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.
Doug Smith is a Montreal- based Palestine solidarity activist and a member of Tadamon!. Tadamon is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond.
In this interview Doug will be talking to us about Tadamon and the different activities the group organises. He will explain how you can volunteer within the group and contribute to its different activities. He will also discuss a program called Cure (Community-University Research Exchange). CURE is a Qpirg initiative that facilitates research collaborations between university students and grassroots community groups which include Tadamon. Doug will talk about the different researches Tadamon! is involved in within the CURE framework and how students can get involved in these researches in exchange for credits. We will finally discuss why Israeli universities like Technion should be boycotted by our Canadian universities as part of the academic boycott.
Grace Batchoun is the VP Public Relations of CJPME (Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East). CJPME is a non-profit and secular organisation. One of its main missions is to enable Canadians of all backgrounds to promote and work for justice and peace in Palestine.
In this interview, Grace explains how CJPME was founded as a reaction to the 2002 Jenin massacre. She talks about the importance of taking actions to achieve change and what are the many ways you can contribute to CJPME’s work. This includes doing internships, becoming a project leader, and/or signing up to become a media responder to help keep mainstream media in check. CJPME also trains people to participate in the many delegations they send to Ottawa to meet parliament members.
Noja Taji is a committee member of the CPFQ (the Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec). CPFQ is a Montreal-based cultural, social and charitable non-profit organization.
In this interview, Nora talks about CPFQ and how it was founded in the 80s as a way to help the Palestinian community in Montreal. She also discusses the importance of maintaining and promoting the Palestinian cultural heritage to resist cultural appropriation by Israel. Nora also explains how you can volunteer within CPFQ to help with the different activities they participate in, this include the upcoming Orientalys festival taking place from August 29 to September 2d.
Edmond Omran is the president of Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP). MAP’s mission is to improve the health condition of Palestinians while respecting their autonomy and self-determination. MAP also works to develop cooperation and understanding between Canadians and Palestinians through the exchange of information and resources.
In this interview, Edmond will talk about the different activities and services that MAP offers. He will talk about the medical collaboration they work on with Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank. He will describe how can we MAP’s Documentation Center and who can benefit from MAP’s consulting services. Edmond will also talk about the Zeituna project, a Palestinian olive oil production sold in Canada. Finally he will explain how you can volunteer, help and/or donate to MAP.
CKUT spoke with Derek Nepinak, Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa. Derek spoke about the ongoing issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada, as some of his hopes for the PSF.
Off the Hour was broadcasted live from the People’s Radio, a pirate radio at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa on August 22!
Featured on the show:
–Dr Lynn Gehl, Algonquin, on respectful relations between indigenous and settlers
-grand-mère Francine Prayer, assemblée pour l’eau
-Interview with Palestinian activist Yafa Jarrar on the links between Indigenous struggles from Turtle Island to Palestine