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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 and serves as the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)’s Vice President from the North America region.

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.  Click Here to Order Copy 

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Peter McLaren speaks about the need to decolonize education

PeterFPeter Mclaren is known as one of the leading architects of critical pedagogy and for his scholarly writings on critical literacy, the sociology of education, cultural studies, critical ethnography, and Marxist theory. He has developed a reputation for his uncompromising political analysis influenced by a Marxist humanist philosophy and a unique literary style of expression. His scholarship and political activism have taken him throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He speaks to Latin Waves about the need to decolonize education

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Kat Norris shares her experiences and thoughts about residential school and the TRC

KatFThe first paragraph of the TRC’s final summary report reads.

“For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate
Aboriginal governments; ignore Aboriginal rights; terminate the Treaties; and, through a process of assimilation, cause Aboriginal peoples to cease to exist as distinct legal, social, cultural, religious, and racial entities in Canada. The establishment and operation of residential schools were a central element of this policy, which can best be described as “cultural genocide.”

I speak to Kat Norris Indigenous activist and founder of the Indigenous Action Movement about her experiences in residential school, how she has turned her negative experiences
into something positive by finding her voice and how she has become a warrior voice for her people. She shares her thoughts about the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and what role first nations must play in the change that needs to happen and what role allies/settler populations must play.

 

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Parenti on his New Book “God and His Demons”

godDr Michael Parenti , internationally known award-winning author and lecturer and one of the nations leading progressive political analysts speaks about his new book “God and His Demons”, a critical look at contemporary religion and his current and historic hypocrisies.

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Dr Robert Jensen “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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Dana Lyons amazing and timely new album the Great Salish Sea

Adobe Photoshop PDFSylvia Richardson  from 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 and British Columbia.

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

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

Marcelo Saavedra

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

AvivaFDr 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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Robin Hahnel “For the people by the people a case for participatory economics”

of_the_people_by_the_people_-_robin_hahnelFFRobin Eric Hahnel (born March 25, 1946) is Professor of Economics at Portland State University. He was a professor at American University for many years and traveled extensively advising on economic matters all over the world. He is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert.

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robin Hahnel about his book “For the people by the people a case for participatory economics” as one alternative of cooperation to Global Capitalism.

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David Bacon – The Right To Stay Home, How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration

baconFFFDavid Bacon is an Award-winning photojournalist, author, and immigrant rights activist he has spent over twenty years as a labor organizer. For the past two decades he has been a reporter and documentary photographer, shooting for many national publications and independent projects, and exhibiting his work internationally. Bacon’s books include The Children of NAFTA, Communities without Borders, Illegal People (Beacon, 2008), and The Right to Stay Home (Beacon, 2013)

Sylvia interviews David on this newest book “The Right to Stay Home, How Us Policy Drives Mexican Migration” journalist David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities. Bacon shows how immigrant communities are fighting back—envisioning a world in which migration isn’t forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the “right to stay home.” This richly detailed and comprehensive portrait of immigration reveals how the interconnected web of labor, migration, and the global economy unites farmers, migrant workers, and union organizers across borders.

The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration – Order HERE

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LINDA MCQUAIG ON HER BOOK THE TROUBLE WITH BILLIONAIRES

BillionairesFLinda gives an thorough interview about her new book The trouble with billionaires She touches on issues off philanthropy and academic freedom around controversial donations from corporations like Gold Corp, she offers alternatives to help us implement a more equitable tax system instead of the discredited neo liberal agenda currently in place. (Order Book)

 

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