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Radio Autonomía March 2014 Show

Posted in SHOWS with tags , , , , , , , on March 9, 2014 by radioautonomia

AUDIOS are from the March 3rd, 2014 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at

What does it mean to put learning in the service of liberation and autonomy? How does the everyday lives and struggles of a community influence our learning process? What does it look like to reclaim our humanity through collective and autonomous learning centers?

Modern understandings of education and learning uphold state sponsored institutions of education, this month we pay attention to the flourishing movement of creating counter-institutions of learning. From the Zapatista escuelitas to the barrios of DF, Oaxaca, and Oakland, communities are building autonomous centers that serve their needs and allow for different forms of learning to prosper.

In today’s show we have a conversation with local community member’s about their experiences attending the Zapatista’s most recent initiative the Zapatista Escuelitas. In a Feburary 2013 communicado SupComandante Marcos stated that the Zapatista support communities were tasked with giving non-zapatista students the “basic elements of neo-Zapatista history and […] struggle for democracy, libertity, and justice.” We also revisit a special segment by DJ Alita on the Biblioteca Popular Victor Martinez located in Oakland, and we continue our observation of this occupied community space through an in-depth discussion with members of the popular library. Little by little, we continue to learn by sharing our struggles and exploring the questions of how are self-directed and self-actualized community center’s disrupting state sponsored forms of education and learning? What role does learning take in creating autonomy?

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

Full Show

Interview: Zapatista Escuelita Students

Special Segment: Aug. 2012 Biblioteca Popular Coverage

Interview: Omar of the the Biblioteca Popular Victor Martinez


Links for resources mentioned in the show:

Enlace Zapatista

Biblioteca Popular Facebook 


Radio Autonomía January 2014/ Enero 2014: Los 30 y 20 años del Zapatismo

Posted in SHOWS with tags , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by radioautonomia

Feliz año nuevo a todos y todas! En general, hacemos nuestro programa en inglés, pero para el primer mes del año nuevo, estamos haciendo un programa especial en español.

Hace pocos días, se celebraron los 20 años del levantamiento zapatista que sacudió a México y el mundo el primero de enero de 1994, con su grito rebelde de YA BASTA. Miles de compañeros y compañeras viajaron a Chiapas para participar en el segundo ciclo de la Escuelita Zapatista y acompañar a las comunidades autónomas en el festejo de este gran aniversario. Hoy en el programa también estaremos celebrando los 30 y 20 del Zapatismo, con una serie de segmentos relacionados al movimiento.

Empezaremos con las palabras de la compañera Gloria Muñoz Ramírez, de su columna Los de Abajo publicada el 4 de enero en La Jornada. Después continuaremos con una entrevista inédita con el Subcomandante Marcos, realizada en la Chiapas en marzo del ‘94, pero que no se difundió hasta esta semana, cuando los y las compas de Desinformémonos la publicaron en su página web. Después escucharemos una serie de entrevistas realizadas por DJ Pulga de Radio Autonomía, con varios colectivos en México que están luchando con rebeldía y dignidad en proyectos autónomos barriales, culturales, y militantes. Con estas entrevistas queremos reconocer el gran impacto que ha tenido el Zapatismo en México, donde los y las de abajo siguen luchando por la humanidad y contra el capitalismo, desde sus propias realidades y necesidades.

Haz click en los siguientes enlaces para escuchar los audios:

Audio del programa completo

Segmentos Individuales:


Entrevista con el Sup

Entrevista con Acción Directa Autogestiva (ADA)

Entrevista con Tinta Negra

Entrevista con Coordinadora del Valle del Chalko


Los de abajo, Gracias al Zapatismo :: Gloria Muñoz

Tinta Negra

Coordinadora del Valle del Chalko Sitio

Rola la Lucha Zapatista

UNDOCUMENTED & UNAFRAID: Interview with Dulce & Luis of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance

Posted in INTERVIEWS with tags , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by radioautonomia

11/11/13 Interview with Dulce Guerrero & Luis Leon of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance

Click HERE to listen to the complete interview.

DULCE GUERRERO was born in Mexico and migrated to the state of Georgia along with her family at the age of two. Growing up she knew that the threat of deportation and family separation was real, but never imagined that it would hit so close to home. In January 2011, Dulce became involved in immigrant’s rights after a traffic violation landed her mother in jail. She is currently an Undocumented youth organizer and the Secure Your Own Community trainer for NIYA. From organizing walk outs, to stopping deportations and participating in civil disobedience Dulce has become active in defending the community which she has been a part of for the last 18 years.

