Groundings
Groundings
Oct 6, 2020
The Canadian Police State
Play • 1 hr 15 min

Writer, educator, and author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present, Robyn Maynard joins me to discuss policing, state violence, and prisons in Canada, as well as the connections between Indigenous and Black struggles against state violence. We also talk about the 'post-racial' mythmaking which is synonymous to Canada, despite its centuries-long history of enacting structural and systemic violence on colonized communities globally. 

 

Working People
Working People
Working People
1001 days (w/ Suat Karlikaya & Burcu Ayan)
Production workers at Cargill Turkey were unfairly dismissed on April 17, 2018, while trying to unionize. Listeners will probably recognize the name Cargill: based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Cargill is the largest privately held corporation in the United States. And Cargill’s reach is truly global, with operations around the world focusing on the trading, purchasing, distributing, and producing of agricultural commodities, energy, livestock, and ingredients for processed food. When workers at a Cargill starch plant in Bursa-Orhangazi tried to unionize under Tekgıda-İş (the Tobacco, Drink, Food and Allied Workers Trade Union of Turkey), they were dismissed for their union activity. Under Turkish law, companies like Cargill can simply pay fines for such human rights violations and factor it into the “cost of doing business”; however, these same companies are not required to reinstate unjustly dismissed workers, even if Turkish courts have definitively ruled that the dismissals were illegal. For over 1000 days, these workers and Tekgıda-İş have been fighting an ongoing battle with Cargill to have their jobs reinstated. In this special episode (our first interview that is accessible to both English and Turkish speakers), we talk with Suat Karlikaya, a lead organizer with Tekgıda-İş, about Cargill Turkey’s retaliatory dismissal of workers who tried to unionize—and what listeners in and beyond Turkey can do to show solidarity. English and Turkish translations are provided by Burcu Ayan of the IUF (the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations). Additional links/info below... * IUF Information Page: Fighting for Trade Union rights at Cargill Turkey (CARGİLL TÜRKİYE'DE SENDİKA HAKLARI MÜCADELESİ!) * IUF website, Facebook page, and Twitter page * Tekgıda-İş website, Facebook page, and Twitter page * IUF, "January 11, 2021: 1000 days of fighting for rights at Cargill Turkey" * IUF, "Cargill unions around the world call for an end to rights abuses at Cargill Turkey" * Wikipedia, "Criticisms of Cargill" Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive: _freemusicarchive.org_) * Jules Taylor, "Working People theme song" * Ending Satellites, "A Place We Call Home"
1 hr 15 min
All Ears with Abigail Disney
All Ears with Abigail Disney
Abigail Disney
Playwright Heidi Schreck: What The Constitution Means To Us
What could be more a timely topic for inauguration week than the US Constitution? But this isn’t any old patriarchal take on our country’s founding document. This week on All Ears Abby talks to playwright and actor Heidi Schreck, creator of Tony-nominated Broadway hit, “What The Constitution Means To Me”. In the play, Heidi reflects back on her teenage experience as an award-winning orator, traveling the country to compete with other teens on the topic of the US Constitution. If anyone ever had a mad crush on a document, it was 15 year old Heidi. But she also looks at it as an adult woman, processing the generational trauma of domestic abuse in her family, and the impact of how our laws have been historically interpreted through the lens of the values and biases of the landowning white men who wrote it. Though Abby and Heidi grapple with our nation’s historical sins and its uncertain future, you will come out the other side of this lively conversation with a spark of optimism. Much like Inauguration 2021!  Follow Heidi on Twitter @HeidiBSchreck EPISODE LINKS * What The Constitution Means To Me | Amazon Prime Video * The American Legion Oratorical Contest (The American Legion) * What The Constitution Means To Me's Heidi Schreck On Releasing The Movie During Another Supreme Court Battle (Slate) * Coronavirus In New York: Some Women Must Face Childbirth Alone (LA Times) * Griswold v. Connecticut (Oyez.com) * Castle Rock v. Gonzalez (Oyez.com)
41 min
Socialism
Socialism
Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)
102. US: the storming of the Capitol
How should socialists respond to the dramatic crisis in the US? On Wednesday 6 January 2021, Trump supporters - some armed - invaded Congress. It was the culmination of the loose-cannon president’s desperate attempts to overturn the election result. But the US capitalist class is used to inflicting humiliations like this on the rest of the world – not losing control at home. Was this action just a protest-turned-riot, or did it represent some kind of attempted coup? Are Trump and his movement ‘fascists’, or is the real picture more varied and chaotic? The opposite attitudes of Capitol Hill police officers and US military chiefs show the splits in the US state machine. The big divide between Trump’s supporters and other Republicans shows splits are developing there too. So can incoming Democrat Joe Biden fundamentally change the fortunes of US capitalism, or the conditions of the mass of the population? Is it right to support social media bans, new anti-terror laws, and the Democratic Party? Or could that actually help Trump and hinder working-class struggles? Clearly the events of 6 January were a watershed. What do workers and young people in the US need in order to put their own stamp on events? This episode of Socialism looks at the United States in crisis: the storming of the capital. Further reading and listening CWI analysis of the US post-election crisis: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31867/20-01-2021/usa-in-crisis-the-need-for-a-socialist-alternative US socialists respond to 6 January attacks: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31834/13-01-2021/how-should-socialists-respond-to-the-6-january-attacks-on-capitol-hill CWI statement immediately following 6 January events: https://www.socialistworld.net/2021/01/07/us-in-crisis-need-for-a-mass-workers-party-and-socialist-programme/ Trump Twitter ban: only independent workers' voice can defeat right: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31884/20-01-2021/trump-twitter-ban-only-independent-workers-voice-can-defeat-right US imperialism in decline: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/99-2020-highlights-us-imperialism-in-decline
