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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 role of languages the fallacy of individualism in western culture

A professor at Carleton University,Dr Marcelo Saavedra is an Indigenous Bolivian leader and founder of the Bolivia Action Solidarity Network.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks about the mature languages and cultures on Turtle Island, how that thinking challenges the fallacy of individualism in western culture.

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Indigenization of our Struggle against Capitalism

Silvia Federici

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Silvia Federici author of Revolution at Ground Zero. The zero point of revolution is our social relations, the violence of capitalism as our primary organizing system has normalized slavery, repression, control, and surveillance of brown and black people. We speak of pandemic but the virus that is killing society is a man made system of exploitation, and injustice. We must remember our ability to re-enchant the world, to envision a society with justice.

She speaks of a new Indigenization of our social movements.

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Dr Lebowitz latest book Between Capitalism and Community

In Between Capitalism and Community, Lebowitz demonstrates that capitalism contains within itself elements of a different society, one of community.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Dr Lebowitz about how capitalism creates accumulation but overlooked is how capitalism also deforms and changes those who work within it. How the communal councils in Venezuela profoundly changed those who worked within them and how struggle changes those for fight for it. Within the experience of struggle is embodied resilience,

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His latest book “We Are All Apocalyptic Now”

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 history of environmental degradation, how capitalism and colonialism sever us from the land and each other. How we need to not only change ourselves but learn to accept less. How do we come about changing systems and culture.

How simply buying an electric car is not going to get it done

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2021 Recap Victory in India and Latin America with multiple social uprisings

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Marti the secretariat of Hands off Venezuela about social movements in 2021. After more than 15 months of farmers’ protests, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, accepted defeat and repealed the three farm laws…”an unexpected victory” says Jorge Marti, yet a reminder of what is possible when the workers unite. In this interview we travel back to the beginning of 2021, the multiple social uprisings in Latin America that continue to remind us that social justice is a practice in community.

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How to move beyond capitalism and Chile moves left

Robin Eric Hahnel is Professor of Economics at Portland State University. He was a professor at American University for many years and traveled extensively advising on economic matters all over the world.

Latin Waves’ host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Economist Robin Hanhel. The quest for progressives and good intentioned people is to build a society that integrates all the elements of the social economy to create a systematic process of justice that replaces the Capitalist system…How we would do that is the subject of this conversation.

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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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Being Restless and Relentless to create a world for human flourishing and ecological health

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Dr. Robert Jensen about cultivating the ability to persevere as we face a death cult. Activating multiple crisis, social, economic and ecological. We must become restless and relentless as we make the world by action.

Being restless as we ask questions we may not have answers for, yet… in our wrestling with challenging problems we are striving to create a world for human flourishing and ecological health.

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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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