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!
Orginal air date: April 9 2013
This episode is a Margaret Thatcher Deathday Celebration! Featuring the usual dose of action news updates from around the world, with updates on the latest wave of police repression.
This episode features a segment on the California Prisoner Hunger Strike, with recordings and interviews from a recent rally in support of people being held in long term solitary confinement and their current lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Music from Crass, Dub Syndicate, and Flying Lotus.
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
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.
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.
Hosts Mica Taliaferro and Nick Petrie focused on the prison-industrial complex and resistance to it. The show includes an interview with Molly Porzig and Whitney Walton, members of the LA branch of Critical Resistance. From their website: “Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness.” We also heard from Youth Justice Coalition, a group based in L.A. that works to challenge the criminal justice system, in some of the most heavily policed neighborhoods in this country. The coalition is completely led and staffed by youth of color who are directly affected by the prison-industrial complex. They work through advocacy, youth organizing, and political education, running the Free LA High School. We spoke with Danae Tapia, an organizer with YJC and Sergio Hill, a student at the high school. We also heard perspectives on interactions with the prison-industrial complex from members of our collective Yael Chanoff, Zak Kirwood and Paul who shared experiences of being arrested and volunteering at prisons. Original air-date: 11-9- 10.