Shows: June 24, 2013

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Exhaling After the Iranian Presidential Elections

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Last week, 72% of the electorate turned out in Iran to vote for president. Locally, 800 Iranian nationals journeyed to Woodside, Queens to cast their ballot for a successor to the controversial outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Traveling from Boston, Rochester, as well as across the NYC metro area, Iranians voiced their hopes and skepticism about the potential for change through the ballot box. We’ll be joined by guest host Saba Raad to talk about what this election could mean for civil society, dissent, and change within Iran.

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Deportation is Not Entertainment: The Cancel Border Security Campaign

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This past spring, National Geographic launched a new reality tv show that follows border security officers in Vancouver Canada as they question, detain, and deport individuals and families. The show represents a larger intensification of Canadian national security and anti-immigrant agenda of the ruling conservative government. The legality and ethics of filming vulnerable communities as well as the questionable use of federal funds to support a reality tv show has led to a campaign to call for the cancellation of the show. We will hear from Harsha Walia, a migrant justice activist in Vancouver, who is part of the coalition, Cancel Border Security.

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Transnational Organizing Update: Echoes of Ghadar Convergence

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ghadar Party, a movement of South Asian workers along the west coast of North America who fought British imperial rule in India from abroad. Echoes of Ghadar, a three-day convergence of US-based and South-Asia based activists, will take place this Fall to discuss lessons learned from this early movement and to highlight current anti-imperialist and transnational struggles. Prachi Patankar of local activist group South Asia Solidarity Initiative will join us to talk about the convergence and the forgotten history of the Ghadar Party.

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