Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

Jul28

Interview With a Doula

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Natural Child-birthing From a Radical Perspective

It would not be an exaggeration to say that in general our culture is an extremely morbid one, overly obsessed with death, violence and the macabre. Even in the radical community we often fail to spend enough time celebrating life; we also fall well short of paying sufficient attention to what is needed to promote and sustain both life itself and a good quality of life.

As our twitter, instagram and facebook newsfeeds fill up with images of ethnic cleansing, brutalized children and widespread devastation, we can find ourselves slipping into either apathy or despair. This is why I am very happy to present this podcast with our guest Iresha Picot. We talk about her life-affirming work as a doula, what it means and how very important such work is in countering the dehumanizing influence of the medical-industrial establishment.

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If you would like more information, or if you would like to inquire about retaining Iresha as a doula you can contact her at Iresha.Picot@gmail.com

Visit Maternity Care Coalition for more info on general maternity care and related resources.

May09

Gentrification and the Monopolization of Space

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A great discussion with Kat Yang-Stevens, Diane Wong and Negesti Kazuko Cantave on how space is often taken and controlled to the detriment of POC communities and individuals. Check out the original post including speaker bios on Groundwork For Praxis and listen to the audio here.

Kat-Yang Stevens (excerpt from the audio):

I want to start by mentioning Andrea Smith who [works on] indigenous liberation and [is a] prison abolitionist, and a co-founder of ‘INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence’. In her work she asserts that the idea of “safe space” is foundationally problematic because of the fact that we haven’t yet ended white supremacy, plantation culture, continued occupation of indigenous ancestral territories, and heteropatriarchy amongst other things. …this assertion that we have safe space, or that spaces can be made safe is just a fallacy. This whole idea of safe space is predicated on making space for white people and it relies on really racist and sexist myths about people of color who have always been referred to with criminality here in the U.S. And so, when we have these violations of safe space that are invoked in a group setting, that’s not actually responding to real violence but because white people are feeling threatened by having their own white supremacist practices or attitudes in the space challenged; a lot of people still register this sort of situation as white people being victimized. Invoking this safe space rhetoric has become a pretty common practice used to sanction the expulsion of people, especially women of color, from political organizing spaces. Really this term “unsafe” is being used as a stand-in for being uncomfortable.

Negesti Cantave’s documentary on gentrification:

Jan20

#SandyGate Interview

Nathan Kleinman joins me to talk about why Occupy has recently set up camp in the state capital and taken aim at New Jersey governor Chris Christie. As someone who has been fighting for those affected by super storm Sandy since right after the storm hit in October of 2012, he has a unique perspective on the crisis facing those who have gone without proper assistance for over a year.

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Click here to find out how you can support those still suffering from the effects of super storm Sandy

Christie Documents Show African Americans and Latinos Rejected at Higher Rates for Sandy Relief

Hoboken Blackmail Charge Is Worse Than Bridgegate: Moran

New Jersey Mayor Dawn Zimmer Meets With Federal Investigators Over Claim Against Chris Christie

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Oct14

Philly’s MEXICAYOTL Culture

Brujo De La Mancha is the founder of OLLIN YOLIZTLI CALMECAC, a Philadelphia based organization dedicated to promoting traditional MEXICAYOTL indigenous cultures. Part of their mission includes preserving as much as possible some aspects of Aztec culture, a culture that continues against the odds to endure to this day.

Click here to visit the OLLIN YOLIZTLI CALMECAC home page.

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Philly Indigenous People’s Day 2013, a celebration of Philadephia’s diverse Native community. Brujo is right behind the young boy on your left hand side

Aug23

The 2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

The Philly Naked Bike Ride has grown to be the 2nd largest ride of its kind in the country (beaten by Portland, go figure). Karenina Wolff, one of the organizers of this amazing event, dishes all the info you’ll need to have a safe and fun ride. Our topics of discussion include the reasons why people ride, the history of the ride, and helpful tips for those thinking of joining in for the first time this year.

Check out the Philly Naked Bike Ride website to find out the location and route of this year’s ride

 

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Jul26

Klee Benally on Decolonization

While in Flagstaff I caught up with the very busy Klee Benally who was gracious enough to sit down and discuss, among other interesting things, the subtle and not so subtle differences between decolonization and anti-colonialism.

Klee Benally is a long time activist and is engaged in the ongoing struggle for indigenous liberation. He is also the former lead singer of the punk rock band, Blackfire, which he co-founded with his siblings in 1989.

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May17

Confronting Transphobia

Portland radicals and anarchists involved in a recent confrontation with Deep Green Resistance at the 4th annual Law and Disorder conference speak out.

 

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Click here to learn how Deep Green Resistance promotes transphobic attitudes

Click here to read Earth First’s statement regarding this situation

Click here to read what Derrick Jensen thinks about trans* people and anarchists

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