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Laborwave centers around revolutionary ideas and strategies. We feature interviews with organizers, artists, and writers across the political left.

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Laborwave centers around revolutionary ideas and strategies. We feature interviews with organizers, artists, and writers across the political left.

    Strikes Are Not Hashtags, cross-post w/ Anarres Project for Alternative Futures

    Strikes Are Not Hashtags, cross-post w/ Anarres Project for Alternative Futures

    Crossposting an interview Laborwave Radio host, Alex Riccio, had with Joseph Orosco of the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures about the #ScholarStrike.

    The recent online #ScholarStrike claimed to be a way for higher ed faculty to engage in radical action in support of racial justice and against police violence in the US. In the conversation I argue that the #ScholarStrike missed big opportunities for social change and revealed some misunderstandings that many academics have about power and their own place in systems of oppression. Rather than have digital conferences, higher education workers should build alternative organizations to challenge the power structure of their universities to bring racial justice to the BIPOC staff and community that work at their institutions.

    Read the full article at https://www.laborwaveradio.com/post/strikes-are-not-for-spectacle

    For more information on the Anarres Project, visit @AnarresProject on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook or go to anarresproject.org.

    Support our show at patreon.com/laborwave

    • 59 min
    (Preview) Future of the IWW w/ Marianne Garneau & Nick Driedger

    (Preview) Future of the IWW w/ Marianne Garneau & Nick Driedger

    Marianne Garneau, editor and contributor of Organizing Work, and Nick Driedger, regular contributor to Organizing Work, joined Laborwave Radio to discuss the future and present of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

    This is a preview clip from the episode set to be released in full in December 2020.

    • 4 min
    Ep. 5 Comrades Read Together, No Shortcuts! w/ Andrea, Sarah, & Michael

    Ep. 5 Comrades Read Together, No Shortcuts! w/ Andrea, Sarah, & Michael

    Join in on the fun Discord conversations by becoming a Laborwave Patron at patreon.com/laborwave

    We're reading books, sharing articles, and watching movies via discord with our patreon subscribers.

    We've finished No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power by Jane McAlevey! Each chapter has been discussed at length in our series Comrades Read Together, and three veteran labor organizers join us for this final conversation.

    Michael Marchmann, staff organizer for GTFF 3544, Sarah Pishioneri, staff organizer for CGE 6069, and Andrea Haverkamp, president of CGE 6069, chat with Laborwave Radio about the difference between "pretend power" and "real power."

    Our conversation circles largely around the question of, what Marx famously described, "class in itself" vs. "class for itself." How do we, as leftist organizers, connect disparate movement agents during times of crisis to move from having history enacted upon the working class to the working class enacting history? With the looming pandemic providing pathways towards multiple futures, what are the necessary steps and vision we need to push toward the future we wish to make?

    All this and more in our final episode of Comrades Read Together: No Shortcuts!

    Music from In The Red Records:
    Ty Segall- Class War

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Class Power on Zero Hours w/ the Angry Workers

    Class Power on Zero Hours w/ the Angry Workers

    We spoke with members of the Angry Workers, a political collective, about the insights from their recent PM Press title, "Class Power on Zero Hours."

    The Angry Workers spent the last six years working in a London backyard mostly among food and manufacturing workers, and they've chronicled their experiences as well as their efforts to organize alongside these workers in an expansive book. We speak about these experiences as well as the lessons learned from the ground, and the need to develop revolutionary forms of organization internationally.

    You can contact the Angry Workers at angryworkersworld@gmail.com or on their Twitter @angryworkers or Facebook @angryworkersworld
    https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1164

    Music on this episode is provided thanks to In The Red Records!
    Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin- Drop Dead Baby
    https://intheredrecords.com/collections/the-ty-segall-band/products/ty-segall-mikal-cronin-reverse-shark-attack

    Support our show by becoming a patron at patreon.com/laborwave

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Anarchist Election Anxiety

    Anarchist Election Anxiety

    On Election Night comrades of the show got together to play games, talk politics, and ease election anxiety (as much as that was possible). Here's a short clip of our four-hour hangout where we discussed Emma Goldman's position on women's suffrage and state politics, the Black Rose Anarchist Federation article on Voting or Abstention, and a recent Contrapoints video discussing the subject of voting for the lesser of two evils. Comrades heard here include Andrea, Kali, and Tali.

    Laborwave will continue putting videos and hangouts such as these on our YouTube, and you can access all of our content and help sustain our show at patreon.com/laborwave

    Links to the articles we discuss:
    Emma Goldman- Woman Suffrage
    https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/goldman/works/1911/woman-suffrage.htm

    Black Rose Anarchist Federation- Vote- Or Don't: On Abstentionism
    https://blackrosefed.org/vote-or-dont/

    Contrapoints- Voting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3Vah8sUFgI

    • 20 min
    David Graeber: A Celebration & Discussion of Ideas w/ comrades Tony Vogt & Shane Capra

    David Graeber: A Celebration & Discussion of Ideas w/ comrades Tony Vogt & Shane Capra

    David Graeber was an anthropologist, proponent of anarchism, and participant in many movement struggles of the past two decades including the Alter-Globalization movement and Occupy Wall Street. Among his popular authored books includes Debt: The First 5,000 Years, The Utopia of Rules, B******t Jobs, and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. He passed on September 2, 2020.

    We discuss his ideas and celebrate his memory in this conversation with comrades Tony Vogt, member of the IWW and co-founder of the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures, and Shane Capra, an organizer and participant in the Institute for Advanced Troublemaking and member of the IWW.

    Our discussion covers topics of leadership and charisma, the tension between play and games, and falling in love with a ghost you cannot capture.

    Support Laborwave by becoming a patron at patreon.com/laborwave

    Links:
    Anarres Project for Alternative Futures
    anarresproject.org

    Institute for Advanced Troublemaking
    https://advancedtroublemaking.wordpress.com

    In the Red Records
    https://intheredrecords.com

    Music:
    King Khan & BBQ Show: Shake Real Low

    • 1 hr 7 min

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