Archive | Episodes RSS feed for this section

Let Alvaro Stay!

30 May

Earful of Queer talks to Craig Fortier of No One is Illegal about Alvaro Orozco.  Alvaro was picked up following a targeted ID check on Friday May 13th and is currently being held at the Rexdale Immigration Holding Centre where he faces imminent deportation.

Alvaro is a  Queer Artist who fled from Nicaragua at a young age to escape homophobic violence.  He has since become an active member of Toronto’s Queer and Arts communities.  In 2007 his refugee claim was denied because he didn’t look gay enough according to the adjudicator.

In this interview we discuss Alvaro’s case, the conditions of the detention centre, the community response and how folks can get involved and support Alvaro.

Alvaro was recently notified that he would be deported this Thursday June 2nd.  He has requested a deferral and his lawyer will be going to the Federal Court of Appeal to argue for a stay on his deportation until his Humanitarian & Compassionate (H&C) application is decided upon.


Update:  With many thanks to the incredible organizing and rallying of various communities, Alvaro’s Humanitarian and Compassionate application has been approved and he is set to be released from the immigration holding centre today (June 1st).

Advertisements

Elisha Lim and the Illustrated Gentleman

16 May

Shabina and Carly chatted with Elisha Lim while they were on a bus to Montreal.  In the first part of the interview Elisha reads Butch #34 and  we discuss butch identity and mixed race identity.  Check out this illustrated documentary Elisha is working on with their sister Thea about mixed race identity.

We also talk about the Feminist Art Gallery (FAG).  Their work, The Illustrated Gentleman is the first to be exhibited at FAG and is up until the end of May.  Check out Elisha’s art blog!

Elisha also has super cute Queer love cards on etsy.

In the second part of the interview we talk about the Sex Appeals, Xtra‘s refusal to use Elisha’s preferred pronoun they, and the summer.

Check out Elisha’s music on myspace and their portfolio on tumblr

Sex Work, Gentrification and Queers

6 May

This is a recording of a workshop presented at Queeriot in June 2010 in Guelph by Lime Jello and Fifi McGee of Big Susie’s .

They give a background on different kinds of sex work, who does sex work and how gentrification affects where and how people work.  They also discuss a few reasons why it’s important for queers to ally themselves with sex workers.

The workshop is divided into two parts and features Mariko Pasion’s Decriminalize me.        Find more of her music on myspace.

Queeriot is taking place again this year in Kingston July 8-10.

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/51540

Ed Mead and Men Against Sexism

11 Apr

The Story of a Revolutionary Queer Prison Group

Ed Mead & Danny Atteberry on the Tier of Walla Walla's  Isolation Unit in the 70's

Ed Mead & Danny Atteberry on the Tier of Walla Walla's Isolation Unit in the 70's

**TRIGGER WARNING: discusses topics and stories around rape and sex slavery within prisons.**

Ed Mead is a revolutionary, Queer, Godless Commie and Ex-Political Prisoner who went to jail for his part in a group called the George Jackson Brigade, which carried out a number of bombings, prisoner liberation’s and bank expropriations to further anti-capitalist struggle in the Pacific Northwest.

Earful of Queer talked with Ed about the history of his incarceration and his work with the revolution prison group called Men Against Sexism, which used violence and the threat of violence to stop rape within prisons in the Northwest of America in the 70’s.

We hear about the rise and fall of Men Against Sexism, failed escape attempts by Ed Mead & other revolutionaries, and the state of prison resistance then and now.

This is a beautiful collection of stories of queers engaged in class war against the state, and of small victories in that struggle.

This is a 3 part interview, you can find the links to the audio on Media Co-op below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Ed Mead’s Current Projects:

Prison Focus Magazine
Seattle Jericho Movement

Sisters In Struggle

5 Apr

An Interview with Artist and Revolutionary Faith Nolan

Faith Nolan Photo

Photo by Anne de Haas

Faith Nolan is an Artist, Revolutionary, Queer, Women of Colour originally hailing from Nova Scotia and now living and agitating in Toronto, Ont.

In this interview we hear Faith talk about the struggles of working class women in Toronto and across Canada. She tells us about her work inside prisons, founding the land project Camp SIS (Sisters In Struggle), and her work integrating her struggles with those of Six Nations land defenders.

She is a composer and guitarist whose style varies from blues and folk, to jazz, with a taste of funk and reggae. You can find out more about Faith Nolan and listen to some of her music on her website http://www.faithnolan.org/.

This is a 2 part interview, you can find the links to the audio on Media Co-op below:

Part 1

Part 2

%d bloggers like this: