Author: John Carico

Interview With Eleanor Goldfield

Eleanor is a creative activist, singer and writer. She is the founder and lead singer of the political hard rock band, Rooftop Revolutionaries who have shared the stage with the likes of Tom Morello and Immortal Technique at festivals, Occupy events and rock clubs around the country.

She is also the host and writer of the occupy.com, Free Speech TV syndicated show, Act Out! which focuses on creative and grassroots activism. This weekly show gives updates on activism around the country, focusing on artists and creatives, grassroots actions and how people anywhere can get involved, from tweets to marching in the streets.

Interview With Insurrectionist Dr. Bones

Dr. Bones is a 9 year practitioner of the Southern occult tradition known as Conjure, Rootwork, and Hoodoo. A skilled card-reader and Spiritworker, Dr. Bones has undertaken all aspects of the work, both benevolent and malefic. Politically he holds the Anarchist line that “Individuality can only flourish where equality of access to the conditions of existence is the social reality. This equality of access is Communism.” He resides in the insane State of Florida with his loving wife, a herd of cats, and a house full of spirits.

He can be reached through Facebook and writes for Gods & Radicals and Disinfo.

Introducing: How To Overthrow An Empire Video and Podcast Series

John Carico of Fifth Column And Eric Scott of Free Radical Media are proud to announce a new project focused on discussing tactics toward revolution. The format of the video show will be as follows: We will cover a tactic from it’s origins to contemporary times in a hard news style segment, then we will have a conversation, or multiple quotes from activists and forward thinkers on said tactic, then we will have a free from, sometimes roundtable, discussion about how that tactic can help us move toward liberation.

We will also have a podcast which will feature long form interviews.

Our first interview, with Frank Lopez of Submedia, is available here:

Interview with Douglas Beatty

Doug Beatty was born in 1961 the product of opposite casting at the Barter Theater in Abingdon VA to actors Walta Drummond Chandler and Ned Thomas Beatty. By the time of his arrival his parents had married. Growing up mostly in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia, Doug saw the riots of 68, the poor peoples campaign and made his stage debut in 1970 at the Washington Theater club under the direction of Davy Marlin Jones with a walk on part.
Doug never appeared again as a professional except on shot in “Stroker Ace”. A jack of(f?) all trades, veteran of Naval Service and a former Special Police Officer serving at the pleasure of National Capitol Public and assisted housing.

Being run over by a Jeep late in 2000 brought Doug to Delaware where he has become an equal protection under the law activist. With friends and enemies in all political sectors, Doug does what he can with what he’s got and has some victories.

The time for reform is over

We are in a time of crisis. And all efforts taken by the establishment to remedy this crisis only perpetuate the interests of the corporations and banks that have privatized, commoditized and poisoned our ecosystems, and they are continually trying to do the same to our minds.

They put solar panels (built via displacement of indigenous people’s, and mountain top removal) on deforestation equipment and call it “green”. As crisis continues and these new energies are destroyed by natural disaster, we will have to continue these processes with lesser ability to replenish our environment.

Interview with Reginald Simms

Reginald Simms is a worker-owner and bookseller at Red Emma’s, a cooperatively owned and collectively managed bookstore and coffeehouse in Baltimore. As an anti-authoritarian and part time staffer for BRED (Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy), he provides technical assistance and non-extractive loans to traditionally excluded and marginalized communities wanting to start cooperatives or conversions of current businesses within Baltimore and throughout Maryland. He also does organizing through GBAN (Global Black Autonomy Network), a translocal grassroots organization that deals with issues that affect the African Diaspora. A creative genius, avid reader, and succinct writer he spends his time strategizing on and fomenting, the continuous process of revolution. He is currently working on book that details the forms those subjected to the state will take in a post-service economy.

1. What was your initial entry point into radical politics?
The Mis-education of the Negro was a book for me that initially started me on the path of understanding authority. I was further catalyzed by the Occupy movement towards practical action in the real world. As I continued my self education in philosophy, anti-authoritarianism and black politics I made a decision to change how I interacted with the world and reproduce myself and decided to join a cooperative, Red Emma’s. I realized a lot of my time was spent at work so my workplace was the first thing I changed.

Interview With Elijah Hartman

I was born in Murfreesboro, TN I have an older gang member brother, and a mentally disabled sister.I grew up in an abusive home when i was 5 my Mom finally had enough abuse and left my dad. You could say living with my dad was my first taste of the other side of power and oppression not many people I grew up around knew. I lived with my Mom jumping from place to place till i was 13 and she failed a drug test child services took me away and i starting living in the suburbs of Murfreesboro with my grandparents. I was like a fish out of water by this time i was already a devoted anarchist and inspired by groups like the Makhnovist army and the CNT i formed an anarchist militia, the Black Flag Nation. It was small starting out just me and a few friends. But over the years we slowly and steadily grew expanding our reach internationally and forming alliances with several similar groups. In an attempt to advance the conditions for revolution and maximizing our effectiveness i designed a new revolutionary theory I call focalized people’s warfare, based on the small unit tactical emphasis of focoism pioneered by Che and combining it with the Maoist strategy of people’s warfare. With this principles in action we can effective form a solid fighting force and push for popular revolution with a faction of the time, supplies, and manpower that would otherwise be needed.

Interview with Eugene V. Debs Service Award Winner Jay Wolfson

The John Carico interview series continues with Jay Wolfson.

Jay Wolfson is the outreach coordinator for the Central New Jersey Socialist Party local. He won the Eugene V Debs service award in 2016. He was a chief organizer for of the New Jersey May Day march in New Brunswick. As our each coordinator he established contacts with other groups of activists and organized with them to increase the impact. He us currently organizing the Socialist Party National Organizing conference at Rutgers, the march for a clean energy revolution with Food and Water Watch, and a September 9th day of Solidarity with prison laborers.

Interview With Socialist Party USA Vice Presidential Candidate Angela Walker

Angela Nicole Walker is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she currently lives. She is a socialist who has been involved in various social justice fights. She served as the legislative director for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 for two years, and was recently the community campaigns coordinator for a local nonprofit. She ran against Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in 2014, securing twenty-one percent of the vote as an independent socialist. She is the mother of one child, and the grandmother of three and a proud advocate of public schools.

1. What got you involved in politics and when did you become a socialist?

I got involved in politics as a much younger person, petitioning with other high school students for a Black History class at our school, which we won. The first big mobilization I was involved in was a bus trip to Tallahassee, Florida to demand a vote recount in 2000. I would say that I have been a socialist most all of my life, even when I didn’t know what socialism was, exactly. I have always believed that people are more important than money, and that the environment is not here to be exploited.