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October 30, 2016 - National Student Day of Action: interview with organizers of Fredericton action
October 9, 2016 - Canada Post Consultations: Interview with Mike Palecek, national pres of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers
October 2, 2016 - 1) Interview with Kent Roach "False Security" re Canadian Anti Terrorism 2) Jennifer Brant - Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Sept 18, 2016 - 1) UNB Student senator's stare down with UNB president 2) US prison strike
April 17, 2016 - NB post Secondary bursary: critical breakdown
March 2016 - Pam Palmater: sovereignty changes everything
Feb 28, 2016 - 1) food price hikes and the agrarian question 2) the garden question
Feb 21, 2016 - 1) looming strike of UNB grad student workers 2) John Chaif
Feb 14, 2016 - 1) unpaid internships 2) organizing on the streets
Feb 7, 2016 - 1) Connie Sorio: Maritimes migrant worker organizing 2) Critiquing the NB budget
Jan 31, 2016 - Harvesting Freedom - campaign for migrant worker justice
Jan 24, 2016 - On the role of students - supporting strikes and taking ownership over the running on their universities
Jan 17, 2016 - Unions in NB protest austerity budget
Nov 8, 2015 - Fed inmate Chaif's funeral visit + calls for changes
Oct 12, 2015 - Interview with Federal inmate John Chaif
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 Interview with Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers regarding the ongoing fed government consultations on Canada Post ... concerns and questions about the process and some of the creative proposals that CUPW has for the postal service going forward.
Sunday, Sept 18, 2016 - 1) UNB student senator tries to bring up concerns about the UNB president's job review ... and the president refused to cooperate - interview with the student, Julian Renaud 2) The largest prisoner labour strike in the history of the US, and next to no one knows its happening - interview with PhD student Jordan House, who is studies prisoner labour strike
Sunday, Feb 21 (1)The Union of Graduate Student Workers at UNB (UGSW), represents graduate student teaching assistants and research assistants at UNB Fredericton and Saint John. They are poised for a strike vote in March ... So, what are the issues? What chance of a resolution before a strike or lockout.?? To answer these questions, an interview with Larry Gagnon, full time negotiator for the Public Service Alliance of Canada or PSAC. The UGSW is a local of the PSAC. So is the Professional and Technical Staff Union at UNB (PTSU), as well as the Support and Administrative employees Union at St. Thomas university (which comes up in the conversation). Mr. Gagnon is the negotiator for all of them. (2) Federal inmate John Chaif on parole on general problems with parole release and his own person struggle with the system.
Sunday, Feb 14 (1) Unpaid interns - interview with Andrew Meade, freelance media worker who is a member of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Canadian Freelance Union. Through the CWA, Meade is involved in efforts to try and improve protections for unpaid interns. The interview gets into this subject and the broader issue of whether and and what context unpaid internships are justified at all. (2) Organizing panhandlers and other street workers - Interview with Andrew Nellis, organizer with the Street Labourers of Windsor and the Ottawa Panhandlers Union. Nellis reflects on the unique features and challenges of organizing panhandlers, buskers, scrappers and other street workers and his wealth of experiences in these efforts. (3) Live musical guest giving us a killer rhyme ... listen to the show to catch it.
Sunday, Feb 7
1) Interview with Connie Sorrio, with Migrante, a project of Ecumenical social justice organization KAIROS. Sorio is a lead organizer of upcoming event in Fredericton which seeks to build towards justice for migrant workers in the Maritimes, titled Equal in Rights Equal in Dignity: Migrant Workers Rights Forum
2) This year's budget came down in New Brunswick on February 2nd: An interview with Johanne Perron of the Pay Equity Coalition of New Brunswick and NB Prosperity not Austerity and Patrick Colford with the New Brunswick Federation of Labour and also NB Prosperity not Austerity. The interview covers concerns with budget announcements and some ideas of how things could be done differently.
Sunday, Jan 31
On January 25, 2016, Justice for Migrant Workers (justicia4migrantworkers.org) launched the Harvesting Freedom campaign (http://harvestingfreedom.org/), marking 50 years of the migrant farm worker program in Canada and calling on the Canadian government to finally grant Permanent Immigration status to migrant workers, long overdue justice after years of superexploitation. This show features an interview with Ricky Joseph, migrant farm worker from St. Lucia and Chris Ramsaroop with Justice for Migrant Workers.
Sunday, Jan 24
1) Students supporting the strikes in Fredericton - interview with Abram Lutes, one of creators of the Facebook page "Student supporting the strikes Fredericton", which is designed to generate student interest and support in solidarity with labour struggles, particularly focusing on the expected transit strike and the ongoing Covered Bridge potato chip workers strike.
