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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


Tenant organizing in Canada's most expensive city

1/9/2018
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In episode #252 of Talking Radical Radio (January 9, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Kell Gerlings and Neil Vokey about the work of the Vancouver Tenants Union. Kell is an organizer with an anti-poverty group called Raise the Rates and is a member of the steering committee of the Vancouver Tenants Union, while Neil is an independent filmmaker and one of the founding members of the group. They talk about the harsh realities facing tenants in Vancouver and about what the tenants union is doing...

Duration: 00:28:01


Decolonizing the arts in Canada

1/2/2018
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In episode #251 of Talking Radical Radio (January 2, 2018), Scott Neigh interviews Clayton Windatt. He is, in his own words, a "Metis non-status Indian," and he lives in Sturgeon Falls in northern Ontario. He is the executive director of an organization called the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC). Their members are Indigenous curators and artists – generally those whose focus is contemporary art – from across Canada, and to an extent in the United States, and their mandate is both to...

Duration: 00:28:12


REBROADCAST: Unsettling Canada 150 on Parliament Hill

12/26/2017
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This week's episode of Talking Radical Radio ends the year with a rebroadcast of an episode originally broadcast in July 2017. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at the bold Reoccupation that went to the very heart of the Canadian settler colonial project -- Parliament Hill itself -- and used ceremony to challenge and unsettle Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations. Freddy Stoneypoint, Summer-Harmony Twenish, Trycia Bazinet, Hamda Deria, and Elsa Hoover were among the organizers of and...

Duration: 00:28:35


Challenging injustice in Canada's no-fly list

12/19/2017
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In episode #250 of Talking Radical Radio (December 19, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Karen Ahmed and Zamir Khan. Each of them has a child whose name is identical to a name that appears on Canada's no-fly list, and who therefore face hassles and stigmatizing scrutiny every time they fly. Karen and Zamir are also core members of the group No Fly List Kids, which is pushing the government to make the changes necessary to stop the no-fly list system from unjustly interfering in so many lives....

Duration: 00:28:10


Bringing social movement priorities into party politics

12/12/2017
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In episode #249 of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh interviews Samantha from the organization Courage. In recent years, the combining of movement and party politics have had a profound impact on the electoral landscapes in the US and the UK, and Courage is working to similarly push mainstream party politics to the left in Canada. For a more detailed description of the episode, go here: http://talkingradical.ca/2017/12/12/trr-courage/

Duration: 00:28:18


Building a student movement to end campus sexual violence

12/5/2017
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In episode #248 of Talking Radical Radio (December 5, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Jade Cooligan Pang. She is an undergraduate student taking Political Science and Human Rights at Carleton University in Ottawa, and she is one of the central organizers of Our Turn, a new national student-based initiative to work against sexual violence on college and university campuses. For a more detailed description of this episode, go here: http://talkingradical.ca/2017/12/05/trr-our_turn/

Duration: 00:28:03


Direct action against development in Winnipeg

11/28/2017
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In episode #247 of Talking Radical Radio (November 28, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Jasmine Thomas. She was a core participant in the Rooster Town Blockade at the Parker Wetlands in Winnipeg this past summer, which for two months successfully defended an ecologically sensitive site in the south end of the city from development. Though the occupation ended in September, the group continues to pursue both legal and political means to stop the development, while also fundraising to cover the...

Duration: 00:28:07


Learning from political prisoners and "awakening resistance" in Canada

11/21/2017
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In episode #246 of Talking Radical Radio (November 21, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Helen and Bill. Helen is a long-time anti-authoritarian organizer and a member of the collective that produces the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar. Bill is a migrant justice organizer with the group Solidarity Across Borders. Both are based in Montreal. They talk about the 2018 Certain Days calendar's theme of "Awakening Resistance" and about what a range of movements in Canada can...

Duration: 00:28:19


Celebrating films about the experiences and struggles of workers

11/14/2017
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In episode #245 of Talking Radical Radio (November 14, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Navjeet Sidhu and Scott MacDonald. They are board members of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival, an event that brings films about work, workers, and working-class struggle to cities and towns across the country every November. For a more detailed description of this episode, go here: http://talkingradical.ca/2017/11/14/trr-labour_filmfest/

Duration: 00:28:11


TRR ep. #244 (Nov. 7, 2017): Cross-country solidarity with Muskrat Falls land protectors in Labrador

11/7/2017
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In episode #244 of Talking Radical Radio (November 7, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Kelly Morrissey and Emily Philpott about the work of the Ontario Muskrat Solidarity Committee. They are building support in Ontario and elsewhere in the country for the mostly-Indigenous land protectors in Labrador who oppose the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project. For a more detailed description of the episode, see here: http://talkingradical.ca/2017/11/07/trr-ontario_muskrat_solidarity/ ‎

Duration: 00:28:17


TRR ep #243 (Oct. 31, 2017): Injured workers fighting for healthcare, benefits, and dignity

10/31/2017
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In epoisode #243 of Talking Radical Radio (October 31, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Sang-Hun Mun and Hannah Alexander. They are members of Injured Workers Action for Justice, a group of injured workers who are pushing to change the workers' compensation system in Ontario so that it starts to actually meet the needs of injured workers, particularly when it comes to healthcare. For a more detailed description of the episode, see here:...

Duration: 00:28:12


TRR ep #242 (Oct. 24/2017): Demanding an apology and redress for Canada's anti-LGBTQ purge campaigns

10/24/2017
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In episode #242 of Talking Radical Radio (October 24, 2017), Scott Neigh interviews Lynne Gouliquer, Carmen Poulin, and Gary Kinsman. They are all members of the We Demand An Apology Network, which since 2015 has been putting pressure on the federal government to formally apologize and provide redress for the purge campaigns that targeted LGBTQ people in the public service and military in Canada over several decades, ruining thousands of careers and lives. For a more detailed description of...

Duration: 00:27:52


TRR ep #241 (Oct. 17/2017): Palestine, statelessness, and Omar Ben Ali's fight for status

10/17/2017
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In episode #241 of Talking Radical Radio (October 17, 2017), you will hear about Omar Ben Ali's fight for immigration status in Canada, about a new campaign from the group Tadamon in support of that fight, and about how Omar's struggle relates to the broader Palestinian struggle. For a more detailed description of the episode, see here: http://talkingradical.ca/2017/10/17/trr-omar_and_tadamon/

Duration: 00:27:57


TRR ep #240 (Oct. 10/2017): Long-haul opposition to the dangers of nuclear waste

10/10/2017
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In episode #240 of Talking Radical Radio (October 10, 2017), Scott Neigh speaks with Brennain Lloyd. She is part of the Know Nuclear Waste project, which works to support individuals, groups, and communities as they respond to the dangers posed by the nuclear industry’s efforts to put high-level radioactive waste near where they live. For a more detailed description of this episode, go here: http://talkingradical.ca/2017/10/10/trr-know_nuclear_waste/

Duration: 00:28:02


TRR ep #239 (Oct. 3/2017): Building unapologetically Black spaces in Winnipeg

10/3/2017
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In episode #239 of Talking Radical Radio (October 3, 2017), Scott Neigh speaks with Alexa Potashnik. She is the founder of Black Space Winnipeg, a group that works to create spaces that are unapologetically pro-Black and Afrocentric, while also acting in solidarity with other oppressed groups, and challenging anti-Black racism and building inclusivity across all sectors within Winnipeg. For a more detailed description of this episode, go here:...

Duration: 00:28:10


TRR ep #238 (Sep. 26/2017): Grassroots disability politics in BC

9/26/2017
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In episode #238 of Talking Radical Radio (September 26, 2017), Scott Neigh speaks with Paul Gilbert and Margo Bok. They are involved in the BC Disability Caucus, a group whose work has spanned the range from online education and discussion to mobilizing people into the streets to get disability issues on the public agenda in British Columbia. For a more detailed description of the episode, go here: http://talkingradical.ca/2017/09/26/trr-bc_disability_caucus/

Duration: 00:28:00


TRR ep. #237 (Sep. 19/2017): Fighting back against developers to protect a wetland in Niagara Falls

9/19/2017
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In episode #237 of Talking Radical Radio (September 19, 2017), Scott Neigh speaks with Emily Spanton, Taylor Telford, and Rose McCormick. They are involved in Save Thundering Waters Forest, a campaign that has done everything from lobbying politicians to a week-long land occupation this past August in its efforts to save a wetland in Niagara Falls from being turned into luxury housing. For a more detailed description of this episode:...

Duration: 00:28:07


TRR ep. #236 (Sep. 12/2017): Demanding access to public services without fear of deportation

9/12/2017
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In episode #236 of Talking Radical Radio (September 12, 2017), Scott Neigh speaks with Mirtha Rivera and Emily Eaton. Both were active with the Regina Access Without Fear campaign, which demanded that the city of Regina adopt a policy enabling all residents to access city services without fear of repercussions related to their immigration status – an initiative that required rather a different approach than similar campaigns have often taken in larger cities. For a more detailed description...

Duration: 00:28:12


TRR ep. #235 (Sep. 5/2017): Challenging inequities in and through the arts

9/5/2017
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In episode #235 of Talking Radical Radio (September 5, 2017), Scott Neigh speaks with Michele Decottignie and Olivia Marie Golosky. Both are involved in the performing arts in Calgary, Alberta. Discrimination and inequities pushed them both from their involvement in mainstream contexts in the arts sector. Both have taken up the radical theatre practice of “theatre of the oppressed.” And both are now, through Stage Left Productions and through the Calgary Congress for Equity and Diversity in...

Duration: 00:28:13

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