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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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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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Michael Albert on the current economic system and need to move to participatory economy

MichaelFMichael Albert is an American activist, speaker, and writer. He is co-editor of ZNet, and co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine. He also co-founded South End Press and has written numerous books and articles.

Micheal speaks about the structures of society that continually enhance the few at the benefits of the many. And what we need to do to make the changes we need

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Susan George on her Book “Whose Crisis, Whose Future?”

SusanGFWe speak to Susan George about her newest book “Whose Crisis, Whose Future?” Susan is one of Transnational Institutes (TNI) most renowned fellows for her long-term and ground-breaking analysis of global issues. Author of fourteen widely translated books, she describes her work in a cogent way that has come to define TNI: “The job of the responsible social scientist is first to uncover these forces [of wealth, power and control], to write about them clearly, without jargon… and finally..to take an advocacy position in favour of the disadvantaged, the underdogs, the victims of injustice.

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

kirklandFDavid 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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Dr Robert Jensen about economic fundamentalism and imperialism

JensenFRobert 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),All my bones Shake.

He speaks racial profiling, about economic fundamentalism and imperialism in current context

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John Holloway on his latest book “Crack Capitalism”

AntiCapFJohn Holloway (born 1947) is a lawyer, Marxist-oriented sociologist and philosopher, whose work is closely associated with the Zapatista movement in Mexico, his home since 1991. It has also been taken up by some intellectuals associated with the piqueteros in Argentina; the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement in South Africa and the Anti-Globalization Movement in Europe and North America. He is currently a teacher at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Autonomous University of Puebla.

John Holloway author of “Crack Capitalism” and “Changing the world without Taking Power” speaks of the role of the individual in perpetuating a system based on capital and consumption. As John puts it, the question we should be asking is Not how do we defeat capitalism but Why do we keep reproducing it everyday.

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Derrick Jensen speaks about mind shift in order to face and engage in a new environmentalist movement-Part B

GreenResistanceFPart B of two part series.

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with author Derrick Jensen. We are undergoing a mass extinction, scientists now estimate that within 35 years the oceans could fish could be depleted due to pollution. Jensen speaks about mind shift in order to face and engage in a new environmentalist movement to mitigate the destruction created in part by our myopic view of what is development in an industrialized gospel of civilization

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Derrick Jensen speaks about mind shift in order to face and engage in a new environmentalist movement

DerrickFFLatin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with author Derrick Jensen. We are undergoing a mass extinction, scientists now estimate that within 35 years the oceans could fish could be depleted due to pollution. Jensen speaks about mind shift in order to face and engage in a new environmentalist movement to mitigate the destruction created in part by our myopic view of what is development in an industrialized gospel of civilization.

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Suzanne Kyra on balance in our personal and professional life

SuzanneFFFWith over 20 years of experience, Suzanne Kyra, M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor, is a highly regarded counsellor with offices in West Vancouver and Coquitlam. She is also an international empowerment speaker, CEO of Living Big Events, and an award winning author of “Welcome Home to Yourself”

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Suzanne Kyra about healthy relationships. The importance of balance in our personal and professional life in attaining satisfaction and meaningful success.

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Dr. Maria Paez Victor’s book “Give me Liberty or Death”

MariaPFSeptember marks several independence landmarks throughout Latin America. Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Sociologist Dr. Maria Paez Victor about her book Give me Liberty or Death!

This is the story of Richard Longfield Vowell, an audacious and intrepid young English adventurer who abandoned his studies at Oxford in 1817 to fight against the Spanish Empire that had ruled Latin America for 300 years. It is also the story of the little known British Legion, formed of English and Irish volunteers, which became an integral part of Simon Bolivar’s patriot army. What are the stories of liberation and collaboration bounding us through solidarity and a commitment to justice today?

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