The Final Straw Radio is a terrestrial radio show and podcast started in 2009 featuring information by, for and about anarchists and other anti-authoritarians. The show airs weekly on Sundays from 2-3pm EST out of Asheville, NC, USA.
from http://www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw/04/2012/get-healthy-for-the-general-strike :
For this week’s show I’ve put together a workout mix which I’ll present without interruption so that it can be played back with ease. As the May 1st General Strike approaches it’s important that those of us participating get into good shape, or keep ourselves toned. I hope that this mix will inspire you to make your own mix and to, if you are able, go running or biking with friends, start regiments of push ups and pull ups, spar, and get mentally and physically prepared for a struggle in the streets if necessary. For a copy of the playlist, check out www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw and look for the playlist for April 1st. Enjoy!
This week’s show is dedicated to Tyrannicide. As discussed at the end of last week’s show, the ides of march approacheth. this date is celebrated as the date of the assasination of the tyrant, Julius Caesar. It also approximates the date of the assasination by the Nihilist group Narodnaya Volya, or people’s will of Czar Alexander the second of Russia, albeit after 7 attempts. We celebrate today
the equalling of the playing field, those who strove to be actors on the stage of history, lone wolfs if you will. I will say of the theme of today’s show that whether or not the Attentat, or propaganda of the deed, actually creates the change that people expect or desire is debateable. Maybe not. Maybe it just doesn’t. But, then, let’s celebrate those brave and/or crazy individuals who took it upon themselves to roll the dice in the face of authoritarianism and make at least one foul tyrant suffer.
Annoucement of local event can be found here:
This weeks show features a conversation with activist, blogger and anti-fascist, Daryle Lamont Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins is a co-founder of the extreme-right-watch website, OnePeoplesProject.com, based out of Philadelphia. Our conversation covers: the upcoming convergence of American Renaissance in the Nashville, TN area in mid-march; links between white supremacists and the Libertarian movement in the U.S. and in particular the recent (deja vu) linking of Ron Paul supporters and white nationalism by Anonymous; and a discussion on Paleoconservatism and Paleolibertarianism.
Tonight’s show features an interview with Franklin Lopez, director of the the new film, END:CIV. The film is based on four suppositions of Derrick Jensen’s 2-volume work, Endgame and features interviews with Mr. Jensen, John Zerzan (author of many books and host of Anarchy Radio).
This week’s show features a conversation with Ian Coldwater, a co-founder of the Coldsnap Legal Collective, about Conspiracy Trials, Grand Juries, Security Culture and technology. We discuss some of the trials that have come up against Anarchists, Animal and Earth defenders and other radicals over the last 8 years in the U.S. and Canada with an eye towards what we can learn in order to increase our safety as activists and radicals.
from http://www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw/01/2012/needle-exchange-harm-reduction-and-disease-prevention-in-wnc :
This weeks show is an interview with Michael Harney, the coordinator of the NEPA (Needle Exchange Program of Asheville) and, in a different capacity, works with WNCAP (Western North Carolina Aids Project). He’s done this work and gained notoriety and helped many to help themselves since 1994. During the hour, Michael informs Bursts about the history of these two groups, where they stand today, harm reduction in general, and the attacks and withdrawals of government at it’s many levels in illegal-izing the exchange of dirty needles (for disposal) with clean ones as politicians change.
Michael Harney, Coordinator, Needle Exchange Program of Asheville (NEPA), 828-274-8397
also works with Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) www.wncap.org 828-252-7489 ext. 311
1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) www.cdc.gov Centers for Disease Control and Prevention â info about HIV/AIDS services, testing, condoms, needle exchange programs, STDs, and Hepatitis
www.harmreduction.org Harm Reduction Coalition
www.nasen.org North American Syringe Exchange Network
www.nchrc.org North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
This weeks interview is with Sara Lee of the Greensboro support group for Almighty Latin Kings and Queens Nation in North Carolina. During the hour, Sara Lee talks about the history of the ALKQ Nation and it’s development in North Carolina, including being fundamental to the drawing together of Crips, Bloods, MS13 and community and faith groups in Greensboro in 2008 to draft a gang truce and common statement of the necessity for organizations of all stripes to focus on community enrichment and safety. On Tuesday of last week (December 6th) at 8AM, an elite FBI SWAT team, the ATF & the Greensboro-FBI committed synchronized and violent raids on houses and families allegedly aligned with the ALKQ Nation here in NC, rounding up 13 people and harassing their families for 3 to 4 hours.
Anarchists, like Sara Lee, are calling for support for the ALKQN defendants who they’ve worked with on anti-prison struggles here in state.
The defense network is made up of family, friends, allies and anarchist comrades. The arrested current and former members of the ALKQN organization in state are being indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Racketeering and RICO charges.
More information on the case (as well as a link for donations for legal costs) can be found at http://alkqnsupport.com/
There will be a Noise Protest at the Detention hearings in support of the defendants on Tuesday, December 13th @ 10AM & 2:30PM outside of the L. Preyer Federal Courthouse at 324 West Market St in downtown Greensboro.
This week’s show is an interview with Lee and Emily, members of the Seattle Solidarity Network.
According to their website (www.seasol.net):
“Seattle Solidarity (“SeaSol”) is a volunteer network of working people who believe in standing up for our rights. Our goal is to support our fellow workers’ strikes and struggles, build solidarity, and organize to deal with specific job, housing, and other problems caused by the greed of the rich and powerful.
Join us! Let’s fight to win.”
“So You Say You Want To Start A Solidarity Network” article and pamphlets for printing
This show will be archived at www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw through 11/20/2011 and then on www.archive.org, found by searching “The Final Straw”
This week’s show features a conversation with Katie Burgess of the Trans Youth Support Network about the case of CeCe McDonald. Chrishaun âCeCeâ McDonald is a young African American transgender woman who is charged with two counts of âsecond degree murderâ after an incident that began when she was violently assaulted because of her gender and race. We’ll talk about some of the realities of how gender and race are dealt with by police and prisons and critiques of the effectiveness of Hate Crimes legislation.
There are 3 upcoming days of action around the case: 11am on 11/21/11 in Minneapolis, a day of call-ins/faxes/emails on 11/22/11, and court solidarity on 12/05/11.
This week’s show features an interview with former Asheville resident and current resident of Oakland and an organizer of the Occupy movement there. We talk about the police attack last Tuesday, the differences between the Oakland movement from other Occupy’s and the upcoming call for a General Strike.
I’ll also be talking briefly about the upcoming solidarity march (Wednesday the 2nd) here in Asheville starting at 6pm under the Lexington/I-240 bridge, and the protest this Friday in Raleigh at the Department of Corrections offices.