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Wade Rathke: Healthcare, Neo-McCarthyism and the need for a progressive pushback

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Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to hear Wade Rathke speak at Concordia University, as part of the Too Cool for School alternative orientation, and organised by the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy and the School of Community and Public Affairs. I’m not a student there anymore, but I’m glad I can take advantage of these kinds of events.

Rathke is the founder and former chief organiser of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now; he stepped down after 38 years at the helm in 2008. Like any organisation, it has had it’s fair share of ups, downs and scandals*; but it has also had some pretty major successes, including working to ensure living wages in at least 15 cities across the US, and on issues such as housing, immigrants rights, and voter registration.

I was curious to hear Rathke speak; I didn’t know much about him, except for his long tenure at ACORN, or much about ACORN, except what little I had heard during the last presidential election around their efforts to sign up voters.

He gave an interesting, wide-ranging talk on everything form the history of ACORN, to voter registration reform, to housing laws and protections, to areas where Canada is lagging behind the US in social policy (there are a few). He also highlighted that there is, in fact, ACORN Canada, which I had never heard of, and that they are campaigning for a living wage in Ottawa, which is great to hear.

I’m being intentionally vague here – I recorded the talk for CKUT 90.3FM radio, and we’ll be playing it next Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm when the Avalanche Collective hosts Off The Hour. But to give you a sneak peak, I thought I’d put up this short, 4 minute clip:

It’s a response to a question that came up a few times: how is it the right-wing seems to be more organised and mobilised around health care? And is anything being done about it? Wade was at times more positive, at times more negative, but he was clear: the left became to complacent after Obama’s election, and it needs to stand up – together – or right-wing, anti public health care forces will definitely win on this one – and who knows what else. In particular, he took called out the Neo-McCarthyism he sees in the media, and called for progressives rally together in a pushback, or be ready to loose on this.

*Those scandals have erupted recently with the posting of ‘sting’ videos allegedly showing ACORN employees in several offices providing income tax advice to a prostitute and her pimp. The two were in face undercover right-wing activists. I won’t post directly to the videos here, but Bertha Lewis, Chief Organizer with ACORN, responded to the allegations on Democracy Now yesterday. She makes it clear that while ACORN takes these issues serieously (they have fired the employees involved) there’s a lot more to this story than the media is saying. Watch her response here. Wade has also written a bit about this on his own blog.

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Written by Tim McSorley

September 18, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Sunday: Alt Media Open House

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logosAnother quick post about an event this weekend. CKUT 90.3FM and The Dominion Newspaper have teamed up to host a series of Alternative Media Open Houses in Montreal.

Tomorrow – Sunday, July 26th – we’ll be setting up a table at the Maison de l’Amitié (120 Duluth St. East) at 1:30 and will hang around until 4pm to answer your questions and hopefully recruit a few of you to our groups. (We’ve done two open houses so far; special thanks to the Immigrant Workers Centre and St-Columba House for hosting us). Free food will be provided by McGill’s wonderful Midnight Kitchen.

Both organisations are constantly on the look our for talented and interested folks who want to get involved and help provide an alternative perspective to the corporate dominated mainstream media. We’ll also be joined by folks from Montreal’s Independent Media Centre, a great resource and hub for indie media organising in Montreal.

Part of the goal is to get a bit more visibility for both these outlets, sure. But it’s also to demystify and open our media outlets to folks who don’t necessarily consider themselves journalists/media makers/writers/producers… While there’s a strong emphasis in both organisations on quality of content, there’s just as much emphasis on training, workshops and openness. So stop on by, ask a few questions, and learn a bit more about althernative media in your community…

And while you’re at it, stop by the new Sunday farmers market, Marché Duluth, a little further down the street, at the corner of Laval & Duluth St. East.


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Written by Tim McSorley

July 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Two audio pieces: Abdelrazik, Canada and torture

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A quick post with two audio pieces about the case of Abousfian Abdelrazik, one in French, the other in English.

As I wrote earlier this week, I produced a piece for CKUT’s Le lendemain de la veille about Abdelrazik’s return home to Montreal. It features the voices of some of his supporters, Abdelrazik himself and his step-daughter Wafa Sahnine. And, of course, the music of the Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble who were out to liven up the evening.

http://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/download/34261/39278/55922/?url=http://www.radio4all.net:8080/files/tim.mcsorley@gmail.com/3840-1-abdelrazik_final.mp3″

The second piece is an interview by Samaa Elibyari and Stefan Christoff at CKUT radio. They spoke with Dr. Sherene Razack about Canada, torture, and the broader context of Abdelrazik’s ordeal.

http://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/download/34255/39272/55916/?url=http://www.radio4all.net:8080/files/christoff@resist.ca/784-1-ckutsherenerazacktorture.mp3″

If you’d like to either download or re-broadcast either piece, you can find them on Radio4All.

Written by Tim McSorley

July 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

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Canada, les mines, et le coup d’état au Honduras

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Il y a beaucoup de nouvelles qui circulent à propos du coup d’état dimanche dernier au Honduras. Ce matin au Lendemain de la veille nous avons ajouter au discussion de notre propre façon. Ma collègue à l’émission, Sabine Friesinger, a accueilli en studio Antonio Artuso, un colombo-montréalais qui est membre du Comité citoyen contre le coup d’état au Honduras. Il touche sur plusieurs aspects importants, peut-être le plus important étant la complicité des gouvernements canadien et étatsunien dans ce débacle.

À propos du positionement du gouvernment Canadien dans le coup d’état: “Les intérêts pour le Canada au Honduras sont trois grandes mines: Goldcorp, Breakwater et Yamaha.” (vers 6 minutes)

http://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/download/34249/39265/55900/?url=http://www.radio4all.net:8080/files/tim.mcsorley@gmail.com/3840-1-sabine_antonion_honduras.mp3″

Written by Tim McSorley

July 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Speaking from the streets

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I’m a few days late on this, but last Monday marked the 7th edition of the Homelessness Marathon, a special broadcast produced by CKUT radio in Montreal. Taking place overnight live from the streets of Montreal, it provides an outlet for independent and community media producers and Montreal’s homeless to come together to speak of the reality of living on the streets. The broadcast is a truly amazing accomplishment – 14 hours of programming carried on 40 stations across North America, and with contributions from stations from Halifax to Vancouver – and symbol of what can be accomplished through grassroots community media.

You can listen to the archives of the homelessness marathon at http://www.ckut.ca/homeless.html (this year’s edition is not yet up on that page, but you can find each hour for now by listening to last mondays night’s archives on the general CKUT archives page).

Written by Tim McSorley

February 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm