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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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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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Bring back the ex worker!

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Bring back the ex worker (keep Hotwire buried)

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The Ex-Worker

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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!

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

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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}

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Oct 14 2019

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Rank #2: #20: Communism and Socialism, pt.1

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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. 

Mar 26 2014

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Rank #3: #36: The Rojava Revolution

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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!

May 18 2015

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Rank #4: The Hotwire #4: Autonomous Hurricane Irma relief, DREAMer resistance, prisoners need our support

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This week we speak with Dezeray, an anarchist involved in Mutual Aid Disaster Relief organizing in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Next, we interview Sam, an anarchist DACA recipient, about undocumented youth resistance. A number of political prisoners are in urgent need of support. Victorious striking workers show that direct action gets the goods. We remember Attica, the September 11 military coup in Chile, and Charlottesville. At the end we announce some anarchist book fairs and the Juggalo March on Washington. {September 13, 2017}

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:25}
    • Feature: Autonomous relief after Hurricane Harvey {7:25}
    • Interview with an anarchist DACA recipient {15:30}
    • Repression Roundup {22:55}
    • Prisoner Birthdays {26:55}
    • Next Week’s News {28:30}
  • We interview an anarchist in Florida with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. You can get the latest updates on autonomously organized relief in the wake of Hurricane Irma from their website and their facebook page. No Walls No Borders is also organizing in Florida after Irma.
  • If you’re undocumented and want to get involved in DREAMer activism, check out the United We Dream site to find a group near you. Back in February, CrimethInc. published a text titled “What Would it Take to Stop the Raids?” that seems even more pressing now that the president has announced the end of DACA. We also have new anti-border stickers and posters you can print or order, and a new book titled “No Wall They Can Build,” which charts 10 years of migrant-solidarity work along the US-Mexico border.
  • Upcoming anarchist bookfairs:

    The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair in Oakland, CA on September 16 at Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, California 94609.

    The Radical Book Fair pavillion at the Baltimore Book Festival September 22–24.

    The Houston Anarchist Book Fair on September 24 located at MECA, 1900 Kane St., Houston, Texas.

  • The Insane Clown Posse released a useful promo for what to expect at the Juggalo March on Washington this Saturday, September 16. The promo complains about Juggalos not being able to join the military, which might turn some anarchists and radicals off from showing solidarity. The IWW’s General Defense Committee and Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee’s joint statement supporting the march argues that we should support the anti-repression efforts of Juggalos even though not every juggalo’s politics will be perfectly in line with anarchism.
  • Join a Running Down the Walls 5K fundraiser on September 17. Find out about runs near you here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Past Ex-Worker episodes mentioned in this Hotwire:

    #29: Anarchism in Chile, Part I: From Popular Power to Social War

    #30: Anarchism in Chile, Part II

    #50: The History and Future of Prison Strikes and Solidarity

    #58: Not Your Grandparents’ Antifascism

    We also mention The Chicago Conspiracy documentary about contemporary revolt in Chile and the recent interview with a Chilean anarchist that we published for the anniversary of September 11.

  • For more anarchist podcasts, check out the excellent weekly anarchist radio show The Final Straw to hear anarchist prisoner Sean Swain’s irreverent and lively radio productions. You can find out about a whole bunch of other anarchist podcasts through the new anarchist podcast network Channel Zero.
  • Check out these reflections on last year’s National Prison Strike, organized in large part by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW.
  • We mention that almost 100,000 prisoners in Florida were not evacuated and left to the mercy of Hurricane Irma. Supporters organized a phone zap for September 9, but it’s probably still a good idea to keep the pressure on and let the prison staff know that we are monitoring their inaction and that we stand with our incarcerated brothers and sisters on the inside. A similar phone zap was organized for prisoners outside of Houston after Hurricane Harvey, and it’s probably still a good idea to keep the pressure on there as well.
  • A bunch of calls to support political prisoners have been made this week:

    69 year old Black Panther Party political prisoner Herman Bell was (assaulted by guards](https://itsgoingdown.org/political-prisoner-herman-bell-assaulted-guards/). Please write Herman a get-well card at his new address: Herman Bell #79-C–0262 Five Points Correctional Facility P.O. Box 119 Romulus, N.Y. 14541​

    Anarchist, disabled, latinx prisoner Coyote Acabo is in need of fundraising and letters. Please write him at: Coyote Acabo #316348 YJC Yakima Co. Dept. Corrections 111 N Front Street Yakima WA 98901

    Ramsey Orta is coming up on one year of incarceration after the NYPD retaliated against him for filming Eric Garner’s death in 2014. Please send Ramsey some letters to let him know we have his back. You can use this online form or his inmate address: Ramsey Orta, 16A4200 ​ Franklin Correctional Facility P.O. Box 10 Malone, New York 12953–0010

  • We mention Dane Powell’s courage on the streets of DC during Trump’s inauguration. This video spells it out. 196 of Dane’s codefendants are still pending trial, check out DefendJ20Resistance.org to learn more.
  • For a good introduction to writing prisoners, check out this guide from New York City Anarchist Black Cross.
  • Political prisoner birthdays:

    Sean Swain #243–205 Warren CI P.O. Box 120 Lebanon, Ohio 45036 {September 12}

    Leonard Peltier #89637–132 USP Coleman I Post Office Box 1033 Coleman, Florida 33521 {September 12}

    Here is this month’s Political Prisoner Birthday Calendar.

Sep 13 2017

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Rank #5: The Hotwire #28: Anti-government revolt in Nicaragua—more treesits in WV—Bakunin beats Satanism

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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}

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Apr 25 2018

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Rank #6: #54: Anarchist Resistance in the Trump Era

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What will resistance look like in the Trump era? What role can anarchists play? In Episode 54 of The Ex-Worker podcast we grapple with these questions as they will unfold on January 20 and beyond. It’s true, we incorrectly predicted a Clinton victory—reaction has advanced faster than we’d realized, but this apocalyptic scenario has catalyzed a flurry of rebellion and defiance. We begin the episode by recounting our analysis of the risks and possibilities of this political moment produced in the immediate aftermath of the election, as well as the “No Peaceful Transition” call that dozens of anarchist and antifascist groups have endorsed. On our recent speaking tour, some Ex-Workers traveled through the Northeast and Midwest, discussing the economic and political context framing Trump’s victory and learning about the initiatives to fight back and build autonomy going on across the country. We share an audio recording of the presentation, and complement it with an excerpt from a history of anarchist counter-inaugural protest, recently published hot on the heels of our Washington, DC anti-globalization walking tour. You’ll also hear an announcement about the new CrimethInc website, prisoner birthdays, and more. Whether or not you can make it to DC, let’s make sure that in the days and weeks to come we set a tone for uncompromising, ungovernable resistance to Trump and the world that makes him possible. {January 18, 2017}

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Jan 18 2017

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Rank #7: #18: What Anarchism Isn't, Pt 1: Libertarianism and Anarcho-Capitalism

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Anarchism ain't what it used to be … if you search iTunes or Youtube these days, you'll find defenders of capitalism and private property claiming the A word more than ever. In our 18th installment of the Ex-Worker, we kick off a two episode series discussing what anarchism isn't, as Clara and Alanis step in to debunk anarcho-capitalism. Surveying the range of libertarian ideologies in the US, we assess the similarities and differences between these opponents of the state and anti-capitalist anarchists, while clarifying how their free market fantasies fall short of a genuinely anarchist vision of freedom. Our critiques of private property and the free market conclude with a hilarious interview with an anarchist graphic designer about their misadventures laying out a book on "market anarchism." We also hear from recently released grand jury resister Jerry Koch about the insight he's gained into the importance of prisoner solidarity to anarchist struggle, while his lawyer explains how grand juries are used as tools of political repression and how we can resist them. Listeners offer corrections, suggestions, and updates on prisoner struggles, while plenty of news updates and announcements round out our longest episode yet!

Feb 13 2014

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Rank #8: The Hotwire #31: Repression in Indonesia—Hamilton rent strike—J20 on May 14—events all summer

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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}

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  • 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
  • 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.

