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The Ex-Worker

Welcome to the Ex-Worker: an audio strike against a monotone world! This twice-monthly podcast explores a wide range of anarchist ideas and action. In each episode, we take an in-depth look at a different topic, introducing various manifestations of the struggle for liberation, and round it off with news, reviews, profiles of current anarchist projects, upcoming events, and more. If you're curious about anarchist visions of freedom—or if you dream of a world off the clock—tune in!

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The Ex-Worker #70: Radio Evasión—dispatches from Chile Part 1

Beginning last Monday, October 14, high school students in Santiago, Chile kicked off a campaign of mass fare-dodging, or evasiones, in response to a 30 peso fare hike. The movement grew quickly and, before anyone knew it, revolt spread all across Chile. On the one hand, the government declared a State of Exception, including a military-imposed curfew. On the other hand, the president and congress have been working hard to offer trablescrap reforms to satisfy the angry and exploited. However, neither the repression nor the reforms have been able to quell the resistance, which today celebrates its anniversary of one week in the streets. To catch you up on what’s been happening, we bring you an overview timeline of the revolt, along with four interviews from the streets. We’re not sure if this will be a one-off episode or the first in a series of updates from Chile, it all depends on how things go—whether they heat up or cool down, but for feedback, ideas for interview questions, or to contribute material, send us an e-mail at podcast@crimethinc.com. {October 25th, 2019} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {:00} Timeline of the Uprising {2:23} Interview on the Streets with a Preschool Teacher {10:20} Interview about the Looting in Neighborhoods on the Outskirts {13:40} Interview in the Middle of Street Conflict During the General Strike {24:20} Interview with an Anarchist from Valparaiso {27:35} En Español {34:20} Coverage in English: -Chile: Resisting under Martial Law A Report, Interview, and Call to Action -On the Front Lines in Chile Six Accounts from the Uprising Support! Fundraiser to support Chilean protestors  Anarchist call for international solidarity Ongoing movement media from Chile: Radio Villa Francia - Instagram Radio Kurruf - Instagram Piensa Prensa - Instagram Diario Venceremos - Instagram Radio Placeres (Valparaíso) -Radio 19 de Abril (Cobertura Colectiva) Radio Humedales (Concepción) Prensa Opal Periódico Resumen (Concepción) Radio Manque (Rancagua) Rara Señal Medio Libre La Zarzamora Radio JGM Kiwicha Comunicaciones Radio Última Frecuencia Waiwen Tv (Osorno) RadioWilliche Mül’ütu (Melipulli – Puerto Montt) Radio Latue (Coyhaique) Revista Caminando (Temuco-Valdivia) Posts and videos: A MASSIVE repository of police and military brutality recorded from individual phones and cameras Students practicing jumping a turnstile Student shot at the evasiones massivas The ENEL electricity company’s building on fire during the first night of riots More information on the claims of torture in Metro station Baquedano An article describing metro station damage and how long to expect for service to return Piñera declares war on social unrest “We are at war against a powerful, implacable enemy, who does not respect anything or anyone.” Decentralized dissatisfaction: protests spread to cities without Metro Virtual cacerola machine!

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25 Oct 2019

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The Hotwire #6: St. Louis stays rebel, mutual aid relief continues, ‘free speech’ has no meaning

This week we have a ton of headlines about rebellion and cooperation, resistance and mutual aid, from all over the world. Protests in St. Louis continue into their second week after the not guilty verdict for a white cop who viciously murdered Anthony Lamar Smith, a young black father. We weigh in on the chatter about whether the NFL #TakeAKnee protests are about white supremacy or the first amendment. Meanwhile, the so-called “free speech week” hosted by far-right students in Berkeley has utterly failed. The mutual aid relief efforts we’ve covered in Texas and Florida still need support, as well as in Mexico and Puerto Rico after the earthquakes and hurricanes there. {September 27, 2017} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:00} Headlines {2:28} Repression Roundup {22:15} Anarchist Podcast Jingles {25:18} Prisoner Birthdays {26:59} Next Week’s News {28:35} Upcoming anarchist book fairs: The fourth annual Radical Book Fair in Gothenburg, Sweden from September 28 to October 1. That same weekend, the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement will try to march through Gothenburg. Read the anti-fascist call to action here. The sixth annual anarchist book and propaganda gathering in Santiago, Chile will take place on October 14 and 15. Grassroots relief efforts: Florida: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Texas: Bayou Action Street Health, Greater Houston Grassroots Relief, Austin Common Ground, the Black Women’s Defense League, Redneck Revolt Houston, West Street Response Team, Houston Food Not Bombs Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund Get your pre-orders in now for the 2018 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar. This year’s theme is “Awakening Resistance,” and features art and writings by Jesus Barraza, Fight Toxic Prisons, Serena Tang, Andrea Ritchie, Roger Peet, Sophia Dawson, Rasmea Support Committee, EE Vera, Herman Bell, Fernando Marti, Alexandra Valiente, Billie Belo, Arlene Gallone Support Committee, Marius Mason, David Gilbert, UB Topia, April Rosenblum, Design Action Collective, Sundiata Acoli, CrimethInc, Annie Banks, Mutope Duguma, Xinachtli, Zola and more. You can sponsor copies for prisoners for only $8, postage included! Just be sure to specify their full legal name and prisoner number. Single copies of the calendar will be available for purchase in a few weeks. Any questions can be sent to info@certaindays.org. For current information on how to support folks still facing charges from No Dakota Access Pipeline actions at Standing Rock, visit FreshetCollective.org to find out how to help and for their comprehensive update on NoDAPL cases. It’s also worth reading this great piece by Natasha Lennard on the courtroom battles that Water Protectors are now facing. Cop cars on fire in France. Cop cars getting crushed in Illinois. Go here. to donate to the bail and legal fund for those arrested in St. Louis after the no-guilty verdict for killer cop Jason Stockley. For an in-depth anarchist critique of “free speech,” check out the essay This Is Not A Dialogue. The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement’s call to deface Columbus Day on October 9 has a dope video here. We mention the upcoming new episode of Submedia’s excellent show Trouble. This month’s episode is on counter-insurgency. Submedia does great work, so throw them some taco money while they are fundraising this month. From Submedia: “The straw that finally broke the camel’s back was when alt-right shitlords targeted us last month with a mass snitching campaign, and successfully got Paypal to cancel our account – wiping out, in the push of a button, a monthly sustainer base that had taken us ten years to build up. The time has come to #BringBackStim and unleash him full-force on these fucks. We want to give him a new show – a weekly digital pulpit where he can expose and ruthlessly antagonize far-right personalities, while also covering topical news segments from an anarchist lens. But in order to do that, we need to grow our collective so that we can handle the increased workload. And in order to do that, we need your support.” If you’re near Vancouver, BC, there’s a building materials supply drive going on until October to support the Secwepemc people’s tiny homes blockade of the proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline. The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons is going international with a UK roadshow this fall, from September 28 to October 6. There’s a call to disrupt the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia from October 21st to the 24th. Read the call to action here.. Donate to the Counter Repression Spokes Ride to support the nearly 200 people facing 8 or more felonies each after being mass-arrested at protests of the presidential inauguration. Keep up with the latest at defendj20resistance.org. Consider coming down to DC to pack the courtroom during the first trial at the end of November 2017. You can also find action items at DropJ20.org. And don’t forget to write a letter to political prisoner Dane Powell, the first of the J20 defendants to serve time. He recently wrote a letter to all of us. This video shows Dane’s courage on the streets that day. Write Dane a letter: Dane Powell BOP Register number 82015007 Federal Correctional Institution – Low PO Box 1031 Colman, Florida 33521 Ex-Worker podcast episodes mentioned in this Hotwire: #37 is all about the Hambacher forest occupation. #41 has an in-depth interview with an anarchist from the anti-Fenix anti-repression crew in the Czech Republic. #17 has an in-depth interview with an anarchist supporter of King J from the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation. Hotwires #3 and #4 have interviews with anarchists doing autonomous relief work in Texas and Florida, respectively. The Final Straw’s interview with Yellow Hammer Alternative, an Alabama-based far-left group doing mutual aid support along the Gulf Coast. The Final Straw’s interview on the Catalonian independence referendum on October 1. For a good introduction to writing prisoners, check out this guide from New York City Anarchist Black Cross. Political prisoner birthdays: Brian McCarvill #11037967 Snake River CI 777 Stanton Blvd Ontario, OR 97914–8335 {September 27th} Jorge P. Cornell #28152–057 FCI Petersburg Medium P.O. Box 1000 Petersburg, VA 23804 {September 29} Joshua Stafford* #57976–060 USP McCreary Post Office Box 3000 Pine Knot, Kentucky 42635 *Please address card/letter to Skelly, envelope to Joshua Stafford {October 3rd} Here is this month’s Political Prisoner Birthday Calendar.


