Join your host J Kēhaulani Kauanui. The show will feature an interview with Karla Palma (Mapuche-Chilean), a journalist with updates on the situation in southern Chile, where the government is using anti-terrorist laws to try and crush indigenous resistance. And we’ll hear from Andre Perez, a Kanaka Maoli (indigenous Hawaiian) sovereignty activist who will offer an updates on the Hawaiian self-determination struggle, since January 17th was the 120th year anniversary of the US-backed overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Perez is traditional practitioner, grassroots community organizer with MANA (Movement for Aloha No ka ‘Āina), and upstart farmer. Original air-date: 1-22-13.
Join your host, J Kēhaulani Kauanui for an interview with activist and scholar Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (originally from the St. Peter’s/Little Peguis Indian Settlement in Manitoba) about #Idle No More, an ongoing protest movement comprising the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples (and their non-Aboriginal supporters). #Idle No More challenges Canadian political dominance and is prompted, in part, by the hunger strike of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence and draws attention to indigenous treaty rights and abuses by the conservative federal government. It has inspired solidarity activities throughout North America and beyond as far as Aotearoa/NZ and the UK. Sinclair speak to the political context and the high stakes. His critical and creative work has been translated into several languages and can be found in The Guardian and The Winnipeg Free Press. He is the co-editor of the award-winning anthology Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2012) and the newly released collection, Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013). Original air-date: 1-8-13.
Tune in to WESU Middletown for a Christmas Special, featuring Maia Ramnath and Joshua Stephens – board members of the Institute for Anarchist Studies – exploring the intersection of anarchism and anti-colonialism. The conversation touches on numerous questions regarding how anarchist praxis interacts with global resistance to colonization, and explores the Occupy movement as well as anarchist organizing strategies and anarchist culture. Maia is the author of two books – The Haj to Utopia and Decolonizing Anarchism – has organized in anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements in the last two decades, and is currently involved with Adalah-NY and the South Asia Solidarity Initiative. Joshua has been active in direct action movements since the mid-90’s, working heavily in the Palestine solidarity movement, and is currently writing a book for the IAS Anarchist Intervention Series. As always, we throw a healthy dose of action news and revolutionary tunes for your listening pleasure. Merry Christmas and a revolutionary New Year! Original air date: 12-25-12.
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.
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.
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.
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.