The audio on this page was part of a special 12-hour New Year’s Day broadcast on CKUT 90.3FM in Montreal. The shows combined are a look back at the resistance of local and global social justice movements in 2006, and a look ahead to the struggles to come in 2007.
In the audio player to the right you can listen to 16 of the 28 shows. If you want to listen to the rest, please head over to this page on the CKUT blog
Thanks to Jaggi for sending this out.
A look back at 2006 and a look ahead to 2007
Interview with Aarti Shahani, organizer with Families for Freedom in New York City
Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation. Aarti, who herself has fought against the detention and deportation of her close family members, speaks about the recent immigrant rights and racial justice mobilization in the USA in 2006 and the challenges for 2007, as well as the specific role of South Asian migrants in the struggle. She was interviewed on December 29, 2006 for La Rage du Peuple. (28:42; English).
Live phone interview with Biplam Halim from Kolkata, West Bengal, on the peasant resistance at Singur
Recently thousands of peasants of Singur, a farming community in West Bengal in India, were forcibly evicted by the government. The eviction of the peasants from the fertile land is to make way for an automobile factory for Tata Motors, a subsidiary of Tata Group, India’s largest and oldest business conglomerate. However, the peasants of Singur are actively resisting the occupation of this land. We speak with Biplab Halim, live on the phone from India about what is happening in Singur. He is active in the resistance with the Institute for Motivating Self-Employment in West Bengal. (16:46; English)
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Sonali Kolhatkar of the Afghan Women’s Mission on the occupation of Afghanistan (22:55; English)
Sonali organizes with the Afghan Women’s Mission and is the host of Uprising Radio at KPFK in Los Angeles. In this presentation Kolhatkar offers a critique of Canada´s military role in Afghanistan, while specifically focusing on the situation facing Afghani women and the organizing of RAWA [the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan]. The presentation was recorded by Stefan Christoff on April 9, 2006 at Sala Rossa in Montreal at an event organized by CKUT Radio’s Community News Collective. (22:55; English)
Amandla Radio: Alternative views and perspectives about Africa (39:23; English)
Hosted by Doug Miller and Gwen Schulman, this year-end retrospective includes an interview with Aziz Fall of the Justice for Thomas Sankara Campaign. Other topics include: the growing links between China and Africa, diamonds and land claims in Africa, and the victory of the San people of Botswana. (39:23; English)
Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: 3 Presentations.
Rafeef Ziadah, of the Sumoud Political Prisoner Solidarity Group and the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) in Toronto. Rafeef speaks at the opening of the “Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: The Struggle Continues” conference (October 6-8 in Toronto) dedicated to promoting the growing anti-apartheid movement in Palestine and abroad through a comprehensive boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israeli apartheid. (26:29; English). On the upload, we also include the two other opening addresses at the conference: Salim Vally, a campaigner with the Palestine Solidarity Committee in South Africa (32:45; English) & Jamal Juma’ of Stop the Wall Campaign in Palestine (44:07; English)
In-studio interview with Tess Tesalona of the Center for Philippine Concerns (19:58 English)
Tess is a Montreal-based organizer and activist, with the Center for Philippine Concerns, the Immigrant Workers Center and other groups. She was part of a delegation to the Philippines in 2006, attending the International Labour Solidarity Mission. She speaks about the human rights situation in the Philippines, and international solidarity efforts. (19:58; English)
Interview with Arnoldo Garcia, immigrant rights organizer from Oakland, California (32:04; English)
Arnoldo, a long-time immigrant rights organizer based in Oakland, California, assesses the past year of organizing in the USA, which were marked by the largest protests in US history. (32:04; English)
In-studio interview with Sarita Ahooja of the Migrant Workers Support Center (31:19; English)
Sarita speaks about the conditions of migrant workers in Quebec, and about the immigrant justice movement locally. She is an organizer with the Migrant Workers Support Center, Solidarity Across Borders and No One Is Illegal-Montreal. (31:19; English)
Interview with Patrick Elie from Port-au-Prince (17:48; English)
Patrick was interviewed by Aaron Lakoff on December 27, 2006 for La Rage du Peuple. Patrick is a political rights activist and former Minister of the first government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (1991-96). Aaron spoke to Patrick from Port-au-Prince, in the aftermath of a pre-Christmas assault by UN troops on the impoverished neighbourhood of Cite Soleil. (17:48; English)
Interview with Jean St-Vil of the Canada Haiti Action Network 2 parts:
Jean is part of the Haitian diaspora in Canada, based in Ottawa. He is a community radio programmer, as well as a member of the Canada Haiti Action Network. In this two-part interview, recorded on December 20, 2006, Jean shares his views on the 2006 Haitian elections, the “responsibility to protect”, the political use of kidnapping, colonialism and neo-colonialism in Haiti, the role of NGOs, and the solidarity movement in Canada. (Part 1: 31:16; Part 2: 22:11; English)
Live phone interview with Kahntinehta
Kahntinehta is an elder from Kahnawake, and a writer with Mohawk Nation News. In this live interview, Kahntinehta speaks about the historic events of January 1, 2007, when members of the Six Nations community at Grand River moved back into their old Confederacy Council house which dates back to 1864. The Confederacy Council was ousted in 1924 by the Canadian-government imposed colonial band council system. (22:21; English)
Interview with Barucha Calamity Peller from Chiapas, Mexico (22:15; English)
Barucha speaks from the Intergalactica Gathering in Chiapas, Mexico. She was present during he people’s uprising in Oaxaca in 2006, which was defended by barricades. In this interview, recorded on December 27, 2006 for La Rage du Peuple, she speaks about the barricade, the role of women in the uprising, and the ensuing repression by paramilitaries. Barucha has 4 years of experience organizing with anti-authoritarian collectives in Mexico. (22:15; English)
In-studio interview with Jose of La Otra Campana-Montreal Radio Sabotaje-Mexico City (16:11; English)
Jose, currently residing in Montreal, is a community radio activist originally from Mexico City, where he was active with Radio Sabotaje. He currently organizes with the Zapatista-inspired La Otra Campana in Montreal. (16:11; English)
Interview with “Andres” about the Oaxaca Commune
“Andres”, a pseudonym, was involved in the uprising in Oaxaca, where he has lived for the past four years. He speaks from an undisclosed location somewhere in Mexico about the significance of what he calls the Oaxaca Commune, the current climate of repression, and the links to other movements in Mexico. (Part 1: 22:49; Part 2: 18:32; English)