FARC AND Colombia Peace, Westray Miners 25th Anniversary, Maple Ridge Homeless Attacked

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Friday, May 12, 2017

TODAY’S SHOW Host: Irwin Oostindie @DutchPhoto

03:00 Introduction

05:30 News headlines and weather  https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-74_metric_e.html

18:15 Colombia peace process threatened

Via The Real News Network. Rightwing militias have been targeting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as the FARC, as well as their families. Meanwhile, members of the United Nations Security Council visited Colombia on Thursday, just as FARC is set to reach a milestone in laying down 1,000 weapons amid a peace process with the Colombian government.

33:00 OUR DAILY BC ELECTION SPECIAL with today’s election headlines.

CLIP: Real News: Dimitri Lascaris talks with Michael Hudson, a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

37:00 MUSIC: The Boom BoomsAll Day All Night

38:40 Westray Miners’ Memorial with Tom Sandborn

Report from Tom Sandborn (Vancouver-based writer) who attended this week’s ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the Westray mine disaster in Nova Scotia.

We talk labour conditions across Canada, the anniversary of Westray, and what happened at this week’s memorial.

Tom is the author of an in-depth publication on the USW’s fight to prevent workplace deaths and injuries from the 1992 Westray mine disaster through 2016.

Hell’s History by Tom Sandborn Download the PDF

Written by former Tyee journalist Tom Sandborn, Hell’s History revisits a number of tragic workplace deaths, outlining the failures of employers to keep workers safe and the ongoing need for stronger enforcement of the Westray Law.

51:00 – MUSIC: Working Class Hero by John Lennon

52:30 Ivan Drury on Maple Ridge Tent City eviction’s yesterday

Anita’s Place tent city in Maple Ridge had some tents taken down by RCMP, and Maple Ridge bylaw enforcement officers on Thursday.  Officers took apart tents, and loaded the items onto the back of city trucks akin to what the City of Vancouver did to the Woodsquat years back.

We talk with Ivan of the Alliance for Displacement about vigilanteism, homelessness, and repeated assaults on the poor in the region.


EXTRA: RISK – film trailer.  A film by Laura Poitras, Academy Award-winning director of Citizenfour. Executive produced by Sam Esmail, Award-winning creator of Mr. Robot. IN SELECT THEATRES, MAY 5th


1 – Palestinian Film “AMBULANCE is part of The JUSTICE FORUM SERIES and includes a Post-Film Discussion. PANELISTS: Neil Naiman, Stephanie Taylor and Hanna Kawas.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 5:00pm, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.), Vancouver.

2 – Vancouver Rally in Solidarity with PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS
Sunday, May 14, 4:00 PM, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street., Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Facebook event. “Join us in Vancouver to stand in solidarity, to chant and rally together and shed light on the plight of Palestinian prisoners instead of the silence that is being put forward by mainstream media! #DignityStrike #Vancouver #Palestine #HungerStrike

More than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons began a mass hunger strike on April 17th. Their primary demands include: -Allowing more frequent and lengthy family visits and allowing prisoners to take photographs with their loved ones; -An end to solitary confinement; -An end to administrative detention- prolonged detention without trial or charge. (currently there are more than 500 administrative detainees in Israeli jails); -An end to medical negligence. More than 50 have died due to medical neglect and another 70 as a result of torture.; -Reduce restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food, and other items from family members; -Improvements of prison conditions, which include installing public telephones in every prison and providing air conditioners

Currently Israel holds 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners in their jails, from which 500 are admistrative detainees, 57 are females, and 300 are children. Most prisoners have reported being: chained from their arms, beaten, placed in solitary confinement, deprived of sleep, and routinely threatened with harm of family members.

Organizations endorsing this rally: ILPS Canada- International League of Peoples Struggle; Samidoun Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network; Canada Palestine Association; Plan Peace


Raise a Paddle For Mother Earth-Water Ceremony to Stop Tar Sands

“It’s gut wrenching to be here in the tar sands — breathing in the fumes, seeing the colossal waste sites, and coming face to face with the monstrosity that I have been fighting against for over a decade. But the Pacific Climate Warriors’ spirit of resilience is bringing me strength. To see our live updates from this journey, including footage from an aerial tour of the tar sands, visit our website.

And after this journey, my friends and I will be in Vancouver for a water ceremony and a storytelling event. It would mean so much if you could be there. Here are all the details for the water ceremony:

Where: Whey-ah-Wichen (Cates Park), North Vancouver, Sunday, May 14th, at 12:00 PM Click here to let us know if you can make it.  The Pacific Climate Warriors will also hold a powerful storytelling event in Vancouver on May 16th — here’s how you can join.

For Indigenous peoples and Pacific Islanders, climate change and fossil fuel extraction happens in our backyards. Rising seas are threatening to erase the homes of my friends living on the small islands of the Pacific. Toxic pollution in the air and water threatens our families and friends here and now. Simply put, we can’t afford to wait any longer for the action to match the talk on climate change.

We need Prime Minister Trudeau to stay true to the ambitious promises he made in front of the world at the Paris Climate talks. He must withdraw support for tar sands expansion. During their journey to Canada, the Pacific Climate Warriors want to bring this message directly to Trudeau. If you haven’t yet, will you send a quick message to Prime Minister Trudeau asking him to meet with the Pacific Climate Warriors?

4 – TUESDAY: An evening of stories from across Pacific to stop tar sands expansion. Come hear stories of resistance and resilience in the Indigenous-led fight against climate change.

* Tickets to purchase on Eventbrite* https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raise-a-paddle-climate-stories-from-across-the-pacific-tickets-34048023555

Please RSVP by purchasing a ticket — as soon as tickets become available — space is limited! All proceeds go to the Pull Together legal fund. Doors open at 6:30 PM, event at 7:00-9:00 PM. Tickets are sold 10$-25$ on a sliding scale. If you can, pleas consider donating more! * If the ticket price is a financial barrier to your participation, please contact organizers at maryjlovell@gmail.com for accessibility and solidarity tickets.



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