Free City Radio explores ideas at the intersection of social activism and the arts.
A radio program featuring in-depth interviews on contemporary political currents in Québec, in Canada and around the world, highlighting creative voices involved in struggles for transformative social change.
Free City Radio also features music, each broadcast includes inspired new sounds, selections crossing all musical genres.
Stefan Christoff hosts Free City Radio on CKUT radio, broadcasting every Wednesday, 11am at 90.3fm in Montreal, globally at www.ckut.ca
Also Free City Radio is a seasonal publication that is done in collaboration with other independent media makers.
CKUT 22/11/2021 - Dru Oja Jay on The Breach
An interview with Dru Oja Jay from The Breach media speaking on the most recent federal election in Canada. Dru speaks about the potential impacts of a minority parliament on grassroots activism in Canada and also speaks about generally the role and some of the ideas around The Breach in relation to social movements in Canada.
Info : https://breachmedia.ca
Free City Radio airs every Wednesday at 11h on @radiockut and is hosted by Stefan @spirodon Christoff
60. The Maquila Solidarity Network.
Listen to the 60th edition of Free City Radio.
On the show this week we hear from social activist Bob Jeffcott one of the founders of the Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) who speaks about the contemporary work taking place to highlight the struggles of garment sector workers. We hear about the origins of the MSN's work in opposing labour place injustices surrounding corporate production models within the Maquila work place within Mexico. Extending from that Bob speaks about global campaigns today, including the work of Students Against Sweatshops, to highlight the systemic injustices that garment sector workers face globally and the networks of solidarity globally working to address this reality.
The work of the MSN is described this way: "The MSN is a labour and women's rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and greater respect for their rights."
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Music on this edition is by Nicolas Jaar from the soundtrack for the film Ema, released by @otherpeoplerecords
You can listen to the full soundtrack and get the album here :
Free City Radio podcast is released on Tuesdays and is hosted by Stefan @spirodon Christoff.
CKUT 15/11/2021 - Poets for Palestine
Listen to the CKUT Radio broadcast for Sept. 15th 2021.
This event was a cultural outdoor event done without major institutional support and was focused on holding space in the city to listen to Palestinian narratives, voices, poem and also others from around the world, all jointly expressing solidarity with Palestinian human rights and express support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement
This event brought together many voices together for Palestine last night, beautiful people, including:
Laura Doyle Péan
This outdoor reading was supported by Students in Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights McGill - SPHR McGill, Academics for Palestine - Concordia and Suoni Per Il Popolo.
Audio soundscape by @thenewobjective
Accompanying art work by Najat ElKhairy
Info : https://www.najat.ca
59. Human Rights in Palestine Today: New Perspectives on International Solidarity
Listen to the 59th edition of Free City Radio, for this episode we hear perspectives and reflections from human rights activists around the world on the current state of the global solidarity movement supporting the Palestinian struggle for freedom and liberation. In the podcast we hear from :
Emmanuel Dror, BDS France.
Samir Eskanda, Palestinian musician.
Mostafa Henaway, Labour for Palestine, Academics for Palestine.
Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Territories, Palestine.
Jessie Stein, Musicians for Palestine.
These presentations were shared within the context of an ongoing series of webinars co-presented by Free City Radio and Alternatives, looking at human rights around the world, the corresponding social movements which are struggling for justice and the ways that activist movements connect on local and global levels. In the context of the pandemic this series of conversations aims to also highlight the ways that social movements globally are responding to the crisis of the pandemic and how community activism has played an essential role in supporting communities struggling to survive the pandemic in the face of pre-existing systemic oppression, exclusion and racism.
Free City Radio is hosted by Stefan @spirodon Christoff.
CKUT Radio broadcast Sept. 8
Listen to the @radiockut broadcast for Sept. 8th at 11am
For this broadcast I speak with Jaylani Hussein of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Minnesota, who reflects on the massive community mobilization that CAIR and many community groups were involved in within the days, weeks and months after the police in Minneapolis murdered #GeorgeFloyd, Jaylani and many activists took to the streets to protest police violence and killings targeting Black communities.
On the ground in Minnesota, CAIR-MN has long been a community driven voice against systemic racism that targets Black, Muslim and other racialized communities. CAIR-MN is an interesting and important organization as it is both involved in street level mobilizations, but also fights for communities impacted by such systems of violence within the context of pushing for reform and specific legislation that undercuts systemic racism. Given the significant Somali community in Minnesota CAIR's work is very important in defending the human rights of people and communities who both experience systemic racism as Black people and as Muslim people.
I spoke with Jaylani around 1 year ago, it is a pleasure to have gotten the opportunity to speak with Jaylani today.
Music on this edition by GAIKA.
58. Perspectives on resistance and resilience in Chile
Listen to the 58th edition of Free City Radio, with voices from a conference co-hosted with Alternatives, we hear from :
Javiera Araya, La Olla de Chile
Gisela Frias, Place de la Dignité
Sibila Sotomayor, LasTesis Collective
This is the write-up on the event, the accompanying music is by Nicolás Jaar of @otherpeoplerecords
During the "social outburst" of October 2019, Chile reactivated its political and social life collectively throughout its territory. There was an intensification of feminist mobilization, deployed through a diversified political repertoire, including protest performance. “And the fault wasn’t mine, not where I was, not how I dressed [Y la culpa no era mía, ni donde estaba, ni como vestía] was sung all around the country and in other continents, by thousands of women denouncing gender based violence. Without any formal or institutional direction and mainly through mass protests, the shared experience of oppression was enough for the song to spread around the country, capturing the feminist demands that, along with other movements, challenged the systemic violence and structural oppression of a constitution framed in the context of the Pinochet dictatorship, successfully forcing the Chilean state into having a popular referendum that resulted in a vote to redraft the Chilean constitution. This feminist mobilization was interwoven with other transformative projects, in particular at community level, with the critique of neoliberalism, the narrative of the market, and structural inequalities that had been manifesting themself in our country for a (too) long time.
The pandemic that a few months later threatened the livelihoods of most of the population, particularly of the urban poor and working class communities, was also the context for political organization and resistance. Since delayed and intricate cash transfers programs implemented by the government were not enough to help families get by during the crisis, local communities organized collective kitchens in the major cities of Chile. These kitchens, locally and autonomously managed, fed people during the most difficult months of the pandemic, distributing meals in the territories. Beyond the diversity in the political views of people organizing these kitchens, they were all driven by principles of solidarity and mutual aid. They were all led by women.
Almost two years after the uprising, what does it mean to challenge neoliberalism in Chile today? What kind of grassroots movements took shape in these last years? What role does feminism play in these movements and in the population’s strategies for survival? How can these movements intersect with the institutionalized and formalized constitutional process?
Free City Radio is hosted by Stefan @spirodon Christoff
Accompanying art work by Carlos Cruz-Diez.