Sunday, October 6, 2013

Episode 13 - Dylan Powell's Activist Life and Fight Against Marineland

LISTEN - 62:44

We spoke to him via Skype from Jim's place.
Yes, Jim's in his pajamas.
Dylan Powell is an organizer in St. Catharines, Ont. Co-Founder of Marineland Animal Defense, #OurScars and the Live Free Collective, Dylan is active in the animal and earth liberation movements, as well as involved in solidarity organizing with the Haudenosaunee of the Grand River, the migrant justice advocacy community and at risk youth in the Niagara Region. Dylan is graduate of Brock University (Honours History) and current Addiction Education student at McMaster University in Hamilton. Through advocacy work Dylan has lectured and spoken across North America and been featured in International news media outlets. Dylan Powell is a life-long activist currently living in Hamilton and being sued by Marineland in a SLAPP Lawsuit.  Among other things, Dylan spoke to us about his upcoming Festival for the Animals.

Song List:
Ted Leo - Nobody's Driving (Amebix Cover)
Test Their Logik - Table's Turnin'
Eric Smith - They're All Fucking Assholes

Guest Links:
Festival for the Animals
Dylan's SLAPP Suit

Monday, September 30, 2013

Episode 12 - The NDP Under Mulcair - A Panel Discussion by Nora Loreto, Katie Arnup and Ritch Whyman

LISTEN: 55:14

For this week’s show we will be listening to a Panel Discussion from the Marxism 2013 Conference to Change the World which was held at Ryerson University from May 31 to June 2, 2013.  The conference was organised by the International Socialists, an organization of activists committed to helping in the construction of such a party through ongoing activity in the mass organizations of the working class and in the daily struggles of workers and the oppressed. Jim recorded the panel discussion titled, “From Orange Wave to Third Way? – The NDP Under Mulcair.”  

Song List:
Phil Ochs: Love Me I'm a Liberal
The Dead Kennedys: The Stars and Stripes of Corruption
The Nightwatchmen: Union Town

Guest Links:
on twitter 
on facebook
Marxism2013 Conference
Nora Loreto's Blog

Monday, June 17, 2013

Episode 11 - Why Is Capitalism In Crisis? - A Talk by Pam Frache

LISTEN: 49:00

Jim went to the Marxism2013 Conference at Ryerson University where they graciously allowed him to record some talks, including this one called "Why is capitalism in crisis?” from Pam Frache, a leading member of the International Socialists. She is a former labour researcher and current gracuate student at McMaster University. The conference was organised by the International Socialists, an organization of activists committed to helping in the construction of such a party through ongoing activity in the mass organizations of the working class and in the daily struggles of workers and the oppressed.

Song List:
The Coup: The Guillotine
Billy Bragg: Power in a Union
Tracy Chapman: Talking about a Revolution

Guest Links:
on twitter 
on facebook
Marxism2013 Conference

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Episode 10 - Some Great Idea - A Book About Toronto's History and Future

From Left to Right: Jim, Louis and Ed
LISTEN: 59:57

We visited Ed Keenan at the offices of The Grid for a discussion of his new book, Some Great Idea, a retrospective of the city of Toronto through a look at three of its main figures William Lyon Mackenzie, R.C. Harris and Jane Jacobs. The book moves on to look a post-amalgamation Toronto and its class divisions as represented by its first three mayors Mel Lastman, David Miller and Rob Ford.

Forgot the Sign! (so I had to photoshop it in)

Song List:
My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style by The Dream Warriors
The Market Song (Devil you know) by Kevin Quain

Guest Links:
Some Great Idea
The Grid
Ed on Twitter
Ed on Facebook

A History of Grid Covers

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Episode 9 - Matt Mernagh and the Struggle for Marijuana Rights

L to R - Matt Mernagh, Jim Vernon, Louis Marrone

Paul was a great host.

LISTEN 59:59

In this episode, we share a beer at Pharmacy with Matt Mernagh, a/k/a/ Mernauhuana, the Cannabis Champion of the World. Coach of the Toronto Hash Mob, Mernagh has led the fight for an end to marijuana prohibition since 2002, through a series of legal challenges, public protests and tireless advocacy. We talked about the politics of prohibition, the Canadian anti-prohibition struggle and the global movement to celebrate 4/20.

Song List:
That Ain't Classy by Classified
Teenage Anarchist by Against Me


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Episode 8 - The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network

The Telephone Booth Gallery, 3148 Dundas St. W, Toronto
LISTEN 59:52

Sakura Saunders and Brendan Soares, from the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, sat down with Jim and I at the Telephone Booth Gallery. We used the personal journeys that led them to become mining activists as a road into discussions of Canadian foreign policy regarding mining, some of the sad consequences of it, and the need for homegrown awareness and activism in response.   It's quite a story for this Californian whose passion of justice led her to Toronto and drummer/co-songwriter who's life changed when he went to the Philippines to help change the lives of its inhabitants. 

Sakura Saunders: Sakura Saunders is an organizer for, an all-volunteer online network of groups researching and organizing around mining issues, particularly involving Barrick Gold. Sakura also co-founded the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network in Toronto which focuses on creating a platform for mining-impacted communities to share their stories in Toronto. 

Brendan Soares: Brendan Soares is the drummer/co-songwriter for the Toronto based politically driven prog-rock band SLYDE. Brendan has been interning with Mining Injustice Solidarity Network since September 2012 and is currently in his final semester in the Community Worker program at George Brown College

Visual Residue features recent paintings by Paolo Fortin and print 
works by Tim Laurin that explore the ephemeral qualities of 
recollection and memory, transience and isolation. 
The Telephone Booth Gallery: Established in 2010, Telephone Booth Gallery is located in the Junction, a bourgeoning west end Toronto neighbourhood.  The gallery exhibits contemporary Canadian and international artists.  The Gallery Director, Sharlene Rankin, has a keen interest in nurturing emerging talent, with a focus on materials and process-oriented works.

Song List:
Lies by Slyde

Bling is Dead by Test Their Logic

Mining Resistance SPRING INTO ACTION
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network
The Telephone Booth Gallery

Global Youth Volunteer Network

Outtakes 11:13

Monday, January 7, 2013

Episode 7 - Building Community through Art, Culture and Politics

LISTEN: 62:28

Beit Zatoun is a cultural centre, gallery and community meeting space in downtown Toronto that promotes the interplay of art, culture and politics to explore issues of social justice and human rights, both locally and internationally. Through music, poetry, film, public forums, visual art, conversations and more, Beit Zatoun contributes to an understanding of social and political issues in ways that strengthen and connect both communities and individuals interested in bringing about change.  We spoke to founder Robert Massoud on site.

Oil Harvest Song - Arabic folkloric from Palestine
"Oh Palestine" by Jim Page
"Where Are All the Children" by Diem Lafortune "Mama D"