Episode 42: Noname's Book Club
In this episode we talk to Noname about Noname’s Bookclub, and the inspiration behind it and her aspirations for it, including her plot to take down Amazon. We get into conversations about capitalism, socialism, Paulo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Noname’s critique of American Exceptionalism in Song 32, and broader discussions about representation and the state of hip hop music today as a cultural vehicle for progressive change.
13 Nov 2019
Episode 8: The Land Is Stolen, Full Stop - William J Richardson on Nkrumah-Toureism and Decolonization
In this episode William Jamal Richardson joins the show to talk about Nkrumah-Toureism and the relationship between settler colonialism, slavery, and capitalism in American society. William talks about how his parents involvement in the All African People's Revolution Party” shaped some of his politics growing up. He also gives a brief overview of who Kwame Nkrumah and Sekou Toure were and how their different personal backgrounds, perspectives and philosophies complimented each other. He also discusses how the Pan-Africanist movement informed their politics and was enriched by their contributions. William speaks about how Nkrumah-Toureism informs his own socialist thought and digs into some of Kwame Nkrumah’s contributions to socialist theory and how, where, and why they necessarily expand upon, and diverse from, preceding Marxist theory. We ask William to discuss nationalism with regard to African nations or in relation to indigenous sovereignty, and how it can function completely differently than the exploitative and exclusionary nationalisms that we see from Europe and the US. We also talk about Palestine and how US Leftists are better at showing solidarity to movements against settler colonialism outside the imperial core, than we are those that occur within the US. As William digs into that discussion, he gets to the heart of why white leftists cannot just build socialism in the US without relinquishing control of stolen land and changing settler relations. He also states that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign in South Africa had a limited role in South Africa's anti-Apartheid movement and cautions against the fetishization of Palestine's BDS movement if Palestinians are to achieve meaningful liberation. Finally, William talks about his work with Decolonized Tech and Rebel Researchers and roles that academics and people within tech spaces can do to further revolutionary causes or reduce harm. William put together a great collection of Nkrumah readings for our listeners to go along with this podcast, please take advantage of the free knowledge that he curated for you all: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BjB0oTqobBHF-wn2dFBrfuDWdlSyCldh
11 Jan 2018
Episode 15 - Sankofa Brown - "Black Folks Have Been Resisting Ever Since We Were Captured From The Shores of Africa”
This week we’re really excited to bring on Sankofa Brown. We talk to him about Black Radicalism, the appeal of Liberalism, armed self-defense, socialist organizing, and the urgent need to build revolutionary praxis. As a speaker, organizer, and writer, Sankofa Brown fights to raise consciousness across the globe. Growing up in Kinston, North Carolina he learned the impact of inquality and injustice, After seeing several friends fall victim to street violence and the prison industrial complex, Sankofa decided to dedicate his life to social change. Sankofa is an engaging public speaker, and provides daily commentary on social issues dealing with race, class, and gender on twitter @SankofaBrown. Currently, Sankofa is a PHD student studying sociology at North Carolina State University where his research interests include Marxist Theory, Critical Theory, and Black Political Thought. He is also an affiliated researcher at the Center for Housing and Community Studies at University of North Carolina at Greenboro.
25 Apr 2018
Episode 18: Class Struggle In Boots Riley's Sorry To Bother You
In this week's short episode, we sit down with filmmaker and musician Boots Riley to talk about his debut film Sorry To Bother You, which hits theaters everywhere July 13th. Boots recently received Sundance Film Festival's Vanguard Award for the film. Boots talks with us about his artistic and organizing history, discusses how getting a film this is radical produced for mass consumption is possible in a society like ours, and discusses the importance of militant labor organizing in the left’s ability to build power.
18 Jun 2018
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Episode 17 - As Black As Resistance with Zoé Samudzi and William C Anderson
This week we have two really exciting guests Zoé Samudzi is a writer and doctor student in Medical Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. William C. Anderson is a freelance writer. His work has been published by the Guardian, MTV, Truthout, and Pitchfork among others. We had Zoé on the show all the way back in episode 2, and for William we’ve been wanting to have him on the show for a long time and this was a great opportunity. This week we’re talking to them about their new book which comes on today June 5th on AK Press. So please, if you haven’t already bought a copy, log on to AKpress.org or visit your local radical bookstore and get yourself a copy. "As Black As Resistance makes the case for a new program of self-defense and transformative politics for Black Americans, one rooted in an anarchistic framework that the authors liken to the Black experience itself. This book argues against compromise and negotiation with intolerance. It is a manifesto for everyone who is ready to continue progressing towards liberation."
