The Ex-Worker

By CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective

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 Oct 4, 2019

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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!

Episode Date
#79 – The *Real* Truth About Today’s Anarchists: The Ex-Worker Responds to the New York Times
01:05:47

Anarchists and anti-fascists in general, and CrimethInc. in particular, have been the focus of intense hostile government and right-wing attention and censorship efforts in recent weeks. The latest salvo comes from the New York Times, which on June 30th published “The Truth About Today’s Anarchists,” drawing on conspiracy theorists and right-wing talking points to argue that violent anarchists are somehow controlling the ongoing countrywide protests, but don’t actually care about Black lives. The article actually calls out The Ex-Worker Podcast by name! While we’re flattered for the attention—who knew we were such a threat?—the article is both inaccurate and dangerous; more importantly, it touches on critical issues about today’s movements for liberation that we need to clarify. So in this episode, the Ex-Worker lays out the truth about “The Truth About Today’s Anarchists”, refuting the article’s bogus claims one by one, and offering a more accurate perspective on the relationships between anarchists and the ongoing movement to end white supremacy and police violence. We conclude with an audio version of an article we published with Agency in June called This Is Anarchy: Eight Ways the Black Lives Matter and Justice for George Floyd Protests Reflect Anarchist Ideas in Action. This episode challenges the myths and distortions about anarchism offered across the spectrum from Trump to the New York Times to provide insight into what anarchists today are really fighting for.

{October 5, 2020}

 

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Oct 05, 2020
#78: June 11th—Prisoner Solidarity, COVID-19, and Anti-Police Rebellion
02:02:50

Today we celebrate June 11th, an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners. While this is the sixteenth year this date has been observed, 2020 presents an unprecedented context: both the COVID–19 pandemic and the massive uprising sparked by the police murder of George Floyd have shifted our focus and sense of what’s possible. In solidarity with all prisoners, with particular care for anarchists in long-term confinement, we begin by sharing an excerpt from a history of June 11th as a day of prisoner solidarity along with the June 11th call issued for 2020. To these we add a short interview with a June 11th organizer and supporter of anarchist Green Scare prisoner Marius Mason. As politicians raise the specter of “antifa” to divide and defuse the militant anti-police resistance that has swept the US and beyond, we explore state repression of antifascists through an interview with antifascist prisoner David Campbell and his support crew. Another interview with a participant in the South Florida COVID–19 Hotline for Incarcerated People explores a model for prisoner solidarity in pandemic times. We conclude with updates on several long-term prisoners’ cases and upcoming birthdays. After today’s focus on prisoner struggles, next time we’ll return our focus to the Minneapolis uprising and the international movement to commemorate Black lives lost to police violence.

{June 11th, 2020}

 

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Jun 11, 2020
#77: Minneapolis Uprising, Part 1—How to Abolish the Police
01:20:44

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has sparked a nationwide rebellion against the police and global solidarity efforts. One of the most striking developments is the announcement on Sunday, June 7 by a majority of Minneapolis City Council members that they intend to dismantle the city’s police department. In Episode 77 of the Ex-Worker—the first in a series covering the Minneapolis uprising and its national and global implications—we return to the question of abolishing the police. The episode kicks off with our reflections from these unprecedented first two weeks of rebellion, then shares an essay exploring the question we’re all asking: What Will it Take to Stop the Police From Killing? Next, we share an anonymous report on the siege of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis, analyzing how a diverse “compositional” crowd was able to defeat the police. An anarchist from Minneapolis who attended the rally where the City Council declared their intention to end the police department shares their take on the background and context leading to the announcement and how abolitionist organizers, rioters, artists, and others joined forces to make abolition imaginable. We conclude with our thoughts about how the struggle against police might unfold beyond Minneapolis in the months to come. Stay tuned for more episodes soon on the Minneapolis uprising, June 11th, and prisoner struggles, international solidarity with the rebellions, and more!

{June 10th, 2020}

 

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Jun 11, 2020
#76: Anarchist Nurses Speak Out on Survival and Resistance
01:56:24

Here at the Ex-Worker, we continue to navigate the COVID–19 crisis by seeking guidance and insight from three anarchist nurses who are working on the frontlines of the pandemic. First, we hear from an anarchist ER nurse from the southwest US who offers reflections on individual and community health, mutual aid projects, and how to stay safe through the epidemic. You’ll hear a brief discussion of the promise and peril of antibody testing and the concept of an immunity passport. After that, we share a long conversation with two anarchist nurses from New Orleans, Louisiana on a wide range of topics, including harm reduction, how to support healthcare workers, the legacy of AIDS activism, delineating between authority and expertise, and lots more. We close out the show with urgent appeals of support for families at Black Mesa as well as incarcerated radicals , Kijana Tashiri Askari, Leonard Peltier, David Campbell, and all prisoners trapped on the inside through the pandemic.

{April 8th, 2020}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • Survival is Resistance {4:44}
    • Antibody Tests and Immunity Passports {17:28}
    • Interview with Two Anarchist Nurses in New Orleans {20:08}
    • Urgent Appeals for Solidarity {1:47:32}
    • Prisoner Birthdays {1:54:04}
    • Conclusion {1:54:58}
  • Mutual aid projects as a general concept are mentioned in both interviews. To learn more about mutual projects in your area, check out this list put together by our friends at itsgoingdown.org and this guide to Radical Solidarity Through Covid–19 from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief.
  • Antibody tests may be a new tool to fight the spread of the virus, but proposals for an Immunity Passport could lead us farther down totalitarian and dystopian paths.
  • Learn about the long term efforts to defend Black Mesa and the homes, ancestral lands, and future generations of the Dine’(Navajo) and Hopi peoples. And donate to the Navajo and Hopi Families COVID–19 Relief Fund here.
  • Please support efforts to get Leonard Peltier released from federal prison into home confinement by writing to his captors using the info below. (We know, we know-home confinement, ugh! But JUST DO IT, seriously!!)

    In light of the provisions of the CARES Act meant to decrease the risk to prisoner heath, in response to the COVID–19 pandemic, the U.S. Attorney General has delegated to the Director of the Bureau of Prisons the authority to release certain vulnerable prisoners to home confinement. Currently, the process for identifying appropriate candidates for home confinement have not been solidified but we believe it may help to write to the BOP Director and Southeast Regional Director and ask that Leonard be immediately considered and transitioned to his home on the Turtle Mountain Reservation.

    Your letters should be addressed to:

    Michael Carvajal
    Director, Fed. Bureau of Prisons
    320 First Street NW
    Washington, DC 20534

    J.A. Keller
    Southeast Regional Director
    Federal Bureau of Prisons
    3800 Camp Crk Prk SW, Building 2000
    Atlanta, GA 30331

    We have not drafted a form letter or correspondence. Your pleas should come from your heart as an individual who has supported Leonard for so many years. Say what you would like but we have put together some talking points that will assist you in your letter writing. Below are some helpful guidelines so your letter touches on the requirements of the Attorney General’s criteria for releasing inmates like Leonard to home confinement.

    OPENING: Point out that Leonard is an elder and is at risk; for example, “Mr. Peltier is 75 years old and in very poor health; his only desire is to go home to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and live out the remainder of his years surrounded by his family.”

    MEDICAL: The AG and CDC guidelines for releasing inmates requires the health concerns cause greater risk of getting the virus. Leonard has the following conditions you can list in your letter: Diabetes, Spots on lung, Heart Condition (has had triple by-pass surgery), Kidney Disease.

    RISK TO COMMUNITY: To qualify for release to home confinement we must show that Leonard poses no risk to the community.

    COMMUNITY SUPPORT/RENTRY PLAN: To qualify for release to home confinement we must show that Leonard has a reentry plan. Leonard has support from the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Band and has family land on the reservation where he can live.

    RISK OF COVID–19: To qualify for the release to home confinement must show that Leonard is at reduced risk to exposure of COVID 19 by release than he is at Coleman 1. As of recently Rolette County, ND has no cases of COVID 19, Sumter County has at least 33 cases.

  • Antifascist David Campbell is serving time in Riker’s Island where a COVID–19 outbreak is raging, and supporters are trying to get him released during the pandemic! Write to advocate for his release! Contact politicians via the info at this link, and call Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance with the info here. Script and other info are here.
  • Check out The Final Straw’s stellar and important interview with New Afrikan Black Revolutionary prisoner Kijana Tashiri Askari, who is in urgent need of medical assistance due to a heart condition. UPDATE from supporters: After the first day of calls they changed his medicines to something more appropriate for his heart condition—not just Tylenol, which they had him on (only). That’s the only thing so far. Please help keep up the pressure!
  • Check out these other anarchist media projects that have produced episodes covering organizing efforts both by and for prisoners: The Final Straw, Rustbelt Radio, and This is America by It’s Going Down.
  • You can help bail out vulnerable detainees from immigration detention and jail by donating to the LGBTQ Freedom Fund; with pandemic-related bail reductions, they’ve expanded their focus past LGBTQ detainees to bail out as many people as they possibly can.
  • Upcoming prisoner birthdays:
    • Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald #B–27527
      California State Prison
      LAC Post Office Box 4490 B–4–150
      Lancaster, California 93539
      Address envelope to Romaine Fitzgerald, address card to Chip

 

Apr 08, 2020
#75: Rent Strike!
01:24:13

This April 1st, people around the world will go on strike and refuse to pay rent. In the midst of the pandemic, we are confronted not only with a virus, but with the murderous logic of the market. Before COVID–19 hit, millions already struggled to afford rent, mortgage, or loan payments; today, all but the wealthiest face ruin, caught between either sickness or poverty. It’s inevitable that most of us will not be able to pay the bills next month—but what we do about it is up to us. This episode offers tools, examples, and history to support you and your neighbors in withdrawing your support from the regime of rent and debt and to devote what resources you have to nourishing yourself and your community through mutual aid. We’ll share excerpts from CrimethInc. texts promoting the strike, discuss the 5 Demands framework and anarchist critiques of it, work through concrete tactical suggestions from a rent strike tool kit, present an invitation to a strike from the West Coast and an interview with the radical housing collective Station 40, and offer a condensed version of an inspiring history of rent strikes around the world over the past century.

{March 31st, 2020}

 

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Mar 31, 2020
#74: Surviving the Virus—An Anarchist Introduction to Pandemic Life
54:58

The COVID–19 crisis presents both extreme dangers and opportunities. As our lives are threatened by a new virus, our freedom is menaced by authoritarians intent on using this opportunity to set new precedents for state intervention and control. On the other hand, the collapse of the global capitalist economy and unprecedented social crisis are opening possibilities for refusal and resistance that we could not have imagined even a month ago. How can we keep ourselves healthy while resisting the intensification of control and pressing our advantage to undo capitalist relations? To open our discussion of life and resistance in the new pandemic landscape, we present the recent CrimethInc. text Surviving the Virus: An Anarchist Guide, which explores how to apply anarchist tools such as affinity groups and security culture to organizing our lives during the pandemic. We discuss the significance of nationalism and xenophobia in political discourse around pandemics today and in history, including the intriguing story of how the so-called “Spanish Flu” of 1918–19 got its name. Comrades in Italy offer us Against the Coronavirus and the Opportunism of the State, their report on the early days of the pandemic and quarantine in and around Milan. The episode concludes with an appeal to our listeners to let us know how we can best support all of you during the challenging times ahead. Please reach out and let us know! Whatever the future brings, we will be with you in solidarity as we confront the challenges and possibilities of pandemic life.

{March 31st, 2020}

 

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Mar 31, 2020
#73: Radio Evasión—Dispatches from Chile Part 4
02:20:13

DESCARGAR AQUÍ LAS ENTREVISTAS EN ESPAÑOL

Just days into the new year, masked encapuchados circle-pitted while burning the church of the Carabineros. That’s how fierce the Friday protests continue to be. Action has somewhat (not entirely!) slowed down on the other days of the week, but anarchists have taken advantage of the extra time to pour energy into organizing: neighborhood assemblies, prisoner defense, and anarchist congresses. Students are burning their university entrance exams—a preview of what’s to come when the school year begins anew in February. We have interviews from the streets, from the anarchist congresses, and with an anarcho-syndicalist healthcare workers’ union. With everything going on, we feel like we have to leave the podcast behind and film a documentary. Check out our wishlist and get in touch if you can help us get the gear we need: podcast@crimethinc.com.

{January 17th, 2020}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Help Us Make a Documentary! {:00}
    • Introduction {6:10}
    • December 1–13, 2019 {8:45}
    • Interview: Felíz 13.12 from Concepción! {18:45}
    • December 14–31, 2019 {35:15}
    • New Years Eve in Santiago {45:35}
    • Matías Catrileo Anniversary {58:10}
    • Students Rebel Against the University Entrance Exam {01:05:15}
    • Anarchist Assembly of the Bío-bío {01:08:30}
    • Interview with an Organizer {01:09:50}
    • Interview with a Mapuche Anarchist {01:20:00}
    • Valparaiso Anarchist Assembly {01:28:15}
    • Santiago Anarchist Congress {01:35:10}
    • Interview: Asamblea Libertaria De Santiago {01:36:05}
    • Interview: Grupo Solenopsis {01:42:40}
    • Interview: Grup Eco Anarquista {01:46:35}
    • October 18 Prisoner Defense Coalition {01:51:30}
    • Afusap – Anarcho-syndicalist Healthcare Union {02:08:50}
    • Poetry {02:15:05}
    • Outro {02:18:50}
  • WISHLIST OF ITEMS WE NEED TO FILM OUR DOCUMENTARY (Also shareable on Instagram and Twitter)
    • A Panasonic Lumix g95 camera, or any other camera that shoots in 4K with a decent stability and a good auto-focus
    • A GoPro with a waterproof case
    • A powerful laptop or desktop Mac with plenty of RAM for video processing
    • SD cards
    • External hard drives
    • Cloud storage
    • Batteries
    • Zoom lenses
    • Lens cleaner
    • A lens protection filter
    • A full-face 3M gas mask, with extra cartridges!
    • A monopod and/or a shoulderpod
    • A digital recorder and decent boom microphone
    • Lavalier microphones and a receiver
    • Motion graphics and subtitling volunteers
    • Any kind of hookup or discount on international airplane tickets
    • And, possibly, soundtrack music
    • Write to us at podcast@crimethinc.com if you have gear to donate, or if you can help set up an ongoing, online donations account for supporting anarchists in Chile
  • Write to [tatuajessinfronteras@protonmail.com](mailto: tatuajessinfronteras@protonmail.com) to participate in the February 15 international tattoo fundraiser for prisoners from the uprising in Chile. Check It’s Going Down for an announcement at the beginning of February. There’s a website with more info in both English and Spanish here, and also on Instagram.
  • Trusted fundraiser to support protesters in Chile
  • Our previous coverage/Nuestra cobertura previa:
  • CrimethInc. already has one excellent documentary about Chilean social struggles: The Chicago Conspiracy. Help us continue this story!
  • Listen to our two-episode special on Chilean anarchism from 2014: Part I, Part II
  • Some of Matías Catrileo’s poetry
  • Galería CIMA, daily livestream of Plaza Italia
  • Mauricio Fredes, the demonstrator who died on the primera línea near Plaza de la Dignidad
  • Prisoner Support:
  • The Chilean state’s own National Institute of Human Rights recognizes 300+ cases of eye-damage and 20+ cases of significant loss of vision
  • Angry civilians throw water on leftist politician Gabriel Boric for his vote in favor of the anti-looting law
  • One outlier politician entered the Chilean congress wearing a balaclava and denouncing the president
  • Inti-Illimani playing their classic hit “El pueblo unido jamás sera vencido” on December 13 in Plaza de la Dignidad. More shots of the massive concert and demonstration here
  • The best memes in response to the government’s “intelligence” report that K-Pop is fueling the revolt in Chile
  • Carabineros de Chile ruining a Christmas dinner in Plaza de la Dignidad
  • Can teargas canisters cause fires?
  • Furniture leaping to its doom in solidarity with the students rebelling against the university entrance exam
  • There are some concerning attempts at coopting the uprising for nationalist reconciliation between left and right, but thankfully so far they have very little presence or purchase in the streets
  • When the Chilean ruling class tries to meme
  • Instagrams:
  • Ongoing movement media from around Chile:
  • Music featured in this episode:
    • Underground Reverie
    • Mon Laferte
    • Dirti Lepra
    • Combo Chabela
    • Dela Pills
    • Inti Illimani
    • Sara Hebe
    • Sailor Punk & Niñx Debacle

 

Jan 17, 2020
#72: Radio Evasión—Dispatches from Chile Part 3
02:22:47

DESCARGAR AQUÍ EL EPISODIO EN ESPAÑOL

Has normality returned to Chile? NO! Social peace? Neither! The people don’t want peace without dignity. To borrow a phrase from the situationists, the people don’t want the peace of the graveyard. The revolt has been going on for over a month now. In this episode we have two reports about the day-to-day reality of the demonstrations in downtown Santiago, two interview with anarchists in Santiago and Valparaiso, an analysis on the April 2020 constitutional plebiscite, and a couple of strange, surprise interviews too. If you can help us with Spanish translation or transcription, please write us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

{November 29th, 2019}

 

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Nov 29, 2019
#71: Radio Evasión—Dispatches from Chile Part 2
02:43:18

Two weeks of revolt in Chile and there are no signs of it slowing down! In this Radio Evasión dispatch, we bring you up to speed on all the developments in the past week: the president’s attempts to quell the protests with reforms, the lifting of Martial Law, and the cancellation of the upcoming APEC trade summit. We have two communiqués translated into English from Chile, and eight interviews! This episode we tried to focus on not just the combative protests at Plaza Italia downtown, but also represent a little bit of how the neighborhoods on the periphery of the city are getting organized with cacerolazos, cultural events, barricades, and people’s assemblies.For feedback, ideas for interview questions, or to contribute material, send us an e-mail at podcast@crimethinc.com.

{November 1st, 2019}

 

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Nov 01, 2019
The Ex-Worker #70: Radio Evasión—dispatches from Chile Part 1
01:02:36

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}

 

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Oct 25, 2019
#69: Defend Rojava! Part 4, More Interviews on Revolution and Solidarity
01:06:44

As the news breaks of a Russian-Turkish alliance determined to stamp out Kurdish autonomy, what’s at stake in the international fight to defend Rojava? This episode continues our exploration of the embattled revolution in northeastern Syria through interviews with a variety of anarchists who have engaged in international solidarity work there. One recounts the women’s movement and the impact on gender roles of the autonomous social experiments in Rojava, while another provides an inside look at the armed forces and the struggle against ISIS. Participants in the Internationalist Commune describe their educational and ecological projects, and two anarchist combat medics serving with the SDF in the war zone describe their experiences. We hope these will deepen your understanding of this complex effort to remake society from the ground up amidst war and fascism on all sides—and strengthen your solidarity efforts, as we fight to support the resistance in Rojava.

As we mentioned last time: even though we’re focusing on the crisis in Kurdistan again for this episode, let’s not forget that even as the Turkish bombs are falling, other important rebellions are taking place across the world—in Chile, in Catalunya, in Ecuador, in Haiti, in Lebanon, in Hong Kong, and beyond. We’ll have more coverage of these and other revolts through the Ex-Worker and on the CrimethInc. blog in the days and weeks to come, so stay tuned!

