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Latin Waves is celebrating its 10th year on the air,  we bring our listeners in-depth coverage of issues with a focus on the history of an issue and what that history means for us today and most importantly what we can do to move society forward in a healthy way.

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​​​​​Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson is interviewed by Charles Boylan from Vancouver’s Co-op Radio, she speaks about her new book Fleshmapping, Cartography of Struggle, Renewal and Hope in Education

Sylvia L. Richardson is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is the host and producer of the internationally syndicated radio program Latin Waves.

A Brief Book synopsis
What can be learned from a story woven out of fragmented moments of joy, pain, horror, and blissful awareness? Flesh Mapping is an attempt to create a pedagogy of shared narrative, place, and politics; to narratively map the injuries of the material, emotional, and spiritual impact of poverty, displacement, hunger and war on an individual life.

The book is an invitation to instructors in education, anthropology, women’s studies, and labor studies to re-imagine education as the praxis for liberation, renewal, and hope. It serves as a process of naming the injuries inflicted on real bodies by privilege and power, like sites on a map. The goal is not simply to name and make visible privilege but to simultaneously create emergent spaces of dissonance in education that can challenge and transform power at the site where the personal is political. Purchase Copy Now




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Sacred teachings of Quechua Aymara people about the path to coexistence

Marcelo Saavedra

The way to health is consciousness of our interdependence. In this interview Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson we speak with Aymara elder Marcelo Saavedra a professor of Indigenous Studies in Ottawa about the path to wholeness. The sacred teachings of Quechua Aymara people about the path to coexistence.

From quantum physics to sacred practice coexisting well, this interview will awake the sacred in you as we grow powerful in collaboration.

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David Bacon, Current Immigration under Trump

David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, political activist, and union organizer who has focused on labor issues, particularly those related to immigrant labor. He has written several books and numerous articles on the subject.

His most recent book is In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte: , David Bacon documents the experiences of some of the hardest-working and most disenfranchised laborers in the country: the farm workers who are responsible for making California Americas breadbasket. Combining haunting photographs with the voices of migrant farm workers.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to David about how US foreign policies combined with regressive trade agreements have been responsible for displacing millions of people from countries like El Salvador, Haiti and Mexico, and how Trump is adding insult to injury by repealing the TPS Status (Temporary Protected Status) from people who have been living and contributing to American society for many decades. And how as citizens we must stand together and protect those most vulnerable despite who the president is.

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Brazil Elections, Honduran Caravan and moving forward against mounting authoritarianism

A Caravan of young women and men, children of all ages is moving from Honduras to the USA marking one historical site of resistance, amidst many sites of resistance against a mounting tide of authoritarian neoliberalism.

In this interview with Jorge Marti, secretariat of Hands off Venezuela talks about the election in Brazil, the talks of war against Venezuela if the radical right wing gets elected in Brazil. The incarceration of Lula as a tactic to prevent him from running as leader of the workers’ party…Jorge makes clear why we can not make revolution half way, why we must have a program to eradicate the violence of neoliberal capitalism, by eradicating capitalism. The kidnapping of mass discontent by the far right, as they sweep into power its root causes. Why understanding theory is essential to succeed in class struggles that awaken inevitably with the rise of radical right wing governments.

This is a time for progressives to be active and engaged. Tune in and attune to the history of resistance, the victories and struggles that have birthed our ideas of democracy and continue to sustain our hope for a better tomorrow for all beings.

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Left , Right Marching to the beat of Imperial Canada

Yves Engler has been described as “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today

Yves Engler is a Montreal writer and political activist. In addition to ten published books, Engler’s writings have appeared in the alternative press and in mainstream publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Ecologist. Host Sylvia Richardson interviews Yves on his newest book, “Left, Right Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada” , they speak about the need to go beyond traditional leftist political parties and left leaning groups such as labor as the left is supposed to be opposed to colonialism and at least skeptical of nationalism.

However, Left, Right shows that, for decades now, this hasn’t been the case in Canada.

Music by Buffy St Marie

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Grahame on his new book Code ”59.5 There is Only One People Here’

Grahame Russell is a lawyer and director of Rights Action, he is the author of “Code Z59.5” & “The Never Ending”. In this segment we speak to Russell about his book Code Z59.5 There is Only One People Here. In which he exposes the systemic root causes of poverty, the link between mining and repression in Indigenous People’s land in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Why inequity affects us all.

 

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Port Moody BC, Mayoral Debate , Election Day is Oct 20th

Host Stuart Richardson interviews both incumbent Mayor Mike Clay and  mayor hopeful Rob Vagramov. Mike Clay has served on Port Moody Council for 13 years, as Mayor since 2011.  Rob Vagramov was elected as Port Moody Councillor in 2014. We talk about the candidates visions around future affordability, new development and protection of park spaces, how to manage our growth while protecting the community we love.

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Silvia Federici , Revolution at Point Zero

Silvia Federici

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Silvia Federici about her latest book: Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. The struggle to make visible how the Capitalist system depends on the unwaged reproductive labour of women. How the revolution must include both the liberation of men and women from exploitation. She speaks of the challenges, victories and alternatives. Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant. In 1972, she was cofounder of the International Feminist Collective, which launched the Wages for Housework campaign internationally.

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Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully. It’s hard to have hope…What will you tell the generations that come after you’re gone? The young ask the old to hope….what will you tell them? Tell them at least what you say to yourself. Tell them we lived in a world face with many challenges and also amazing opportunities to create a new path grounded in local focus, fierce intelligence and deep connection with one another.

Tell them the path is made by walking, by engaging with open hearted-ness and wide-awakeness that provide for a meaningful and radical engagement with the world.

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Myths and Prejudices about issues of poverty and homelessness

Zoe Luba is an organizer with Stop Demovictions Burnaby, coordinated by the alliance against displacement, a political organization building dual power between working class and indigenous communities to dismantle capitalism and colonialism. Stop demovictions
Burnaby is fighting mass gentrification in the metrotown neighbourhood through grassroots resistance including public meetings, protests and occupations.

Stuart interviews Zoe about the many myths and prejudices surrounding issues of poverty and homelessness. How hard it is to survive on minimum wage jobs in an urban center and what barriers working class people face to get ahead. We examine a new way to look at work and possible solutions for the future.

Music by David Rovics, We are Everywhere

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Dr David E. Kirkland, Transforming the world with more inclusive education methods

David E. Kirkland is a trans-disciplinary scholar of English and urban education, who explores the intersections among urban youth culture, language and literacy, urban teacher preparation, and digital media. He analyzes culture, language, and texts, and has expertise in critical literary, ethnographic, and sociolinguistic research methods.

He has received many awards for his work, including the 2008 AERA Division G Outstanding Dissertation Award and was a 2009-10 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and is a former fellow of NCTE’s Cultivating New Voices. Dr. Kirkland has published widely. His most recent articles include: ” Black Skin, White Masks’: Normalizing Whiteness and the Trouble with the Achievement Gap” in urban contexts: Politics, Pluralism, and Possibilities” (English Education), and “We real cool: Examining Black males and literacy” (Reading Research Quarterly). He is currently completing his fourth book, A Search Past Silence, to be published through Teacher College Press s Language and Literacy Series. Dr. Kirkland believes that, in their language and literacies, youth take on new meanings beginning with a voice and verb, where words when spoken or written have the power to transform the world inside-out

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