Archive for March, 2013

Interview with John Holloway: The Meaning of Revolution & Autonomous Struggle Today

Posted in AUDIOS, INTERVIEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2013 by radioautonomia

hollowayDuring his recent visit to San Francisco, where he presented a three part lecture series titled “After Capitalism,” we had the opportunity to meet with John to talk a bit about the meaning of revolution and autonomous struggle today.

Click HERE to listen to the complete interview

 

 

 

For audios of John Holloway’s complete lectures in San Francisco, check in on our website: radioautonomia.wordpress.com

For more information about his work, visit his website: johnholloway.com.mx

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“Urban Zapatismo” & “After Capitalism”: Upcoming Events with John Holloway in San Francisco (March 26-28)

Posted in ANNOUNCEMENTS with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2013 by radioautonomia

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John Holloway (author of Crack Capitalism and Change the World Without Taking Power) will be in San Francisco March 26-28 for a series of lectures  “After Capitalism” at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS).

The lectures will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-28, 7.00-9.00 p.m. Namaste Hall at CIIS  <http://www.ciis.edu/Academics/Graduate_Programs/Anthropology_and_Social_Change.html>

Arrangements have also been with comrade Holloway for a conversation about Urban Zapatismo  on Thursday 3/28, 2.00-4.00 p.m. room 560, at the CIIS.
We hope that this additional space will be an opportunity for our Bay Area Zapatista solidarity community to converge and compare notes about our efforts at solidarity work and, at times, our successes in going beyond solidarity. Given the recent mobilizations by the Zapatistas, we imagine a spirited discussion about the challenges of urban Zapatismo.
Please join us!

Please check out Acción Zapatista South Bay’s Zapatismo digital archive at <http://cril.mitotedigital.org/zapatismo>

Audio from Event with BOCAFLOJA & Jorge González

Posted in AUDIOS with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by radioautonomia

“De diáspora, colonia, melanina, y otras rimas: Race Relations in Latin America & Counter-hegemonic Cultural Production”
Dialogue, Spoken Word Presentation, Q&A with:

Bocafloja (poet & hip-hop artist from Mexico City)
&
Jorge González (researcher on Afromexican politics)

The event started with a presentation by Jorge González on the construction of AfroMexican identity. This was followed by a spoken word set by Bocafloja, which included a piece by surprise guest Cambio (MC from Watsonville). We closed out the night with a Q&A and dialogue with the audience.

Click on the links below to hear the AUDIO:

1. Full Event Audio: Jorge González & Bocafloja

2. Bocafloja Spoken Word Set

                              Big thanks to The Holdout crew for hosting us!

The Holdout Crew with Bocafloja, Cambio & Jorge González

The Holdout Crew with Bocafloja, Cambio & Jorge González

Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay MARCH 2013 SHOW

Posted in SHOWS on March 6, 2013 by radioautonomia

AUDIOS are from the March 3rd, 2013 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at http://www.berkeleyliberationradio.net

 

Our show for March 3, 2013 is organized in 2 parts.

In the first part we hear updates and analysis about current movements happening in Mexico. We begin with an interview with Simón Sedillo from ManoVuelta Films about his new documentary “Guarda Bosques”; a report from DJ Plebe about the Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his new appointment at Harvard University; and audio with Pablo Obando from FrayBa Center for Human Rights in Chiapas about political prisoners and self defense in Chiapas from their recent speaking tour in the US.

The second part of our show features updates and audios from collectives and movements in the United States. We will hear an interview with the Foxy 6 Defense Team about repression against Zapatista Supporters in LA; an announcement from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; and finally Audio from a Critical Resistance event: “Stong Minds, Strong Movements” celebrating the release of the current issue of The Abolitionist.

To listen to the audio from the show, click on the links below.

1. Full Show

2. Interview with Simon Sedillo (ManoVuelta Films) about “GuardaBosques” documentary

3. DJ Plebe Report about Felipe Calderón at Harvard

4. Audio from Pablo Obando (FrayBa Center Chiapas) Speaking Tour

5. Interview with Foxy6 Defense Team (LA) about Repression against Zapatista Supporters

6. Coalition of Immokalee Workers Announcement

7. Audio from Critical Resistance Event: “Strong Minds, Strong Movements”

 

 

Audio from Critical Resistance Event: “Strong Minds, Strong Movements” Celebrating the release of 19th issue of The Abolitionist

Posted in AUDIOS with tags , , on March 3, 2013 by radioautonomia

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On Feb 25th the Oakland Chapter of Critical Resistance held an event at the East Side Cultural Center to celebrate the release of the 19th issue of the Abolitionist: a publication dedicated to the abolition of the strategy and practice of the prison industrial complex. The event was titled “Strong Mind Strong Movements “ and invited people to join in on a discussion about how policing, surveillance and imprisonment compromise our mental health and the ways that organizing can keep us connected, healthy and strong. CR had invited Azadeh Zohrabie of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, Aurora Lopez of Xicana Moratorium Coalition and Claude Marks, former political prisoner and founder of Freedom Archives.

