Episode 109. Working it - Amnesty Announces Official Policy on Sex Work by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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Amnesty International has recently announced that decriminalisation is their official human rights policy on sex work – they explain why here. We discuss this development, partially drawing on and critiquing an episode of ‘The Minefield’ on ABC radio.

Some of the points we cover are: decriminalisation is for sex workers NOT for sex buyers, sex work as work, “First World” versus “Third World” sex work, and sex work and capitalism.

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Clips:

Anti-FlagYou’ll Scream Tonight’, Meghan TrainorAll About That Bass’.

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Lara, Dinesh, Jess and Naty from ICAS (from left to right)

Episode 108: Thinking Critically About Veganism, ICAS 2015 w/ Celeste Liddle on Aboriginal Feminism by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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On this episode we do a recap of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania 2015 conference, which we recently attended in Melbourne. We discuss what ICAS stands for, some of our favourite talks from the conference (we’ll add links to recordings of these talks and all of the talks from this conference here soon), give an overview of some of the critical discussions about the mainstreaming of veganism within capitalism that were a common theme of the conference, and we discuss a question that was raised during the conference – where are the animals in Critical Animal Studies?

We also play Celeste Liddle’s talk on Aboriginal Feminism and Intersectionality. Celeste Liddle is the NTEU National Indigenous organiser and a freelance commentator – be sure to follow her on Twitter @Utopiana and check out her blog: blackfeministranter.blogspot.com.au

You can view photos from this conference here and you can hear talks from last year’s ICAS Oceania conference on our 54th episode. You can also view some pics from the Prog Podcast meet-up we had in Melbourne here.

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Clips:

Chumbawamba ‘Dutiful Servants and Political Masters’, Celeste Liddle’s talk on Aboriginal Feminism and Intersectionality, Good RiddanceA Credit to his Gender’.

More Talks that were Recorded at the Conference:

Dinesh Wadiwel ‘Animals & Capitalism: Use Value, Exchange Value & Surplus Value‘.

We’ll upload links to the audio and video for a bunch more talks from the conference here soon!

If any of the speakers would like any changes to the way you or your talk is described, or would like any edits to the audio of your talk, or would like to send us your powerpoint so we can link to it, please contact us.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Celeste Liddle’s talk, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Image from Slack Bastard’s blog: http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=38609

Episode 107: Fascists get High Fives, Anti-Fascists get Pepper Spray - Thanks Police by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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We’re back with a new episode featuring Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medic Collective. Covered on the episode is: background on the fascist Reclaim Australia movement and why it is important to oppose them, links between the current demonisation of Muslims and historical Jewish oppression, the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, police violence against medics and anti-fascist protesters at the recent counter-rally in Melbourne, Melbourne Activist Legal Support, the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair, and we encourage people to support the Melbourne Street Medics crowd funding campaign.

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Clips:

Bright EyesOld Soul Song (for the New World Order)’, Chumbawamba with MC Fusion from Credit to the NationEnough is Enough’.

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In this episode we look further into this idea of sex work as work. Image from http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/

Episode 106: Rethinking our Rethinking Porn and Sex Work Episode – Where Does it End?! by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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Following on from episode 105, this episode is a further discussion on sex work. We (finally!) go through listener mail on our older sex work episodes – 44 and 64. We investigate the idea of sex work as another form of labour as well as “First World” versus “Third World” sex work. Sources covered include: an academic study on the psychological characteristics of porn stars, the documentary Date My Pornstar, an article on a US college student doing porn to pay for her education, the Angry Hippie on consent, and the ICAS Oceania conference schedule.

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Clips:

The TutsWorry Warrior (remix)’, Derek Jensen from the CD – The Other Side of Darkness, The Smith Street BandI Love Life’.

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Episode 105: ‘Our Lives, Our Human Rights’ – Jane Green and Cameron Cox on Sex Work by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This episode features an interview with Jane Green and Cameron Cox. Jane Green is a sex worker who is on the Executive Committee of the Scarlet Alliance and Cameron Cox is a sex worker who is involved in a sex worker outreach organisation. They discuss: the links between homophobia and whorephobia, sex work as work, why they are #NotYourRescueProject, Amnesty International’s AGM where different approaches to sex work were debated, and they make the case that decriminalisation is the model that leads to the best outcomes for sex workers.

You can hear part 1 of our interview with Jane and Cameron on episode 64 (sorry for the delay!). Also be sure to follow Cameron on Twitter @CamCoxSyd and check out Jane’s website Sexliesductape.me, follow her on Twitter @Sexliesductape and read her Guardian article ‘Listen to Sex Workers – You’ll Realise we have a lot to say about Labour Rights’.

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Clips:

High DiveTennessee’, Interview with Jane Green and Cameron Cox, Aretha Franklin ‘Respect’.

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*This is a quote from Cameron Cox from the interview featured on this episode.

Episode 104: Social Justice Unionism vs Homophobes for Gay Rights by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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On this episode we’re joined by Dr Tim Dymond who speaks about Unionists for Refugees and APHEDA – the Australian Council of Trade Union’s overseas humanitarian aid program.

We also discuss the recent racially-motived terrorist attack in South Carolina and link the language used by the shooter to the racist Reclaim Australia movement in Australia. We also take on Reclaim Australia’s hijacking of progressive causes and their fake “concern” for feminism, animal rights and queer rights – you can share our meme on this (below) on Facebook and Twitter.

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See links above to share this meme around on Facebook and Twitter

Other stuff covered on the episode is: call in culture versus call out culture, who is to blame for animal exploitation?, and we read out a tweet (embedded below) which debunks the idea of being socially progressive but economically conservative.

We also promote our very first Progressive Podcast Australia meet up. This will be on Wednesday 8th of July at 6.30pm at the vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters – 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne. RSVP by the 3rd of July through the Facebook event page or by emailing us at progressivepodcast@gmail.com.

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Clips:

Mr GrevisThe Refugee Song’, Interview with Dr Tim Dymond, The Awful TruthStrikebreakers’, Colour Me Wednesday(I’m Not Coming to Your) BBQ’, Less than JakeHopeless Case’, PropagandhiThe Only Good Fascist Is A Very Dead Fascist’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Dr Tim Dymond, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Episode 103. Sovereignty Was Never Ceded, SOS Blak Australia by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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On this episode Nick looks into the forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Australia. He interviews Bella Bropho about the recent police invasion of the Aboriginal refugee camp at Matagarup in Perth, which is providing a haven for people losing their homes as a result of these closures.

A speech by Damion Hunter [aka King Brown] (embedded below), an actor, rapper, writer and activist, is also featured on the episode – covering the forced closure of Aboriginal communities.

There is also some of Dr Cornel West’s recent talk (embedded below), where he linked the ongoing oppression of Indigenous people in Australia to racism in the United States.

Other stuff covered on the episode is: what you can do to stand up against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities (thanks to the Facebook page Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia), racism in Western attitudes towards Chinese dog slaughter and a plug for Perth Indymedia.

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Clips:

Briggs ‘Bad Apples’, Our Interview with Bella Bropho, Rap News#31: The EuroDiVision Contest – feat. Merkel, Žižek & IMF’, King Brown Protests Kirribili House, Dr Cornel West on the Ongoing Oppression of Aboriginal People in Australia, Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to F**k)’.

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*This quote is taken from the Facebook page Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia.