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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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Jul. 24 2016
Bend the Bars

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on July 25th, 2016, through July 31st, 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

This week we spoke with Alex about Bend the Bars conference which is taking place in Columbus OH on the weekend of August 26th-29th. This is a gathering which was called for in direct support for the September 9th national prisoner work strike, and is one of the only gatherings that we know of which explicitly centers the work of people doing direct support with incarcerated folks as opposed to NGOs and non profits. In this conversation we speak about the intentions for the conference as well touching on the prison condition in the US, the National Work Strike, and many other things.

You can learn more about this event by visiting https://bendthebars.noblogs.org/, and you can RSVP to this event or correspond with the organizers by emailing bendthebars@riseup.net

And, to visit the news sources that our guest mentioned, and to learn more about the upcoming national prisoner work strike to be called on September 9th, you can visit the following websites:
Free Alabama Movement
Support Prisoner Resistance
IWOC
Additionally there is Prison Legal News, which is a resource for folks who want more information about the day to day litigation that affects convicts and their families.

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But first here is an announcement regarding AntiFenix by our comrades in the so called Czech Republic:

"Last week the appeal court hearing took place in the High Court in Prague. Russian, vegan, straight-edge anarchist Igor Ševcov, who was appealing his sentence – a 2 year expulsion from the Czech Republic for video recording someone else graffitiing prison walls during a support demonstration (complicity to criminal damage) – was given a new sentence.

The judgement remained the same – the high court still finds him complicit in criminal damage, but the judge changed the penalty. The new sentence: Igor is banned from attending any sporting or cultural event or any event like a manifestation, demonstration, benefit, mobilization, protest or any other action within the anarchist movement.

We do not know yet what it means exactly, but it’s likely that Igor will have to visit a probation office any time there is a big action, and he will be surveilled during any other event by under cover state agents and spies. If he violates his sentence he can be put behind bars for up to 3 years.

We do not know if Igor will follow this sentence, try to oppose it legally or just follow his own agenda and feelings and see what happens in the future. In any case, he has our full support.

If you want to support Igor, rather than congratulating him on his “better” sentence, ask him what kind of support he needs, for he is in a very uncomfortable situation. And mostly, keep changing your environment into a world where repression, exclusion and borders are exchanged for mutual solidarity and freedom."

To learn more about this situation, you can visit their support website at https://antifenix.noblogs.org

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Alongside this week's episode we have an hour long conversation with
organizers of the June 26th antifascist rally in Sacramento, CA, that
routed the attempted organizing on the Capitol Steps by white nationalist
groups, the Traditionalist Workers Party and the Golden State Skinheads
(among other groups). The TWP & GSS rally was an attempt to take
symbolic space and inspire further and more public demonstrations by
these and affiliated groups however the 40 members who showed up were
quickly routed by the diverse antifa numbering 400 or so. In the
ensuing fracas, 9 antifa were hospitalized, most serious among them for
stab wounds. During the hour long podcast, hear 3 organizers talk about
medic preparation, what the event looked like, media responses,
post-confrontation security for those hospitalized and more. It's well
worth noting that money is still being raised to help cover medical
costs of those injured on June 26th. To help, you can visit
https://rally.org/June26th .

This podcast, soon to be aired as an episode, can be heard here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/87575

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While national coverage continues surround reactions to police killings
of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in Minneapolis, and
so many other people of color, and significantly black men killed by
police, protests continue here in Asheville around the police killing of
Jai "Jerry" Williams on July 2nd of this year. Jai was shot 7 times and
killed by Sgt. Tyler Radford at the Deaverview Apartments in West
Asheville on July 2nd. Since then family, community members and
activists have continued acting in public to make sure the police
account of what happened July 2nd does not go unchallenged. This
activity includes presenting a different version of the story, working
to support family and make space for their needs, marches downtown,
flyering, interceding at public meetings, vigils outside of the
Asheville Police HQ and also a sit-in that ran for about 36 hours in the
HQ lobby and leading to the arrest of 7 on July 22nd. The demands of
the sit-in included the firing, arrest and indictment of Sgt. Radford
for the murder of Jai Williams.

Support and resistance events continue. If you're in the Asheville area
and want to help out and draw attention to the case and bring home the
message that this touristic mountain town suffers the same plague as the
rest of the U.S. in terms of police unaccountability and systemic
racism, you can join folks in the streets in vigil outside of the
downtown police headquarters at the daily vigils at 6pm and plug in.
Much respect to those resisting, solidarity with the family. Shut it down.

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Playlist pending.

Jul. 17 2016
nycantifa.wordpress.com

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on July 18th, 2016, through July 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

The first segment is a short conversation with members of NYC Antifa, an antifascist group in New York City. In this conversation we talk a bit about the history of this day of solidarity plus the state of fascism in the US and abroad. This conversation was transcribed and re-recorded to protect the folks' identities. To learn more about this, you can visit https://nycantifa.wordpress.com/, and to donate to the international defense fund you can visit https://intlantifadefence.wordpress.com/about-2/

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A large portion of this episode is a conversation with a member of Keep
Hoods Yours. Keep Hoods Yours, or KHY, is a radical graffiti crew based
in the SF Bay Area that organizes against gentrification, against sexual
predators in the scene, against racism and more. During the
conversation, we'll hear about the rebel cultural car events called
Sideshows, the police killing of Richard
Perkins
during one of these Sideshows, KHY participation in
uprisings against the Ferguson verdict, resistance to Fast Agent and
poning of Kenny Truong and the shutdown of racist, gentrifying business
"Locals Corner" in the Mission District. You can find KHY on Instagram or in the
streets. Keep an eye out for this interview in an upcoming issue of
Rolling Thunder Magazine.

