10 episodes

The Black Autonomy Podcast is a series of discussions on anarchism and the relevance of its revolutionary ideals to the ongoing Black Liberation Movement.

The show is hosted by JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, two veteran organizers, former Black Panther Party members and co-founders of the Black Autonomy Federation. The show is produced by a collaboration between writer William C. Anderson (@williamcson) and the Black Autonomy Federation.

JoNina Abron-Ervin is a former editor of The Black Panther newspaper, author of Driven by the Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era, and a co-founder of the Black Autonomy Federation.

Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin is the author of Anarchism and the Black Revolution, a co-founder of the Black Autonomy Federation, and a former member of the Black Panther Party.

(Artwork by Theo Thirdaye [@Thirdayetheory]. Introduction music is an instrumental version of “Song 33” by Noname.)

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The Black Autonomy Podcast is a series of discussions on anarchism and the relevance of its revolutionary ideals to the ongoing Black Liberation Movement.

The show is hosted by JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, two veteran organizers, former Black Panther Party members and co-founders of the Black Autonomy Federation. The show is produced by a collaboration between writer William C. Anderson (@williamcson) and the Black Autonomy Federation.

JoNina Abron-Ervin is a former editor of The Black Panther newspaper, author of Driven by the Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era, and a co-founder of the Black Autonomy Federation.

Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin is the author of Anarchism and the Black Revolution, a co-founder of the Black Autonomy Federation, and a former member of the Black Panther Party.

(Artwork by Theo Thirdaye [@Thirdayetheory]. Introduction music is an instrumental version of “Song 33” by Noname.)

    Prison Abolition and Struggle Against Mass Imprisonment.

    Prison Abolition and Struggle Against Mass Imprisonment.

    This episode is about the Black anarchist struggle against prisons and state slavery. Lorenzo and JoNina discuss the relevance of overturning the entirety of the state apparatus in the struggle for prison abolition rather than stopping at mere reforms. 


     

    • 31 min
    Love and Struggle

    Love and Struggle

    This special Valentine's Day episode is about Lorenzo and JoNina's relationship. Listen as they recount the story of their encounter and discuss how they relate to one another as partners, thinkers, and coconspirators. This episode covers topics like gender roles, dating, and conflict resolution.  

    • 34 min
    JoNina Speaks!

    JoNina Speaks!

    This episode covers the life of co-host JoNina Ervin. As an author and veteran activist, JoNina Ervin offers important insights from her life in an interview with Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin. ​​She was a member of the Black Panther Party for nearly a decade and was the last editor of the Black Panther newspaper. She was also a news correspondent at the 2001 U.N. World Conference Against Racism and was once the managing editor of Black Scholar magazine.

    • 29 min
    Black Anarchism Across the Generations

    Black Anarchism Across the Generations

    In October 2021, Pluto published the definitive edition of Anarchism and the Black Revolution by Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin. The book first connected Black radical thought to anarchist theory in 1979, and now amidst a rising tide of Black political organizing, this foundational classic has been republished with a wealth of original material, including forewords by William C. Anderson and Joy James.
     
    This episode of Black Autonomy Podcast is brought to you in collaboration with the Pluto Press podcast 'Radicals in Conversation,' in which JoNina Ervin hosts a discussion between Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin and William C. Anderson about Black anarchism across the generations.

     
    Ervin and Anderson discuss the reasons for the continued relevance and increasing popularity of Black anarchism today, what an ‘ungovernable’ radical movement might look like, and the contradictions inherent to single-issue and state-orientated political projects from the left. They also discuss Black nationalism, and put Anderson's book The Nation on No Map in conversation with Anarchism and the Black Revolution.
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    ‘Anarchism and the Black Revolution’ by Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin:

    www.plutobooks.com/9780745345819/anarchism-and-the-black-revolution/


     
    ‘The Nation on No Map’ by William C. Anderson:

    akpress.org/nationonnomap.html

    • 40 min
    Medical Racism, Vaccine Hesitancy, and Radical Organizing

    Medical Racism, Vaccine Hesitancy, and Radical Organizing

    This episode discusses the legacy of medical neglect and institutional racism in healthcare. Lorenzo and JoNina talk about how Black people have legitimate skepticism and distrust when it comes to vaccination and medical care. However, drawing from their experience in the Black Panther Party, they discuss how intercommunalism can be used to meet the needs of people who aren't vaccinated and subject to shortages.
    The following episode contains clips from the following films and videos:
    HIV/AIDS: The Plague Years - Center for strategic & international studies (Think Tank) - Anthony Fauci
    One Woman’s Mission to Get Vaccines To Her Rural Alabama Town | The New Yorker Documentary
    Tuskegee Legacy Stories | COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative | Ad Council
    Susan Moore - Facebook Post
    This episode was produced by a collaboration between writer William C. Anderson (@williamcson) and Black Autonomy Federation. 

    • 39 min
    Crisis Capitalism and the Survival Economy

    Crisis Capitalism and the Survival Economy

    This episode discusses how movements can connect mutual aid efforts and survival programs to build a survival economy. Lorenzo and JoNina's discussion places emphasis on the need to move beyond being passive consumers in order to foment a revolutionary alternative that can be transition to stateless socialism. They look at relevant topics like the recent crises during the Texas winter storm, Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Katrina to make their case. 
    This episode was produced by a collaboration between writer William C. Anderson (@williamcson) and Black Autonomy Federation. 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

mongrelforlife ,

Black Autonomy Podcast

I just discovered this podcast and I am so grateful! It feels like a gift. Thank you.

Ash225! ,

Required Listening for Any Black Revolutionary

Actionable and insightful. I love this podcast. Much respect to our elders leaving us with these gems.

Inquiring Empiricist ,

Best Anarchist Podcast of any kind

I’ve been looking for a long while for accessible audio resources from an anarchist perspective that are productive and focused on strategic action towards systemic change. This is by far the best that I’ve found. They eschew dense academic leftist jargon, actively defining the terms they use in everyday words and relating it to the modern world. I cannot understate how important what these folks are doing is, especially considering the degree to which authoritarians have co-opted the struggle for black liberation.

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