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
Yafa Jarrar is a Palestinian activist and organizer based in Ottawa. CKUT sat down with her during the People’s Social Forum to talk about the Palestine solidarity assembly happening at the forum, the links between Indigenous struggle in Turtle Island and Palestine, and recent developments in the case of her mother, Khalida Jarrar. Khalida Jarrar is an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council living in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, and a long-time activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She was recently issued an internal expulsion order by Israeli occupation forces, but is resisting her forced displacement to the city of Jericho. You can find more information on her case here:
Labour Radio was broadcasted live from Ottawa today from 5-6pm from the People’s Social Forum on August 21st! Featuring voices and labour updates from one of the largest gatherings for social justice in Canadian history.
Featured on today’s program:
-Sylvain Lapointe, national director for the Montreal region of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
-Ritch Whyman, Justice for Janitors
-Helen Kennedy from Egale about LGBTQ homelessness.
CKUT’s news collective will be heading down autoroute 40 to Ottawa to report from the historic People’s Social Forum from August 21-24.
We will be going live from Ottawa for Off the Hour on Thursday August 21st and 22nd from 5-6pm, bringing you voices from across Turtle Island engaged in labour struggles, Indigenous land defense, and migrant justice movements. We will also be producing interviews, reports, and posting audio from workshops and presentations on our news blog here.
Montrealers took to the streets again yesterday on Wednesday August 13th despite heavy rain to continue showing their support for Palestinian rights. Colourful umbrellas dotted the crowd of protesters who marched down St-Denis street calling on people to join the boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli Apartheid.
Protesters stopped at various stores that sell Israeli products made in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to raise awareness of Israeli products that should be boycotted as part of the BDS campaign. The stops included:
Une conférence de presse a eu lieu le Vendredi 8 août afin de réclamer une plus grande solidarité entre le Québec et Gaza. Plusieurs organisations Québécoises ont invité le public Québécois à venir en masse pour démontrer leur soutien au peuple Palestinien durant une grande manifestation qui s’est déroulé le dimanche 10 août et qui a commencé à la Place Émilie-Gamelin près de la station Berri UQAM.
Interview with Rahul Varma, playwright, artistic director, Teesri Duniya Theatre
and Majdi Bou-Matar, artistic director, MT Space
Tiffany Lam of the CKUT news collective spoke recently with Rahul Varma and Majdi Bou-Matar on what playwrights, theatre companies, and artists of conscience can do to stand in solidarity with Palestine. The two recently wrote a statement on Gaza, beginning:
“We, as artists committed to social justice, respect for human life and world-peace, and
in a resolute opposition to war, violence and destruction – oppose the war in Gaza and
invite dialogue for achieving a just peace for all.”
Ian Ilavsky is the co-founder and co-owner of Montreal independent record label Constellation Records. Ian Ilavsky signed the Artists Against Israeli Apartheid statement in 2010 in support of BDS-Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and Constellation Records has recently released a statement on their website condemning the recent Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
In this interview, Ian talks about why Constellation Records felt they needed to speak out against the recent Israeli operation and why it’s important for artists to join the BDS campaign.
Kevin Lo is a Montreal based artist and community organizer. He is the founder of Loki Design, which is an independent graphic design studio based here in Montreal and he teaches design at Concordia University. He is also a committee member of the Imaging Apartheid initiative, which is a poster project in solidarity with Palestine and is the co-creator of the online memorial “In Gaza” which lists all of the names of the Gazans who have been killed in the recent Israeli operation.
In this interview, Kevin talks about Imaging Apartheid, the “In Gaza” memorial and the use of art as a tool for social change. He also talks about other poster projects in solidarity with Palestine that are happening around the world, The Gaza Poster Project and The Humanite Magazine Poster Project.
(Special report from CKUT’s show Under The Olive Tree)
Up to ten thousand people marched through the Montreal downtown on Sunday August 10th to show their solidarity with Palestinians and to demand an end to the Canadian government’s complicity with Israeli policies of occupation and apartheid. Today’s protest marks the largest of over ten Palestinian solidarity demonstrations that have taken place in Montreal since Israel began its offensive against Gaza on July 8th.
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. Recently CJPME released an instruction guide called “Speak up for Palestinian human rights”. The goal of this guide is to provide Canadians with tools that will help them defend Palestinian human rights and raise awareness about the struggle of the Palestinian people.
In this interview we discuss the guide and go over all of its major points in details. Grace will talk about the importance of having the exact facts and how to get them. We will talk about the main pet arguments that Israel use and how to respond to them. We will also learn how to contact or approach the media and our MPs and why it’s so important to do so.
On Tuesday August 5th, a Die-In was staged outside the Montreal office of NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, to oppose the NDP’s refusal to take a strong stance against Israeli violati…ons of international law and to oppose the Conservative Government’s unwavering support for Israel. Protesters covered in red paint and holding signs bearing the names of Palestinians killed by Israel’s latest offensive in Gaza lay on the pavement outside the office of the Canadian Federal Opposition Party.
Hala Marley-Yassin is a board member of PAJU – Palestinian and Jewish Unity. PAJU was founded in the year 2000 by Bruce Katz, a Jewish anti-Zionist activist, and the late Rezek Faraj, a Palestinian-Canadian activist. In 2002, PAJU began a long-running weekly picket of the Israeli consulate in Montreal after the outbreak of the Second Intifada. In recent years, they have moved their weekly pickets to target different business with links to Israeli apartheid in order to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
In this interview, Hala speaks about the history of PAJU, and also about how people can get involved in the boycott, looking at companies like Chapters/Indigo, Naot shoes, and SodaStream.
This interview was produced by Sawssan Kaddoura of CKUT’s Under the Olive Tree
Interview with Dan Freeman-Maloy
Like every week since Israel began bombing Gaza on July 8th, hundreds of Montrealers met again this Wednesday July 30th, in front of the Mont-Royal metro station to denounce war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza. This week’s protest was particularly focused on highlighting the complicity of Canadian political parties with these crimes.
Speakers strongly condemned the stance of the three main Canadian federal parties, who have refused to condemn Israel for its war crimes. The organizers of the protest released this statement: