Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on December 08th through December 14th, 2014, then podcasting at radio4all.net. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM
It’s been on a busy last few weeks that we here at the final straw have chosen to take a hiatus. Murderous cops have been acquitted in the NYC & Ferguson, Misery, leading to demonstrations in hundreds of cities across the country and riots and mass disturbances in a few large coastal cities continue.
The students in Mexico who were disappeared by narcos and local government (redundant, much?) have finally been announced dead by the government in a way of deescalating the crowds gathered and blocking commerce and burning buildings around Mexico. In fact, some of the remains that were chopped and burned near Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero, have been identified as matching the missing Normalista students. This has simply further enflamed the rage of the public against the government which simply wants people to move on and let business as usual flow, and has said as much.
Many parts of europe, but Greece in particular, has seen solidarity actions and riots in support of anarchist prisoner Nikos Ramos, who conducted a 31 day-long hunger strike in protest of his denial of off-site education opportunities, a right given to almost all other prisoners in Greece. During the hunger strike, Nikos was hospitalized and his struggle was joined by his comrades: Yannis Michailids, Andreas-Bourzoukos Dimitris and Dimitris Politis. Nikos Ramos is a member of the Informal Anarchist Federation.
Needless to say, the encroachment of capitalism, patriarchy, civilization, xenophobia, ecocide continue to spread their nasty, dirty, icky, greezy fingers as we here take a break. But, likewise, so spread the activities of resistance: minds awakened, hope (like fire) rekindled, wounds healed, and spirits rise to the challenge of the taking back of one’s life and the destruction of that which suppresses and attempts to tame the wildness of the world.
So, dear listeners, find solace in this: we’ll return with new programming in the near future. For now, we invite you to enjoy another from the archives: a 2012 conversation with Dean Spade about his book, “Normal Life”. Enjoy!
This interview aired in May of 2012
“This week features a conversation with attorney, educator and trans activist, Dean Spade about his new book, “Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the limits of law”, just out from South End Press. Normal Life is a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards. Follow Mr. Spade’s writing at http://www.deanspade.net/”
In the conversation, we discuss “mainstreaming” efforts by liberal LGBTQI organizations towards pressing for same-sex marriage, removal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, hate crimes legislation and other reformist measures in the U.S. Dean contrasts these efforts and visions with abolitionism. We also discuss calls for justice in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, attempts to reform aspects of the Prison Industrial Complex and discuss Foucaultian models of power in society.
Following the interview, we featured tracks from Skaphe, Youth Avoiders, Oblivionation and more for the last half of an hour.