Sing Hey! Love, Struggle, and Community with Janice Jo Lee

Kitchener based artist Janice Jo Lee joins AW@L Radio in studio for a discussion on her new album Sing Hey and the cross Canada tour she is embarking on.

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Press Release - Land Protectors Shut Down Enbridge’s Line 9 Near Aamjiwnaang!

This morning individuals have shut of the flow of oil on Enbridge’s line 9 pipeline. At 7:30 this morning, individuals used the manual hand wheel at a valve site to shut off the flow of oil through line 9 as an act of protest. They have locked themselves on site to prevent the operation of the pipeline.Line 9 is a highly contested tar sands pipeline that began shipping crude earlier this month between Sarnia and Montreal. Those involved assert that the operation of line 9 is a violation of indigenous sovereignty and treaty rights.

The 32CSM, In Defense of 1916

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On KW Radio Basics we had a discussion with Francis Mackey, chair of the 32CSM on the current state of Irish Revolutionary Republicansism. Issues discussed included the coming Centenary of the 1916 uprising.

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podcast: Criminalisation and Harassment of LGBTQ Prisoners in Kitchener's Federal Prison.

In early November 2015, the "Being Queer Is Not Illegal" campaign was launched by prisoner solidarity group GVI Watch. The group, acting in solidarity with the prisoners held at the Grand Valley Institute (GVI), a large federal prison for woman in Kitchener Ontario, was asking people to phone into the prison after prisoner reports of surging harassment , discrimination, and criminalisation of LGBTQ prisoners by guards.
In a November 10th post on the group's webpage https://gviwatch.wordpress.com, the situation was described as:

"a recent crackdown against LGBTQ2+ prisoners and/or prisoners in relationships amongst themselves. Intimate relationships between prisoners are being attacked by a clique of guards acting without apparent direction or oversight from the Corrections Canada administration."
The post continues: "Harassment of prisoners includes throwing them in solitary as punishment for being in a relationship, threatening them with transfers to remote parts of the country, separating partners by placing them in different parts of the prison, and laying spurious institutional charges that can lead to being locked in the maximum security unit.

Most troublingly, guards have been using physical intimidation and invasions of personal space to harass prisoners who speak up against these practices. In violation of their own rules individual guards have been entering prisoners’ cells at night,with an institutional history of sexual violence and exploitation of prisoners by guards at GVI, this can only be understood as a threat."
The post goes on to describe a growing culture of impunity among guards and prison officials as the jail is without a warden and the federal prison investigator has not had his contract renewed, which GVI watch says is "leaving no one to respond to grievance reports filed by prisoners."

While the prisoners themselves have been organising on the inside, their efforts have been met with repression from the guards. GVI watch reported on November 17th that the pressure from the call-in campaign was working, with prison officials stating they would allow an LGBTQ2+ group to form among prisoners.

While, promising to continue "watching closely to ensure the prison does not go back on their word", and with a win in hand, on December 4th, GVIwatch called for an end to this phase of the call-in campaign noting that:

"The issue of the criminalization of queer prisoners is still ongoing though, so stay tuned!

-There are still prisoners in max because of this, but they’re appealing their transfer from medium
-Many prisoners have been to segregation in the past month, a disturbing trend that’s still ongoing
-Some institutional charges have been dropped against queer prisoners, reducing their daily stress, but some charges remain"
The group concluded their post: "GVI Watch is thinking about the folks inside, and hoping those who are allowed to attend the holiday Family Day event have a great day."

GVI watch also highlighted https://changeandprison.wordpress.com the re-launched blog of Nyki Kish, a prisoner at GVI, which was launched just prior to the start of the Being Queer is Not Illegal Campaign. The posts are of Nyki's experiences in the prison and her critiques of the system which holds her unjustly captive as woman innocent of the crime she was convited for. For more on Nyki's wrongful imprisonment and to find out how you can support her check http://freenyki.org/
Today AW@L Radio is grateful to present a recording of Nyki Kish reading her piece "The Criminalization of LGBTQ People in the Grand Valley Institution for Women Part I – Our Story"https://changeandprison.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/the-criminalization-of-... .

I want to thank Nyki for her courageous efforts in documenting her struggle and spreading her experiences and critiques from inside the jail, and thanks as well to those who recorded and sent AW@L Radio this powerful piece of audio.

