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Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson is interviewed by the late  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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Breaking Free, The Life and Times of Peter McLaren, Radical Educator

McLaren is the author and editor of over forty-five books and hundreds of scholarly articles and chapters. His writings have been translated into over 20 languages, he is Co-Director of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Peter about his new comic book “Breaking Free: The Life and Times of Peter McLaren, Radical Educator” and his inspirations in life, about changing society and the academy with radical love and how society needs to move beyond wage based labour.

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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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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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To create schools that are deserving of our babies

 Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with David E. Kirkland, Vice Dean for Equity, and Community Action at NYU. The responsibility for educator to engage with issues of social justice. ” To create schools that are deserving of our babies”, what inspires him to stay engaged and the need for compassion for each other during struggle.

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Overcoming Racism and EuroCentrism to create a new world

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Sociologist Dr. Maria Paez Victor, a powerful and lively discussion about the declining global role of the US in the world. How as social movements we must overcome racism and Eurocentrism to move forward building community power and not relying on government to do it for us.

How we must not let Venezuela fall to US imperialism, if it can happen to them it can happen to any nation.

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The USA’s new security partnership known as the Quad

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Marti ,secretariat of Hands of Venezuela about the USA’s new security partnership known as the Quad to include United States, India, Japan and Australia as a strategic partner and providing Australia with nuclear submarines. The aftermath of the US war on Afghanistan, and why despite the threat we have much to be optimistic about despite impotent institutions such as the UN

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Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully. It’s hard to have hope…What will you tell the generations that come after you’re gone? The young ask the old to hope….what will you tell them? Tell them at least what you say to yourself. Tell them we lived in a world face with many challenges and also amazing opportunities to create a new path grounded in local focus, fierce intelligence and deep connection with one another.

Tell them the path is made by walking, by engaging with open hearted-ness and wide-awakeness that provide for a meaningful and radical engagement with the world.

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Democratic Economic Planning by Dr Robin Hahnel Continued

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Dr. Robyn Hahnel about his latest book Democratic Economic Planning. The hastening pace of global climate change’s human impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, the impact of political and economic hegemony of the capitalistic centre. These are enmeshed systems ” how can we create eco-socialism despite the racist regimes, of settler-colonialism, and structured social processes of exploitation?

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The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men

Robert Jensen is an emeritus professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and a member of the team developing Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute.

Jensens most recent book, The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men from Spinifex Press, offers a critique of the pathology of patriarchy that is at the core of todays crises.

Host Sylvia Richardson has a lively discussion with Robert about radical patriarchy for men, what it means when men give up power and support women, moving from power over to power with.

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Dr Aviva Chomsky “Her latest book Organizing for Power: Building a 21st Century Labor Movement”

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Dr. Aviva Chomsky, about creating a labour movement for the 21st century. The triumph of Neoliberalism has meant that the state no longer works toward the welfare of its population but rather to improve corporations conditions to profit. She speaks of the changing face of the labour movement, the diversity of voices that are forging a wider and more inclusion vision of labour rights and responsibilities to social justice.

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