27 Sep 2017

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#20: Communism and Socialism, pt.1

It turns out we have a lot to say about our relationship to communism, so we're breaking this theme segment up into a two-parter.  We'll start off our gargantuan exploration by covering some basic  definitions of communism and socialism, and dive headlong into some heated historical splits between Marx and Bakunin.  We'll hear statements from Jeremy Hammond, Marshall "Eddie" Conway, and anarchists holding it down in Ukraine, as well as an interview with Anarcho-communist Wayne Price. 


26 Mar 2014

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The Hotwire #28: Anti-government revolt in Nicaragua—more treesits in WV—Bakunin beats Satanism

This Hotwire we bring you an interview with an anarchist in Managua about the past few weeks of anti-government revolt in Nicaragua. We also report on the arrests of anti-fascists in Georgia, a school bus drivers’ strike also in Georgia, a hunger strike in San Diego’s jails, and community resistance to ICE raids in North Carolina. Next week we’ll bring you our regular episode a day late, but look out for a May Day special we’re releasing to tide you over—and don’t forget to e-mail us your May Day action reports at podcast@crimethinc.com! {April 25, 2018} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:00} Headlines {1:30} Interview: A Week of Revolt in Nicaragua {16:40} Repression Roundup {27:10} Next Week’s News {32:55} Download 29:30 minutes long version Events this weekend: April 26–29: The Southeast Trans and/or Women Action Camp in the smoky mountains of western North Carolina. Find out more by e-mailing setwac@protonmail.com.   April 26–28: the Anarchist Black Cross solidarity festival at EKH in Vienna, Austria. April 28–29: The Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference (ROAR) returns to Ohlone land, the so-called Bay Area, California, in both Oakland and San Francisco. April 29: MACC in NYC is hosting a pre-May Day gathering in Tompkins Square Park at 1 PM. MAY DAY! In Montreal, anarchists will gather at 6 PM on the corner of Amherst and Sherbrooke. New York City: anarchist contingent in the big May Day march. Durham, NC: autonomous actions and a march starting at the old Durham Police headquarters at 6 PM. Seattle, WA: decentralized, autonomous actions Olympia. WA: decentralized, autonomous actions Portland, OR: coordinated, decentralized actions Eugene, OR: a really free market at the First Christian Church on Oak Street. Los Angeles, CA: a disruptive march Make sure to e-mail your May Day action reports to podcast@CrimethInc.com by May 2 so we can include them in our May Day roundup. Fundraising: Donate to the anti-fascists arrested in Newnan, Georgia on Saturday while protesting against neo-Nazis. Donate to the legal support fund for the four people charged over last year’s May Day actions in Olympia. Other podcasts mentioned on this Hotwire: Unicorn Riot and End of the Line podcast are keeping people up to date as the struggle against the Mountain Valley Pipeline unfolds. We sample Alanis’ aetheistic rant from The Ex-Worker Holiday Special before we lambast The Church of Satan. Hotwire 19 describes the anti-ICE organizing going on in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Episode 50 of The Ex-Worker has an interview with about the Lucasville prison uprising and how it informs contemporary prison rebellion and organizing We sampled the 99% Invisible episode “Church (Sanctuary, Part 1)” when discussing the sanctuary movement of the 1980s. Part 2 is also great. Get inspired to do something AWESOME for May Day by listening to the very first episode of The Ex-Worker, which is all about Haymarket. Anarchist texts related to this Hotwire: From Confronting Fascists to Facing the Police State: Reflections on the Anti-Fascist Mobilization in Newnan, Georgia God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin June 11: The History of a Day of Anarchist Prisoner Solidarity The May Days: Snapshots from the History of May Day Start gearing up for a summer of anarchy in Quebec! The anarchist film festival (May 17–20 in Montreal) The Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival (May 22–23 in Montreal) The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 26–27 in Montreal) The North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference (June 1–3 in Montreal) Anti-G7 mobilization (June 7–9 in Quebec City) Mutual Aid Disaster Relief tour April 25, 26, and 27 at 5:00 PM at Youth Initiative High School 500 East Jefferson St Viroqua, WI 54665 April 28 at 5:30 PM at Menomonie Market Food Co-op 814 Main Street E Menomonie, WI 54751 April 29 at 10:00 AM at Family & Learning Center 523 Cedar Ave. E. Menomonie, WI 54751 May 2 at 6:00 PM at Walker Community Church 3104 16th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407 May 3 at 6:00 PM at UROC 2001 Plymouth Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411 Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write birthday greetings to political prisoner Janine Phillips Africa. Janine Phillips Africa #006309 SCI Cambridge Springs 451 Fullerton Avenue Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403 {Birthday: April 25} Also, please write a letter to Cedar, a comrade in Ontario who is in jail over conspiracy charges stemming from the March 5 anti-gentrification march in Hamilton, Ontario. Please address the envelope to Peter Hopperton and the letters to Cedar: Peter Hopperton Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre 165 Barton St East Hamilton ON L8L 2W6 Phone zaps: Call the warden of Central Ohio Correctional Facility at 330–743–0700 and use this script: “Hello, my name is _. I’m calling to demand you reverse Friday’s policy changes that imposed new restrictions on prisoners impacted by the Lucasville uprising. None of these prisoners violated any rules and there’s no justification for rolling back important policies that help them survive the 25 years of solitary confinement the ODRC has cruelly subjected them to.” Support the 200+ hunger strikers in Santa Clara County Jails by calling the Sheriff Administration at 408–808–4900 or the Board of Supervisors at 408–299–5001 and demanding that they enter into negotiations with the hunger strikers. Call DeKalb County, GA School Superintendent Stephen Green at 678–676–1200 to demand immediate reinstatement, with no pay lost, of all fired drivers. You can use this script: “Hello, my name is ______. I would like to let you know that I support the school bus drivers. I think it is shameful that the immediate reaction in response to the sick- out was to fire drivers, rather than to negotiate with them. The drivers have a right to organize without fear of retaliation, including by withdrawing their labor. I support their efforts to improve their jobs, and demand that the district immediately reinstate all fired drivers, with no pay lost and no other kind of discipline. None of the drivers who participated should be retaliated against. I also demand that the district immediately recognize the drivers committee and begin negotiating with them. Will you agree to rehire the drivers and recognize their committee?” Call the City of Olympia prosecutor’s office at 360–753–8449 to demand they drop the charges against the four May Day defendants. J20 support resources: POSTER: The J20 Prosecution—Trumped up Charges J20 Legal Defense Fund Twitter Fed book An Open Letter to Former J20 Defendants, with useful “do”s and “don’t”s  Teen Vogue: The J20 Arrests and Trials, Explained Tell the prosecutor’s boss to drop the charges by calling (202) 252–7566


25 Apr 2018

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#62: Support, Healing, and Redefining Resistance—2017 in Review, Part II