2) The student voice on the Board of Governors?? An interview with Julian Renaud, student representative on the UNB board of Governors (BOG) and UNB law student. Julian tells us about motions he will be presenting at the next meeting to try and fix transparency and access to information issues ... and why students should care about what happens at the BOG.
Sunday, Jan 17
1) Unions in NB challenge validity of budget consultations - on January 12, CUPE union members and leaders in NB protested the Fredericton stop of the NB government's budget consultation tour. The tour is happening just weeks before the budget is set to be released, making the exercise appear as nothing more than a show, where the perception of public participation is the real point. The first past of the show will be interviews from before the event and some commentary from after
2) Debt and austerity - interview with Richard Robbins, author (along with Tim Di Muzio) of Debt as Power. Among other things, the book talks about who really benefits from austerity (hint: it's not people)
Sunday, Jan 10
1) On the challenge of gardening at UNB ... Katherine Aske with the Campus Food Strategy Group at UNB/STU on trying to get a garden at UNB/STU and campus food security in general
2) Update on the Covered Bridge potato chips workers strike and boycott
3) Tale from the days of yore in labour struggles
Sunday, Dec 20 Today on the show
1) The importance of keeping and nurturing the imagination - the perspective of federal inmate John Chaif
2) A brief history of ISIS
Sunday, Nov 8 The voice of federal inmate John Chaif. Two parts:
1) John's visit to his father's funeral. This story is a window into the world of a prisoner going through the process of attending his father's funeral, a much more arduous journey than those on the outside generally have to face.
2) New Liberal government is talking about change. Prisoners are looking for many changes, especially in light of the harsher conditions imposed through the Harper regime. John talks about what he and other prisoners are saying should be done.
Sunday, Oct 11 - This show has the voice of federal inmate John Chaif, housed in Joyceville Institution. Two issues are covered.
1) John talks about the efforts to try and navigate the upcoming federal vote, and some institutional life details of how complicated this can be. Part of this segment is from a previous show, but followed by a recent update on the situation.
2) Why prisoners don't like Harper - The word is that there's prisoners across the country who are aiming for any "anyone but Harper" strategy to get him out, on account of how his government has made life more difficult for prisoners. This segment covers one of the most significant aspects of those worsened conditions: denial of parole release.
Sunday, Oct 4 - Author Alain Denault on tax havens. What's the best country to launder money in? How can a corporation avoid nuisances like laws? How does a company avoid paying taxes to fund infrastructure and services that it depends on? Would the sinking of the Cayman islands make a difference to international finance? Find the answers to these and other questions in this presentation. Deneault was the speaker for the public talk at the 6th AGM of the NB Media Coop (Sept 29, 2015). He explains what a tax haven is and the injustices perpetuated through them. Deneault is a Quebec author, writing on topics such as international finance, globalization, transnational corporations and of course ... corporate tax havens. Denault is author of several books. They include Noir Canada, which shone a light on Canadian mining companies’ human rights abuses in Africa. Due to legal challenges against the book, it was republished under a different name, Paradise Underground, Paradis sous-terre. Deneault is also the author of Imperial Canada Inc.: Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Industries, which has also been the target of threatened legal action from Barrick Gold.
Sunday, Sept 27 Beyond the Trap of electoral politics - presentation by Antoni Wysocki - "No matter which party wins the 2015 federal election, the Canadian government will continue to offer unwavering support for the ecologically suicidal machinations of capital and the worldwide imperialism of the United States. Socialists in Canada will therefore remain both ineffectual and morally compromised until we break decisively with all established political formations, notably the New Democratic Party. Far from abandoning politics, this renunciation of electoral concerns is an indispensable step towards opening the way for real, lasting and meaningful change." Presenter Antoni was a founding member of STAND (a former libertarian communist group in Halifax) and long-time Halifax-based organizer. He has been involved in the Green Party of Canada, the Nova Scotia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and has served as a union officer. (The presentation, put on by the Radical Imagination Project, took place in Halifax on July 12, 2014 . . . though it was particularly relevant to the current election)
Sunday, Sept 20 The incarcerated vote. About the struggle of prisoners to exercise their right to vote. This show covers the story of federal inmate John Chaif, housed in Joyceville Institution, who was rendered unable to exercise his voting rights in the 2014 Ontario provincial election. John also talks about the efforts to try and navigate the upcoming federal vote, and some institutional life details of how complicated this can be. As well, about prisoners winning the right to vote. There will be Demons at the end of this show.
Monday, Sept 7 Two subjects on this episode:
ONE - Refugees Welcome? Troubles with the Canadian Refugee system that have drawn attention across the country. It's bigger than the tragic recent deaths of Syrian refugees dying in a perilous crossing from Turkey.
