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Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo en el Area de la Bahía de San Francisco — Junio de 2012

Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay — JUNE 2012 SHOW

AUDIOS from the June 3, 2012 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay (formerly Relatos Zapatistas) on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at www.berkeleyliberationradio.net

1. Durito Storytime: The Story of the Seven Rainbows

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2. Report from Infinite Solidarity with Montreal March

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3. Interview with Lobna (Egypt) & Gemma (OO Antirepression Crew)

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4. Interview with Mariana Mora & Guiomar Rovira (Mexico)

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5. Entrevista con Mariana Mora y Guiomar Rovira (México)

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We want to announce that we’re changing the name of our show from Relatos Zapatistas to Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay to reflect the increasingly local focus of our reporting on anticapitalist and autonomous politics.

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Relatos Zapatistas program, January 1, 2012

What is the current state of the occupy movement and where is it headed? Since November police and city governments have raided and destroyed encampments, arrested and prosecuted occupiers, and more often than not successfully prevented the reoccupation of public spaces. In this light it’s become commonplace to say that a fundamental shift has taken place in the movement. Adbusters, for example, published a statement saying that OWS should call it a victory and withdraw, at least for the time being in order to plan for the spring—“phase one” had ended, and “phase two” was beginning. There is something useful about the idea of phases, of identifying this hinge or turning point—for example, it lets us differentiate in broad, tactical terms between the occupation of public or semi-public space on one hand and the occupation of private or “ambiguous” space on the other. But in other ways the distinction is problematic. It relegates the struggles that inspired and created the conditions in which OWS was possible to a sort of pre-history, a “phase zero”—insurrections like the argentinazo that we heard about earlier in the show, not to mention Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Greece, as well as, closer to home, the student movement and the struggle around justice for Oscar Grant. Also, it makes it hard to see the proliferation of diverse tactics that have already been used in occupies around the country, as well as the subtle and not so subtle differences with regard to the varying conditions in which each occupy constitutes itself as a force. By zooming in on the Bay Area and looking at some of the occupy experiences here we’re hoping to sketch out a more nuanced view of this transition point.

Complete program (2 hr):

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Oscar Grant memorial march (6 min):

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Interview with students from SFSU (23 min):

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Interview with Laura and Ali from Occupy Oakland (35 min):

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Relatos Zapatistas in Octuber: Interviews on Prison Hunger Strike and Gang Injunctions

In this show we interview a members of Stop the Injunction Coalition and Critical Resistance to discuss the current Prisoner Hunger Strike that is taking place across California as well as the proposed expansion of gang injunction in Oakland. We also have updates to the decision of the civil case between Martin Cotton the 2nd and Eureka Police Department. Also included is an announcement/interview from a member of CAD (Community Action Defense) who are mobilizing against the lobby group ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) who are responsible for creating such xenophobic laws as Arizona’s SB1070

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South Central Farmers remember the aggressive eviction that took place 5 years prior

On June 11th, 2011, the South Central Farmers remember the aggressive eviction that took place 5 years prior. After having cultivated what was thought to be the largest urban farm in the United States, the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department carried out an eviction imposed by owner and developer of the plot, Ralph Horowitz. For nearly 14 years, the South Central Farmers worked the 14-acre plot that was located in the heart of the Alameda Corridor by the community of South Central Los Angeles, feeding hundreds of families in the community and providing a model for autonomous greenspace in urban areas. This is a brief update discussing where the South Central Farmers are currently in there struggle to get back their land.

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Report on the “Caravan Step by Step Toward Peace”

On July 26th the Caravan Paso a Paso Hacia la paz “Step by Step toward Peace..departed from the Guatamala-Mexico Border and traveled northwards to the Mexican state of Veracruz and then up to Mexico City. The Caravans objective was to bring attention to and to document the horrific realities of migrants who are migrating from Guatemala and Mexico to the U.S. In our next segment we talk to Alejandro Reyes of Radio Zapatista who was able to take part in this caravan. In the first part of this extensive interview Alejandro explains the objective of the caravan and tells the stories of many individuals and families he met on the caravan. In that latter part of this interview we explore the economic and political contexts that the caravan is bringing attention to.

