Episode 145: Stories of resistance, from Morgentaler to Mad Pride

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Today we have stories about being blacklisted, having pride, breaking barriers and fighting for justice.

Minute 2:36
We began with an excerpt of an interview with Judy Rebick about Dr. Henry Morgentaler and the impact he had on her and on the pro-choice movement.

Minute 10:52
Franke James is an artist.  Her art often focuses on environmental issues, including her concerns about the Tar Sands.  Her work got to the attention of the Harper government who pulled her tour funding.  We hear her story.

Minute 16:17

It has still got a way to go, but the mental health system in Canada has changed for the better since the 1970s. And it was political organizing by people who had experienced the system that made change happen. Activists lobbied and protested through the 80s. Then, in the 90s they decided they needed to party a little and started a festival called Psychiatric Survivor Pride Toronto.  That festival, under a new name, is celebrating its 20th year in 2013 and Talking Radical Radio’s Scott Neigh caught up with some festival organizers to talk about its new name and what it means to them. Here are Elizabeth Carvahlo, Jeremiah Bach, Peter and Alisa.

Minute 22:27

Kate Braid has a lot of firsts under her toolbelt. Braid was one of the first women in British Columbia to get her journeyman’s carpentry ticket.  She was the first woman to join the Vancouver local of the Carpenters’ Union. She was also the first woman to run her own construction company in the province. She has a new book out Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man's World and the F-Word caught up with Braid to hear about her experiences.

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