The Final Straw Radio is a weekly, anarchist show eminating from occupied Cherokee lands in so-called North Carolina and featuring the voices of folks engaged in struggles for liberation and the creation of rad culture since 2009. We're also syndicated on a few community radio stations around the U.S. We frequently also feature radio commentaries from anarchist prisoner Sean Swain and are a proud member of CZN (The Channel Zero Network) and ARN (The A-Radio Network).
Check out our past archives and ways to connect with us at https://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org
Stop Cop City Movement RICO Indictments (with Matt Scott of ACPC)
Stop Cop City Movement RICO Indictments (with Matt Scott of ACPC) This week, we’re featuring an interview with Matt Scott of the Atlanta Community Press Collective update us on the movement to Stop Cop City in light of the recent indictment of 61 people on Racketeering charges by the state of Georgia at the end of August and the legal shenanigans of the city to block a public referendum on the police training center that would destroy the south Atlanta forest and river. We'll also hear about recent non-violent civil disobediences and the call for a mass action on November 13th, 2023 (with a multi-city info-tour in the buildup).
Follow ACPC: website: https://ATLPressCollective.com XTwitterX: @Atlanta_Press Instagram: @ATLPressCollective Mastodon: @Atlanta_Pressfirstname.lastname@example.org Tax Deductible Donations: Open Collective page Other DTF / Stop Cop City Movement Media: Cop City Vote: website & XTwitterX Defend The Atlanta Forest: website , XTwitterX, Instascam, Fedbook Block Cop City website Then, you’ll hear a segment by anarchist prisoner, Sean Swain on alien abductions.
Belarusian and Ukrainian Anarchist Perspectives We released a recording of a panel from St-Imier, Switzerland, this July where Belarusian and Ukrainian anarchists talked about their experiences in the last few years since the uprising against Lukashenko and the escalation in the Russian invasion. You can check it out at our website or in our podcast stream: https://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org/post/2023/09/13/ukrainian-belarusian-perspectives-on-resisting-russian-invasion/
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Featured Track: They Want Efx (instrumental) by Das efx
Ukrainian + Belarusian Perspectives on Resisting Russian Invasion (RIA 2023)
The following is a presentation by anarchists from Ukraine and Belarus, alongside a question and answer portion with the audience, conducted in part via live translation services. This panel is facilitated in part by Nina of Anarchist Black Cross Dresden, and features presentations by Masha (Belarus) an anarchist in Warsaw, Nastya is a member of Solidarity Zone (not speaking on behalf of that group), Mira from Anarchist Black Cross Kyiv and Solidarity Collectives and Boris of Belarus Anarchist Black Cross.
The discussion, much like previous discussions by anarchists supporting anti-authoritarians joining the armed defense against the Russian invasion, was interrupted a number of times by pacifists or others who didn’t want a discussion of the complexities of joining the territorial defense forces to have space. Those interruptions were mostly not recorded as they happened off-mic, but you’ll hear the reactions to them. I felt like this audio was important to share here with the audience, particularly in spite of their silencing.
I recorded this at the 2023 St-Imier anarchist gathering on the 151st anniversary of the first anarchist and anti-authoritarian Workers International, following the purges by Marxists and Blanquists. Like the first one in 1872 hosted by the Jura Federation, this gathering was hosted in small village of St-Imier with a population of 4,000 being nearly doubled in size over the course of 5 days of workshops, concerts, discussions, food, film showings and tablings.
You can find reflections from some folks at crimethinc.com, alongside a link to recordings from the live, multi-lingual radio broadcast throughout the event and the website for the gathering where you’ll see lists of happenings from the week. Hopefully in the near future you’ll be able to find the recordings of the presentations that got recorded such as this one, some in video and some in audio.
I’ll be reflecting on some of this in an upcoming episode of the ItsGoingDown podcast while speaking with my friend and former co-host Scott Branson about how the bookfair here in Asheville went. Here's an article (in French) about an Islamophobic scandal that occurred with members of the French Anarchist Federation (Kropotkin).
Past interviews on the subjects of: Belarus Ukraine Russia
Oral Histories of Political Prisoners + The Role of Anarchist Radio
This week, we’re sharing 3 segments.