As we reconnect to plan a new year of resistance this January 20th, what lessons can we take from the inspiring but traumatic year that was 2017? In Episode 61 of the Ex-Worker, we interview three anarchists who reflect on their role on the front lines of struggles against the state and fascism over the past year. Hex, who survived a shooting attack by a fascist at a Seattle anti-fascist demonstration last January 20th, offers perspective on questions of justice, violence, patriarchy, and compassion, the critical importance of healing, and redefining resistance. An anarchist of color from Charlottesville discusses how the events there have impacted anti-fascist resistance and updates us on court cases, grand jury proceedings, and opportunities to show solidarity. And Miel, who was recently acquitted on all charges in the first trial of J20 defendants from the DC counter-inaugural protests, traces the significance of the J20 case, state strategies of repression, and lessons we can take with us as we move forward into a new year of struggle. The episode wraps up with updates from several other anarchist media projects about their plans for the new year, prisoner birthdays, and more. {January 20, 2018} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:01} Getting Started: Why the Right Actually Can’t Shoot Us {2:35} Interview with Hex, Survivor of Fascist Shooting in Seattle {9:35} Interview with Anarchist of Color from Charlottesville {52:30} Interview with Miel, Acquitted J20 Defendant {1:10:16} 2018 Previews from Other Anarchist Media Projects {1:35:04} Prisoner Updates and Birthdays](https://nycabc.wordpress.com/pppow-birthday-calendar/) {1:43:26} Conclusion {1:46:45} On January 20th, mark the one year anniversary of counter-inaugural and anti-Trump protests by connecting with others and laying plans for the next year of resistance! Check out this listing of events around the country. The Hotwire, our weekly anarchist newscast, will return in February, so stay tuned! For some background on our conversation with Hex, check out this radio interview in which he discusses his experience of the shooting, or skim the edited transcript of it here; also see CrimethInc’s piece “What Counts as Violence: Why the Right Can Shoot Us Now”, and the article An Anarchist is Shot in Seattle from Fifth Estate magazine. Hex makes reference to No New Youth Jail campaign and “Block the Bunker”, two campaigns against the prison industrial complex led by youth of color in the Seattle, which contributed to his radicalization around issues of incarceration and restorative justice. Also be sure to check out the Greater Seattle IWW General Defense Committee, a local affiliate of the Industrial Workers of the World and their General Defense Committee. We’re excited to be part of the Channel Zero Network, a collective platform for anarchist audio and radio projects. Some of our sibling projects from CZN we highlighted in our 2018 anarchist media discussion include Resonance Anarchist Audio Distro, The Final Straw Radio, It’s Going Down, SubMedia, and SoleCast. Check ’em all out! In our discussion about the aftermath of the August 12th demonstrations with an anarchist of color from Charlottesville, we heard about several ways to show support for anarchists and anti-fascists there. Stay updated through Solidarity Cville, also on Twitter and Medium. You can also donate to the Charlottesville Resilience Fund. Since defeating the Unite the Right rally in August, radicals in Charlottesville have been on a roll: shutting down UVA Bicentennial celebration under the slogan “”200 years of white supremacy,“ with three people arrested; shutting down an October 10th Planning Commission meeting declaring ”No More Business as Usual"; and a whole week of resistance events. On February 2nd, there will be a court date for some of the comrades against whom fascist Jason Kessler is pressing charges for shutting down his attempt to have a press conference the day after Heather Heyer’s murder; turn out to show support if you can, or stay posted for updates. Miel, recently acquitted J20 defendant, referred to Defend J20 Resistance and their ongoing fundraising campaign to support the remaining 180+ defendants facing charges for protesting Trump’s inauguration. Many J20 events this year will be screening the new film by our friends at Global Uprisings, titled “Antifa.” Check it out! Warm greetings of solidarity to our friends at Black Mosquito, an anarchist distribution project in Germany, who were recently targeted in a probable fascist robbery and attack. Take a moment to write to anarchist prisoner Eric King, who’s grieving the loss of his brother. Eric King # 27090045 FCI FLORENCE FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION PO BOX 6000 FLORENCE, CO 81226 The New York State prison system has issued an absurd and harmful new set of restrictions on what prisoners can receive in packages from friends and family. Read info about it from NYC ABC (page 15), sign a petition to roll back the new regulations, send the scumbags in charge a postcard demanding that they stop this madness, etc. Jay Chase from the NATO 3 is currently in segregation and is in need of some books; please send a few if you can. Prisoners in Illinois can receive used books in the mail. Jay likes to read sci-fi, fantasy fiction and history; Jay also has an Amazon wish list here. Segregation is very tough on anyone as you are confined to your cell at least 23 hours a day. Please show Jay some solidarity and support at this tough time. Jared Chase M44710‬ ‪Dixon Correctional Center‬ ‪2600 North Brinton Avenue‬ ‪Dixon, IL 61021‬ There are a lot of prisoner birthdays this month! Take a moment to send a letter or card to: Jeremy Hammond #18729–424 FCI Milan Post Office Box 1000 Milan, Michigan 73189 {January 8th} Abdul Aziz (Warren Ballantine) #16–047 Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex Post Office Box 6300 Florence, Arizona 85132 Please address envelope to Warren Ballantine, card/letter to Abdul (Aziz) {January 9th} Herman Bell #79-C–0262 Shawangunk Correctional Facility Post Office Box 700 Wallkill, New York 12589 {January 14th} Sundiata Acoli (Clark Squire) #39794–066 FCI Cumberland Post Office Box 1000 Cumberland, Maryland 21501 Please address envelope to Clark Squire, card/letter to Sundiata Acoli {January 14th} Joseph Bowen #AM 4272 SCI Coal Township 1 Kelley Drive Coal Township, Pennsylvania 17866–1020 Nickname: Joe-Joe {January 15th} Marius Mason #04672–061 FMC Carswell Post Office Box 27137 Fort Worth, Texas 76127 Please address envelope to Marie, card/letter to Marius {January 26th}

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20 Jan 2018

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The Hotwire #13: J20 trials begin, worldwide anti-fascism, squatting for the win in Chicago

Today is the beginning of the J20 inauguration protester trials in DC. There are some important developments in the case, so we interview Sam from DC Legal Posse about what’s going on and how to support the defendants. We also interview a Polish anti-fascist from Warsaw about this weekend’s 60,000 person far-right march that was littered with Nazi slogans. The folks at the IRL squat in Chicago called us to talk about resisting their eviction and squatting as a window to a world outside of capitalism. Stay tuned until the end for exciting calls for upcoming action camps and decentralized days of action. {November 15th, 2017} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:00} Headlines {1:45} Ultranationalist march in Poland {9:50} IRL squat in Chicago {18:00} J20 updates{25:50} Next Week’s News {30:50} J20 support resources: J20 Legal Defense Fund Sub.media’s Defend J20 Resistance info video Twitter Fed book Agency: The J20 Case, What You Need to Know The Nation published a really good article, found here, on the importance of supporting the J20 inauguration day defendants. The Intercept: Group Investigating Police Conduct On Inauguration Day Has History Of Siding With Police Anti-capitalists in Montreal are holding an anti-G7 organizing assembly on November 18 at … 1PM to 5PM Comité social Centre-Sud 1710 Beaudry Near the Beaudry metro station. The room is wheelchair accessible. On November 21 at 8 PM EST, tune into CrimethInc.com for a live video presentation in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist them. Donate here to support the Rojinegro anarchist infoshop in Bogotá, Colombia. Call in to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and the Indiana Department of Corrections to demand that prisoners on strike stop being harassed by guards, be removed from camera cells, and that guards stop tampering with prisoner mail. Wabash Valley Warden Richard Brown: (812) 398–5050 IDOC Commissioner Robert E. Carter Jr.: (317) 232–5711 IDOC Chief of Staff Randy Koester: (317) 232–5711 Here is the Facebook page for Northwest Detention Center Resistance in Tacoma, WA. The Cascadia Forest Defenders are fighting against the Goose Timber Sale of 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. Go here to donate to their struggle or find out how to get involved. Anti-fascist organizing resources: This Is Not A Dialogue The Anti-Fascist Action chapter of Recipes for Disaster Episodes 11 and 12 of The Ex-Worker podcast Torch Anti-Fascist Network, the IWW’s General Defense Committee, Antifa International Notes on Anti-Fascist Self-Defense Training: 10 Lessons from the Russian Anti-Fascist Experience Tour dates for Mark Bray speaking on his new book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook: 11/15 Davis, CA: University of California, Davis- Voorhies Hall 126 7PM 11/16 Stanford University: 3:30- Building 320, Room 105, Braun Corner (Geology Corner) 11/16 San Francisco: City Lights (at night) 11/17 LA: Skylight Books 11/18 Berkeley: South Berkeley Senior Center (2939 Ellis St) 7PM 11/19 San Francisco: Howard Zinn Bookfair Full event details, including specific locations and times, can be found here. Writings by Greek anarchist political prisoners Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis: Their most recent statement Oral declaration to the court – Pola Roupa Political Letter to Society – Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa Statement to the Athens Criminal Court – Nikos Maziotis Other anarchist podcast episodes mentioned in this Hotwire: The latest IGDcast has an interview with Indiana Department of Corrections Watch, who are organizing support for the hunger strike at Wabash Valley Correctional. This episode of The Final Straw has interviews with two latinx organizers about DACA and the DREAM act. The brand new episode 59 of The Ex-Worker podcast has first-hand stories and lessons from anarchists who resisted grand juries. This episode of The Final Straw has interviews with Cascadia Forest Defenders about their anti-logging occupation in the Willamette National Forest. CrimethInc. essays mentioned in this Hotwire: Make Your Own Effigies: A Tactic for Delegitimizing Authority and Rendering Dissent Visible Videos & Pictures Anarchists in Moscow commemorating the centennial of the Russian Revolution Why to support the J20 defendants The captured white nationalist banner which was corrected to now say “It’s Ok To Be… Antifascist Action.” The older women who sat and blocked the nationalist march in Warsaw, Poland on November 11 The Mi’kmaq blockade of the Alton Gas Project in Nova Scotia The flyer handed out in the neighborhood of the IRL squat in Chicago The 2018 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar is now available! Your group can buy 10 or more at the rate of $10 each. Single issues are available from LeftWingBooks.net and AK Press. This year’s theme is “Awakening Resistance,” and features art and writings by Jesus Barraza, Fight Toxic Prisons, Serena Tang, Andrea Ritchie, Roger Peet, Sophia Dawson, Rasmea Support Committee, EE Vera, Herman Bell, Fernando Marti, Alexandra Valiente, Billie Belo, Arlene Gallone Support Committee, Marius Mason, David Gilbert, UB Topia, April Rosenblum, Design Action Collective, Sundiata Acoli, CrimethInc, Annie Banks, Mutope Duguma, Xinachtli, Zola and more. You can sponsor copies for prisoners for only $8, postage included! Just be sure to specify their full legal name and prisoner number. Any questions can be sent to info@certaindays.org. Ongoing grassroots disaster relief efforts: Florida: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Texas: Bayou Action Street Health, Greater Houston Grassroots Relief, World on My Shoulders, Austin Common Ground, the Black Women’s Defense League, Redneck Revolt Houston, West Street Response Team, Houston Food Not Bombs California: Sonoma County IWW wildfire rebuilding fund Puerto Rico: Submedia’s grassroots disaster relief support, Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: here and here. Also, check out Mutual Aid Disaster Relief’s website for on-the-ground reports from Puerto Rico. Mexico: Oaxaca Earthquake Autonomous Solidarity Campaign Corrections & Clarifications Last Hotwire we repeated an uncredible claim that the Department of Homeland security considers Antifa a terrorist group. For a thorough debunking of that claim, check out Taking Out the Trash: Fact Checking Politico’s “Antifa Attacks”. Now, it is true that New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security has written up a profile of anti-fascists, but they don’t explicitly call Antifa a terrorist group.


