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Latin Waves is celebrating its 10th 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.

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

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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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The Obligation of Stories

Métis leader Jim Brady and Cree councilor Abbie Halkett disappeared in 1967 while on a prospecting trip in northern Saskatchewan by Lower Foster Lake. As both were outspoken activists for their communities–Brady, in particular, was considered radical–many don’t believe that they simply got lost. Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Dr. Deanna Reder about the response-ability of listening, and sharing stories the title of her SFU Talk on Wednesday January 15 2020 at 6pm at SFU Segal Graduate School of Business

Event Details https://tinyurl.com/r7pgzrm

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David Bacon, Current Immigration under Trump

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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Hohn Holloway on his book Crack Capitalism

John 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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Is Capitalism compatible with the worlds great religions

Latin 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.

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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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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.

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Coup in Bolivia and the response of the international community

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 recent and ongoing coup in Bolivia, the response of the international community and how in general the main stream media is ignoring the massive uprisings in Chile ,Ecuador. How to find reliable news and act as a global citizen.

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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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Bolivian Coup – Racism and class warfare USA’s imperialism

Latin Waves’ host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Martin Secretariat of Hands off Venezuela, about the military coup in Bolivia that removed the legitimate elected Indigenous leader Evo Morales. She also comments of the historic marches of over 1 million people in Chile and political unrest in the region.

What makes this coup particularly dangerous is that is being supported by the most racist and reactionary elements of Bolivian society, incited by the United States.

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Protests in Chile, Continued resistance in Venezuela and Indigenous uprisings

Dr. Paez is a Venezuelan-Canadian sociologist , she observed firsthand the sweeping changes that were brought about by Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution. Paez is now retired after teaching sociology at the University of Toronto and working as a consultant.

Sylvia speaks to Dr Paez about the recent protests in Chile, how the youth are leading the way. How the coup has failed in Venezuela and why and how she was present for a historic Indigenous meeting of the America

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