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Episode 31: 25 Years After The Zapatista Uprising with Alejo Stark
In this episode we talk to Alejo Stark. Alejo is an organizer with Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS) and a co-producer of Rustbelt Abolition Radio (RAR). Between 2008 and 2013, he was an undocumented student organizer with the migrant justice movement, fighting against deportations in South Florida and Rhode Island. Alejo has a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics. In this episode we take a high level view of the Zapatista movement, 25 years after the uprising of 1994. Alejo shares history of theoretical and practical contributions of Zapatismo, and discusses his time in Chiapas at The Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity conference. Alejo also discusses the women’s revolutionary law, key touch points and transitions in the Zapatismo struggle, the tension that exists between Zapatismo and state centric politicians like AMLO, and poses challenging questions for people looking for a way forward through a state centric project as the capitalist hydra brings about an unparalleled climate catastrophe. Music by Televangel, formerly of Blue Sky Black Death
20 Feb 2019
Episode 26: Mariame Kaba - You Have A Right To Disrupt
This week we’re very excited to bring you a conversation with Mariame Kaba. Mariame is an organizer, educator and curator. Her work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development. After over 20 years of living and organizing in Chicago, she moved back to her hometown of New York City in May 2016. In this episode we talk to Mariame about where her interest in US Communist Party came from and talk about some of the figures, cases, positions and formations within and around CPUSA that have historical significance for her and that drew Black women into party membership particularly in the first half of the 20th century before McCarthyism really took hold. In particular Mariame talks about the CPUSA’s many examples of mass participatory defense work. We also talk about her work around clemency with FreeThemNY. We talk a little bit about Survived and Punished and Mariame’s interest in undermining the ways that the prison industrial complex violently enforces gender We end by taking a little time talking about what it means to call a protest “direct action,” and discussing recent discourses in the mainstream around “civility” in relation to protests deemed too provocative by the political class. About our guest: Mariame Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Prior to starting NIA, she worked as a program officer for education and youth development at the Steans Family Foundation where I focused on grantmaking and program evaluation. She co-founded multiple organizations and projects over the years including the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander and the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (YWAT) among others. She has also served on numerous nonprofit boards. She has extensive experience working on issues of racial justice, gender justice, transformative/restorative justice and multiple forms of violence. She has been active in the anti-violence against women and girls movement since 1989. Her experience includes coordinating emergency shelter services at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, serving as the co-chair of the Women of Color Committee at the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, working as the prevention and education manager at Friends of Battered Women and their Children (now called Between Friends), serving on the founding advisory board of the Women and Girls Collective Action Network (WGCAN), and being a member of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. She co-founded and currently organizes with the Survived and Punished collective and is a founding member of the Just Practice Collaborative. She served as a member of the editorial board of Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal from January 2003 to December 2008. She is the co-editor (along with Michelle VanNatta) of a special issue of the journal about teen girls’ experiences of and resistance to violence published in December 2007. She has written and co-authored reports, articles, essays, curricula, zines, and more. She is currently an active board member of the Black Scholar. She runs the blog Prison Culture. In 2018, she co-authored the guidebook “Lifting As They Climbed” and published a children’s book titled “Missing Daddy.” She was a member and co-founder of We Charge Genocide, an inter-generational effort which documented police brutality and violence in Chicago and sent youth organizers to Geneva, Switzerland to present their report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. She is an advisory board member of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, a group (along with Project NIA and WCG) that worked to get the Chicago City Council to pass a reparations law providing restitution to the victims of Jon Burge, a police commander who tortured more than 200 criminal suspects, most of them black men, from the 1970s through the early 1990s. She is a founding advisory board member of the Chicago Community Bond Fund. The CCBF pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. Through a revolving fund, CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence. She