Posts Tagged ‘social change’

empty-homes

Image from the Homeless Persons Union Victoria.

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This episode features an interview with Spike and Kelly from the Homeless Persons Union Victoria and the radio show Roominations on 3CR, 885AM in Melbourne. They discuss: increasing homelessness in Melbourne, government moves to criminalise homelessness in Melbourne and their action against it, the best thing to do when passing homeless people asking for money, and looking back on the Bendigo Street Occupation.

We also bring you some of the event ‘Ending Homelessness in Western Australia: Scenarios and Seeds of the Future’ – you can watch a video of the whole event here. We play sections on brainstorming solutions to overcome homelessness and imagining a future without homelessness. This recording is thanks to Karun Cowper from Perth Indymedia.

We covered similar issues in terms of charity and/or social change on episodes 142 and 143.

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Clips:

Bill Hicks – from the album ‘Dangerous’, Area 7Walk Away’, Interview with Spike and Kelly from the Homeless Persons Union Victoria and the radio show Roominations – part 1, ‘Ending Homelessness in Western Australia: Scenarios and Seeds of the Future’, Area 7Walk Away’, Interview with Spike and Kelly from the Homeless Persons Union Victoria and the radio show Roominations – part 2, ‘Ending Homelessness in Western Australia: Scenarios and Seeds of the Future’, AJJ ‘Zombie By the Cranberries By Andrew Jackson Jihad’, Bill Hicks – from the album ‘Dangerous’.

You can listen to a short (5 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on what to do when passing a homeless person asking for money, here and below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Nick is joined by “Mother” aka sociologist Dr Theresa Petray for the entire episode. We discuss some of her research on the opportunities and limitations of using the Internet to bring about social change, as well as some of the ways it can be used more effectively by activists.

For more on these issues, check out Theresa’s articles ‘Self-Writing a Movement and Contesting Indigeneity: Being an Aboriginal Activist on Social Media’ and ‘Protest 2.0: Online Interactions and Aboriginal Activists’, her talk ‘The Revolution will not (just) be Tweeted: Social Media and Social Movements’ and her video ‘Slacktivism…or Saving the World?’. See more of Theresa’s publications here and you can also hear her on our 45th episode, discussing Indigenous self-determination.

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Also covered throughout the episode is: the effectiveness (or lack of) in waving the rainbow flag on Facebook, queer critiques of same-sex marriage, huge government spending on monitoring social media use, the “digital divide” – with only about 40% of the world having internet access, Nick’s article ‘Australian Media Hegemony and the Internet’, the book Ready Player One, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on the importance of encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’, and Aicha Marhfour’s article ‘Hashtags Won’t Save Palestine In War Of Words And Clicks’.

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Clips:

Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’ – ‘Occupy’, Chumbawamba ‘Pass it Along’, Omar Offendum with The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah and Amir Sulaiman ‘#Jan25 Egypt’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the discussion on online activism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

SOS Blak Australia

Image from sosblakaustralia.com

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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)’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features our interview with Bella Bropho and an introduction from Nick, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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

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Independent journalist Will Potter with the new Rise Against record ‘The Eco Terrorist in Me’, which features a song that is inspired by Will’s work and another with spoken word from Will. The pic is from greenisthenewred.com

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On this episode we’re joined by independent journalist Will Potter from greenisthenewred.com. He discusses: what ‘green is the new red’ refers to (linking the previous “red scare” about communism to the current “green scare” about animal and environmental activists), the way repressive laws target both militant and moderate activists, the ways these laws are creeping into Australia and elsewhere around the world, the power of corporations and their free movement around the world, and coalition building between different social movements united against repressive laws. Will also speaks about his collaboration with Rise Against (as shown above) and the power of punk music in bringing about social change and politicising youth. Also covered is emotional versus physical harm as a result of militant activism and using graphic footage in a way that is consistent with animal liberation – for more on these topics, check out our post-ICAS discussion with Team Earthling.

Some more plugs for Will: buy his book Green is the New Red, check out Team Earthling’s reviews of his book, like Green is the New Red on Facebook, watch his Australian talk, and listen to him being interviewed by our friend Jess from ICAS.

Also covered throughout the episode is: proposed anti-protest laws in Western Australia, the Behind the Mask documentary, our favourite green smoothie recipe and Fox’s Party Rings.

