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).
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Fighting Back Against Displacement In Greece
This week, we spoke with Alex, an anarchist squatter in the Athenian neighborhood of Exarchia. They talk about repression by the New Democracy party, struggles against green washing wind turbines around rural Greece, the fires raging through the country, resistance to rape culture, fighting against the building of a metro station in Exarchia and the privatization of public spaces like Strefi Hill, police presence at Universities, anarcho-tourism and the hunger strike of anarchist prisoner Giannis Michialidas.
Links: Learn more on the struggle for Strefi by visiting LofosStrefi.Noblogs.Org or finding them on Twitter (@LofosStrefi) or Facebook Protest from 2021 at Strefi Hill video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoikItwwFn4 From the attack in the feminist demo against attempt of rape. Very strong moment for us oppressed from patriarchy: https://youtu.be/kXKfV69_lGo Self organized carnival from strefi assembly, no metro in exarchia square assembly and self organized Navarinou park https://youtu.be/Q1XpyBttDdc 25th june International call for defending exarchia https://youtu.be/xYl6eNlfHLU New mural for Alexis Grigoropoulos https://youtu.be/9vr6uHgO-7g Announcements Week of Solidarity August 23-30th is the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners. The site https://Solidarity.International has suggestions of ways to get involved, a poster for this year, and place to contact to announce or share your action or event.
Reject Raytheon, WNC On Earth Day 2022, affiliates of Reject Raytheon AVL performed a rally, march and direct action at the Bent Creek River Park to block traffic and protest the building of a factory by Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of aerospace war drone and fighter plan component manufacturer, Raytheon. You can support folks as they attend court at 9am on August 31st the Buncombe County courthouse, room 1A for trespassing charges. And you can learn more about the struggle to push back the murder machine manufacturer Raytheon locally at RejectRaytheonAVL.com
Firestorm Fundraiser If you haven’t heard, our friends and sponsor Firestorm Books has purchased a building and will be moving down at 1022 Haywood Rd to the former site of Dr. Dave’s Automotive, near the Odditorium over the next year. They plan to donate the land to the Asheville Community Land Trust to be held in protection for perpetuity, but are fundraising now to pay for remediation and renovation of the space. You can support their efforts and help make this new space a reality by visiting their GiveButter page linked in our show notes for this episode.
TFSR Patreon I’ll keep this short and sweet. A big shout out to the folks who’ve donated or joined our patreon recently. We’re still not at the level where our recurring donations will cover the monthly cost of our printing, mailing, web hosting and transcriptions (about $600 per month would do that) let alone saving up to help us cover future travels to gather interviews, but we’re moving that direction. To entice you, we’ve changed up our patreon to feature a new $3/mo level, and are offering occasional online patreon content to that and other levels including early releases, behind the scenes chats, updates and other things. If you can throw us some dough, we’d be much obliged. You can find more about the patreon at patreon.com/tfsr and learn other ways to support us at tfsr.wtf/support !
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Featured Track: Αυτό Το Σύστημα [Διάβρωση Cover] by Γεμάτος Αράχνες, ρε Φίλε! from their 2021 split with Βελζεβούλ Τα μη χειρότερα
Hil Malatino on Being Trans in this Moment
This week we are presenting Scott’s interview with Hil Malatino, who is a current professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy at Penn State University. They are also the author of three books, Trans Care, Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience, and Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad. Scott and Hil speak on many themes which are found in his books, plus lots more topics!
Hil Malatino’s work:
Trans Care can be found on Manifold, or you can follow this link to read on the internet (https://manifold.umn.edu/read/trans-care/section/1898aaa3-6f9c-4d42-b06f-07860de1809c) or follow this link to get a paper copy.
Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience
Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad
A couple of annoucements… Giannis Michailidis Suspends Hunger Strike Anarchist prisoner of the Greek State, Giannis Michailidis, has been on hunger strike since May 23 to demand his release from prison after serving over 8 years in prison and experiencing added cruelties for refusing to bow to the cruelty of the state. There are rumors that the Greek state is betting on Giannis’ death and a public reaction by refusing police vacations in the first half of August. Sympathetic comrades are invited to show resistance at sites related to the Greek state world wide, including embassies and consulates worldwide. You can follow and share solidarity with the hashtags: #free_michailidis #Michailidis_Hungerstrike #antireport
You can read an update at EnoughIsEnough14.org
Shinewhite Needs Help Joseph “Shinewhite” Stewart, a White Panther affiliate of the Revolutionary Intercommunal Black Panther Party incarcerated in North Carolina, has been denied his property since his recent transfer to Maury Correctional Institution and his supporters are asking for help pressuring the administration into easing off this activist.
