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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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May. 1 2016
Happy May Day

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on May 2nd, 2016, through May 8th, 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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To friends we've met, and to those we have yet to meet, I'd like to wish everyone a happy May Day. As we'll hear in the following hour, this day has a long celebrated history. From its many European pagan roots as a celebration of fertility as the fruits of the spring planting season began to... uh, spring forth. Then on to the repressive winter that fell early on May 3rd and 4th of 1886 in Illinois with, first, the killing of workers striking for an 8 hour work day at the McCormick Works and then the repression of anarchist and socialist workers and organizers following the bombing at Haymarket Square in Chicago of that same year. From there to the taking up of May 1st as International Workers Day by struggling groups around the world and the U.S. adoption of a sanctioned Labor Day in September of the year.

To divide an international working class, The U.S. government, repressers of that May Day 1886 sanctioned a Labor Day to be celebrated in September, declared the first of May both Law Day (an obvious testament to Irony in respect to the Haymarket 8, all jailed and 4 executed) and, for some, it's celebration as Americanism Day. Whatever that means. In 2006 & 2007, immigrants rights marches were seen on and around May Days that, for many, re-sparked the importance of this day. The protests and festivals swelled to numbers nearly unmatched in the history of protest on Turtle Island, and were accompanied by school and work walkouts and boycott days.

This hour we'll be hearing Peter Linebaugh, author of the recently printed book "The Incomplete, True, Authentic & Wonderful History of May Day" to present some of his meditations from the last 30 years but covering ancient times, through the first May Pole on Turtle Island, through to today.

The rest of the hour will feature songs that made myself and William, cohost of The Final Straw, feel a bit in the spirit of the day. Whether you're out there today taking direct action, in repose from the horrors of wage slavery, resisting the carceral state, gardening, dancing around a May Pole or otherwise celebrating the possibilities of this year to come when, hell, we might as well end this system of exclusion and extraction: We wish you a fire on your tongue, love in your heart and free land beneath you.

https://itsgoingdown.org/may-day-across-north-america/

https://itsgoingdown.org/bloc-party-fire-beltane/

Playlist: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/16121

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.

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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