In the wake of this summer’s Gaza massacre, CKUT produced a series of in-depth interviews with Palestinians and their allies. We interviewed academics, journalists, artists, actors, record labels, graphic designers and asked them one important question: “What can ordinary people do to prevent future massacres in Palestine, and take a stand for justice?”.
Jethro Tulin, an indigenous activist from Papua New Guinea, was in Canada last week to speak out against a recent spike in human rights abuses attributed to a Canadian barrick gold mine in his local community. He stopped by CKUT September 12, 2014. He has waged an international battle against Barrick Gold, a Canadian company, for over a decade. He was in Canada to speak with government officials and to raise concerns about a recent spike in human rights violations in his home community. CKUT’s Aaron Lakoff sat down with Jethro last Friday. Here is their conversation!
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On September 10, 2014, witnesses appeared before Senate to argue against Bill C-36, which is under study and which, if enacted in its entirety, would criminalize prostitution. CKUT’s Leila Lemghalef interviewed Naomi Sayers on September 10, 2014. Sayers submitted a brief to Senate, the introduction of which is quoted below.
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Hind Awwad is the former coordinator of the Boycott National Committee (BNC) in Palestine, and is currently working with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) in Toronto. CKUT spoke with her for the Palestine Solidarity Sessions about how people can get involved in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and how we can build winning campaigns in the wake of this summer’s Gaza massacre.
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Supporters of the health, wellbeing and rights of sex workers reexpressed their concerns about Bill C36. They added to their arguments that the House of Commons’ Justice Committee hearings this summer sidelined the voices of those who oppose the use of criminal law in relation to sex work. Presentations were given by Anna-Aude Caouette and Robyn Maynard from Stella, a sex worker organization for women, Frank Suerich-Gulich, from ASTTEQ, Claude Poisson, from Rézo, travailleurs du sexe, Chantal Montmorency, and Viviane Namaste, with Concordia University’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute.
Omar Barghouti is the founder of PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and a long time Palestinian activist based in Jerusalem. He spoke with the Palestine Solidarity Sessions at CKUT about the importance of the academic boycott of Israeli apartheid in the wake of “Operation Protective Edge”, how Israeli academia supports the Israeli military, and some of the links between universities in Canada and Israel.
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CKUT’s news collective spoke with Judy Rebick, the founder of Rabble.ca, and a life-long feminist activist, at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa. Rebick reflected on previous failed attempts at organizing a cross-Canada social forum, and why this one worked at this moment in history. She also shared her hopes and organizing visions for what could come out of the PSF.