15 Nov 2017

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The Hotwire #47: Destroy borders—Wallywood—Yellow Vests—Fuck Thanksgiving—Season’s last episode

It’s our last episode of the season! We have a big report on the Yellow Vests movement in France, and how it shows the need to move beyond the loyal opposition of centrism versus fascism. We say fuck Thanksgiving some, fuck the border a lot, fuck border patrol even more, fuck the government, fuck pipelines, fuck Wal-Mart, but thanks so much to all our wonderful listeners. Stay anarchy. {November 28, 2018} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Intro {0:00} Headlines {0:48} Fuck Thanksgiving {5:00} Migrant caravan news and interview {7:20} Yellow Vests movement—fuck “apoliticism,” fuck centrism, fuck fascism {21:10} Repression roundup {28:00} Next Week’s News {35:30} Download 29:30 minutes long version. Upcoming events/demos/etc: November 30: Mass demonstrations against the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. November 29 - December 2: Anarchist Book Fair in Umea, Sweden Until December 7: There is a call for autonomous actions against the Laval Migrant Prison being built in Laval, Quebec, Canada. December 2: The 5th Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair will be held from 10am–6pm at San Francisco City College Mission Campus, located t 1125 Valencia Street. This year’s theme is Fighting for the Air We Breathe and you can find out more at howardzinnbookfair.com. December 6: To mark the ten year anniversary of the death of Alexis Grigoropoulos, Greek anarchists and students are calling for occupations and student mobilizations throughout the county on December 6. December 9: A call by Stand Up to Racism and Unite Against Fascism to oppose a fascist march in London, England. Meet on Downing St, London at 11am. December 10: There’s an international call from anarchists on four continents for a day of action against borders on December 10. The idea is to kick off the 10th of each month being an anti-border day of action. December 31: Worldwide noise demonstrations outside prisons, jails, and detention facilities to demonstrate support for those held captive inside. January 5–6: the Father Frost Against Putin Festival will take place again in Helsinki, Finland. The intention of the festival is for anarchists to be able to discuss the state of affairs in Russia and the ex-USSR while getting to meet other political activists without the roving eye of police or special service operations. January 15-February 15: The Caravana Wallmapu is a caravan of different autonomous and alternative media collectives from around Latin America and the world, that will be traveling for a month through Mapuche territory in Argentina and Chile to draw attention to the struggles, experiences and voices of the Mapuche people. Check out @carav_wallmapu January 25–26: BLACK FLAGS OVER BROOKLYN 2019 is a new anti-fascist, anti-racist extreme metal festival coming to the dark heart of Brooklyn, New York. Check out @blackflagsovrBK on Twitter to learn more. February 2: Flower United is calling for a large anti-racist mobilization in response to a planned white supremacist rally at Stone Mountain Park outside Atlanta, GA. Check out flowerunited.org for more info. February 23: the New York City Anarchist Mental Health Conference will be held in NYC. The one-day conference is for anarchist, anti-authoritarian, and anti-capitalist mental health care workers and students to skill-share, build community, and discuss how to infuse mental health work with anarchist values. Email nycamhc@protonmail.com for more info. In response to the California fires, North Valley Mutual Aid is organizing with community members to provide support for those affected. They’re currently asking for donations via their gofundme. Please also let them know if you have specific materials to donate or otherwise want to get involved on the ground; the Wallywood encampment is in Chico, California, in the Wal-Mart parking lot. And anyone from Paradise and the surrounding communities is encouraged to get in touch with ideas and needs to keep their efforts centered on those impacted directly who might not know their community is here to help in this manner. They can be reached at NVMA@riseup.net. Check out North Shore Counter Info for developments on the Locke Street case in Hamilton, Ontario. The Unistoten Camp is in need of support to stop TransCanada from coming into their indigenous territory. They’re asking people to come join the efforts, donate, and start solidarity campaigns! Visit unistoten.camp for more information. You can donate to the commissary of water protector Rattler through his support campaign, at freerattlernodapl.com or send him a letter at: Michael Markus 06280–073 FCI Sandstone FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION P.O. BOX 1000 SANDSTONE, MN 55072 Urgent call for a email/phone zap! Supporters of the Virgin Island 3 are imploring folks to help get them released from prison by pressuring the Governor to commute their sentences. Join with the Philly Anarchist Black Cross to help get them free. Because the Governor’s term is ending, time is truly of the essence and NOW is the time to contact him and express support for their commutation applications. You can remind the Governor that one of their co-defendants received a pardon back in 1994 and THERE’S NO REASON these men have been held for an additional 24 years. Please write a letter in support of their commutation, you can mail, email, or fax one in. Email letters to the Executive Assistant to the Governor: carmen.potter@go.vi.gov Call the officials in charge of reviewing the commutation applications: Governor Mapp’s Office: (340) 774–0001 Lt. Governor Potter’s Office: (340) 774–2991 Attorney General Claude Walker: (340) 773–0295 Legal Counsel E. Henderson: (340) 712–2212 Postal mail for commutation support letters:  Governor Kenneth Mapp Government House 21–22 Kongens Gade Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, VI 00802 Lt. Governor Osbert Potter Office of the Lieutenant Governor 1131 King Street, Suite 101 Christiansted St. Croix, VI 00820 Write to the Virgin Islands 3 to show support directly: Warren Ballentine #16–047 Tallahatchie Correctional Facility 415 US Highway 49N Tutwiler, MS 38963 Beaumont Gereau #16–001 Tallahatchie Correctional Facility 415 US Highway 49N Tutwiler, MS 38963 Meral Smith #16–024 Tallahatchie Correctional Facility 415 US Highway 49N Tutwiler, MS 38963 The Vaughn trials are ongoing! You can check out vaughn17support.org for more information. You can watch footage on the ground of resistance against G20 at antenanegratv.com.ar, a rebel tv station occupying the airwaves in Buenos Aires. We’ve also been keeping a daily logbook over at crimethinc.com. Visit hambachforest.org to learn more about the Hambacher Forest and the efforts to protect it, or better yet, if you’re anywhere near Cologne, visit the Hambach Forest yourself to join in on the resistance! To find the best ways to support the migrant caravans travelling to the US-Mexico border, look up Commotion.World. They have lots of useful info—from listing the physical items that are needed, to who you can trust to donate to, to what you can do if you want to actually be on the ground, to a map of ICE detention centers and business that contract with ICE. There is a call out for solidarity actions with anarchists in Russia, who are currently experiencing brutal state repression. You can read more about the situation on rupression.com. Some other great podcasts to listen to, while we’re off the air: The Final Straw This is America From Embers Dissident Island Channel Zero Resonance Audio Distro Over the next month, use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write birthday messages! On December 3, Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, an outspoken revolutionary prisoner active with the New Afrikan Black Panther Party and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. Kevin Johnson #264847 Indiana Department of Corrections Reception-Diagnostic Center 737 Moon Road Plainfield, IN 46168 December 4 is the birthday of Reality Winner, the alleged NSA whistleblower who is currently being held while awaiting trial on charges of leaking classified documents to the media. Reality Winner #22056–021 FMC Carswell Post Office Box 27137 Fort Worth, Texas 76127 December 15 is the birthday of Muhammad Burton, one of the Philly 5, a group of men accused of an alleged attack on a police station that killed one cop. Burton has maintained his innocence since his arrest. Fred Burton AF 3896 SCI Somerset 1590 Walters Mill Rd Somerset, PA 15510 USA On December 17, Connor Stevens, one of the “Cleveland 4”, activists entrapped in a bomb plot set up by the FBI in order to repress the Occupy movement. Connor Stevens #57978–060 FCI Jesup 2680 Highway 301 South Jesup, Georgia 31599 Also on December 17, Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz, one of the Vaughn 17 prisoners currently facing charges for alleged participation in an uprising in early 2017. Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz SBI# 00515700 Sussex Correctional Institution P.O. Box 500 Georgetown DE 19947 On December 30, Casey Brezik, an anarchist prisoner serving time for an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the governor of Missouri. Casey Brezik #1154765 Farmington Correctional Center 1012 West Columbia Street Farmington, MO 63640 And, on December 31 another Vaughn 17 prisoner, Jonathan Rodriguez, celebrates his birthday. Jonathan Rodriguez SBI# 00593313 Sussex Correctional Institution P.O. Box 500 Georgetown DE 19947 Sales are OPEN for the 2019 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar! The theme of next year’s calendar is Health/Care, and it features art and writing from current and former political prisoners like David Gilbert, Mike and Chuck Africa, and Laura Whitehorn. If you buy 10 or more, be sure to use the discount code “BULK” to get 10 or more calendars for $10 each—you can then sell the calendars to fundraise for your own organizing. CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS In Hotwire 46 we incorrectly reported that Mapuche villager Camilo Catrillanca was 14 years old when he was killed by police. In fact, he was 24 and a father.