First up, Josh Davidson from the Certain Days: Freedom For Political Prisoners Calendar talks about the upcoming book that he co-edited with political prisoner Eric King from AK Press entitled RATTLING THE CAGES: Oral Histories of North American Political Prisoners, containing over 450 pages of first hand experiences of resisting from within the belly of the beast across generations and movements in Turtle Island. And you can find out more about the Running Down The Walls events at ABCF.Net/WarChest [00:01:22 - 00:28:15]
Then, we’re sharing Sean Swain’s segment on Goyaałé, aka Geronimo. [00:29:14 - 00:38:27]
Finally, we’ll be sharing a panel discussion by members of the A-Radio Network recorded on Saturday, July 22nd 2023 at the International Anarchist Gathering at St-Imier, Jura, Switzerland on the history and role of radio in anarchist and anti-authoritarian resistance, mostly in Europe. If you’re listening to the live radio edition, you’ll hear about 1/3 of that segment, but can hear the whole thing at our website, TheFinalStrawRadio.NoBlogs.Org or at A-Radio-Network.Org [00:38:27 - 01:36:45]
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Featured Tracks: Let The Music Play by Arpeggio from Disco Boogie Funk Italo Rare 1970 - 1980
Diane Stevens of Jane Collective (ACABookfair 2023)
This week on TFSR, we’ll be airing a presentation by Diane Stevens, a member of the Jane Collective in Chicago in the 1960’s. This presentation was recorded at the 2023 Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair in so-called Asheville, NC.
From the presentation description:
The Abortion Counseling Service, now better known as Jane, started out as a referral service in Chicago in the late 1960s, providing counseling and support to women before and after their procedures. Members of the group learned to do the abortions and then were able to do the procedures for whatever the women could afford to pay. Seven women were arrested and charged with the felonies of abortion and conspiracy to commit abortion. These charges were ultimately dismissed. It is estimated that about 11 thousand abortions were preformed before the group disbanded in 1973.
Diane Stevens was born in Chicago. She went to school in the suburbs before moving back into the city where she joined the Abortion Counseling Service.
Following the Roe v Wade decision and dismissal of all the criminal charges, Diane went on to have a career in health care and worked as a nurse practitioner in a variety of settings. Her work for reproductive justice has resumed with joining the Reproductive Rights Coalition in Charlotte and being a clinic escort.
You can hear another presentation we recorded from the ACABookfair 2023 in this week's IGD Podcast, which is sharing Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin in conversation with William C. Anderson.
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Featured Track: I Can See Clearly Now (Instrumental) by Trem One from Amateurs EP
Constitutional Sheriffs (with Jessica Pishko)
This week, you’ll hear an interview we conducted with researcher and journalist Jessica Pishko about the upcoming, September 9th Constitutional Sheriff & Peace Officers Association gathering in Cherokee, North Carolina. For the hour, Jessica talks about the office of Sheriff in the US, the CSPOA and Constitutional Sheriff movement, their ties to militia or other far-right wing and white nationalist formations and related topics. You can find Jessica’s blog at Sheriffs.SubStack.Com.
Other sources SPLC Report Azcir Report and Film "In The Sheriff We Trust" IREHR writings on Constitutional Sheriffs . ... . ..
Featured Tracks: John Wayne Was a Nazi (Do$age Antifa Breakcore ReMix) by MDC & Do$age
Reflections on 2023 Turkish Elections, Post-Earthquake Bakur and the Kurdish Movement
The following is an interview we conducted with Katka and Hazel, who both live in the UK and were recently back from Bakur, the portion of Kurdistan within the borders of Turkey. For 2 hours the guests speak about the political violence from Erdogan’s ruling AKP, suppression of the Kurdish movement, electoral strategies, democratic confederalism, political prisoners and the F-Type prisons in Turkey, the earthquakes from earlier in the year, widespread corruption and other topics. We hope you enjoy this conversation,. A transcript of this interview will be available in the near future. You can reach the guests at BakurDelegationUK at riseup dot net
A few links related to the chat: Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê - Kurdish Red Crescent : https://www.heyvasor.com/en/ The Kurdish Women’s Movement by Dilar Dirik (we interviewed in 2014: p1, p2) The Purple Color of Kurdish Politics book 14th July film about resistance in Turkish prisons (requires youtube signin): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw64OUb2pkU Announcements ACABookfair Audios Available Soon f you missed the ACABookfair or any of the workshops, we’ve got a happy surprise for you. Give a gander in the next week to ACABookfair.noblogs.org for the media page that will soon be populated with audio recordings of some of the presentation events on various topics. More likely than not, some of those will end up in future episodes of The Final Straw, fyi.
Latest BAD News Out Now! Also, the latest episode of Bad News from the A-Radio Network is also now up at their website, but also linked in our show notes. You’ll hear from contributing members of the A-Radio Network sharing perspectives at the 2023 St-Imier gathering in Switzerland on the importance of the audio medium like radio and podcasts to the building of anarchist movement. You can also find links in the show notes for this episode to the live broadcast throughout the weekend by Radio RIA and some video of presentations and audios of presentations in German, Spanish, French, Italian and English. Maybe even one or two in Esperanto for you spicey types.
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Featured Tracks: Serêkaniyê û Avaşîn by Mehmûd Berazî Cerr performed by Mehmûd Berazî
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