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Relatos Zapatistas in July: Interviews on Austerity and the “Drug War”

On this month’s show we bring you three in-depth interviews: 1) Oakland librarian “Agnes” on public libraries in a time of austerity, when 14 of 18 libraries were threatened with closure; 2) reporter and author John Gibler on his new book, To Die in Mexico, which analyzes the so-called “drug war” in Mexico; and 3) two compañerxs from UA in the Bay announce the Anarchist General Assembly that will take place on July 16, along with an update on the continuing occupation of Glen Cove. (2 hrs, mp3)

Four audio files are available here: 1) the full show; 2) interview on libraries and austerity (28 min); 3) interview with John Gibler (42 min); 4) interview on Anarchist General Assembly (14 min).

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Water Politics in California with the Water Underground

Members of the Water Underground created the Aqualab…a series of activities, experiments, and artistic experiences in the Tenderloin National Forest in San Francisco. In this segment, “water agents”share how the Aqualab is a space to engage water beyond the faucet. Engaging with water by questioning and mapping where it comes from and where it is going (and in what condition) is part of making water in California a commons rather than just another resource to be consumed.

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Autonomía y Austeridad / Relatos Zapatistas en junio

This month’s program, broadcast on June 5, tries to think through the relationship between two concepts: autonomy and austerity. Here we’ve uploaded two interviews as separate segments/files that can be easily downloaded and listened to. The first (both in Spanish and translated into English) deals with the so-called “Spanish Revolution,” the massive popular mobilizations against the electoral system that have been taking place in Spain since May. The second focuses on a series of actions organized against austerity politics and their local manifestations. The two interviews also reflect on the question of how best to articulate an anti-austerity politics that’s at the same time anti-state.

The audios are also available on the Indybay website: 15-M Español, 15-M English, and austerity.

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Relatos Zapatistas May Show

The first of May is recognized all over the world as international workers day.  For a century working people throughout the world have come together on May 1st to oppose state oppression, call out bosses for poor working conditions and also celebrate their solidarity and the power of their labor. Having been sparked by massive labor rallies calling for an 8 hour work day in Chicago’s Haymarket Square in 1886, May 1st or May Day has escalated to level of an internationally celebrated day for those fighting for human rights.

Today in the United States many of these marches and protests being held on this day are in support of civil and labor rights for migrants. A significant part of the US working class comprises of migrants and this is a discussion we want to continue on today’s show.  So today on Relatos Zapatistas we will be playing clips from interviews taken today from San Francisco’s May Day march. In addition, we will be discussing the actions taken place in Tucson Arizona against the school board which is attempting to implement a band on ethnic studies. We will also update folks on the current hunger strike at UC Berkeley that began on Tuesday  of this week in defense of ethnic studies.

All of these cases represent different positions within the same kind of struggle. Different forms of struggle that have to do with the over arching umbrella theme of immigrants rights or migrants rights; people fighting to maintain their dignity in the face of exploitation and oppression.

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Relatos Zapatistas April Show

On today’s show, we examine the new geography of war in the context of the “old” geography of Chiapas. We talk with a compa of ours on the ground in Chiapas, who reports on some of the most recent clashes of the low-intensity war in Mitzitón, Bachajón, and Tila. We use these events, and the bigger picture in which they take place, to help us frame the conversation about the new letter from Subcomandante Marcos: “Notes on War.”

Read the full introduction on Indybay.

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Interview on the current state of repression / low-intensity war in Chiapas

In-depth interview with Alejandro Reyes on the current state of repression and low-intensity war in Chiapas being waged against Zapatista communities and human rights organizations. Topics include: big-picture analysis focused on the Proyecto Mesoamérica, “sustainable rural cities,” and ecotourism; detailed reports on repression in Mitzitón, Bachajón, Tila, and the coast region; and some implications of the death of Samuel Ruiz. All in the context of the recent letter from Subcomandante Marcos to Professor Luis Villoro, titled “Notes on War.”

