Michael Riordon

the view from where I live

A small victory in the big picture


This just arrived from Pasifik.ca, which produced the Our Way to Fight video that Shaw TV banned as “too unbalanced and controversial”:

“Hello friends and supporters of Pasifik.ca,

The general manager of Shaw TV Vancouver just called us to say that Shaw TV will be playing “Our Way To Fight” this coming weekend.

Many thanks for all the letters of support for justice and peace in this latest struggle between this Pasifik.ca program and the community channel management.

Thanking you for your expression of solidarity,
for Pasifik.ca volunteers”

I add my thanks to theirs.   I have no illusions about how small this victory was on the scale of things, nor how many more battles like this we’ll have to fight.

On the other hand, I have an doubts as to how crucial each of these small victories is in the big picture.

Also, I have to say:  Shaw TV’s foolishness generated more publicity for the book than the small publishers who put it out could ever have bought!  But that too was entirely due to the quick response of many good people in several countries.  Shukran, toda, thank you.

This is what I call Our Way to Fight.

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

2 thoughts on “A small victory in the big picture

  1. Small victories give us hope ! Great.


  2. “Harry Potter” was basically unknown until a small religious school in England banned it.
    Good Luck,


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s