Spring Radio

This podcast is an extension of the revolutionary journalism of Spring Magazine. As an organization, our aim is to help advance working class struggles fighting against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, settler colonialism, and for all people oppressed under capitalism. Spring is also a learning organization. This means that we take our politics to the streets and compare it to the lived experiences of the working class, and ourselves as a part of that class. The purpose of this podcast is to act as another medium through which this dialogue can occur. The format will likely evolve over time, but at its core we want it to serve as a tool to amplify the words and actions of activists across Canada.

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Friday Oct 13, 2023

In this inaugural episode of Spring Radio, we look at the exploitation of tenants by landlords and the struggle to fight back. 
We begin by looking at the Canadian housing system and how it's designed to squeeze the working class for the benefit of landlords. Next, we focus in on how one group of tenants—the York South-Weston Tenant Union—are fighting back against their greedy landlords through a rent strike. Spring Radio field reporter Benjamin Bilgen links up with organizers from the tenant union to get a look at what organizing a rent strike looks like from the ground. 
Thank you to the York South-Weston Tenant Union for sharing their time, space, and wisdom with us. Read the latest updates from the York South-Weston Tenant Union, and how you can help, at TenantUnion.ca.
This episode was recorded on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. 
The episode was produced by Benjamin Bilgen, Spencer Bridgman, and Josh Frame, with original music by Benjamin Bilgen. You can read and listen to more from Spring, and find out how to join the Spring Socialist Network, at SpringMag.ca.
You can find the transcript for this episode here.

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