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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: Zapatismo in the Bay – February 2014 SHOW

Posted in SHOWS with tags , , , on February 14, 2014 by radioautonomia

AUDIOS are from the February 2nd, 2014 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at

This month, we explore neighborhood organizing and everyday forms of uprising against gentrification.

Block by block, whole communities throughout cities worldwide are being displaced by neoliberal forces. Gentrification is used to explain the phenomena of displacing working class communities and communities of color from, mostly, urban centers. In the last 20 years, we have witnessed the reversal of the mid-20th century white-flight from US urban hubs. This month, we ask, what are the signs of gentrification? What is at stake when community members and neighbors are starkly divided by class, cultural and racial lines?  What does it mean to protect your block? How do we create another type of community, that is not mediated by capital and displacement,  but rather one that it’s fabric of relations is rooted in dignity?

Recently in San Francisco and Oakland, several activists have taken up the anti-gentrification tactic of preventing commuter buses, serving Silicon Valley-Tech workers, from going through their neighborhoods. By literally blocking the buses with their bodies, the activists are claiming a stake in the urban space where they live, work and struggle. Google, and other tech companies, as well as liberal city officials are arguing that these “tech-buses” are providing a service and benefit to Bay Area communities because it is more environmentally sustainable to have tech workers commute on a bus rather than having each worker drive to the Silicon Valley from San Francisco or Oakland. This argument, sounds all too familiar to the current arguments used in the displacement of poor indigenous communities by ecotourism efforts and multinational corporations privatizing natural resources throughout the Americas.

In the stories and interviews highlighted in today’s show we take on these concerns and emphasize the surge of local resistance; we will hear from activists carving out an autonomous cultural center in the heart of the monstrous city of D.F., we will be joined live in studio by community organizers of the Phat Beets collective to discuss some of their on-going efforts to resist the total displacement of working class communities of color from the white-and-green washing of the east bay; and finally, we will hear movement artist Boca Floja of Quilombo Arte, a trans-national and localized art-in-resistance project, present his latest literary creative project, “Prognosis; decolonial poetic exhale.” Join us in exploring anti-gentrification projects here and across the globe, while considering autonomist scholar John Holloway’s poignant question, “How can we create autonomous anti-capitalists, anti-state spaces or moments in the city?”

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

1. Full February 2014 Show
2. Interview with Phat Beets Collective
3. Boca Floja Segement
4. Interview with Colectivo Karakola

La Karakol@ culture and social center

La Karakol@ culture and social center

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

Phat Beets Produce

Boca Floja & Quilombo Arte

La Karakola



zapatista inspired mural

zapatista inspired mural

Film screening at La Karakol@

Film screening at La Karakol@

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