In this episode we talk to Peter Cole, historian and author of Ben Fletcher, The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly.
Fletcher was among the most successful union organizers in the early 20th century, and a Black leader of the Local 8 union - a component of the Industrial Workers of the World - which organized on the docks in South Philadelphia beginning in 1913. Local 8 of the IWW's Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union, was the most powerful interracial union of its era.
In this episode we talk to Dr. Rinaldo Walcott. Walcott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Walcott is also the author of many books.
In this episode we primarily focus our conversation around Walcott’s two most recent books, On Property: Policing, Prisons, and the Call for Abolition and The Long Emancipation: Moving Toward Black Freedom.
In this episode we interview Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army veteran Jalil Muntaqim. Muntaqim was political prisoner for nearly half a century due to his involvement in the liberation struggle.
Muntaqim talks about the Black Panthers, and many political prisoners still held in US prisons that people need to fight for. In terms of that struggle, he highlights the importance of The Spirit of Mandela Tribunal which is upcoming in October of 2021.
In this episode we interview Max Ajl, author of the new book A People’s Green New Deal.
In this discussion we talk to Ajl about his critiques of various forms of climate policy emanating from the capitalist and imperialist ruling class, and he situates the AOC/Markey Green New Deal as sharing a great deal ideologically and in terms of program with other capitalist so-called solutions to the climate crisis. He also discusses a different left horizon for climate change policy and struggle.
In this episode we interview Rawan Eid and Fathi Nemer, co-founders of decolonizepalestine.com.
In this episode we talk about their recently launched website decolonizepalestine.com. We also talk about a recent events in occupied Palestine, the fight to #SaveSheikhJarrah, and a number of the myths that get deployed by zionists in support of the state of Israel’s policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing.
In this episode are joined by author/editors Dan Berger and Emily K. Hobson and Barbara Smith of the Combahee River Collective to discuss the recently published book Remaking Radicalism edited by Berger and Hobson.
The book offers an incredible look into the vibrancy and diversity of movements on the left in the period. It features 164 written documents, 20 images, & 32 short essays that reflect a wide mix of organizations, campaigns, tactics, and visions from the period of 1973 to 2001.
In this interview we talk to Joseph R. Fitzgerald, associate professor of history and political science at Cabrini University and author of The Struggle Is Eternal: Gloria Richardson and Black Liberation. Perhaps most known today as the subject of an iconic photo where she pushes away a bayonet and stares down the national guardsman whose wielding it, Gloria Richardson was a dynamic leader of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee.
This is a dialogue between Hanif Abdurraqib and Fred Moten.
Hanif Abdurraqib has been on the show twice before, but we really have not done a proper episode to honor his work. So we wanted to figure out a unique way to commemorate the release of A Little Devil In America: Notes In Praise of Black Performance. It dawned on us that a lot of Fred Moten’s work was wrestling with many of the same questions explored in Hanif’s. So we invited both of them to join us in a dialogue.
n this episode we talk to Zoé Samudzi. Dr. Samudzi has a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. Her dissertation was about German colonialism, the Herero/Nama genocide, and the afterlife of that genocidal structure in the present.
In this conversation we talk about a range of topics related to settler colonialism and colonization in Africa, specifically in modern day Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
In this episode we interview Hy Thurman, founding member of the Young Patriots, and the Rainbow Coalition.
Our conversation focuses on his recently published memoir 'Revolutionary Hillbilly: Notes From The Struggle On The Edge Of The Rainbow.' We discuss Hy Thurman's life and the events that led to him becoming an organizer and cofounder of the Young Patriots Organization and the Rainbow Coalition with Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers & The Young Lords.
Devyn Springer is a cultural worker, community organizer, and independent researcher. They are a member of the Walter Rodney Foundation and the host of the Groundings podcast.
Among many topics, we revisit some of our discussion from 2017 on Walter Rodney, touching on How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, the dialectic of underdevelopment and development, and the apocalyptic impact of the transatlantic slave trade on the African continent.
In this episode we interview Justine Teba, Orien Longknife, and Demetrius Johnson from The Red Nation. Our discussion centers around the book The Red Deal: Indigenous Action To Save Our Earth.
The Red Deal is a call for action beyond the scope of the US colonial state. It’s a program for Indigenous liberation, life, and land—an affirmation that colonialism and capitalism must be overturned for this planet to be habitable for human and other-than-human relatives to live dignified lives.