{October 23nd, 2019}

 

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Oct 23, 2019
#68: Defend Rojava! Part 3, The So-Called “Ceasefire” and What’s at Stake
01:28:29

The revolutionary social experiments in the Kurdish territories of northeastern Syria remain under attack. As SDF forces mount fierce resistance in Sêre Kaniyê and waves of outraged protest sweep the world, the news in recent days has been full of the “ceasefire” negotiated by Turkey and US Vice President Pence. But what is really going on? And why is it so important to aspiring revolutionaries around the world? In Episode 68 of The Ex-Worker, we begin by deconstructing this so-called ceasefire, drawing on an account and analysis shared by anarchist volunteer currently in the war zone. But the bulk of this episode consists of an in-depth interview with an anarchist from the US who participated in a solidarity education delegation in Rojava this summer. She offers detailed insights into daily life amidst revolution and war, the council system and other social and political institutions, the role of military veterans and martyrs in public life, processes for absorbing criticisms and revising revolutionary praxis, and the lessons learned for organizing back in the US. We conclude with a message from another internationalist volunteer sent days ago as the bombs began to fall in Sêre Kaniyê, appealing for action. This episode continues tomorrow as we release a second installment featuring more interviews exploring armed struggle, gender roles, and daily life in Rojava.

Even though we’re focusing on the crisis in Kurdistan again for this episode, let’s not forget that even as the Turkish bombs are falling, other important rebellions are taking place across the world—in Chile, in Catalunya, in Ecuador, in Haiti, in Lebanon, in Hong Kong, and beyond. We’ll have more coverage of these and other revolts through the Ex-Worker and on the CrimethInc. blog in the days and weeks to come, so stay tuned!

{October 22nd, 2019}

 

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Oct 22, 2019
#67: Defend Rojava! Part 2, Understanding the Kurdish Resistance
01:10:58

As the crisis in Rojava deepens and political turmoil spreads across the world, it’s critical for us to understand how we got here. Who exactly are the Kurds, and why have so many thousands of them been willing to risk their lives fighting against ISIS and to defend their autonomy? What can we learn from their struggle? In this episode, we examine the historical background to today’s conflict by looking at the decades of militant Kurdish resistance that led up to the formation of the autonomous cantons of Rojava. You’ll hear an audio version of CrimethInc.’s detailed 2015 essay “Understanding the Kurdish Resistance: A Historical Overview and Eyewitness Report,” which tracks the emergence of the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) and its conflicts with Turkish nationalism, waves of insurgency and repression, the evolution of Kurdish radical thought, the Revolutionary Patriotic Youth Movement, the Gezi Park uprising in Istanbul, the siege of Kobane, and lots more. To bring you up to date on developments since then, we also share an interview with one of the authors of the essay, in which we explore the impact of the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, repression of social movements, Erdoğan’s goals with the invasion, and prospects for resistance and solidarity. Stay tuned later this week for more interviews with people who’ve participated in the social revolution in Rojava.

{October 16th, 2019}

 

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Oct 16, 2019
#66: Defend Rojava! Part 1, The Turkish Invasion
01:09:21

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
#65: Greek Anarchists Fight Back in Exarchia
01:38:59

On August 26th, riot police under orders from the newly elected right-wing government stormed and evicted four squatted social centers in the Exarchia neighborhood of Athens, Greece, in a serious attack on both precarious migrants and the anarchist and anti-authoritarian movements. In response, Greek anarchists have organized assemblies and demonstrations, while solidarity efforts have poured out from across the world. Both shaken and inspired by these events, the Ex-Worker podcast has emerged from hibernation to ask anarchists in Exarchia what’s going on and what needs to be done. This episode explores the situation in Exarchia through three interviews with anarchist residents of the renowned radical neighborhood. The first is an audio version of “The New War on Immigrants and Anarchists in Greece,” published on the CrimethInc. blog on August 28th, which gives an in-depth analysis of the evictions with historical context and insight into the dynamics of the Greek anarchist movement, supplemented by an excerpt from the 2015 piece “Syriza Can’t Save Greece.” The second is a long discussion with a squatter from the Lelas Karagianni 37 squat in Exarchia, the oldest squat in Greece and a central hub for assemblies and anarchist organizing in Athens; it touches on the role of the media and the previous Syriza regime in paving the way to this wave of attacks; the anarchist movement’s strategy for regaining the initiative from the state; and the significance of international solidarity. The third and shortest interview with the Void Network reports back on the September 14th anti-repression demonstration in Athens and reflects on the prospects for ongoing resistance. Tune in to learn more about this critical struggle to defend freedom and autonomy in an inspiring enclave of radical experimentation.

{September 18th, 2019}

 

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Sep 18, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 11: From East to West, Part II: Solidarity, and Home
23:14

Welcome to Episode 11, the final installment of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. This episode concludes the book with personal reflections about the author’s own journey in and out of the desert and the unavoidable links that bind all of us across all borders. To become a real force for change, those who would act in solidarity must overcome the limits of privilege politics and guilt, understanding our activities as fighting for our own lives and dismantling the illusion of separation between ourselves and others. What links migrants, solidarity workers, and all people struggling to survive amidst the disorienting nightmare of postmodern civilization is the pursuit of dignity—a sentiment beautifully expressed in a message sent by Rachel Corrie, an American solidarity worker in occupied Palestine, to her mother in 2003 just weeks before she was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer while attempting to stop a home demolition. Two final stories—one chilling and one touching—illustrate the astonishing peril of the desert even for experienced travelers, and the solace that unexpected alliances with creatures of the desert can provide for migrants and solidarity workers alike. Ultimately, the book concludes, to end death in the desert, to rediscover our own humanity, and to have any hope of our survival on this planet, there is one thing in common that we all must do—find our way back home.

{June 13th, 2019}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Who Will Tear Down That Second Border With You? {0:01}
    • Introduction {0:54}
    • Solidarity {1:12}
    • Story #1: Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death {3:38}
    • Dignity {7:18}
    • Rachel Corrie on Dignity {10:52}
    • Story #2: Luther the Tomcat {11:14}
    • Home {16:07}
    • All Our Relations {19:46}
    • Dedication {21:20}
    • In Memoriam {21:36}
    • Conclusion {21:48}
  • Breaking News: the felony trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren has ended in a hung jury. While this means that the government can still bring new charges against him, for the time being it is a strong victory against the state’s effort to criminalize humanitarian aid for migrants. Read statements by Scott and his lawyer here.
  • Content advisory: this episode includes a discussion of sexual violence from 4:48–5:25.
  • 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’s episode covers pages 197 to 208.
  • You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • Over the summer, the Ex-Worker Podcast collective will begin work on our next audio book project, which will begin to appear in the months to come—stay tuned! If you have any suggestions or feedback about this audiobook or other Ex-Worker projects, get in touch at podcast[at]crimethinc[dot]com. Thank you for listening!

 

Jun 13, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 10: From East to West, Part I - Chaos and Order, and Transformation
41:23

Welcome to Episode 10 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. Over the past two months, we’ve explored the ins and outs of irregular migration across the US/Mexico border. Where does it leave us? As the crises produced by climate change and economic exploitations intensify across the world, revolutions turn in to wars, which beget tyranny, which in turn provoke revolutions. In this climate of escalating chaos, what can we do? This episode explores the meaning of revolution in the twenty-first century, looking at the forms it has taken and assessing what it would take to defend it today. The Zapatista struggle offers one of the most durable and promising models of autonomy we’ve seen in recent decades—yet the limits it has encountered point towards unavoidable contradictions facing those who wish to avoid warfare and bloodshed but also cannot defend their achievements against remorseless foes without the force of arms. A harrowing story about the siege of San Juan Copala, an indigenous community whose effort to secure autonomy from the Mexican state was brutally crushed, illustrates the agonizing dilemma that faces would-be revolutionaries today. This episode offers an unflinching look at the perils confronting those who would defy these global systems driving displacement and death, setting the stage for our final installment next week on solidarity and coming home. {June 6th, 2019}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • From East to West {0:14}
    • Chaos and Order {6:25}
    • Story 1: The Parable of the River {10:35}
    • Transformation {16:25}
    • Frederick Douglass on Struggle {16:35}
    • Revolution {17:42}
    • A Hard Lesson {20:40}
    • Story 2: The Siege of San Juan Copala {27:10}
    • A Last Word From Malcolm X {39:50}
    • Conclusion {40:04}
  • 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’s episode covers pages 174 to 196.
  • You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • Stay tuned next week for the final episode in the series—Episode 11: From East to West, Part II: Solidarity, and Home.

 

Jun 06, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 9: The North
40:09

Welcome to Episode 9 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. The border doesn’t end at the border: the violent regime of citizenship constrains and ruins lives throughout the north, as a chilling story of a narrow escape from death makes clear. Yet this ongoing migration constitutes, against all odds, a powerful form of resistance that is changing the United States in unpredictable ways. This installment begins to explore what it might take to actually end death in the desert—which would also mean dismantling the global systems of exploitation, colonialism, white supremacy, and state power that lie at its roots. We can take inspiration and strategic guidance from some of the stories that appear in this episode, ranging from an extraordinary migrant whose ingenuity and determination helped him to survive multiple crossings against unthinkable odds to a team of civil disobedience activists whose simple action managed to briefly grind part of the migrant detention industrial complex to a halt. Listening won’t offer a single path, program, or tactic that’s guaranteed to work, but rather a way of thinking about resistance at multiple points of intervention that can start wherever you are. Whatever action you take, it’s time to take sides.

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • Immigrants {0:43}
    • Story #1: A Solidarity Offering {2:04}
    • Migration as Resistance {3:42}
    • Story #2: The Fragility of a Life {7:53}
    • John Brown’s Prophecy {11:33}
    • Choosing Sides {12:00}
    • Where to Start {17:41}
    • Story 3: A Real American Hero {20:17}
    • Resistance: Points of Intervention {28:35}
    • Story 4: Shutting Down Operation Streamline {31:14}
    • “Live to be Free…” {37:55}
    • Conclusion {38.35}
  • 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’s episode covers pages 153 to 173.
  • You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • Stay tuned next week for Episode 10: From East to West, Part I - Chaos and Order, and Transformation.

 

May 29, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 8: Designed to Kill, Part II – The Border Patrol, The Game, and The Desert
20:17

Welcome to Episode 8 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. This installment continues to explore the reality of border policy by taking a closer look at the agency that enforces it, describing the atrocities that its agents perpetrate and their mindsets to justify it. The Border Patrol is merely one of the largest and most vicious players in a game that brings lucrative profits to a host of players on both sides of the border, at the expense of the vulnerable migrants who are driven into the desert. The episode concludes with a discussion of the environmental landscape of the desert itself and a poignant reflection on its harsh beauty, envisioning the healing of the land when one day it will no longer be scarred by borders. {May 22, 2019}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • Story #1: Fleeing the Dogs {0:46}
    • Assata Shakur: On Morality and Power {4:32}
    • The Border Patrol {4:49}
    • Story #2: The Hills Have Eyes {10:30}
    • The Game {12:25}
    • The Desert {14:27}
    • Story #3: Under the Blue Sky and the Merciless Sun {16:02}
    • Conclusion {18:52}
  • Important Action Alert: No More Deaths is asking that supporters around the US take a moment this week through May 24th to call the US Attorney’s office in Arizona to demand that the government drop all charges against volunteer Scott Warren, who faces felony charges for humanitarian aid work in the desert. Please follow this link for contact information and a script to follow when you call. It will only take a moment, but will be an important gesture of solidarity. Please do it!
  • 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’s episode covers pages 140 to 152.
  • Episodes 7 and 8 comprise Designed to Kill, which was originally released as a ‘zine in 2011. You can read or print the zine version here.
  • You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • Stay tuned next week for Episode 9: The North.

 

 

May 22, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 7: Designed to Kill, Part I – Who Benefits?
43:58

Welcome to Episode 7 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. The Border Patrol, with its swollen budget and lavish technologies, clearly has the technical capacity to stop most, if not all, traffic across the border, yet their behavior seems to be at odds with their stated objective. This installment investigates the actual goal of border policy—which is not to end “illegal immigration,” but to control and manage it. While preventing this migration altogether would have catastrophic effects on the US economy, using selective enforcement to funnel traffic into increasingly remote areas while militarizing and hyper-policing certain areas maintains the labor supply while ratcheting up the profits to be made at every step in the process. A variety of stories—some heartbreaking, some hilarious—illustrate how this approach to enforcement impacts the lives of everyday people as they attempt to travel north into the United States. This episode identifies the various parties—both Republicans and Democrats, private prison and tech corporations, Mexican officials and cartels—who benefit from this counter-intuitive and cruel border policy… while reminding us of its horrific cost in human lives. {May 15, 2019}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • “Answer the Question of Who Benefits or Profits Most…” {0:01}
    • Introduction {0:24}
    • Designed to Kill: Who Benefits? {0:53}
    • Story #1: Lost in the Desert {3:01}
    • The Real Objective of the Border Patrol {4:27}
    • Why No One Really Wants to Stop “Illegal Immigration” {6:20}
    • The Politics and Economics of Border Policy {10:03}
    • Story #2: Desperation {20:00}
    • The Profits of Border Militarization {23:35}
    • Dangers Along the Trail {28:00}
    • Story #3: Good Guides and Bad Guides {30:59}
    • The Unholy Trinity: Governments, Corporations, Cartels {33:07}
    • Story #3: Nacho, Chucho, and Don Bigotes {35:32}
    • Conclusion {42:54}
  • Important Action Alert: No More Deaths is asking that supporters around the US take a moment this week and next week to call the US Attorney’s office in Arizona to demand that the government drop all charges against volunteer Scott Warren, who faces felony charges for humanitarian aid work in the desert. Please follow this link for contact information and a script to follow when you call. It will only take a moment, but will be an important gesture of solidarity. Please do it!
  • Content advisory: in the section “Dangers Along the Trail,” beginning around 28:00, there is a brief discussion of the forms of violence, including sexual assault, to which migrants are vulnerable when crossing through the desert.
  • 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’s episode covers pages 115 to 140.
  • Episodes 7 and 8 comprise Designed to Kill, which was originally released as a ‘zine in 2011. You can read or print the zine version here.
  • You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • Stay tuned next week for Episode 8: Designed to Kill, Part II – The Border Patrol, The Game, and The Desert.

 

May 15, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 6: The Border
41:10

Welcome to Episode 6 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. This installment investigates the three-tiered border and the process of crossing it, focusing on the places where the most deaths occur—southern Arizona and South Texas. The story of Arivaca, a small community of ranchers and hippies, shows how state arrogance and vigilante brutality turned the population towards solidarity with migrants. The complex politics of the Tohono O’odham reservation at Komkch’ed e Wah ‘osithk (Sells) reflect the fraught relationship between migration, colonialism, and the challenges facing indigenous communities today. The barren deserts and army base lands around Ajo mark some of the most grim and hazardous terrain of the entire border, while the recent surge in deaths around Falfurrias indicates the urgent need for further solidarity. Explanation of the actual mechanics of crossing the border, and the terrible perils faced by vulnerable migrants along the way, is supplemented by a poignant story about two flawed heroes of the desert. This episode paints a vivid picture of where and how migration into the United States actually happens, and the dangers stalking every step across the harsh landscape of the borderlands. {May 8, 2019}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • If You Hear the Dogs, Keep Going {0:01}
    • Introduction {0:52}
    • The Border {1:11}
    • Arivaca {6:26}
    • Story 1: El Pelón and Crazy Mark {14:05}
    • Komkch’ed e Wah ‘osithk (Sells) {19:22}
    • Ajo {24:05}
    • Falfurrias {26:40}
    • Story 2: Calling 911 {34:08}
    • The Crossing {36:23}
    • Conclusion {39:55}
  • Please take a moment to read this powerful article from the Intercept on the prosecution of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren: “Bodies in the Borderlands”.
  • 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’s episode covers pages 90 to 113.
  • You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • Stay tuned next week for Episode 7: Designed to Kill, Part I – Who Benefits?.

 

 

May 08, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 5: The Trip and The Product
31:26

Happy May Day, everyone! Welcome to Episode 5 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. Having discussed the political and economic forces that drive migration north, this week’s installment examines how people get from Central America to the US/Mexico border. The routes vary in risk and cost, and are stratified depending on a traveler’s wealth and nationality, from navigating the expensive and infuriating process of attempting to secure a visa to braving La Bestia, the notoriously dangerous freight trains heading north. Some hazard the northeastern route to Reynosa through Zetas cartel territory, while many traverse the northwestern route to Altar through Sinaloa cartel lands and towards the Sonoran desert. The “unaccompanied minors crisis” of 2013–2014 serves as a case study for how the machinations of powerful states, cartels, and corporations can impact the lives of migrants. Understanding the dynamics of border crossing requires an in-depth look at the economics of the marijuana trade, concluding with a thought-provoking analysis of politics of drug legalization and an unflinching look at the customs and border patrol corruption that makes the trade possible. This episode reframes our understanding of the multi-stage process of migrating north and the power relations and economic imperatives that shape the experiences of migrants as they set off into the desert towards the United States.

{May 1, 2019}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • L.A. Onda, “How To Stop a Wound From Bleeding” {0:13}
    • The Trip {1:13}
    • Story #1: Rethinking the “Unaccompanied Minors Crisis” {12:55}
    • The Product: Capital {16:54}
    • The Product: Labor {25:10}
    • Conclusion {30:21}
  • 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’s episode covers pages 69 to 89.
  • You can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • Stay tuned next week for Episode 6: The Border.

 

 

May 01, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 4: The South, Part II – Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras
35:59

Welcome to Episode 4 of No Wall They Can Build, the Ex-Worker Podcast’s serialized audiobook exploring borders and migration across North America. This week’s installment continues the previous episode’s exploration of the conditions south of the border that drive migration north by surveying the situation in the three countries of the “Northern Triangle.” Guatemala’s malnourished, heavily indigenous population languishes in poverty under oligarchic rule, the legacy of centuries of colonialism and a devastating civil war. Our narrator analyzes the numerous problems plaguing the country and examines the unfinished struggle for freedom and dignity that prompted the war, including its impact on global revolutionary imagination through its influence on the Zapatistas. The horrifying levels of violence in El Salvador trace their roots both to economic pressures and to US support for the former reactionary military regime during a bloody civil war. The section concludes with a hair-raising anecdote about the guerrilla movement’s creative revenge against a genocidal army officer. A brief note on the profound dysfunction of Honduras, stemming from the structure of North American economy, is followed by a discussion of the tensions between these four Central American nations and their inhabitants. This episode rounds out our picture of the recent history of the region and the dynamics that push people from their homelands on the perilous trip towards the US/Mexico border. {April 24, 2019}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • Guatemala {0:35}
    • Story #1: The Influence of the Guerrilla Movement {16:30}
    • El Salvador {17:40}
    • Story #2: Revenge at El Mozote {25:05}
    • Honduras {28:07}
    • Story #3: A Souvenir {30:52}
    • Tensions {31:22}
    • Conclusion {34:51}
  • 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 5: The Trip and The Product.

 

 

Apr 24, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 3: Mexico, Part I – The South
27:44

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}

 

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  • 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.

