INDEPENDENT ARTS REPORT: The Toronto East International Socialists hosted a talk with James Clark and Sid Lacombe called Palestine and the Arab Revolutions on Saturday, September 13th in Toronto. Haseena Manek spoke with Clark about the event, organizers and some of the topics that would be broached during the event’s discussion.
YORK COMMUNITY REPORT (Thursday, September 11, 2014): Not far from York University’s Keele campus is the United Steelworkers main office. Several months ago News Now visited the site to speak with union members about the year long strike that had passed through one of the worst winters in Toronto’s history. News Now’s Haseena Manek caught up with Local 9176 Staff Representative Lawrence Hay to learn about the ongoing strike which has continued through the summer and hit one year on September 8, 2014.
To learn more about the strike visit the 9176 Local’s website.
FEATURE REPORT (Thursday, September 11th, 2014): The annual Aboriginal Workers and Workers of Colour Conference took place Saturday September 6th in Scarborough. The theme of the conference was diversity, and the day included a launch of the publication: Leaders Guide to Strengthen Unions – Moving Beyond Diversity toInclusion and Equity,” published by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council as well as a keynote address by Hassan Yussuf, the first person of colour to be elected as President of the Canadian Labour Congress. We have an excerpt of his address to share with News Now listeners today…
In the first hour of International Woman’s day, Maxine hosts and talks about the history on western feminism and its gaps and critiques. She is joined in the Studio with Sharline, a collective member at the Centre for Women and Trans People. Aaliya, a person who works with SAIA and SASSL. Rachelle, an OPIRG board member and facilitator for the group: Queer and Trans Womyn Without Boarders and lastly Julianne, a YUBSA board member as well as a CWPT collective member. After that an interview with Cassidy Freelove, a spoken word artist and actress who speaks about body image representation and self esteem.
In the second hour of international Woman’s day, Darla Goodwin speaks about indigenous feminism. Then Hailee Ingelton speaks with Sherry-Ann Baker, a local spoken word artist and we listen to many different fem-con songs throughout the hour.
In the third hour of international Woman’s Day, Reina Gosset, a trans activist from the Silvia- Rivera Law Project speaks about prison abolition and the criminalization of trans woman of colour. After, Joan Ruza, a coordinator from Ritten House and a prison abolitionist speaks about transformative justice. Then we listen to trans activist Janet Mock speak about the prison industrial complex.
International Women’s Day Hour #4
In the last hour of International Woman’s Day, we listen to many different types of fem com music. Then Haseena Manek speaks with a woman named Cherri Don from the Philippine Woman’s Centre.