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The Final Straw is an hour-long radio show that strives to provide information and contribute to awareness of and participation in self-liberatory activities around the world by providing a platform to English-language listeners to learn about current struggles and ideas. Simply stated, we promote non-sectarian Anarchism(s) to enrich the struggle and widen participation in the battles against Capital, State & Coercion. We believe that the liberation of each is tied to the liberation of all, and so we work to cover struggles against Prisons, Police, Sexism, Racism, Hetero-patriarchy and against Civilization. We support autogestion and autonomy.

The Final Straw has been operating since mid-2010 out of AshevilleFM.org, a freeform internet radio station in Asheville, North Carolina now broadcasting at WSFM-LP, 103.3 FM! The show is currently being rebroadcast on 91.5FM KXCF in Marshall, CA and 88.1FM KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA. In Columbus, Ohio, the show can be heard on WCRS-LP at 102.1 & 98.3 FM. In Olympia, Washington you can hear the show on the airwaves of KOWA-LP on 106.5 FM. It will also soon be featured on 104.1FM Berkeley Liberation Radio, a pirate radio station in North Oakland/South Berkeley, CA. If you want to hear this show on a station near you, drop us a line and we'll try to work it out!

Podcasts are free to download from radio4all.net. Archives of the series can be found on archive.org. Please feel free to borrow, steal and modify the content to further spread the ideas. If you see fit to do so, please drop us an email at the-final-straw(at)ashevillefm(dot)org to let us know so we can brag about it!

Archives of the show can be found at The Final Straw Radio website.

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Apr. 24 2016
#alloutatl

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on April 25th, 2016, through May 1st, 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. The show will later be archived at TheFinalStrawRadio.NoBlogs.Org. You can email us at thefinalstrawradio@riseup.net and you can send us mail at:

The Final Straw
c/o AshevilleFM
864 Haywood rd
Asheville, NC 28806

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This week we thought we'd bring you some new releases from a few sources for anarchist metal and punk from around the world. All the projects featured here can be found on bandcamp.com, or you can go to the specific blogs http://r-a-b-m.blogspot.com, http://crustwithstrings.blogspot.com, or http://thedarkskiesaboveus.blogspot.com/ to see more projects like these.

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But first, an announcement from Georgia:
As of around 20 hours ago, the cops have arrested at least 9 anti-racist protesters who went out to resist the KKK at Stone Mountain in Georgia. By all accounts, it seems like the protests were a definite win for anti-racists and anti-fascists, but as usual we still have to contend with police repression. Hopefully we will have more of a report for you about this event in coming weeks. Support folks for those who were arrested are working hard to get them free, but they desperately need funds for bail. If you can, please contribute by following this link:
https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/legal-support-for-anti-kkk-protesters

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The Asheville Zine Fest will take place Sunday May 1st, 2016 from 11-4pm at the Grey Eagle in the River Arts District, Asheville, NC. Makers of zines, minicomics and small press from around the region will be in attendance to sell, trade & show off their works. The festival is free and open to the public. Come shop independent works of literature, politics, strangeness, art, and all kinds of unique publications. The Grey Eagle is at 185 Clingman Avenue, in Asheville.

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If you, dear listeners aren't in Seattle or some other urban center planning a stellar May Day for this year, a suggestion is going around that people plug in to the site supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org where you can find ideas and materials for distribution where you live and work to support the prisoner hunger strikes ongoing throughout Texas and Alabama and try to build dialogue and solidarity towards the September nationwide prisoner strike on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prisoner uprising. Alongside prisoners in AL and TX, incarcerated folks in Michigan are planning to begin a food protest and hunger strikes are slated to begin in Louisiana. Check out supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org for more.

