What does it mean to be gay and Haitian? The documentary project “The Unspeakable Truth” examines this question by interviewing and telling the stories of members of the LGBT Haitian community in Montreal. Filmmakers Benjamin Gardere and Koralie Woodward were inspired by a photography project of Koralie’s where she took portraits of the Haitain LGBT community. After meeting their first subjects and hearing their stories, the pair knew they had to dig deeper and share their findings with the world. It became more than just portraits of a community; it needed to expand into the portrait of a culture. A short version of the film will be available in December.
A discussion with Stefan Christoff about Canadian political complicity with Israli war crimes in GazaJuly 30, 2014
CKUT’s Stefan Christoff recently wrote an article entitled “Trudeau embraces injustice, in Gaza and Canada” in which he calls out Justin Trudeau for not speaking out against Israeli war crimes in Gaza. He also critiques Trudeau for speaking in favour of expanding the Canadian military, and his support for the Keystone XL pipeline, which reveal that Trudeau’s politics are, after all, not a real political alternative to Stephen Harper and the conservative party. He joined us on the Tuesday edition of the Off the Hour program to talk about his article.
Open Letter to the CBC Radio-Canada Ombudsman.
Mainstream media in Canada claims to provide a neutral stance when reporting on issues related to Palestine. Being neutral means reporting on facts and providing proportional coverage of those facts. On July 19th, Radio-Canada, Quebec’s largest French-speaking news outlet and a beneficiary of Canadian public funds, wrote a news article about a Montreal Palestinian solidarity demonstration that omitted important facts and misrepresented the events that occurred.
The first thing you learn in journalism school about reporting on facts is to always report on the 5 W’s: Who? What? Where? When? Why?
On July 25th , dozens of Montrealers met at night for a quiet vigil at the Montreal Old Port. While overlooking the Saint-Laurent river, protesters lit candles and released sky lanterns in the memory of the hundreds of Palestinians who have died since July 8th.
(A special report from CKUT’s program Under the Olive Tree)
Mobilization in solidarity with Palestinians continues to intensify in Montreal, as Friday saw the 6th protest against Israel’s war on Gaza since the offensive began on July 8th. Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Montreal to demand an end to Israel’s deadly air and ground offensive in Gaza that has killed over 1,060 Palestinians and wounded over 6,000. Protesters are demanding an end to Israel’s colonial occupation of Palestine and are calling on the Canadian and Quebec governments to end their complicity with Israeli breaches of international law.
After the first protest took place on July 11th, hundreds of Montrealers gathered again on July 16th to march through the streets. Jasmin and Amal, two women from Gaza explained that “it’s just not fair what’s happening to the kids, to the women, to the men. I just want Canadians to step up and say it’s not ok, it’s not right what’s happening”.
Since Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” was launched on Gaza two weeks ago, a massive mobilization campaign has taken place worldwide to protest against Isreal’s aggression against Gazan civilians. Over 718 Gazans have been killed and over 3,750 injured since July 8th when Israel’s operation was launched.
As Israeli bombs continue to drop on Gaza, Montrealers have been marching on the streets in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Bellow are photographs taken during July 23rd protest.
Since Israel began its military assault on Gaza 2 weeks ago, Montrealers have been pouring into the streets to denounce Israel’s disregard for international law, its occupation of Palestinian land, and its apartheid system. Over 620 Gazans have been killed and over 3,750 injured since July 8th in what Israel is calling “Operation Protective Edge”.
(A special report from CKUT’s program Under The Olive Tree)
Under the Olive Tree is a Montreal-based community radio program in solidarity with Palestinians aired live every Thursday from 11am – 12 noon on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal and on CFRC 101.9FM in Kingston, Ontario from 4pm – 5pm.
This Saturday, July 19th, The Missing Justice collective and The Centre for Gender Advocacy hosted an event to celebrate the completion of a new public mural on Saint Laurent on the wall of the anarchist bookstore L’insoumise. The mural denounces the injustice against indigenous women and honours the lives of all the indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered. The evening was full of prayer, music, speeches and a beautiful hoop dance. CKUT’s Jehane Yazami and Alice Dutrut were there.
Montrealers Protest Israel’s Deadly Assault on Gaza and Call for an End to the Illegal Israeli Apartheid WallJuly 21, 2014
For the third time in less than 10 days, hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets on July 19 to demand an end to Israel’s war crimes and violations of international law. Ten years after the International Court of Justice ruled Israel’s Apartheid Wall illegal, the wall continues to divide Palestinian families, expropriate Palestinian land, and serve as a visual reminder of the system of Apartheid that Israel has instilled both within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and within Israel proper.
Protesters in the hundreds marched through the Jean Talon district demanding an end to Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza that has killed over 435 Palestinians, one third of whom were women and children, since Israel launched an offensive operation entitled “Operation Protective Edge” on July 8.
Protesters stopped in front of the G4S Montreal Office calling for its boycott and divestment. G4S is a British-Danish security company that supplies services and equipment to Israeli prisons where Palestinians are held without charge or trial in Administrative Detention and where torture against Palestinian political prisoners has been proven to be rampant. It also supplies the full-body scanning equipment to the more than 500 checkpoints that operate along the Wall that impede Palestinian freedom of movement. Protesters called on the Quebec Government, which holds shares in the company, to divest from it just as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation did last month.
From Monday,July 7 to Thursday, July 10 the justice committee heard testimony from actors in the sex work industry to hear commentary on the proposed Bill c36, named the ‘Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act’, which would criminalize the purchase of sexual services, replacing the previous law which was struck down by the supreme court last december in the bedford case.
