The Rebel Beat 090: The Union Thugs, Music, and Direct Action

 

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Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat!

Straight outta the ranks of Montreal’s Wobblies, we’ve got an interview with The Union Thugs. The Union Thugs are a folk-punk band who take a page from the little red song book, and give a nod to the great working class music heroes like Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg. The Union Thugs feel most at home playing on today’s picket lines, using their bodies and their instruments to clog the wheels of capitalism. Bosses, beware!

 

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On our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout-out to Rihanna, who refused an offer to play at the 2019 Super Bowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
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Oh, and a huge solidarity shout-out to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who are on strike this week! Up the posties!!

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**Playlist**

Pete Seeger – Talking Union      The Ex – Bourgeois Blues
Union Thugs – Solidarity
Union Thugs – Union Maid
Union Thugs – War on the workers
Union Thugs – Juillet 1936
Union Thugs – Solidarity forever
Mary J Blige feat. Kendrick Lamar – 41 Shots (American skin)

 

 

 

 

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Changing On The Fly Episode 1: This Game We Love, On Stolen Land

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Hey Rebel Beat listeners! We interrupt our regular programming to bring you something special – the very first episode of Changing On The Fly, Aaron’s new podcast on hockey and radical politics!

If you want to follow along with all future episodes, subscribe to Changing On The Fly now wherever you get your podcasts (Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.)

If you enjoy Changing On The Fly, and want to support it, head over here to our Patreon page!

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On this episode, we lace up the skates and hit the ice to talk about colonialism in hockey, and the Indigenous hockey experience. What does it mean to call hockey “Canada’s game” while Canada is a country built on stolen Native land? We’re gonna take a deep dive into hockey’s role in Canada’s residential schools, the presence of Native mascots in sports, and the changing role of Indigenous hockey players in the NHL today.

To help us pick apart these huge questions, we hear from:

-Braden Te Hiwi. Te Hiwi is an Indigenous Maori academic, originally from New Zealand, who now teaches as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. He co-authored an incredible paper on the history of hockey at the Pelican Lake Residential School in northern Ontario:
www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.313…jh.ach.52.1.04

-Justin Louis is from the Samson Cree Nation of Mascwacis, Alberta, and the co-founder of Section 35, an Indigenous clothing company. Louis and Section 35 have put out a line of clothing called “Kill Mascots”, which takes aim at racist Native mascotry in sports (particularly the Chicago Blackhawks):
www.sectionthirtyfive.com/

-Jason Brennan is the producer and director of Hit the Ice, a show on the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Nework (APTN) that follows the lives of young Indigenous hockey players. The show is now in its 6th season!
www.hittheice.tv/

To read the Calls to Action on sports from the Truth And Reconciliation Report, visit:
www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitu…Action_English2.pdf

For more information on Changing on the Fly, or to subscribe to the podcast:
ChangingOnTheFlyPodcast.Wordpress.com

Music in this episode is by The Kendallz, DJ Spooky, A Tribe Called Red, and Ilegot.