28 Nov 2018

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#36: The Rojava Revolution

The Ex-Worker is back! We may have taken a break, but social struggles and resistance across the world have not. In this episode, we focus on the unfolding social revolution in Rojava or western Kurdistan, where an ambitious set of political, economic, and military experiments are transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. In the borderlands of Turkey and Syria, self-organized militias have successfully opposed the Islamic State while challenging gender oppression and securing autonomy for an emerging stateless society. Interviews with supporters from the Turkish group "Revolutionary Anarchist Action" (DAF) set the stage, complemented by a Kurdish refugee and activist's reflections on the role of women's resistance to patriarchy. We also review "A Small Key Can Unlock a Large Door," a recently released anthology of texts describing the Rojava revolution, and continue our yearly tradition of a lively report of May Day actions across the globe. We also respond to a variety of listener feedback, with discussions of the Ross Ulbricht case, anarchist parenting, and how even spambots are impacted by recent revolutionary struggles!

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18 May 2015

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#47: Introducing the Anarchist Critique of Democracy

Is Democracy what we’re fighting for, as anarchists? In episode 47 of the Ex-Worker Podcast, a contentious debate between Clara and Alanis on this topic sets the stage for an upcoming, in-depth engagement with the topic of Democracy. In addition, we clean out our backlog of listener feedback, clarifying our trash-talking of both the Bay Area and Adbusters in past episodes, as well as hearing from a listener in Australia about various online resources for finding out what’s happening with anarchist and anti-fascists in the land down under. NYC Anarchist Black Cross provides us with thorough political prisoner updates, and we share a review of the book Huye Hombre Huye, available from Little Black Cart. As always, the episode is bookended with global news updates, plus prisoner birthdays, a whole slew of upcoming anarchist bookfairs and other events and more. {March 16, 2016} -------SHOW NOTES------ New York Anarchist Black Cross (NYC ABC) is doing a fantastic job of keeping us updated on political prisoners and prisoners of war. If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of political prisoners in the US, you can check out their new Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners. It’s got detailed info on all their cases including up to date mailing addresses plus tips on writing to prisoners; it’s a great overview if you want to support radical prisoners but aren’t sure where to start. Dr. Mutulu Shakur, a longtime black liberation prisoner who helped Assata Shakur escape to freedom, was supposed to be released from prison in February… but his release was denied at the last minute. He’ll be facing the parole board later this spring. Here’s a link to a statement he wrote explaining the situation with more info on how to show support. Supporters have also launched a new website at MutuluIsWelcomeHere.com to gather stories describing his the positive impacts he has made and to organize solidarity events leading up to his parole hearing. Former Black Panther Maliki Shakur Latine will also be heading to the parole board in April, and he’s collecting parole letters; check out justiceformaliki.org for details. Supporters of Brandon Baxter (one of the Cleveland Four, anarchists active in the Occupy movement who were entrapped in an FBI plot) are doing a small fundraising campaign right now to help with costs to get him some visitors in his new digs at FCI Terre Haute in Indiana. Brandon hasn’t received any visitors since his sentencing, and he’s never had a in person visit since his arrest. He’s about 11 hours away from his supporters who plan to visit and they need to raise some money for a car rental. They’re only a couple of hundred bucks short, so even if you can throw in a few dollars it’ll make a difference. Any donations not used for this trip will go into the general fund to support the Cleveland Four getting visitors. To learn more about their case, check out cleveland4solidarity.org or listen to Episode 17 on Conspiracy. Eric King, an anarchist from Kansas City accused of an alleged attack on a politician’s office, has accepted a non-cooperating plea deal for a ten year prison sentence; after time served, he’s got eight and a half years left to go. On top of this, the facility where he’s locked up CCA is now on lock-down, and Eric has been put in solitary confinement. Please take a few minutes to send Eric a postcard or letter to remind him that folks are thinking of him. Eric King 27090045 CCA Leavenworth 100 Highway Terrace Leavenworth, KS 66048 Former earth liberation prisoner Daniel McGowan will be in court on March 15th in Washington, DC to support the Center for Constitutional Rights’ case against the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ “Communication Management Units.” The CMUs are experimental prison units that impose severe restrictions on prisoners’ communications, both within the prison and with the outside world. If you’re in the DC area and you want to show some solidarity against a particularly vicious form of repression - one that has primarily targeted Muslims and political radicals - you can find the info on our website. On March 23, Tyler Lang has his sentencing hearing for his charges under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for releasing thousands of animals from a fur farm. If you can be in Chicago, please attend the hearing to show support for Tyler. It is important that on this difficult day for Tyler that he feel surrounded by love and solidarity, and that the judge see that Tyler is part of a community that is there for him. His co-defendant Kevin Olliff was sentenced to three years, which with time serve means he’s only got about three months left to go! J ay Chase of the NATO 3 has one more pretrial hearing in Chicago on March 23rd - actually at the same time as Tyler Lang’s sentencing hearing, though in a different courtroom, before he goes to trial on April 11th. Supporters ask anyone to come out who’s able and to continue sending Jay support through letters or mailing softcover books. Stay posted on updates at freethenato3.wordpress.com. Solecast, the excellent anarchist podcast we mentioned at the end of the listener feedback, can be found on it’s website here and on iTunes. We highly recommend that you check it out! As we mentioned, anarchist in Belgium are facing repression and prison time for alleged property destruction related to a long struggle against the construction of a Maxi-Prison in Haren. A little more information about the struggle and information about how to send money or otherwise show solidarity can be found here. Our listener Cut Snake wrote in response to our request to send us a list of blogs and websites that publish news of interest to anarchists and antifascists from Australia. This should keep us all busy for a while: DISACCORDS ANARCHIST AFFINITY MELBOURNE ANTIFASCISTS REZZA ANTIFA SLACKBASTARD MELBOURNE ANARCHIST CLUB FTP ZINE MELBOURNE ANARCHIST COMMUNIST GROUP BLACK ROSE JURA BOOKS MUTINY ZINE Huye Hombre Huye, the book we reviewed on today’s chopping block, is available from little black cart on their website. The material from our theme segment today was inspired by the new 10-part Crimethinc. Feature critiquing democracy. It’s not posted yet, but when it is it’ll be up at crimethinc.com. And don’t forget to stay tuned to the podcast for our upcoming audio version, plus more information about how to plug into reading groups. The theme segment also mentioned and quoted from another piece called ‘Breaking with Consensus Reality,’ from the zine Terror Incognita, released in the U.S. around the time of the Occupy movement. From March 18th to 20th in Athens, Ohio, Appalachia Resist! will host an action camp in to connect environmental justice and social justice efforts in the Appalachian region. Here’s how they describe themselves: Appalachia Resist! is a small group of rural activists who use direct action as a tactic to resist the fracking industry in our region. We work and live in a rural working class community that is predominant white. We see that struggles for environmental justice and the ongoing fight for racial justice are linked. We want to articulate that link and find concrete ways to work together to push back against a system that brutalizes and sees as disposable the bodies of low income rural people, people of color, gender nonconforming people, women, native, and undocumented people. Mentioning all these people together should not be a way of erasing difference (this is not “all lives matter”) but a way of seeking actual solidarity based on mutual liberation. This is a monumental task, and we are definitely not experts. But we think it’s important and necessary. They’re encouraging regional activists working on racial justice, anti-rape culture, prison solidarity and prison abolition, environmental justice and anti-extraction, and other struggles to take part. In Seoul, South Korea, the Anarchist Film Festival of Hannam-dong will open March 24th through 26th at “Take Out Drawing”, an art space standing in defiance of gentrification in downtown Seoul. On April 23rd at Stone Mountain, outside Atlanta, Georgia, there’s a big white supremacist rally planned, and anti-fascists around the region are gearing up to shut it down. Check out the website alloutatl.com for more info on the mobilization; it articulates some shared principles that address some of the nuances of diverse anti-racist mobilizations in a particularly thoughtful way. The anarchist book fair season kicks off in earnest in April, with book fairs in Zagreb, Croatia on the 8th through 10th; Dublin, Ireland on the 15th and 16th; Sheffield, UK on the 23rd, Oakland, California on the 26th, and Bristol, UK on the 30th, followed by Bern, Switzerland on May 6th and 7th. Prisoner birthdays this Month: Luke O’Donovan #1001372271 Washington State Prison P.O. Box 206 Davisboro, GA 31018 (March 2nd) Reverend Joy Powell #07G0632 Bedford Hills Correctional Facility P.O. Box 1000 Bedford Hills, NY 10507–2499 (March 5) Ruchell Cinque Magee #A92051 Calif. State Prison, D–5 #1, P.O. Box 4670 Los Angeles County, Lancaster, CA 93539 (March 17) Jaan Laaman #10372–016 USP Tucson P.O. Box 24550 Tucson, AZ 85734 (March 21) Kevin Olliff KEVIN JOHNSON 47353–424 MCC Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center 71 West Van Buren Street Chicago, IL 60605 (March 27) Delbert Orr Africa #AM4985 SCI Dallas 1000 Follies Road Dallas, PA 18612 (April 2) Charles Sims Africa #AM4975 SCI Dallas 1000 Follies Rd. Dallas, PA 18612 (April 2)