 

Apr 17, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 2: Defining Terms, The Aftermath, and The Travelers
22:00

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}

 

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Apr 11, 2019
No Wall They Can Build, Episode 1: Introduction
22:29

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
#64: Announcing Our First Audiobook! No Wall They Can Build
29:18

The Ex-Worker is back! Over the next three months, we will be releasing an audio version of CrimethInc.’s 2018 book, No Wall They Can Build: A Guide to Borders and Migration in North America, divided into eleven episodes released every week. In this short episode, we reflect on the evolution of the Ex-Worker podcast as a project, and set the scene for the forthcoming audiobook. In the year and a half since the book was released, much attention has focused on the US/Mexico border, and Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric have prompted widespread resistance. However, the crisis of raids, family separations, inhumane detention, and death and disappearance in the borderlands was in full swing during the Obama administration, and has roots stretching far back in the history of the United States. To provide context for what’s been going on around the border since the book was published, a volunteer from the solidarity group No More Deaths joins us to talk about changes and continuities between the Obama and Trump eras, the impact of the administration’s efforts to build a wall on communities around the border, updates on state repression against the group’s volunteers, and the wave of resistance and solidarity building towards a world of free movement. Want to learn more? We’ll be releasing the first installment of No Wall They Can Build later this week—stay tuned! {April 1, 2019}

 

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Apr 01, 2019
The Hotwire #47: Destroy borders—Wallywood—Yellow Vests—Fuck Thanksgiving—Season’s last episode
45:33

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}

 

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  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.

 

 

Nov 28, 2018
The Hotwire #46: Camilo Catrillanca—Comrades speak out on being doxxed—Mutual aid after Camp Fire
35:13

In our second to last episode of 2018, we bring you reports from the anti-fascist counter-demonstrations against right-wing rallies in Philadelphia and Portland. We also bring you a humble, frank letter from anti-fascists who have recently been doxxed in North Carolina. Mutual Aid efforts—organized and spontaneous—are popping up in response to the Camp Fire and to defend the migrant caravan in Tijuana from nationalist haters. From coast to coast, climbers get up in trees and ontop of pipeline construction equipment to defend forests. In Chile, a wave of revolt has spread after the police murder of 14-year-old Mapuche villager Camilo Catrillanca. There is already anti-anarchist repression ahead of the G20 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. {November 21, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Intro {0:00}
    • Headlines {0:55}
    • Reports from anti-fascist rallies in Philadelphia and Portland {10:10}
    • Anti-fascists speak out about being doxxed {15:10}
    • Revolt in Chile after police murder Camilo Catrillanca {21:20}
    • Repression roundup {22:50}
    • Next Week’s News {29:40}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • Upcoming events/demos/etc:
    • November 24: there’s a call out for an antifascist block to participate in the St Andrews Day antiracist march in Glasgow, Scotland. Gather at the Glasgow Green at 10:30 am.
    • November 25 - December 1: A call for a week of action against the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 25–27 will have popular education and workshops from different groups; the 28 and 29 will feature a People’s Summit, with day one at the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Buenos Aires, and day two in Plaza de los dos Congresos. November 30 is when the big street demonstration will take place.
    • November 25: there will be a march from San Diego down to the border with Tijuana to meet the sanctuary caravans. Here’s a link to the Facebook page.
    • November 25: there’s a call for a feminist demo against fascism in London on the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. Meet at 5pm on November 25th at BBC Portland Place in London, England.
    • November 25: the Leimert Park Mutual Aid Organizing Committee, in Los Angeles, California, will hold their monthly anti-gentrification free store from 2 to 6pm at the Leimert Park Art Walk.
    • November 26: A meeting](https://freedomnews.org.uk/london-callout-for-solidarity-with-russian-anti-fascists/) in London, England to plan solidarity events for January 19 in support of anti-fascists facing persecution in Russia. The meeting will take place at Mayday Rooms, located at 88 Fleet St.
    • November 29 - December 2: Anarchists in Umea, Sweden are hosting their first ever bookfair!
    • 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 17(ish): in Brownsville, Texas, people are planning to Meet the Migrants at the Border, in greeting them food and love! This date is currently tentative, as it is unclear when the migrant caravan will actually arrive. Organizers point out that there are five other points of entry on the Texas border the migrant caravan may try, and are encouraging people to organize more events. Here’s a link to their Facebook page.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • For beautiful Trans Day of Remembrance works of art available for free download, click here.
  • In response to the California fires, North Valley Mutual Aid is organizing with community members to provide support for those affected. Some of what they’re looking for includes funds, kitchen and first aid supplies (medical and emotional), clean-up and building materials, and organizing spaces. According to their website: “Please also let us know if you have specific materials to donate or otherwise want to get involved on the ground. And anyone from Paradise and the surrounding communities is encouraged to get in touch with ideas and needs to keep our 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.
  • 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.
  • Here’s a link to the full statement from the group Asheville Solidarity on the recent doxxing of activists and anti-racists there.
  • For a rant on why extremism is a bad framework for opposing Nazis, check out Hotwire #7.
  • 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.
  • Supporters of Todd Wentworth, a prison rebel held by the Michigan Department of Corrections who is currently under duress for whistleblowing on guards’ role in the murder of a fellow prisoner, are asking that people send him letters and notes of support, however short; it would mean a lot to him!

    Here is his address:
    Todd Wentworth #400451
    Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility (IBC)
    1727 West Bluewater Highway
    Ionia, MI 48846

    Additionally, Todd is is seeking a psychologist or someone otherwise qualified to perform psych evaluations who could provide a psych evaluation to send the parole board. If you have leads on this, please let them know.

  • Some folks are raising money for a People of Color Trans Two-spirit Women Action Camp to be held sometime this fall on occupied land. The camp is intended to provide Trans, two spirit, and women of color autonomy from white supremacy and patriarchy and create space to engage in converstaions on colorism, transphobia, disability, privilege around documented status, and antiblackness while building solidarity. To contribute, visit their GoFundMe page.
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write a birthday message for Ferguson revolt prisoner Josh Williams:

    Joshua Williams #1292002
    Jefferson City Correctional Center 8200
    No More Victims
    Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
    {Birthday: November 25}

  • 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.

 

Nov 21, 2018
The Hotwire #45: The empire’s centrism strikes back—Anti-fascism 80 years after Kristallnacht
44:39

On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, liberals and centrists are once more playing right into fascists’ hands. Our feature this episode is a reading of the recent CrimethInc. op-ed “Take Your Pick: Law or Freedom; How ‘Nobody Is above the Law’ Abets the Rise of Tyranny,” about the outrageously liberal demonstrations over Trump firing Jeff Sessions. We also interview an anarchist who was at the protest outside Tucker Carlson’s home in Washington D.C. about what really happened there, Twitter’s banning of anti-fascists, and why it’s important to take the offensive in the struggle against fascism. Friday, November 9 was the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and we bring you a round up of fascist, anti-fascist, and centrist actions from the weekend. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {November 14, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Intro {0:00}
    • Headlines {0:55}
    • Kristallnacht anniversary and #OutliveThem actions roundup {5:55}
    • Interview about Tucker Carlson protest and liberal blowback {10:05}
    • Take Your Pick: Law or Freedom; How ‘Nobody Is above the Law’ Abets the Rise of Tyranny {22:10}
    • Repression roundup {32:45}
    • Next Week’s News {38:12}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • Upcoming events/demos/etc:
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is on tour until late November! This week’s dates:
    • November 15: Kansas City, MO. 10:00 am @ Kansas City Public Library
    • Lucile H Bluford Branch 3050 Prospect Ave Kansas City, MO 64128
    • November 17: Columbia, MO. 6:00 pm CST @ Middlebush Hall, Room 132 University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
    • November 18: Columbia, MO. 12:00 pm CST @ Middlebush Hall, Room 132 University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
    • November 19: Carbondale, IL. 7:00 pm CST @ Flyover Social Center 214 N. Washington St. Carbondale, IL 62901
    • November 20:Carbondale, IL. 10:00 am CST @ Flyover Social Center 214 N. Washington St. Carbondale, IL 62901
    • A complete list of tour dates and locations can be found here.
  • Atlanta Anti-Fascists recently had their PayPal shut down, so they’re temporarily in need of support to offset some of their costs. They’re accepting donations through their fundraising page, or to donate using Bitcoin, their Bitcoin wallet is: 1LdSVFd6Wvj8LeEfux2Xf6Rr2KGKXemiBB (If you prefer to use a single-use address for Bitcoin, you can contact them.)
  • Jace Buras, a prison rebel who helped organize a peaceful protest at Hyde Correctional in North Carolina during the national prison strike, has written Atlanta Anarchist Black Cross to let supporters know that he has been transferred to Bertie Correctional and placed in 180 days of isolation. To show him support, his address is as follows:

    Jace Buras #1522417
    Bertie Correctional
    PO Box 129
    Windsor, NC 27983

  • Phone zap for prison rebel Dayvon Person! Dayvon was just about to reach his minimum custody requirements in January, when he was charged with inciting a riot at the Craggy Correction Institution in North Carolina. He is asking that people please, please, please call and ask that his appeal against these false accusations is heard. To participate, you can call the Director of the prison, Kenneth Lassiter or call/write the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

    Kenneth Lassiter:
    (919) 838–4000

    North Carolina Department of Public Safety:
    512 North Salisbury Street
    Raleigh, NC 27604
    (919) 733–2126

  • Ke Huelga Radio, an anarchist affiliated pirate radio station that has been squatting Mexico City’s airwaves for over 19 years, is under threat by both media conglomerates and the federal government. Ke Huelga is refusing to give up 102.9 and is urging folks to listen on their site, kehuelga.net, and to continue to try and pick up their signal if you’re in Mexico City. They also are calling for people to protest this interference by the IFT, including call them at 01800 2000 120 and emailing at atencion@ift.org.mx. Visit their website for other means of sending messages of protest!
  • Check out some of our favorites from the Christie Books anarchist film archive:
  • 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.](https://rupression.com/
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write a birthday message for Cameron Crowley, who is accused of being the anti-racist hacktivist Vigilance. You can write Cameron a letter, or send him a used book! (He especially likes sci-fi.) His address is:

    Cameron Crowley
    855 West 7th Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55102
    {Birthday: November 18}

  • 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 #44 we named Kevin Garrido, prisoner of the Chilean state who was reportedly murdered by another prisoner, as an anarchist. Comrades in and out of Chile have gotten in touch with us to let us know that that is not true, and that Kevin purposefully did not identify as an anarchist, and has even identified with more eco-extremist currents. Sorry for the lazy reporting, but in our defense we even did additional research beyond where we first got the story and multiple other sources identified him as an anarchist or tagged his story under “anarchist prisoners” or something else of the sort. Kevin did extend solidarity to at least some anarchist prisoners for their struggles, anarchists were present in his funeral caravan that clashed with police, and regardless of his politics, we still uphold what we said about, “While the state may charge [another prisoner] with [his] murder, we know that the police and prisons are responsible for the conditions that led to Garrido’s death, and the only kind of justice for his death will come from redirecting any aggression between the oppressed against their oppressors instead, until neither prisons not police can function.”

 

 

Nov 14, 2018
The Hotwire #44: Troops at the border—Anarchism vs voting—Remembering comrades who died recently
36:21

We kick off the episode with a discussion about anarchism and voting. After a roundup of resistance to capitalism and the state, our feature this episode is about Trump’s deployment of thousands of troops to “defend the border” and how it is in most people’s interest to push back on this latest precedent of using the military against civilian populations. We remember recently deceased anarchists Zhlobitsky Mikhail Vasilyevich and Kevin Garrido. There are calls for mobilizations on the border in the coming weeks, updates from the Vaughn 17 trial, and announcements of anti-fascist actions for the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {November 7, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction: Anarchism vs. Voting {0:00}
    • Headlines {5:10}
    • Turning the Army against the People: Border Militarization and the Migrant Caravan {10:45}
    • Remembering anarchists Zhlobitsky Mikhail Vasilyevich and Kevin Garrido {19:25}
    • Repression roundup {24:30}
    • Next Week’s News {31:15}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • Upcoming events/demos/etc:
    • November 8–11: International Days of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism.
    • November 10: A rally and march in NYC for International Days of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism. Gather at 1pm at 83rd and Lexington Ave.
    • November 10: A meeting of the Jewish Antifascist Network of the Triangle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Peace and Justice Plaza to hold a service for those murdered in the Holocaust and in recent white supremacist and anti-Semitic attacks
    • November 10: A call for counter demos against PEGIDA’s anti-Muslim and anti-refugee demonstration in Toronto. Meet at 12pm in Mel Lastman Square.
    • November 10: a demonstration in Little Rock, Arkansas against the white supremacist National Socialist Movement. Meet at the capitol steps at 500 Woodlane St at 12pm.
    • November 11: this month’s PDX Rad Movie Night, hosted by Portland Anarchist Black Cross and Oregon Jericho, presents The Gentleman Bank Robber, the story of queer revolutionary and former political prisoner Rita Bo Brown. The screening, followed by a discussion, will be taking place at 6PM at the Social Justice Action Center at 400 SE 12th Ave. - November 16–18: School of the Americas Watch is hosting a border encuentro directly on the US/Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora.
    • November 17: A Stand Against Proud Boys action in Philadelpha, to counter Proud Boys who are planning to attend a rally called We the People. Meet at Washington Square Park at 6th and Walnut Streets.
    • November 26 in London, England: A meeting to plan solidarity events for January 19 in support of anti-fascists facing persecution in Russia. The meeting will take place at Mayday Rooms, located at 88 Fleet St.
    • December 17(ish): in Brownsville, Texas, people are planning to Meet the Migrants at the Border, in greeting them food and love! This date is currently tentative, as it is unclear when the migrant caravan will actually arrive. Organizers point out that there are five other points of entry on the Texas border the migrant caravan may try, and are encouraging people to organize more events. Here’s a link to their Facebook page.
    • Duluth, Minnesota: Anti-fascist and anti-white supremacy People’s General Assemblies will be taking place weekly, Tuesdays at 6 PM in People’s Power Plaza
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is on tour until late November! This week’s dates:
    • November 9: Lincoln, NE. 6:30 pm @ F Street Community Center 1225 F St Lincoln, NE 68508
    • November 10: Lincoln, NE. 10:00 am @ F Street Community Center 1225 F St Lincoln, NE 68508
    • November 14: Kansas Cito, MO. 6:00 pm @ Kansas City Public Library
    • Lucile H Bluford Branch 3050 Prospect Ave Kansas City, MO 64128
    • November 15: Kansas Cito, MO. 10:00 am @ Kansas City Public Library
    • Lucile H Bluford Branch 3050 Prospect Ave Kansas City, MO 64128
    • A complete list of tour dates and locations can be found here.
  • Other anarchist critiques of voting and democracy:
  • “From Democracy To Freedom”
  • “False Hope vs. Real Change”
  • The Ex-Worker #51: “Anarchism, Voting, and Direct Action: An Audio Zine”
  • The Ex-Worker #48: “From Democracy to Freedom Audio Zine”
  • The Ex-Worker #47: “Introducing the Anarchist Critique of Democracy”
  • Other Crimethinc material referenced in this episode:
  • The Centro de Cultura Libertária of Cacilhas-Almada, which was founded in 1974 and is the oldest anarchist cultural center in Portugal, is facing eviction due to rampant real estate speculation and gentrification. To help contribute to their crowdfunding efforts, you can donate via the “Contribute” button here on their website.

    C.C.L. bank account details for donations
    Holder: CENTRO DE CULTURA LIBERTÁRIA
    IBAN: PT50003501790000215493029
    (Bank: Caixa Geral de Depósitos)

  • To put pressure on the prison where Jason Walker is being held about the cruel treatment he and other prisoners are enduring, you can ring the warden’s office at (936) 295–5756 or try emailing the warden at kelly.strong@tdcj.texas.gov.
  • Court support for the Vaughn Trial is welcome! Court is ongoing every weekday from 10am–5pm in Courtroom 8B at 500 N King St, Wilmington, DE.
  • Supporters of the seven strikers at the Toledo Correctional Institution are calling for a phone zap, especially because strikers have been met with rubber bullets in the past in retaliation. You can call ORDC director at 614–387–0588 or Toledo Correctional Institution at 419–726–7977.

    Sample script: “I am calling on behalf of David Easley, Richard Harris, Elijah Bowen, and James Ward, and all others on hunger strike. We know they have been severely punished with mace and rubber bullets, and I am asking of you to ensure they are not subjected to any further abuse for their actions. I stand behind their demands against adding more solitary confinement wings, and ask that their concerns are addressed promptly. Solitary confinement is extreme and inhumane, and not a solution to overcrowding… no one should be held in solitary because your facilities are inadequate to house them otherwise. There are also reports of harassment and abuse in the 4B overflow units, and I ask that you immediately take steps to guarantee that guards are not tampering with food or denying prisoners proper meals, and lift any restrictions that would prohibit prisoners from receiving books.”

  • If you have some time, consider joining the campaign to free the Virgin Island 3 with the Philly Anarchist Black Cross. Because the governor will be focusing on the election until late November, save the calls, emails and faxes for after November 20th; in the meantime, you can download and print fliers to distribute and send letters. Suggested letter format.
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write a birthday message for alleged Earth Liberation Front prisoner Joseph Dibee, who celebrates his birthday this week:

    Joseph Dibee
    #812133
    MCDC
    1120 SW 3rd Avenue
    Portland, Oregon 97204
    Note: Joseph is pre-trial, so please do not discuss anything about his case, or anything else illegal either!
    {Birthday: November 10}

  • 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 #43, we said that there was an unpermitted crowd that forced Trump’s motorcade to turn around outside the Tree of Life synagogue. There were massive protests, but despite this report we haven’t been able to confirm that the protests, in fact, disrupted Trump’s motorcade.
    • Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross informed us that political prisoner Ed Poindexter only has one good eye, due to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services denying him much needed cataract eye surgery. If you write him a letter, as we requested last week, please write IN LARGE, BOLD PRINT.

