Sylvia at Social Forum Tunisia 2013

Latin Waves was born in 2005 when Sylvia Richardson’s passion for social change hit the radio air waves. The show was started as a resource to educate the public about the extraordinary changes and social movements that are happening in Latin America, there is a literal blackout in the Canadian main stream media around these historic changes.

Shortly after the show started Stuart Richardson joined as co-producer channeling his passion into journalism and research, with such an overwhelming amount of critical news not being covered properly in the main stream media Latin Waves decided to open its spectrum. Our original mandate to cover Latin America still stands but we have expanded our coverage into local/national and international issues making those critical political connections, 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.

In short our show is focused on building community across borders, positive social change has only come through communities of interest working together.

Interview with Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson 

fleshmapping_membersFLatin 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.

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Is Capitalism compatible with the worlds great religions.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALatin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen about our “dead culture” of state Fundamentalism.

Jensen says that absolute beliefs that ignore life’s complexities are used to support the politics of empire. He gives examples of these, including market fundamentalism (capitalism), moral fundamentalism (of spreading ‘democracy’), or technological fundamentalism – the belief that technology will solve the environmental problems it causes.

Jensen claims that capitalist fundamentalism is in fact incompatible with Christianity, which. like many the other great religions, are calls to recognize the universal human family. He describes alternative types of power that can lead to a hopeful future.

Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of “Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity” (City Lights Books), his latest book is All my bones Shake.

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Latin Waves interviews David Christopher from Open Media

CsisFNow its time for Justin Trudeau to live up to his words about open and transparent government. Will he engage Canadians about the TPP trade agreement or will he simply jam it through parliament with his majority.

Is he going to made ad-hoc amendments to bill C51 or is he going to repeal the bill altogether, the Harper government did allot of harm to civil society , limiting our liberties , passing secretive trade deals etc. Are the new Liberals going to be different or are they simply window dressing on the status quo.

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Walden Bello on his “Book The Food Wars”

FoodWarFAuthor of The Food Wars Walden Bello provides an analysis of the various causes of the rise in food prices. Not just the rise in energy costs, but also the IMF and WTO-led restructuring of the worldwide agricultural system.

Charting the evolution of the current crisis, Bello also offers a way forward: the principle of food sovereignty, allowing the developing world to protect and sustain a diverse range of crops

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Jesse speaks about his latest documentary Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

JesseFJesse Freeston is a filmmaker and video-journalist based in Montréal, Québec.Jesse filming for ‘Resistencia’ in the Aguán Valley, Honduras.

Jesse was a key member of The Real News Network where from 2009 to 2011 he produced more than 100 investigative video pieces on economics, politics and social movements in North and Central America. Since 2012, Jesse has directed five documentaries for teleSUR, the world’s largest public Spanish-language broadcaster. He has collaborated on numerous video projects including working as: a co-producer for Al Jazeera’s ‘Fault Lines’, as a member of Montréal’s CUTV news collective, and a shooter/editor for the Montréal chapter of Vice News.

We speak to Jesse about his his first feature-length documentary, Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley.

The film is currently on it’s North
American Tour with screenings in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. You can also watch online at. http://jessefreeston.com/resistencia/

Also music by David Rovics, we are everywhere.

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“Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog,”

arguing_for_our_livesFRobert Jensen, professor in the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, is the author of “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog,” (City Lights Publishers, March 2013).

The book explores issues with public discourse, trust in the leadership of elected officials and what Jensen calls an “Age of Anxiety.” It also offers strategies for addressing these crises.

We live in a time when public discourse is more skewed than ever by the propaganda that big money can buy, with trust in the leadership of elected officials at an all-time low. The “news” has degenerated into sensationalist sound bites, and the idea of debate has become a polarized shouting match that precludes any meaningful discussion. It’s also a time of anxiety, as we’re faced with economic and ecological crises on a global scale, with stakes that seem higher than ever before. In times like these, it’s essential that we be able to think and communicate clearly.
Sylvia speaks to Dr Jensen about traditional struggles, internal domination and a way forward.

Also Drop of Water by Dana Lyons

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Dr Sunera Thobani , Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada

thobaniFUBC Professor Dr Sunera Thobani speaks about her book Exalted Subjects, she gives a critical analysis of race and how the Canadian state has been active in nationalizing those “so called” Canadian values and then measuring them against the other in society.

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Canadian Elections, The TPP, BIll C51 and cell phone rates

CsisFStuart Richardson of Latin Waves interviews David Christopher Communications Manager from Open Media, we have a vigorous discussion about our digital rights as Canadians. We touch on how the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) deal may fundamentally change the way the internet operates, how daily activities may become criminalized once the TPP is passed, how this secretive agreement is being negotiated “behind our backs” and how important it is for average Canadians to demand transparency.

We speak about how Canada’s internet and cell phone services have fallen behind the rest
of the world in price and speed of access while we continue to pay the highest global rates.

And we wrap up with a discussion about BillC51 and how fundamentally this opposes Canadian values around the charter, how this bill is finding opposition in all political sectors including conservatives, some conservative groups have called it “The Long gun registry on steroids”

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Bernie Williams Co-Founder of Walk4Justice talks change

WalkFThe Walk4Justice initiative began after cofounders Gladys Radek and Bernie Williams participated in a walk from Prince Rupert to Prince George for the 2006 Highway of Tears symposium.

Stuart Richardson speaks to Bernie about the worsening situation and a need for change in Government

While the Walk4Justice organizers have spent years speaking about murdered and missing women, Williams argued public awareness of the issue hasn’t improved.

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Solving contemporary issues facing humanity using the wisdom and spirituality of our ancestors

Marcelo Saavedra

Marcelo Saavedra

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Aymara Elder and Professor of Indigenous Studies Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas about solving contemporary issues facing humanity using the wisdom and spirituality of our ancestors.

How remembering the stories of the land about living and coexisting well is to explore different perspectives and understandings about the passage of humans through this planet.

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Unions fighting back against concessions,phoney bankruptcy schemes, brutal lockouts and takeovers

Local1005FCharles Boylan is a Canadian radio broadcaster and political activist. He is the former producer of Wake up with co-op and currently hosts the program Discussion, on CFRO 100.5FM; a community-run, co-operatively-owned, non-corporate radio station broadcasting from Vancouver, British Columbia. Boylan has also run for political office federally and provincially as a representative of the Marxist “Leninist Party of Canada and People’s Front respectively (He is currently running in the current federal election for the ML Party) in Vancouver.
Charles speaks about the the long struggle by Rolf Gerstenberger (former head of United Steelworkers Local 1005) and the workers in Hamilton Ontario,

Since 2003, under Rolf’s presidency, Local 1005 led Hamilton steelworkers to defend their rights and the rights of all, in tough battles against company demands for concessions, their phoney bankruptcy schemes, a brutal lockout, and the wrecking of steel production for the benefit of foreign monopolies. Local 1005 spoke on behalf of not just the Hamilton steelworkers, but the working class and all working people with the call to keep Stelco, Hamilton and Canada producing and to give Canada an aim on the basis of a modern nation-building project which provides the rights of the people, not the privileges of the rich, with a guarantee. Local 1005 also became known far and wide as a champion of the rights of the Indigenous peoples, injured workers, pensioners, women and all others.

The interview presents a model for the Union movement in this current era, how to carry on the fighting spirit of ’46 in the present conditions.

Music by Dana Lyons

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