The first audio below is the entire audio from the event. The 2nd audio is a segment of the event that will be aired on Berkeley Liberation Radio for our March show. The audio begins with an introduction by Isaac Ontiveros and Rachel Herzig of Critical Resistance framing the night and breaking down the theme and importance of this current issue of The Abolitionist. The second part of the audio is Aurora Lopez, Azdeh Zhorabie and then Claude Marks answering the questions:“when you think about some of the impacts of imprisonment, surveillance and the prison industrial complex are on our health and wellbeing, especially our psychological and mental health and what do you think of?” and “what are some of the things that contribute to our resilience and our ability to stay healthy?”

To Subscribe to the Abolitionist check out The Abolitionist

To find out more about Critical Resistance check out their website: criticalresistance.org/

Click here to listen to the entire audio of the event

Click here to listen to a edited segment of the event that will be aired on Radio Autonomia’s March Show

Interview with Foxy 6 Defense Team about Repression against Zapatista Supporters in LA

Posted in SHOWS on March 1, 2013 by radioautonomia

On November 14, 2012, six individuals were beaten and arrested across the street from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where the ex-president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, was speaking. Of those protesting for an end to violence against indigenous Zapatista communities, six demonstrators were arrested. Four of those are facing multiple felony charges, while two have misdemeanor charges. The “Foxy 6” are all currently fighting the unjust charges together, united in continuing their struggle for justice wherever it takes them. One of those arrested was held in jail for two months on $100,000 bail before being bailed out, and money is currently being raised to meet the continuing payments for his bail, as well as for the costs of legal representation. The Foxy Six bail and legal defense fund’s wepay page can be found on their website: foxysix.tumblr.com

A few weeks ago, we met up in Oakland with some members of the Foxy 6 Defense Team from Los Angeles to hear about what happened that day and to learn about the case.

Listen to the interview by clicking HERE

Check out these videos about what happened:

 

Foxy 6 Defense Team: Statement of Facts

In the fall of 2012, supporters of the indigenous communities affiliated with the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico, released a worldwide call to action in support of the autonomous communities. Paramilitary groups long protected by the Mexican government had once again launched violent attacks against the Zapatista peasant farmers, displacing entire communities from their collectively farmed lands.

The struggle of the Zapatista base communities to defend their dignity, culture, and right to autonomy as indigenous peoples has served as an inspiration to people throughout the world.  When the call for solidarity, or ‘Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas’ was issued, it drew the attention  of many activists from around Southern California. The ‘Wordwide Echo’ asked supporters to call upon representatives of the Mexican government to end the violence against the indigenous communities of Chiapas. In response, the activists in Los Angeles planned two actions, one flyering a speech by former Mexican President Vicente Fox, the second a gathering at MacArthur Park near the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, November 14th, about thirty people gathered to demonstrate outside of the speech of former Mexican President Vicente Fox at the Pasadena Civic Center. The demonstrators distributed fliers detailing President Fox’s role in perpetuating violence against the indigenous peoples of Mexico. While Vicente Fox had vowed to implement the San Andres Peace Accords respecting the rights of indigenous communities, he had instead gutted those agreements and dramatically escalated military presence in the indigenous communities. Most tragically, Mr. Fox protected those responsible for the massacre of forty-five Christian pacifists, mostly women and children, who had supported the Zapatistas’ calls for justice.

Unfortunately, the Pasadena Police did not seem to value the demonstrators’ right to speak freely on this topic. Immediately upon the arrival of the first activists to the scene, the police began selectively excluding people who they identified as protesters from the public sidewalk in front of the Civic Center, claiming that a last minute permit closed the sidewalk to anyone except ticketed guests of Fox’s speech. In practice, this meant that anyone who seemed like they were there for purposes besides exercising their first amendment rights was allowed to pass through, loiter and mingle on the supposedly closed sidewalk, including some of those who were actually participating in the demonstration. As soon as the police could identify anyone on the sidewalk who seemed to them like a demonstrator, they proceeded to threaten that person with arrest if they did not stay off of the public sidewalk in front of the Civic Center.

Immediately after Fox’s speech had begun and the last of the crowd had entered the auditorium, the police made their first arrest, handcuffing a young demonstrator who had been waved into the ‘closed’ area by an officer who claimed to have not realized she was a demonstrator. It seems likely that she was allowed to pass, while her companions she was walking with were stopped, because her white skin made the officers feel that she was someone who belonged in that space. One of the commanding officers, Sergeant Crees, then began following one of the other demonstrators back towards the main group on the other side of the road. Upon entering the unsuspecting crowd, Officer Crees and other officers who were supporting him, began to strike the demonstrators with fists and batons, and pull out demonstrators for arrest. Numerous demonstrators were hurt by the blows, including a father and his young daughter, and a pregnant woman.

Of those protesting for an end to violence against indigenous Zapatista communities, six demonstrators were arrested. Four of those are facing multiple felony charges, while two have misdemeanor charges. All are currently fighting the unjust charges together, united in continuing their struggle for justice wherever it takes them. One of those arrested was held in jail for two months on $100,000 bail before being bailed out, and money is currently being raised to meet the continuing payments for his bail, as well as for the costs of legal representation.

The Foxy Six bail and legal defense fund’s wepay page can be found on their website: foxysix.tumblr.com

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