FUCK THE POLICE

FUCK THE POLICE

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This episode is called fuck the police because… well fuck them and the system they support and help perpetuate.

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Franklin Lopéz joins us to talk about his new DVD project subMedia A Decade of Subversion.

He also gives us his thoughts on the killing of police by community members.

And fondly recalls his trip to Australia which included taking part in the 40th Anniversary Celebrations at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

The fit with the season as we do every year we play A Junkie’s Christmas by William S Burroughs.

The music for this sedition was requested by Franklin.  Also check out this video of a kangaroo knocking out a drone.

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MUSIC

Intro – Resident Anti-hero

Backing music- Monkey Marc

Outro – Insurge Political Prisoners

THIS MUSIC CUTS RAZOR WIRE

I put together a show of just music and my friend helped me to burn it onto cds to give out to people.

The music is independent, politically hard hitting  and from all over the world so I’ve uploaded it as a show to Radio4all.

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1.  Catch 22  –   Robbie Gore  – Townsville

2.  Ride the Fence  –  The Coup  – Oakland/California

3.  5 million ways to kill a CEO –  The Coup  – Oakland

4.  CIA Hypo-Programmed Robot Assassin  –  ELF  –  Canberra

5.  Bruno Wilson – Intervention InvasionRed Sand Culture (Volume 1) NT

6.  Boys from the Bush  – Joseph Shannon & Messiah Long – Boys from tha Bush – Red Sand Culture (Vol 1) NT

7.  Wiya Angela PamelaSuper Raelene Bros – Alice Springs

8.  The Block  –  Jesse and the Clevo Street Boys – Redfern/Sydney

9.  United We Struggle  –  United Struggle Project  –  Kenya  

10.  Life is a War  –  United Struggle Project  –  Kenya

11.  Quest  –  Combat Wombat  –  Melbourne

12.  Come Rescue Me  –  Resident Anti-Hero  –     Portland/Oregon

13.  People Never Heard  –  Drowning Dog and Malatesta  –    Milano/Italy

14.  Asylum is a Crime  –  Pataphysics  – Melbourne

15.  Plan It  –  Non-Bossy-Posse  –  Sydney

16.  Anti-Capitalist Anthem  –  Sole  –  Portland, Maine

17.  Thief  –  Looptroop  –   Sweden

THE G SPOT

Yep there we go I did it…. making cheap sexual references to make the show more popular….  really this show has not much to do with sex but is all about G. G in the Anarchist/Activist Dictionary.

G is for Gentrification, Global Warming, Greenwashing (Tasmania’s Forests) and Gender.

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Today I would like to suggest you spend some time outside… to connect or maybe reconnect with nature.

Many studies have shown sigificant health benefits from exposure to nature…. a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression and an  increase in energy, fitness, immune functioning and vitamin D intake.

You don’t need to go on a major journey to experience the benefits of nature… Living in inner city Brisbane I have learnt to appreciate the wildlife around me birds, possums, bats, frogs, ants, bugs, grashoppers, trees, shrubs, vines, and grass.

Especially good areas for finding wild nature are abandoned houses and buldings or building sites…. take a walk around yuor neighbourhood and see what you can find.

You can bring nature into yr house too… house plants improve air quality by up to 90%, you could even grow herbs in sunny areas and window sills.

Anyway moving on to what’s on today’s show … we’re going to be looking a G in the Anarchist Alphabet and speaking with Stil Wild Still Threatened’s Miranda Gibson about the Tasmanian Forrest Agreements Bill which includes a clause which holds areas of forest up as ransom as a way of silencing dissent.

The fight to save Tasmania’s rainforests has been on going for years… these forests are magnificant … massive trees stand in these forests trees which are hundreds and also thousands of years old…. unique and threatened wildlife is also found in these forests including Tasmanian Devils, Spotted Quolls and Tasmanian White Goshawks.

These natural wonders don’t mean much to the forestry industry though… to them the forests mean money and really old trees are really big and worth lots of money once harvested.

