From Embers Podcast: Schoolhouse Squat and Discontent City
From Embers is a regular show about anarchist and anti-authoritarian politics in so-called Canada. It is part of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network. On October 19, they released an episode devoted to the Schoolhouse Squat and Discontent City in Nanaimo. They interviewed three Alliance Against Displacement organizers – Listen Chen, Herb Varley, and Amber McGrath – who spoke about the roots of the housing crisis; how homeless Indigenous and working class people are organizing to meet their immediate needs for shelter, safety, and community; building a revolutionary political force in the streets; legal and political strategies; resisting the hard power of the police and the soft power of social workers; urban Indigenous political identity and struggle; ongoing state repression from city and provincial governments; community self-defence; building dual power through land relations; and more.