Posts Tagged ‘social change’

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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.

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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.

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On this episode we are once again joined by Naama Blatman-Thomas (a PhD candidate from Israel who has done field work with Palestinian groups in Karmiel) and Mark Thomas (an American activist who has lived in both Israel and Palestine, including spending years in Palestinian refugee camps). They discuss how you can take action against the Occupation of Palestine, focused on the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign – which includes boycotting companies benefiting from the Occupation. You can find out more information about the BDS campaign at Pacbi.org. They also discuss the one state and two state solutions to the conflict, growing fascism in Israel, and Israeli’s and Palestinian’s working together for human rights. You can hear the first part of this interview on our last episode: Episode 62: Exaggerated Threats and the Bombing of Civilians – Israel/Palestine 101.

Before we get into the interview, we give some updates. We discuss the end of the 12 hour truce and mention that the Palestinian death toll has gone over 1000 – 75% of those killed were civilians, according to the United Nations. So far there have been 45 Israeli deaths – 42 soldiers, 2 Israeli civilians and one Thai agricultural worker. We also discuss the protests around the world against Israeli human rights abuses – including in France, Perth and about 10 000 people protesting in the West Bank. The West Bank protest was in reaction to the bombing of a United Nations shelter, which was strongly condemned by the UN. We also condemn Anti-Semitic attacks in Britain.

We mention that the US (kind of) condemns Israel’s bombing of civilians and also gives $47 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians, while continuing to donate $3 billion to Israel’s military and being the only country to vote ‘no’ on a UN resolution against killing civilians in Gaza. For further information on Israel/Palestine, Naama and Mark recommend: electronicintifada.net, adalah.org, 972mag.com, benwhite.org.uk, jonathan-cook.net, annainthemiddleeast.com, aljazeera.com, imemc.org, and maannews.net/eng/.

Also mentioned on the episode is vegan cats and shout outs to Mad Cowgirls Vegan Grocery and Friends of the Earth Café. You can hear activists from Friends of the Earth on our 5th episode on the carbon tax, which has recently been abolished. We discuss the data on the results of the carbon tax, green capitalism and free public transport as a more effective solution to environmental (and social) problems.

This episode is brought to you by “Sir Saves the Day”. Thanks a lot to Liam for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

Rap News ‘Israel vs Palestine RAP NEWS 24’ – featuring Dam, BBC Global News – 14 July,  Part 1 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Part 2 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Rap News ‘Israel vs Palestine RAP NEWS 24’, Remi KanaziThis Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, where Naama and Mark discuss the BDS campaign, here: Boycott Israel’s Apartheid! You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.