is also a member of Critical Resistance’s community advisory board. Critical Resistance’s vision is the creation of genuinely healthy, stable communities that respond to harm without relying on imprisonment and punishment. She was a 2016-2017 Soros Justice Fellow where she extended and expanded my work to end the criminalization of survivors of violence. Currently she is a researcher in residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Social Justice Institute of the Barnard Center for Research on Women through September 2020. She is co-leading a new initiative called Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action with Andrea J. Ritchie. Combining participatory research, data analysis, and systemic advocacy, Andrea and Mariame will work in partnership with local campaigns to identify primary pathways, policing practices, charges, and points of intervention to address the growing criminalization and incarceration of women and LGBTQ people of color for public order, survival, drug, child welfare and self-defense related offenses. Research will be disseminated in accessible formats for use by organizers, advocates, policymakers, media makers, and philanthropic partners working to interrupt criminalization at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. This initiative will also host convenings of researchers, organizers, advocates, policymakers, and philanthropic partners on key topics relating to violence and criminalization, and support partners in developing and implementing campaigns designed to interrupt criminalization of women, girls, trans and GNC people of color. She has a long history in the fields of education and youth development, having taught high school and college students in New York and Chicago. She has taught sociology and Black studies courses at Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, and Columbia University. She has developed and facilitated many workshops and presented at events. She was a founding board member of the Education for Liberation Network. She studied sociology at McGill University, City College of New York, and Northwestern University. She has received several honors and awards for my work over the years. She am occasionally available to consult on various topics.
12 Dec 2018
Episode 33: Prisoner Support And Solidarity Organizing With IWOC's Brooke Terpstra
In this episode we interview Brooke Terpstra, Oaklander forever, movement veteran, and IWOC worker. Brooke is an organizer with the Oakland chapter of IWOC, and was a member of the IWOC national media committee for the 2018 prison strike. In this episode we talk about the origins IWOC and its relationship to the IWW or the Wobblies. We talk about the lesson they learned supporting the 2016 and 2018 national prison strikes. We talk about building a local chapter and the work that IWOC members do in Oakland. And we talk about base building and regional coalition building for prisoner support and solidarity work.
29 Apr 2019
Episode 41: Racism and Capitalism in Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's Race For Profit
In this episode we interviewed professor and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about her latest book Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership. The book has already been put on the long-list for the National Book Award. Taylor is also the author of From #BlackLivesMatter To Black Liberation, which articulates many of the historical arguments she references throughout our conversation. In 2017, she also published How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. In this interview we discuss some of the central themes of Race For Profit, and some of the historical figures within it. The book is a thorough analysis of how racism and capitalism in the US worked together through public and private partnership, after organizers and rebellions brought about the formal end of redlining at the end of the 1960’s. We talk to Taylor about why this book - which is based on her dissertation ended up being her third book. Additionally through the course of the conversation Taylor provides her insight into key questions for socialists in the US today, including questions surrounding the Sanders campaign, the lack of US internationalism. For context this interview took place back in July, but we agreed to time it with the release of the book. Which is available now from University of North Carolina press and comes out everywhere this week. Photo Credit: Sameer A. Khan/ Fotobuddy
20 Oct 2019
Episode 32: The MOVE Bombing (collaboration with Rev Left Radio)
In this episode we collaborated with Rev Left Radio to discuss the history of institutional racism and violence within the Philadelphia Police Department in the latter half of the 20th Century culminating, but not ending, with the city's bombing of MOVE members and the destruction of over 60 homes in West Philadelphia in 1985. We encourage people to engage and grapple with this recent history of racist state violence and to learn more about the MOVE organization and support them in their ongoing struggles. Below are some ways that people can support MOVE members today: Ramona Africa's GoFundMe Donate To The MOVE 9 Legal Fund Support MOVE (Onamove.com) Solidarity to Brett/Rev Left Radio for all their work recording and editing and contributing to this collaboration, we look forward to working together with them in the future.