1hr 35mins

16 Mar 2016

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No Wall They Can Build, Episode 3: Mexico, Part I – The South

Welcome to Episode 3 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. This installment begins exploring the conditions south of the border that drive migration north by exploring the recent history and economy of Mexico. As NAFTA’s “free trade” policies impoverished and displaced millions, border militarization altered previous patterns of seasonal migration and established a permanent undocumented underclass of millions in the United States. The author cuts through myths around the “drug war,” helping to explain the complex web of players from the Sinaloa and Zetas cartels to the Mexican state and the social movements that contest them both—and how the situation might be transformed, if US drug and immigration policies changed. The episode concludes with an inspiring story of the determined and colorful resistance to state violence by the community of San Salvador Atenco. This episode provides a brief introduction to the fierce, many-sided conflicts across Mexico resulting from the actions of the US government and exacerbated by the Mexican state and cartels, but always contested by popular forces. {April 17, 2019} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:01} The South {0:25} Mexico: Labor, “Free Trade,” and the Roots of Migration {1:25} Mexico: Cartels, the State, and the “Drug War” {9:24} Story #1: San Salvador Atenco {23:21} Conclusion {26:34} Note: For this audiobook, we will not provide full transcripts of the text of each episode as we do for The Ex-Worker or The Hotwire. If you want to read along, you can find the book in PDF. You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers. Stay tuned next week for Episode 4: The South, Part 2 – Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.


17 Apr 2019

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No Wall They Can Build, Episode 2: Defining Terms, The Aftermath, and The Travelers

Welcome to Episode 2 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. This installment continues last week’s introduction by Defining Terms—just what do we mean by the border, migrants, refugees, solidarity workers, and other key phrases? To begin the long section describing movement From South to North, The Aftermath lays out an unflinching view of the 500-year history of colonization, slavery, and genocide on which today’s capitalist economy and border regimes are based, followed by a harrowing tale of survival by a desert migrant. The Travelers lays out the forces pushing migrants from Mexico and the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) north towards the United States, illustrating the economics of the situation through a moving story in which migrants and solidarity workers work out the mathematics of international exploitation together. This chapter demystifies the basic dynamics at play in North American migration and evocatively illustrates their human cost. {April 10, 2019} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: The United States Is War {0:01} Introduction {0:22} Defining Terms {0:42} The Aftermath {4:24} Story #1 {7:45} The Travelers {10:06} Story #2 {17:11} Conclusion {20:56} Note: For this audiobook, we will not provide full transcripts of the text of each episode as we do for The Ex-Worker or The Hotwire. If you want to read along, you can find the book in PDF. This week we heard discussion about intervention in a Border Patrol stop in Tucson, AZ and a roundup of resistance to border wall construction and ICE around the country. You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers. Stay tuned next week for Episode 3: The South, Part 1 - Mexico.


11 Apr 2019

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The Hotwire #29: MAY DAY Special—The best of anarchist news reporting from the vaults (uncensored!)

Happy May Day! Find an action near you HERE. To celebrate the anniversary of the strike that led to Haymarket, and the 8 anarchists executed for it (two of whom were anarchist media producers themselves!) we bring you our favorite anarchist news reporting from throughout history. As an anarchist news show ourselves, we wanted to pay homage to all the anarchist newspapers, zines, and other media projects that have inspired us. You’ll hear reports from as far back as the Paris Commune, the punny and irreverent 1980s British organization Class War, a 1977 article in Fifth Estate about this newfangled thing called punk rock, coverage of the very first nationwide-called-for black bloc in the US, a firsthand report from the streets of Seattle in 1999, and much more. We’ll even have guest appearances by other anarchist podcasters, like MC Sole, the Stimulator, The Final Straw’s William Goodenuff, and our friends from Resonance Audio Distro. We’ll air our regular weekly episode on Thursday, May 3—a day late—so that we can include as much May Day 2018 coverage as possible. Please e-mail us your May Day action reports by May 2 at podcast@crimethinc.com. {May 1, 2018} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:00} May Day and colonial desertion in the new world {2:55} The Paris Commune {9:55} Haymarket {11:40} May Day 1971: mass coordinated direct action and repression in Washington D.C. {15:08} When punk was new(s) {16:25} Class War UK {26:15} The first American black bloc {32:40} N30: Seattle 1999 {38:20} A choir of criminals {1:00:40} News from the balcony with Waldorf & Statler {1:11:55} Trotsky’s ash cookies {1:21:10} G20 Toronto 2010: the end of the world as we know it, or the beginning of the revolution? {1:23:40} Find a May Day celebration or demonstration near you and HIT THE STREETS! Listen to the history of Haymarket and May Day on our very first episode of The Ex-Worker. Anarchist texts related to this Hotwire: The incomplete, true, authentic and wonderful history of May Day by Peter Linebaugh March 18, 1871: The Birth of the Paris Commune A Narrative Address of August Spies The Liberation News Service, a Washington DC-based collective with anarchist participants. They collected resistance and counter-culture news from all over the world and syndicated it to different underground publications in the 1960s and 70s—sort of like a radical Reuters. Ending a war, inventing a movement: Mayday 1971 Punk Rock: Musical Fad or “Radical Kernel” from the December 1977 issue of The Fifth Estate, the longest running English language anarchist publication in North America The Power is Running: A Memoir of N30 Shutting Down the WTO Summit in Seattle, 1999 Green Anarchy Magazine The May Days: Snapshots from the History of May Day About our Black Bloc historiography: we put in a few hours researching the history of the Black Bloc in North America before making the claim that the 1991 anti-Gulf War actions in DC saw the first Black Bloc in North America. While Black Bloc tactics, including dark clothing and masks, featured in protests in Berkeley, Minneapolis, and New York in the late 80s, as far as we can tell the first call including the term “Black Block” was for the anti-Gulf War protest in Washington DC in 1991. We’re willing to be proven wrong though! Fundraising: Donate to the legal support fund for the four people charged over last year’s May Day actions in Olympia. Our guest podcasters include: William Goodenuff from The Final Straw MC Sole from The Solecast Resonance Audio Distro The Stimulator Start gearing up for a summer of anarchy in Quebec! The anarchist film festival (May 17–20 in Montreal) The Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival (May 22–23 in Montreal) The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 26–27 in Montreal) The North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference (June 1–3 in Montreal) Anti-G7 mobilization (June 7–9 in Quebec City) Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to send May Day greetings to some anarchist prisoners, like Cedar, a comrade in Ontario who is in jail over conspiracy charges stemming from the March 5 anti-gentrification march in Hamilton, Ontario. Please address the envelope to Peter Hopperton and the letters to Cedar: Peter Hopperton Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre 165 Barton St East Hamilton ON L8L 2W6 J20 support resources: POSTER: The J20 Prosecution—Trumped up Charges J20 Legal Defense Fund Twitter Fed book An Open Letter to Former J20 Defendants, with useful “do”s and “don’t”s  Teen Vogue: The J20 Arrests and Trials, Explained Tell the prosecutor’s boss to drop the charges by calling (202) 252–7566

