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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 May 2013 SHOW

Posted in AUDIOS, INTERVIEWS with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by radioautonomia

AUDIOS are from the May 5, 2013 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: RadioZapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at Berkeley Liberation Radio

For todays show we wanted to present a conversation around 2 themes: Community Regeneration and Self determination. We define community regeneration as acts or practices that heal and empower communities to restore their dignity and build resiliency. We define self determination as practices of communities the look and learn from themselves, rather than the state, to articulate their own needs, desires, solutions and answers.

We situate this conversation of resistance within capitalism’s ability to isolate and destroy individuals and communities through 2 major forces: The predatory lending or debt institutions and the Prison Industrial Complex.

In the first part of our show we look at the notion of “debt” and how it keeps us isolated and ashamed. What if we began to reframe the conversation of debt without the state being the one we owe or are obligated to? What if we were in debt or obligated to our neighbors or community members? How do we build relationships of obligation and trust In the first part of our show we talk to STRIKE DEBT a national coalition built out of Ocuppy that looks to build a popular resistance to all forms of debt imposed on us by predatory lending institutions.

In the second part of our show we explore how the prison industrial complex isolates and criminalizes individuals both on the outside and inside of the prison walls. We look to 2 community organizers from (All of Us or None and the Prison Hunger Solidarity Coalition and The Oakland Community Medics), to share analysis of and shed light to the effects of the PIC in communities of color and low income communities. We hope to then share strategies from communities that are finding new ways to restore dignity through solidarity with those on the inside.

We see these conversations as, one, a challenge to reformist approaches that reinforce symbolic and physical violence in our communities and, two, rejecting the isolating effects of capital by creating spaces of community convergence to support each other.

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

1. Full Show

2. Strike Debt Interview

3. Interview with Organizer Manuel La Fontain (All of Us or None and Prison Hunger Solidarity Coalition) and Author and Activist Anita Wills (Oakland Community Medics)

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

Part 1:

Strike Debt Bay Area

Part 2:

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

All of Us or None

Anita Wills’s book: Black Minqua The Life and Times of Henry Green

Facebook Page for my son Kerry Baxter Senior

Petition: We Demand Freedom An Investigation into the Wrongful Conviction of Kerry Baxter Senior

Anita Wills’s Facebook Page

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

abolitionist flyer

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:

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

Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay – February 2013 SHOW

Posted in AUDIOS, SHOWS with tags , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by radioautonomia

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

On today’s show we’ll be doing 3 live interviews in the studio with members of the 5050 Crew from San José; a comrade from Critical Resistance and the Stop the Injunctions Coalition; and members of the Bread & Roses Oakland Collective. We’ll also hear a segment from the Chowchilla Freedom Rally that happened last week, and we’ll discuss the recent communiqués from the Zapatistas

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

1.Full February 2013 Show
2.Interview with 50/50 collective from San Jose
3.Interview with Jess from Critical Resistance
4.Segment from Chowchilla Prison Mobilization
5.Interview with Bread and Roses Collective
6.Summary and Analysis Communiques from the Zapatistas entitled: “Ellos y Nosotros”

Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay – JANUARY 2013 SHOW

Posted in AUDIOS, SHOWS with tags , , , , on January 9, 2013 by radioautonomia

AUDIOS are from the January 6th, 2013 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at

On our January show, we’ll start with an interview with Tomas Moniz from Rad Dad about carework in political organizing and radical political spaces. Then we’ll cover the recent communiqués and letters released by the Zapatistas, as well as the massive actions in Chiapas on December 21st. From there, we’ll move into a short report from Spain about a protest at a megaprison, and we’ll hear an interview with a compa in the midwest about the organizing work happening there. Finally, we’ll  hear a special review of 2012, with excerpts from some of the themes Radio Autonomía covered over the last year.

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

1. Full January 2013 Show

2. Interview with Tomas Moniz of Rad Dad

3. Zapatista Action and Communiqué Update

4. Report on Spanish Mega Prison in Morón

5. Report on Organizing Action in Northwest Arkansas

6. Radio Autonomía 2012 Year in Review

For more info on featured stories, check out these links:

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 JULY 2012 SHOW

Posted in SHOWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2012 by radioautonomia

July 1, 2012

{Full Show and Individual Segments are posted below}

Anti-state Politics & State Institutions 
Today across Mexico millions are heading to the polls to vote in the presidential elections that many hope will mark a rupture with the six-year term of right wing president Felipe Calderón, whose supposed “war on drugs” has left over 60,000 dead and more than 20,000 disappeared since 2006. But just as the lines form at polling places around the country, millions of others are abstaining from voting, demonstrating a widespread, popular rejection of the fraudulent system of electoral politics in Mexico and the structures of representative democracy, corruption, and exclusion that compose the neoliberal, and arguably neocolonial, state.

Exactly seven years ago, as the new presidential campaign cycle was revving up, the Zapatistas released a text that quickly became a classic of sorts: the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. In this declaration– a narrative both prospective and retrospective– the Zapatistas announced a new civilian initiative, La Otra Campaña or The Other Campaign, imagined as an effort at developing a national plan of anticapitalist, leftist struggle. Electoral periods are always both challenging and vapid for radical political movements. The Other Campaign was proposed as an attempt to resist the distraction and stagnation that often accompany elections, as radical movements are either coopted or withdrawn during the campaigns. The Other Campaign was developed as an effort to build and extend “other” relations– political, social, economic, cultural– across Mexico and the world, not rooted in capitalist principles or state politics. The intro to the Sixth Declaration reads: “This is our simple word, because it is our idea to call on those who are like us and to join together with them, everywhere they are living and struggling.”

If we understand the Sixth Declaration and the Other Campaign– and Zapatismo more broadly– to be an anti-state movement dedicated to developing other kinds of relations not mediated or imposed by the capitalist state, then a question we raise is: what do anti-state relations look like? In his book Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-state Forces, Raúl Zibechi asserts that “the state is a frozen social relation,” whereas anti-state movements are based on relations that are mobile, dynamic, discontinuous, and provisional– they are the basis of community, which he insists “is something that we make, not something that simply is.” So, if community is ever-changing, something that we make in contrast to the state, we want to ask not only what is the state beyond governmental institutions but also what does community look like in anti-state movements?

On this month’s show we’ll check in with the growing anti-election movement in Mexico, the movements in defense of public education locally and internationally, and we’ll interview some Oakland-based prison abolitionists about what it means to do work in carceral institutions. As our conversation moves across various state institutions– elections, schools, prisons– we’ll ask what does it mean to be anti-state? and particularly, what happens when we are forced to contend with state institutions?

Featured Music 

“Los medios” Odaymara Cuesta A.K.A. Pasa Krudas – Krudas Cubensi
“Cumbia 132” Colectivo Emergente de Artistas Independientes
“Autónomo” Bocafloja
“Power to the People” Public Enemy
“Dem Days” Rebel Díaz
“I Love College- Remix” Cambio
“Medios Mentirosos” Ukamau y Ke

Related Resources


1. Full Show

2. Yo Soy 132 update

3. Chiapas Elections Update

4. Interview with Lakeview Sit-in participant

5. Interview with comrades about prisoner solidarity projects

6. Durito Storytime: The Hour of The Little Ones; Part X

7. Davis Dozen Update

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