 

Nov 07, 2018
The Hotwire #43: Interviews with Anarchist Jews on Tree of Life massacre—Bolsonaro wins in Brazil
47:05

No news is good news. 60% of wildlife has been wiped off the planet since 1970. Mexican police kill a man in the migrant caravan on the border with Guatemala. Ever since Trump openly declared himself a nationalist last week, there has been an escalation of far-right violence. We interview an anarchist who works at the Tree of Life synagogue where an anti-Semite massacred 11 people on Saturday, as well as two people in the Outlive Them network about the upcoming International Days of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism. We also draw connections between the election of Bolsonaro in Brazil and anarchist resistance to Trump and democracy itself in the United States. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {October 31, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:12}
    • Tree of Life massacre {5:10}
    • Bolsonaro, democracy, elections {24:00}
    • Resistance roundup {33:50}
    • Repression roundup {37:50}
    • Next Week’s News {43:15}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • The latest episode of Sub.Media’s webseries Trouble deals with the J20 protests and ensuing legal battle. If anyone out there can help translate the subtitles to Brazilian Portuguese, we know that comrades there would appreciate it! E-mail us at podcast[at]crimethinc[dot]com.
  • Upcoming events/demos/etc:
    • November 2: A call for counter protests against Steve Bannon and David Frum in Toronto. Meet at 5pm outside Ray Thomson Hall located at 60 Simcoe St.
    • November 6: an anti-ICE march in Portland, Oregon at 6pm. Meet at City Hall and check out @OccupyICEPDX on twitter for more information.
    • November 8–11: International Days of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism, including this action in New York City on November 10.
    • November 10: A call for counter demos against PEGIDA’s anti-Muslim and anti-refugee demonstration, also in Toronto. Meet at 12pm in Mel Lastman Square.
    • November 16–18: School of the Americas Watch is hosting a border encuentro directly on the US/Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora.
    • November 17: A Stand Against Proud Boys action in Philadelpha, to counter Proud Boys who are planning to attend a rally called We the People. Meet at Washington Square Park at 6th and Walnut Streets.
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • More about the unpermitted crowd that forced Trump’s motorcade to turn around in Pittsburgh.
  • The Claws of Empire, the Rise of Fascism: Brazilian Anarchist Statement on Bolsonaro
  • Another anarchist perspective on the upcoming midterm elections.
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief are still looking for accomplices in their autonomous relief work in North Carolina, as well as supplies. They need:
    • people with any background relevant to repairing homes.
    • food, water, cleaning & building supplies, baby supplies, etc.
    • funds, to go toward these projects, keeping the lights on, keeping it all moving
    • Gift cards and supplies can be mailed to:
      102 N Cedar St.
      Lumberton, NC 28358
    • If you can come help, please get in touch by emailing WeKeepUsSafeVC@protonmail.com or mutualaiddisasterrelief@gmail.com
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is on tour until late November! This week’s dates:
    • October 31: Olympia, WA. 3:00 pm PDT @ Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505
    • November 1: Seattle, WA. 7:00 pm PDT @ Pipsqueak Gallery, 173 16th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
    • November 6: Fort Collins, CO. 7:00 pm MST @ Poudre Valley Public Library, 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • November 7: Fort Collins, CO. 4:00 pm MST @ Cafe Foco, 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • A complete list of tour dates and locations can be found here.
  • Duluth, Minnesota: Anti-fascist and anti-white supremacy People’s General Assemblies will be taking place weekly, Tuesdays at 6 PM in People’s Power Plaza
  • Political Prisoner Malik Washington has announced a hunger strike, not only against his conditions, but also against police brutality on streets and inside prison walls, against prison slavery, and against patriarchy and imperialism. If you’d like to send him written messages of support, you can write him at:

    Keith H. Washington #1487958
    McConnell Unit
    3100 South Emily Drive
    Beeville, TX 78103

  • Write a letter to anarchist prisoner Eric King at:

    Eric King
    # 27090045
    USP LEAVENWORTH
    U.S. PENITENTIARY
    P.O. BOX 1000
    LEAVENWORTH, KS 66048

  • Rashid Johnson, a revolutionary prisoner who is a founding member, and Minister of Defense, of the Prison Chapter of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party, is asking for your help! As de facto retribution for his relentless activism and exposure of the prison system, Rashid is being held in awful repressive conditions. Especially importantly, he takes medication for his blood pressure and the prison is withholding his medicine. Supporters can call Warden Beth Cabell, any day other than Friday, at  (804) 834–2678. The focus should be on his medical emergency, as Rashid needs to have his blood pressure checked in order for any adjustments to be made to his medications.
  • A trans woman of color and water protector was arrested on bogus charges in Louisiana on last week. She has since been released, but you can still donate to the ongoing fight at Gofundme.com/NoBBP.
  • In the Philippines, Food Not Bombs volunteer Marco is still in prison awaiting trial on drug charges. His supporters vehemently maintain that he had drugs planted on him and that he is being framed. You can donate to his legal fund here.
  • Friends of Tim Brown Jr are raising legal funds on his behalf for charges he incurred while in jail after being arrested in Charlottesville. The new charges are for allegedly beating up James Fields, the neo-Nazi who murdered Heather Heyer. If you have a few bucks, here’s the link to his gofundme.
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write a birthday message for Ed Poindexter, who celebrates a birthday next week:

    Ed Poindexter
    #27767
    Nebraska State Penitentiary
    Post Office Box 2500
    Lincoln, Nebraska 68542
    {Birthday: November 1}

  • 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.

 

 

Oct 31, 2018
The Hotwire #42: Migrant Caravan—Antifascist Assembly in Carbondale—NOLA Proud Boy Alert Hotline
38:45

We have a flurry of headlines from around the globe, with the migrant caravan from Honduras breaking through the Mexico-Guatemala border, indigenous comrades and their allies building prayer lodges in the path of the line 3 pipeline, London antifascists successfully blocking an anti-Muslim march, anarchists rioting in Barcelona after being evicted from their squat, and accounts of Chilean police attacking student protestors. Water protectors have been hard at work opposing the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and Panama City landlords have begun evicting devastated residents from their homes. You’ll hear from Carbondale anarchists mobilizing against Trump and right-wing reaction, and a hotline created by New Orleans antifascists to document Proud Boy activity—plus much more! 
Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {October 24, 2018}

 

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Oct 25, 2018
The Hotwire #41: Proud Boys assaults—Hurricane Michael autonomous relief—squats and rent strikes
44:06

Our features for this Hotwire are interviews about the Proud Boys attacks in New York City and Portland, Oregon, and we have an interview about autonomous relief after Hurricane Michael, which is also seeing organizing from neo-confederate fascists. We have a whirlwind of headlines from around the world, with breast-baring feminists burning barricades in Argentina, squatters from Ireland to Germany, and indigenous resistance in Canada. Connor Stevens of the Cleveland 4 is getting out soon, Jalil Muntaqim could use letters of support for his parole hearing, and we have calls to action from the L’eau Est La Vie anti-pipeline camp, plus much more! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {October 17, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {0:38}
    • Hurricane Michael autonomous relief {6:10}
    • Proud Boys attacks in New York City and Portland, Oregon {16:50}
    • Repression Roundup {33:40}
    • Next Week’s News {39:00}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • Upcoming events/demos/etc:
    • October 19: Benefit punk show for recently released political prisoners in Brooklyn, New York at 8:30 pm in Pine Box Rock Shop
    • October 20–21: The [Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective]((https://www.facebook.com/knoxvilleabortiondoulacollective/) is offering a workshop on Autonomous Pelvic Care in Roanoke, VA
    • October 21: An anti-prison rally at 3 pm, outside the ICPA Conference at the Montréal Marriott Chateau Champlain, near metro Bonaventure
    • October 27: A pro-choice counter demo and march in Munich, Germany. Meet at 1pm at Max-Joseph-Platz in Munich.
    • November 6: an anti-ICE march in Portland, Oregon at 6pm. Meet at City Hall and check out @OccupyICEPDX on twitter for more information.
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • Autonomous Mutual Aid in the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael:
  • You can support the East Hamilton rent strike by calling the building’s administrative office at 289–426–3001 and telling them to stop repressing tenant organizing. Alternatively, consider contributing to their GoFundMe to help pay for the filing fees ($190 per tenant) required in Ontario of the strikers when they are issued eviction notices, a common retaliation to rent strikes.

    If you prefer to donate by cheque, please send it to the following address:
    The Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network
    c/o Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
    Suite #203, 100 Main St. E, Hamilton, Ontario
    L8N 3W4

  • You can support the Seattle GDC’s campaign to get Proud Boy Nicholas Boling fired by calling Boeing’s commercial airplanes division at 206–655–1131 or the plant in Auburn where he works as a fabricator at (253) 931–2121.

    Sample script: “I am calling about Boeing employing Nick Boling, who is a member of the violent hate group the Proud Boys, and has misrepresented himself as being a Boeing test pilot when he assaulted a bartender in Bellingham Washington. Boeing should do the right thing and hold him accountable for his reprehensible behavior.”

  • Abraham Hernandez, a Black Mesa supporter, was arrested in Utah and is currently being held captive at an immigration detention center. Here’s a link to a fundraiser to guarantee Abraham’s safety and intentional protection, to contribute to and/or share!
  • Visit rupression.com for ways to support the eight antifascists currently being held captive and tortured by the Russian state. Ways to support them include: sharing on social media, online and physical letter writing, and monetary donations (including several cryptocurrencies).
  • Connor Stevens, one of the Cleveland 4, is being released as soon as November, and there’s a fundraiser to help get him basic necessities when he is released! Here’s also a Paypal to support the rest of the Cleveland 4.
  • Atlanta Antifascists have announced a new campaign against local white nationalist organizer Casey Jordan Cooper. Casey is attending John Marshall Law School and they’re asking people to call the law school at (678) 916–2600 and express your concern about the white power leader attending their school. Here is a sample script provided in an earlier call to action:

    SHORT SCRIPT: “Why aren’t you doing anything about Casey Cooper’s white supremacist organizing at your school?”

    LONGER SCRIPT: “Hello, I am contacting you about second-year student Casey Jordan Cooper. AJMLS has known for almost a year that Cooper is responsible for making racist death threats. All the evidence is at caseycooperinfo.wordpress.com. You are also aware that Cooper coordinated white power propaganda campaigns on Metro Atlanta campuses. I am deeply concerned by your school’s inaction. Why does AJMLS still view Cooper as fit to study and practice law?

    “I am reminding you that the issue is not just Cooper’s bigoted speech, but Cooper clearly threatening to lynch somebody. Doesn’t helping Cooper on his way to a become a lawyer — where he will have greatly increased power over people’s lives — make further harm likely? How is AJMLS working to repair the damage it has already done, to the broader community and to its own student body? The time has come for AJMLS to do better. Thanks for listening today.”

    EXTRA CREDIT: CONTACT BAR ADMISSIONS

    We also invite you to contact the Office of Bar Admissions for Georgia, supplying them with information on Casey Jordan Cooper’s conduct. Explain that Cooper is currently in law school but that his white power harassment and death threats reveal that he cannot be trustworthy and reliable as lawyer in the future. This information should be kept on file and Cooper should be denied admission to the bar.

    Office of Bar Admissions
    244 Washington Street, SW
    Suite 440
    Atlanta, GA 30334
    404–656–3490
    gabaradmissions.org/contact

  • Anarchist prisoner Eric King, who is in lock-up at Leavenworth Federal Prison, was recently thrown into the SHU. It is unclear how long he will be there and could really use some extra support! He has new mail restrictions-all paper has to plain white or lined notebook paper, envelopes have to be straight white or manila, and he is unable to receive cards. To find out more visit supportericking.org.
  • Jalil Muntaquim needs letters of support to get home on parole. Address letters to:

    Senior Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator
    Sullivan Correctional Facility
    325 Riverside Drive
    Fallsburg, New York 12733

    BUT SEND TO:
    Nora Carroll
    The Parole Preparation Project
    168 Canal Street, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10013
    The subject line should be “Anthony Bottom 77-A–4283”

    For more instructions, go here.

  • Itsgoingdown.org, one of our favorite online sources for anarchist and resistance news, is launching a fundraising campaign to ensure they can keep funding all their bad ass (and important!) revolutionary projects, visit itsgoingdown.org to donate or find out other ways you can support their very important work.
  • Court support will be needed in the coming months for the Vaughn 17. Two of the rebels are defending themselves pro se and they could use all the support they can get! Email revolutionaryabolitionistmovement@protonmail.com to plug in.
  • There is a call out from L’eau Est La Vie camp to protest banks who are invested in the Bayou Bridge pipeline. The project is funded by a whole slew of banks that are holding employment recruitment events at colleges across the country this fall. L’eau Est La Vie is calling for people to gather their affinity groups and disrupt these recruitment events! Visit nobbp.org or read the full call on itsgoingdown.org.
  • Sales are now 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. Orders start shipping September 10!
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write birthday greetings to Jalil Muntaqim:

    Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Jalil Bottom)
    #77-A–4283
    Sullivan Correctional Facility
    Post Office Box 116
    Fallsburg, New York 12733–0116
    Address envelope to Anthony Bottom, address card to Jalil
    {Birthday: October 18}

  • We have a Twitter! Follow @HotwireWeekly and send us news that we should include in the show.
  • CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS:
    • In Hotwire #40 Riot Dogg said that Laquan was murdered in 2015. He was shot on October 20, 2014. Also, a second degree murder charge in Illinois carries 4 to 20 years, with no mandatory time served. Each account of aggravated assault with a firearm carries a minimum of 6 years, with a max of 30. 85% of time must be served in the state of Illinois. That means if Officer Van Dyke gets the minimum 6 years for all 16 counts it’s a total of 96 years. 85 percent of that is 81.6 so that should be the minimum.

 

Oct 17, 2018
The Hotwire #40: Van Dyke verdict—Banksy—Gritty—Bolsonaro—anti-Columbus roundup
40:25

An anarchist from Brazil fills us in on Bolsonaro, where he came from, and the dangers his presidency poses to social movements. We talk about how it’s not just killer cop Van Dyke in Chicago, or sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court—it’s the system, and we propose full on ungovernability to render law and order irrelevant. We have roundups on anti-Columbus Day actions, anti-pipeline struggles, and the recent temporary victory at the Hambach Forest. Don’t miss our very special interview with one of the demonstrators at the anti-Trump march in Philadelphia, which debuted Gritty as the hot new anti-fascist mascot. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {October 10, 2018}

 

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Oct 10, 2018
The Hotwire #39: Brett Kavanaugh—Killer cops in PDX—words from arrested Hambach forest defenders
42:31

Alanis is back! And she reads our feature this episode, an audio version of the recent CrimethInc. text Kavanaugh Shouldn’t Be on the Supreme Court. Neither Should Anyone Else. We also interview an anarchist in Portland, Oregon about the #PatrickKimmons actions at the intersection where police killed him. Winter, one of the anarchists in jail defending Germany’s Hambach Forest in the last couple of weeks, is refusing to surrender their legal identity to the government. However, they did submit a beautiful letter to Rhineland Anarchist Black Cross, which we also read in this episode. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {October 4, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {2:40}
    • Interview about #PatrickKimmons actions and memorials in Portland, OR {4:20}
    • Kavanaugh Shouldn’t Be on the Supreme Court. Neither Should Anyone Else {8:45}
    • Repression Roundup {21:40}
    • Next Week’s News {30:55}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • Upcoming anti-fascist action:
    • October 6 at the Rhode Island State House in Providence at 10 AM to oppose a “Resist Marxism” rally.
    • October 7, Montreal, Quebec: Mass anti-racist demonstration at 3 PM in Berri Square.
    • October 13 in London, England: Unity Demonstration against a far-right football hooligan event.
  • Other CrimethInc. output we cited in this episode:
  • We love this letter from Winter, one of the anonymous anarchists arrested while defending the Hambach Forest, who is refusing to surrender their identity over to the police.
  • A fundraiser for legal costs for Marco, a Food Not Bombs activist in the Phillipines arrested on trumped-up drug charges. Almost there!
  • Contact revolutionaryabolitionistmovement@protonmail.com for information on court support for the Vaughn 17, and/or attend the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement’s orientation to supporting the 17 trial in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 6th.
  • You can check out David Gilbert’s book Love and Struggle here.
  • If you’re in Europe, go to the demo at Buir Train Station in Germany’s Rhineland on October 6 at 12:00 noon to protest the eviction of Hambach forest defenders.
  • A new poster for Greg Curry. You can also write him at this address:

    Greg Curry #213–159
    OSP
    878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
    Youngstown, OH 44505

  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • Autonomous Mutual Aid in the wake of Hurricane Florence
  • Sales are now 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. Orders start shipping September 10!
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write birthday greetings to Jamil Al-Amin, David Gilbert, Michael Davis Africa, and Malik Smith:

    Jamil Al-Amin
    #99974–555
    USP Tuscon
    Post Office Box 24550
    Tuscon, Arizona 85734
    (Birthday: October 4)

    David Gilbert
    #83-A–6158
    Wende Correctional Facility
    3040 Wende Road
    Alden, New York 14004–1187
    (Birthday: October 6)

    Michael Davis Africa
    #AM–4973
    SCI Phoenix
    Post Office Box 244
    Graterford, Pennsylvania 19426–0244
    (Birthday: October 6)

    Malik Bey (But address envelope to…)
    Meral Smith
    #16–024
    Tallahatchie Correctional Facility​
    415 US Highway 49N
    Tutwiler, Mississippi 38963
    (Birthday: October 8)

  • Support alleged prison strike organizers by calling the director of North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety and telling him to move the prisoners out of segregation and remove the infraction charges against them.

    Call: 919–733–2126

    A sample script:

    “Hi, my name is ( ), I would like to speak to Kennith Lassiter. I’m calling in regards to four prisoners in the North Carolina DPS system. (If they don’t connect you to Lassiter) I would like to leave a message for the director. I have become aware that DPS is punitively holding four prisoners in segregation and charging them with false charges of rioting. Not only have you chosen to disregard the demands of the protesting prisoners but now you continue to infringe on their basic rights to protest. I am demanding that you drop the infraction charges against Jace Buras, Todd Martin, and Randy Watterson and move all of them out of isolation. I will be following up with each of these men’s case.”

  • Express solidarity with houseless people in Olympia by calling Cooper Realty/Orca Construction and demand that they cancel their contract with Pacific Coast Security.

    Call Cooper Realty/Orca Construction: (360) 491–4580

    A sample phone call has been provided by Olympia Solidarity Network:

    “Hello Cooper Realty and Orca Construction. It has come to my attention and the attention of hundreds of concerned community members that you hire Pacific Coast Security to do daily patrols downtown and sweep houseless people from alcoves and alleyways from 8 PM to 12 AM. We believe these practices are discriminatory, unethical, and exacerbate the crisis of houselessness in our community and abroad. It appears that Cooper Realty and Orca Construction care more about maximizing profit and property values than the lives of people in living in poverty. We demand that you cancel your contract with Pacific Coast Security.”

  • For general information on supporting anarchist prisoner Casey Brezik, pop over to supportcasey.org. To help with writing parole board letters for Casey, here’s a sample letter:

    Missouri Board of Probation and Parole
    1511 Christy Drive
    Jefferson City, MO 65101

    Regarding: Parole Board Hearing for Casey Brezik #1154765

    Dear Honorable Members of the Parole Board,

    As a concerned citizen who is interested in helping Casey successfully transition into life outside of prison, I am writing to request that you please grant Casey’s parole.

    Casey has been working hard during his incarceration to address his problems with addiction and mental illness and I believe that he has made substantial progress in these efforts. Despite the mistakes he has made, I believe Casey is ready to meet the challenges of daily life and would be a positive contribution to any community.

    Casey’s efforts toward meeting educational and personal goals during his incarceration have been inspiring. Casey is passionate about learning and with the help of his support network he has been studying math and science related topics in preparation for pursuing a college degree upon his release while working to support himself and his wife in the meantime.

