Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Stefan Christoff, Ken Jones May 21st, 2022

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

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dr. Pablo Ouziel November 27, 2021

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded November 27th, 2021

Democracy, or what passed for it in the west is on the ropes. The decline of political dominance globally, vast wealth disparity domestically, and now the economy killing strictures accompanying the Covid-19 pandemic have combined to produce the perfect sturm und drang for society on the brink.

Pablo Ouziel is an associate fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria and a visiting fellow in the Department Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton. His book, ‘Democracy Here and Now: The exemplary case of Spain‘ is published by University of Toronto Press and due out in Spring 2022. He’s currently residing outside Barcelona.

Today, Pablo Ouziel, and charting the state of global democracy.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: https://cfuv.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.com

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Sleydo Molly Wickham, Jackie Larkin November 25, 2021

Welcome to Gorilla Radio. It’s Sunday, November 21, 2021 and outside the busyness of the modern world is pressing against the window panes as if nothing has happened.

The plagues and pestilence, conflagrations of forests and atmospheric torrents are all present, all a part of this waking dream, yet we stumble for the reason behind the rising waters, and sliding mud and rock; that remains peripheral, an unaddressed root of our unraveling. Instead, the blinkered death march progresses unabated, desperate for the abyss.

Canada’s paramilitary police attacked again land defenders of the northern interior in colonial British Columbia at the Morice River last week. The RCMP raid meant to terrorize and demoralize the people resisting TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink pipeline took hostages, arresting at least 15, including journalists. Sleydo’ Molly Wickham was among those seized. She’s described by independent news outlet, The Narwhal as “a wing chief in Cas Yikh house of the Gidimt’en clan.”

Wickham says, after warning Coastal Gaslink a 2020 eviction order would be enforced, the road to a 500-strong work camp was dug up. Police say their “enforcement operation” was necessary to protect the “health and wellness” of the isolated workers.

Similarly, Fairy Creek on southern Vancouver Island is the focus of RCMP enforcement efforts to dislodge those standing in the way of the business of rampant environmental defilement. There the public has ponied up nearly 4 million loonies to protect the private profits of the Teal Jones lumber company. In both instances, broadly defined court orders have been used by the federal police to set up “exclusion zones”, where those deemed in contravention are arrested under “contempt of court” charges.

More than a thousand arrests have been made at and around Fairy Creek in over the last year. Again, context is lacking in the reportage permitted from the zones of contention due to a combination of restricted access for alternative media, and the inherent reluctance of corporate and state news producers to challenge the status quo.

On today’s show, a look back at two instances of persistent resistance to the colonial occupation of “British Columbia”.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: https://cfuv.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.com