TWO - Interview with Julian Renaud, UNB Law student and student rep on the Board of Governors about some things going on that students and staff at UNB should have their radar on.
Monday, Aug 31 The Servant State - this episode will feature an interview with UNB Political Science professor Thom Workman, co-author with Geoffrey McCormack of a new book of said title. In the book Workman and McCormack explore Canada’s experience through the “age of austerity”, discussing the role of the Canadian State in shaping Canadian capitalism through the period, and also critically evaluating the position of the left in Canada.
Monday, Aug 24 Troubles with legal aid ... A legal defence fund has been established to hire a lawyer to represent Charles LeBlanc, Fredericton blogger who has battled the Fredericton city police and the justice system on social issues dealing with poverty and mental health. Charles was denied legal aid to defend his summary assault charge. A point raised by the organizers of the defence fund is that legal aid should be available for someone like Charles, who is low income and would be further marginalized if he were convicted, a result more likely for unrepresented (by a lawyer) clients. This show gets into this particular issue, and to general issues with legal aid.
A legal defence fund has been established to hire a lawyer to represent Charles LeBlanc, the controversial Fredericton blogger who has battled the Fredericton city police and the justice system on social issues dealing with poverty and mental health.
Monday, Aug 10 August 10th is Prisoner's Justice Day : a day to remember all the people who have died unnatural deaths inside Canadian prisons. While the day's focus is on unnatural deaths in Canadian prisons, aka resulting from injustices by administrators, staff, federal government policies, etc, the day has come to represent more than just a moment to speak of the dead. It is also a day to mark the struggles of those living inside prisons, trying to make the conditions more humane, or even abolish the whole prison system as we know it. Under the Harper administration, prison conditions have become more severe as a punishment agenda has wiped away social programs. Worsening conditions make it ever more important to learn about and confront the inhumanity faced by prisoners. As said by the famous Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who spent some years in Russian prison, “the degree of a nation’s civilization can be seen in the way it treats its prisoners." Who better to speak about that treatment than someone on the inside? I will have the voice of John Chaif, a prisoner since 1983, currently serving a life sentence in Joyceville institution in Kingston, ON. I have been speaking with John for weeks now and have episodes of our conversations that I will be airing in the coming weeks, months, or however long he remains inside and we can keep talking. In this episode, audio snapshots of what's to come and an intro to John though his story of survival of his spirit through incarcerated life.
Monday, July 20 Killing with kindness. Fredericton has recently installed new so called “Kindness” meters in Downtown Fredericton, 6 in total, as the latest move to kill panhandling. Some interviews on this subject.
Monday, July 13 Tonight on the Show. Speaking with a couple of members of the crew of the Directly Affected Film project .... AND Max Haiven on Our Collective Response to Austerity .
Monday, June 22 The cuts to public services in NB and the public response. The show features interviews with members of CUPE NB, who have been, and are expected to continue to be, particularly hard hit by the cuts. Additionally, the show covers the new NB Prosperity not Austerity Coalition. As well, a feature of Max Haiven's new commentary, Reimagining Our Collective Powers Against Austerity.
Monday, June 15 Interview with Richard Robbins, co-author (with Tim Di Muzio) of a new book coming out this fall, Debt as Power. The interview covers many subjects: what is debt, something about its origins, its consequences, relationship to capitalism, and resistance to its obligations. About Richard Robbins ... Richard Robbins received his Ph.D. in anthropology from University of North Carolina and has spent his entire teaching career at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh ... He is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the American Anthropological Association/Oxford University Press Teacher of the Year Award. He appeared also in the hit anti-globalization documentary, The Yes Men. (more info if you click on the AUDIO button above and see the podcast description).
Monday, June 8 Book launch of journalist Miles Howe's Debriefing Elsipogtog. Miles was embedded in the community of Elsipogtog, the Mi'kmaq led heart of the opposition to fracking by Texas based SWN. From the beginning of the 2013 struggle, Debriefing Elsipogtog offers a riveting, firsthand, on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes account of this story.
Monday, June 1 voices from the May 30th rally at Red Head.
Monday, May 25 End of the line for the Energy East Pipeline - On May 30th, people from all over the province and beyond are expected to be in the Saint John area to participate in a "march to the end of the line", from Red Head Road to Anthony’s Cove Road, Saint John as part of opposition to the Energy East Pipeline and related oil and gas developments. Opponents are concerned about the environmental and human health impacts, disregard for indigenous treaty rights, and general disruption of fishing and other local economies. The show will feature interviews with Lynaya Astephen, spokesperson for the Red Head and Anthony Cove Preservation Association and Ron Tremblay with the Wolastoq Grand Council & Peace & Friendship Alliance.
