SFU Engagement and Divestment, Dorothy Kidd on Trump, Indigenous Land Defense

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Friday, March 24, 2017

TODAY’S SHOW Host: Irwin Oostindie @DutchPhoto

1:00 Introduction and welcome

4:00 News Roundup: Weather, Policing the Police in BC, Daycare in BC, Keystone XL green-lighted by US administration, Telesur News Roundup, North Korea.


14:00 Interview with Dorothy Kidd on Communications Theory and Resistance in the Era of Trump

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If Trumpism dealt a major blow to political, economic and social justice everywhere, it also set off a new wave of political contestation of movements which are working together for nothing less than their lives, livelihoods and lively ways. Responding to Dallas Smythe’s call to analyse the connection between contentious communication and political struggle, this review examines lessons from the communications practices of intersectional struggles in the U.S. over social reproduction, including campaigns regarding immigration, living wages, criminal justice, housing, and natural and information resources.

Dorothy Kidd is an activist academic,  and chair of University of San Francisco Media Studies department. She received her PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University. She has published in the area of political economy of media, media and social change and community media. She has also worked extensively in community radio production. Her areas of interest include democratic and participatory communications, media and globalization.


34:45 MUSIC: Princess Nokia – Excellent


36:00 Pushing SFU to divest from fossil fuel industries, interview with Maitland Waddell, Director of Research, ChangeSFU

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Climate change is poised to cost the world’s economies untold billions of dollars in dealing with increasingly extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, decreased food security, and increased numbers of climate refugees. As these economic costs inevitably begin to increase, so too will the likelihood of widespread global conflict. In addition, a growing body of evidence has begun to show that fossil fuel investments that were once considered guaranteed returns are now losing investors hundreds of millions (if not billions) of dollars annually, while returns on renewable energy investment continue to rise. Knowing this, Simon Fraser University’s Board of Governors has both a moral and fiduciary responsibility to divest all funds from the fossil fuel industry as quickly as possible. A rally is being planned for next Wednesday at SFU.   In doing so, SFU would become one of Canada’s first universities to join the growing global fossil fuel divestment movement. It is crucial that we do our part to protect the rights of current and future generations to a world not defined by climate chaos. Sign the petition to push SFU to divest.

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46:30 Brandon Gabriel, Kwantlen Nation, previewing March 24-26 Indigenous land Defenders Gathering

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56:30 Imtiaz Popat previews Sunday’s International Day to Eradicate Racial Discrimination, 1pm Thornton Park, Vancouver.

We have seen a sharp resurgence of bigotry globally. Trump’s election a result of the new rise, not the cause of it.To confront this recent resurgence of racism, the recently formed Coalition Against Bigotry – Pacific, has called for the International Day Against Racism March on Sunday, March 26th at 1 pm starting at Thornton Park at the Main Street Skytrain Station. March 21st is the United Nations Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination to mark the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa. For more information please go to www.cab-p.org
“With this new resurgence of bigotry, it is time to rise again and organize and march in the streets like we did in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to drive them back into the ground,” Imtiaz Popat, Coordinator of the Coalition Against Bigotry-Pacific  “It is time unite and come together against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism,” says Popat. “We cannot afford to be divided among ourselves under the delusion that our struggles for equal rights and somehow separate”.
“We will gather at Thornton Park which is at the Main Street Skytrain Station, then we will march through Chinatown. This is where Indigenous, Black, Chinese, Japanese and South Asian people lived historically. The march will end Victory Square Park on Hasting and Cambie,” says Popat.

This weekend announcements:

1. Burnaby KM Tank Farm – TOXIC TOUR (and IntersACTION)-Public· Hosted by 350_Vancouver https://www.facebook.com/events/435397750125172/ March 24, Friday at 1:30 PM – 4 PM


2. Standing Rock to Unistoten, Saturday March 25, 3:30-5:30pm-Hosted by Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/387075058338135


3. International Day Against Racism March 26, 1-4pm-Hosted by Coalition Against Bigotry – Pacific. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/376785632692661/


4. INDEPENDENT MEDIA AND THE B.C. ELECTION: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 3:00PM–4:30PM, ROOM 7000, SFU HARBOUR CENTRE. More info:http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/public-events/public-events/2017/bc-election2017.html

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