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The View Up Here welcomes Franke James

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I am very honored to have Canadian enviro-activist, artist, free-speech crusader and award winning author Franke James on the show. Her story demonstrates the depths that the Harper crowd will go to while doling out their one sided propaganda against climate change and environmental damage.

What would you do if you discovered you were blacklisted by your own government for speaking up on climate change and the tar sands? In Banned on the Hill, artist and author Franke James, tells how she first discovered she was being censored by the Canadian government — and how she fought back. It’s an inspiring story that shows how creativity, crowd-funding and investigative digging can work together to shine a bright light on a government that is more interested in message control than a citizen’s democratic right to free expression. Through eight visual essays, James traces her personal journey as an active citizen discovering the power of speaking out. Interviewed in the Guardian UK newspaper James said that she hoped the book would serve as a how-to guide to other activists hoping to take on the Harper administration, especially with humour. “It’s kind of like a judo flip, meaning that you can actually flip someone who is much bigger than you.”

Through entertaining, powerful and humorous real-life storytelling, James show us how to speak the hard truths — and get heard. She shows us why actions speak louder than words and how each of us can make a difference in our front yards, our city, our country and our world.

Listen, call in to ask questions, join the chat room. The first interview on The View Up Here promises to be a great one. Franke will be gifting e-book copies of "Banned On The Hill" to a max of four lucky listeners. iBook, Kindle or Google Play format, winner's choice. Don't miss out! Tune in!

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