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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...

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...

Duration:00:27:51

TRR May21 - 25 2018 Canada Boat To Gaza 2018

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...

Duration:00:28:13

Queering space, both online and off

4/10/2018
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In episode #265 of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh interviews Lucas LaRochelle, an online project that is attempting to explore what queer space means and what queering space can look like. Scott Neigh interviews them about the site, about the recent instance of it being hacked by a Trump supporter, and about the radical queer vision that underlies the project. For a more detailed description of this episode, go here: http://talkingradical.ca/2018/04/10/trr-queering_the_map/

Duration:00:28:11

Building community resilience in the face of climate change

4/3/2018
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In episode #264 of Talking Radical Radio (April 3, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Sheila Murray, Beatrice Ekoko, Lidia Ferreira, and Michelle Sullivan. They work with the Lighthouse Project, a pilot that aims to develop new approaches for building resilience in a number of Ontario communities in the face of the growing spectrum of threats presented by climate change. They talk about those threats, about what exactly resilience might look like, and about the different approaches they are...

Duration:00:28:13

Bringing stalking into the #MeToo conversations about gendered violence

3/27/2018
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In episode #263 of Talking Radical Radio (March 27, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Julie Lalonde, a long-time women's rights advocate and public educator whose work focuses on sexual and gendered violence. Two years ago, when a man she had been in a relationship with for a couple of years more than a decade before unexpectedly passed away, she was finally able to reveal that he had been stalking her that entire time. She talks about her work since then to bring stalking into broader...

Duration:00:28:11

Mi'kmaq water protectors blocking fossil fuel infrastructure in Nova Scotia

3/20/2018
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In episode #261 of Talking Radical Radio (March 20, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Dorene Bernard and Rebecca Moore. Dorene is a Mi'kmaq woman of the Otter Clan from Sipekne'katik First Nation and a residential school survivor, and she describes herself as a grassroots grandmother, a water walker, and a water protector. Rebecca Moore is a Mi'kmaq woman from Pictou Landing First Nation and a water protector. They talk about the treaty camp and other grassroots Mi'kmaq resistance that is...

Duration:00:27:59

Thirty-five years of peace activism in Calgary

3/13/2018
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Episode #261 of Talking Radical Radio (March 13, 2018) features an interview with Trudy Govier, who has been a peace activist in Calgary, Alberta, since the early 1980s. She was one of the founders in 1982 of the group known now as the Ploughshares Calgary Society, and today she is still involved. She talks with Scott Neigh about how the world and peace activism have changed in the last three and a half decades, and about the ways in which the Ploughshares Calgary Society is still...

Duration:00:28:13

Fighting the school-to-prison pipeline in Toronto

3/6/2018
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In episode #260 of Talking Radical Radio (March 6, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Alison Fisher and Melanie Carrington. Alison is a teacher in the Toronto District School Board. Melanie is a social worker and the mother of a son who is currently in elementary school in Toronto. Both are also graduate students and members of Education Not Incarceration. They speak about the successful campaign waged by ENI and other groups to end the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program and get armed,...

Duration:00:28:09

Environmental justice and the law in Canada

2/20/2018
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In episode #258 of Talking Radical Radio (February 20, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Nathalie Chalifour and Angela Lee. They are scholars in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa whose work focuses on exploring how the law can be used to advance the cause of environmental justice in the Canadian context. They talk about that work, including some of its specific relevance to climate change and to the food system, and about some of the ways that legal work and scholarly work can be...

Duration:00:28:06

Educating for justice at the intersections of sexual health and mental health

2/6/2018
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In episode #256 of Talking Radical Radio (February 6, 2018), Scott Neigh speaks with Ashling Ligate and Frédérique Chabot. Ligate is a registered nurse in an acute care unit of a psychiatric hospital and Chabot is the director of health promotion for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. They speak about the intersections of sexual health and mental health, about the "Mind Your 'Business'" Sexual and Reproductive Health Week campaign, and about the ways in which working with...

Duration:00:28:11

Defending minimum wage victories from big business backlash

1/30/2018
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In episode #255 of Talking Radical Radio (January 30, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Pam Frache. She is the Ontario coordinator of the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign. They won major victories around minimum wage increases and reforms to labour law in 2017. And this year, with a provincial election looming, they are facing a major backlash from big business. Frache talks about the overall trajectory of the campaign, about the backlash, and about fighting to defend what they won last...

Duration:00:28:21

Towards an anti-capitalist and anti-colonial environmentalism

1/23/2018
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In episode #254 of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh interviews Chelsea Fougere and Sam Krawec. They are members of Solidarity Halifax, a membership-based, nonsectarian, pluralist, democratic, and anti-capitalist organization based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. And today they talk about their work on its Ecojustice Committee, which aims to bring anti-capitalists and environmentalists together, and to create a space for people to engage in analysis and action that works towards building an...

Duration:00:28:07

A new grassroots student organization emerging from solidarity with striking faculty

1/16/2018
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In episode #253 of Talking Radical Radio (January 16, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews James Fauvelle and Mohammad Ali Aumeer. They are both students at community colleges in Ontario. During the five-week strike by college faculty in late 2017, they got involved in organizing student solidarity with the strikers. And from that work they and other students have founded a new grassroots organization that aims to mobilize students for equitable, accessible education and more demoratic and...

Duration:00:27:59