Countdown to Trump Inauguration

With the upcoming inauguration of the president-elect down south, CKUT’s News Collective would like to share some thoughts from Masha, a member of Russia’s Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot is a feminist protest punk-band-meet-art-collective that uses performance and music to disseminate their defiance. The group’s “guerilla performance” in 2012 at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow brought them international recognition and a two-year jail sentence for mocking Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for the, then, presidential candidate.

In 2016, Pussy Riot again spoke out against the American president-elect. At the time of the interview, Trump was the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. In response to his success, two songs – “Straight Outta Pussy” and “Make America Great Again” – were released. Both their lyrics and music videos challenged his demonstrated misogyny, racism, and classism.

When asked about Trump, Masha described him as “a crazy asshole.” The interview further explores why tactics employed by feminists in the US and Canada cannot be compared with feminism’s tactics in the Russia, how the rise of Trump resembles that of Putin, and how the media can distort public opinion about struggles against the status quo.

The CKUT News Collective would like to encourage its listeners to go out and show solidarity with DC’s disruptions of Inauguration Day in Montreal.

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Nov. 19 Headlines

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JOURNALIST ARRESTED UNDER ANTI-TERROR LAWS

-Sri Lanka: journalist A.R.Vaama Loshan arrested under anti-terrorism law. Amnesty International says arbitrary detentions and attacks on journalists have increased with rising tensions between government and rebels.

SUIT AGAINST WALMART GOES AHEAD

-Saskatchewan: Labour Relations Board rules that unfair labour practices suit against Walmart will go forward, despite the company’s claim that the Board was overstepping its jurisdiction. UFCW accuses the retail giant of intimidating workers by shutting down a unionized store in QC.

PROTESTORS, WORLD LEADERS CONVERGE ON WASHINGTON TO ADDRESS FINANCIAL CRISIS

– Washington DC: Protestors demonstrate outside World Bank HQ, saying “Money for people’s needs, not bankers’ greed”; Bush defends principles of free-market capitalism; Group of 20 largest economies call for more cooperation on financial regulation and agree to 47-point plan.

DICK POUND CONTINUES TO DRAW FIRE FOR “SAVAGES” COMMENT

-Montreal: McGill Chancellor Richard Pound draws more criticism for characterizing aboriginal people as “savages” in an interview: protestors take to Montreal streets; McGill student’s society votes against calling for his resignation.

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Pro-Choice Picnic

The feminist collective, Rebelles Montreal, held a pro-choice picnic this past Sunday to celebrate the forty year fight for the right to an abortion, and raise awareness surrounding barriers still facing women who wish to obtain them. The picnic entailed speeches, workshops, quizzes and music, and reaffirmed the collective’s strong belief in a women’s right to choose, both within Canada and around the world.