Duration:00:28:07

Design for the margins: New tools for online privacy, security, and anonymity

5/8/2018
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In episode #269 of Talking Radical Radio (May 8, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Erinn Atwater and Dan Ballard. They are two of the three founders of the Open Privacy Research Society, an innovative new not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver that is devoted to developing new tools for online security, privacy, and anonymity using an approach that centres the needs of people who are marginalized in a variety of ways. For a more detailed description of this episode, go here:...

Duration:00:28:14

Left organizing in South Asian communities in Montreal

5/1/2018
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In episode #268 of Talking Radical Radio (May 1, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Shazma Abdulla and Vijay Kolinjivadi. They are members of a Montreal-based collective called Garam Masala -- an acronym short for Groupe d'action révolutionnaire sud-Asiatique de Montréal and Montreal Alliance of South Asian Leftists and Allies. They speak about the group and about its grassroots political work in Montreal, particularly in the context of the city's South Asian communities. For a more detailed...

Duration:00:28:09

Nurses standing up for patient care

4/24/2018
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In episode #267 of Talking Radical Radio (April 24, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Sandi Mowat, the president of the Manitoba Union of Nurses. The current government in the province is committed to transforming the delivery of healthcare, but the experiences of MNU members show that the changes to the system so far have not been good for patients, have not been good for nurses, and have not been good for the quality of patient care. In response, nurses in Manitoba are taking a number of...

Duration:00:28:14

Seeking justice in Saskatchewan in the wake of the Gerald Stanley verdict

4/17/2018
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In episode #266 of Talking Radical Radio (April 17, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Prescott Demas, a Dakota man, originally from Chanupa Wakpa and currently living in Regina. He was one of a number of Indigenous people and allies who, in the wake of the acquittals of Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier in February, set up the Justice for Our Stolen Children Camp in a park across from the Saskatchewan legislature. They talk about the verdicts, about the camp, and about what needs to happen for...

Duration:00:28:13