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Aug16

Eric McDavid’s Philly Tour Stop

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Former eco-political prisoner Eric McDavid is near the end of a speaking tour where he goes into detail about life behind bars and how he managed to make it through nine years including significant periods in solitary confinement. If Eric does another tour and comes to your neck of the woods, definitely try to make it out to see him speak, it’s worth it.

Because of security culture, I did not record the Q&A portion of the talk where he goes into detail about the disgusting piece of shit informant who entrapped him. There has been much written on that subject if you want to learn more. What you will hear from him in this podcast is how he managed day by day life behind bars, details of the case against him, and his general thoughts and feelings on what it’s like now to be free.

Watching him speak was like being in the presence of a warrior who has returned from battle. He projects strength and self control, and it’s obvious that these aspects are what helped him survive for nine years behind bars; but there’s hardly a trace of the coldness or hardness one might expect. Prison did not break him or turn him into someone else. Part of the reason for this is the support he received while he was locked down; the letters, books, well wishes and visits obviously sustained him, and we must make sure we’re providing this support to all political prisoners.

If we’re engaged in activism, eco-defense, solidarity work, or anything that challenges the power of the government and corporate interests, we must be aware that Eric’s story could easily be our own under the “right” circumstances. For me personally, this has led to a certain paralysis. When I asked him how to combat paranoia and the paralysis it fosters, his very wise answer included a suggestion that we make sure we’re having one on one conversations instead of jumping to conclusions. If there’s a problem, a disagreement, or a misunderstanding, don’t let it fester to the point where suspicions begin to thrive. Problematic people and fucked up behaviors will always be a part of any community, and of course the feds have figured out how to exploit this quite well. The way we respond to the inevitable provocations and infiltrations determines the strength of our communities and our long term effectiveness in the struggle.

Dec10

PSR Philly: Our Air is Not Clean

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Dr. Marta Guttenberg of the Philadelphia chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility spoke with DGP about the quality of our air, the effects of pollution on the human body, and what we need to do to improve the health and well being of Philly residents. (Interview was recorded on December 8th, 2015)

 

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Click here to check out Philly’s air quality (updated daily).

Report: Philly is third-worst place in U.S. for asthma sufferers

Two dozen permit violations for Point Breeze Refinery

Nov03

The Roots of Oppression

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The Modern Education System and the Roots of Oppression

With Layla AbdelRahim

It was great to have Layla Abdelrahim on DGP once more. She has expanded our minds and horizons several times before with her analyses of, among other things, the Trayvon Martin incident, radical ecology & primitivism, and the origins of civilized racism.

She recently spoke with me about what the outrageous police attack on a school girl in South Carolina reveals about the true purpose of the modern education system. We also explored how the institutions of human civilization depend upon and thrive on brutality, hierarchies, and inequality.

For more information on Layla’s work and background, and to read excerpts from her books, click here to visit her website.

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Sep08

#DalitWomenFight In Philly

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Indian activists and freedom fighters have embarked on a tour of the United States to draw attention to the plight of Dalit women suffering under the oppressive and patriarchal Hindu caste system. Dalit people (formerly known as “untouchables”), especially women, are subject to many forms of abuse including rape and murder, and because of the intricacies of the caste system usually have no recourse to justice.

The representatives of the Dalit movement for justice and respect are here in the U.S. asking for solidarity. We must assist them in breaking the silence on behalf of the more than 250 million people forced to live in fear and degradation.

If you would like to support the #DalitWomenFight tour, please donate on Paypal to phillysouthasiancollective@gmail.com, or contact them directly by email to find out how you can help.

Feb24

What is White Supremacy?

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Presentation by One People’s Project and Philly Antifa at A-Space community center, 2/21/15.

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Sep27

Save the North Philly Peace Park!

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Community organizer Patrice K. Armstead joins me to talk about gentrification and how the changing landscape of this city is threatening the North Philly Peace Park.

The North Philly Peace Park is under threat from planned development to the Sharswood section of Philadelphia. The proposed plan would pave over the Peace Park, erasing years of hard work, and replace it with “market rate” homes. Low income residents who have built a community in that area will be scattered to the wind. For almost three years the Peace Park has provided a way for inner city kids to connect with nature and each other; in the past year many people have been using the Peace Park as a source of healthy food. Will we sit back and watch it be destroyed?

For info on how you can get involved send a message to the North Philly Peace Park on facebook, or email Patrice at Parmstead@gmail.com

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Sep05

Civilized Racism Pt. 2

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Despite claims that we’ve entered a “post-racial” era, racism is alive and well, thriving even, and anti-black racism in particular continues to escalate. Layla AbdelRahim and I first discussed this topic several years ago after the Treyvon Martin murder. The recent modern-day lynching of eighteen year old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO police officer has once again raised familiar issues, including the mainstream media’s propensity to posthumously blame the victims of racist violence for their own deaths.

Though she eschews labels, Layla tentatively describes herself as an anarcho-primitivist, specifically focusing her work on, among other things, the role of domestication and civilized narratives in shaping the socio-economic structures of society.

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Click here to visit Layla’s website

Excerpt from the audio:

The criminality of the murder is not the question. For example, if you kill a wolf you will not be persecuted because, well, wolves are seen as a threat to domesticated animals and the land that has been taken by the humans – the humans who have been given the agency to consume and control, and who therefore have the right to kill. And this is the problem, the problem is not even the idea of teaching children to be racist or to be sadists; the idea is to show them, to train them from early childhood to know their place in this food chain, in this niche [and to teach them] whether or not they constitute the resources that are disposable or usable, with the right to live – if they perform according to the proscribed role they were given in that structure, in that hierarchy of resources. If they challenge, if they threaten the interests of the hierarchy then there’s no problem killing them. These acts are not an aberration, they’re a reconfirmation of this narrative that structures our socio-economic possibilities.