9 Apr 2019
Episode 9 - Palestinians And Jews Decolonize featuring Andrew Farkash and Lina Assi
This week we caught up to Andrew Farkash and Lina Assi to talk about their organization Palestinians and Jews Decolonize and provide listeners with some context for the current situation in Palestine including responses to the US declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the arrest and detainment of Ahed Tamimi and how Lina and Andrew see their organization’s role within Jewish and Palestinian politics. Palestinians and Jews Decolonize (PJD) is a socialist, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist organization supporting a decolonized and liberated Palestine. The organization is a Palestinian and Jewish led solidarity movement firmly rooted in anti-Zionism. That focuses on education, awareness, and militant action. Andrew is a queer and Disabled Mizrahi Jewish writer and organizer. Andrew graduated from UC Santa Barbara with bachelor degrees in History and Feminist Studies. They plan to pursue a PhD in History with an emphasis on Palestine/Israel. They co-founded Palestinians and Jews Decolonize and are currently involved in queer, Disability, and pro-Palestinian activism. Lina Assi is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Labour Studies and Political Science. Lina is also the President of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights McMaster (SPHR) and Co-Founder of Palestinians and Jews Decolonize. She has been involved in Palestinian activism in Ontario for over four years, organizing events such as Israeli Apartheid Week and other initiatives.
29 Jan 2018
Episode 24: Carceral Capitalism with Jackie Wang
Jackie Wang is s a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, filmmaker, performer, trauma monster, and PhD candidate at Harvard University in African and African American Studies. She is the author of Carceral Capitalism (Semiotexte / MIT Press), a number of punk zines including On Being Hard Femme, and a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb (Capricious). In her most recent work she has been researching the bail bonds industry and the history of risk assessment in criminal justice. Find her @LoneberryWang and loneberry.tumblr.com.
8 Nov 2018
Episode 29: Movement Accountability with Clarissa Brooks
In this episode we sat down with Clarissa Brooks. Clarissa is a senior at Spelman College, a freelance journalist, and a community organizer. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Clarissa works to blend her love of community, ethical journalism and scholarship in a way that will create a better world. Clarissa was a member of AUC Shut It Down, she was also an ONA HBCU Fellow, Know Your IX Campus Organizer among other projects. In this episode we have a roundtable discussion touching on accountability, so-called cancel culture, cultural boycotts, celebrity activism, the neoliberalization of intersectionality and a whole host of other topics.
4 Feb 2019
Episode 4: Eugene Puryear - What The Russian Revolution Means 100 Years Later
For this episode we caught up with Eugene Puryear, member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and their candidate for the US Vice Presidency during the 2016 election. For our show, Eugene talks with Jay about the Russian Revolution and what it means to him 100 years later, both historically and within this current political moment. He also talks about what the Russian Revolution meant for not just the working class, but for oppressed people around the world, including for people on the African continent and the African diaspora in the immediate aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. We then pivot to current events to get Eugene’s perspective on the unfolding situation in Zimbabwe. Eugene also shared some of his own reflections on Mugabe’s legacy and the centrality of land redistribution to decolonization efforts. Finally Eugene discussed the situation in Libya and cautions that the sudden uptick in media attention is already leading to compelling, but misguided, calls for US intervention.
3 Dec 2017
Episode 30: George Ciccariello-Maher On Revolutionary Solidarity With Venezuela
In this episode we talk with George Ciccariello-Maher. He is an organizer, writer, scholar and radical political theorist. He is also the author of Decolonizing Dialectics and two books on radical politics in Venezuela, We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, and Building The Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela. We talk to Ciccariello-Maher about the current coup attempt in Venezuela, Juan Guaido, Nicolas Maduro, the opposition, and Chavismo in as much complexity as possible. We do so in hopes that this discussion will shed light on some misconceptions, over simplifications, and in the process illuminate different possibilities for solidarity with the revolutionary movement in Venezuela against the forces of global capitalism. Music provided by Televangel - https://televangel.bandcamp.com/releases
14 Feb 2019
Episode 6: All I Want For Christmas Is... featuring George Ciccariello-Maher
This week as a special cup of holiday anti-capitalist cheer we’re joined by George Ciccariello-Maher. He’s a writer, professor, organizer, and the author of Building The Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela, Decolonizing Dialectics, and We Created Chavez: A People’s History of Venezuelan Revolution, which has now been translated into French, Arabic, and Spanish. In this episode George recaps some of the moments in 2017 that inspired him the most. We also talk about Decolonizing US Dialectics, Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction, the place for electoral politics in revolutionary spaces, the cultural work of building revolution, the drawbacks of shaming people, Venezuela, and where he thinks the left movements we've seen in recent years might go in 2018. Finally we get the opportunity to ask George the question leftists have been waiting for an answer to all year long. What does George want for Christmas in 2017?