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Playlist is here: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/16045

Apr. 17 2016
Asheville Anti-Racism

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on April 18th, 2016, through April 24th, 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. The show will later be archived at TheFinalStrawRadio.NoBlogs.Org. You can email us at thefinalstrawradio@riseup.net and you can send us mail at:

The Final Straw
c/o AshevilleFM
864 Haywood rd
Asheville, NC 28806

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We open with an announcement from Asheville Anti-Racism, which is a far right watch group here in Asheville. There is a benefit show tonight at the Odditorium to raise funds for an anti-fascist, anti-KKK march just outside of Atlanta, GA next Saturday the 23rd. Every year, fascists march on Stone Mountain in Georgia, and every year there is anti-fascist presence. Let's make this a year to remember!

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A few prison updates from the U.S.:

Since April 4th, prisoners in at least 4 Texas prisons have been on
strike for better conditions and an end to slavery and human rights
abuses. This strike is but the latest in a nationwide mass movement
inside prisons for dignity and freedom. Minimum wage in Texas prisons is
00/hr. Access to medical care requires a $100 medical copay.

Striking prisons have been put on lockdown in an attempt to “conceal the
strike” and the battle of wills is being daily tested by the inhumanity
of the administration. No lights, two peanut butter sandwiches a day, no
phone, mail or visitation from the outside world. And likely far worse.

Since the strike’s inception, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
(TDCJ) has been trying to contain the strike and paint the strikers as
causing harm to inmates and families. Threatening additional lockdowns,
forced transfers, violence. Even a statewide lockdown.

The Incarcerated Workers Organzing Committee, IWOC, believes TDCJ’s
actions to be an intentional, routine tactic. “They are trying to change
who the enemy is,” said Nick Onwukwe, Co-Chair of IWOC and a former
prisoner. “Trying to get you believe the enemy isn’t the slave master,
it’s the slave who sits down and says - enough.”

Increasingly lockdowns are becoming reality. Already there are
additional lockdowns at Jester III, Dalhart, and Beto, partial lockdowns
at Coffield and Allred, and a confirmed order for lockdown at Michael
for this morning, April 16th. Is the strike spreading? Will TCDJ’s
tactics backfire? We may be at a tipping point.

IWOC and prisoners, family & supporters are requesting shows of
solidarity from the outside. If you hate slavery in the U.S. under the
guise of the Prison Industrial Complex there are a few suggestions on
getting involved: contact family and friends in prison and clue them in
to the strikes; organize a local group to engage folks in jail and
prison and hear their concerns; talk to your neighbors, churchmates,
schoolmates, coworkers who may have folks on the inside and talk about
what's going on; join the call in campaigns or demonstrate outside a
facility.

More info from the IWW Incarcerated Workers' Organizing Committee (IWOC)
can be found at their webpage, iwoc.noblogs.org, and they can be reached
at : 816-866-3808 or iwoc@riseup.net Visit the site to find phone
numbers and addresses to direct grievances about the treatment of Texas
prisoners and continued conditions of enslavement in the U.S. prison complex

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In related news, on April 9, 2016 3 prisoners at David Wade Correctional
Center in Homer, Louisiana went on hunger strike. The three were also on
what is called “extreme suicide,” which is where they place you in FULL
RESTRAINTS (chains) – that is, shackles and handcuffs attached to a
waist chain. This is done for days at a time. They are also on “strip” –
dressed only in a paper gown.

The torturous punitive conditions here at David Wade Correctional Center
have gone on long enough. The sadistic practices by security and the
administration are a violation of human rights and decency.

The administration has admitted to the infliction of corporal punishment
against prisoners on lockdown. Just now as I write, they sprayed a
prisoner while he was on his knees and struck him several times. They
also sprayed and beat another prisoner who is mentally ill and has been
on . for over a year. He has also been on food loaf for a long time.

A letter from a prisoner at DWCC in Homer suggested
"Please call if you can – just a phone call will spook them. Thank you!:
Department of Corrections Secretary James M. LeBlanc, 225-342-6740
Deputy Secretary Eugene Powers, 225-342-6744
Undersecretary Thomas Bickham, 225-342-6739"

For more information on this, you can visit
http://sfbayview.com/2016/04/urgent-call-to-support-tortured-hunger-stri...

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Finally, notes from 2 prisoners in the North Carolina prison system
requesting help:

Kevin Cox is a politically active prisoner struggling at the moment just
to be able to receive mail and contact from the outside. He asked that
this statement be shared with anyone who might care to help call in to
the prison. Since he wrote this, he's been transferring to Marion CI,
but is still facing the same issues.

Greetings, Shalom Aleyka, Salaam Alaykum, Amani,

My name is Kevin Cox #1217063. I'm a political prisoner who's being
housed in Bertie Correctional Institution, in Windsor, NC. Since my
incarceration I've dedicated my life to the struggle by fighting for the
rights of prisoners, human rights for all oppressed people and rights
for LGBTQ. Also I'm a dedicated member of the Black liberation movement
and a member of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party [distinct from the
New Black Panther Party], which is a legal aboveground political
organization. At Bertie Corrections, I'm being treated like a 'slave'
because of my political beliefs, my continuous activism in educating
prisoners and my refusal to be submissive to Bertie Correction's
oppressive rules and regulations, which correlates to division,
miseducation, provoking Black on Black violence, and racism.

As a result of my resistance, they [officers and staff] have stopped the
flow of mail that comes from outside support such as family, friends,
and comrades, have prevented me from recieving books, pamphlets, and
newspapers, and have even denied me my “due process right” to be
notified of the censorship of my property. The SRG [Security Risk Group]
intelligence officers read my mail, that is stamped “legal,” without my
being present, when my legal mail usually refers to my criminal case,
law suits, etc. And the SRG officers are trying to “SRG” me, after I
adamantly disavowed and denied any affiliation with any SRG group.

I'm telling you this because I need your help. I want to start a
telephone/fax campaign to the administration demanding that they quit
these egregious tactics that violate my constitutional rights.

Marion CI (Ask for Lt. Daniel Merrill and Cpt. Michael Long)

(828) 659-7810

NC Director of Prisons

George Solomon, (919) 838-4000

Jimmy Milton is an active voice in prison struggle at Bertie Ci, and has
faced repeated violation of religious rights as a Hebrew-Israelite. He
has not been provided Kosher meals, was not allowed to participate in
Passover, and has not been able to order relevant religious materials.
According to Jimmy, “I've already filed my grievance here at the
facility and my next step is my hunger strike. The people I need for you
to call and speak to are as follows:

Bertie CI Superintendant Herring or Asst. Superintendant Clark
(252) 794-8601

More info on prisoner resistance in the U.S. and how to engage it can be
found at http://supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org

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Also, for a first hand account by anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble
who's warehoused in the Alabama prison system, on the recent riots and
ongoing struggles of prisoners there as well as organizing by the Free
Alabama Movement, check out http://anarchylive.noblogs.org

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This week we air an interview which was recorded at the latest international anarchist radio conference in Berlin this year. This interview is with an anarchist who is very active in LGBTQI struggle in that city, and we speak about the history of feminism and trans activism in Berlin as well as the problem of trans-misogyny in feminist and queer scenes, plus many more topics. You can see more about what our guest is talking about at http://www.transinterqueer.org/
This audio was made at a long standing leftist and anarchist space called Friedel 54, which is gearing up to fight an impending eviction. You can see more about this at https://friedel54.noblogs.org/, which is in German but gets run through a translator pretty well.

Apr. 10 2016
http://oplatz.net

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on April 11th, 2016, through April 17th, 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. The show will later be archived at TheFinalStrawRadio.NoBlogs.Org. You can email us at thefinalstrawradio@riseup.net and you can send us mail at:

The Final Straw
c/o AshevilleFM
864 Haywood rd
Asheville, NC 28806

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In this hour we'll be hearing two perspectives on migrant struggles in the EU, Germany in particular, dating back to roughly 2012. The first we'll hear is Adam Bahar. Adam is an immigrant from Sudan who currently works on emergency phone networks connecting Coast Guards with migrants cross the sea in distress. In the second, we hear from Adams interviewer, a Berlin-based German-born no-border activist about their experiences. We tried to cut overlapping information to decrease redundancy but there will be a little overlap in order to make space for both differing experiences expressed.