    Casey is well supported by a network of people across the country as well as by his family. I am willing to provide financial, emotional and spiritual support to Casey during his transition back to life outside of prison.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name]

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Oct 03, 2018
The Hotwire #38: An anarchist in #OperationAirDrop—Portland anti-cop occupations—IRPGF dissolves
35:31

Our feature this episode is an interview with an anarchist involved in one of the more spectacular autonomous relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence—Operation Airdrop. We follow it up with some discussion about the role of anarchist politics in doing autonomous, mutual aid relief work. We also interview someone involved in the new occupation outside campus security on Portland State University’s campus after a grand jury did not indict two killer cops for the murder of Jason Washington. The International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces is dissolving their organization, but we share their final communiqué in which they encourage us to keep up the struggle against hierarchy in all its forms. Plus, reports on the recent #MeToo McDonald’s workers strike, anti-fascist action in Tennessee, and announcements for anarchist book fairs and ways to support prisoners. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {September 26, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {0:50}
    • Occupation against the police at PSU {8:20}
    • Autonomous relief after Hurricane Florence and Operation Airdrop interview {12:35}
    • Repression roundup {22:40}
    • Next Week’s News {29:10}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • Autonomous Mutual Aid in the wake of Hurricane Florence
  • Upcoming anti-fascist action:
    • September 29 at Risman Plaza on Kent State University in Ohio from 1–5 PM—demonstrate against the participation of white supremacists from the American Guard in an open-carry on campus rally
    • October 6 at the Rhode Island State House in Providence at 10 AM to oppose a “Resist Marxism” rally
    • October 13 in London, England: Unity Demonstration against a far-right football hooligan event.
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief presentations in Tucson, Arizona:
    • Friday, September 28, at 7 PM: Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism at Global Justice Center 225 E 26th St Tucson, AZ 85705
    • Saturday, September 29, at 10 AM: Giving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness Global Justice Center 225 E 26th St Tucson, AZ 85705
  • Visit miantirepression.org for information on FBI harassment in Michigan.
  • Demand an end to the year-long lockdown at Lieber Correctional by contributing to the phone zap:

    Henry McMaster, SC Governor
    Phone: 803.734.2100
    Fax: 803.734.5167

    Lieber Correctional Institution
    General Number 843–875–3332
    Ask for transfer to Captain Haney
    Warden Randall Williams
    843–875–3332

  • Check out this interview with recently deported anarchist Mapache.
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • Other relevant anarchist media:
    • This is Parkdale, a documentary on tenant organizing in Toronto.
    • Hotwire #35 discusses the struggle over the Artesian Commons in Olympia, Washington.
    • The Ex-Worker #17 has an interview with an anarchist supporter of Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation prisoner Jorge P Cornell.
  • Sales are now 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. Orders start shipping September 10!
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write Jorge Cornell of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation and Skelly of the Cleveland Four:

    Jorge P. Cornell
    #28152–057
    FCI Petersburg Low
    1100 RIVER ROAD
    HOPEWELL, VA 23860
    (Birthday: September 29)

    Skelly (but address envelope to…)
    Joshua Stafford
    #57976–060
    USP McCreary
    Post Office Box 3000
    Pine Knot, Kentucky 42635
    (Birthday: October 3)

  • For general information on supporting anarchist prisoner Casey Brezik, pop over to supportcasey.org. To help with writing parole board letters for Casey, here’s a sample letter:

    Missouri Board of Probation and Parole
    1511 Christy Drive
    Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Regarding: Parole Board Hearing for Casey Brezik #1154765

    Dear Honorable Members of the Parole Board,
    As a concerned citizen who is interested in helping Casey successfully transition into life outside of prison, I am writing to request that you please grant Casey’s parole.

    Casey has been working hard during his incarceration to address his problems with addiction and mental illness and I believe that he has made substantial progress in these efforts. Despite the mistakes he has made, I believe Casey is ready to meet the challenges of daily life and would be a positive contribution to any community.

    Casey’s efforts toward meeting educational and personal goals during his incarceration have been inspiring. Casey is passionate about learning and with the help of his support network he has been studying math and science related topics in preparation for pursuing a college degree upon his release while working to support himself and his wife in the meantime.

    Casey is well supported by a network of people across the country as well as by his family. I am willing to provide financial, emotional and spiritual support to Casey during his transition back to life outside of prison.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name]

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Sep 26, 2018
The Hotwire #37: Evictions in Hambach—Aid & Disaster Relief after Florence—Strikes!
41:23

The world is a dangerous place in 2018-Botham Jean is murdered in his own home by a Dallas cop and police are actively raiding the rebel encampment in the Hambach Forest. There’s inspiring strike resistance in Central and South America where striking dockworkers in Chile caused thousands of dollars in damage and a general strike in taking place in Costa Rica. Hurricane Florence took Wilmington by storm and we interview anarchists on the ground doing disaster relief. There are quite a few prisoners who need support and we read excerpts from a heartfelt statement issued by prisoners at the Burnside Prison in Halifax who are ending their strike. Anarchists in London are trying something new! And there’s lots of events coming up! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {September 19, 2018}

 

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Sep 19, 2018
The Hotwire #36: #PrisonStrike ends—bring back anti-nationalism—economic crisis in Argentina
32:17

It’s 17 years and a day after 9/11 and Iraq is still in shambles, so we rip apart liberals for thinking George W. Bush is somehow “cute”. 2001 pops up again when we compare the current economic crisis in Argentina to the wave of worker-led factory takeovers and anarchist media that resisted the last economic meltdown there. We call for anarchists to incorporate a critique of nationalism itself into our anti-fascist strategy and analysis, we include preliminary information for autonomous relief efforts based in mutual aid for #HurricaneFlorence, and we wrap up the National #PrisonStrike with an action report and a bunch of phone-zaps! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {September 12, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • George W. Bush is not cute {0:50}
    • The other 9/11 {2:45}
    • Economic collapse in Argentina… again {4:00}
    • Bringing back the anarchist critique of nationalism {5:25}
    • Here come the hurricanes—time for mutual aid {11:00}
    • #PrisonStrike ends {14:55}
    • Repression roundup {20:35}
    • Next Week’s News {27:40}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • Autonomous Mutual Aid in the wake of Hurricane Florence
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief will give a brief presentation on September 15th at 10:30am at the Uplift Climate Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Anarchist book fairs this weekend:
  • Upcoming anti-fascist action:
    • September 15: Stop the League of the South from disrupting TriPride in Johnson City, TN
    • September 29: Oppose the League of the South’s rally in Elizabethton, TN. Stay tuned to @HollerNetwork and @knoxradical for updates.
  • Argentina:
    • The documentary The Take looks at factory takeovers and a little of the abstentionist anti-voting movement in Argentina as a response to the economic crisis of 2001
    • Keep up with resistance news in Argentina through Indymedia Argentina and the excellent anti-authoritarian TV channel Antena Negra
  • Other relevant CrimethInc. output:
  • Hotwire #3, Hotwire #6, and Hotwire #9 have interviews about mutual aid based, autonomous relief efforts in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
  • Some anarchist critiques of nationalism:
  • Donate to the legal defense fund for anti-racists and anti-fascists arrested in relation to the Silent Sam confederate monument in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Check out this guide on experiences and reflections dealing with undercover police infiltration in Toronto
  • Evictions HAVE BEGUN in the Hambach Forest! If you’re in Europe, make your way to the Hambach Forest in Germany to help defend it, and the radical Ewok village of forest defenders who live there. Also, check out our audio documentary about the forest and the defense campaign to stop the cutting.
  • Pre-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. Orders start shipping September 10!
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write imprisoned American Indian Movement warrior Leonard Peltier.

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

  • Phone zap for Jason Walker

    You can contact the TDCJ Ombudsman at ombudsman@tdcj.texas.gov, as well as the Telford Unit’s management at 903–628–3171 and garth.parker@tdcj.texas.gov. You can speak to the Regional Director’s office at (903) 928–2623, billy.howard@tdcj.texas.gov and carl.mckellar@tdcj.texas.gov. Contact details for TDCJ head office are (936) 295–6371, Bryan.Collier@tdcj.texas.gov and exec.director@tdcj.texas.gov

    Script for phone calls: “Hello, I am contacting you as I have been made aware of a pattern of bogus disciplinary cases being issued by CO Renitia T. Davis. In particular, I wish to request that you bring in an appropriate outside investigator to fully investigate the recent cases issued to inmates Jason Renard Walker #1532092 and Logan Newsome #2163761 with an eye to getting these fraudulent cases overturned and expunged immediately, as well as conducting a full investigation into Officer Davis’ history. Beyond this, I demand that you cease all forms of harassment and retaliation against Jason Walker, including but not limited to the issuing of bogus cases, the censorship of his correspondence, and the denial of access to heat respite. Please investigate and overturn all recent cases and disciplinary measures issued to Mr. Walker by Telford Unit staff, and investigate the conduct of Lieutenant Estrada, Sergeant Gilstrap, Sergeant Sartin, and Lieutenant Ricks, who have all played a role in the campaign of harassment. Thank you”

  • Phone zap for Kevin Rashid Johnson

    Monday morning, starting at 9 AM, please phone and email the official in charge of interstate compact: Chief of Corrections Operations David Robinson. You can call the main office number at 804–674–3000 and ask to be transferred to his phone line. Robinson’s email address is david.robinson@vadoc.virginia.gov When leaving a message or talking to Mr Robinson, refer to Rashid by his legal name Kevin Johnson. Explain that he is better off in Virginia, that he has been subjected to serious human rights abuses during previous transfers.

  • We have a Twitter! Follow @HotwireWeekly and send us news that we should include in the show.

 

Sep 12, 2018
The Hotwire #35: Trans Mountain pipeline paused—Chemnitz: antifa block Nazis—fuck a school board
42:48

In this Hotwire we bring you two interviews: one from an anarchist organizer involved in indigenous-led anti-pipeline struggles in Canada about the recent announcement that construction will be halted on the Trans Mountain Pipeline; and we speak with an anti-fascist who was on the streets of Chemnitz, Germany on Saturday when anti-fascists blocked the latest Nazi mobilization there. We also ruminate on common sense anti-racism, whether political campaigns figure into anarchist strategy, and an anarchist approach to school dress code policies. There are plenty of updates from the [#PrisonStrike](https://itsgoingdown.org/prisonstrike/) and LOTS of announcements for action in September, so listen until the end! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {September 5, 2018}

 

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Sep 05, 2018
The Hotwire #34: #PrisonStrike update—Nazis mobilize in Germany—Riotization of protest interview
36:57

This week, you will hear about an anti-Nazi picnic in Avalon, PA, some brief analysis about the Nazi mob in Chemnitz, Germany and about some folks pushing back against the Pope’s visit in Ireland]. We interview Michael Loadenthal, a social movement academic and former J20 defendant, about the riotization of protest and new strategies the state is using to criminalize dissent. We also continue to highlight the ways police and fascists are aligned. We give an extensive update about what we know so far about the 2018 Prison Strike and we interview two supporters who are championing the strike inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. Finally, we wrap up the show with political prisoner birthdays and next week’s news. But, right before that-the Rebel Girl and the Riot Dog sing a duet, so seriously-listen until the end!!! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {August 29, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {0:50}
    • #PrisonStrike {6:30}
    • Repression roundup {18:45}
    • Next Week’s News {32:50}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.
  • The 2018 #PrisonStrike is ongoing! Check out the Incarcerated Workers website for more information, resources, and the list of prisoner’s demands. Also, episode #50 of The Ex-Worker is all about the 2016 national #PrisonStrike.
  • Watch furry minks being liberated here!
  • Check out our essay on Taking a Global View of Repression, exploring how states develop and share repressive strategies, and how anarchists can counter them.
  • Now That’s What I Call Kerkhophony Volume 1, the album dedicated to Jennifer Kerkhoff (the rotten scum of a prosecutor who was responsible for the J20 trials), is available here. And get your burning limo t-shirts while supplies last here.
  • To support water protectors who’ve been arrested in the fight against the Bayou Bride Pipeline, you can donate to L’Eau Est La Vie at gofundme.com/nobbp.
  • Check out this poster to learn a little more about the Vaugh Prison rebellion and to get the addresses of those being repressed in the aftermath.
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write Ronald Reed and John Bramble.

    John Bramble
    SBI# 450202
    Sussex Correctional Institution
    P.O. Box 500
    Georgetown DE 19947
    Birthday: September 1

    Ronald Reed
    #2195311
    Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City
    7600 525th Street
    Rush City, Minnesota 55069–2265
    Birthday: August 31

  • We have a Twitter! Follow @HotwireWeekly and send us news that we should include in the show.

 

 

 

Aug 29, 2018
The Hotwire #33: #PrisonStrike kicks off—racist statue toppled in NC—alt-right get self-doxxed
45:27

This week, you will hear updates from the Stony Creek tenant strike in Canada, some creative anti-ICE actions, and about some humorous and some of the alt-right’s recent losses. We interview Maya Little about the recent toppling of a confederate statue in North Carolina on Monday. Maya shares information about the impact of the statue on campus, some history, and some initial feelings after the fall of Silent Sam. We kick off the nationwide prison strike with an interview with an outside supporter of the strike, and a reportback from an attendee of a noise demonstration outside a prison. Finally, we wrap up the show with political prisoner birthdays and next weeks news. We’re glad to be back! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {August 22, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {0:50}
    • #PrisonStrike {7:50}
    • Confederate monument toppling {20:10}
    • Repression roundup {33:00}
    • Next Week’s News {40:55}
  • [Download 29:30 minutes long version.](http://traffic.libsyn.com/exworker/RADIO_VERSION_The-Hotwire_33_PrisonStrike-kicks-off_racist-statue-toppled-in-NC_alt-right-get-self-doxxed.mp3)
  • The August 21 #PrisonStrike has begun! Check out the Incarcerated Workers website for more information, resources, and the list of prisoner’s demands. Also, episode #50 of The Ex-Worker is all about the 2016 national #PrisonStrike.
  • Check out our newest article documenting how the confederate statue, Silent Sam, came down in North Carolina.
  • Check out this article about Joseph Dibee – an alleged ELF fugitive who was just captured, and find out why this case matters.
  • READ these texts written by Black Liberation Army prisoner Russel “Maroon” Shoatz:
  • Read this hilarious story about a clever trick used to get people on the far-right to dox themselves!
  • Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain is being held in solitary. Call Director Gary Mohr at 614–387–0588 or e-mail drc.publicinfo@odrc.state.oh.us or melissa.adkins@odrc.state.oh.us (Administrative Assistant for Mohr). You can use this script:

    “I am calling on behalf of Sean Swain, inmate #243–205. I am a friend of Sean. I am calling to request the ODRC grant Mr. Swain’s appeal regarding his most recent disciplinary record, drop the charges, and lower his security level from 5b to 2. Mr. Swain is not a physical security risk, and there is no reason to keep him at such a high security rating where he will be unable to get the programming he needs to be eligible for rehabilitation and parole. Thank you for your consideration.”

  • Ramona Africa has been hospitalized and needs monetary support, Donate to he Go Fund Me
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write Joseph Dibee, Erik King and, Russell Maroon Shoats.

    Joseph Dibee #812133
    Multnomah County Detention Center
    11540 NE Inverness Drive
    Portland, Oregon 97220

    Eric King #27090–045
    USP Florence – High
    US Penitentiary
    PO Box 7000
    Florence, CO 81226

    Russell Maroon Shoatz #AF–3855
    SCI Graterford
    Post Office Box 244
    Graterford, Pennsylvania 19426

  • We have a Twitter! Follow @HotwireWeekly and send us news that we should include in the show.

 

 

Aug 22, 2018
The Hotwire #32: Summer in Review—Antifascists in Charlottesville & DC—2018 Prison Strike
47:47

Our first episode of the new season! This week, we look back at the long, hot summer and give an update on antifascist clashes, pipeline resistance, and ICE occupations. Hundreds gathered in Charlottesville on the anniversary of the defeat of Unite the Right, drawing attention to the increasing cozy relationship between white supremacists and the police.

We interview someone from Washington, DC about opposition to the Unite the Right 2 Rally held there this past weekend. Accused ELF and ALF member, Josephy Dibee was extradited to the US from Cuba and is being held in jail in Oregon. There are updates on the nationwide prison strike set to start on August 21 and list a whole slew of solidarity events you could attend. Finally, we wrap up the show with political prisoner birthdays and next weeks news. We’re glad to be back! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {August 15, 2018}

 

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Aug 15, 2018
The Hotwire #31: Repression in Indonesia—Hamilton rent strike—J20 on May 14—events all summer
39:00

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
The Hotwire #30: May Day 2018 Roundup
44:11

Our annual roundup of worldwide May Day actions. We have interviews with participants in May Day actions in Puerto Rico, where there was a general strike, and Paris, whose black bloc didn’t only take the cake, they took the whole damn bakery! Indonesia saw black blocs erupt all over the country, and now a wave of politically-motivated arrests there are targeting anarchists. In the USA, opposition to ICE and deportations was one clear theme, and the calls for decentralized actions did yield some spikey vandalism in the Pacific Northwest. We also have a short update about what’s happening at La ZAD. {May 3, 2018}

 

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May 03, 2018
The Hotwire #29: MAY DAY Special—The best of anarchist news reporting from the vaults (uncensored!)
01:32:13

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}

 

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May 01, 2018
The Hotwire #28: Anti-government revolt in Nicaragua—more treesits in WV—Bakunin beats Satanism
40:12

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
The Hotwire #27: Legal victory for the Tarnac 9—calls for May Day actions—Vive la ZAD!
38:06

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
The Hotwire #26: La ZAD resists eviction—direct action against pipelines & police academy—#Douma
40:23

As we go to press, hundreds of squatters and eco-rebels are battling against cops at La ZAD in France. We interview someone there, as well as a participant in The Syrian Revolution about the no-state-solution to the Syrian government’s ongoing attacks on rebel areas. The treesits in West Virginia against the Mountain Valley Pipeline are expanding. Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain needs support. {April 11, 2018}

 

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Apr 11, 2018
The Hotwire #25: Kentucky & Oklahoma teachers strike—anniversary of MLK’s death—report on Gaza
38:18

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
The Hotwire #24: Sacramento against killer cops—#DefendAfrin actions—Anti-G7 mobilizing in Quebec
39:47

As we go to press, protests in Sacramento and beyond are ongoing over the police murder of Stephon Clark. We interview an anarchist sex worker about the new FOSTA-SESTA bill and its impact on sex workers’ safety and organizing. We also feature an interview with a comrade from Quebec about the anti-capitalist mobilization against the G7 summit in Quebec in June. Don’t miss our roundup of #DefendAfrin actions that took place on March 24, or our reflections on the political moment we’re in after the March For Our Lives. {March 28, 2018}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:35}
    • FOSTA-SESTA interview {5:23}
    • Sacramento against killer cops {11:07}
    • March For Our Lives {12:35}
    • #DefendAfrin actions roundup {16:50}
    • Repression Roundup {24:25}
    • Next Week’s News {29:45}  
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version
  • CrimethInc. texts mentioned in this Hotwire:
  • Other anarchist shows mentioned in this Hotwire:
  • Start gearing up for a summer of anarchy in Quebec!
  • Fundraising:
    • Crimean anarchist political prisoner Evgeny Karakashev is in need of support. You can donate by PayPaling money to abc-msk@riseup.net, and please mention “for Evgeny Karakashev.”
    • In the wake of FOSTA-SESTA, there are groups like Saint James Infirmary, Red Light Legal, and a new group called New Whore-izons which are all focusing in different ways on redistributing both and wealth and resources by sex workers and for sex workers.
    • The Southeast Trans and/or Women Action Camp has had their donation page shut down twice, so if you have some bucks to spare you can donate at PayPal.me/setwac2018.
    • Indigenous water protector Mason Neck is also in need of help. You can donate to his commissary here (TO MASON NECK, HUGHES COUNTY), and you can send him letters and books here:
      MASON NECK
      HUGHES COUNTY PRISON
      3100 E. HWY 34
      PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA 57501
  • Author Mark Bray speaking about his book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief tour
    • March 30 @ 6 PM at The Park Church 208 W Gray St Elmira, NY 14901: Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism
    • March 31 @ 10 AM at The Park Church 208 W Gray St Elmira, NY 14901: Giving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness
    • April 2 @ 6:30 PM at Pittsburgh Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA: Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism
    • April 3 @ 7 PM at Glitter Box Theater 460 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Giving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness
    • April 4 @ 7 PM at Glitter Box Theater 460 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Giving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness  
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write birthday greetings to political prisoners Chuck Sims Africa and Delbert Africa.
    • Charles Sims Africa #AM–4975 
      SCI Dallas 
      1000 Follies Road 
      Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612
      {Birthday: April 2}  
    • Delbert Orr Africa #AM–4985 
      SCI Dallas 
      1000 Follies Road 
      Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612
      {Birthday: April 2}
  • J20 support resources:
  • Corrections & Clarifications:  
    • We were just going to press last week when reports about actions for the week of solidarity with Russian anarchist prisoners were coming in. We want to update our list to mention that solidarity rallies and marches were also held in Stockholm; Helsinki; Kharkiv; Prague; Turku, Finland; Brno; Barcelona; Bern; Leipzig; and Canberra, Australia.
    • Last episode we incorrectly reported that Herman Bell was released. Rather, he was granted release on parole after over four decades in prison—hurrah! But now New York City’s mayor, the governor, and the police unions are trying to reverse that decision. Here’s what you can do to support Herman:
      • 1) CALL New York State Governor Cuomo’s Office NOW: 518–474–8390
      • 2) EMAIL New York State Governor Cuomo’s Office      
      • 3) TWEET at Governor Cuomo: use the following sample tweet: “@NYGovCuomo: stand by the Parole Board’s lawful & just decision to release Herman Bell. At 70 years old and after more than 40 years of incarceration, his release is overdue. #BringHermanHome.”
      • Use this script for phone calls and emails:  “Governor Cuomo, my name is __________ and I am a resident of [New York State/other state/other country]. I support the Parole Board’s decision to release Herman Bell and urge you and the Board to stand by the decision. I also support the recent appointment of new Parole Board Commissioners, and the direction of the new parole regulations, which base release decisions more on who a person is today than on the nature of their crime committed years ago. Returning Herman to his friends and family will help heal the many harms caused by crime and decades of incarceration. The Board’s decision was just, merciful and lawful, and it will benefit our communities and New York State as a whole.” 