40 min
Hello Somebody
Hello Somebody
The Black Effect & iHeartRadio
Lets Organize with Elaine Brown
Former leader of the Black Panther Party, Chairwoman Elaine Brown retells the incredible story of Michael Lewis convicted of a 1997 murder at age 13 in Atlanta and sentenced as an adult to life in prison. Through this young man’s experience (one of millions), Senator Turner and Chairwoman Brown look at the chilling system of incarceration in this country, the criminalization of Black people, how there has been no effort to change the design of this country AND MORE. (Elaine Brown is so hot in this episode, she burns.it.down. Hello Somebody!) Learn more about Elaine Brown’s work including Mother’s Advocating Juvenile Justice and National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform: http://www.elainebrown.org/about.html Michael Lewis: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/1/26/1360312/-Convicted-for-murder-at-13-Michael-Lewis-now-31-years-old-still-languishes-in-a-Georgia-prison  1994 Crime Bill: https://www.aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/mass-incarceration/how-1994-crime-bill-fed-mass-incarceration-crisis Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia: https://www.masshist.org/thomasjeffersonpapers/notes/ Afropunk:  https://afropunk.com/ Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas Blackman https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001NLKT24/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
59 min
Acid Horizon
Acid Horizon
Acid Horizon
Imposter Syndrome and Philosophy: Thinking with Gilles Deleuze and Mark Fisher
CONTENT WARNING: MENTAL HEALTH DISCUSSION In this episode, Craig, Will, Matt, and Adam invite friend of the show Rose( @8leggedloser) to discuss the notion of 'impostor syndrome'. Using texts such as Mark Fisher's "Good for Nothing" and Deleuze's "Plato and the Simulacrum" from his Logic of Sense, we consider what it means to feel a failure of identification in relation to how one is recognised in the order of things, what it means to internalise social forces that attempt to confine you within identity categories, and what forces and mechanisms there are that constantly call the self into question and demand it account for its authenticity (and often, do so for the sake of asserting power, and of enforcing essentialisms of race, gender, and class). Thinkers in this discussion include Mark Fisher, Deleuze, Wittgenstein, Plato, Freud, Stirner, Nietzsche, Marx, Hegel, and more! Contribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438 Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.com Hyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): https://hyperstitionarrays.com Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/ Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/ Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
1 hr 5 min
Guerrilla History
Guerrilla History
Guerrilla History
How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs w/ Elizabeth Thompson
In this episode of Guerrilla History, we are joined by Professor Elizabeth F. Thompson to talk about her new book How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs, about the historic Syrian-Arab Congress of 1920. Professor Thompson is the Mohamed S. Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace and Professor of History at American University. Her book was published by Atlantic Monthly Press, and is available here: https://groveatlantic.com/book/how-the-west-stole-democracy-from-the-arabs/ Guerrilla History is the podcast that acts as a reconnaissance report of global proletarian history, and aims to use the lessons of history to analyze the present. If you have any questions or guest/topic suggestions, email them to us at guerrillahistorypod@gmail.com. Your hosts are immunobiologist Henry Hakamaki, Professor Adnan Husain, historian and Director of the School of Religion at Queens University, and Revolutionary Left Radio's Breht O'Shea. Follow us on social media! Our podcast can be found on twitter @guerrilla_pod, and can be supported on patreon at https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory. Your contributions will make the show possible to continue and succeed! To follow the hosts, Henry can be found on twitter @huck1995, and also has a patreon to help support himself through the pandemic where he breaks down science and public health research and news at https://www.patreon.com/huck1995. Adnan can be followed on twitter @adnanahusain, and also runs The Majlis Podcast, which can be found at https://anchor.fm/the-majlis, and the Muslim Societies-Global Perspectives group at Queens University, https://www.facebook.com/MSGPQU/. Breht is the host of Revolutionary Left Radio, which can be followed on twitter @RevLeftRadio and on Libsyn at https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/, and cohost of The Red Menace Podcast, which can be followed on twitter @Red_Menace_Pod and on Libsyn https://redmenace.libsyn.com/. You can support those two podcasts by visiting by going to patreon and donating to RevLeft Radio and The Red Menace. Thanks to Ryan Hakamaki, who designed and created the podcast's artwork, and Kevin MacLeod, who creates royalty-free music.
1 hr 55 min
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