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Latin Waves has surpassed its 12th year on the air,  we bring our listeners in-depth coverage of issues with a focus on the history of an issue and what that history means for us today and most importantly what we can do to move society forward in a healthy way.

In short our show is focused on building community across borders, positive social change has only come through communities of interest working together.

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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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The structure of empire with Justin Podur

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with author Justin Podur about the structures of empire. The value transfers that fuel an economic system of inequity and injustice. How laws have been crafted to sustain empire and suppressed democratic processes.

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Aviva Chomsky’s latest book Central America’s Forgotten History

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Dr. Aviva Chomsky, about the structured violence of empire. We are now in the grip of one of the worst economic crises in the history of modern capitalism.

Millions displaced by hunger, military violence and ecological destruction that puts them in the eye of multiple storms. Aviva Chomsky’s latest book: Central America’s Forgotten History, answers the urgent question “How did we get here?” Centering the centuries-long intertwined histories of US expansion and Indigenous and Central American struggles against inequality and oppression.

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Russia/Ukraine crisis, the hypocrisy of the US regime

Bruce Gagnon coordinates the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, (http://space4peace.org/) Bruce is a long time Union Organizer and Peace advocate and writers for a blog called Organizing Notes http://space4peace.blogspot.com/

Host Stuart speaks to Bruce about the origins of the Russia/Ukraine crisis, the hypocrisy of the US regime and its allies and how this conflict creates a war at home by robbing the public treasury. The propaganda machine at play and how the US/Nato is actively promoting war and silencing voices for Peace.

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Social Movements Post Pandemic, how electoral politics is not enough

Latin Waves’ host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Martin Secretariat of Hands off Venezuela, they speak about the crisis of Capitalism in providing for peoples needs, how as the pandemic ends their is no money for human needs but plenty for war.

How social movements are starting to wake up post pandemic, even in unlikely places like Poland. How just electing a progressive government under capitalism will not get it done, how only workers uprisings and social movements can achieve what is needed.

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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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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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Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out

In the face of multiple, cascading crises—economic and ecological, political and cultural—it is more important than ever to confront the reality of the threats we face. Based on a calm apocalypticism and a common-sense approach to intellectual life, We Are All Apocalyptic Now offers a framework for understanding our moment in history and the obligations of those who are trying to communicate that understanding to a wider world.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Robert Jensen about the recent truckers protest in Canada and the politics of division, how to respond to different world views for environmental change, how do we confront difference weather man or women or different cultures. How to think about cultural change in the modern world.

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Ukraine, USA , Imperial Wars and the only way to stop them is a system class analysis

Latin Waves’ host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Martin Secretariat of Hands off Venezuela, they speak about the current conflict in Russia, some history of the conflict and how Western powers and now Russia make excuses for imperial wars. How hypocritical it is for our media and the US to condemn some wars but not others.

How if we care for peace we must do the hard work of agitating for a new kind of system beyond capitalism.

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Analysis of Empire, Fundamentalism and Ukraine crisis

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.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Robert about the historic nature of Empire, how violence and fundamentalism play a natural role and gives some historical context to the current Ukraine conflict.

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Unpacking Ukraine Crisis and how it relates to Latin America

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Author and Journalist Arnold August about the Ukraine crisis, how it will impact Latin America particularly Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

How we should reject all conflict around the world that involves imperialism either from Russia or the US/NATO, how we need to put traditional party differences aside and build a better world. We need to put aside our Empire Building MSM and work together to create something sustainable.

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