This week’s edition of the Horizontal Power Hour features an interview with Ben Morea, an artist and anarchist agitator who emerged after over 35 years of anonymity to discuss his participation in the late 1960s with the Lower East Side-based collectives Black Mask and Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers. Of humble origins, Morea gained notoriety as an associate of Abbie Hoffman, a defendant in an attempted murder trial, a vocal supporter of feminist (and Andy Warhol assailant) Valerie Solanas and as the only person to be expelled from the Situationist International who was never a member in the first place. As part of their assault on bourgeois art and respectable society in general, Black Mask/UAW-MF shut down the Museum of Modern Art, cut the fences at Woodstock and developed radical affinities across racial, ethnic and class constituencies then present on the Lower East Side. In the interview, Morea reflects on his participation in this crucial and under-appreciated component of the counterculture, ultimately explaining the reasons for his long absence. Global action news updates and exciting music will complement the conversation. Original air-date: 4-10-12.
This week’s edition was hosted by Mica Taliaferro. The show features action news, music, and an interview conducted by J Kēhaulani Kauanui with activists with (De)Occupy Honolulu – Laulani Teale, H. Doug Matsuoka, Chris Smith, and Rich Rath – during a recent visit to the island of O`ahu. They discuss the intersections of (De)Occupy politics with the local indigenous context of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, U.S. occupation of Hawai’i, the historical significance of the place where they hold camp, and axes of difference within the 99%. Original air-date: 3-27-12.
The 34th episode of the Horizontal Power Hour broadcasted Tuesday, January 24th at 4 PM from the studios of 88.1 WESU FM Middletown. The show was hosted by Abe Bobman and Meggie McGuire and features an interview with Occupy Student Debt organizer Robert Oxford who discusses the looming student loan debt crisis, the hope for a nation-wide debt refusal, and organizing within academic institutions. There is also a report on the ongoing case of police brutality in East Haven, Connecticut where a Federal Department of “Justice” investigation recently found the police department guilty of discriminatory policing and unjust immigration enforcement and will include an interview with ACLU-Connecticut lawyer Sandy Staub who has testified on the issue of racial profiling in Connecticut. And as usual the show features the regular action news segment focusing on un(der)reported stories from around the world.
On December 27th, the 32nd episode of Horizontal Power Hour aired from the studios of WESU Middletown, 88.1 FM. This installment featured a conversation between long-time direct action campaigner and social justice organizer Lisa Fithian and Dream Committee member Paul. Lisa’s work over the last 30 years, which has brought her all across the globe, focuses on confronting systems of oppression and violence through a strategic analysis of power and privilege, with an end-goal of liberatory social change. In our45-minute interview with Lisa, she discusses her perspective on social change, anarchism, non-violent direct action, student organizing and the challenges of coalition building. We also touch on the Occupy Movement, its history and importance, and the future of social change work in the U.S. and around the world. Collective member and executive ex-producer Abe Bobman gives us a satisfying roundup of un(der)reported news from around the world in our action news section, focusing on Occupy Christmas. Featuring music from Flogging Molly and Immortal Technique. Original air date: 12-27-12.
The November 8 edition of Horizontal Power Hour transmits a “revolutionary greeting” from the prominent American anarchist writer and underground intellectual Peter Lamborn Wilson to the occupants of Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan. Wilson also discusses the role of technology in grassroots anti-authoritarian mobilizations, the need for spiritual anarchy and the lineage of his work in the thinking of the Occupiers as well as that of James Scott and David Graeber. The show also contains an essay from the Dream Committee’s Chris on rediscovering the neighbors in post-electrical Connecticut. Action news from around the world and music from The Pogues, Ska-P and Tansy and Tarweed are also featured. Original air-date: 11-8-11.
Join Meggie and Dan for an interview with Mitchell Verter on feminist subversions of politics and alternative socialities based on caring. J. Kehaulani Kauanui will also speak with Libor Von Shanau, a veteran of international anti-authoritarian mobilizations who has been in Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park for the entire Occupy Wall Street festivities. Reports on prison strikes in the US, animal liberations in South America and police violence in the Middle East will be shared in addition to the rest of the global action news round-up. Mitchell Verter is the author of Dreams of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Magón Reader and has presented on intersections between anarchist and feminist thought at the North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference and the New School’s Anarchist Turn symposium within the last year.Original air-date 10-11-11.
On this episode of Horizontal Power Hour, your hosts Mariama Eversley and Paul
will feature a remembrance of Troy Davis in his own words, and a letter from an anonymous anarchist blogger reflecting on his murder. Then we feature a report from Paul on the Occupy Wall St protests in NYC, focusing on personal narratives from the first day of occupation. We will also hear a special report from satellite Committee members Yael Chanoff and Diego Glusberg, who documented the occupation of San Francisco’s financial district. Finally, Mariama presents a follow-up interview with Liane Scott from Empower DC, a social justice organization in Washington DC, discussing their new Grassroots Media Project. As usual, an excellent mixture of radical music and action news from around the world awaits. Original air-date: 9-27-11