It has been a week. In this episode, Sandy and Nora walk through the month of news that happened this week and explain how, and why, there is urgency right now to take radical action.
This past week, Sandy and Nora have both found themselves in different crises — we talk about civil disobedience, police PR and what happens when a labour leader makes a mistake.
In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how we measure victories, and how changing society’s norms and values is the first step before legislative and legal changes are possible. Blowing open the Overton window.
In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the important work of Land Defenders, both at Wet’suwet’en and across Canada. From Indigenous sovereignty to fighting against climate change and massive profits, we encourage everyone to get involved in this struggle.
Photo from https://unistoten.camp
Transcript available here (feel free to help us edit it!): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jL-PzjJ0TCfzQQgpQrDdQExFczNQww0cfQWWhLH1rwE/edit
In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the radical possibilities of community, the joy of being social active and why artists need to engage in politics. And, because there is still an election on, we also talk about Justin Trudeau’s right-ward shift in the campaign.
Show note: we talk about the lawsuit launched by the CBC against the Conservatives. After this was recorded, it came out that Rosemarie Barton may not have even known that she was being named in a lawsuit. If you’re interested in this curious tale, Jesse Brown has been writing about what is known: https://www.canadalandshow.com/cbc-lawsuit-against-conservatives-has-damaged-rosemary-barton-brand/
There has been a recent burst of street violence perpetuated by the same individuals, looking to fight with social activists. The response from the police – indifference and violence against the targets of this violent – reminds us that we need to understand the role that police play in society, and they they aren’t there to protect us.
To read the report back from what happened in Hamilton, please go here (image is from here too) https://itsgoingdown.org/hamilton-pride-2019-reportback/
Episode 62 is a live show! Recorded live in Ottawa on May 8, Sandy and Nora talk about organizing across difference and the lessons that we can still learn from the Winnipeg General Strike.
Episode 63 will be the audience Q&A and will come out next week.
Thanks to the Mayworks festival for organizing this event and to everyone who came out!
Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government legislated striking postal workers back to work this week. Despite the fact that 1. mail has continued to be delivered and 2. that the right to strike is protected by the Charter, everyone’s favourite fauxminist has put the boots to CUPW members’ necks and forced an end to their rotating strikes.
Sandy and Nora decode what all this means, and why our right to strike is a right that needs to be vigourously defended.
Photo courtesy of the Canadian Association of Labour Media
Many listeners have asked: what is civil disobedience? Sandy and Nora talk about what it is, what it isn’t, how to do it and how to be effective. Get in touch if you have your own favourite story of civil disobedience!