LUIS LEON was born in Veracruz, Mexico. At 5 years old, his family moved to North Carolina where he lived until finishing high school in 2011. Not able to afford college due to his immigration status, Luis’ family decided that he would go back to México on his own and continue his educational career there. After he received the news that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was passed, he resolved to come back to the US and return to his home. In July of 2013 Luis got the opportunity to be part of the Dream 9. This group of undocumented youths, who had been deported because of their immigration status, attempted to cross the US border demanding to be let in on humanitarian grounds. Along with the rest of the Dream 9, he was detained and spent 15 days in Eloy Detention center. Through the organizing of NIYA and other organizations, he and the rest of the Dream 9 were released and allowed to return to their homes in the United States.


Radio Autonomía: November 2013 SHOW

Posted in SHOWS with tags , , , , , , on November 5, 2013 by radioautonomia

AUDIOS are from the November 3, 2013 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: RadioZapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at Berkeley Liberation Radio

Our show today is focusing on environmental justice and land struggles in the Americas. Given the many protest movements we have been seeing this year against hydraulic fracking, megadams, and climate change, we wanted to hear what folks are doing to protect the land, water and air across the Americas. There is a new front against the land and it’s people; extreme violence, dispossession and displacement is common place in the wake of neoliberal restructuring, or what some have called the recurring cycle of global economic crisis. However, many compañeros are making reference to a new level of neoliberal assault on the common that impedes people’s democracy and the regeneration of the social fabric. This is what they call extractivism, and the attack of extractivism is expressed in the struggles we are highlighting. Today we will be learning about movements in defense of indigenous lands from a Nahua collective in Puebla, México fighting against a thermoelectric plant and from indigenous students in Kansas defending the Wakarusa wetlands from highway construction. We will also have an in-studio live interview with Silm Bones, from the Energy Solidarity Cooperative here in the Bay area to learn about the climate resiliency strategies they are building locally. Finally, we will speak with Christian Guerrero from Marea Creciente, a climate justice organization in México, about the Climate Caravan being organized for the next international climate talks. We put these interrelated struggles to protect communities and future generations from environmental degradation this month, in the hope to think about what we can all do to build a future where the earth will be able to sustain a world where many worlds fit.

Click HERE to listen to the Full Audio

For individual segments click on the links below:

People’s Defense for the Earth and Water Interview

Energy Solidarity Cooperative Interview

Wakarusa Wetlands Defense Interview

Cristian Guerrero/Marea Creciente Interview

For more information about the featured stories, check out these links:

Energy Solidarity Cooperative

Voices of the Wakarusa Wetlands

More information on Fracking

Yaqui Resistance in Sonora against Aqueduct

Seven Loose Pieces of the Global Jigsaw Puzzle

Campaña Climática- Marea Creciente México

Raul Zibechi on Extractivism

Gustavo Esteva on Extractivism

Radio Autonomía: SEPTEMBER 2013 SHOW (La Escuelita Zapatista)

Posted in SHOWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by radioautonomia

AUDIO is from the September 1, 2013 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at Berkeley Liberation Radio

The September 2013 show features an in-depth conversation about the Escuelita Zapatista with a few of our close comrades here in the Bay Area who recently returned from Chiapas.

Following the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Caracoles Zapatistas, from August 12-16th, one thousand seven hundred people arrived in Zapatista territory to participate in the first round of the Escuelita Zapatista, “The Little School on Freedom According to the Zapatistas.” Journalist Rául Zibechi, who participated in the Escuelita, wrote the following about the experience:

“There will be a before and after the Little Zapatista School; of the recent one and those that will come. It will be a slow, diffuse impact, which will be felt in some years but will frame the life of those below for decades. What we experienced was a non-institutional education, where the community is the educational subject. Face-to-face self-education; learning with the spirit and with the body, as the poet would say.”

Our compañero Gustavo Esteva, from the Universidad de la Tierra Oaxaca, wrote the following:

“We drank from the fountain of inspiration until we were sated. We also learned that everyone an do what they need to do in their own way, with as much diversity as we find in all of our worlds. We can create a world where we all fit. Inertia, paralysis and fears will be shaken. We are on our way.”