Monday, May 18 The opposition to herbicide spraying of public / Crown forests in NB … better put perhaps as the forestry industry, with government assistance, suppressing the growth of trees of no/little economic value to it, to increase the yield of those species industry favours...Their tool in this design is the herbicide glyphosate, produced by the agri-chemical giant Monsanto. There has been major opposition to the use of the herbicide on account of the human and general ecosystem health effects. On May 23, in Moncton NB, there will be a March against Monsanto. Also, recently, two Rogersville area men, Romeo Martin and Laurie Richard, have been sentenced to six months probation by a Miramichi court for their part in a protest last fall against the continued spraying of glyphosate herbicide on provincial forests. While this story is largely about events in NB, the issue is a matter of concern for any province with a forestry industry. Control of forest vegetation is something always on the minds of forestry companies, limited largely by provincial and national regulations. You will hear other provinces come up in the discussion. You'll hear from Tracy Glynn of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick re: the dangers of glyphosate. Also, an interview with Roger Babin, president of public for the protection of forests in New Brunswick. This show also has a brief piece on the struggle of retired miner Roger LeBlanc for compensation for health effects arising from his former workplace. Heads up, the Roger LeBlanc story will be covered much more in depth in a future episode ...
Monday, May 11 Universities and the austerity agenda. An interview with Robin Vose. Robin Vose is the president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and a professor of history at St. Thomas University. Delegates of faculty unions across the country attended the annual meeting of the CAUT on May 1st, where they issued a condemnation of Nova Scotia's Bill C-100, a bill that attacks the rights of academic workers in NS. Robin has also recently written an editorial, "The Great Austerity Swindle" for the NB Media Coop.
Monday, May 4 El Jones performs at Mayworks Fredericton : a week long artistic celebration of working class culture and recognition of International Workers Day . El Jones is Halifax Poet laureate, and prolific on subjects of social and environmental justice. She was the two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team in 2007 and 2008, has performed all over Canada, and made forays south of the border as well.
Monday, Mar 2
SHOW PRE-EMPTED FOR LIVE UNB (AUS) CHAMPIONSHIP HOCKEY BROADCAST
* An abbreviated show will be posted to the podcast site tonight, by 8pm (click "audio" above)
Canada's proposed new Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, introduced as the now infamous Bill C-51, may be a game changer in curtailing civil liberties of those who dissent too strongly against whatever the government may deem as key to their economic strategy; in other words, it looks to target not just what most people may think of as terrorism, but move the targets beyond that range ...
1) A conversation with Roch Tassé, national coordinator for the Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. The ICLMG is a coalition that brings together some 41 national organizations, encompassing unions, environmental organizations, human rights and civil liberties advocates, as well as groups representing immigrant and refugee communities in Canada. Tassé discusses the enormous impacts on civil liberties that Bill C-51 could have.
2) Followed by a discussion with Jim Emberger, spokesman for the NB Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, which is made up of a number of grassroots community organizations in the province. The mission of the group is to work to increase public awareness of the serious environmental impacts that have accompanied the development of unconventional oil and gas resources and its long-term negative economic consequences. The group has publicly expressed its concern re: Bill c-51's criminalization of dissenters to the fossil fuel economy and dissenters in general, ... and why people should pay attention to and by concerned by Bill c 51.
Monday, Feb 16
1) The fossil Fossil fuel divestment movement – thoughts from some of the activists, and some critical reflection.
2) An interview with fellow law student Julien Renaud about changes to the UNB Act and why the UNB community, and the public may want to pay attention
Monday, Jan 12
1) On January 7, workers in St. Thomas University’s Staff and Administrative Union (STUSAU), organized under the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), voted to reject the university’s final offer for a contract. STUSAU represents 51 workers who work in office administration, facilities management, IT services, recruitment, academic advising, residence supervision, financial services and athletics at St. Thomas University. The “no” vote is an automatic strike mandate. This show will feature Jennifer Burry, president of the STUSAU.
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2) From mortgages, to payday loans, to student debt, to moral obligations, how does debt shape our lives and our society? And how can we overcome it? The Radical Imagination Project in Halifax poses these questions as part of a film and discussion series being held at the new Halifax Central Library this winter, titled "Debt: our common problem". This show will additionally feature an interview with Max Haiven of the Radical Imagination Project on this subject.
Monday, Nov 26 On November 26, the Fredericton Youth Feminists, which is made up of young feminists in high school and university/college in Fredericton, organized a walkout from Fredericton High School (FHS) to protest the school's dress code policy. FHS's dress code is part of a wider policy covering the anglophone school district. The group addresses the fact that the dress code punished the victims of sexual assault rather that the perpetrators. They call for a sexual assault policy instead.
