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Rebel Steps Amy & Liz

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    Join the Abolitionist Movement with Mariame Kaba

    Join the Abolitionist Movement with Mariame Kaba

    Abolition has been a huge topic in the wake of the uprising sparked by the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Calls to defund or abolish the police are now experiencing a surge of interest, in the form of street art, protest signs, op eds, and more. Maybe you’ve found yourself chanting defund the police or sharing articles online, but aren’t sure how to act on them. So in this episode, I’ll be exploring things to consider as you take your first steps toward joining the abolitionist movement, especially in this tumultuous moment of a pandemic and global uprising, in a conversation with Mariame Kaba. Find more resources at rebelsteps.com/abolition.
    RebelSteps is a member of the Channel Zero Network. Head over to channelzeronetwork.com for more anarchist podcasts.
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    • 40 min
    Talk It Out (Conflict Resolution)

    Talk It Out (Conflict Resolution)

    Anytime people are working together on something they are passionate about, there is bound to be some disagreement. These disagreements can be intense and emotional, especially if people are invested in the project. In this episode, we’ll be exploring some ways to handle conflict.
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    • 23 min
    Introducing Uprise Daily

    Introducing Uprise Daily

    This is an episode of a new podcast called Uprise Daily. This podcast collects protest news from around the country. We will be contributing to this project by occasionally doing recordings. If you like what you hear, subscribe to Uprise Daily wherever you get your podcast and follow them on Twitter @UpriseDaily. Liz and I were really surprised at how much news we hadn't heard about. There are stories unfolding in small towns across the country that aren't making the headlines. So give it a listen and see what's happening!
    Subscribe: https://anchor.fm/uprise-daily
    Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/UpriseDaily

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    • 23 min
    PSA: Jail Support Tips from CZN

    PSA: Jail Support Tips from CZN

    Another PSA from CZN about how to support your comrades if they're arrested. Also check out our full episode on jail support at http://rebelsteps.com/jailsupport.
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    With protests continuing in cities all over the world, the Channel Zero Network has some reminders on how to support those who have been arrested, and those who may be arrested in the coming days and weeks. 
    Arrests are one tool cops use to repress mass movements. Arrest keeps protesters off the streets during demonstrations. They scare people with the threat of court cases and potential prison sentences. Alone, we feel defenseless against the police and the courts. By providing jail and court support, we can push back against this repression, from the moment that our comrades are taken in, to the end of their court case.
    Before heading out into the streets, make sure you and everyone you're with has acontact number written on their body. You'll need to get in touch with someone if you're arrested and you most likely won't have your personal belongings with you. This number can be the National Lawyer's Guild, a group you're involved with, or just a friend who's not at the protest.
    If you see someone getting arrested, call your legal support number with the arrestee's legal name and birthday. If you are in a large city, you may have to determine where they will be taken. Try to find the arresting officer's precinct or unit. This may determine where your comrade ends up. In smaller cities, everyone may go to the same place.
    If you expect more arrests, try to stay and observe. If not, you should head to the precinct to wait for the arrestee.
    Once at the precinct, use the legal name and birthday of the arrestee to ask the cops for the arrest number, charges, and where the arrestee will be taken or held. Keep anyone supporting you in the loop.
    Be prepared to wait many hours. Keep in touch with others and take turns waiting outside the precinct. It could take hours, or in some cases, the whole night,especially if there's been a mass arrest.
    From here, each city and state has different processes and different jargon. Connect with local organizers and read about local laws to learn what the process will be in your area. 
    Here are some things that you might encounter. 

