On this episode, we try to take a step back and give some context to the continuing rise of Islamophobia in Québec.
We spoke with Houda Asal, historian, sociologist, activist, and author of the recent book ‘Se Dire Arabe au Canada.‘ We talked about the history of Anti-Arab racism in Québec, how it relates to Islamophobia, and what we can learn from past migrant struggles against racism.
We also spoke with Alex, a longtime activist & organizer who’s participated in movements against the far-right in Québec since the 1980s. We spoke about the recent surge in far-right organizing, the relationship between these groups & the state, and how our current moment differs from the 1990s.
For more on the recent history of Islamophobia in Québec, you can listen to this episode we did following the mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Québec City.
We spoke with Eli Valley about his new book, Diaspora Boy: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel. We talked about why he left the Forward, what happens when you publicly criticize institutional Jewish leaders, and the fraught relationship between satire and activism.
We spoke with Laura Whitehorn, former political prisoner & tireless revolutionary activist and organizer, about her decades of participation in movements for justice. We spoke about organizing against white supremacists during the 1970s, how her work has changed over time, how she relates to the newly radicalized Jewish left, and what solidarity ought to look like in our current context.
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We spoke with musician Dan Blacksberg about his new podcast – Radiant Others, an extended interview show with Klezmer musicians. We spoke with Dan about his politicization via Jewish Voice for Peace, what it means to be a white Ashkenazi cultural worker, and what Klezmer has to offer young Ashkenazi Jews.