In late April a big announcement was made of the signing of the Tasmania Forest agreement Bill… The Wilderness Society, Australian Conservation Foundation and Environment Tasmania were the environmental groups who signed the deal.

As is often the case these days these groups have made a deal they call it a comprise which grassroots environment groups like Still Wild Still Threatened say does not provide long term protection for the forests

The most concerning part of the Bill though is a ‘durability’ clause which means if there are any  “substantial” forest protest against ongoing logging between now and October next year areas of forest which were going to be protected will be opened up to logging.

To find out more about the Forest Deal Wave and I spoke to Still Wild Still Threatened‘s Miranda Gibson ….

Music

Bedding Music – Unisonic Ascension

Steve B.I.K.O – Worlds on Fire

Ryan Harvey – Gentrification

The Living End – All Torn Down

Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Climate Mash

Expose Exxon Campaign – Toast the Earth

Remember Me Feral – Resistance

Zach De La Rouda – Rewild or Die

Resident Anti-Hero – Come Rescue Me

Jandy Rainbow – G it Never Ends

Sic Semper Tyrannis

On this weeks show we take a break from the Anarchist/Activist alphabet to look into The International Day Against Police Brutality, listen to a brand new sedition from The Stimulator and hear some classic songs about the po po.

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Bedding music – Welcome Clarity

Fuck tha Police

 

Fault the Police (I don’t) – Corporate Avenger

Pork and Beef

Two Cups of Tea

March 15 is the International Day Against Police Brutality… and this year Autonomous Action Radio held an event where local Murri activist Sam Watson spoke about the history of police brutality in Queensland and what measures can and have been put in place to prevent it.

Around the world marches/actions were held in Canada, America, the UK, Europe and Bangladesh.

 In Memphis Tennessee Black Panther Lorenzo Komboa Ervin was interviewed at an action held at the city hall he explains the origins of the day.

Montreal in Canada has also been involved in the International Day Against Police Brutality since its beginnings in 1997. As we heard during It’s the End of the World as We know it and I feel fine the streets of Montreal have been filled with rage as students protest increases in tuition fees  and the rage continued as the protest against police brutality was marked by more police brutality… Anarchist News also reports a police car was set on fire.

AAradio Alphabet D & E and Eco Revolution (Bougainville)

On this show we look at Direct Democracy, David Rovics, Dead Prez, Emma Goldman and Eco Revolution in Bougainville.

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D is for

Direct Action

D is for Direct Democracy. A true and direct democracy in which all people have the option to have an equal voice and an equal impact in the decisions which effect their life.. Not a polyarchy, not a oligarchy, and not a representative democracy.

Direct democracy is based on the realistic notion that ‘people know best how to look after their own affairs’.

The notion of direct democracy is compatible with the idea of a delegate, someone who carries out the decisions you have made and is incompatible with the ideas of a representative

Who makes decisions on behalf of others or otherwise has an unequal say.

Thus a direct democracy may involve councils of delegates who’s role it is to represent the wishes of their group or community.

David Rovics

David Rovics is a singer from Portland Oregon in the US…. He sings many songs that relate to things anarchist care about such as –

Afghanistan, Anti-War, Bicycles, Colombia, Cuba, Depleted Uranium,  Ecology/Environment, Endangered Species
 Gender Relations, George W. Bush, Global Justice, Global Warming, Guerrilla Gardening, Indigenous People, Indonesia, Iraq, Korea, Labor/Labor History, Land Mines/Cluster Bombs, Latin America, Love Songs, Media, Mexico
 Nuclear Bomb, Palestine, Pirates, Police Brutality Politics…. And you get the idea just about everything …

Rovics has made all of his recorded music freely available as downloadable mp3 files. He encourages the free distribution of his work by all non-profit means to promote his work and spread political messages, and speaks out against websites or programs like iTunes  that charge money for downloading his songs. Rovics has also advocated the performing of his songs at protests and demonstrations and has made his sheet music and lyrics available for download.

During the show we play Crashing Down and Free the Airwaves.

