Episode 50: Tyrone Boucher and Tiny AKA Lisa Gray-Garcia

Tune in to the Horizontal Power Hour at 4PM on WESU Middletown for our 50th original episode!  This week features a conversation between Tyrone Boucher and Tiny AKA Lisa Gray-Garcia, about the politics of wealth redistribution, cross-class organizing and building grassroots resistance to colonization, capitalism, elitism, the non-profit model and coercive philanthropy.  In particular, the conversation hones in on the work of POOR Magazine and its various aspects – including The Homefulness Project and their Solidarity Family – putting these politics into action every day.  Tiny is an organizer and scholar with POOR, and Tyrone is a member of the Solidarity Family, once worked with Resource Generation and is currently an organizer and trainer with the AORTA Collective.  Featuring radical tunes, but no action news this week – there was simply too much to say that space could not allow.  Original air date: 11-27-12.

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Full interview with Tiny and Tyrone

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Episode 49: Cherríe Moraga

Listen in to WESU Middletown at 4PM to hear the 49th episode of the Horizontal Power Hour, featuring Chicana activist, author, playwright and queer theorist Cherríe Moraga, who spoke in the Woodhead Lounge at Wesleyan University on November 7th.  Among numerous writings and accomplishments, she was the co-editor of the groundbreaking third-wave feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.  Her comments focused on the re-election of Barack Obama the day before, her aspirations for an always moving and transforming future, and includes selections from her newest book A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness, Writings 2000-2010.  As always, we supply a healthy dose of action news and radical music for your listening pleasure.  Original air date: 11-13-12.

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Full lecture from Cherríe Moraga

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Episode 48: Kate Khatib, Co-Editor of “We Are Many”

Tune in at 4PM to hear episode 48 of the Horizontal Power Hour, featuring our standard dose of action news, and an interview Kate Khatib.  Kate is a co-founder of Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse – a worker-owned and collectively managed bookstore in Baltimore – and is a collective member at AK Press.  Most recently, Kate co-edited an anthology on the Occupy movement (released on the 1-year anniversary of OWS) titled We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation.  Paul from the Dream Committee talks to Kate about the new anthology, its purpose and goals, and how the over 50 contributors approached the topic of Occupy, one year in.From the book’s website: “We Are Many is a reflection on Occupy from within the heart of the movement itself. Examining key questions—what worked? what didn’t? why? how? is it reproducible?—the authors and activists in this collection point toward a movement-based framework for future organizing. Heavily illustrated and annotated, We Are Many is a celebration of what worked, and a thoughtful analysis of what didn’t.”  Includes your bi-weekly round-up of action news from around the world and as always, fantastic tunes.  Original air date: 10-23-12.

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Full interview with Kate

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Episode 47: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on Gay Shame

This latest episode of Horizontal Power Hour features an interview with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, radical queer activist extraordinaire and editor of the new anthology WHY ARE FAGGOTS SO AFRAID OF FAGGOTS? FLAMING CHALLENGES TO MASCULINITY, OBJECTIFICATION, AND THE DESIRE TO CONFORM! Mattilda will discuss the new book as well as her work with the radical queer direct action group Gay Shame. “GAY SHAME is a Virus in the System. We are committed to a queer extravaganza that brings direct action to astounding levels of theatricality. We will not be satisfied with a commercialized gay identity that denies the intrinsic links between queer struggle and challenging power. We seek nothing less than a new queer activism that foregrounds race, class, gender and sexuality, to counter the self-serving “values” of gay consumerism and the increasingly hypocritical left. We are dedicated to fighting the rabid assimilationist monster with a devastating mobilization of queer brilliance.”  As always, we give a round-up of action news from around the world, with music from Blackfire, Flogging Molly and Son of Nun ft. DJ Mentos.  Original air date: 10-9-12.