This has been AW@L Radio, i'm your host @dankellar, thanks for listening.

LSPIRG's "I Am Not A Costume" Campaign on Cultural Appropriation

As Halloween approached, the Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group activated their "I Am Not A Costume" campaign, which included posters being put up around campus seeking to challenge students into thinking about the appropriateness and impacts of wearing stereotypical, racist, or culturally appropriative costumes while celebrating the eve. In addition to Vandalism of the posters, there was also a wave of aggressive and oppressive online backlash.

Today we speak with Mohammed Akbar, a staff member of LSPIRG, to get details about the campaign and reaction to it as well as other efforts LSPIRG is undertaking to combat racism and other oppressions on campus. Mohammad also places the "I Am Not A Costume" campaign into the larger idea of building safe(r) spaces on campus and throughout our communities and strengthening freedom of expression and debate.
For more information on the work LSPRIG does, check http://lspirg.org

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Interview With Green Party Candidate David Weber

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Today we sit and chat with Green Party member and Candidate David Weber. Weber is running in the riding of Kitchener South-Hespler and on this program issues such as poverty, the enviroment euthanasia and others are covered. 

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An Evening for This Changes Everything - Support Indigenous Rights - Fight Line 9

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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 13:30

Before the Friday 7pm showing of the This Changes Everything documentary at Princess Cinemas, hear Chippewas of the Thames band councilor and educator Myeengun Henry speak about resource developments and the line 9 pipeline, and Indigenous rights. 5:30pm at Waterloo Town Square.

from press release: Join Chippewas of the Thames Band Councillor, and respected Elder Myeengun Henry for the opening of Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein's film "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate" on October 9 at 5:30 PM at Waterloo Town Square. After a short rally we will march to Princess Cinemas where Myeengun will say a few words and introduce the 7:00 PM showing.

more info on the demo fb: https://www.facebook.com/events/1638883949728593/

more on the film: http://www.princesscinemas.com/movie/this-changes-everything

Indigenous women Shut Down Energy East Pipeline consultation hearing.

First Nations vow to protect lands and waters stating no consent means no
pipelines.

#NoConsentNoPipelines

Enbridge Line 9 Work Disrupted as Demonstrators Demand an End to Tar Sands, Fracking

Port Hope -- Opponents of Enbridge's Line 9 Tar Sands and fracking pipeline
are in Port Hope at the site of testing operations of the controversial
pipeline. Enbridge is conducting newly mandated hydrostatic testing on
three segments of the 40-year-old pipeline before the company can be
permitted to pump bitumen through it. Activists maintain that this testing
in no way mitigates Line 9's impacts.

“Running water through a few spots in this aging pipeline doesn't mean it
won't break, and moveover it does nothing to address the devastation
wrought by the tar sands and fracking fields,” says demonstrator Niloofar
Gol. “We are opposed to Enbridge's Line 9 project because it facilitates
tar sands and fracking expansion, which is poisoning Indigenous
communities, damaging ecosystems and contributing to catastrophic climate
change.”

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Food Systems, Indigenous Rights, And Aging Pipelines - Local Food BBQ Fundraiser for Chippewas of the Thames Line 9 Legal Challenge

*What: Food Systems, Indigenous Rights, And Aging Pipelines - Local Food
BBQ Fundraiser for Chippewas of the Thames Line 9 Legal Challenge*

*When: Sunday August 23rd, 1pm in Victoria Park* (at the back of the park
near the picnic/children's area)

fb link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1638733099735326/

Info:
Are you interested in local food systems, clean water, and a healthy,
vibrant environment? Do you want to learn more about the Grand River
watershed and the treaties that bind us as residents of this land? If so,
then come to the No Line 9 fundraiser barbeque **this Sunday, August 23,
1pm, in Victoria Park**.

The barbeque will be raising funds for the legal challenge being mounted by
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation against Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline.
Line 9 puts the Grand River watershed at risk, which means a serious threat
to local farming and drinking water sources that rely on the river. The
pipeline has already had 35 significant spills, and Enbridge's plan would
have the 36th be of tar sands dilbit, which cannot be cleaned up. Line 9
has also been rammed through the Harper government's weakened approval
process without consulting affected Indigenous nations, which given the
serious environmental impact it will have, is the basis of the Chippewas of
the Thames challenge.