Monday, Sept 29 Why you shouldn't care who wins the next election. This episode will be part 1 of the Living Theory presentation by Antoni Wysocki that took place in Fredericton on Sept 20. A few words of description: Structural changes in Canadian and global political economy have produced conditions in which it is now impossible to elect a progressive government. No matter which party wins it will continue to offer unwavering support for the ecologically suicidal machinations of capital and the worldwide imperialism of the United States ...
Monday, Sept 15 Igniting a Radical Mothering movement. An interview with Halifax based mother Andrea Smith on the nature of mothering in our social order and how the norms that make mothering a reproduction of daily life in capitalism can be challenged, and why they must be.
Monday, Sept 1 About the origins of both Labour Day, the USA and Canada's State sponsored workers' holiday, and May Day, International Workers Day. What makes the latter more important than the former?
Monday, Aug 25 Some time on Monday, Aug 18, 2014, the popular, and often politically charged and controversial blog of Fredericton's Charles LeBlanc was shut down. The blog is probably best known for Charles' hounding of politicians and police over their statements, decisions and actions. The shut down was the result of City of Fredericton Chief Administrative Officer Chris MacPherson contacting Google to have the blog removed because it allegedly contained "inaccurate and hurtful content about Fredericton police", as reported by CBC. At least that is the summary reason that the City of Fredericton communicated to the media in the days following. This show features an interview I did with Charles this afternoon, on a day of particularly noisy traffic on King St. In the interview, he gives background to the shut down and a warning to other bloggers and alternative media.
Monday, Aug 18 Interview with El Jones, Halifax poet laureate, spoken word artist, and teaches in the African Canadian Transition Program at NSCC and in the Women's Studies program at Acadia.The conversation will cover the Michael Brown murder and its aftermath, the targeting of black people by police, the ugliest of institutionalized racism ... and maybe something poetic.
Complete show HERE
Monday, July 28- Solidarity with Gaza. The show will feature an interview with a member of Fredericton Palestine Solidarity to reflect on local solidarity, the ongoing crisis in Gaza and the politics and history of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
Monday, July 21- Beyond the Trap of Electoral Politics. A discussion of Antoni Wysocki’s two-part essay (Part 1, Part 2) Initiating Movement Towards Socialism in Canada an analysis of the possibilities for radical social change in our age, and of the limits of the NDP and electoral politics as they currently exist. The presentation was held in Halifax on July 12, 2014 in Halifax, put on by the Radical Imagination Project . Antoni Wysocki is a founding member of STAND, a libertarian communist group in Halifax.
Monday, June 23- Coming out of the story of Justin Bourque's shooting of RCMP officers and the "support the police" aftermath, I hope to offer some food for thought over in this show on the following points: When people are called upon to show support for the RCMP, the questions come up, who / what in society does the RCMP and police more generally, support and who or what do they oppose? And who have been the victims of policing activities?
Monday, June 16- Dying to Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada, part 2
Monday, June 9- Dying to Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada, part 1. This is the first part of a Living Theory presentation from Roland Chrisjohn, Oneida from Southern Ontario, professor at St. Thomas University in the Native Studies Department. Next week will be the conclusion.
Monday, June 2- Presentation by Lorenzo Komboa Ervin. Lorenzo is a writer, activist, and black anarchist. He is a former member of the Black Panther Party, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and currently based in Memphis. In jail, Ervin wrote the classic “Anarchism and the Black Revolution”. The presentation took place at the 2014 Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
Monday, May 26- Presentation by Mel Bazil, an indigenous Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en family man, sovereignist, and anarchist, and a participant in the Unis'tot'en camp. Since 2010, the Unis'tot'en camp has blockaded oil and gas pipelines in the north of occupied in unceded “British Columbia”, succesfully taking direct action to prevent 7 companies from transporting bitumen oil from the Alberta tar sands and natural gas from fracking to the Pacific coast. The presentation took place at the 2014 Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
Monday, May 12- A recording of Jim Umberger of the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance from his presentation on the Voice of the People tour stop in Fredericton. Also in the show, something about ... fishing.
Monday, May 5 - This show focuses on the recent federal government moratorium on the employment of Temporary Foreign Workers in the food service industry. Chris Ramsaroop Of Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW), a Toronto based organization pushing for better rights for migrant workers, will be the guest on the show. J4MW has come out against the moratorium due to the punishing effects on migrant workers.
Monday, April 28 - Maaaay Daaaaaay! This Thursday is May Day, a day of international working class solidarity. A rich tradition, which continues. On this episode of From the Margins, a little on the working class history of May Day. Later in the show, an announcement of a local event taking place on May Day in Fredericton ...
