Off the Hour / Oct. 10, 5-6pm / Voices from The Umbrella Revolution, part 2

(Photo: AFP, Aaron Tam)

Tune in to Off the Hour today from 5-6pm. CKUT’s community news collective brings you voices you won’t hear anywhere else, from Montreal to Hong Kong!

Featured on today’s program: -On October 3, 2014, CKUT journalist Lorraine Wong spoke with 8 protesters on the streets in Hong Kong about the protests of the Umbrella Revolution and their experiences with tear gas, pepper spray, and the police force. We bring you part 2 of her 2 part series today.

-After Lucia Vega Jimenez died under Canadian Border Service Agency’s custody in December 2013, a petition with over 8,600 signatures called for a civilian inquiry into her death. Community groups continue to demand an investigation and a comprehensive review of migrant detention policies. Now, an inquest by the BC Coroner Service into Lucia’s tragic death has revealed the shocking amount of negligent behaviour Lucia encountered throughout the deportation and detention processes. CKUT’s Sula Greene spoke with Karla Lottini from No One Is Illegal-Vancouver about the systemic injustices that migrants face in Canada and the system that failed Lucia Vega Jimenez.

-Then, October 7 marked the World Day for Decent Work. A rally in Montreal highlighted the plight of migrant workers in Quebec who demand to be treated with equity, and at the very minimum with decency. CKUT’s Leila Lemghalef attended the event held at Square Victoria where dozens gathered to speak up in the name of their needs and aspirations.

-Finally, on Wednesday night, a white St-Louis police officer shot another Black teenager to death. The area of St-Louis and Ferguson Missouri has been in revolt since the police killing of Michael Brown in August, and protests have errupted again after the news of this most recent murder. Here in Montreal, the Black Student Network at McGill has worked to draw attention to the situation with an event held on October 2nd called “Police Brutality and Race: Ferguson’s Case”. We’ll hear audio from that talk from Rachel Zellars, a PhD candidate at McGill in education working on critical race theory, as well as Kai Thompson, a CKUT programmer and activist in Montreal’s Black community of Little Burgundy.

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