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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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Monsters a collection of wild, weird, and whimsical tales with a twist.

Derrick Jensen is an American author, radical environmentalist (and prominent critic of mainstream environmentalism). According to Democracy Now, Jensen has been called the poet-philosopher of the ecological movement.

Jensen has published several books, including The Culture of Make Believe and Endgame, that question and critique civilization as an entire social system, exploring what he describes as its inherent values, hidden premises, and modern links to supremacism, oppression, and genocide.

Host Sylvia Richardson has a lively discussion about his latest book Monsters a collection of wild, weird, and whimsical tales with a twist.

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US is risking international security by pulling out of nuclear treaties

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson interviews Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and publisher of a blog called Organizing Notes. They speak about how the US is risking international security by pulling out of nuclear treaties, how this happened under Bush and is now intensifying under the Trump administration.

How these policies not only put ourselves at risk of endless wars but also rob the treasury of much needed money for social programs and large visionary projects like the New Green Deal. Every tax dollar that gets spent on the military industrial project is on

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The conflict in Venezuela is a neocolonial war

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Venezuelan-Canadian Sociologist Maria Paez Victor who defines the conflict in Venezuela as a neocolonial war. In this interview we explore the historical revolutionary process of Venezuela of the past 20 years as the people rose up against the IMF and World bank’s structural adjustments and brought to life the Bolivarian revolution that elected Hugo Chavez to power and later elect Nicolas Maduro. What is at stake is the return to colonial warfare as way to strip Latin Americans of their independence and autonomy to choose their own governments while rejecting being colonies for resource expropriation by USA and European corporate interests.

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Raul Burbano speaks about the ongoing Coup attempt in Venezuela and what our role should be

Host Sylvia speaks to Raul Burbano from Common Frontiers about the ongoing Coup attempts in Venezuela, why Venezuela has been singled out and the role of ordinary citizens in holding their governments like Canada accountable when they endorse these illegal actions in our name.

  1. He speaks about the recent elections in Venezuela which had hundreds of electoral observers and how to get more info that is not being properly given by the mainstream media. Its critical to be well informed as our governments are fermenting a situation that could lead to a bloody civil war as 9 Million Venezuelans voted for President Madura only a few months ago.
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The US and opposition plan a Coup against democratically elected Government in Venezuela

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Jorge Marti secretariat of Hands off Venezuela about recent events in Venezuela that can be seen as setting the stage for Coup in the near future. Venezuela has been under attack from the US since a socialist government was first elected in 1998, their was a failed Coup attempt in 2002, Venezuela has seen hard times due to the collapse in oil prices and severe sanctions by the US and EU that have frozen oversees assets.

Washington, Brussels, London and right wing Latin American governments are using this crisis calling for intervention based on humanitarian grounds while conveniently ignoring human rights violations in places like Honduras and Columbia.

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Military style attack and removal of The Wet’suwet’en people from their territory by RCMP

Image result for rcmp remove blockage Wet’suwet’enJesse Freeston is a Canadian journalist and filmmaker. His work focuses primarily on social movements in North and Central America, he video journalism is found on the The Real News Network, his work can also be found on jessefreeston.com

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Jesse about the recent military style attack and removal of The Wet’suwet’en people from their territory by RCMP, they have
have never signed treaties with Canada or sold their lands, a fact confirmed by Canada’s Supreme Court in 1997 in a landmark case known as Delgamuukw.

They talk about the blockade to block trans mountain from building a pipeline that would fuel the process known as fracking, what this means for Canada and what it means for our Prime Minister whom speaks the language of reconciliation yet his actions show the status quo towards first nations rights.

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Dr Aviva Chomsky on her book They Take Our Jobs and 20 Other Myths about Immigration

Dr Aviva Chomsky is a professor and the coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State College. She has previously been a professor at Bates College and a faculty research associate at Harvard University, specializing in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean. The eldest daughter of linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky, she has a longstanding interest in Latin American cultures and histories which she traces to the year she spent working for the United Farm Workers union in 1976-77. Her six books and many articles explore, among other questions, the history of immigration, labor, globalization, and social mobilization in Latin America and in the United States.

She speaks to us about her “Her latest book They Take Our Jobs and 20 Other Myths about Immigration, she dismantles common assumptions and beliefs underlying statements like I’m not against immigration, only illegal immigration

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Marcelo Saavedra on the notion of rights/role of languages and women in paradigm shift thats happening

Marcelo Saavedra

A professor at Carleton University, Marcelo Saavedra is an Indigenous Bolivian leader and founder of the Bolivia Action Solidarity Network.

He speaks to Latin Waves about the need to protect indigenous languages as these languages change how we view the world. He challenges the western notion of rights and how the paradigm shift that’s taking place must have women front and center.

“If we can harness that wisdom that is embedded in our ancestral cultures, we can get rid of capitalism, patriarchy , Globalization and colonialism. And Women are a central central piece in this puzzle”

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DANA LYONS AMAZING AND TIMELY NEW ALBUM THE GREAT SALISH SEA

Sylvia Richardson of Latin Waves Interviews Dana Lyons on his latest album the Great Salish Sea, Dana speaks about the need for citizens to protect this pristine coast from Coal, Oil exports and how this is already happening in Oregon and Washington State.

Songs, The Great Salish Sea, The Salmon Come Home, Sometimes, It’s a Matter of Asking. Visit

www.cowswithguns.com for more info.

Encore Holiday Show

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Sister Elizabeth Kelleher speaks about the moral need to build social housing

This interview aired in 2011 and is still relevant today, Sister Kelleher passed on Aug 16 2013 and her life continues to be an inspiration to all***Gives us all something to think about at this time of year**

We speak to Sister Elizabeth Kelleher, an 85 year old nun with the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, we talk about her efforts to stop more gentrification in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside the poorest postal code in Canada.

Sister Elizabeth is a pillar in the Downtown Eastside where she tirelessly gives of her time and continues to be a source of inspiration for many, many people. She operates a soup kitchen that feeds between 300 and 500 of the city’s most poverty stricken each day.

It is estimated that there are over 10,000 homeless people in BC , of which 32 percent are aboriginal, and amongst women, 50 percent. A homeless person dies every 12 days in B.C. Conservative Estimates put the national homeless numbers at close to 300,000. The annual cost of homelessness in Canada in 2007 was approximately $4.5 to $6 billion in emergency services, community organizations, and non-profits. The cost both financially and morally of doing nothing is tremendous. Canada is the only G8 country without a national housing plan or poverty reduction strategy.

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