Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded May 21st, 2022
In February of 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police launched assaults against indigenous land defenders resisting TC Energy’s plans to run the Coastal Gaslink pipeline across their Yintah, or traditional territory. The raids came as organized solidarity actions across Canada – and outside the country too – had garnered broad support, and forced government concessions. The burgeoning campaign however was abruptly derailed by the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic just as it was proving most effective. But despite the rude interruption the Wet’suwet’en’s fight never stopped, and it continues still.
Stefan Spirodan Christoff is a Montréal-based community activist, artist, and media maker whose Free City Radio program broadcasts from CKUT and CJLO radio in Montréal, and features across the internet. Christoff too coordinates Musicians for Palestine and serves on the board of the Immigrant Workers Centre in Côte-Des-Neiges and with the Cinema Politica Network. Stefan’s articles also appear at, among other places, Breach Media and CanadianDimensions.com, where I found his recent article, ‘Divesting from Colonialism: A Call for McGill University to Respect Wet’suwet’en Self-Determination.’
Stefan Christoff in the first half.
And; the good people of Asheville, North Carolina spent their Earth Day disrupting number one global arms dealer, Raytheon’s local evil-doing projects turning plowshares to spears by building weapons plants on top of the state’s famously fecund farmland.
Ken Jones is a retired educator and lifelong anti-war activist. The former University of Southern Maine professor of teacher education and middle school teacher is too a proud draft resister of America’s war against Vietnam and is currently an active associate member of Asheville’s chapter of Veterans for Peace.
Ken Jones and Rejecting Raytheon in the second half.
But first, Stefan Christoff and decolonizing McGill, and ourselves.
Chris Cook has hosted Gorilla Radio since 1999. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com