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Latin Waves has surpassed its 12th 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 the late  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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Reparations not Deportations

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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COVID19 and the crisis capitalism creates in normal times

Silvia Federici

Silvia Federici is a feminist activist and scholar whose writing and political activities contribute to a broad Autonomist tradition. With intellectual generosity, sharp, nonconformist thought, and searing critiques of capitalist society, her work has inspired social activists associated with the rise of the alter-globalization movement.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Silvia about the COVID19 crisis, how capitalism is a system in constant crisis and how they will use COVID to further consolidate wealth in society, how we don’t want to return to what is considered normal, how communities have come together to face this crisis and how we need community to come together after COVID to address the wide spread job losses and social despair.

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Imperialism In the south and colonialism in the North

Sylvia Richardson host of Latin Waves speaks with Yves Engler about the Canadian government’s political aggression against Venezuela: attempted invasion in May, sanctions in the midst of the COVID pandemic taking place along sanctions from the USA, and backing of the coup in Bolivia, that installed a pro USA corporate government. The inherent racism in the extractivist imperialism being imposed in the name of Canadians but in the economic interest of the Mining Sector capitalists. He connects the domestic aggression against Wet’suwet’en people and the bullying of Venezuela as being signs of who is guiding the Canadian policy internally and abroad.

Music by Calle13

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In Canada we have external imperialism and domestic colonialism

Sylvia Richardson host of Latin Waves speaks with Arnold August about Canada’s overt political and economic interference in Venezuela. The Military invasion of May 3 launched from Colombia. Arnold succinctly speaks of the external imperialism and domestic colonialism we face, how it is not enough to change governments from conservative, to liberal, what we need is systemic change.

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Venezuela , pandemics and social movements

Sylvia Richardson host of Latin Waves speaks with Director of Common Frontiers Raul Burbano about Canada’s efforts to over throw the Venezuelan elected president Nicolas Maduro. The punitive sanctions in a time of pandemic. What this time of pandemic means for social movements

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The notion of rights/role of languages and women in paradigm shift

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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International Expert in Cross-Cultural Sustainability

Philip McMaster is a social Entrepreneur and experienced co-founder of many social enterprises over the years … the most important and timely in the last decade and a half, the McMaster Institute for Sustainable Development in Commerce and the Peace Plus One World Sustainability Project in Switzerland.

Co-Host Stuart Richardson speaks to Philip about the global sustainability movement and the power of young people and all people of conscience as well as his newest project the One World Sustainability Project Cooperative. for more info go to ExtinctionSolution.com

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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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Yves Engler on Canadian foreign policy NAFTA and citizens role in change

Yves Engler (born 1979) is a Montreal writer and political activist. In addition to seven 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. His The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy book was on a short list for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction along with two other books.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Yves about Canadian foreign policy and the hypocrisy of our government putting sanctions on countries like Venezuela while excusing gross human rights violations in the coup governments of Honduras and Haiti, how Canadians should be paying attention to agreements like NAFTA and how those trade agreements are undemocratic and give corporations to much power over our lives, environment and working conditions.

How as progressive we should use our independent judgement on agreements like NAFTA and not just support them because Trump doesn’t like them.

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The implications of the new NAFTA deal

Host Sylvia speaks to Raul Burbano from Common Frontiers regarding the new NAFTA agreement being pushed by the Trump administration.

How these agreements subvert democratic rule, weaken worker and environmental rights and how they are related to the mass migration we are seeing form the global south. And how we as citizens need to stop fighting each other and play a role in international solidarity movements.

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