 

 

Mar 28, 2018
The Hotwire #23: Historic school walkouts—Alt-right unravels—Solidarity with anarchists in Russia
39:31

Hundreds of thousands of high school students defy adult authority and walkout against mass shootings; anti-pipeline camps hold strong from Virginia to West Virginia to so-called British Columbia; we interview an anarchist in Brazil as protests erupt there after an anti-police brutality politician was assassinated; the annual march against police brutality in Montreal beats cops back; Russian anarchists explain in an interview why it’s not just Putin that’s the problem, or Trump for that matter, but the systems of power they inhabit; plus a repression round up, announcements for Saturday’s international day of action to #DefendAfrin, and calls for exciting upcoming anarchist bookfairs and speaking tours. {March 21, 2018}

 

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Mar 21, 2018
The Hotwire #22: Int’l Women’s Day actions—#DefendAfrin solidarity—WV teachers’ strike ends
36:47

This episode we bring you two roundups: one for women’s strike actions on International Women’s Day, and another for #DefendAfrin actions across Europe. We also share a call for and international day of solidarity to #DefendAfrin on March 24. The West Virginia teachers’ strike has ended, and we share our complicated takeaways from the longest strike in West Virginia history. The alt-right is unraveling, but anti-fascists arrested in Michigan last week still need your help. Things are heating up in Hamilton, Ontario as anarchists demonstrate against gentrification and face right-wing backlash for it. Listen until the end for announcements of speaking tours, J20 updates, political prisoner birthdays, and upcoming anarchist bookfairs. {March 14, 2018}

 

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Mar 14, 2018
The Hotwire #21: Lansing protests fascists—teachers’ strike grows & spreads—3 cheers for anarchy
37:26

This episode we bring you two interviews. The first is an on-the-ground report from the days of anti-fascist action against Richard Spencer’s visit to Detroit and Lansing, with a plea for bail funds to help arrested anti-fascists. Next, we interview a West Virginian anarchist about what makes the teachers’ strike there so unique and important. We plug a call from the West Virginia IWW for how to support and spread the strike. Throughout the episode we make the case for an international, revolutionary movement that can do away with all forms of hierarchy and kyriarchy! {February 28, 2018}

 

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Mar 07, 2018
The Hotwire #20: West Virginia teachers strike—Student walkouts everywhere—Youth liberation NOW!
33:27

While students walk out of classes all over the country (and occasionally fight cops) we make the pitch for an anarchist youth liberation movement. In wild, wonderful, and apparently rebellious West Virginia, striking school employees have shut down every public school in the state, while treesitters are putting up resistance to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. We also share calls to support political prisoner Joy Powell, as well as a fundraising drive for a radical café in Istanbul. Listen until the end for announcements of three different speaking tours in March: one about anarchist responses to natural disasters, one about the anarchist critique of democracy, and one all about the J20 case and why the remaining 59 defendants deserve your utmost support. {February 28, 2018}

 

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Feb 28, 2018
The Hotwire #19: Florida School Shooting & Gun Control—Koreatown Against ICE Raids—TN Antifascism
36:58

This episode is packed to the gills with news! There is antifa activity in Tennessee and folks in the Northwest continue to hold it down against the fascist creep. Solidarity for Afrin spreads and an inspiring model to fight ICE raids emerges out of Koreatown, Los Angeles. We offer some analysis about the school shooting in Parkland, FL and interview both an anarchist attending the student led rallies there and an anarchist author who’s written about gun control. There is a short update on the repression Florida prisoners are enduring due to Operation Push. Walter Bond is in need of support and we have some good news about accused confederate statue topplers in Durham, NC. To wrap things up, there are loads of upcoming events, so stay tuned until the end! {February 21, 2018}

 

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Feb 22, 2018
The Hotwire #18: Toxic Waste in STL—Labor Struggles in the Techno Age—A Rant on Love
34:59

The second episode of our second season! There is antifa activity in Olympia, Athens, and Seattle. Vaneesa Hopson died while in the custody of Olympia police and we report on the death and the subsequent protests.. There are strikes by delivery drivers across Hong Kong and Europe, by prisoners detained at an immigrant detention center in Washington, and walkouts across the country as part of the Fight for 15 campaign. We interview an anarchist active in the resistance to the Westlake Landfill. In honor of Valentine’s Day there’s a rant against conventional love. Stay tuned until the Repression Roundup to hear about the Black Pride 4. {February 14, 2018}

 

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Feb 14, 2018
The Hotwire #17: ZAD interview—anarcho-syndicalism isn’t for losers—anti-pope actions in Chile
36:06

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
#63: Anarchists in the Trump Era, Year One: 2017 in Review, Part III
01:00:16

In Episode 63 of the Ex-Worker, we conclude our series of reflections on 2017 with an audio version of the recently published essay “Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One.” It analyzes five key turning points in 2017, assessing how anarchists took part and what lessons we can learn for the battles ahead. While recognizing all we’ve accomplished under incredible stress, it argues for the importance of broadening our efforts to challenge authority and dismantle hierarchy in every area of our lives and our societies in 2018. Afterwards, Clara and Alanis debate themes from the essay and our year in review episodes, around relating to non-anarchists on the left, organizational formats, resiliency and care, and more. {Feb 7, 2017}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One {2:02}
    • Dawn of a New Apocalypse {3:43}
    • J20: A Call to Revolt {6:20}
    • The Airport Blockades: A Message to the Center {13:02}
    • Shutting Down Milo in Berkeley: A Risky Escalation {16:16}
    • Charlottesville: Moment of Truth {19:58}
    • The First J20 Trial: Pushing Back the Reaction {26:25}
    • What We Lost Along the Way {31:25}
    • The Challenges Ahead {33:22}
    • The Centrists {33:53}
    • The Authoritarian Left {38:52}
    • In Conclusion: Expanding the Anarchist Palette {43:09}
    • Reflections {45:58}
    • Prisoner Birthdays and Conclusion {58:45}
  • This episode is based on the recently published CrimethInc. essay “Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One.”
  • The analysis we share in this episode is by no means comprehensive; for a detailed timeline of anarchist activity throughout 2017, check out the this report by It’s Going Down.
  • Prisoner birthdays this month:
    • Veronza Bowers, Jr. 35316–136
      FMC Butner
      Post Office Box 1600
      Butner, North Carolina 27509
      {February 4th}
    • Kamau Sadiki (Freddie Hilton) #0001150688
      Augusta State Medical Prison, Building 13A–2 E7
      3001 Gordon Highway
      Grovetown, Georgia 30813
      Address envelope to Freddie Hilton, address card to Kamau
      {February 19th}
    • Oso Blanco (Byron Chubbuck) #07909–051
      USP Victorville
      Post Office Box 3900
      Adelanto, California 92301
      Address envelope to Byron Chubbuck, address card to Oso Blanco {February 26th}

 

 

Feb 07, 2018
#62: Support, Healing, and Redefining Resistance—2017 in Review, Part II
01:47:55

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}

 

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Jan 20, 2018
#61: The Olympia Train Blockade
01:13:55

In this episode, we take an in-depth look at the blockade in Olympia, WA that stopped a train carrying fracking supplies for twelve days. {January 19, 2018}

 

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Jan 19, 2018
#60: 2017 in Review, Part I: Anti-Fascism in the Bay Area and Beyond
01:26:34

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}

 

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Jan 10, 2018
The Hotwire #16: Repression from #J20 to #G20—New Year’s noise demos—antifascist student actions
37:10

Our final episode for the season! But we’ll be back in February. This week, antifascist students were active with a #StopSpencer week of action at the University of Michigan and shutting down Lucian Wintrich at the University of Connecticut. Racist remarks keep coming up during police testimony at the [#J20 trials](https://itsgoingdown.org/drop-j20-podcast-update–3-police-take-stand/). We have updates on the massive, sweeping raids against anti-capitalists in Germany over the successful protests against the G20 in Germany in July. New York City Anarchist Black Cross call for international New Year’s Eve noise demonstrations outside prisons, jails, and detention centers. Finally, we get mushy and grateful for the past year of resistance. Let us know how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com. {December 6th, 2017}

 

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Dec 06, 2017
The Hotwire #15: No thanks given for #ThingsTaken—Olympia blockade reveals their demands—#DropJ20
33:23

The Rebel Girl goes over the last week of anti-colonial, anti-#ThingsTaken actions across Turtle Island. The anti-fracking blockade in Olympia is going strong, opening up space for struggle and churning out innumerable demands. Anarchists in Chile demonstrate what anti-electoral action looks like, and decentralized mutual aid is spreading across Puerto Rico. Stay tuned until the end for updates on the first J20 trial and a new guide to supporting the defendants. We also have announcements for anarchist book fairs, marches, and other calls to action. {November 29th, 2017}

 

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Nov 29, 2017
The Hotwire #14: Olympia blockade—J20 opening statements—Build the Base call to action
29:33

This week’s episode is packed with resistance news from across Turtle Island and beyond. Struggles led by water protectors against gas and oil infrastructure are happening, seemingly, everywhere. This past week, students have been busy, while prisoners have not. We have a brief update on the work stoppage and Holman Prison. We also have interviews with a comrade at the anti-fracking blockade in Olympia, WA, and with a J20 supporter about the trials that have just begun. Stay tuned until the end for CrimethInc.’s call for January 20, 2018: “Build the Base, Take the Initiative. A Call to Expand Our Capacity.” {November 22nd, 2017}

 

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Nov 22, 2017
The Hotwire #13: J20 trials begin, worldwide anti-fascism, squatting for the win in Chicago
36:23

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}

 

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Nov 15, 2017
The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury
59:12

In this episode, we share the first-person stories of three comrades on the frontlines of grand jury resistance. As the state escalates repression through a new grand jury investigation in North Carolina against longtime anarchist Katie Yow, this episode offers perspectives from those who have successfully fought a grand jury summons. Tune in to demystify the process of how and why to resist testifying at a grand jury. For more information on her case and to support Katie, check out https://ncresiststhegrandjury.com/ and to learn more about resources available for those resisting and their supporters, check out https://saynothing.noblogs.org/grand-jury-resources/.

For more information on how to stay strong during state repression, see our article How to Survive a Felony Trial.

To hear more about North Carolina Grand Jury Resistance and other cases of ongoing state repression, listen to this episode of The Hotwire. {November 13th, 2017}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction: Grand Jury Resisters Past and Present {00:00}
    • What is a Grand Jury {01:17}
    • A Knock on the Door {4:51}
    • Breathing Fire {19:35}
    • Facing the State {24:19}
    • Life on the Run {35:11}
    • Trees and Mirrors—Surviving Solitary {38:31}
    • Release {45:53}
    • Back from the Underground {50:47}
    • Conclusion: We Can Survive This {54:45}
    • Support NC Grand Jury Resister Katie Yow {56:16}
    • Statement from Katie Yow {57:17}
  • On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist them—then answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.

    Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.
  • List of resources:

 

 

 

Nov 13, 2017
The Hotwire #12: White masculine mass shooting in Texas, down with daylight saving, J20 updates
32:03

This week we have a greater amount of animal liberation actions to report on than usual. We interview Sam from DC Legal Posse about the first J20 trials beginning next week, and what people can do to support the defendants. After the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday, we explore whether it makes sense to designate white men as the “real terrorists.” We also interview an anarchist in Brazil about the Operation Érebo repression campaign against anarchists there. Anarchists from throughout history travel forward in time to warn us about the horrors of state socialism and about the dangers of standardized time itself!. {November 8th, 2017}

 

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Nov 08, 2017
The Hotwire #11: Fascists fail in Tennessee, Catalan independence interview, No Justice No Pride
33:39

This week we bring you two interviews: one with a southern anarchist who went to Tennessee to oppose the failed “white lives matter” rally on Saturday, and another with an anarchist in Catalonia about developments and reflections on the independence process there. Our headlines and repression roundup take us around the world, from anti-capitalist queer and trans action in DC to general revolt in Haiti to sweeping anti-anarchist repression in Brazil and even back in time to the Russian Revolution! Listen until the end for announcements of upcoming anarchist book fairs and calls to action. {November 1st, 2017}

 

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Nov 01, 2017
The Hotwire #10: Anti-fascism in Gainesville, J20 trials, anarchist Kurds against capitalist wars
34:07

In this Hotwire we have three different interviews about the alt-right’s defeat in Gainesville. As democratic confederalist Kurdish forces in Rojava are beating back ISIS, the nationalist, capitalist Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq is threatening civil war with the Iraqi military. In response, Kurdish anarchists speak out against war and the state. The discovery of Santiago Maldonado’s body in Argentina has sparked the fiercest clashes with police that the South American country has seen in years. Some good news: the first J20 political prisoner is about to be released; but hundreds more are awaiting trial and facing years in prison. Listen until the end for announcements of anarchist bookfairs, anti-fascist action, and east coast CrimethInc. speaking events this week. {October 25, 2017}

 

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Oct 25, 2017
The Hotwire #9: Puerto Rico—breaking with the state, J20 trials approach, ducks of the east
34:00

In this Hotwire we share the anti-fascist call from Florida to oppose Richard Spencer in Gainesville on October 19. We discuss the upcoming J20 trials in which nearly 200 protesters are charged with conspiracy for protesting the inauguration, as well as the outcome of the burning cop car case that just concluded in Paris. Considering the bullshit repression and liberal lawsuits in the wake of #Charlottesville, we make the case about why anti-fascism must mean anti-statism. We also borrow part of a great interview with Puerto Rican anarchist Frank Lopez on mutual relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Stay tuned until the end because we have some important calls to support political prisoners, calls to support forest defenders in Oregon, political prisoner birthdays, announcements for upcoming anarchist book fairs, and the repression roundup. {October 18, 2017}

 

 

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Oct 18, 2017
The Hotwire #8: #FuckColumbusDay, fascists return to Charlottesville, McCormick prison uprising
31:52

This week we bring you a slew of reports from anti-Columbus Day actions across so-called North America. We also fill you in on an inspiring prison uprising that took over McCormick prison in South Carolina. Prisoners even got on the roof! The political crisis in Catalonia continues, this week with violent fascist and pro-Spanish reaction. White supremacists descended on Charlottesville again this weekend, and there are some upcoming calls to anti-fascist action in the south, so listen until the end. Plus, we got all of our regular features like political prisoner birthdays, announcements for upcoming anarchist book fairs, and the repression roundup. {October 11, 2017}

 

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Oct 11, 2017
The Hotwire #7: Community relief means abolishing capitalism; Catalonia: new state or no state?
35:28

This week we go on a bunch of rants. We rant about why no state is better than a new state in Catalonia. We rant about why anti-fascists should not allow the state to position itself as the principal force protecting people from Nazi violence. We rant about how mutual aid and community relief must mean opposition to capitalism and a redistribution of wealth. Rant rant rant! Rah rah rah! {October 4, 2017}

 

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Oct 04, 2017
The Hotwire #6: St. Louis stays rebel, mutual aid relief continues, ‘free speech’ has no meaning
34:40

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
The Hotwire #5: St. Louis against the cops, Struggalos, & cops kill queer student Scout Schultz
33:45

This week we speak with two folks who’ve been active on the street of St. Louis since white ex-cop Jason Stockley was let off for the murder of black father Anthony Lamar Smith. We also remember Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old queer student organizer killed on Saturday by Georgia Tech police. There’s lots of reports from anti-fascist actions, with a particularly woop-worthy one from the Juggalo March this past weekend in Washington, D.C. At the end we announce some anarchist book fairs and upcoming actions against the alt-right in Berkeley and neo-nazis in Sweden. {September 20, 2017}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:55}
    • Feature: Report from the streets of St. Louis after the Stockley verdict {12:13}
    • Repression Roundup {23:25}
    • Prisoner Birthdays {27:35}
    • Next Week’s News {29:00}
  • Upcoming anarchist bookfairs:

    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 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 alt-right’s so-called “free speech” week begins Monday at UC Berkeley. In response, there are actions planned against white supremacy and nationalism.

    Saturday, September 23: March Against White Supremacy
    Noon
    at 63rd and Adeline in Berkeley

    Monday, September 25: Rally Against White Supremacy
    Noon
    at Crescent Lawn

  • The FBI has been visiting anarchists and others lately in North Carolina. There’s not better time than the present to brush up on what to do if the FBI approaches you to talk, or even if the police knock on your door. Print out this handy .PDF poster and hang it by your front door so you’ll have an easy reference in the case of an unwanted visitor from the state.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bail funds are also needed for people arrested at a memorial march for Scout Schultz, the 21-year-old queer student organizer killed by Georgia Tech police.
  • We mention Submedia’s excellent show Trouble, which has an upcoming episode this month on counter-insurgency. They do great work, so throw them some taco money while they are fundraising this month. From Submedia:

    “After years of suffering the Stimulator’s taco farts in silence, we’d reached our limits. Plus, we wanted to shift gears and embark on an ambitious new project – a monthly documentary series called Trouble, intended to be screened collectively as a tool to help spark critical conversations around local organizing. So when we pitched the idea to Stim and he refused to go along with this new direction, we decided he had to go. Well… turns out we fucked up. It’s not that we regret launching Trouble, or have any plans to stop making new episodes. Far from it. We’ve received tons of positive feedback on the project, and are stoked to see trouble-makers have started dozens of screening collectives in cities across the world. What we didn’t realize was exactly how much work goes into producing a 30 minute interview-driven documentary every month, and how little time that would leave us for our other projects.

