Aug. 26: Robert Jensen and a radical political theology; Ehab Lotayef and Gaza

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Robert Jensen @ 5:33

Ehab Loytayef: 38:49

The passing of Jack Layton has caused a considerable stir, and especially the letter he wrote before he died. The last paragraph has been granted almost iconic status on Facebook and Twitter and I’ll read it here as it is this paragraph that should cause Canadians to confront our political and economic situation. Layton wrote: “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Canada is politically polarized with a Harper government holding an absolute majority. Layton’s final words were a call to not give in and to continue to look for the light at the end of the tunnel while working for real change one step at a time. Many Canadians, I among them, cannot disagree with Layton’s plea, yet struggle with the obviously serious issues we confront: ecological destruction, political inertia fed by corporate media, and the constant pandering to the wealthy middle class for electoral success. I am sure many Canadians will be asking in the days after the funeral how to make change, how to maintain a loving, hopeful and optimistic outlook while confronting economic and ecological chaos and the increasing militarization of Canadian society and foreign policy. To help us orient ourselves, and perhaps fill in Layton’s plea, our guest Professor Robert Jensen has proposed a “…radical political theology… that can help us claim our power at the moment when we are most powerless than ever, and identify the sources of hope when there is no hope.” Professor Jensen spoke to us from Austin, Texas. (Click here for information on Third Coast Activist).

In the second half hour we spoke to Ehab Lotayef in Montreal. Hardly covered in the mainstream media, and overshadowed by the NATO bombing of Libya is the continuing suffering of Palestinians in Gaza. Ehab Lotayef is a respected social justice advocate in Montreal, is a poet and playwright and has intimate knowledge of the suffering of the Palestinian people; especially those in Gaza.

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Monday, August 29 @ 1pm at the OPIRG Exchange Coffee House and Reading Room 372 California, University of Windsor (behind the Faculty of Education and beside the Campus Community Garden)

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Director: Faith Morgan / US / 2006 / 53 min / English

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call “The Special Period.” The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

In conjunction with Cinema Politica – Free admission and Fair Trade Refreshments – Donations accepted

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