March 25: Jae Muzzin: Guerilla Gardening, Abayomi Azikiwe: Michigan emergency law

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Our guest today was Jae Muzzin of the Guerilla Gardening Collective in Windsor. Later in the program we talked to Abayomi Azikiwe in Detroit about the implications of the Emergency Manager Law passed in Michigan.

Spring is officially here and planting season is almost on us. Backyard or community gardening is becoming a political act (perhaps it always was) and the turmoil in the world due to capitalist violence and chaos will surely mean rising fuel prices, and, just as surely, an end to what James Kunstler called the “3000 mile Caesar Salad” – where we truck food in from thousands of miles away.

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What about guerilla gardening then? We’ll have a discussion on the politics of local food production, how it can empower us and how we can learn to cooperate with each other in a society dominated by a consumerism, capitalism and private property.

Windsor Guerilla Gardening Collective’s Sustainable Food Once A Day Challenge

Jae mentioned the term seven layer food forest. Click on the image below to find out more:

Music featured on the program: The Locusts Have no King

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Jan 7: Abayomi Azikiwe and Detroit celebrates Martin Luther King; Jae Muzzin organizes the Radical History Conference in Windsor

Martin Luther King: The Massey Lectures

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This was our first program of the new year and we wish you all a safe and just 2011. This year is likely to be a tumultuous time in Windsor/Detroit, Canada, and around the world. The global elites are mounting a campaign the corporate media has dubbed an age of austerity. Further cuts to social spending, and attacks on unions, wages and pensions will intensify. Look for price increases in food and fuel this year. More than ever it will be necessary to build community links neighbour by neighbour by neighbour.

On this program, we’ll be focusing throughout the year on empowerment, and to be empowered means to have no illusions to what we face as students and working people. Then we can learn how to not only challenge injustice, but also seek changes to an unjust political and economic system often referred to as capitalism.
As a starting point of investigation for our resistance campaign, in the first half of the program we’ll talk to Detroit activist, Abayomi Azikiwe about the upcoming Martin Luther King Day RALLY & MARCH FOR JOBS, PEACE & JUSTICE.

In the second half, we’ll hear a conversation I had with Windsor activist, Jae Muzzin at his home about his organizing efforts for the Radical History Conference coming up Feb. 4, 5, and 6 at the Windsor Workers’ Action Centre, 328 Pellisier St.

Music on the program featured Jennifer Warnes singing Leonard Cohen: Famous Blue Raincoat.