Dead Prez Dead Prez – Are a revolutionary gangsta style hip hop duo from New York. Formed in 1996 dead prez focus is on social justice and corporate control of the media. They have released 3 studio albums and mix tapes including . 2010: Turn Off the Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary but Gangsta Grillz which features Malcolm, Garvey Huey a tribute to Malcolm X,  Marcus Garvey, Huey P. Newton

Malcom X – an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist who has been called one of the most influential African Amercians in history. From 1952 he was a member of The Nation of Islam a religious movement stated goals are to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans in the United States and all of humanity.

Originally Malcolm Little Malcolm changed his name to X a custom amongst Nation of Islam followers considered their surnames to have been imposed by white slaveholders after their African names were taken from them

As a spokesman for the Nation of Islam he taught black supremacy and advocated separation of black and white Americans—in contrast to the civil rights movement’s emphasis on integration. After breaking with the Nation of Islam in 1964—saying of his association with it, “I did many things as a [Black] Muslim that I’m sorry for now. I was a zombie then … pointed in a certain direction and told to march”—and becoming a Sunni Muslim, he disavowed racism and expressed willingness to work with civil rights leaders, though still emphasizing black self-determination and self-defense.

Marcus Garvey – was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black nationalism…

He was active during the early 1900s and was a founder of Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) a black nationalist organization and a number of others based on Pan Africanism an idealogy which encourages solidarity with Africans worldwide..society,

Huey Newton African-American political and urban activist who, along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966.

Although born in Louisiana  Newton grew up in Oakland California where he says he was made to feel ashamed of being black. When he was in his 20s Huey attended Oakland’s  Merritt College where he became involved in politics and met Bobby Seale who he founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense with in 1966.

The Party achieved national and international impact and renown through their deep involvement in the Black Power movement and in politics of the 1960s and 1970s

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Emma Goldman feminist heroine, anarchist activist, editor, writer, teacher, jailbird and general trouble-maker  was born on June 27, 1869 in Kovno which was then a part of the Russian Empire. In 1884 she travelled to America living in Rochester New York where she worked in a sweatshop sewing overcoats for more than ten hours a day, earning two and a half dollars a week.

Goldman was drawn to Anarchism after the Haymarket Square Affair which occurred in 1886 in Chicago.

On July 4 during a labor demonstration someone threw a bomb at police who were dispersing the crowd. 7 officers were killed. Controversially 8 Anarchists were convicted of conspiracy in relation to the bombing, 7 sentenced to death. The Haymarket Affair is considered significant as the origin of the May 1st International Labor Day.

When she moved to New York City Emma met radicals Alexander Berkman and Johann Most. She soon became a public speaker on women’s equality, free love, workers’ rights, free universal education regardless of race or gender, and anarchism.

Emma made a number of important contributions to anarchist thought. In particular she is remembered for incorporating sexual politics into anarchism, an idea that had only been hinted at by earlier anarchists.

Goldman campaigned and went to prison for the right of women to practice birth control. She argued that a political solution was not enough to get rid of the unequal and repressive relations between the sexes. There had to be massive transformation of values, most importantly in women themselves. Only anarchist revolution and not the ballot, in Emma’s view, would set woman free.

During her life she was arrested and imprisoned for her beliefs her longest sentence being for involvement in setting up “No Conscription” leagues and organizing rallies against the First World War.

Goldman, in her political youth, held targeted violence to be a legitimate means of revolutionary struggle. Goldman at the time believed that the use of violence, while distasteful, could be justified in relation to the social benefits it might accrue. She advocated propaganda of the deed— or violence carried out to encourage the masses to revolt. She supported her partner Alexander Berkman’s attempt to kill industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

Emma and Alexanda Berkman were deported when Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer and J. Edgar Hoover, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s General Intelligence Division, were intent on using the Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1918 to deport any non-citizens they could identify as advocates of anarchy or revolution.

“Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman,” Hoover wrote while they were in prison, “are, beyond doubt, two of the most dangerous anarchists in this country and return to the community will result in undue harm.”