    So, suffice to say… we’ve been reconsidering our decision for some time now. But 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.
  • Here is a Unicorn Riot livestream of direct action against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in Wisconsin, in which someone locked down to a flipped over car to halt construction.
  • 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..
  • A bunch of calls to support political prisoners were made last week, but are still needed:

    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’re two months out from the first trials in the unprecedented J20 case. There are various ways 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. 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
    {September 7}

  • For a good introduction to writing prisoners, check out this guide from New York City Anarchist Black Cross.
  • Political prisoner birthdays:

    Steven Martin #01141003
    ERDCC
    2727 Highway K.
    Bonne Terre, MO 63628
    {September 22nd}

    Greg Curry #213–159
    Ohio State Penitentiary
    878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd
    Youngstown OH 44505–4635
    {September 26th}

  • Here is this month’s Political Prisoner Birthday Calendar.

 

 

Sep 20, 2017
The Hotwire #4: Autonomous Hurricane Irma relief, DREAMer resistance, prisoners need our support
33:06

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
#58: Not Your Grandparents’ Antifascism
01:33:23

In episode #56, we covered the repercussions of the violent showdown that took place between fascists and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. The month since then has seen massive anti-fascist demonstrations around the US and a backlash in which liberal “centrists” have joined the far right in attempting to portray those who resist fascism as being no better than the fascists who murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville in the course attempting to bring about another Holocaust. In this episode, we back up a bit to offer some background on contemporary fascism and the struggle against it, refute hostile propaganda from the corporate media, and present some points of departure from which to strategize the future of the anti-fascist movement. Along the way, we hear from author Mark Bray, debunk myths about “free speech,” and break up with Noam Chomsky, who helped get some of us into this stuff but is really losing his grip in his old age. This episode includes complete audio versions of several important texts that have appeared on crimethinc.com recently, including “Not Your Grandfather’s Antifascism,” “Why We Fought in Charlottesville,” and the interview “Squaring off against Fascism: Critical Reflections from the Front Lines.” {September 12, 2017}

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • Excerpts from Ex-Worker Episode 11 {2:03}
    • It’s Over, Noam {9:30}
    • Essay: ‘Myths about Antifa’ by Spencer Sunshine {15:47}
    • Free Speech FAQ {17:49}
    • Democracy Now Interview with Mark Bray {25:56}
    • CrimethInc. Essay: Why We Fought in Charlottesville {36:52}
    • CrimethInc. Essay: Squaring off against Fascism {46:29}
    • CrimethInc. Essay: Not Your Grandfather’s Antifascism {1:06:06}
    • Conclusion {1:32:11}
  • We included excerpts from our discussion of fascism and anti-fascism from Ex-Worker Episode 11; we’d recommend revisiting that episode for an analysis of contemporary fascism and the resistance anarchists have mounted to it, including the history of Anti-Racist Action. The episode also contains interviews with One People’s Project and New York City Anarchist Black Cross.
  • Spencer Sunshine’s “Debunking the 3 Biggest Myths About Antifa” is an essay we quote at length in this episode to point out some of the ways that anti-fascist action in Charlottesville and around the country has helped shut down fascist organizing.
  • We included an excerpt of our Free Speech FAQ from Ex-Worker Episode 12; check out this episode in full for a look into how anarchists fought against Franco in the Spanish Revolution and beyond, as well as interview with Occupied London about fascism and resistance in Greece, as well as some lively anti-fascist movie reviews.
  • Mark Bray just published a new book, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. In this episode, we excerpt from a great two-part interview he did with Democracy Now. Part 1 / Part 2
  • This episode includes complete audio versions of several important texts that have appeared on crimethinc.com recently, including “Not Your Grandfather’s Antifascism,” “Why We Fought in Charlottesville,” and the interview “Squaring off against Fascism: Critical Reflections from the Front Lines.”
  • Tune into The Hotwire, our new 20–30 minute weekly anarchist newscast. New episodes premier every Wednesday this fall.

 

 

 

Sep 12, 2017
#57: Reports from the G20 in Hamburg
34:01

Welcome back to the Ex-Worker! Our topic this time is a look at the recent G20 protests in Hamburg, Germany. This summer’s G20 saw some of the most pitched clashes to occur in Northern Europe in years. Despite bringing the full force of one of the world’s most powerful governments to bear against the population, the authorities were unable to repress the courageous revolt of the people of Hamburg and the opponents of the G20. Tune in for first-person accounts of what happened on the ground, from the comrades who were there. {September 8, 2017}

 

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  • You can read our full report on the G20 protests, Don’t Try to Break Us—We’ll Explode, complete with extensive video footage, citations, hyperlinks, further reading, and additional maps and photographs. The text of the report is available as a zine you can print and distribute where you live. You can also print out our poster celebrating the G20 resistance, “Everyone dreams of a better world—our crime is making it a reality.”

 

 

Sep 08, 2017
The Hotwire #3: Hurricane Harvey responses, Labor Day vs. May Day, and DACA
31:13

This episode we bring you an overview, and an interview, about the anarchist and autonomously organized relief efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

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Sep 06, 2017
The Hotwire #2: Antifascism after Charlottesville, Grand Jury Resistance, and Eclipsing the Empire
33:51

Welcome to the first episode of The Hotwire! Our feature for this episode covers the upswing in antifascist action post-Charlottesville. We also bring you an interview from Hurricane Harvey, The Hotwire horoscope, and news of resistance and rebellion from around the world. Listen until the end for prisoner birthdays and announcements of upcoming anarchist events and bookfairs.

 

 

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Solidarity efforts for Hurricane Harvey {1:10}
    • Headlines {4:42}
    • Feature: Antifascism after #Charlottesville {8:29}
    • Repression Roundup {24:45}
    • Prisoner Birthdays {29:45}
    • Next Week’s News {31:14}
  • Hurricane Harvey grassroots relief efforts: You can donate to Bayou Action Street Health here or consult their resource wishlist. You can also contact them directly via houstonstreetmediccollective@gmail.com. Austin Common Ground, the Black Women’s Defense League, Redneck Revolt Houston, and Houston Food Not Bombs are all coordinating relief efforts as well.
  • Legal fund for anti-fracking arrestee Freddy Stoneypoint.
  • Security culture! Learn to protect your communications, protect yourself from doxxing, and how to respond when police come knocking. For a comprehensive list of resources on resisting grand juries, check out NCResistsTheGrandJury.com
  • We speak about felony riot charges being used from DC to New Orleans to Durham this year. For more on the use of riot charges to suppress resistance, check out Natasha Lennard’s wonderful article “How the Government Is Turning Protesters Into Felons”
  • We also 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.
  • If you’re near Asheville, North Carolina, show some love for anti-authoritarians during their Radical Rush Week next week. If you’re near Chapel Hill, their Radical Rush Week calendar can be found here.
  • Upcoming prisoner birthdays:

    Ronald Reed #2195311
    Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City
    7600 525th Street
    Rush City, Minnesota
    55069–2265
    {August 31}

    Alexander Irwin #2016012934
    St. Louis County Jail
    P.O. Box 16060
    Clayton, MO 63105
    {September 5}
    Please note that Alexander is pre-trial. Do not write about illegal activity and assume that any charges from the state are alleged and falsely accused.

    Brian Vaillancourt M42889
    Robinson Correctional Center
    13423 East 1150th Avenue
    Robinson, Illinois 62454
    {September 5}

    Dane Powell
    BOP Register number 82015007
    Federal Correctional Institution - Low PO Box 1031
    Colman, Florida 33521
    {September 7}

 

 

Aug 30, 2017
#56: Charlottesville - Triumph & Tragedy in the Struggle Against Fascism
01:40:04

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
The Hotwire #1: A Preview of Our New Weekly Anarchist News Show
02:56

So, this isn’t quite the Ex-Worker, and I’m not Clara or Alanis. I’m here to tell you about the Ex-Worker’s new anarchist news show, the Hotwire, with me, the Rebel Girl. We’ll have new episodes coming out every Wednesday this fall.

The last year has been one of the craziest years for anarchist struggle in our lifetime. Black blocs, prison uprisings, warrior camps and anti-pipeline sabotage, antifascist clashes with nationalists and the alt-right—we’ve been doxxed, shot, stabbed, raided, arrested and imprisoned, we’ve been put on blast by the president himself, but resistance is still catching on like wildfire. With so much happening, it can be difficult to get caught up with the latest important news while still surviving capitalism’s daily grind. However, being informed and up-to-date is crucial for our resistance to be effective.

That’s why we’re bringing you The Hotwire, a weekly 20–30 minute anarchist news show that comes out every Wednesday this fall. We’ll have the latest resistance news, along with repression round-ups, political prisoner birthdays, and announcements for upcoming activities that you can tap into in real life. We’re making this podcast not only for you to better consume the news, but for you to better act on it too.

For those of you who miss The Ex-Worker, don’t fret, they’ll be back periodically with their wonderful full-length episodes on anarchist ideas and history, but unfortunately the latest upswing in activity has meant that Clara and Alanis have had their hands full with other revolutionary obligations. In the meantime, we hope that you’ll tune into The Hotwire.

Our first season will launch on August 30th and last until December, then we’ll pick back up in the spring. As always, we encourage submissions and feedback. Get in touch with us at podcast@crimethinc.com. You can subscribe to the show for free via iTunes, Pocket Casts, or Overcast. We’re a co-conspirator in the Channel Zero anarchist podcast network. You can also listen to new episodes for free on our website, Crimethinc.com, where you’ll find the full archive of past Ex-Worker episodes.

Stay informed. Stay rebel. Plug into The Hotwire.

Aug 11, 2017
#55: The J20 Protests and Beyond: Anarchists Bring in the Trump Era
02:02:40

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
#54: Anarchist Resistance in the Trump Era
01:30:38

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
#53: “Anti-Globalization” Walking Tour of Washington, D.C.
01:45:25

Our first walking tour! Protesters descending on Washington, D.C. to #DisruptJ20 are stepping into a long history of resistance in the belly of the beast. One of the most innovative and powerful cycles of protest in the nation’s capital was the movement against corporate globalization in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Most tours of D.C. take you around the monuments and museums downtown, but we want to show you another side of the city—the neighborhoods and DIY spaces from which anarchists launched attacks on capital and where seeds were planted for a new world to take its place. Through historic sites, interviews, and a scrapbook of anti-capitalist mementos, we hope to pass on some of the lessons and inspiration that the anti-globalization movement can offer, especially as a new wave of struggle begins under Trump. {January 9, 2017}

 

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Jan 09, 2017
#52: An Ex-Voter's Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election
01:14:39

We know you’ve been on the edge of your seat, waiting for see which candidate will receive the Ex-Worker’s endorsement for president this year. In Episode 52, we offer an Ex-Voter’s guide to the 2016 election, including an analysis of the risks we anticipate in its aftermath titled After the Election, the Reaction. There’s lots of listener feedback to discuss, including advice for a young anarchist on less illegal or risky forms of anarchist action, updates about conflict between the Turkish state and the forces of Rojava, and a nuanced discussion of what “solidarity” really means, or should mean, in concrete terms. On the Chopping Block, we undertake a work of fiction for the first time, Nanni Balestrini’s Vogliamo Tutto, or We Want Everything. There’s also an announcement about some upcoming CrimethInc. developments, along with prisoner birthdays and more. We released this episode in tandem with an audio zine exploring anarchist critiques of voting, elections, and representative democracy, which you can download as Episode 51. {November 7, 2016}

 

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Nov 07, 2016
#51: Anarchism, Voting, and Direct Action: An Audio Zine
47:42

Do anarchists vote? If not, how do we express our voice and participate in changing society? What’s the problem with elections and representative democracy? In this special Election Day audio zine,we describe why electing representatives robs us of our power, refute common arguments made to convince us of the value of voting, explain direct action as an alternative approach for making change without politicians and parties, and lay out our vision for a free world beyond electoral politics. We begin by surveying anarchist responses to elections from the 19th century to the present day, and include excerpts from CrimethInc. interventions against the last few presidential elections, including “Don’t Just Vote, Get Active: A Community Non-Partisan Voters’ Guide” (2004), “Voting vs. Direct Action” (c. 2004), “False Hope vs. Real Change” (2008), “The Party’s Over” (c. 2009), and the “Democracy is Bankrupt” website (2012). This audio zine provides background for our discussion of the 2016 presidential campaign and its likely aftermath, which appears in Episode 52. Whoever they vote for, we are ungovernable! {November 7, 2016}

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Nov 07, 2016
#50: The History and Future of Prison Strikes and Solidarity
01:25:51

As we build momentum towards the September 9th national prison strike, we want to reflect on lessons learned from past generations of prison rebels, as well as how we can maintain energy on September 10th and beyond. In Episode 50 of the Ex-Worker, solidarity organizer Ben Turk fills us in on some history of prisoner organizing in recent decades, recaps some of the solidarity actions that have taken place leading up to this year’s historic strike, and offers perspective on continuing and deepening our resistance to prison society. We commemorate the death of Jordan MacTaggart, an American anarchist killed on the front lines in battle with the YPG against the Islamic State, and discuss international solidarity and the politics of martyrdom with Rojava Solidarity NYC. The death of John Timoney, former police chief and notorious foe of anarchists, prompts both glee and a somber reflection on the misery he inflicted on us. A member of Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF) in Istanbul discusses the background to the recent failed military coup as well as recent waves of anti-anarchist repression. A call for solidarity from la ZAD, news, events, and prisoner birthdays round out this packed episode. {September 7, 2016}

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Sep 07, 2016
#49: September 9th National Prison Strike
01:46:48

The Ex-Worker is back! And just in time, because a potentially historic national prisoner strike is just around the corner. In our 49th episode, we discuss the upcoming September 9th strike to end prison slavery, with an interview with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. You’ll also hear a review of Dan Berger’s book Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era; an interview with an anarchist from the UK about the Brexit vote; listener feedback on Spanish revolutionary militias, Comintern, and parallels with Rojava; updates on Kara Wild, a trans anarchist incarcerated in Paris; a letter from trans anarchist prisoner Jennifer Gann; plus news, prisoner birthdays, event announcements, and plenty more. {August 24, 2016}

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Aug 24, 2016
#48: From Democracy to Freedom Audio Zine
01:38:51

Welcome back to the Ex-worker! We’re eschewing our typical format once again to bring you our second audio zine, a production of Crimethinc.’s new text From Democracy to Freedom. This release coincides with the announcement of an online platform for participating in decentralized reading groups and online discussions on this text as well as the others in the series exploring questions around democracy, and how we relate to it as anarchists. {April 26th, 2016}

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Apr 26, 2016
#47: Introducing the Anarchist Critique of Democracy
01:35:14

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}

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  • 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)
Mar 16, 2016
#46: International Anarchist Reflections on the New Year
01:55:38

What do anarchists around the world think is in store for the new year? In Episode 45, we began our 2015 year in review, focusing on the US. In this episode, we share reflections on developments in 2015 and from anarchists in Chile, Finland, Brazil, Korea, Colombia, Czech Republic, and Rojava. There are also discussions about developments in fascism and anti-fascism, with reports from the UK and Australia, and an analysis by Gulf Coast anarchists of the environmental movement’s supposed "victory" over the Keystone XL pipeline in November. On the Chopping Block, we review the latest issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, the journal of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, on the theme of "Justice." Long term black liberation political prisoner Herman Bell discusses his upcoming parole hearing, and we share plenty of news, including some reflection on a new round of revolts in Tunisia, plus prisoner birthdays, events, listener feedback, and more. {February 11, 2016}

-------SHOW NOTES------

  • On the Chopping Block, we reviewed the latest issue (Number 28, on "Justice") of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, the journal published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies. You can order it through AK Press; you can also find them on Facebook, though you know how we feel about that.
  • Our friends at the North American anarchist news website It's Going Down have announced plans to produce a print magazine! Check out their Kickstarter page if you want to show them some support.
  • Former Black Panther and long term political prisoner Herman Bell is up for parole in February. Please check out this info from his support site about how to help with his parole hearing, including an online petition.
  • Here's Glenn Greenwald's editorial critiquing the notion that internet encryption is responsible for the Paris terror attacks by the Islamic State.
  • The report we shared on Rojava came to us from a group of anarchists and internationalists from Central Europe working for liberation in Kurdistan. If you're interested in reading more, CrimethInc. previously published a longer interview piece from this group titled "From Germany to Bakur: European Anarchists on the Kurdish Struggle".
  • To learn more about the Guarani resistance in the state of Sao Paulo, mentioned in the report on 2015 resistance in Brazil, visit yvyrupa.org.br.
  • Our friends who reported on the so-called "victory" over the Keystone XL pipeline sent links to some of the ongoing ecological resistance happening along the Gulf Coast, including folks fighting a massive 42" LNG export pipeline whose route from West Texas to Mexico cuts through Big Bend National Park - visit Defend Big Bend and the Big Bend Conservation Alliance; and the environmental justice group in Mobile, AL called MEJAC that is fighting an oil storage tank farm that would directly impact the historic community of Africa Town.
  • In terms of ecological resistance coming up this year, there's the Prison Ecology Project's gathering coming up June 11-13 in the Washington D.C. area, focused on building around the intersection of incarceration and the environment. There's also a struggle brewing against a new federal prison slated to be built on a former mountaintop removal site in Eastern Kentucky. And the Earth First! Winter Organizer's Conference is taking place February 10th-15th on Chumash territory outside Santa Barbara, California.
  • Please take a moment to support Jared "Jay" Chase of the NATO 3! You can attend his court date on February 18th in Chicago, follow his case on Twitter, Facebook, or the NATO 3 support page. You can also write to Jay at:

    Jared Chase M44710
    P.O. Box 99
    Pontiac, IL 61764

    Here's an announcement from supporters about the court date:
    Pack the court for Jay Chase
    Thursday, February 18, 9 AM
    Cook County Criminal Courthouse
    2600 S California Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623


    The presiding Judge had a sick day on 2.3 so Jared "Jay" Chase now has a pre-trial hearing on February 18th at 26th and California in Room 303. He is being targeted by the same prosecutor (Anita Alvarez) he faced during the NATO 3 trial for alleged assault charges pinned on him by guards while he awaited trial for two years back in 2012-2014. These same guards were allowed to testify against him during the NATO 3 sentencing in a somewhat successful attempt to bring a harsher sentence and now they will likely testify against him in this case . . . This trial is not just about a few extra years being tacked on to his current sentence which is coming to an end in May. The State has made it very clear through this obviously vindictive prosecution that they want to ensure Jay lives out his days in their cage.

