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SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE: Our Lips Are Sealed- Grand Jury Defense

Posted in SPECIAL REPORTS with tags , , , , , , , on November 14, 2012 by radioautonomia

Recordings from panels at the event “Our Lips Are Sealed- Grand Jury Defense” which took place Sunday November 11, 2012 at The Holdout Social Center in Oakland, California.

From the Event Page: “Considering that recently, over half a dozen people in the Pacific Northwest have received Grand Jury subpoenas in the last few months, houses connected to OWS organizers have been raided, and many of our comrades down here are facing very serious charges, folks have put together a Grand Jury panel/discussion that is going to be very focused on how we (the collective Left in the Bay Area) can protect ourselves and each other in the case of heightened repression.

This full day event features short presentations from folks with Grand Jury experience — Kristian Williams (author of Our Enemies in Blue), Richard Brown from the SF8, and others.”

* Only the panel presentations were recorded. The discussions and Q&A are not included here.

(Click on the Panel Title to hear the audio)

Panel 1: Legal Rights with Megan, Dan, Sami

Panel 2: Grand Juries Past & Present with Dennison, Kristian, and Richard

Panel 3: Media Strategies with Claude and Kristian

Panel 4: Family Matters, Self Care & PTSD with Mona and Mickey


Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay NOVEMBER SHOW: Cultural Production, Policing and Community Surveillance

Posted in AUDIOS, SHOWS on November 6, 2012 by radioautonomia


Cultural Production, Policing and Community Surveillance

On this month’s show we will start out with a few reports. We will hear from DJ Plebe in Spain about the recent strikes around Europe and the upcoming general strike coming up in Europe on November 14th. Next we will hear about a different approach to community building and political organizing through popular art and murals with a segment about the 35th anniversary of the Social and Public Art Resources Center (S.P.A.R.C) in Venice Ca. After that you will hear a brief segment that summarizes the proposition and local Oakland city council candidates positions on increased policing and surveillance in our local community.

In the second part of the show, we’ll have two live interviews with folks working against police violence and state repression in the Bay Area, to learn about the recent escalation of attacks against political organizers, revolutionaries, and communities in resistance. We’ll hear about some upcoming events here in the Bay Area and ways that we can better defend ourselves from the attacks being launched by the state, the police, and the mass media.

Critical Resistance:
Californians United for a Responsible Budget:
Justice For Alan Blueford Coalition:
The Hold0ut:


1. Full Show
2. Report from Spain about upcoming European general strike set for November 14th
3. Segment on the 35th anniversary of S.P.A.R.C. (Social and Public Art Resource Center) in Venice,Ca
4. Segment on CA Propositions and Oakland City Council Candidates positions on Policing and Surveillance
5. Live interview with Molly from the Justice For Alan Blueford Coalition
6. Live interview with Steven, an organizer for “Our Lips are Sealed,” an event on Grand Jury resistance

Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay: Oct Show Part 2: “Challenging Electoral Politics”

Posted in AUDIOS, SHOWS on November 5, 2012 by radioautonomia

October 7, 2012


Challenging Electoral Politics and Representative Democracy

In this show we challenge the idea of representative democracy and electoral politics by looking at the following questions. Is the process and system or electoral politics set up to acknowledge and represent our needs, dreams, our desires, and implement decisions and changes that make them a reality?
What affect does electoral politics have on the imagination of people to think of new ways to relate to each other and generate ideas about addressing and fixing problems that currently exist?

We begin to answer the questions stated above by hearing a brief talk given earlier this year by Mexican actionist Gustavo Esteva. In this talk Esteva speaks to the contradictions of current representative democracy which is based on the assumptions that people cannot govern themselves.

To help us further this discussion we will then turn to Chiapas Mexico in 1996. In that year the Zapatistas released the 4th declaration which laid out a detailed summary of how the so called “representative democracy” in Mexico was not serving civil society and specifically the indigenous of Mexico. In this declaration they propose a new political force that challenges the way we think of democracy and the way we relate to each other through the current form of democracy

You will then hear from another part of the talk given by Gustavo Esteva in which he breaks down the response in Mexico to the 4th declaration and continues to challenge representative democracy and begins the conversation of alternatives to it.

The second part of this show turns to two local state institutions:
The first is in Tucson AZ Right after the SB 1070 bill or the “show me your papers” bill, which allows the racial profiling of balck and brown people by Arizona cops, passed in Arizona, another bill passed that further supports the colonization of brown people by removing and making illegal ethnic studies and Mexican American classes in public high school.

The community of youth, students, teachers, parents, and adult allies have been coming out in mass and supporting ethnic studies in Tucson at the TUSD board meetings. There have been two meetings with proposed votes that would bring an end to the current Mexican American Studies program, but the people have resisted.

The second is here in Oakland where we have another example of the farce of a representative democracy, when the Oakland City Council kicks out concerned family and community members of high school student Alan Buford who was murdered by OPD this year

The show ends with a discussion around examples of groups and communities exploring ways to abandon representative democracy and explore the potential of radical democracy

Related Resources:

Complete Talk by Gustavo Esteva on Grassroots Initiatives Beyond Development and Globalization

“Fight Back-The struggle for Ethnic Studies” by J.M. Aragón

The Zapatistas 4th Declaration

October 18th Oakland City Council meeting about death of Alan Blueford


Full Show

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