One of the most famous quotes attributed to her is “If I can’t dance it’s not my revolution.

Or “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be in your revolution,”

She didn’t actually say these exact words although she did express the sentiment… In her 1931 autobiography Living My Life she says:

 At the dances I was one of the most untiring and gayest. One evening a cousin of Sasha [Alexander Berkman], a young boy, took me aside. With a grave face, as if he were about to announce the death of a dear comrade, he whispered to me that it did not behoove an agitator to dance. Certainly not with such reckless abandon, anyway. It was undignified for one who was on the way to become a force in the anarchist movement. My frivolity would only hurt the Cause.

 

    I grew furious at the impudent interference of the boy. I told him to mind his own business, I was tired of having the Cause constantly thrown into my face. I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from conventions and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement should not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it. “I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.” Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live it in spite of the whole world–prisons, persecution, everything. Yes, even in spite of the condemnation of my own comrades I would live my beautiful ideal. [Living My Life (New York: Knopf, 1934), p. 56]

At 67 Emma travelled to Spain during the Spanish civil war and was involved in the CNT-FAI an anarcho syndicalist union…. She lived the final years of her life in Canada.

Emma Goldman –  PBS American Experience

The Troublemakers – Emma Goldman

The World’s First Eco Revolution

Bougainville Island is the main island of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville of Papua New Guinea…. Situated north east of Australia and under 2000kms away.

The first European contact with the island was in 1768 when a French explorer Louis De Bounainville claimed the island and named it after himself.

Since then it has been under the control of the Germans, Australia and Japan but eventually became part of Papua New Guinea … although the struggle for independence continues after civil war and a declaration of independence in 1975 and 1990.

Autonomous Action Radio Spoke to Daniel Jones who recently visited Bougainville to find out about his trip to the island where an amazing David and Goliath war was fought.

We’re also going to hear some excerpts from the film The Coconut Revolution.

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[Update New Bougainville legislation a world first for landowner rights to minerals. This concept of subsurface mineral ownership is  what I interviewed Jean Paul Gagnon about last year]

Cut the Power: Back to the Future

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With Hurricane Sandy having caused destruction in the US and surrounds comes a big reminder that we the human race can’t control the planet.

Try as we might we are at the mercy of natural systems just as any other animal.

This thought had me celebrating the potential for disruptions to World Economic Systems with Wall Street under threat.

Mother nature showing the Occupy movement just how easy it is to shut down Wall Street (thanks to Danny Showalter for that one).

A friend reminded me that vital medical services require power to so I shouldn’t be so excited at massive power outages.

But harsh as it is and all for those whose loved ones rely on these services it’s another reminder of our place as just another life form on this rock as it hurdles through space.

Although I would think that hospitals have better power back up supplies than Wall Street… Although you never know there days.

So it was then that these thoughts attracted me to the Resident Anti-Hero   song Cut the Power.

I can’t relisten to it right now to tell you the words because I’m out in the sticks with a 18.74KB/S internet connection.

Which is ok because I can listen to the owl, frogs and crickets calling outside … if I was more in tune to nature I might find that they’re telling me much the same thing as the lyrics in the song.

The sentiment of the article below is very similar, power outages mean people become more human and do things like talk to each other, to strangers who in fact might live just next door or across the hallway.

Mars in 2003
Mars in 2003

The Tribes of New York: Back to the future?

“I don’t know how to save the world. I don’t have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth’s inhabitants, none of us will survive — nor will we deserve to.”

Leonard Peltier

As the effects of Hurricane Sandy left much of lower Manhattan (and elsewhere) in the dark, I couldn’t help but recall the events — and lessons — of Aug. 14, 2003: the day/night of the Eastern seaboard’s most recent major blackout.

When the blackout of ’03 dimmed the mighty skyline, I could suddenly see stars… zillions of them blinking at me from beyond the unlit skyscrapers. Traffic lights were out of commission, but to the southeast, Mars provided the only red light we really needed.