May 09 2018

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Rank #9: No Wall They Can Build, Episode 1: Introduction

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The Ex-Worker Podcast Collective is kicking off the serialized release of our first full audiobook, No Wall They Can Build: A Guide to Borders and Migration Across North America. We’ve divided this riveting first person account of life and death in the borderlands into eleven chapters, and over the next three months, we’ll be releasing them in weekly installments each Wednesday. Today, you’ll hear Episode 1: Introduction, which describes how the book was written by a solidarity worker along the US/Mexico border over years of trials and tribulations, and lays out a basic framework for understanding the global apartheid enforced by the border regime. You’ll hear a heartbreaking story about the brutality of migrant detention, and an inspiring one about surviving the journey north against all odds. This episode sets the stage for the in-depth analysis and longer stories of the chapters to come. {April 3, 2019}

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introducing the Border {0:01}
    • Title and Front Matter {1:18}
    • Dedication {2:02}
    • Preface {2:11}
    • Epigraph, from Mojado by Ricardo Arjona {3:37}
    • Story #1 {4:35}
    • Introduction {11:17}
    • Story #2 {18:43}
    • Epigraph, from Edward Abbey {20:44}
    • Conclusion {21:08}
  • 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.
  • Also, you can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • As we mentioned in our episode announcing the audiobook launch, the claim made in this episode that no volunteer with No More Deaths has ever been convicted of a crime for their humanitarian work in the desert, while true at the time the book was published, is no longer accurate. For the latest updates on the legal charges facing solidarity workers along the border, keep an eye on the No More Deaths legal defense campaign.
  • If you’re feeling inspired to take action, follow the latest from the #BlockTheWall network. You can also check out this interview by the Final Straw with Comunidad Colectiva, a North Carolina-based group doing rapid response anti-ICE organizing.
  • Stay tuned next week for Episode 2: Defining Terms, The Aftermath, and The Travelers.

Apr 03 2019

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Rank #10: The Hotwire #25: Kentucky & Oklahoma teachers strike—anniversary of MLK’s death—report on Gaza

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As we go to press, anti-police protests are ongoing over the police killing of Stephon Clark, students at Howard University in DC are still occupying the recently re-named Kwame Ture Student Center, and teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma are on strike. This week we interview Uri Gordon, an anarchist from Israel, about the deadly repression in Gaza. We also reflect on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plus announcements for upcoming bookfairs, gatherings, and protest mobilizations. {April 4, 2018}

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Apr 04 2018

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Rank #11: #29: Anarchism in Chile, Part I: From Popular Power to Social War

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On September 11th, while patriotic Americans waved flags and listened to speeches, a few thousand miles south, Chileans massed in the streets and clashed with police on the anniversary of the 1973 military coup. Our 29th episode begins a two-episode series on anarchism in Chile: From popular power and militant resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship to today's clashes between encapuchados and Carabineros across burning barricades, we explore the history and background context necessary to understand the distinctive and militant anarchist struggles of contemporary Chile. From the recent anarchist book and propaganda fair in Santiago, several anarchists speak with us about the importance of radical neighborhoods, the evolution of public anarchist organizing, and political imprisonment in Chile. Attendees of the marches and actions during the recent Climate Convergence in New York City report on their experiences and reflect on how anarchists connect to broader environmental movements. Listeners weigh in on historical dates, pronunciation mistakes, and mind-controlled drones, alongside news, announcements, and prisoner birthdays.

Oct 09 2014

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Rank #12: #26: Anarcha-Feminism, Part I: Introduction and Herstory

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What is anarcha-feminism, and what contribution has it made to both feminism and anarchism? In this episode we kick off a series exploring anarcha-feminism in the past and present. After framing the issue and dealing with some thorny questions around definitions of feminism and gender, we take a whirlwind tour through the history--or herstory, if you like--of anarchist women from the barricades of the Paris Commune to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. In addition to Louise Michel, Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and a few other big names, we'll share stories of Russian nihilists, Puerto Rican tobacco workers, Japanese journalists, Mexican guerrillas, and many other unsung heroines of late 19th and early 20th century anarchist struggles. The anthology Quiet Rumors: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader appears on the Chopping Block, and a member of the Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminist Group from Dublin, Ireland joins us for an interview. Clara and Alanis even take issue with a term from the Contradictionary, along with a packed calendar of upcoming events, news, and more.

Aug 07 2014

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Rank #13: The Hotwire #27: Legal victory for the Tarnac 9—calls for May Day actions—Vive la ZAD!

