Category Archives: Organizing

The Revolution Starts at Home: The Vancouver launch |

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Hugh and I joined a packed room at the Rhizome Cafe on July 21st for the Vancouver Launch of the Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Partner Violence in Activist Communities.

Ching-In Chen and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha shared readings from the book and there was a discussion afterwards about the state of safety and justice within Vancouver’s activist community (this part of the evening was not recorded).  The evening was opened by Cynthia Dewi Oka reading her poem, Amulet.  Afterwards, Hugh, me, Ching-in and Leah sat down and chatted about the idea of building real restorative justice as an alternative to the legal system, the prison industrial complex and the police.

We know these systems are oppressive and violent against entire communities, particularly racialized communities and working class/poor communities.   But the question is what is the alternative we would envision and how do we enact real justice for victims?  They make reference to INCITE’s work around restorative justice, which is included in the book and you can also check out their work online, too.

It’s an ongoing conversation, and one without any easy answers. When I think about the question for myself, I think about how hard it is in progressive communities to come to unity about what we envision as a positive and life affirming alternative to the deadly system that surrounds us.  But it’s easy to see the disease, less easy to agree on the cure.

I personally think that a full transformation led by the most oppressed and exploited is what we need, towards a society organized by need and imagination rather than greed and profit. But that’s pretty broad.  The nitty gritty questions of justice are more difficult to envision an answer to, and that’s where the Revolution Starts at home bravely treads.  As Leah says, ‘people still murder and rape’, so what do we do with that?  How do we centre victim safety while exploring transformative/restorative justice?

Music by Tracy Chapman, Mecca Normal, and Ndidi Onukwulu.  I’ve been playing “I Walk Alone” around the house a lot since we aired this show!

Health and Human Rights in the Philippines


What’s the state of health and human rights in the Philippines today?

We revisit the story of the Morong 43, a group of 43 community health workers detained by the Philippine Government from February to December of 2010.  What have been the impacts of the detainment and ongoing military harassment on the health workers, their families and communities?


Interview with Aiyanas Ormond – People’s Health Radio co-host and local organizer who is currently in the Philippines with his partner and children on a solidarity mission.  More information about their trip can be found at

Interview with Merry Mia-Clamor, one of the 43 health workers detained by the Philppine government.

and audio from a talk in Vancouver by Dr. Julie Caguiat, spokesperson of the Free the 43 Health Workers! Alliance.

Music by Victor Noriega, Aki Merced/Renato Reyes/Karl Ramirez, Amadou, James Caraang (Feat. Margie Banda and Sol Diana), Black Uhuru

Dr. Julian Tudor Hart: A Socialist Life |

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Julian Tudor Hart is a retired family doctor, now working occasionally as a research Fellow at the new Medical School in Swansea, Wales. He is otherwise occupied in writing and lecturing about health policy research in primary care, and the social functions of health care. Through a long life, his unifying
theme has been application of Marxist philosophy to primary health care.  For more information about Dr. Hart and his amazing body of work, visit

People’s Health Radio spoke to Dr. Hart about his life as a socialist general practitioner, and the values we need to assert for a more just and humane world.

Music by Gil Scott Heron, the Peggy Lee Band, John Friesen, Tim Tweedale, Regina Carter and Nina Simone.

Poverty, criminalization and health |

Poverty, criminalization and health |

We tell the story of the story of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users campaign against ticketing for vending, jaywalking and public urination in the Downtown Eastside. Positive community alternatives to criminalization and the struggle to see them implemented.

Health Impacts of Racism on BC’s Chinese Community – Today and Yesterday |

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In this show, we look at the fight against the gentrification of Vancouver’s Chinatown and talk to Sid Chow Tan about the organizing going on among Chinatown residents to preserve their right to their own neighbourhood.  We also talk to Jim Wong Chu about the case of the D’Arcy Island Leper Colony off the coast of Vancouver Island, where sufferers of Leprosy, almost all of whom were Chinese men, were imprisoned and left to die from 1891 to 1924.  Music by Marvin Gaye and the No Luck Club.

For more information about the movie Island of Shadows about the Darcy Island Leper Colony, check out If you’re in the Vancouver area, you can access this movie through the Vancouver Public Library.

For more information about the fight against the gentrification of Chinatown, please visit