The Final Straw

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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 88.1FM KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA. In Columbus, Ohio, we 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. And now, we can be heard Monday and Tuesday mornings on KWRK-LP at 90.9FM in Fairbanks, AK. 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 thefinalstrawradio(at)riseup( dot)net 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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Mar. 19 2017

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on March 20th through March 26th and podcasting at archive.org. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM, & 90.9 FM on KWRK-LP in Fairbanks, Alaska! Past episodes can be found at TheFinalStrawRadio.NoBlogs.Org and you can now subscribe to us via iTunes! 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

Janye Waller
In the first segment we talk to Noelle about the case of Janye Waller. Janye is a young Black revolutionary from Oakland, California, who was the only person convicted by a grand jury of property destruction during the 2014 demonstrations in the Bay following the non-acquittal of Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown in Fergusson, Missouri. Noelle is a supporter of Janye Waller and believes that Janye's conviction was a clear case of railroading and racial profiling against a community activist. Janye is now finishing up a 2 year sentence with one year off for good behavior. The interview was held in February of 2017, and Janye is set to be released in coming months, then he's out on parole. You can find out more about his case and donate to his post-release fund at https://rally.org/supportjanye and updates can be found on his support fedbook page and to find out more about some projects Janye was involved with in Oakland, check out the site for El Qilombo

You can write to Janye in the near future by addressing letters to:

Janye Waller #ba2719
A Facility,
P.O. Box 2500,
Susanville, CA 96127-2500

Anarchist Observations of the Struggle at Standing Rock
In the second segment I speak with Noah, who is a well established movement medic, anarchist, and participant in #NoDAPL at Standing Rock, about his experiences there and analyses of how this resistance was organized and how it developed. This interview was recorded days before media saw the images of the Sacred Stone Camp burning and having been disbanded, so many of the modes and tenses that we employ are not what we might given the current position of the camps. We talk about a wide ranging set of topics, from what worked in the camps to what the failings were, and how resistance to extraction industries could look moving forward.

For links on how to support the efforts at Standing Rock - which are ongoing and support is needed both for folk's legal and medical expenses - check out:

Water Protector Legal Collective
Sacred Stone Camp
Medic and Healer Council

Announcements

ACAB2017 End of Submissions

Shortly there'll be a posted end to a call for submissions for presenters, workshops and bands at the first annual Asheville Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfaire up on the website, but we announce it here. Submission deadline is April 1st, 2017. Spots are filling up fast. Check out the website for updates and we hope to see you there!

TROUBLE showing at Firestorm, March 24th @ 7pm

That about says it. First episode of TROUBLE, which was chatted about in our last episode as the new video series by subMedia will be showing at Firestorm Books & Coffee at 7pm on Friday the 24th of March!

Episode Playlist

Mar. 12 2017
Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on March 13th through March 19th and podcasting at archive.org. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM, & 90.9 FM on KWRK-LP in Fairbanks, Alaska! Past episodes can be found at TheFinalStrawRadio.NoBlogs.Org and you can now subscribe to us via iTunes! 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

Interviews with Queen Tahiyrah and Franklin López

This episode contains two segments:

In the first, Bursts spoke with Queen Tahiyrah about the hunger strike being engaged by Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Jason Robb, two death row inmates put there by their attempt to resolved the hostage taking involved in the 1993 Lucasville Prison Uprising. During the uprising, Jason Robb and Hasan acted as negotiators for the prisoners as representatives of the Aryan Nation prison gang and Muslim prisoners, respectively, at the facility. More on their case can be found at http://lucasvilleamnesty.org. Check out Queen Tahiyrah's podcast, entitled SiGnOtHeTiMeS. We apologize that the beginning of Queen Tahiyrah's interview sounds
crappy - that was a technical fail on our part - but it clears up after
about 2 minutes.

In the second segment, Bursts chatted with Franklin López about Submedia, the
importance of anarchist media production, his upcoming anarchist hip hop
podcast, and the new short documentary series they're about to start
releasing entitled Trouble. Trouble is available for public showings,
so find yourself a venue in town, contact Frankie and company via
https://submedia.tv/get-in-touch/, pass word of the event in town via
flyers and word of mouth and antisocial media and make some friends
where you're at!

The first episode will focus on diversity of tactics at Stand Rock with
a focus on the Red Warrior Camp. More work by Frankie can be found at
https://submedia.tv. Oh, and there's an announcement of a podcasting network
looming on the horizon. More to come on that in future episodes.

Announces

Benefit Shows: Help our comrades arrested at J20!
If you're in Asheville or the surrounding area, there is a benefit show TONIGHT (March 12) at the Odditorium at 1045 Haywood Rd in West Asheville. Proceeds will benefit our comrades who were arrested during the inauguration protests in DC earlier this year.
Also, next Monday the 20th there will be a dance party to benefit J20 arrestees, come dance to mod, punk, and all the classics new and old with DJ Murphy Murph! This will be at the Lazy Diamond at 98-A N Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville.

Rebel! Rebuild! Rewild! call for submissions
The Rebel! Rebuild! Rewild! Collective has put out a call for submissions of texts about strategic lessons that can be learned from the resistance at Standing Rock. As one phase of the resistance has ended and another has begun, the idea is to compile experiences and analyses and reflect on the lessons learned from this game-changing moment in movement history.

