Tag Archives: Queer

Undoing Borders: Queer Discussions on Im/migration and Criminalization

26 Sep

Essex, Li and Molly joined Earful of Queer live in studio to talk about their tour and their zine. The interview was followed by a short set by DJ BootyKlap.

Undoing Borders is a collective writing project that comes out of the Migrant Justice Work Group of San Francisco Pride at Work/HAVOQ (The Horizontal Alliance of Very Organized Queers). We first started organizing together in 2007 when a group of us formed a contingent to the US/Mexico No Borders Camp in Calexico/Mexicali. That summer, at an event to raise money for our trip south, we were asked for the first time a question we would hear again and again for years: What does being queer have to do with borders?
This document was born out of action and conversation, and our hope is that it will continue to live there. We’ve been sharing it with all of the incredible people we organize with here in the Bay Area, but we’d also like a chance to get feedback from people working in the many different locations and contexts across our border regions and the interior. Nothing beats a face-to-face conversation, so we’re taking this manifesto on the road!
This was done one month into their tour when they stopped in Guelph, Ontario.

http://www.radio4all.net/files/earfulofqueer@gmail.com/4247-1-Undoing_Borders_Live_.mp3%20
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Alvaro Orozco is here to Stay!

3 Jun

Alvaro Orozco has been released from the immigration holding centre!!

Earful of Queer follows up with Craig Fortier from No One is Illegal-Toronto, on Alvaro’s release and the approval of his Humanitarian and Compassion application.  He has now been granted permanent residency and has been returned to his community!

We also chat about the politicization of Queer communities in this campaign and continuing the momentum to stop the state from taking members of our community away from us.

Feminism For Real

3 Jun

Feminism For Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism.

Edited by Jessica Yee

Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
ISBN 978-1-926888-49-1
Review by Cid (Fierce & Fabulous Krew)

This book is wonderfully confrontational; an exceptionally articulate critique of current feminism! Through this collection of essays, stories, and conversations, Jessica Yee has created a youthful deconstructive lens through which to see the disconnect between the ideals of equality and unity and the oppressive realities of mainstream feminism.

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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).

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

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