Aug. 26: Robert Jensen and a radical political theology; Ehab Lotayef and Gaza

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Robert Jensen @ 5:33

Ehab Loytayef: 38:49

The passing of Jack Layton has caused a considerable stir, and especially the letter he wrote before he died. The last paragraph has been granted almost iconic status on Facebook and Twitter and I’ll read it here as it is this paragraph that should cause Canadians to confront our political and economic situation. Layton wrote: “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Canada is politically polarized with a Harper government holding an absolute majority. Layton’s final words were a call to not give in and to continue to look for the light at the end of the tunnel while working for real change one step at a time. Many Canadians, I among them, cannot disagree with Layton’s plea, yet struggle with the obviously serious issues we confront: ecological destruction, political inertia fed by corporate media, and the constant pandering to the wealthy middle class for electoral success. I am sure many Canadians will be asking in the days after the funeral how to make change, how to maintain a loving, hopeful and optimistic outlook while confronting economic and ecological chaos and the increasing militarization of Canadian society and foreign policy. To help us orient ourselves, and perhaps fill in Layton’s plea, our guest Professor Robert Jensen has proposed a “…radical political theology… that can help us claim our power at the moment when we are most powerless than ever, and identify the sources of hope when there is no hope.” Professor Jensen spoke to us from Austin, Texas. (Click here for information on Third Coast Activist).

In the second half hour we spoke to Ehab Lotayef in Montreal. Hardly covered in the mainstream media, and overshadowed by the NATO bombing of Libya is the continuing suffering of Palestinians in Gaza. Ehab Lotayef is a respected social justice advocate in Montreal, is a poet and playwright and has intimate knowledge of the suffering of the Palestinian people; especially those in Gaza.

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Announcements

Monday, August 29 @ 1pm at the OPIRG Exchange Coffee House and Reading Room 372 California, University of Windsor (behind the Faculty of Education and beside the Campus Community Garden)

FILM SCREENING:  

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Director: Faith Morgan / US / 2006 / 53 min / English

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call “The Special Period.” The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

In conjunction with Cinema Politica – Free admission and Fair Trade Refreshments – Donations accepted

Aug 19: Valerie Kaussen and Haiti reconstruction; Noa Mendelsohn Aviv and Bill C4 and refugees to Canada

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Valerie Kaussen @ 6:38

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv @ 40:43

In the first half hour we talked to Professor Valerie Kaussen (6:38)on reconstruction efforts in Haiti. She teaches Francophone Caribbean literature and culture at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has traveled to Haiti. Kaussen spoke about her experiences in Haiti on the three to four trips  she undertook there. She described the cluster system of camps that have occurred as a result of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management system and she also pointed out how Haitians have been affected by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This interview was spurred by an article I read by Kaussen in the Feb. 2011 issue of the Monthly Review.

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To find out more about Canada and Haiti check out Canada Haiti Action Network

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In the second half hour Noa Mendelsohn Aviv (40:43) of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association described that organization’s opposition to Bill C-4, which the Harper government claims will prevent human smuggling. Instead the bill seems more an attempt to demonize those who are fleeing war, persecution, hunger and so on and, who seek safe haven here.

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Related Youtube video on opposition to Bill C-4

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OPIRG Calendar of Events

Every Saturday 11 am. to noon Ottawa Street across from Market Square

ANTI-WAR PICKET

Canadians Say, Get out of Afghanistan Now!

Occupation is not Liberation

Invest in our Communities, not in War

For more information email: Windsor Peace Coalition windsorpeace@hotmail.com

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Monday, August 22 @ 1pm at the OPIRG Exchange Coffee House and Reading Room 372 California, University of Windsor (behind the Faculty of Education and beside the Campus Community Garden)

Film screening GOOD MORNING KANDAHAR

Director / Ariel Nasr / CA / 2008 / 50 min / English

Good Morning Kandahar introduces us to young Afghan Canadians torn between a deep desire to help Afghanistan and fear that things will never change

In conjunction with Cinema Politica – Free admisson and Fair Trade Refreshments – Donations accepted

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Every Wednesday @ 7pm

Join us for a peer led recovery group – RAINBOW RECOVERY!

This group is for anyone affected by alcoholism or addiction of any kind.

We will be meeting every Wednesday from 7pm – 8:30pm at the Windsor Pride Centre (422 Pelissier). You don’t need to be there every week to come along!

We welcome the LGBT community and our allies ♥ (Alanon, Narnanon, NA, AA, Gamblers Anon – all welcome, and more!)

For details email us at rainbowrecovery@windsorpride.com

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Wednesday August 24th @ 4pm at the Palace Cinema

Fundraiser screening of “THE GOONIES”

Tickets $7 in advance $10 at the door

Advance tickets available at Milk, 68 University Ave. W.

and UWSA office, CAW Student Centre, University of Windsor.

All proceeds to the University of Windsor Environmental Coalition Sponsored by OPIRG Windsor

For more info contact Betty Helou heloub@uwindsor.ca

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Saturday, August 27 9 am – 5 pm, Main lobby of the CAW Student Centre, University of Windsor

RAIN OR SHINE, IT’S GARAGE SALE TIME! Jazzpurr Society fundraiser

Volunteers Needed for Friday setup and Saturday sales.

Please contact Dolly Digou for sign-up and more details.

519-253-3000 ext.3235 prissy@uwindsor.ca

http://www.jazzpurr.org

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Saturday September 10th, from 10am – 3pm.

PECHE ISLAND DAY EVENT hosted by Peche Island (A. Laframboise) The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup

Peche Island lies in the Detroit River, 330 metres from the Windsor shoreline. (Ojibway Nature Centre)

The day will include transportation to and from the island in the Detroit River, along with guided tours focusing on the island’s unique natural and historical features. The island’s marked trails are perfect for self-guided touring. Enjoyable and educational, this is a great event for the whole family!

Limited parking is available for this event, so people are encouraged to bike or bus to the marina. Litterless picnic lunches are welcome on the island, but no garbage is to be left behind. Boat transportation to the island begins at 10am, the last boat bringing people to the island will depart the mainland at 1pm. Boat boarding at Lakeview Park Marina, 9200 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase.

Life jackets will be provided. However, please bring your own infant life jackets. Please note, this event may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Peche Island Day is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend! For more information contact the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup at: 519-982-3722 or email: postmaster@detroitriver.ca

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September 10th 2:00pm

Windsor Workers Action Center – 328 Pelissier

FIBRE CRAFTING part of the Ecology and Freedom Workshop Series

Lindsay will teach us how to sheer, wash, prepare, spin and knit our own wool.This workshop is essential for anyone interested in learning how to produce their own fabric or clothes.

Organized by grassroots environmentalists, activists and volunteers.

Questions: roadwindsor@riseup.net

http://WindsorGreenWorkshops.blogspot.com

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September 17th 10am

WECSA Community Farm, 13th Concession Near McGregor

GREEN BUILDING WITH LOAD-BEARING STRAW BALE part of the Ecology and Freedom Workshop Series

Come out to WECSA to help build a small storage shed/greenhouse with a commitment to using natural (or reclaimed) materials and self-reliant building techniques. We are inviting the community to share in this project and come help out. A shuttle will be available from Windsor.

Please email roadwindsor@riseup.net to reserve your seat.

Organized by grassroots environmentalists, activists and volunteers.

Questions: roadwindsor@riseup.net

http://WindsorGreenWorkshops.blogspot.com

Aug 12: Tzazna Miranda Leal and upcoming caravan for freedom; Pablo Godoy: Students Against Migrant Exploitation

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Tzazna Miranda Leal: 9:23

Pablo Godoy: 41:26

Many will remember last year’s pilgrimage to freedom when 150 local community activists and foreign workers walked from Leamington to the Underground Railroad memorial in downtown Windsor.

Pilgrimage for Freedom 2010 (Photo: Paul Chislett)

Justicia 4 Migrant Workers was the lead organizer of the pilgrimage and this year a new action is planned in several cities in the form of a caravan that will trace the route of the underground railway across southwestern Ontario. We spoke to Tzazna Miranda Leal of Justicia for Migrant Workers about the caravan planned for Sept/Oct. in the first half hour. Tzazna also movingly explained how she became a part of the struggle for justice.

For information on the upcoming caravan:

Email: 4mw.on@gmail.com

Tzazna Miranda Leal

647 618 5325

Chris Ramsaroop

647 834 4932

On a related note, Pablo Gadoy, national representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union told us about Students Against Migrant Exploitation (SAME), an organization that “…educates and empowers students and youth alike on issues that affect migrant workers.” As a young labour activist, Godoy also gave insight into the need to merge union activism and social activism. Also, click link for more on the Agricultural Workers Alliance.

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Tariq Ali on London riots:

Were there a serious political opposition party in this country it would be arguing for dismantling the shaky scaffolding of the neo-liberal system before it crumbles and hurts even more people. Throughout Europe, the distinguishing features that once separated centre-left from centre-right, conservatives from social democrats, have disappeared. The sameness of official politics dispossesses the less privileged segments of the electorate, the majority.

The young unemployed or semi-employed blacks in Tottenham and Hackney, Enfield and Brixton know full well that the system is stacked against them.

Read entire opinion here 

Announcements:

       Saturday September 10th, from 10am – 3pm.

PECHEISLAND DAY EVENT hosted by Peche Island (A. Laframboise) The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup

The day will include transportation to and from the island in theDetroitRiver, along with guided tours focusing on the island’s unique natural and historical features. The island’s marked trails are perfect for self-guided touring. Enjoyable and educational, this is a great event for the whole family!

Limited parking is available for this event, so people are encouraged to bike or bus to the marina. Litterless picnic lunches are welcome on the island, but no garbage is to be left behind. Boat transportation to the island begins at10am, the last boat bringing people to the island will depart the mainland at1pm.Boat boarding at Lakeview Park Marina,9200 Riverside Drive East,Windsor. Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase.

Life jackets will be provided. However, please bring your own infant life jackets. Please note, this event may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Peche Island Day is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend! For more information contact the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup at: 519-982-3722 or email: postmaster@detroitriver.ca

August 5: Chad Lord, the Great Lakes, and cuts to the EPA; Blythe McKay and Farm Radio International

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Chad Lord: 6:55

Blythe McKay: 33:49

On Friday’s program we expanded on the  issue of the Great Lakes and the Asian Carp threat. Recent news from the US indicates that the Environmental Protection Agency is under threat from legislation that will undermine the effectiveness of that organization. The Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, according to an environmental coalition media release will be “… bad for the Great Lakes and the millions of people who depend on them for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life,” said Jeff Skelding, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. He added that “This bill will not save the nation one penny. Problems like sewage contamination and invasive species are getting worse. Cutting restoration now will make the problems harder and more costly to solve. Skelding has urged the Great Lakes Congressional delegation and the U.S. House to reject this bill, go back to the drawing board, and pass a bill that supports successful restoration programs.”

 To discuss this issue and the impact for the future of the health of the Great Lakes, Chad Lord, Director, National Great Lakes Campaign, part of National Parks Conservation Association based in Washington D.C. joined us by phone from Washington DC. ( 6:55 mark) The cuts to the EPA  dovetail with a recent Toronto Star report of job cuts at Environment Canada.

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In the second half hour, we spoke to Blythe McKay, Manager, Resources for Broadcasters with Farm Radio International, to get an idea of the work of that organization. (33:49 mark)

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According to the website, Farm Radio International “… is a Canadian-based, not-for-profit organization working in direct partnership with approximately 375 radio broadcasters in 39 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity.”

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Announcements

Windsor Youth Centre

1321 Wyandotte St. E. (between Moy and Hall Streets.)

August is a month of cleaning and painting.

We need ALL the help we can get.

Our cleaning/painting days:

Saturday the 6th, Saturday the 13th, Tuesday the 16th, and Thursday the 18th.

Please send us an email to let us know which days you can help out. We would like to know how many folks to expect because we’ll have some snacks or a meal for volunteers on those days!

When you come to help out, please bring a few things if you’ve got them or can get them easily:

*Rubber gloves

*Rags (that you don’t need anymore)

*Bottled water for drinking.

We’ve got August the 6th covered in terms of a meal for volunteers, but we are still looking for donations for the other three days. Do you know a restaurant , church group or community group who would like to provide a meal for volunteers on one of those days? Please put us in contact with them.

Also, some folks have been asking about other donations. Our first priority this month is making the space ready for the kids in September.

Donations

The most helpful donations for us this month, aside from monetary donations, are gift cards from the following places: Bulk Barn, Food Basics, Staples, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other building supply stores nearby. We would be grateful for gift cards in any amount, large or small. It all helps!