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On July 25th at 9 am Luke O’Donovan will walk out of Washington State Prison after serving two years there. We are thrilled to see our friend free from behind prison walls. He is in high spirits and very excited to be released. As many of you who have been in touch with him know, he has occupied his time with a rigorous workout routine, lots of reading, and correspondence with all those who took the time to communicate with him.

Unfortunately he will not be allowed to return to his home and life in Atlanta. Due to the judge adding a banishment condition to his probation, Luke will have to move all the way to the West Coast for the next eight years, or until the conditions of his probation are changed. Moving forward, here are some ways to continue to support Luke as he starts life on strict probation.

Money– Luke will need money in order to cover his living expenses while he gets on his feet and moves his belongings and life to the West Coast. He will also need money to cover the probation and drug testing fees that he will be subject too. You can donate or set up recurring donations by visiting
their paypal site.
Care Packages– Luke will need lots of little things, like clothes to rebuild his wardrobe, delicious vegan food, and other items that you are not allowed to have in prison. If you would like to send a care package please email letlukego@gmail.com to work out details on where and what to send.
Solidarity and Support- Throughout Luke’s case and subsequent imprisonment the support and solidarity he has gotten has been overwhelming. From the solidarity marches and actions to the mountain of mail and the hundreds of postcards sent to the judge we have been thrilled by all those who have taken action for him. Once things are more clear we will begin trying to get his banishment condition appealed, check back for updates. For now any and all actions are appreciated. As Luke’s new living situation isn’t worked out yet we can’t provide contact info at this time, but email us at letlukego@gmail.com if you want to get in touch.

Luke is set to be free from prison, but there is still a lot to do. Thanks everyone for your past and future support.

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Playlist here

Jul. 10 2016
https://solitarytorture.blogspot.com/

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on July 11th, 2016, through July 16th, 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

This week, you'll hear an interview with Ben Turk about ongoing prisoner hunger strikes at Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin. The hunger strikes have been running since early June and have involved almost a dozen prisoners, who have faced repression including force feeding, further isolation, transfers and beatings for participation. The hunger strikes were initiated to protest the use of long term solitary confinement at the institution. For the majority of the show, IWOC activist Ben Turk talks about the cases of the men involved and the circumstances they're facing. We also speak about the upcoming National Prisoner strike on September 9th, 2016 and how to get involved in that.

https://solitarytorture.blogspot.com/
http://supportprisonerresistance.net
https://iwoc.noblogs.org/

We'll be hearing, near the end of the show, 2 musical tracks. Firstly, "Anguish Symmetry by With The End in Mind off of their 2016 release, "Unravelling, Arising"

But first a few announcements...:

On July 2nd, Asheville Police officer Tyler Radford shot and killed a 35 year old, African American man named Jerry Williams at the Deaverview Apartments in Asheville. The following week has seen daily demonstrations and vigils in support of Jerry's family, and the black communities of Asheville and in solidarity with protests against the killings of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling by police in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge, respectively. Today there will be three more events capping off the week of resistance that listeners are urged to attend if their hearts are in it.

at 2 PM - Community Healing and Release Ritual at the River (Carrier Park)

5 PM - Car Ride Through - Riding in Solidarity from Pisgah View Apartments to Deaverview apartments.

6 PM - Vigil at the Police Department in Pack Square in downtown Asheville.

Tuesday July 12, there are these:

A 2pm rally at the Asheville Mall (Wear all white or all black)
6pm vigil at Asheville Police Department
8pm Jerry Williams Birthday Bash / fundraiser for funeral and other support costs

More events available in the photo area of
https://www.facebook.com/Justice4JerryWilliams
http://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org/files/2016/07

A statement from supporters of Justice4Jerry: https://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org/files/2016/07/13592775_1015441166...
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Manuel Salas, a vegan animal rights activist who was arrested for arson (unrelated to his animal rights activism) a few months before his 19th birthday, is scheduled to be released from prison on August 20th, 2016 after more than a decade in prison. In addition to his initial 12-year sentence, Manuel was sentenced to an additional 4.5 years after being charged with felony criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct stemming from an escalation of a protest against the facility for denying him vegan food.

Manuel has been active in struggling for vegan rights within prisons during his incarceration and is the founder of the National Animal Rights and Anarchist Network. Manuel's writing was featured in Issue #2 of Wildfire.

Manuel is requesting support as his release date approaches. Please take a moment to send Manuel a card of encouragement and include your contact information so he can stay in touch after his release. Or donate some money to his release fund. You can find the link up on our blog post.
(https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PWX...)

We have set up an email account for Manuel to use after he's released. Starting in late August, you can send a quick email to Manuel to see how he's doing and stay in touch at manuelsalas(a)riseup.net

A word from Manuel:
"Hello to all. My name is Manuel Salas. I have been an Animal Rights activist and vegan for a long time. I have helped to make positive changes to the prison vegan diet. I'm going to be getting out of prison in August and I'm looking to get in touch with some new people. In a way I'm looking for some friendly support.

I'm into the understanding that life is a gift and that we must get all we can out of it. I'm looking for friends who understand that everyone in life sometimes makes mistakes but can grow from them. There are also those, like me, who have made sacrifices for their friends' in my case those friends are not humans, but the animals I fight so hard to save from their oppressors.

I want to move on and grow as I have over the year. I want to be able to share life with people who understand life as a gift, who can take the bad and work to make it good. To take the negative and make it a positive. To just have fun and enjoy life. I would appreciate a letter or a card. Thank you and I hope you all have a good day."

Write to Manuel:
Manuel Salas #504212
Columbia Correctional Institution
PO Box 900
Portage, WI 53901-0900

Playlist: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/16842

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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