Robyn Maynard, of Stella, a community group located in montreal created and run by sex workers to support sex workers, gave testimony at the hearings on Tuesday, July 8.
Chris Atchison is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria, and is working on ‘sex, safety, and security: a study of the experiences of people who pay for sex in canada’, and gave testimony at the hearings.
On Friday, July 11 the Supreme Court refused to recognize the role that the federal government had in protecting Grassy Narrows’ Treaty 3 from provincial and corporate actions–in this case, logging in Ontario. CKUT’s Tiffany Lam spoke with Grassy Narrows’ Chief Roger Fobister to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court decision and the government’s role in working with indigenous communities.
For more information on the Supreme Court decision click here
For more information on the Grassy Narrows struggle click here
Thursday morning members of the 6 Nations community and their allies interrupted work at a Line 9 construction site to protest the building of the environmentally detrimental pipeline. After a standoff, the Enbridge workers were forced to back down and removed their equipment. Aaron and Adina spoke with 6 Nations activist Danielle Boisson about the action.
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In the lead-up to the World Cup final, a group of soccer aficionados gathered to play a very different kind of game. Over the years, and most recently in its incarnation in Brazil, the FIFA World Cup has been accused of everything from neo-colonialism to racism, including by FIFA’s own anti-racism task force. In the wake of World Cup preparations in Rio de Janeiro and the way the games had played out thus far, some critics have claimed that the game of soccer itself has fundamental issues.
Activists from the Immigrant Workers Centre co-organized an anti-racist soccer tournament in the Montréal neighborhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The idea was to show that a different way of playing soccer – not FIFA’s, and not the World Cup’s – was possible. Participants ranged from die-hard activists to die-hard soccer aficionados, and everywhere in-between. CKUT’s Carla Green was there.
The Palestinian death toll continues to rise ever since Israel launched its “Operation Protective Edge” against the Gaza Strip on Tuesday July 8th. At least 274 Gazans have been killed to date. In response, a massive mobilization campaign is taking place worldwide to protest against Israel’s aggression against Gazan civilians. Hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets last Friday July 11th. They marched again this week on Wednesday July 16th. As protesters held the longest Palestinian flag in the world, they demanded an end to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and the Canadian Government’s complicity with Israeli war crimes, calling for citizens to boycott, divest, and sanction Israeli Apartheid.
This Saturday July 19th at 6pm, the Center for Gender Advocacy is hosting a celebration for the completion of a public mural commissioned by Missing Justice. The mural, which is located on the wall of the anarchist bookstore L’insoumise, stands as a public statement to denounce and demand attention to violence against all indigenous women, and honor the lives and spirits of those who have gone missing or been found murdered. CKUT’s Alice Dutrut and Jehane Yazami talked with Alisha Mascarenhas from the Center for Gender Advocacy about the upcoming event.
Interview with Freda Guttman live on CKUT’s Off the Hour
Hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets again on July 16th for the second time in a week to denounce the Israeli aggression in Gaza under the so-called “Operation Protective Edge”, and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The demonstration was organized by Tadamon, and called for a deepening of the campaign of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid.
CKUT’s Carla Green was reporting live from the demonstration, and spoke with 80-year old artist and activist Freda Guttman. Freda reacts to Israel’s current campaign of airstrikes against the people of Gaza, and reflects on what tangible actions people in Canada can take to end the Israeli aggression and occupation.
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Ce lundi le 14 juillet de 17h à 18h à En profondeur, une panoplie d’invité-e-s viendront discuter en direct du parc Lafontaine des enjeux du cyclisme à Montréal. Depuis le groupe féministe queer Les vélobabes, jusqu’à l’atelier communautaire La voie libre, en passant pas Environnement jeunesse, la Coalition vélo Montréal et Une porte une vie, nous disséquerons les défis qui s’offrent aux cyclistes montréalais-e-s. Venez nous voir et partagez votre opinion!
Les invitéEs sur l’émission incluent:
Zvi Leve http://coalitionvelomontreal.org/
Emily Hill https://www.facebook.com/groups/velobabes/
Pierre Rogué http://uneporteunevie.com/fr/
Veronique Arsenau http://2roues4saisons.com/
Jacques Desjardins http://www.lemab.ca/
En profondeur est diffusé ce lundi soir de 17h à 18h spécialement en direct du parc Lafontaine devant la maison des cyclistes.
Hundreds of people gathered on Friday July 11th in downtown Montreal to demonstrate support for Palestinians and to protest against the recent assault by the Israeli Army on the Gaza Strip. Since Tuesday July 8th, over 180 Gazans have been killed by Israeli air strikes, many of whom are children and over 1,120 Palestinians wounded in what Israel is calling “Operation Protective Edge”.
Emergency protests were organized around the world to denounce the brutal attack on Gaza. Hala Marley, a member of the Montreal-based group Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) explained that the Montreal protest was started by a citizen initiative that then drew in larger organisations from across the city. Even though brought together by tragic events, there was a strong sense of solidarity and empowerment among the protesters as they held the longest Palestinian flag in the world covered with messages of hope and encouragement for the Palestinian people. Read the rest of this entry »
Anti-Copa, Resistance Art, and Brazil’s World Cup Struggles
An interview with Andalusia Knoll
As we approach the World Cup final match, protests and discontent continue on the streets of Brazil’s cities in what is known as the “anti-copa” movement. To get a sense of what is happening on the ground, CKUT’s news collective spoke with freelance journalist Andalusia Knoll. Andalusia had been reporting on the anti-copa movement in Brazil for several weeks.
For all of her reports, check out her Twitter account @Andalalucha