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High school student walkout in Ontario

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...


Challenging rape culture in the media

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...


Exploring the radical possibilities of recreational sports

In episode #285 of Talking Radical Radio (September 4, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Annelies Cooper, Gita Madan, Craig Fortier, and Robyn Letson. All of them are involved, in one way or another, in grassroots activism and organizing, and they all also play softball in a league that seeks to bring the values of movements fighting for justice and liberation to the world of recreational sports. They talk about the barriers and problems faced by many people in mainstream recreational sports...


A new organization in the fight against far-right hate groups

In episode #284 of Talking Radical Radio (August 28, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Evan Balgord, the executive director of a new organization called the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. They engage in investigative journalism focused on white supremacist, white nationalist, far right, violently misogynist, anti-Muslim, or otherwise overtly hateful groups. They aim to supply information in a strategic way to anti-racist community groups, media, and law enforcement as part of multi-pronged...


Talking "movement building" with people who do it in both Canada and the US

In episode #283 of Talking Radical Radio (August 21, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Amara Possian and Jodie Tonita. Both of them have connections, of various sorts, with social change work oriented towards building movements in both Canada and the United States. Both have experience with grassroots organizing on the ground, and both are now involved in contributing to movements in ways that are a step or two back from the frontlines and instead focus more on strategic thinking, long-term...


REBROADCAST: An Indigenous approach to responding to gender violence

This week's episode of Talking Radical Radio is a re-broadcast of episode #257, which was originally broadcast in February 2018. In it, Scott Neigh speaks with Joyce Fossella and Val Joseph. Fossella is from the Lillooet Nation. Joseph is from the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation. Both work as part of the Warriors Against Violence Society, an organization in Vancouver that responds to gender-based violence using a holistic approach that is grounded in Indigenous cultures and in the context of the...


Solidarity in Canada with the people of Haiti

In episode #282 of Talking Radical Radio (August 7, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Ralph Jean-Paul of Winnipeg and Travis Ross of Montreal about the Canada-Haiti Information Project, founded almost a decade and a half ago as the Canada-Haiti Action Network. They talk about events in Haiti, about Canada's complicity in injustice there, and about the past and present of action in Canada in solidarity with popular struggles in Haiti. For a more detailed description of this episode, go here:...


Inspiring community action on climate change through film

In episode #281 of Talking Radical Radio (July 31, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews filmmaker and community activist Kai Reimer-Watts. Reimer-Watts' first feature-length documentary is *Beyond Crisis*, "a meditative call to action that explores what it means to be living in this new era of climate change, as told by over fifty diverse voices from across Canada, the U.S. and beyond." They talk about climate change, about the film, and about building the kinds of collective responses to climate...


Working to reinvigorate Canada's peace movement

In episode #280 of Talking Radical Radio (July 24, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Dave Gehl and Ed Lehman, members of the Regina Peace Council. Over their decades of involvement in issues of war and peace, they have seen the peace movement grow and shrink multiple times. They believe that the world needs a large and vigorous peace movement now more than ever, and they are doing what they can in Saskatchewan to try and revive it. Scott Neigh interviews them about the Regina Peace Council and...


Prisoner justice – from speaking out to organizing on the ground

In episode #279 of Talking Radical Radio (July 17, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews El Jones. She is a poet, educator, and organizer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is that city's former poet laureate. She is deeply involved in working for justice for prisoners through a combined prisoner-led radio show and community organization called Black Power Hour. They talk about the fight against the injustices of policing and prisons, and about the importance of not just speaking out on issues but...


People with lived experience of homelessness walking for justice

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:...


Fighting for the rights of disabled women

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:


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

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...


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

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...


Queerspawn speak out: Growing up in queer and trans families

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:...


From anti-privatization to pro-public

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...


Demanding justice for Black cleaning workers in Halifax

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...


International direct action to support the people of Palestine

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...


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

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...


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

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:...