    Sometimes arrestees are released quickly with a notice that they'll need to show up in court at a later date. If this happens, take the contact info of arrestees. You'll want to be ready to offer them court support in the future. Sometimes arrestees are charged before release. This is a longer process usually called arraignment, which is a procedural court hearing to file charges and set bail. The court will assign a public defender for arraignments. Try to have a couple offriends attend the arraignment for support. Due to COVID 19, you may only be able to observe via video.Sometimes arrestees will have to post bail to be released. If bail is set, let the court officer know you’re arranging payment and will be coordinating with the arrestee’s lawyer. If you need support making bail connect with local organizers, there may be a bail fund for protestors in your area.No matter what happens, always relay what's happening to other people offering support. 
    Regardless of the legal situation the arrestee ends up in, you'll need to bring some things with you.
    People who are getting out may be exhausted or have trouble getting home. So bring snacks, water, aspirin, bus fare or transit cards, and cigarettes. If you have a friend being held, you can bring their favorite snacks!  If you know the arrestee requires a specific medication, bring that too.You'll also need water and snacks to sustain yourself! Bring External batteries for charging phones as you may be waiting for many hours. If you can't stay and help with jail support, dropping off materials to tho

    • 4 min
    PSA: Street Action Tips from CZN

    PSA: Street Action Tips from CZN

    In the wake of George Floyd’s death, protests are unfolding across the country. As new people are mobilized, we want to share some thoughts on how to stay safe while out in the streets. Remember, this is all a marathon, not a sprint. So take care of yourself and your comrades. Here’s some tips from the Channel Zero Network:

    Bring buddies and don't let them out of the range of your voice. Write a legal aid number on your body so you can get help if you get arrested. Be sure to know your buddies legal names and birthdays. You'll need these to help find them if they're arrested.When moving around, walk don't run. Stick together.Turn off your phone while out in the street to avoid surveillance of your locationand so as not to have your unlocked phone taken by the authorities or other bad actors.Try your best not to stick out in a crowd. Cover up tattoos with clothing or body paint. Cops will use footage from the protest to try to identify you. Wear clothes that are good for moving quickly. Avoid wearing jewelry and wear closed toe shoes. Wear your mask at all times, even if you're talking to someone in order to guard yourself against surveillance, covid 19, pepper spray, and tear gas.Avoid wearing contact lenses. Bring goggles of some kind in case of tear gas or pepper spray.Consider wearing bike helmets as police often cause head injuries with batons and other weapons. Don't take photos or video of people doing anything illegal or with their face uncovered. Whenever possible, film the cops, not the protesters.ONLY PUT WATER IN YOUR EYES. Don't use milk or baking soda or anything else.Clean water is the safest thing to use at a protest. If possible, bring a water-bottle to drink from and a water bottle to flush out eyes of any comrades who are maced or tear-gassed. And white comrades are encouraged to follow the lead of black and brown comrades, as they bear the brunt of state brutality.
    Follow Unicorn Riot and Channel Zero Network member It's Going Down for ongoing updates. The Channel Zero Network sends y'all solidarity. Stay safe out there and never stop fighting for a better world. 
    For more tips, check out “Staying Safe in the Streets” from CrimeThinc.
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    • 2 min
    Special Episode: Rent Strike Next Steps

    Special Episode: Rent Strike Next Steps

    This episode explores what’s happening on the front lines of some rent strikes and looks toward next steps and strategy, from connecting local tenant unions to building a larger movement. Featuring interviews with 3 organizers in New York: Ali Jaffery, Charlie Dulik, and Nicolás Vargas.
    RebelSteps is a member of the Channel Zero Network. Channel Zero Network podcasts have put out more content on the rent strikes. Check out It’s Going Down’s This Is America #115: Brooklyn Tenants On Rent Strike Talk May 1st for more from New York. Listen to Dissident Island Radio’s coverage of the London Rent Strikes here. Head over to channelzeronetwork.com for more content!
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    Thank you to Tutlie and Ellen Siberian Tiger who gifted us music for this episode.
    Special thanks to WNYC’s archives for the radio audio from “Unemployment relief program; Musical Pastels trio; Nita Novi, accordion; Clara D'Angelo, soprano.” This audio was from a fundraising program that aired December 2, 1931, less than 2 months before the 1932 rent strikes began.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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54 Ratings

AndyIsra ,

A great help

Thanks for helping those of us who are just starting out organizing! So happy to build power together!

Informative and inspiring ,

Informative and inspiring

Great information and resources with an inspirting personal touch. Liz is great and there are a lot of intereviews, which gives Rebel Steps a lot of charm and a breadth of perspectives. Make sure you listen to the end, because the last episode is my favorite!

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Rebel Steps

Solid introduction for people who want to get involved in nyc activist movements.

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