Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Terry Wolfwood, Jon Valentine, Christina Nikolic Sept. 20th, 2018

With neo-colonialism’s second wave currently rolling across Africa, it serves well to remember, for one People the first wave never crested.

Western Sahara is home to the Saharawi, who have fought, and continue to fight for their independence, first from Spanish, then Moroccan occupiers.

Their self-declared Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is recognized by more than fifty of nations, and yet they still suffer the most extreme deprivations, unable to profit from the wealth stolen from their ancestral lands.

Sirocco: Winds of Resistance is a Canadian-made film about the role Canada plays in the colonization of Western Sahara and how that effects the lives of two Saharawi women and their grandmothers. The BC premier will screen next Friday, September 28th at Cafe Simpatico, 1923 Fernwood Rd.

Terry Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled to Western Sahara, and documented the plight of the people there. Her articles and pictures have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places, and at the BBCF.ca website.

Terry Wolfwood in the first half.

And; whether the Panic of 1907, Wall Street Crash of 1929, or the recently remembered, Financial Crisis of 2008, Autumn has historically been unkind to market capitalists. While those cyclical reversals, or “haircuts”, visited through the vagaries of the stock market on investors may be mere “bumps in the road” for the monied class, for the rest of us those crashes can mean life-altering disaster. So why then do we abide this financial catastrophe creating system continue; is there no other way!?

The folk behind the 13th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair think there is, and as ever their Bookfair presents workshops and speakers on a wide range of topics. The collective says, “We seek to challenge colonial attitudes, introduce anarchism to the public, foster dialogue between various political traditions, and create radical, inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces.”

Jon Valentine is a long-time volunteer with the Victoria chapter of Food Not Bombs, members of the 13th Anarchist Bookfair collective, kicking off this weekend in Fernwood at 1240 Gladstone. Jon is too a dedicated social activist and two-time Victoria candidate for City Council.

Jon Valentine and a festival of anarchy in Fernwood in the second half.

And; Victoria horticulturalist and greentrepreneur extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Terry Wolfwood and Western Sahara’s winds of resistance.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Christina Nikolic March 22, 2018

We have a special program for you today for a couple of reasons: I’m joined live and in-studio by a pair of my favourite fellow primates, Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft is here, as is local greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic.

If you listen regularly, you already know, Janine and Christina bring us the Left Coast Events Bulletin, your vital guide to some of the good things to get up to in and around Victoria week in and week out.

Today we three together form the Lean Green Gorilla Radio Funding Drive Money Raising Team – and we’ve got a beastly hunger for your figurative banana dreams!!!!

See below for more…but suffice to say, you can begin by dialing 250-721-8700 NOW…CFUV’s ANNUAL Funding Drive is here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. FUNDING DRIVE is here from March 16th-23rd!

For this period of annual fundraising you can be sure to hear captivating radio, live performances, and passionate volunteers over CFUV’s airwaves. During Funding Drive, donations are taken in person or over the phone so we can continue to do what we do best – making innovative radio for Victoria and beyond!
Since 1984, CFUV has been a quintessential aspect to the Victoria community, providing alternative airwaves for everyone on Vancouver Island to connect with. Not only do we make unique radio, we teach people how to program, we advocate for marginalized/unrepresented voices, we provide accessible airwaves to those with disabilities, and we contribute to the Victoria community by sponsoring shows, hosting concerts, and supporting local. Whether it’s becoming a programmer for your own radio show, creating podcasts, or just wanting to discover great Canadian artists, CFUV aims to provide listeners and volunteers with a fresher and alternative form of radio broadcasting.
Donations received during Funding Drive go towards keeping what makes CFUV so great, and continues to provide a space for students and Victoria residents alike to come together and develop their creative talents. This year’s Funding Drive will run from March 16th to the 23rd, so get PUMPED!

Christina Goes to the MacKenzie-Papineau Remembrance November 11, 2017

Every Armistice Day, pacifists and anti-fascists meet at Victoria’s memorial for the MacKenzie-Papineau Brigade. The “Mac-Paps” are those Canadians who defied their government to travel to Spain and fight the fascists during that country’s Civil War.

This year, Christina Nikolic went down to record the event for Gorilla Radio.

Here’s what wikipedia says:

“The Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion or Mac-Paps were a battalion of Canadians who fought as part of the XV International Brigade on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Except for France, no other country gave a greater proportion of its population as volunteers in Spain than Canada.[1] The first Canadians in the conflict were dispatched mainly with the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Battalion and later the North American George Washington Battalion, with about forty Canadians serving in each group. The XV International Brigade was involved in the Battle of Jarama in which nine Canadians are known to have been killed.”