Monday, April 14 - On the morning of April 10th, representatives of the Morgentaler Abortion Clinic in Fredericton made the reluctant announcement that they would be closing their doors at the end of July, due to running out of funds. On today's show, I have the press conference from that announcement. Also, in the wake of this announcement, supporters of reproductive justice are organizing to respond to the ever reducing access to abortions in New Brunswick. I have a conversation with a member of the Fredericton youth Feminists, who are organizing a rally for the right to accessible abortions, which is being held this Thursday at the Legislature, details coming up.
Monday, April 7 - (recording of) The Left at the end of politics. This was the title of a presentation by UNB professor Thom Workman in the Living Theory series. Description: this talk addresses the obstacles facing the left in the face of the historic degradation of political discourse. It asks: “What political traction can the left find when political discourse is populated with mythic accounts of history, sound bites, buzz words, emotive turns-of-phrase, codes of hatred and petty nationalist mantras, all to the virtual exclusion of rational dialogue?” Thom Workman teaches political science and political theory at UNB. He is author of Social Torment: Globalization in Atlantic Canada, and, If You're in My Way I'm Walking: The Assault on Working People since 1970.
Monday, March 24 - Prisoner labour and prisoner labour organizing. An interview with Jordan House, PhD student at York University studying prisoner labour and attempts of prisoners in North America to unionize. This week's fact will have something to do with prisons ...
Further info on jailed Mi'kmaq warriors struggles:
Mi'kmaq warriors denied spiritual elders
Letter from an Elsipogtog mother
Coady Stevens Mi'kmaq Warrior speaks on conditions in NB prison
Monday, March 3 - Women in poverty, Bread and Roses, the struggle of Group Home workers for fair pay. This show will feature an interview with Tracy Glynn, author of a new study on women in poverty in NB. Additionally, an interview with a group home worker (or two) about their ongoing struggle.
Links of interest:
NB Common Front for Social Justice
In honour of Loretta
Bread and Roses event
NS home support workers lose right to strike
Monday, February 24 - On tonight's show,
- Dissecting the Olympics, not just the one that just finished, but a long long back and a deep incision.
- And an introspective piece: Is the competitive drive in today's sports is just part of poblematic social relations in our society? What does this mean for my own athletics?
Monday, February 17 - An interview with Blair Sullivan, president of the Fredericton Fire Fighters Association about cuts to services that will affect public safety. Also ... Speak Now or Forever Renounce Peace, an essay that basically calls into question what can and should be expected of the Federal NDP and at what peril. And of course, this week's fact.
Monday, February 10 - Elsipogtog and the Media: a conversation from the front lines of shale gas resistance. If you missed the event last Monday, this show will feature the brunt of that presentation.
Monday, February 4 - The Menu:
-UNB strike over, some details
-Migrant dignity not migrant deaths: response to the death of a woman in a BC migrant detention ctr.
-Pete Seeger: 1919 - 2014, a short tribute.
-this week's fact!
Monday, January 27 - UNB Strike and solidarity report; who gets to do what they love?; and this week's fun fact!
Between January 6 and now (J 23) - Too quiet on this site for a while. I got off my rhythm for a while, but back into gear again.
The UNB strike has really been the hot button issue around Fredericton part of late. It carries on, nearing the end of the second week now. The bargaining table continues to accumulate dust. No signs or signal of the door opening.
To keep abreast of what's going down, check AUNBT H.Q.
Also, lots at the NB Media Coop
Also, check the commentaries section for analytical pieces that are appropriate for the critical - analytical or storytime flow on From the Margins.
Monday, January 6 - UNB strike watch, interview with Max Haiven of Edufactory about commodification of education and campus labour struggles and other comments about the looming UNB full time prof and librarian strike. Find the show here
Monday, December 9 - Clayton Thomas Muller on Environmental Injustice. The presentation was given on December 6th, organized by Social Work, Ecology and Social Justice at St Thomas University. In the presentation Clayton, a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, shares Indigenous perspectives on environmental injustice and resource exploitation, namely tar sands, fracking and mining initiatives. He will focus on Indigenous resistance and grassroots movements, such as Idle No More.
Monday, December 2 - An interview with an individual from The Red T Movement at St. Thomas U. This is a collective of students dedicated to fighting social injustice at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB. Generally known for being an inspired by the organizing that brought about the massive student movement seen in Quebec. Their current aims are to: 1) Fight the tuition hike; 2) Reform the St. Thomas University Students' Union under direct democratic lines, like the ASSÉ model in Quebec. "We believe this is crucial as we need to reinvent student unionism in the 21st century context of an increasingly aggressive neoliberal agenda to commodify the right to education."
Let the Rank and file lead: support Halifax Shipyard workers
Nov 29, 2013
Workers at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax made a show of respect for a fallen worker and each other by walking off the job Thursday morning. The night before, a fellow worker committed suicide. The tragic event followed a suspension, which was then followed by pressure to sign away future rights in order to stick around. Even though the worker had laboured at the shipyard for over thirty years, he was more recently subjected to extreme scrutiny by supervisors, in which his competency was challenged. MORE
Monday, November 25 Whose Rule of Law? - Regarding the characterization and criminalization of native resistance to shale gas ... and featuring, out of the From the Margins archives, a presentation from Shane Martinez on the criminalization of dissent and class bias in the legal system
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Monday, April 29 Terrorism hysteria and the new restrictions on liberties and legal rights that will affect us all - The context of developments in the US and Canada since the Boston bombings: lockdown of Boston, exemptions to legal rights of the accused, Canada's convenient timing of the "Combating Terrorism Act", what is terrorism anyways? real threats to public safety ...
Combating Terrorism Act
Canadian terrorism definition
Another lockdown in the US
If you heard the show on April 23rd and are wondering how you can contact Sad Rad collective members ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, April 23 SAD RADio - talking about the space that was and continues to be, albeit in a ethereal sense, Sad Rad. Until very recently, Sad Rad lived in a warehouse space atop National Radiator, a "rose that grew from a crack in the concrete". It was that all ages show space, jam room and multipurpose venue that was run collectively by users. But it all came to an abrupt end on account of a square landlord. On the show, I hope to have a few of the Sad Radders on to discuss their thoughts on the space: what it has meant, plans for a new space, etc. Plus, we'll play some of the music recordings from the final days at former location.
Monday, April 16 The unemployment monster
Monday, April 9 Two workers, Shay and Eli, were dismissed from Just Us! for trying to organize a union. Some are shocked: "not Just Us!" Others accept the company's perforated defense that there were legitimate on-the-job concerns and that Just Us! knew nothing about the union drive. And there are some others who are frustrated that this is yet another example of the company /co-op shortchanging workers' rights locally as they prioritize their bottom line. I hope to have Shay and Eli on the show for a live conversation about a number of subjects that being dismissed for union organizing at a business that prides itself on ethics brings up.
Monday, April 2 Comments from Alex Hundert, recently released G20 Political prisoner. February 19th interview with CKUT's Prison Radio show + an essay from his blog: http://alexhundert.wordpress.com/author/alexhundert/
Monday, Mar 25 Reality tv immigration raid. On Wednesday, March 13th Canada Border Services Agency – Canada's armed immigration / border police – raided an East Vancouver construction site with a private film crew in tow. They were in search of what they viewed as illegal workers. On this show, background context and an interview with Max Haiven. Max Haiven, post doctoral fellow in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University. Additionally, he teaches locally in Cultural Studies at NSCAD University.
Monday, Dec 10 The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Frederiction, an interview with Jono House, IWW member based in Fredericton. Plus, a little more on the IWW's recent, historic vote against "no strike" clauses in contracts. The results are. What's the significance?
Monday, Dec 3 From Debt Strikes to Hurricane Relief: Occupy Wall Street's Pasts, Presents and Futures. Max Haiven, with the Radical Imagination Project gave the aforementioned presentation on November 27, 2012. He had recently returned from a stay in New York, where he encountered the current incarnation of the Occupy movement. The effects of Hurricane Sandy were particularly difficult for the city's poor and "Occupy Sandy" formed to extend support and solidarity. Max traced the lineage of Occupy from the early days to the present form. This will be an abridged version designed to fit into a one-hour radio show, which included taking out content that would be pretty hard to follow without being able to see the pretty pictures and slides which people in the room had the privilege of seeing. Unfortunately, this "making radio friendly" process involved removing the particularly visual-based portion of the presentation from St. Mary's prof Lee Claire Laberge re: creative representations of debt and finance. The good news is that she's on my list of people to interview in the future anyways. Also, the whole presentation is available where all FTM audio goes ... HERE .
Monday, Nov 26 Author Justin Podur - Haiti's New Dictatorship: The Coup, the Earthquake and the UN Occupation
Monday, Nov 19 Tonight on From the Margins: Dr. Ismail Zayid on the Gaza Crisis
Monday, Oct 22 EU debt crisis and .... all power to the EU ??
Monday, Oct 15 presentation by member of CLASSE (Quebec student strike)
Monday, Oct 8 Interview with the Dawgfather (cancelled)
Monday, Sept 17 The true story of the toy gun
Monday, Sept 10 Interview with Aaron Beale, VP External with the Dal Student Union
Monday, Sept 3 Regarding Overproduction in capitalism
Monday, April 30 Regarding May Day! International Workers' Day. About history and what's going on locally.