Maury CI: Phone: 252-653-5501
We believe the warden’s email to be firstname.lastname@example.org
NCDPS commissioner's email is email@example.com, though it’s suggested you reach out to acting commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org
An example script:
I am writing with regards to Joseph Stewart #0802041. Upon being transferred to Maury Correctional, the majority of Mr. Stewart’s property was confiscated without good reason, including books and legal papers. I wish to demand that Mr. Stewart’s belongings are returned to him in full immediately. Please be aware that outside observers are monitoring the situation closely, and that any further victimization of Mr. Stewart or other prisoners at Maury will have immediate consequences for the NC DPS, including, but not limited to, negative media publicity and potential legal action.”
Fundraising for TFSR Our recent interviews with the Anarchist Communist Combat Organization in Russia and Assembly.Org.UA in Ukraine were recently translated into German + Czech and German + Spanish, respectively, thanks to the transcripts being easily available for all online. But as I mentioned a couple of weeks back, we’re not quite hitting our fundraising minimums to carry the transcription project forward.
So we’ve made a few changes to our patreon that are pretty exciting. Here’s a rundown. There is now a $3 tier that allows the patron access to occasional behind-the-scenes content like the hosts discussing upcoming episodes or subjects we’re researching. And every support tier $5 and above will have access to that plus occasional early releases of content. But don’t fret, non-patrons, we won’t be releasing episodes that are patreon-only. Our audience will get access to each weekly episode as it always has. Anyway, check out patreon.com/tfsr for more details or tfsr.wtf/support for other ways to chip in to cover our transcription and other costs. And thanks for listening and supporting as you can.
Abolition in the Philippines with The Dinner Party and family
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This week we’re sharing an interview that we conducted with anarchists and abolitionists mostly in and around Manila, the capital of the Philippines. You'll hear from K, Honey, Adrienne, Castle, Magsalin and R. During the chat they share about their projects, discussions of abolitionism in the Philippines, decolonization discourse, informal organizing, accountability and challenging patriarchal dynamics in the traditional left and more.
Transcript PDF (Unimposed) Zine (Imposed PDF) Collectives Participating: Abolisyon: @AbolisyonPH on twitter, facebook, Instagram and on youtubeemail: email@example.com The Dinner Party: @DinnerPartyPH on twitter Paglaya: @PaglayaPUP on twitter or facebook Project Kapwa donations on payal: @terreynera Cavite Mutual Aid has a paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org and is on facebook @cavite.mutualaid Other Links of note: An anarchist distro in English, Tagalog, and Bisaya: https://bandilangitim.xyz/ older site with more publcation: https://bandilangitim.noblogs.org/ https://sea.theanarchistlibrary.org/special/index Cempaka Collective. Malaysia https://www.patreon.com/cempaka_co Anti-Feminist Feminist Club (Indonesia) on twitter as @AnFemClub References relevant to what was discussed in the podcast On linking policing in the Philippines to the USA: McCoy, A. W. (2009). Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State. Univ of Wisconsin Press. On linking policing in the Philippines to the USA: Vitale, A. S. (2021). The End of Policing. Verso Books. On Joyful Militancy and Rigid Radicalism: Bergman, C., & Montgomery, N. (2017). Joyful militancy: Building thriving resistance in toxic times. AK Press. On Rigid Radicalism: CrimethInc., (1997) "Your Politics is Boring as F**k." https://crimethinc.com/1997/04/11/your-politics-are-boring-as-f**k The essay that got Castle and co interested: Magsalin, S. (2020) "Towards an Anarchism in the Philippine Archipelago." Bandilang Itim. https://sea.theanarchistlibrary.org/library/simoun-magsalin-towards-an-anarchism-in-the-philippine-archipelago-en On opposing carcerality on the left: Magsalin, S. (2022) "Against Carceral Communism, For Abolition Communism." Haters Magazine. https://haters.noblogs.org/post/2022/03/26/against-carceral-communism-for-abolition-communism-by-simoun-magsalin/ A book on the purges: Garcia, R. (2001) To Suffer Thy Comrades: How the Revolution Decimated Its Own. 2nd Edition. Anvil. https://libcom.org/article/suffer-thy-comrades-how-revolution-decimated-its-own-robert-francis-b-garcia Kevin Rashid Johnson Update [01:43:44 - end]
You'll hear Kevin Rashid Johnson of the Revolutionary Intercommunal Black Panther Party talk about the continued denial of medical treatment at Nottoway CI in Virginia and thanking supporters who have been calling in. You can find details on how to continue the call-in campaign in the July 17th episode.