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It’s been a week of battle at La ZAD, and we share a day-to-day play-by-play of the resistance to the government’s eviction operation. Elsewhere in France, the Tarnac Nine’s legal victory shows that with a little luck and courage, we can beat the state. Direct action gets the goods for a university occupation against a racist student body president at Texas State University in San Marcos, we finally have an address where you can write Cedar, who is in jail on charges of conspiracy over the anti-gentrification prole stroll in Hamilton, Ontario, and we close the episode by sharing calls for May Day actions in Los Angeles, Eugene, Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. {April 18, 2018}

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Apr 18 2018

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Rank #14: #55: The J20 Protests and Beyond: Anarchists Bring in the Trump Era

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January 20th, 2017 saw perhaps the fiercest resistance to ever take place at an American presidential inauguration. Episode 55 of The Ex-Worker podcast surveys the day’s momentous protests in DC and beyond, mass media reactions to anarchist resistance, and lessons for the future of radical protest. We begin with an interview with an organizer from Disrupt J20, evaluating the blockades, marches, and disruptions, commenting on state and right-wing repression, reflecting on the spokescouncil model, and sharing visions for the future, as well as info on how to support the 200-plus comrades arrested in the streets that day. Our friends at Agency, an anarchist media relations project, share a detailed report on mass media coverage of the demonstrations and of anarchists and anarchism over the past weeks, including plenty of hilarious quotes and clips. From an anonymous arrestee from DC’s J20 protests, we offer an analysis of how to make the best of mass arrests. We then share reports from a few of the hundreds of protests and actions that took place outside of Washington, DC on January 20th, including arrests leading to serious charges against anarchists in New Orleans and the shooting of an antifascist protestor in Seattle. The episode wraps up with an analysis about how to “Take the Offensive: Moving from Protest to Resistance”. All this, plus news, prisoner birthdays, updates from international struggles, and plenty more!

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Mar 07 2017

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Rank #15: #6: Making Police Obsolete

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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.

Jul 21 2013

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Rank #16: #56: Charlottesville - Triumph & Tragedy in the Struggle Against Fascism

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On August 12th, 2017, a massive alt-right and neo-Nazi rally took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. While a large counter-demonstration successfully confronted the fascists, one drove a car into a crowd of protestors, killing at least one and injuring many more. In this special report from the Ex-Worker, we hear the story of the Charlottesville demonstrations from anarchists who put their bodies on the line to stop fascism. This episode includes context and background to understand how the organizing took place, narratives from the streets, and reflections on lessons learned and the state of our struggles moving forward. We also share essays analyzing what we need to do to fight fascism, how the right wing built their murderous momentum, and what their war on protest tells us about the threat to their agenda posed by our resistance. We dedicate this episode to the memory of Heather Heyer, who died at the hands of a fascist this weekend, and to the commitment we share to fighting by any means necessary to ensure that this never happens again. {August 14, 2017}

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Aug 14 2017

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Rank #17: #32: White Supremacy and Capitalism, From 1492 to Ferguson

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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!

Dec 18 2014

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Rank #18: The Hotwire #6: St. Louis stays rebel, mutual aid relief continues, ‘free speech’ has no meaning

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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}

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  • 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:

  • Grassroots relief efforts:

  • 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.

Sep 27 2017

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Rank #19: #5: Still Not Lovin' the Police

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In this episode, the Ex-Worker takes a crack at the police; we speak with Kristian Williams, the author of Our Enemies in Blue, and members of East Atlanta Copwatch. Join us for news from around the world and a review of To the Indomitable Hearts: The Prison Letters of Luciano 'Tortuga' Pitronello. Also, comrades from Turkey and from Atlanta give us the digs on their respective anti-police riots!

Jul 10 2013

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Rank #20: The Hotwire #17: ZAD interview—anarcho-syndicalism isn’t for losers—anti-pope actions in Chile

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The first episode of our new season! This week we run down the list of antifascist confrontations from San Diego to Olympia, Washington. We also share a call for opposing Richard Spencer in Lansing, Michigan on March 5. Fast food workers in Portland, sex workers in New Orleans, and Uber drivers in Indonesia are all getting organized. Camille, Camille, and Camille from the ZAD explain their complicated victory over the planned airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, and Flint Arthur from Stand With Afrin phones in with an update on the Turkish assault on Rojava. Stay tuned until the Repression Roundup to hear about a new wave of repression against humanitarian aid workers on the US-Mexico border. {February 7, 2018}

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Feb 07 2018

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