Monday, March 19 This episode of From the Margins will feature on-the scene audio coverage of the March 15th anti-police brutality Demo in Montreal, which was particularly large this year on account of bolstered student participation. More students came out due to the police brutality suffered during their protests and direct actions against the government's threatened tuition increases. This segues nicely into the other feature part of the show, which will be about the vibrant and militant student movement in Quebec that is presently resisting the government's attempts to squeeze them further.
Monday, March 5 A Dalhousie Faculty Strike is looming. Support staff are also close to a strike position. This episode of From the Margins will offer perspectives of affected people, with interviews of a student, campus worker and faculty member.
Monday, February 13 Updates from some centres of struggle
Monday, February 6 Reflections on the Feb 1st Student Day of Action: live interview with some participants
Monday, January 23 What's up with Occupy Halifax? An interview with two of the current organizers: Vive and Ian.
The interview gets into the political discourse and activity since the eviction and what folks are planning these days and why.
Monday, January 16 Interview with Glen Coulthard re: Indigenous struggle and capitalism, social relations, etc. This fine interview was done by James Babbitt.
Glen Coulthard is a professor in Native Studies and Political Science at UBC and a community organizer involved in a number of educational and other projects. He introsuced himself at the opening of the piece, so listen for further bio details. Mr. Coulthard was recently in Halifax to make a couple of presentations, (1) Place Against Empire: Understanding Indigenous Radicalism on Jan. 12 and (2) Seeing Red: REcognition, Reconciliation and Resentment in Indigenous Politics on Jan. 13. This interview by James covers a broad range of topics: an indigenized struggle against capitalism and what that might entail; educational projects that alter social relations away from capitalism; Western science and traditional knowledge; and critical thoughts on the occupy movement with regards to its perception by indigenous organizers.
Monday, January 2 & 9 : Ill. Fill in or repeat
Monday, December 19 & 26 : I'm away ... Fill-ins
Monday December 12 : Prisons and the Crime Bill
An interview with Kaley Kennedy, Halifax based prison justice activist
Monday, December 5 (tent) : Situation with NSCAD ... merger, cutback, fightback. Details coming soon.
Monday, November 28 : G20 "Main Conspiracy Group"
It has been well over a year and several months since the g20 protests in Toronto. No doubt, shortly after the event, many people were outraged at the over $ 1 billion price tag of the security operation; the fence surrounding a huge section of downtown Toronto; about the overall police brutality; and about the injustice inherent in the G20 itself ... bank bailouts, austerity, climate crisis, war, and the capitalist social relations surrounding it all ... But the repression and everything else about the G20 has likely faded out of the minds of many, perhaps until recently. Last week, a story came out about the so-called "G20 Main Conspiracy Group" of 17 people accepting a plea deal, which results in jail time for 6 of them and a withdrawal of charges for the rest.
These were people who have had to endure a combination of jail, house arrest and incredibly restrictive conditions since their arrests which took place before, during or after the G20 protests. The term "conspiracy" refers to them being accused of having something to do with planning illegal activities at the protests, with much of the accusatory material arising out of the work of one of the most expensive and extensive undercover police operations in Canadian history. But it must be emphasized, the 17 people in the so called "Main Conspiracy Group" were really targeted for their politics, for their roles as grassroots organizer in which all of them have openly challenged the systemic injustices of colonialism, capitalism and all manner of oppression that is normalized in our society as part of the social order.
On tonight's show, you'll hear a statement that the group released after the plea deal on November 22nd.
Following that, some analysis of the State's seemingly unprecedented degree of covert (undercover) repression against dissident political groups in Canada. A new bar for invasiveness might have been set. What does this mean for political organizing in general ... and particularly, for those who are unapologetically pointing out the systemic roots of injustices and organizing for fundamental social changes?
Monday, November 7 : Occupy Oakland's "General Strike"
There will be some commentary on the happenings in Oakland re: the Occupy movement there. I'm trying to arrange for interviews from people who were there or at least email messages that I can read on the show
On Wednesday October 26th, there was a call from the Occupy Oakland General Assembly for a 'General Strike' to occur on November 2nd. This was largely in response to severe police violence in the eviction of Occupy Oakland, which resulted in brutal injuries to a young Iraq war veteran, Scott Olsen, who was an Occupy supporter. November 2nd saw upwards of 20,000 people on the streets at the height, according to some counts. The port was shut down; many teachers joined in or didn't show up to work; the mayor tried to co-opt it; it was easier said than done. It wasn't technically a general strike called by workers throughout the city, but ... lots to analyze here.