Sean Swain on Mass Shootings [00:01:14 - 00:09:34]
Sean talks about the uselessness of police in mass shootings, basically.
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Featured Track: Abolish Work by The (International) Noise Conspiracy from The First Conspiracy
Ongoing Sabotage and Resistance to War in Russia and Ukraine
This week, we’re airing 2 interviews to do with the Russian war in Ukraine. Plus, Kevin Rashid Johnson talks about being denied medical care for his prostate cancer in the Virginia prison system.
Transcript Assembly.Org.UA (English) Español: ALasBarricadas.Org Deutsche: EnoughIsEnough.Org BOAK (English) Deutsche: EnoughIsEnough.Org Russian Czech: afed.cz PDF (Unimposed) Zine (Imposed) Assembly.Org.UA [00:08:51 - 00:24:17]
An interview with Assembly.Org.UA, a news site based out of Kharkiv about their journalism, disaster capitalism in the midst of pandemic and war, resistance to forced military conscription by the Ukrainian military and information about sabotage activity against the war taking place in Russia.
Links for Assembly.Org.UA Donate via Global Giving English articles on LibCom BOAK, Anarchist Communist Combat Organization [00:27:34 - 00:51:41]
Then, we’ll you’ll hear words from BOAK, or the Anarchist Communist Combat Organization, a Russia-based group advocating sabotage and guerrilla struggle and the development of a social revolution against authoritarian regimes in eastern Europe. You’ll find a Russian version in audio and text of the BOAK conversation for dissemination very soon in the post for this show at our website. You can find a bunch of links in our show notes as well.
BOAK links tor browser: https://www.torproject.org/download/ Onion Site: http://boakor7dmr63zguccltp6nki56ou4oppirhyllfck7yd3sifywinhkyd.onion/ Non-Onion mirror: http://boakmirror.noblogs.org/ Telegram Channel: https://t.me/BO_AK_reborn VK Channels: https://vk.com/bo_ak https://vk.com/zloyancom Phone Zap for Rashid [00:01:19 - 00:08:51]
But first, you'll hear Minister of Defense of the Revolutionary Intercommunal Black Panther Party, Kevin Rashid Johnson, talk about his diagnosis of prostate cancer and his request for a call in to get the VADOC & his captors at Nottoway Correctional Institution in Virginia to give him the care he needs to survive. You can read his article at RashidMod.Com.
Phone Zap! RIBPP & PSO are calling on all comrades and supporters to participate in a Phone/E-mail zap for Comrade Rashid. The following script can be used/personalized:
"My name is___. My friend Kevin Johnson, #1007485, housed at Nottoway, just learned from the prison doctor that he has prostate cancer. Tests he took last October and November indicated that diagnosis almost certainly, but no biopsy was performed until April and the results reported to him on July 1. Eleven of 13 biopsies are positive for prostate cancer.
“Cancer kills, and it can kill fast. A friend with prostate cancer says his treatment started immediately upon diagnosis in an effort to stop the cancer from spreading to his lymph nodes and on to his bones, where it would be fatal. The Virginia Department of Corrections has already failed in its responsibility to provide even minimal care. Mr. Johnson's thousands of supporters are shocked to hear of these inexcusably long delays in diagnosis. The best possible treatment must begin now. No obstacle must be allowed to cause further delay.”
Who to call: Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections Harold W. Clarke VADOC P.O. Box 26963 Richmond, VA 23261 (804) 674-3000 email@example.com
Director of Health Services, VADOC Steve Herrick firstname.lastname@example.org (804) 887–8118
Warden Clint Davis Nottoway Correctional Center 2892 Schutt Rd. Burkeville, VA 23922 (434) 767-5543
Email the following officals:
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org. Sean's Segment [00:51:41 - end]
Sean Swain talks about the overturning of Roe vs. Wade in his usual manner.
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Featured Track: Democratize, Decentralize, Demobilize, attributed to Antivoenny Bolnichny, lyrics found on LyricsTranslate
Abortion, Family, Queerness and Private Property with Sophie Lewis
This week, Scott and William talk to Sophie Lewis, author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family and the soon-to-be-released Abolish The Family A Manifest for Care and Liberation (out in October, 2022) about the current political moment that is characterized by attacks on trans people and peoples reproductive abilities. They also talk through what creates this moment, where trans people come into the target of State power being weaponized by the far right, as well as the connections among these attacks against LGBT education, access to transition, access to abortion and critical race theory. Also discussed are some limitations of a legalization framework around abortion, as opposed to a decriminalization, the limits of liberalism (particularly liberal feminism), and also the ways that certain strains of feminism contribute to an anti-trans discourse. Finally, there is chat about how to approach people needing support people who need access to healthcare, whether it be transition or abortion, outside of the hands of the state.