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Full interview with Mattilda

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Episode 46: Movement Builder Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz on Organizing, Occupy and Palestine

Today’s show features an interview with coalitional organizer, movement builder and anti-oppression trainer Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz. Lisa is a co-founder of intersections/intersecciones consulting and is the coordinator of the ROOTS Coalition, which is the first national multi-racial queer and trans people of color led coalition dedicated to liberation and movement building at the intersections. Lisa’s work has spanned many movements, encouraging cross-pollination and radical inclusion. We discuss her philosophies of movement-building, the non-profit industrial complex, the Occupy movement, as well as the recent queer delegation to Palestine, of which Lisa was a participant. As always we throw in a healthy dose of anti-authoritarian news from around the world. Music from Rebel Diaz and more!  Original air date: 9-11-12

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Episode 45: Mirtha Colon and HIV/AIDS in Afro-Central American Communities

Today’s show features an interview with Ms. Mirtha Colon, president and founder of Hondurans Against AIDS, Inc. (a.k.a “Casa Yurumein”), a New York organization that provides AIDS/HIV education and support in Central America and New York.  She’s a Focal Point representative, on HIV/AIDS, for the Afro-Central American Communities, under The HIV/AIDS, Secretariat of the Indigenous and Afro-descendant Communities. In this interview Mirth and Dream Committee member Mariama discuss health in Afro-Descendant communities of Central America, The International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora (ICHAD), and the impact of privatization on quality of and access to healthcare.  Original air date: 7-10-12

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Episode 44: No Pride in Apartheid!

Today’s episode of Horizontal Power Hour, our 44th consecutive episode, features excerpts from a presentation which occurred on Friday, June 15th in Hartford.  The event, called “No Pride in Apartheid” was hosted by Queers Without Borders, and featured three speakers tackling the issues of Israeli apartheid and occupation, settler colonialism, transphobia, and Israeli pinkwashing – the painting of the state of Israel as a queer friendly state, obscuring the forms of Israeli state violence enacted onto queer people across the region, and onto Palestinians in particular.  You will hear from transgender activist, anti-apartheid scholar Saffo Papantonopoulou, from New School Students for Justice in Palestine, and author of the zine Pinkwashing, Colonialism, and Transphobia, and longtime lesbian activist and organizer for peace in the middle east, Liz Aaronsohn, from the group We Refuse to Be Enemies.  As always, we will have a round-up of action news the corporate media conveniently ignored, and music from Hunx and His Punx, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Defiance, Ohio. Original air date: 6-26-12

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Episode 43: Eric Stanley and Captive Genders

On today’s show, we hear from Eric Stanley, co-editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle. Original air-date: 6-12-12.

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Episode 42: Dean Spade

Co-hosts Zaq and Dan share action news updates from around the world, including updates on the police repression of NATO protests in Chicago, and the upsurge of vigilante fascist-bashings from Italy to Illinois. Zaq and guest interviewer Nico also talk to Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Law and Social Movements and Critical Perspectives on Transgender Law. Dean discusses his latest book, Normal Life, and touches on topics ranging from the inadequacy of legal reform movements in securing queer/trans liberation, to the relationship between monogamy and state violence. This show also features some classic tracks from The Cure and Bad Brains. Original air-date: 5-22-12.

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Episode 41: Kathy Ferguson and Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets

This episode features a conversation between Kehaulani Kauanui and Kathy Ferguson about Ferguson’s new book “Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets.”Action news, top-notch music (including the drive-time debut of Quantuum Queerness) and more!

About the book: “Emma Goldman has often been read for her colorful life story, her lively if troubled sex life, and her wide-ranging political activism. Few have taken her seriously as a political thinker, even though in her lifetime she was a vigorous public intellectual within a global network of progressive politics. Engaging Goldman as a political thinker allows us to rethink the common dualism between theory and practice, scrutinize stereotypes of anarchism by placing Goldman within a fuller historical context, recognize the remarkable contributions of anarchism in creating public life, and open up contemporary politics to the possibilities of transformative feminism.” Original air-date 5-8-12.

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