1hr 32mins

1 May 2018

Rank #12

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#60: 2017 in Review, Part I: Anti-Fascism in the Bay Area and Beyond

In the first of two episodes looking back over 2017, we present an audio version of the recently published CrimethInc. feature “How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley: 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-play Analysis.” The article charts the rise and fall of the alt-right through the lens of the conflicts that erupted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and how anarchists and anti-fascists successfully built coalitions to stop them. We also review the last year’s worth of articles, books, posters, and podcasts from the CrimethInc. Ex-Worker’s Collective. {January 8, 2018} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:01} How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley: 2017 in the Bay and Beyond {2:25} 2016: A New Era Begins {4:45} Starting the Year off with a Bang {12:27} The Real Dangerous Faggots {15:37} A Repulsive Rainbow of Reaction {21:48} The Alt-Right Strikes Back {26:18} The Turning Point {35:41} The Final Battle of Berkeley {47:30} Make Total Decomposition {1:00:16} Solidarity is Our Most Powerful Weapon {1:06:47} CrimethInc’s 2017 Year in Review {1:12:01} The Rebel Girl on the Hotwire’s Year in Review {1:21:38} Conclusion {1:24:28} This episode narrates the recent CrimethInc. feature “How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley: 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-play Analysis.”. If you’re interested in reading broader reflections on antifascism within the anarchist movement today, check out our episode Not Your Grandparents’ Antifascism. The Hotwire, our weekly anarchist newscast, will return in February, so stay tuned! We’re excited to be part of the Channel Zero Network, a collective platform for anarchist audio and radio projects.

1hr 26mins

10 Jan 2018

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#32: White Supremacy and Capitalism, From 1492 to Ferguson

Rebellion has erupted around the country in the aftermath of grand jury decisions to allow the murderers of Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York to go free without legal charges. Why did this happen, when authorities knew that this would spark furious protests and international condemnation? To try to understand the persistence of racist police violence, Clara and Alanis delve into the historical roots of capitalism and white supremacy from the origins of European conquest and colonization of the Americas. Along with a survey of resistance and backlash since the grand jury announcements, we share excerpts from the recent feature "The Thin Blue Line is a Burning Fuse," tracing the role of anti-police anger in catalyzing nearly all recent major social upheavals around the globe. Agency, a new anarchist media project, shares an excerpt from an article analyzing the Ebola outbreak and anarchist perspectives on public health. We run through a wide range of news, discuss listener comments on transcripts and international coverage, and even offer a radical holiday song!

1hr 38mins

18 Dec 2014

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#8: Prison Abolition and Community Accountability

To conclude our series focusing on prisons and police, our eighth episode looks into strategies to dismantle the prison industrial complex and to hold each other accountable without the state. We interview members of Critical Resistance and Support New York, discuss a new collection of writings from political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats, respond to listener feedback and anarchist perspectives on gun control, and share a letter from revolutionary Tom Manning about his transfer from solitary confinement--not to mention news, event announcements, Contradictionary terms, and more.

1hr 7mins

25 Aug 2013

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#6: Making Police Obsolete

So we're still not lovin' the cops—but how do we live without them? In our sixth installment of the Ex-Worker, we follow up on our last two episodes about prisons and police with a discussion of how to stay safe without the state. We also hear a Croatan Earth First! organizer report back on the Round River Rendezvous, review the latest issue of Fifth Estate Magazine, respond to some listener feedback, and share plenty of news and events.


21 Jul 2013

Rank #16

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#66: Defend Rojava! Part 1, The Turkish Invasion

An urgent crisis is unfolding in northern Syria, with implications for global geopolitics and revolutionary possibilities for years to come. In response to US troop withdrawal and a green light from President Trump, the Turkish military has invaded Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish region within the borders of Syria, killing hundreds and displacing over 100,000 so far. Activists around the world have condemned the invasion as a boon to ISIS, a prelude to ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish population, and an effort to destroy an important experiment in self-organization by an increasingly fascist regime. The Kurdish-led Syrian Defense Forces have just struck a deal with the regime of Bashar al-Assad to bring Russian-backed Syrian government troops into Rojava in hopes of halting the Turkish advance. The experiments in autonomy and democratic confederalism enacted in the cantons of Rojava have been inspiring to many anarchists; but the combination of the dire threat of annihilation by the Turkish military and the painful compromises necessary for survival have put this radical legacy in question. How did this happen? And what can we do? This is the first episode in a series The Ex-Worker will release this week exploring the current crisis. We bring you up to date on the circumstances surrounding the invasion with first-hand reports, analysis, responses to criticisms of solidarity efforts, and more. We conclude with a call to action and info on how to plug in to the global wave of resistance against the invasion. Stay tuned later this week for more historical background, interviews, and more! {October 14th, 2019} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:01} “The Threat to Rojava: An Anarchist in Syria Speaks on the Real Meaning of Trump’s Withdrawal” {4:44} About the Experiment in Rojava {13:10} The Factions {15:40} What Does the Troop Withdrawal Mean? {27:58} What Will Happen Next? {31:04} Looking Forward {35:29} In Search of a Third Way {39:02} Why the Turkish Invasion Matters {43:44} Call to Action: Solidarity with Rojava Against the Turkish Invasion {1:04:08} Conclusion {1:07:53} This episode contains excerpts from a variety of texts published by CrimethInc. on Rojava and the developing crisis there: “The Threat to Rojava: An Anarchist in Syria Speaks on the Real Meaning of Trump’s Withdrawal” (December 2018); “The Nationalists and the Jihadists Together—And Against Them, Only Autonomous Resistance” (October 2019); “The Borders Won’t Protect You But They Might Get You Killed (November 2015); “Why the Turkish Invasion Matters: Addressing the Hard Questions about Imperialism and Solidarity” (October 2019). IMPORTANT: over 100 groups and individuals have signed on to the following “Call to Action: Solidarity with Rojava—Against the Turkish Invasion! An Urgent Call from a Network of Organizations”. If you or your organization agree, you can email the organizers to add your names: coordination.for.rojava at protonmail dot com. This list of demonstrations around the US in solidarity with Rojava and against the Turkish invasion will continue to be updated as we learn about more events. For further background on the radical potential of the Rojava experiment, we encourage you to listen to the two previous Ex-Worker engagements with the topic, Episode 36 and Episode 39. Want to take action? Consider organizing a boycott or direct action using this list of businesses and institutions that are complicit with the Turkish war effort.