You can find Sophie on twitter at @ReproUtopoia and support her on Patreon at Patreon.com/ReproUtopia. You can find a children's book Sophie co-translated called Communism For Kids or a compilation she contributed to on the ecological crisis called Hope Against Hope.
Opposing Torture [01:11:19 - 01:17:44]
In Sean's segment, he mentions his new book, Opposing Torture, available from LittleBlackCart.Com
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Featuerd Track: Trans Girls Need Guns by Flummox Roe v World by War On Women
Stop Cop City + Intl Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners
Stop Cop City +David Campbell on Antifascist Prisoners This week’s episode features two interviews.
Stop Cop City Transcript PDF (Unimposed) Zine (Imposed PDF) David Campbell on Antifascist Prisoners Transcript PDF (Unimposed) Zine (Imposed PDF) Stop Cop City / Defend the Atlanta Forest First up, the struggle to Defend the Atlanta Forest and Stop Cop City has been gaining momentum over the last year, in opposition to the building of what would be the largest police urban training center in the so-called USA in the wake of the 2020 George Floyd Uprising, alongside the construction of what would be the country’s largest film sound stage for Blackhall Studios. Coming up, you’ll hear Tony Lane of Defend Atlanta Forest talk about some of the issues involved, the ongoing organizing to stop the destruction of dozens of acres in this forest in the city in the forest, the ongoing info-tours around the country and upcoming week of action from July 23-30th, 2022.
https://atlpresscollective.com/ https://www.mainlinezine.com/cop-city-and-the-prison-industrial-complex-in-atlanta/ https://StopReevesYoung.com https://scenes.noblogs.org/post/2022/06/17/4th-week-of-action-july-23-30/ David Campbell on Supporting Antifascist Prisoners Then, you’ll hear an interview with formerly incarcerated antifascist prisoner, David Campbell, about his experience of incarceration for participation a street melee against fascists in January 2018 in New York City and about the importance of prisoner support and the upcoming annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners on July 25th.
David's former celly who could use some love: Bruce Williams #21R0721
Orleans Correctional Facility
3531 Gaines Basin Rd
Albion, NY 14411
David's links: Twitter: @ab_dac Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/davidcampbelldac huffpo David Campbell article: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/antifa-rikers-island-jail_n_6107f59be4b0f9b5a235ce77/amp Antifascist Political Prisoner Support Sites: International Antifascist Prisoner Defence Fund: https://intlantifadefence.wordpress.com/ suggestions on supporting antifa prisoners: https://supportantifaprisoners.wordpress.com PrisonerSolidarity.Com ABC-F Warchest: https://www.abcf.net/ NYC ABC: https://nycabc.wordpress.com ABC Dresden: https://abcdd.org/en/ ABC Belarus: https://abc-belarus.org/?lang=en ABC Moscow: https://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Contacts_of_Anarchist_Black_Cross_Moscow Specific Antifa Prisoners Mentioned: Dan Baker: https://prisonersolidarity.com/prisoner/dan-baker an interview we did on his case in 2021 Eric King: Eric's Support site updates: https://supportericking.org/2022/06/09/fci-englewood-started-erics-adx-transfer-paperwork-before-his-recent-trial-ever-started/ our interviews with Eric (2022, 2019) Gage Halupowski: https://prisonersolidarity.com/prisoner/gage-halupowski Lina E (Leipzig, Germany): support site in German: https://freiheitfuerlina.noblogs.org/ article in English on the case: https://www.theleftberlin.com/prematurely-condemned-the-case-of-lina-e/ David also mentions the Resistance Committee in Ukraine and Operation Solidarity which include participation of anarchists and antifascists resisting the Russian invasion.
Announcements Jason Walker Transferred, Needs Support Incarcerated journalist, author and activist, Jason Renard Walker has been transferred to Connolly Unit in Texas’s TDCOJ prison system where he has a reasonable expectation of danger after credible threats of violence of which authorities are aware. There is an article explaining Jason’s situation and how to help at MongooseDistro.Com, which is linked in our shownotes.
Comrade Z Transferred Comrade Z, anarchist and IWOC organizer in Texas has been transferred and could use a few letters to make him feel at home in the new digs. You can write him at:
Julio A Zuniga 1961551
Wayne Scott Unit
4 Jester Road
Richmond, Texas 77406
Hunger Strike at Granville Correctional i
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