    Please be there and show the State that we stand with Jay and let Jay know that we have not forgotten him or his struggle. He needs our love and support as he stands in defiance of this ongoing persecution.
  • Upcoming prisoner birthdays: Veronza Bowers, Jr. 35316-136
    USP Atlanta
    Post Office Box 150160
    Atlanta, Georgia 30315
    {February 4th}

    Kamau Sadiki (Freddie Hilton) #0001150688
    Augusta State Medical Prison, Building 13A-2 E7
    3001 Gordon Highway
    Grovetown, Georgia 30813
    Address envelope to Freddie Hilton, address card to Kamau
    {February 19th}

    Shaka Cinque (Albert Woodfox) #72148
    West Feliciana Parish Detention Center
    Post Office Box 2727
    St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775
    Address envelope to Albert Woodfox, address card to Shaka
    {February 19th}
Feb 11, 2016
#45: 2015 Year in Review!
01:39:33

In our first episode of the new year, the Ex-Worker looks back over 2015 and its highlights, lowlights, and everything in between. We summarize some of the year’s key news developments, including tech developments and struggles around gender, anarchist publishing and media, a hilarious look at mass media coverage of anarchism, and our reflections on the last year of the podcast itself and our new year’s resolutions. You’ll also hear some analysis of some of the important themes within anarchism and revolutionary struggles in 2015, including an extended discussion on identity and solidarity, a review of the AK Press anthology “Taking Sides”, and reflections on our relationship to mass movements. The anarchist news website “It’s Going Down” contributes their end of year thoughts, a new project called “The Spaces Between” sets out to document US anarchism outside of its major urban hotspots, and a supporter offers an important update on NATO 3 prisoner Jared “Jay” Chase. We also received a number of detailed and inspiring year in review reports from anarchists around the world … but we’ll save those for our next episode.

Jan 08, 2016
#44: To Change Everything - International Panel Discussion
01:38:13

In our 44th episode of the Ex-worker, and our final episode of 2015, we bring you a live audio recording from the last stop of the recently wrapped-up To Change Everything tour, an international panel discussion featuring stories and lessons from participants in some of the better and lesser known uprisings of the last few years. In two months and just over 50 stops, the featured speakers—hailing from Slovenia, Brazil, the Czech Republic and the U.S.—presented their perspectives on topics ranging from the common pitfalls of making demands, the rise of nationalism and fascism, and the importance of solidarity in the face of state repression. Stay tuned to the end of the episode where we propose some ideas for maintaining some of these valuable, face-to-face connections that have been made while on the tour. In addition, we’re releasing this episode in conjunction with the full tour report-back, so make sure you check that out as well.

Dec 27, 2015
#43: Borders and Migration, Part I: Europe's "Refugee Crisis"
02:04:49

One of the major news stories of 2015 has been the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants from Syria and beyond into Europe, and the social and political crises this has precipitated. In this episode, we'll take a look at Europe's so-called refugee crisis from an anarchist perspective. To do that, we adopt a "mix tape" format, pasting together excerpts from a variety of sources to offer an impressionistic look at how and why people move across the world, the barriers thrown up by states to impede and control them, and popular resistance against the system of national borders. We begin with reflections on borders from the CrimethInc. Contradictionary, To Change Everything, and past Ex-Worker episodes, and continue with excerpts from interviews with No One Is Illegal activist Harsha Walia, author Vijay Prashad, and a Swiss anarchist active in migrant solidarity struggles in Europe, as well as essays from an activist convergence against climate change, Calais Migrant Solidarity, and Mask Magazine; and conclude with reflections on the Islamic State attacks in Paris from the CrimethInc. blog. You'll also hear updates on anti-anarchist repression in Spain and anti-government demonstrations in South Korea, a report-back from the Rebel! Rebuild! Rewild! action camp in eastern Canada, and an announcement for a new prisoner publication, plus news, upcoming events, and more.

Dec 07, 2015
#42: Anarchism in Finland, Global Updates
58:10

In this episode of the Ex-worker, we take another spin around the world, bringing you several short features focusing on various aspects of the global struggle against domination. We'll share an interview with a Finnish anarchist, who tells us about an anti-nuclear struggle, a university occupation in Helsinki, and the response to refugees in Finland, and how anarchists have taken part in all of these. We'll also hear statements from two Turkish anarchist collectives about the recent massacre of peace demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey. There's also an update on repression from the Hambacher Forest occupation, a text from the streets of Santiago analyzing last month's demonstrations against the anniversary of the coup by dictator Augusto Pinochet, and a report on the hunger strike of anarchist prisoner Evi Statiri in Greece—along with plenty of news, upcoming events, and more.

Nov 16, 2015
#41: Anarchism in Belarus, Czech Republic, Korea, and Beyond
01:22:16

In this episode, the Ex-Worker explores connections between anarchism, repression and resistance across the world in countries that rarely appear in the radical limelight. We share an interview with an Anarchist Black Cross chapter in Belarus, discussing the president's recent release of anarchist political prisoners; interview a Czech anarchist about "Operation Fenix" and recent entrapment cases and terrorism charges leveled at anarchists there; and provide more context to last episode's call to flag-burning action from South Korean anarchists by examining the historical and political contexts of the flag for Korean radicals. We also discuss the Suruc massacre and developments among Kurdish struggles in Turkey and Syria, and expand our ongoing discussion of the concept of "terrorism" through the lens of a court ruling about gangs in El Salvador. Listener thoughts on Zeitgeist, conspiracy theories, and small-town anarchism, debunking the myth of "cops under attack" since the emergence of Black Lives Matter, and an announcement of the CrimethInc. "To Change Everything" US tour top off our usual collection of global news updates, prisoner birthdays, event announcements, and more. {September 15, 2015}

Sep 15, 2015
#40: Struggles Against White Supremacy and Police Since Ferguson
01:10:53

It's been a year since rage over Michael Brown's murder catalyzed an anti-racist and anti-police rebellion that spread from Ferguson around the country. How can anarchists interpret the trajectory of the struggles against white supremacy that have unfolded over the last year? In Episode 40, we discuss the current state of police violence and both institutional and autonomous white supremacy, alongside an analysis of how anti-racist and anti-police resistance developed from Ferguson to Baltimore to South Carolina. A listener weighs in on the risks of militarism, from the Iron Column in the Spanish Civil War to the militias in Rojava today. Comrades from Korea share updates on state repression and issue an exciting call for international solidarity, and Clara and Alanis discuss the politics of the term ''terrorism'' and how to undertake assertive resistance to state repression without resorting to sports metaphors. {September 3, 2015}

Sep 03, 2015
#39: The Rojava Revolution, Part II
01:15:45

In the latest episode of the Ex-Worker, we continue our discussion of the unfolding social revolution in the autonomous Kurdish territories of Rojava. Building on our coverage in Episode 36, we share two interviews themed around international solidarity with the struggle for autonomy and the fight against ISIS. In the first, a member of Rojava Solidarity NYC, the group of American anarchists that produced the book "A Small Key Can Open a Large Door", discusses democratic confederalism and the council system in the cantons, compares and contrasts the Zapatista uprising with the Rojava revolution, and describes the solidarity projects they've undertaken and what's at stake for anarchists in our response to the events in Kurdistan. In the second, a member of the Turkish anarchist group Social Insurrection discusses his experience fighting with the United Freedom Forces militia. We address some critiques of the revolutionary structures in Rojava as well as our coverage of them and trace the emergence of international solidarity brigades. A member of Antifa International announces the formation of an International Anti-fascist Defense Fund, and we share info about several recently released anarchist publications. Our discussion of the news takes on Obama's sudden transformation into a prison reform advocate, indigenous resistance to profiteering off alcoholism, and the outing of a corporate infiltrator into the animal rights movement, while our indignant coverage of Syriza's entirely predictable betrayal of Greek social movements in their EU bailout austerity proposal concludes with a helpful diagnosis of "The Five Stages of Leftism". {July 27, 2015}

Jul 29, 2015
#38: Anarchism in Lake Worth, Florida
01:47:05

How do anarchists organize outside of major cities? In Episode 38 of the Ex-Worker, we offer a profile of anarchism in Lake Worth, a small coastal town in southern Florida with a surprisingly active and vibrant culture of resistance. Participants in the Everglades Earth First!, the Earth First! Journal, the South Florida Prison Books Project, the former Night Heron Infoshop, and Prison Legal News discuss the many radical projects that operate out of Lake Worth. We even hear from a former anarchist elected official discussing the contradictions and possibilities of that position! The episode also includes a CrimethInc. tour announcement, feedback from listeners about online crypto-anarchism, appeals for solidarity, plenty of news from all over the world, and more.

Jul 01, 2015
#37: The Hambacher Forest Occupation
01:37:01

In this episode, the Ex-Worker offers an in-depth profile of the struggle to defend the Hambacher Forest. In the Rhineland coal country of western Germany, a group of angry locals, environmentalists, anarchists and squatters have converged to challenge the destruction of one of the region's oldest forests by the energy giant RWE's brown coal mining. In these moving interviews recorded live in the Hambacher Forest in spring 2014, Clara gets a tour of the occupation and discusses the recent history of actions and broader political context. Through insightful and often hilarious informal conversations, the occupiers point out distinctive features of the forest, show the gritty and frequently comical day to day realities of squatter life, discuss their personal motivations for resisting the destruction of the forest, and offer poignant insight into the logic of resistance as a way of life. The episode concludes with recent updates from the occupation, ways to participate and show solidarity, and reflections on its significance for radicals across the world.

Jun 15, 2015
#36: The Rojava Revolution
01:31:04

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
#35: To Change Everything Audio Zine
40:17

Welcome back to the Ex-Worker! In celebration of the second anniversary of the podcast, and the resistance unfolding around the world from Baltimore to Milan and beyond, we’re releasing our first audio zine! CrimethInc.’s ambitious new anarchist outreach project To Change Everything is “a primer for the curious, a polemic for the entrenched, a point of departure for everyone who longs for another world.” So we at the Ex-Worker podcast are contributing an audio version to support the print and video versions circulating across the world. We’ll be back soon with our next regular episode, exploring the unfolding social revolution in Rojava, so stay tuned!

May 04, 2015
#34: Staying Safe So We Can Be Dangerous Together
01:55:40

In our 34th episode, we follow themes of repression, security, and resistance through several different short features. In celebration of former Green Scare prisoner Eric McDavid's release after nine years inside, we reflect on the lessons of his case for our efforts to resist today. We share part of a recent CrimethInc. essay that assesses the possibilities and limits of whistleblowing, as well as an inspiring statement by Jason Hammond (sibling of incarcerated hacktivist Jeremy Hammond) as he heads to prison for his role in an anti-fascist action. Ramona Africa speaks to us about the MOVE 9 case and the life and death of Phil Africa, and an anarchist from Barcelona gives a report about the recent wave of repression by the Spanish state in Operation Pandora. Listeners weigh in on cable access TV, iTunes, and an insider view on security and entrapment strategies. We conclude with reflections on the lessons to be learned from these various cases and recent events on staying safe in order to be truly dangerous to authority. Plus as usual there are a lot of global news reports, event announcements, prisoner birthdays, and plenty more.

Feb 12, 2015
#33: The Ex-Worker's 2014 Year in Review
01:59:41

From the Ukrainian revolution and war with Russia to the Bosnian uprisings, ISIS/Rojava/Kobane conflicts, the Brazilian World Cup protests, anti-police riots in Ferguson and beyond … 2014 was one hell of a depressing, inspiring, roller coaster of a year! For our year in review, we wrote to anarchists around the world to ask them what they thought were the most significant events of the last year and what they anticipate in 2015. Responses came in from correspondents as far off as Brazil, Russia, Columbia, Slovenia, Finland, and Germany, as well as across North America, with reports about 2014 and analysis of the possibilities for resistance in the upcoming year. We also stop to take stock of the last year of the Ex-Worker, and reveal some schemes and dreams for our next year of anarchist podcasting. And as if that wasn't enough, we share an exclusive report on squatting, eviction, and resistance in Prague, an analysis of recent anti-police rioting in Oakland, and discussions on listener feedback about Agency's Ebola article and the police in relation to the state, along with plenty of news, prisoner birthdays, and more. {January 20th, 2015}

Jan 20, 2015
#32: White Supremacy and Capitalism, From 1492 to Ferguson
01:38:15

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
#31: Live from the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair!
51:13

Clara and Alanis attended the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair on November 22nd, 2014, and decided to try an experiment: recording an episode of the Ex-Worker in front of a live anarchist audience! We started off with our usual Hot Wire news, and then interviewed a wide range of participants from the book fair about workshops or presentations they did or projects they represented. Interviewees spoke about a writing project on southern insurrectionary history; the Can Vries eviction and riots in Barcelona, Spain; rethinking prisoner support based on experiences with anti-authoritarian queer and transgender prisoners; a moving letter by Luke O'Donovan sent from prison specifically to be shared at the book fair; an update about an anarchist injured and arrested at a Philadelphia solidarity demonstration; and participants from the New York City Anarchist Black Cross, the Inside/Outside Alliance, and the UNControllables, an anarchist student group.

Nov 29, 2014
#30: Anarchism in Chile, Part II
01:32:26

The Ex-Worker keeps our eyes to the south as we continue our in-depth exploration of anarchism in Chile. While our last episode sought to provide context and history, this episode delves into two recent cases of repression by the Chilean State against anarchists and discusses the important of prisoner support in the anarchist movement. We interview Victor Montoya, an anarchist who was framed up and spent 16 months in pretrial detention, as well as Luciano "Tortuga" Pitronello, a comrade who faced terrorism charges after a bomb he was carrying prematurely detonated. While Tortuga's body was damaged in the course of this ordeal, his spirit remains resilient, and he shares inspiring stories and sage advice over vegan sandwiches at the autonomous library Sante Geronimo Caserio in Santiago. We'll offer a review of the Chicago Conspiracy, a documentary film which illustrates some of Chile's radical history and present through music, celebration, memory and riot, tackle some thoughtful listener feedback about democracy and anarchy, and top it all off with news from struggles around the globe.

Nov 11, 2014
#29: Anarchism in Chile, Part I: From Popular Power to Social War
01:23:09

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
#28: Anarcha-Feminism, Part II: Early Critiques and Visions
01:36:52

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. 

Sep 15, 2014
#27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson
01:06:06

Since the murder of Mike Brown by police on August 9th, Ferguson, Missouri has been the site of intense riots, looting, and clashes with police. In this episode, we share accounts from participants and reflections on the rebellion, as well as an analysis which unpacks the designation of "outside agitators." Two texts discussing other recent anti-police uprisings appear on the Chopping Block, while supporters of Luke O'Donovan update us on his trial and how to show solidarity. Clara and Alanis share a slew of listener feedback, exploring the origins of the term feminism, correcting some mistakes about the IWW, and getting into a testy debate over the politics of sports. News, prisoner birthdays, Contradictionary terms, and upcoming events round out another packed episode.

Aug 25, 2014
#26: Anarcha-Feminism, Part I: Introduction and Herstory
01:51:38

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
#25: The Brazil World Cup Protests
01:12:07

The recent World Cup prompted widespread protests across Brazil. In our 25th episode, we discuss why these protests took place, who participated, and how they connected to the uprisings of the last year. We share an audio collage of protest voices, an interview with Brazilian anarchists, and a Situationist-inspired critique of mass sports spectacles. The new green anarchist journal Black Seed appears on the Chopping Block, while a Ukrainian anarchist offers perspective on why things may not be so bleak there for anarchists as we thought. And there's hooliganism, a June 11th rundown, prisoner updates, reflections on the "global village," and Juggalos to boot!

Jul 17, 2014
#24: Communization
01:06:29

From the incendiary writings of The Invisible Committee prompting arrests on charges of rail line sabotage in France, to the calculated analysis of Theorie Communiste and Aufheben, we may have skipped a few things in our previous two episodes about communism. The current known as communization emerged out of the struggles of May '68 in France, and to this day the question remains: can we enact communism ourselves, here and now? In this episode of the Ex-worker, we'll take another angle on communism, away from the backstabbing, newspaper-hocking, withering-state-types profiled in Episodes 20 and 21, instead focusing on those who share our dream of breaking with the misery of our conditions and dismantling this world (even if they still talk like Marxists.) In this episode we experiment with different ways of breaking through some of the heavy theoretical language and ideas, including a reportback from a rather unusual Endnotes reading group, and transmit a theme segment from an autonomous, anonymous podcasting cell. We'll travel to North and South Korea in our listener feedback section, hear an interview from Anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble about prison struggle in Alabama and the importance of supporting long-term prisoners, and round it out with news and prisoner birthdays.

Jul 01, 2014
#23: May '68 and the Situationist International
55:29

Another May Day come and gone! After we catch up on how radicals around the world celebrated it in the streets this year, we'll turn back the clock a few decades to a particularly notorious May: Paris in 1968. The strikes and riots that nearly toppled the French state—as well as the Situationist International, those Marxist-influenced art radicals whose theories influenced the uprising—are the topic of our main feature for this episode. One of the key texts coming from the Situationist tradition, Raoul Vaneigem's The Revolution of Everyday Life, appears on the Chopping Block. Listeners weigh in on future episodes, "Uncle Ted," and the Ukraine episode and anarchist strategy. And of course there's more news, events, prisoner birthdays, and other goodies.

Jun 01, 2014
#22: Ukraine
01:01:53

This week on the Ex-worker, we're responding to a few listener requests and presenting an analysis of the situation in Ukraine, largely borrowed from our recent feature The Ukrainian Revolution and the Future of Social Movements. We'll also hear an interview with a member of Belarus Anarchist Black Cross about repression in Belarus and Ukraine, courtesy of our comrades at A-Radio Berlin, as well as our recommendations for which insurrectionary journals you should take if you get stranded on a desert island.  The episode is rounded out with news, and lots of upcoming events and prisoner birthdays.

Apr 23, 2014
#21: Communism and Socialism, pt.2
52:33

We're back with the second installment of our exploration of anarchism's complicated relationship with communism.  Ex-worker's Russia correspondents Misha and Anastasia come to us through the fuzzy airwaves of history, reporting live from the Russian revolution and what the anarchists are up to . . . we'll see how that goes.  We'll also hear some more feedback from everyone's favorite gubernatorial candidate, anarchist prisoner Sean Swain, as well as extensive coverage of eco- and animal-liberation actions and prisoner rebellions from around the world.

Apr 10, 2014
#20: Communism and Socialism, pt.1
01:00:18

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
#19: Anarchists In Revolt, From Bosnia to Peru
01:10:38

Our discussion of communism will have to wait … because post-socialist Bosnia is erupting in rebellion! In this episode, we share two interviews with anarchists from the Balkans reflecting on the current uprisings, along with recent updates and a Bosnian hip hop artist's protest anthem. An Ex-Worker travels to Lima, Peru and sends back a report on a recent anarchist book and propaganda fair, including a group shout-out from a workshop about the podcast, live interviews and musical recordings. Listeners critique our treatment of market anarchism, an eco-defense prisoner explains police tactics, and news on state repression, prisoner strikes, and anti-extraction struggles round out our exploration of resistance to authority around the globe.

Mar 04, 2014
#18: What Anarchism Isn't, Pt 1: Libertarianism and Anarcho-Capitalism
01:24:22

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
#17: Conspiracy! State Repression Strategies and Anarchist Resistance
01:06:20

As we complete this episode, trial is about to begin for the NATO 3, Chicago anarchists facing domestic terrorism charges after being entrapped by informants during a 2012 protest summit. To understand the case and its context, the Ex-Worker explores the state's strategy to repress anarchists and social movements through the use of conspiracy charges and entrapment. We interview three activists from the front lines of anti-repression work: a member of the NATO 3 support team, a volunteer with the animal liberation counter-information collective Bite Back, and an anarchist supporter of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation. Our review on the Chopping Block examines Green is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Soci