1hr 9mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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The Hotwire #31: Repression in Indonesia—Hamilton rent strike—J20 on May 14—events all summer

Our last episode of the season! This episode is chocked full of May Day repression updates—from FBI visits in Washington state to the dozens of anarchists rounded up in Indonesia. The New School in New York City is occupied once again, and we have an audio report! The next J20 trial begins in less than a week. Teachers, tenants, and fast food workers are getting organized and striking back against their bosses and landlords. We close the episode with a long list of summertime anarchist fun that you can get into before we’re back in the fall with more Hotwires. Make sure to check out our listeners survey and e-mail it to us! {May 9, 2018} -------SHOW NOTES------ Table of Contents: Introduction {0:00} Headlines: {1:22} Repression Roundup {15:40} Next Week’s News {24:20} Download 29:30 minutes long version LISTENER SURVEY (please e-mail to podcast@crimethinc.com) 1) How often do you listen to the Hotwire? - More than once a week - Weekly - Once a month - Once a month or more, but I binge multiple episodes at once 2) How often, if ever, do you use… - The shownotes? - The phone numbers for call-in campaigns? - Next Week’s News announcements? - References to past episodes and other podcasts 3) What are the Hotwire’s greatest strengths? Biggest weaknesses? 4) Our shows have progressively increased from 30 minutes to up to 45 minutes. Is keeping the show to strictly 30 minutes important? How long is too long for an episode? 5) What topics are most useful/interesting when we cover them? What kind of coverage is lacking? Dozens of anarchists have been rounded up in Indonesia, and legal defense funds are needed. Go here to find out how to help. J20 support: Countering State Repression With Daniel McGowan Thursday, May 10 at 7 PM St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church 1525 Newton St NW, Washington DC, 20010 Free Rally to Drop J20 with Chelsea Manning and former defendants Friday, May 11 at 12:30 PM Franklin Square, Washington DC Call-in campaign May 10–11. Please be aware that your calls are likely recorded and we do not advise answering any questions about your identity. Please use your best discretion if referencing anything that occured on January 20th so as to not negatively impact the ongoing case. Jennifer Kerkhoff – Lead Prosectuor on the case, Deputy Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section (202) 252–7380 Lisa Greene – The Deputy Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoff’s direct supervisor (202) 252–7485 Richard Tischner – The Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoff’s direct supervisor (202) 252–7274 US Attorney for DC Jessie Liu – The person in charge of the US Attorney’s office, a Trump appointee (202) 252–7566 Rizwan Qureshi - Assistant J20 prosecutor (general line - use directory/operator) (202) 252–7679 John Gidez – The Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section, Kerkhoff’s colleague (202) 252–6752 John Borchert - Assistant J20 prosecutor (esp. Dreamhost and Facebook warrants) (202) 252–7679 Here’s a sample script to get you started! “Hello. My name is ____. (first name is fine) I am calling about the inauguration day protesters still facing trumped up criminal charges. Your office needs to drop these remaining charges. There is no good reason your office should be pursuing these charges when six people have already been found NOT GUILTY on all counts in the first trial. Again, your office should drop the remaining charges. Over the last year these prosecutions have pushed all limits: Intimidation to coerce plea deals by making inflated charges. Shielding law enforcement from public accountability by issuing gag orders. Disrupting people’s lives by making overblown charges and using those to justify intrusive, extensive investigations meant to build those cases. overall strategy to intimidate activists, disrupt social movements and silence dissent by weaponizing the use of trumped up charges is not going unnoticed. Your office has the power to end the repression and intimidation. Drop the charges now.” Sub.Media’s Spring 2018 Media Mash-up Tour: May 11, Portland State University Workshop 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Public screening 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Smith Memorial Union 026 Hosted by Radical Education PSU May 12, The University of Oregon 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Radical Organizing and Activism Resource Center & the Civil Liberties Defense Center May 13, Seattle University May 14, Olympia, Washington Chop Chop Video Making workshop Multimedia Lab 1404 in the Library Building Monday, May 14th 2018 * Workshop from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ten participant limit! Email info@naaame.org. Public Screening at Traditions Fair Trade 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA Hosted by The Black Cottonwood Collective Mutual Aid Disaster Relief tour May 11 at 6 PM at Bad River Dept of Social & Family Services 72772 Elm Street, Odanah, WI 54861 May 12 at 10 AM at Bad River Dept of Social & Family Services 72772 Elm Street, Odanah, WI 54861 May 14 at 4 PM at YWCA Wausau 613 5th St, Wausau, WI 54403 May 16 at 7 PM at The Train Station 302 S Story St., Appleton, WI 54914 May 17 at 7 PM at The Train Station 302 S Story St., Appleton, WI 54914 May 18 at 7 PM at Breakaway Social Center 2424 S. Western Ave (rear) Chicago, IL 60608 May 19 at 9 PM at Breakaway Social Center 2424 S. Western Ave (rear) Chicago, IL 60608 May 20 at 10 AM at Art In 1444 E. Washington Ave Madison, WI 53703 May/June: a month of anarchy in Quebec The anarchist film festival (May 17–20 in Montreal) The Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival (May 22–23 in Montreal) The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 26–27 in Montreal) The North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference (June 1–3 in Montreal) Anti-G7 mobilization (June 7–9 in Quebec City) June 11, the international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners, is coming up soon. Start planning a letter writing night, a solidarity action, or some other way to let our comrades on the inside know that they are in our hearts and minds. Check out The second annual Institute for Advanced Troublemaking July 21–29 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write to a birthday letter to Xinachtli, formerly Alvaro Luna Hernandez: Xinachtli #255735 James V Allred Unit 2101 FM 369 North Iowa Park, Texas 76367 *Address envelope to Alvaro Luna Hernandez. (Birthday: May 12, 2018) Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain has called for a campaign to get his communication turned back on. Please call: Kevin O’Donnell Stanek, Asst. Chief Counsel to Governor Kasich: (614) 466- 3555; State Representative Doug Green (614) 644–6034; State Representative Hearcel F. Craig (614) 466–8010; State Representative Greta Johnson (614) 466–6037. Sample script: “I’m calling to bring to your attention an illegal effort by prison officials to terrorize an Ohio prisoner. The prisoner, Sean Swain, is a model prisoner, a published writer and a radio personality on a globally-syndicated radio show. Because Sean exposed how prison employees who were directed by ODRC Counsel Trevor Clark intercepted and stole Sean’s mail from courts to hide their crimes, prison officials have shut down all of Sean’s communication to the outside world…to his family, his friends, and even to the courts. Prison officials are blocking Sean’s phone, email, and even regular mail. Their goal is not just to silence him, but to cut him off from everyone who loves him and drive him to suicide. “I want you to know that I’m signing an online petition that has 50,000 signatures already, demanding that the director of prisons resign, and I’m urging your office to make arrangements to speak with Sean. You can contact him by phone at the prison by calling his Case Manager K. Baessler at: (513) 932–3388, ext. 84405 or ext. 84410. Please know that if anything happens to Sean while he’s being illegally silenced, I know a lot of registered voters, including me, who will hold your office responsible. The eyes of the world are watching.“ CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS: For last Hotwire’s May Day roundup we reported that a Wells Fargo in Seattle had been smashed up and graffitied, but it in fact was in Olympia, Washington. Also, the US Bank that was smashed in Olympia was on May 2, not May 1.


9 May 2018

Rank #18

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#48: From Democracy to Freedom Audio Zine

Welcome back to the Ex-worker! We’re eschewing our typicalformat once again to bring you our second audio zine, a productionof Crimethinc.’s new text From Democracy toFreedom. This release coincides with the announcement ofan online platform for participating in decentralized reading groups and online discussions on this text as well asthe others in the series exploring questions around democracy, and how werelate to it as anarchists. {April 26th, 2016} -------SHOW NOTES------ The fulltext is available here for reading online or here for printing. Original music and sounds courtesy of Counterfeit.

1hr 38mins

26 Apr 2016

Rank #19

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#28: Anarcha-Feminism, Part II: Early Critiques and Visions

In Episode 26, we shared a panorama of dramatic stories from the lives and struggles of 19th and early 20th century anarchist women... but we didn't focus much on their ideas. In the second episode of our three-part series on anarcha-feminism, the Ex-Worker returns to the first generations of rebels who brought together anarchist and feminist currents, this time to explore their distinctive revolutionary visions. We survey the context of early revolutionary and feminist ideas, and the distinct perspectives of early anarcha-feminists on marriage, sexuality, economic and bodily autonomy, suffrage, revolutionary sexism, and strategies for women's emancipation. The Chopping Block discusses Free Women of Spain, the classic study of the Spanish anarcha-feminist group Mujeres Libres. Listeners weigh in on sports, a special guest contributor offers a correction about indigenous resistance to fracking, and we begin a fascinating conversation on solidarity actions and anonymity amidst the news, event announcements, statements from political prisoners, and more. 

1hr 36mins

15 Sep 2014

Rank #20