Struggle in the Suburbs

Struggle in the Suburbs

By Michael Speers
A leftist podcast examining how the scars of capitalism are experienced in Canada's small cities and towns. Also news and stuff.
Email Michael at michaeljrspeers@hotmail.com
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Why Ranked Ballots?
Barrie council is currently taking a look at whether or not the city should move to a ranked ballot system. On this episode, Dave Meslin and Jennifer Van Gennip join Michael Speers to discuss why making that change is the right thing to do.
33:34
June 11, 2020
Black Lives Matter
After two massive protests and days of action, Barrie and other towns and cities are ready for a revolution. But just saying Black Lives Matter isn’t enough. We are hearing a call to action, and we need to answer it. Joining Michael Speers this week is community activist Shelly Skinner. Check out her new initiative on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/653973981823404/?ref=share or through Making Change Across Simcoe County at https://www.makingchangesc.com/
29:40
June 7, 2020
Class in Session
Brandon Rhéal Amyot joins Michael Speers to talk about the concerns of students in Canada, lacklustre support initiatives, and why politicians keep ignoring the needs of students despite the broad economic benefits of their education.
44:12
May 8, 2020
What Is To Be Done? Working People and Class Consciousness in Canada
As we mark another International Workers’ Day, activist and organizer Pam Frache joins Michael Speers to talk about the unity and power of workers, reform and revolution, and how socialists can connect with all working people as we journey along that path together.
47:41
May 1, 2020
A Muskoka Movement
At first glance, cottage country may not seem like a place where the fight for fair and decent workplaces would take root. But Diana McConnell is putting low-wage and precarious workers’ issues front and centre in the small communities and waterfront homes of Muskoka. She joins Michael Speers to talk about organizing, educating workers and putting the pressure on politicians and the public. https://workersactioncentre.org https://www.15andfairness.org https://www.powerofmany.ca
41:25
April 24, 2020
Working-Class Power and Politics
Jessa McLean is a community activist with a bold vision for working people. The former federal NDP candidate in the riding of York-Simcoe is a proud socialist who has been fighting for years to end capitalism’s exploitation of workers. She joins Michael Speers to discuss class consciousness, amplifying socialist voices and building a political party that truly represents the interests of the working class.
38:53
April 17, 2020
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Activist
Victoria Butler is a young writer full of insights and perspectives well beyond her 23 years. In this interview, we talk about her poetry and what inspires it, the role of the artist when it comes to creating change, how capitalism seeks to silence artists, and why art must be more available and accessible to everyone.
33:51
April 11, 2020
BONUS: Universal Basic Income - Yea or Nay
Michael Speers and Keenan Aylwin debate the concept of a universal basic income. Is UBI a pragmatic solution to the problems of capitalism or is it just another market mechanism that ignores the need to dismantle capitalism altogether?
18:23
April 5, 2020
The Courage to Fight
In this special interview, Michael Speers speaks with Keenan Aylwin - a democratic eco-socialist and Barrie city councillor - about what motivates him, where he finds the courage to stand up to establishment politicians and what needs to be done to create a better city and society.
32:57
April 1, 2020
Building a Better World After COVID-19
Michael Speers looks at government responses to the Coronavirus pandemic and how recent reforms can be a springboard to our socialist future.
24:07
March 24, 2020
Being Left in the Middle of the Right
What’s it like being a socialist in a region many people consider to be a conservative stronghold? What are the obstacles and opportunities? Joining Michael this week are Sheetal Rawal and Holly McDaniel. Sheetal is an elder millenial living in the exurbs of Toronto. A lawyer by training, she is an aspiring lady of leisure who has, on occasion, put the Champagne in "Champagne socialist." Holly is a hermit who loves nature, animals, and humans who protect nature and animals. These days she can usually be found yelling at her partner about why we need to do a better job protecting each other, our nature, and all its biodiverse glory. Want to reach Michael? Email him at michaeljrspeers@hotmail.com
40:24
March 17, 2020
So, how exactly does a liberal become a socialist?
Yes, liberals can become socialists. Join host Michael Speers as he opens up about his political transformation and how socialism can begin to take hold outside our urban areas.
28:26
March 10, 2020
Welcome to Struggle in the Suburbs
Struggle in the Suburbs is a new podcast that looks at how socialism and leftist politics are defined and experienced outside of our urban areas.
01:42
March 3, 2020