This interview originally aired on April 3 during Relatos Zapatistas, which broadcasts from West Oakland the first Sunday of every month from 4-6 pm on Berkeley Liberation Radio (104.1 fm). You can check out all our shows here and here.
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Interview about People’s Hearing on Racial Profiling and Police Violence

We interview Mike Flynn  the President of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Chapter about the recent People’s Hearing on Racial Profiling and Police Violence that happened this month on Feb 19th and 20th. Mike was one of many organizers who made this space possible. Mike speaks about the history of the organizing efforts and specifically what made this critical space possible, the structure of the people’s hearing, why such a strategy is necessary a midst a low intensity war happening in communities of color here in oakland, and the success of this specific space.

Complete Video and Audio of the People’s Hearing can be found at

www.peopleshearing.wordpress.com

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Relatos Zapatistas Programa De Marzo

The focus of this month’s show is war. War is everywhere, it surrounds us and permeates every aspect of society; war is strikingly apparent, captivating our eyes and ears with gunfire and explosions, but it is also silent, subtle, seemingly innocuous, difficult and at times even impossible to see. War is also everyday life under capitalism. War therefore takes many different forms simultaneously. What we want to do today is not simply report about sites of war but examine some of war’s different modes, the forms that war takes across space and time. We will look at three formations: Mexico and the narco-state, North Africa and the repressive state apparatus, and the Bay Area and the police state. Despite their differences, all of these geopolitical sites have experienced the varying but devastating effects of war and, furthermore, they all recognize that the enemy is the state in some form or another, state agents or institutions like the police or the military tied to bureaucracies of power and the reins of capital.

The full intro can be found at

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/03/07/18674060.php

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“In Memory” / February Program

Today’s show is a difficult one. This past month—actually, within the course of a single week—Zapatistas, Other Campaign adherents and sympathizers around the world lost two extraordinary compañeros. John Ross, who passed away on January 17, was an author, poet, journalist, and activist who left his home in New York in 1957, following the Beat Trail to Mexico City.  John wrote extensively about the Zapatista struggle and Mexican politics, dividing his time mostly between Mexico City and San Francisco.  John personifies the kind of physical and mental migrations we hope to make in the best of worlds in our own attempts to define and practice a solidarity that goes beyond its conventional, privileged form. It moves beyond the global as something that’s always “over there,” to a way of imagining a politics that actively resists and undoes borders, creating community and encounter in all that we do…

Full intro is available on indybay.org.

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special report from bolivia: mandar obedeciendo & the gasolinazo

In this segment, DJ Alita reports from La Paz, Bolivia on the festivities of the fifth anniversary of the government of Evo Morales, and the first of the Plurinational State. It focuses in particular on the contradictions revealed by the gasolinazo, as well as debates about the uses of the Zapatista concept of “mandar obedeciendo.”

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Vibraciones: dentro y alrededor del Complejo Industrial de Prisiones

Relatos Zapatistas show from January, focused on mechanisms for producing communication and community in and around the prison-industrial complex. Does struggle resonate through walls? Includes special interviews regarding the Georgia prison strike and solidarity in the Bay Area, the Prison University Project at San Quentin, and gang injunctions in Fruitvale.

Full introduction available at Indybay.

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Interview with Redwood Curtain Copwatch about 2007 police killing of Eureka, Ca resident Martin Cotton

Interview with a member of Redwood Curtain Copwatch who has been organizing around the 2007 police killing of Martin Cotton II. The interview tells the story of Martin’s murder in the Humboldt County Jail by Eureka Police Department (EPD) and the Sheriff. It also describes how Redwood Curtain Copwatch has kept Martin’s killing in public memory even though the Humboldt County Judicial system has yet to prosecute any Eureka officers and Humboldt County Sheriff who were involved. Martin Cotton’s 5-year old daughter and father are suing EPD and the Humboldt Country Sheriff; the trial begins on Jan 11 at the Courthouse in Oakland. Please check out Redwood Curtain Copwatch for more information.

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The Politics of Victimhood

THE POLITICS OF VICTIMHOOD: Special podcast featuring interviews with Zach Levenson, a UC Berkeley student involved in protests around police brutality and the murder of Oscar Grant, and the privatization of public education; and John Gibler, a reporter who’s extensively covered Mexican social movements and conflicts including the Zapatistas’ “Other Campaign,” the Oaxaca rebellion of 2006, and the Mexican government’s narco-wars.

Full introduction available at Indybay.

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special report: anti-COP16 mobilizations in mexico city

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Interview with Vivian Newdick, Comité Hermanas González

Interview with Vivian Newdick of the Comité Hermanas González, regarding the case of three tzeltal women who were gang-raped by mexican soldiers at a military checkpoint in 1994, just months after the zapatista uprising. Discussion covers the difficult history of the sisters’ legal battle against the mexican military as well as recent developments in which the current governor of chiapas has attempted to settle the case with an offer of money — but without any acknowledgment of wrongdoing on the part of the soldiers.

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Relatos Zapatistas show for November 7, 2010

DISPLACEMENT: complete show that attempts to develop an expansive understanding of the phenomenon of displacement. the main topics include gang injunctions in oakland; the invasion of san juan copala, oaxaca; and the case of the gonzález sisters, three tzeltal girls who were raped by mexican soldiers in 1994. (1hr 40 min, mp3)

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Programa de Relatos Zapatistas del 31 de octubre, 2010

EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE: complete show including dia de los muertos, frayba report, anti-porro march in DF and remembering the massacre of 1968, an update from anti-authoritarian compas in chile with a discussion of autonomous libraries, and an interview with oakland high school students who visited chiapas as part of a delegation.

Full introduction at Indybay.

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Special report: anti-fascist student activism in Mexico City

12 minute special report (in english) about student protests against fascist youth organizations coordinated by local authorities to repress and dismantle student organizing. interviews with students from CCH-Vallejo & Instituto Politécnico.

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Interview with anti-authoritarian compañer@s in Chile

Interview with three compañer@s from the anti-authoritarian community in Chile, contextualizing the recent repression on the part of the Chilean state, including the arrest of 14 compañer@s, invasions and raids of social centers and homes. Also, the new modifications of the “anti-terrorism law,” resurrected from the Pinchet dictatorship since the year 2000.

For more info:

http://hommodolars.org/

http://solidaridadporlxspresxs.blogspot.com/

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Entrevista con hannibal shakur y josh wolf

Interview with Hannibal Shakur and Josh Wolf about neighborhood organizing in West Oakland. (More info here)

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Seguridad / Security / Safety

Relatos Zapatistas – September program (aired on Berkeley Liberation Radio) (more info here)

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Entrevista con Directora Política del documental PRESUNTO CULPABLE

Interview with Anat Shenker-Osorio, political director of the documentary PRESUMED GUILTY, about Mexico’s justice system, the need to reform the criminal trial process, the grave situation of political prisoners in Mexico, and the support the Mexican government receives from the US through the Plan Merida.

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Relatos Zapatistas – Programa

News updates from Chiapas and Mexico; This Month in Zapatista History; Interview with Anat Shenker-Osorio about the Documentary Presunto Culpable; Report on SB1070 Protests; Interview with George Ciccariello-Maher about the Oscar Grant Case; and the Durito Storyhour.

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Entrevista con George Ciccariello-Maher

Interview with George Ciccariello-Maher on the Oscar Grant verdict, the nonprofit industrial complex, and the Oakland Assembly.

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Reportaje sobre las movilizaciones contra la ley antimigrante SB1070 de Arizona

Report on the mobilizations against the anti-migrant law SB1070 in Arizona. News on the 29 July 2010 demonstrations all over the country with a special focus on San Francisco, including interviews with two hip-hop artists: Bocafloja and Cambio.

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