In this first interview Adam Bahar talks about his participation in migrant struggles, including taking part in the public migrant march in 2012 from Wurzburg to Berlin, the tent occupation of Oranienplatz in Berlin by 150 migrants for a year and a half followed by the squatting of an empty school building. In German, the word Lager is used as a storage place, also used for the camps or shelters where asylum seeking refugees are kept isolated from the rest of the German population. Another word that may be difficult for listeners to understand is Adams phrasing of Guardsea, comparable to Coast Guard. Adam also talks about the cooperation between corrupt African governments and the German government either in their business of dictatorship or the deportation of Africans back to their continent of origin.

For the rest of the hour we'll be hearing part of an interview conducted by myself and William with the activist who held the conversation with Adam in the first half hour. Here, our German friend talks a little more about the occupation of Oranienplatz from 2012-2014 in Kreutzberg, Berlin and more generally we discuss the Shengen Zone for the understanding of non-regional audience members. Later, they speak about their understanding of border situations in the Balkans as they've been closing down and thoughts about relationships between richer countries and the intolerable situations in the poorer nations from whence come many of the refugees. The full conversation with the German activist can be found here: https://archive.org/download/afm-final-straw-04102016exp/germany_and_imm...

Thanks to our buddies affiliated with Anarchistisches Radio Berlin for helping us out with setting up these recordings. More content from them at http://aradio.blogsport.de

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First, a couple of announcements. Here's a wrap up of prisoner resistance activities this week around the U.S., followed by a few specific prisoner updates.

Momentum is growing behind the bars. After two intense rebellions in four days at Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama last month things have really heated up. Prisoners in Texas called for and initiated a state wide series of work strikes on April 4th, the Free Alabama Movement announced a shutdown of ADOC for the month of May and prisoners across the country announced and called for a nationally coordinated strike and protest this September.

Reports from Texas prisoners are still coming in, but at least 7 facilities participated enough to get locked down by prison authorities. There have been a lot of threats and harassment by staff reported, but no specific reprisals or people targeted as leaders, yet.

On Saturday, April 9th outside supporters gathered for solidarity events across the country, including, Austin, Houston, Phoenix, the Bronx, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Providence, Denver, Tucson, Minneapolis and Fayetteville Arkansas, as well as a protest at Holman prison in Alabama by the Mothers and Families of the Free Alabama Movement.

These events were either protests at corporations that profit from prison slavery, or workshops and planning sessions about prison slavery and supporting the growing wave of prisoner resistance. Supporters hope to see this tide continue to rise leading up to the September 9th work-stoppage, since attention from the outside is essential to protect striking or otherwise rebellious prisoners from violent reprisals.

The Incarcerated Worker's Organizing Committee of the IWW is heavily involved in support efforts. You can keep up to date by following their website at http://IWOC.noblogs.org or by monitoring and signing up for the email list at http://SupportPrisonerResistance.net.

on twitter:
#SupportPrisonerResistance
#EyesOnTexas
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Supporters of Alvaro Luna Hernandez sent this message:
"Alvaro is in dire need of immediate, practical solidarity from all who support his emancipation from unjust incarceration and cruel punishment.

Alvaro's Recent Hardship
In these past few weeks it has come to our attention that Alvaro is enduring multiple forms of inadequate and cruel treatment by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

He is in need of dire medical attention; the TDCJ has placed him in more inhospitable holding conditions; the TDCJ has confiscated and stolen from him; the TDCJ has limited his mail correspondence; and when in transport to Lubbock, TX, the TDCJ transported him with—what you will certainly agree is—little to no regard for his health or comfort."

Therefore, Alvaro's supporters are urging you to email or call relevant TDCJ authorities by Thursday, April 14th, 2016 (at midnight) to protest these conditions and demand immediate improvements. More information at http://FreeAlvaro.net

playlist: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/15904

Thanks, bud!

One of the best interviews you've had in my opinion. Zerzan is brilliant. I'm surpised that more global anti-civilaztion actions and insurrection weren't discussed. It was a very tangential show, but what do you talk about when you only have an hour right? It was good.

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