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Episode 58: Homonationalism and Pinkwashing

This episode features presentations from the recent Homonationalism and Pinkwashing Conference in NYC! Homonationalism describes when sub-sectors of specific gay communities achieve legal parity with heterosexuals and then embrace racial and religious supremacy ideologies. Homonationalism is increasingly present in Nationalist ideologies across the globe, as secular right-wing forces increasingly leave anti-gay politics to organized religion. The other focus of the conference was on “Pinkwashing,” a practice by which a government or corporation points to or exaggerates gay rights in order to present itself as progressive or mask its own crimes – an example is Israel’s promotion of sexual rights to obscure its occupation of Palestine.

We hear talks from Bashar Makhay about his work organizing LGBTQ Middle Easterners in Detroit and NYC, and from Dean Spade about anti-pinkwashing campaigns and prison abolition politics. Plus news and music!

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Episode 54: Black and Pink and Hollaback Baltimore

 

Original air date: February 26 2013

This episode features interviews with Jason Lydon, founder of anti-prison queer organization Black and Pink,  and Shawna Potter, coordinator of Hollaback Baltimore.

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Their work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. They are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world.  They work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces. One of their major strategies is the use of smartphones to document, map, and share incidents of street harassment.

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Episode 28: Philly Stands UP and Cheri Honkala

This show, produced by collective members Mariama and Zak features Jenna Peters Golden of Philly Stands UP, a collective that challenges and finds alternatives to structural underpinning behind sexual violence. In addition we interview Cheri Honkala, who is running for sheriff in Philadelphia under the promise of ending foreclosure evictions, and as always wrapped with awesome music and indy news from around the world. Original air-date: 10-25-11.

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Episode 26: Troy Davis, Occupy Wall Street and EmpowerDC

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

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Episode 22: Criminal Injustice System

Paul and Abe Bobman host the show, which will feature our regular action news round-up, a report on the recent Pelican Bay Prison hunger strike including a broadcast from political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, a reading of a communiqué from the anti-capitalist initiative Bay of Rage distributed at a prison abolition and anti-austerity action in Oakland and an interview with Chris Heneghan, co-founder of the Windham Harm Reduction Coalition, a non-profit organization in Willimantic, CT whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of injection drug users, commercial sex workers, their families and their partners by offering compressive harm reduction services in accordance with the principals of harm reduction. Original air date: 7-26-2011.

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Episode 12: Dylan Rodriguez

This week’s hosts Yael Chanoff, Paul, and Mica Taliaferro bring you Action News, songs from Bomb the Music Industry and Son of Nun. The show also includes a presentation by and interview with Dylan Rodriguez, by J.Kehaulani Kauanui and Paul, where he address radicalism, the racial politics of 21st century genocide, and the prison industrial complex. Rodriguez is the author of two books:  Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and The U.S. Prison Regime (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). He is a founding member of Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex, a national movement building collective that seeks to fulfill the social and historical vision of abolition, and has worked closely with numerous organizations and scholarly collectives. Original air-date: 2-22-11.

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