By coincidence, our crimson neighbor was closer to Earth than ever before and the power outage gave us Easterners an excellent view of Mars’s southern hemisphere from a mere 34.6 million miles away.

Still, even with the stars twinkling above and little green Martians close enough to reach out and shake my hand, it was when I returned my gaze back down to the streets that I truly couldn’t believe my eyes. That clammy evening, one could witness a sight even more uncommon than any celestial spectacle.

Across the darkened city, Big Apple denizens stopped hustling. They sat still and talked to each other. No computers, no televisions, practically no telephones… just face-to-face communication (even if it was too dark at times to actually see faces).

Lights out…

Huddled around flickering candles and eating food before it could spoil, longtime Astoria neighbors introduced themselves, discovering similarities and answering the question of the day: “Where were you when the lights went out?”

This unforeseen solidarity was accomplished without the assistance of e-mails, texts, or tweets. Money didn’t change hands, no cell phone radiation was emitted, no air was conditioned. Under a sky full of stars and a visiting red space-mate, it was possible to encounter the sort of life we may have evolved to live back in the “caveman” days.

Our modern caves, the subterranean tunnels of transportation known as “the subway,” were empty but the concrete jungle above them might as well have been the Savannah. The tribes of Astoria sat around fires — sharing food and communal stories. Some even beat on drums.

In times like this, it’s easier to appreciate that we each possess a physiology that evolved to negotiate the Stone Age. Here lies the rub: we live in the Space Age. We are urban cavemen… overmatched in our daily crusade to navigate an artificial reality because we’ve lost contact with our primal instincts.

For one thing, we likely didn’t evolve to be surrounded by this many people. Thus, in our futile search for a manageable tribe, we preserve our attention for a handful of fellow humans. What’s vexing is how to deal with the millions not in our tribe… but still in our face. Subsequently, we inventive mortals have cultivated the ability to hastily disregard non-tribe members.

“In the busy streets, you develop human traffic skills of amazing dexterity,” writes zoologist Desmond Morris. “In crowded buses, trains, and elevators, you acquire a blank stare. You have eyes only for those you know. This enables you to enjoy the varied delights of the big city while mentally re-creating a personal tribe existence.”

But what happens when those streets aren’t busy… like, say, during the worst blackout in U.S. history? We may have eyes only for those we know, but what about when it’s too shadowy to tell the difference?

With our vision impaired enough to create the illusion of intimacy and our vaunted technology no longer at our overworked fingertips, we are gifted with a taste of a potentially different culture. Sure, things returned to “normal” when power was restored, but the experience left some of us wondering just what “normal” means.

The last time Mars got as close to Earth as it was in 2003 was some 60,000 years ago… an age when stars were easy to find and one could cause a blackout simply by dousing the fire.

The extraterrestrial lady in red will once again be 34,646,418.5 miles away in a mere 284 years. I wonder what kind of earthly culture will be there to greet her.

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Mickey Z. is the author of 11 books, most recently the novel Darker Shade of Green. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on an obscure website called Facebook.

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Interview from The Observer Tree About Failure of Forest Talks

Former Brisbane resident and 4ZZZ announcer Miranda Gibson has been living in a tree sit in Tasmania’s forest for almost 12 months.

As part of the Still Wild Still Threatened campaign to save Tasmania’s forest Miranda’s base is a platform situated 60m above the ground in an old-growth Eucalyptus tree.

From The Observer Tree Miranda writes a daily blog about life in a tree sit, commentary on the state of the forest negotiations and updates on flora and fauna monitoring.

Today her commentary on the forest negotiations is tinged with disbelief and disappointment as the news of the collapse of the agreements sinks in.

Things were beginning to look more hopeful for Tasmania’s old growth forests when in October 2010 environmental NGO’s, industry groups and Unions signed a statement of principles which appeared to pave the way for comprehensive forest protection and a restructuring of the logging industry.

Late last week though came the news that the talk had collapsed. Autonomous Action Radio spoke with Miranda today about what the talks had entailed and how people can act to help save these ancient pristine forests of Tasmania.