In part two of our discussion here, we ask Pasqual Marquina and Gilbert why Chavez continues to be such an important figure for the left in Venezuela years after his death. We also talk about tendencies within the left that can tend to denounce or renounce state power. The editors discuss critiques within the book related to clientelism, and their thoughts on role of the party and of direct democracy - and the voices of the people - in a revolutionary process.
This is part one of a two-part conversation with Cira Pascual Marquina and Chris Gilbert, editors of the book Venezuela, The Present As Struggle: Voices From The Bolivarian Revolution. This book is a collection of interviews with Chavistas, communards, Campesinos, and a variety of activists, organizers, intellectuals and workers from the grassroots in Venezuela.
The book centers the voices of the Venezuelan people on the pathway out of the existing crisis and toward socialism.
Harsha Walia is the award-winning author of Undoing Border Imperialism and Border & Rule. She is trained in law, and is a community organizer and campaigner in migrant justice, anti-capitalist, feminist, and anti-imperialist movements, including No One Is Illegal and Women’s Memorial March Committee.
In this episode we talk to her about her latest book Border & Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism.
In part 2 of our 2 part conversation with journalist, educator, author & activist Herb Boyd we talk more about how Boyd and other politicized students used the 1967 Rebellion to launch Black Studies at Wayne State University, and develop it into a radical space for the political and cultural education of Black students living in Detroit and often working and organizing on campus, and in the automobile plants. We also ask Boyd several questions about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers.
This is part 1 of a 2 part conversation with journalist, educator, author, and activist Herb Boyd. Our conversation with Boyd centers around his book Black Detroit, with particular attention paid to the middle of the 20th Century, leading up to the development of The League of Revolutionary Black Workers.
400+1 is a Black, cooperative federation that exists to leverage vanguardism, destabilization, and Black and autonomous alternatives to build a world beyond survival. The federation is currently engaged in a protracted struggle against the state for Orisha Land, an autonomous zone in Texas.
We talk to them about their theory, their practice, mutual aid during the winter storm in Texas and the struggle for Orisha Land.
In this episode we catch up with representatives from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. They talk about the state of the prison abolition and prisoner support movements from their perspective.
They talk about the weaponization of COVID-19 inside prisons & the insufficient response from people outside the walls. They call for national “Shut ‘Em Down” demonstrations at jails, prisons, and detention centers around the country on August 21st and on September 9th.
Dr. Yannick Giovanni Marshall writes and teaches in Black Studies. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Knox College and has taught courses on Black Lives Matter and Deconstructing the Police for several years.
In this episode we discuss several of his writings over the last couple years, particularly on questions of coloniality, liberalism, policing, fascism and marronage.
This is a special message and brief addendum to our conversation published earlier this week with Dr. Mamyrah Prosper.
After we finalized the conversation, she did want to note that there things people are working on currently that can be supported, and forthcoming calls for solidarity organizing that people can tap into more immediately.
Dr. Mamyrah Prosper is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College and the International Coordinator with Community Movement Builders’ Pan African Solidarity Network.
In this episode, she discusses the current struggle in Haiti in connection with the long history of US & European imperialism after the Haitian Revolution.
In light of this history, Dr. Prosper challenges people in the US to broaden our imaginations and practices of solidarity to the Haitian...
In this episode we speak to Kamau Franklin. Kamau is the founder of Community Movement Builders a grassroots organization dedicated to creating sustainable Black communities through organizing and cooperative development. Kamau has been a dedicated community organizer for over 25 years. He has worked on various issues including community cop-watch programs, freedom school programs for youth, electoral and policy campaigns, large-scale community gardens, and programmatic alternatives to...
In this episode we interview Dr. Michael Sawyer. Sawyer is an assistant professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies in the Department of English at Colorado College. We spoke to him about his book, Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm X which is part of the Black Critique Series on Pluto Press.
Dr. Sawyer shares with us the process of working to expand the academic field of political philosophy to accommodate the critically important contributions of Malcolm X to Black...
In this episode we interview Devin Zane Shaw. Shaw is the author of three books, including Philosophy of Antifascism, and Egalitarian Moments: From Descartes to Rancière, and a recent pamphlet on solidarity movements and Indigenous struggles, The Politics of the Blockade.
Shaw talks to us about several aspects of his book the Philosophy of Antifascism.