21 Dec 2017
Episode 43: Serving The People with Delency and Blake from Hella Black Podcast
In this episode, we got the opportunity to sit down with two amazing organizers and fellow radical podcast hosts. If you’re not familiar, Hella Black Podcast is an Oakland based audio experience brought to you by Delency Parham and Blake Simons. Their hope for each episode is to educate and inform their listeners about all things related to Blackness. Their podcast is important because it uplifts the voices of Black radical organizers who are doing the work in the field. We talk to Blake and Delency about their own politicization, and how Hella Black Podcast got started. They talk to us about their organizing with People’s Breakfast Oakland, and what it was like to have Colin Kaepernick stop by and work with them on his birthday. We discuss Blake's relationship to Jalil Muntaqim and the ongoing struggles of political prisoners in the US. We also talk about the uptick of presidential organizing with the election, and their own disappointment with folks putting so effort into that arena of organizing. Delency and Blake also share their own thoughts on the necessity of aligning theory to practice and getting involved at the grassroots level, even if it’s on the smallest scale.
16 Dec 2019
Episode 13: No More Heroes (An Interview with Jared & Josh, Moderated by Da'Shaun Harrison)
This episode was recorded as a reward for us reaching 25 patrons on patreon. Sorry that it took us a while to find the time to record it, but we want to personally thank all of you who are patrons, you have no idea how much that means to us and encourages us to keep the podcast going. If you haven’t become one yet, we will be setting a new goal of one hundred patrons and we will be setting a new reward for when we reach that goal. We’re looking for your thoughts on what the reward should be so feel free to hit us up on twitter @MAKCapitalism if you have some ideas. Jared and Josh discuss the degree to which they had or didn’t have political mentors growing up. Jared talks about Kwame Ture's (f/k/a Stokley Carmichael) influence on his father, and how that shaped some of the actions his father took during his own period of radicalization. Jared talks about how his father’s confrontation with the state at the 1968 DNC in Chicago lead to his basic refutation of armed revolution within a US context. Josh discusses how he learned to analyze politics not so much from mentors, but by observing different relationships growing up. Both Jared and Josh discuss how state violence compelled them into political activism, organizing and protest. Josh also talks about how for him the murder of Trayvon Martin and the lack of justice in that case was very impactful for him, growing up in same area of South Florida. Josh spoke about the dangers of reformism as it applies to state violence and the short-sightedness of many of the reformist demands that came out certain strains of the Black Lives Matter movement, including the big push for body cameras. Both Josh and Jared discuss how working within anti-racist and state violence reform organizing and watching the rise of hyper visible (neo)liberal figures out of those platforms who built their own fame sometimes at the expense of the movement as a whole.
29 Mar 2018
Episode 22: A Year In China With Ian Goodrum
In this episode we talk to Ian Goodrum, who is a writer and editor at China Daily, an English-language newspaper based in Beijing. Who says that unlike his previous jobs at US newspapers, he no longer has to keep his communism a secret. We talk to Ian about Western Media's representations of China, about notions of objectivity and subjectivity with regard to media, and about the ways and reasons through which certain situations in China can be exaggerated by the Western press. Ian also discusses how the Chinese government has been able to lift hundreds of millions of people out of extreme poverty, in a period when the rest of the world has seen an increase in extreme poverty. He discusses Chinese trade relations with other countries in the global south and how they differ from Western relations. Ian briefly talks about the differences between Communist parties in leadership in comparison to social democratic parties and also shares his take on the market reforms that many refer to as China's turn to capitalism, as well as his thoughts on the current direction of the Chinese economy and society. Finally Ian discusses current conditions and struggles in China.
29 Sep 2018