This project is mostly for the benefit of those who were not present at Standing Rock but who might participate in something similar in the future.

The plan is to publish a compilation of thoughtful strategic analyses, both online and in print. However, seeing as it might not be possible to publish everything that people submit, the plan is to put an unedited version of everything that folks submit onto a wordpress site sometime in the future.

The call is to write about anything you'd like to, but some leading questions are:

Which actions were most effective?
Which actions were least effective?
Do you have any insights on dynamics between indigenous and
non-indigenous water protectors?
What was unifying?
What was divisive?
What can we learn from the tactics of DAPL, the police, and the state?
What can we learn from the legal battle?
What message would you like to pass on to future water protectors?

Please submit writing to rebelrebuildrewild@riseup.net. Submissions can be signed with your legal name, an alias, or be anonymous. Please include whatever information about yourself that you consider relevant.

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Playlist

Mar. 5 2017
black rose anarchist federation

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on March 6th through March 12th and podcasting at archive.org. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM, & 90.9 FM on KWRK-LP in Fairbanks, Alaska! Past episodes can be found at TheFinalStrawRadio.NoBlogs.Org and you can now subscribe to us via iTunes! 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 Romina and César, who are two members of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation in LA. We talk about what it's like organizing in a federation model of anarchism, about anarcho-communism, and tensions and points of unity between non federation and federation organizing. We wanted to interview these folks in order to present another model of possible engagement, for folks who perhaps are looking for ways to plug in. This conversation is somewhat introductory, and we welcome any feedback you have. To see more on this project, you can visit http://www.blackrosefed.org/

Announces

Events

Tonight, Sunday the 5th of March from 5 to 7:30pm at Firestorm in
Asheville, join Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross for an evening of
solidarity in the form of letter writing for long term political
prisoners: people who are locked up for their activism and resistance to
systems of domination and oppression. Supplies will be provided as well
as copies of the March 2017 prisonbooks Political Prisoner birthday
calendar. More info can be found at https://brabc.noblogs.org

On Thursday, March 23rd, check out the Tranzmission book packaging
party, also at Firestorm. Tranzmission prison project is an all
volunteer, books-and-zines-to-prisoners project that focuses on getting
materials to incarcerated LGBTQI prisoners. This event starts at 6pm.
http://avlcommunityaction.com/

On Sunday March 12th at the Odditorium in Asheville, there'll be a
benefit for folks facing charges attached to the J20 Inauguration
protests in DC this January. The door is at 8pm, it's a sliding scale
donation and an all-ages show. Bands include: Gullible Boys; Mother
Moses; Maitland +more TBA

https://www.facebook.com/events/844030912404007/

Water Crisis in PA Prisons

Since August of 2016, Mumia Abu-Jamal and other Inmates at the State
Correctional Facility in Mahanoy, Pennsylvania, have been plagued with
unsafe drinking and bath water.

For several months now, inmates have complained about brown, oily water
in both the showers and the faucets of their cells. This has been an
on-and-off problem from August 2016 to this very day. One of the inmates
at SCI Mahonoy, Lorenzo Cat Johnson, when asked of the matter, stated
that one week the water seems good and another week, when run, the water
seems to go from the color gray to the color brown.

As recently as last week in a conversation with MOVE Political Prisoner
Edward Africa, Eddie was asked what he did for water and he stated that
he obtained his water from a hot water filter that was on his cell block.

So other than the alternative to obtain a little water from a hot water
filter, men are being forced to shower and wash in brown water. Eddie
stated that the only time inmates can get bottled water is when they are
on a visit in the visiting room. All the while, prison staff are being
provided bottled water at SCI Mahanoy and are being told not to drink
the water because it's unsafe.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is suffering from a very serious skin condition due
to Hepatitis C, is required to take specialized baths in the prison
infirmary, but has not been able to take these baths due to the water
hazard. Grievances have been filed on this matter, but to no avail--the
water situation has not been resolved.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

On March 6, 2017 there will be a National Day of Action aimed at both
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Corrections Secretary
John Wetzel.
The power is in the hands of the people; the only way to make these
officials respond is through massive public pressure, so we are upping
the ante.

From 9 am to 12 noon, folks are being asked to call, fax, and tweet
theoffice of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

(P) (717) 787-2500
(F) (717) 772-8284
(Twitter) @Governor Tom Wolf

From 1 to 3 pm, folks are being asked to call, email, and tweet
Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.

(P) (717) 728-2573
(Email) Ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
(Twitter) @john e Wetzel

These Are the Demands:

(1) Inmates at SCI Mahanoy are provided immediately with clean waterboth
for their bathing and other personal needs.

(2) An environmental Protection Agency testing of the water at both SCI
Mahonoy and SCI Frackville.

(3) Bottled water be provided immediately to inmates in all Correctional
Facilities across Pennsylvania.

Let's keep the pressure on to get clean water for the men and women
across Pennsylvania’s state prisons.

For more info, people can go to http://www.freemumia.com/
www.bringmumiahome.com

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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