In this conversation, which we recorded here in Oakland, our compañeros and compañeras from the Universidad de la Tierra Califas share some of their experiences at the Escuelita, and reflect on the significance of this experience for their struggles here in the Bay Area…

Click HERE to listen to the Full Audio

MUSIC featured on the show:
1. “Compañeros Insurgentes” Grupo 17 de Noviembre
2. “Us Kids Are Doing It” J-Rocc
3. “Si nos tocan a uno” Zapatillas de la Calle
4. “Mosaico zapatista” Free Radicals
5. “Somos” Lengualerta

* Most songs are from the Compilation “Rola la Lucha Zapatista”

Radio Autonomía: JULY 2013 SHOW

Posted in SHOWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2013 by radioautonomia

AUDIOS are from the July 7, 2013 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at Berkeley Liberation Radio

In the studio today we have Alita and Pulga  holding it down for a very full show with some exciting interviews. We’ll start off the show an update from Chiapas. After that we’ll move into our first live interview with our friend Cambio, a Watsonville-based MC and member of the QuilomboArte collective. For our second live interview, we’ll be joined in the studio by our compañero Ali, who recently returned to Oakland from Istanbul and he’ll be talking with us about the popular rebellion that recently shook Turkey. Finally, we’ll be interviewing two local compas involved in the solidarity efforts in support of the incarcerated folks across California who are starting a hunger strike in the prisons tomorrow. We’ll wrap up the show with an interview we recorded last week with some compas in Santa Cruz from Sin Barras, a collective dedicated to coalition-building for the eradication of the prison-industrial complex, and then we’ll hear some voices from from the strike by City Workers and BART transit workers in Oakland last week.

AUDIOS: To listen click on the links below


2. Bachajón Chiapas News Update

3. Interview with Cambio

4. Interview with Ali about Uprising in Turkey

5. Interview with Tony & Mike about Prisoner Hunger Strike

6. Interview with Sin Barras Collective

7. Voices from the Oakland/BART Strike (Monday July 1st)


RELATED LINKS for more information:

Cambio Bandcamp Page:

Article on  Rebellion in Turkey: “I’ve gone to resist, I’ll be right back”

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition:

Sin Barras:


MUSIC featured on the show (in order):

Grupo 17 de Noviembre “Compañeros Insurgentes”

J-Rocc “Us Kids Are Doing It”

Zapatillas de la Calle “Si nos tocan a uno”

Cambio “Work Song”

Krudas Cubensi “Horizontalidad”

Akil Ammar “Tras las rejas”

xchm “Música Rebelde”

Cambio “Jumping Fences”

Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay April 2013 SHOW

Posted in INTERVIEWS, SHOWS, SPECIAL REPORTS with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2013 by radioautonomia

AUDIOS are from the April 7, 2013 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: RadioZapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at Berkeley Liberation Radio

We want to frame April’s show by referencing John Hollaway’s recent book “crack capitalism”. In this book he states in order to break the current system of capitalism we have to “break it in as many ways as we can and try to expand and multiply the cracks and promote their confluence ( or merging)”. He then goes further to describe cracks as  “the perfectly ordinary creation of a space or moment in which we assert a different type of doing.”  We hope to archive and share the resonances of people, movements and spaces that are imagining a different type of doing, a doing that rejects the behaviors and systems that capitalism produces.

In order to understand a bit more of what cracks are and what revolution and autonomous struggles look like today we will start off with an Interview with John Hollaway. We were able to meet up with him During his recent visit to San Francisco, where he presented a three part lecture series titled “After Capitalism.”

In documenting and sharing current “cracks” we look to the Zapatistas and read a brief synopsis of the new parts to their communique entitled “ellos y nosotros” or “them and us.” We will then hear audio from Gloria Munoz and Laura Carlson’s current speaking tour “Chaos and Grassroots Mobilizations in Mexico.”

For the 2nd part of our show we focus on how communities and individuals are producing and converging cracks within the United States. We will start with a live phone interview with the Coalition of Immokalee workers and the Student Farmworker Alliance about their recent 200 mile march for Rights, Respect and Fair Food. We then will hear from a critical poet, hip hop and spoken word artist; Boca Floja. We were able to attend a spoken word event at the Hold-Out in which Boca Floja shares some of his recent poems and reflects on their anti-colonial  and anti-capitalist implications.

Finally, we have  audio of John Holloway’s “After Capitalism” lecture series hosted by the Anthropology and Social Change Department at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco March 26-28. Below please find the audio for the three lectures.

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

1. Full Show

2. Interview with John Holloway

3. Chiapas Update

4. Gloria Munoz Talk

5. Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Student Farm Worker Alliance Interview

6. Boca Floja

For information about the featured stories, check out these links:

Quilombo Arte
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Student Farmworker Alliance



“After Capitalism” Lecture Series:

1. Who We Are

2. Capital: The Social Cohesion that Strangles Us

3. We are the Crisis of Capitalism

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