This episode is brought to you by “Generous Jess”. Jess is helping to organise Living Green Festival in Canberra on the 4th October 2015 – like the Living Green Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates. Thanks a lot to Jess for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

Rise AgainstThe Eco Terrorist in Me’ – clip with lyrics, Rise AgainstReady to Fall’ – watch the clip here (trigger warning for graphic images of animal suffering), Will PotterPropagandhi Talks About Green is the New Red’, GoldfingerBehind the Mask’ – watch the clip here (trigger warning for graphic images of animal suffering).

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Will Potter, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Myq Kaplan promoting veganism as part of US Veg Week, http://usvegweek.com/

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Katie is back for this one and we’re joined by one of our favourite comedians Myq Kaplan, who will be performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He discusses travelling as a vegan, the potential for comedy to promote important political ideas, and aiming for greater diversity in comedy. We encourage people to check out Myq Kaplan’s podcast Hang Out With Me, buy his CDs, follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook!

Other stuff covered on the episode is: Lindsay McDougall’s article ‘10 Reasons to go Vegan that have Nothing to do with Animal Rights’, Nick’s talk ‘Hybrids or Hummus: Which has the Biggest Impact?’, a new free online vegan starter pack, comedian Judith Lucy’s show ‘Judith Lucy is all Woman’, privilege and police, and there’s plenty of contributions from our dog Charlie.

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Clips:

Myq Kaplan ‘Adam & Eve’ from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’, Good Clean Fun ‘Vegan Revolution Draft Dodger’, Part 1 of our discussion with Myq Kaplan, Myq Kaplan ‘Ducks and Vegetarianism’ from the album ‘Vegan Mild Meld’, Judith Lucy is all Woman ‘Episode 1’, Myq Kaplan ‘Adam & Eve’ from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’, Part 2 of our discussion with Myq Kaplan, Ani DifrancoI’m No Heroine’, Myq Kaplan ‘Buddhism, Feminism and Math’ from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’.

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

Nick's message of support queer refugees

Nick’s message of support for queer refugees. This picture was taken at the End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island stall where Nick met Aaron and we set up this discussion.

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Nick is joined by Aaron from End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island for the entire episode. We discuss the intersections between queer and refugee issues, with the Australian government’s policies such as “offshore processing” of asylum seekers harming refugees as a whole, but queer refugees in particular. We also read a letter from a queer refugee, discuss refugee activism and the importance of individual stories in changing attitudes, violence and/or the threat of violence preventing people’s free movement around the world, Emma Goldman’s ‘Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty’, and punk rock music and social change.

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Clips:

Anti-FlagI’d tell you but’, Rise AgainstBehind Closed Doors’, Simon Taylor ‘What an Amazing Journey’ – from the album ‘Funny’, Rage Against the Machine ‘War within a Breath’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our opening discussion on the Australian government’s policies towards queer refugees and what we can do to stand up against these policies, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

handle it

We have an interview with Laura about her play on this episode.

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This time we’re joined by Laura Jackson, an actor and feminist playwright. She discusses her play ‘Handle It’ and its feminist themes, art and social change, nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence being shared without her consent, the feminist campaign against sexist “pick up artist” Julien Blanc, and Tracy Spicer’s Ted Talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’. You can find out more about the play by checking out the Facebook event page and you can buy tickets here. If you can’t make it along to the play, you can still support the project by donating to its Pozible campaign. We also encourage people to have a look at Laura’s website, as well as following her on Twitter @LaurayJackson and liking her Facebook page.

We also discuss gender and the G20, kids toys and Australia’s shitty (mainstream) media.

This episode is brought to you by “Comrade Clare”. You can hear Clare on episode 8 discussing refugees and episode 26 talking about vegan cats. Thanks a lot to Clare for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Clips:

Lily Allen ‘Hard Out Here’ – you can read an article on the racist aspects of the film clip for this song at battymamzelle.blogspot.co.uk, Austin PowersMichael JacksonPrivacy’, Interview with Laura Jackson, Auckland Law RevueRobin Thicke – Blurred Lines [Feminist Parody] Defined Lines’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Laura Jackson, here: A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Feminism Go Down. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.