Joining us on Sunday are speakers from Chippewas of the Thames and Six
Nations who will discuss the pipeline's potential impacts to Indigenous
food systems and regional watersheds, as well as relevant nation-to-nation
treaties and agreements between Indigenous peoples and Canada.

The barbeque will feature locally sourced food with both vegan and meat
options. We ask for donations to the legal fund of a suggested
$5-$20 for your meal.

For more on this event, or to get more information about the Line 9
pipeline project, visit http://noline9wr.ca on the web or @NoLine9WR on
twitter.

If you have any further questions please e-mail us at
waterlooregionagainstline9@gmail.com

See you Sunday!

Article: Enbridge and the National Energy Board Push To Open Line 9 Ahead of Legal Challenge by Indigenous Community

Ahead of the June 16th court date for the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Rachel Avery and Dan Kellar of the Grand River Media Collective have written an article for the Media Coop discussing the federal appeal, constitutional responsibilities, third party consultation, as well as the ongoing risks associated with the Line 9 pipeline reversal project.

To read the article, click the following link:

http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/enbridge-and-national-energy-board-pus...

The Daily GRRR! - May 1st, 2015 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

Status For All!
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HEADLINES for May 1st, 2015
1. May Day 2015 - Solidarity With Workers, Status For All.
2. Canada's Jails Fail To Prepare Prisoners for Release
3. Canadian Prisons Torturing Prisoners With Solitary Confinement
4. Mumia's Health Still Critical as "Mumia Gag Law" Struck Down.
5. Don't Frack Ontario!
6. Waterloo Region Kids Are Sharing Child Porn
7. New Toronto Police Chief Defends Illegal Carding Policies
8. Hamilton Police's "ACTION" Squad-1 Under Investigation

Midway Music: Hamilton's Lee Reed with the tune No Kanada

Feature is a read of Mychal Denzel Smith's April 9th piece for thenation.com titled Abolish the Police. Instead, Let’s Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS

Opening Mumia is the piece entitled Mumia's Message to the Movement.

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International Solidarity News

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HEADLINES for April22nd, 2014
1. Anti Bill C 51 Protest
2. 4 20 Celebrated
3. Meeting to Organize to stop Bill C 51
4. Event in Solidarity With Venezuela

Midway Music: Band - "Song"

Feature: Community discussion on Bill C 51 With Greg Thornton and Vanessa Gehl

Resisting Colonialism a discussion about occupation in The North Of Ireland and Turtle Island

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This podcast is a discussion with Gary Donnelly of the 32CSM and a local IPLP organizer on a variety of issues ranging from life under occupation to internment political policing and resistance. This Podcast is a leadup to the Mayday event in Kitchener which will be held at the Downtown Community Center in Kitchener and will have distinguished speakers including The Chair of The IPLP and Omali Yeshitela of the Uhuru Movement.

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The Daily GRRR! - April 24th, 2015 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

Down With The SPVM - ACAB!
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The Daily GRRR!
HEADLINES for April 24th, 2015
1. Settler Killers of Loretta Saunders Plead Guilty
2. Montreal Woman Found Guilty For Posting a Picture of Graffiti
3. Quebec Town Enacts By-law Against Insulting Local Police
4. Ayotzinapa Delegation in Quebec Testifies on the Human Rights Crisis in Mexico
5. Mining Companies To Be Targeted in Toronto
6. #DamLine9 Blockaders Emerge From Court Unrepentant
7. Enbridge Has Rough Week With Fines and Political Interference
8. Marineland Animal Defense is Dead, Long Live Marineland Animal Defense!
9. Support The Tower - Hamilton's Anarchist Social Space Needs a Ramp!

Midway Musichere is Hamilton's own Lee Reed with the tune Bad Gas

Feature a piece from PRI's Rae Ellen Bichell on the "Open Prisons" of Finland where ongoing imprisonment reforms have led to a ⅔ reduction in the prison population in the Scandinavian country.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS

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The Daily GRRR! - April 17th, 2015 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

https://twitter.com/FreeNykiNow
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HEADLINES for April 17th, 2015
1. Harper Loses Another Supreme Court Decision As Mandatory Minimums on Gun Crimes Ruled Unconstitutional
2. Warden At Kitchener Jail Denies Media Access to Nyki Kish
3. Hospital Visiting Hours Restricted for Mother of Man Severely Beaten on First Night in Nova Scotia Jail.
4. Reading Program in New Brunswick Jail at Risk Over Funding and Access Obstacles
5. Racially Charged "Carding" Policies of Toronto Police Blasted by Ontario Human Rights Commission
6. Toronto Police Release Taser Use Statistics
7. Railway Protests Planned In Response to CN Injunction Against Anishinabe Water Ceremony

Midway Musichere is Nora Loreto with a cover of the Anti-War tune Think Again.

Interview from the DailyGRRR's Julian Ichim with Gary Thompson a labour activist and a worker at the Workers Action Centre. He speaks of the #15andFairness and #FightFor15 campaign and the April 15th Day of Action, as well as the poor labour conditions and protections in Ontario.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS

Opening Mumia: Punks, Predators, and Pigs. Check prisonradio.org for more of Mumia’s podcasts.

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The Daily GRRR! - April 15, 2015: Solidarity Edition

http://15andfairness.org
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HEADLINES for April 15, 2015
1. Irish Police Ombudsman Probe PIRA Murders
2. Raise the Minimum Wage - #FightFor15 + #15andFairness
3. Farc-EP Mourn The loss of Eduardo Galeano

Interview: Moira-Sharon Magee is a mental Health advocate and a police accountability activist. One this edition, she will be
discussing the current issues that mental health patients face in light of the Beau Baker Shooting by police in Kitchener.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

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The Daily GRRR! - April 10th, 2015

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HEADLINES for April 10th, 2015
1. Vigil, Demo, and Autonomous Action Responding to Police Killing of Beau Baker
2. Peterborough Police Facing 2nd SIU Investigation in a Week After Cop Kills Man
3. Cop Kills Injured Worker And Mental Health Advocate Don Dunphy
4. Seeking justice for Jermaine Carby
5. Keeping Count of People Killed By Police in North America

Midway Music: The Black Venoms: with a 21st century remix of the classicSound of The Police

Feature is a read of Julian Ichim's response to the police's reaction to the killing of Beau Baker in Kitchener compared to their reaction to someone pouring red goo on the "Lion and Lamb" statues in front of the Waterloo precinct as an act of protest against the killing.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS

Rob Hustle featuring Bump with the track Call The Cops

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The Daily GRRR! - Apr. 7, 2015 - “Too Bad It’s Only Tuesday” Edition

The Daily GRRR!
HEADLINES for Apr. 7, 2015
1. Atlas of Environmental Justice e-maps eco-protests around the world
2. N.W.T. reveal proposed fracking regulations while many seek moratorium
3. Remote Nunavut town takes oil companies to court over seismic testing
4. Nestle profits on California drought, selling water bottled from state aquifers
5. Mauna Kea protest to preserve Hawai’ian mountain grows in spite of arrests
6. UWinnipeg approves mandatory indigenous studies course for all students

Midway Music: Discovered by Kinnie Starr

Feature: “Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex -- An Indigenous Perspective” from Indigenous Action Media

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

Closing Song: Burn Your Village to the Ground by A Tribe Called Red

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The Daily GRRR! - Apr. 6, 2015 - Your "Ugh, Monday Morning" Edition

The Daily GRRR!
HEADLINES for Apr. 6, 2015
1. Ex-foreign affairs minister leaves post to get in bed with Barrick Gold
2. ShitHarperDid launches fundraising push for anti-Harper election campaign
3. Bomb threat made against Columbia University’s Israeli Apartheid Week
4. Montreal student politician files human rights complaint against colleagues
5. Research shows econ majors more antisocial, makes a case for liberal arts
6. Canada’s first recovery high school opens in Ontario but needs gov help
7. Sadness, confusion, and outrage follow police shooting of Kitchener man

Midway Music: Honey, I Sure Miss You by Daniel Johnston

Feature: “How to make your social movement more inclusive of neurodiversity” from Murky Green Waters

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

Closing Song: Oh Bondage! Up Yours! by X-Ray Spex

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