Author: Jae Carico

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.

Interview with Sole pt. 1

James Timothy “Tim” Holland Jr. (born September 25, 1977), better known by his stage name Sole, is an American underground hip hop artist from Portland, Maine. (-from Wikipedia)

1. I believe I read where you’ve stated that you really started paying attention to politics in 2001, after you were in new York during the events of 9/11. How have your views progressed since the beginning of your career?

After 9-11 I became obsessed with trying to figure all this out, but truth be told I was initially radicalized by Public Enemy, Malcom X, Boogie Down Productions and the Black Panthers in my teens, but that influence in my music was always very subtle, as I opted more for an existentialist / experimental approach to my art… After 9-11 that just felt stupid, I wanted to become a scholar of why things are the way they are and how to change shit. Once I really delved into the works of people like Marx, Goldman, Zinn, Chomsky, Debord, etc. those ideas made more sense then what I had been exposed to through the popular culture & public education. The most formative years for me were when I moved to Spain in 2004 for 2 years then I spent another 5 years in Northern Arizona, essentially in exile studying radical philosophy. Then I moved to Denver and got involved in the struggles happening there. Once I got in the streets and began actually engaging in anarchist struggles, as opposed to reading about them the power of the ideas really become evident, they were no longer in books, they were immediately practical. Anarchist ideas and practice are best suited to our times and the dilemmas we face, the only way out of our current crisis is to begin building the world we want now, not writing about it, not panning over the writings of dead white men, but to begin to think and act in new ways to engage the world & people around us. We don’t have to wait for a dramatic revolution, we can begin building our own infrastructures and practices now, there already is a revolutionary process happening all over the world, the question is will we be participants or spectators?

Interview with 99: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish originally hails from North Carolina; and, though she spent her formative years growing up in the ‘burbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, she’s traveled around the continental U.S. so much, she has yet to find a location to permanently designate “home.”

Claire’s parents were journalists during the Watergate scandal, and her father laterworked as a D.C. politician in Commerce under Pres. Carter — so dinner debate always centered on current political events, where critical thought was profoundly encouraged. In fact, she cannot recall many conversations that didn’t somehow center around politics, current events, and/or world affairs — thankfully, since it laid a foundation of curiosity that would never diminish over time.

At 12 years of age — long before the age of the internet — Claire stumbled upon a Greenpeace ad in an older issue of National Geographic that asked readers to plead with a national fast food chain to cease sourcing their meat from cattle raised on land in the Amazon. This one ad introduced her to slash-and- burn clearing of vital rainforest, sparking awareness she knew would change her life. So she wrote a letter to the chain restaurant. When they actually replied, explaining they had phased out that source, she realized the committed few who actually wrote had affected change — and she was hooked.

Save The Kids National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth

WHAT: All across the country organizations, groups, collectives, mosques, synagogues, community centers, bookstores, schools, clubs, churches, recreation centers and temples have organized daily events which will occur in their communities during the 4th Annual National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. The goal of these events are to raise awareness about the school to prison pipeline and ending the incarceration of all youth.

HISTORY: The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth (NWAAIY) was founded in 2013 to dismantle the prison half of the school-to-prison-pipeline. The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth is a project which is run solely by volunteers and it is organized by hundreds of groups and individuals around the United States.

Interview With Rev. Christine Grace

Reverend Christine Grace is an ordained Unity Minister, and is currently the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Chattanooga in Tennessee. She has a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing from the University of Santa Monica. She is also a certified Life Coach through Coach for Life. Her passion is living Truth in all ways, and she loves to assist others in living their Truth. Her motto is “More to All and less to none”, and she believes as we each live our own Truth with a capital “T”, we all prosper.

Interview with Kris Dingus

Kris Dingus is a no-coast anarchist organizing mutual aid projects with Any Means Necessary Collective in so-called Kansas City, Missouri. The AMN Collective is a loose group of individuals who join together to help the necessary work along in Kansas City; utilizing direct action and mutual aid to support those most affected by capitalism in our communities and offer education and outreach about anarchist action, history, and theory. Kris finds affinity with terms such as ex-worker, vegan, and has been and continues to be involved in a variety of projects in North-Western Missouri.

Interview with 99: Lavonne Mireles

Not a body, an embodiment. Not a possession, passion. Not subjective, a collective. Meditating on practicing objective observing, application of life school lessons, transmuting negative experiences into positive realizations. A montage of all the moments.

Interview with Wildist John F Jacobi

John Jacobi is a conservationist and student at UNC Chapel Hill. He founded and edited the student magazine The Wildernist for two years, and now he edits the newsletter Hunter/Gatherer, outlining the eco-radical philosophy of “wildism.

Interview with Gary Chartier

Gary Chartier is Distinguished Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of ten books, including Public Practice, Private Law (Cambridge 2016), Anarchy and Legal Order (Cambridge 2013), The Conscience of an Anarchist (Cobden 2011), and Markets Not Capitalism (Minor Compositions-Autonomedia 2011) (co-edited with Charles W. Johnson).

Interview with Christian Collier

He is an accomplished artist, public speaker, and educator who has shared the stage with several members of HBO’s Def Poetry cast, legendary poet and activist Ishmael Reed, Grammy-nominated artist Minton Sparks, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members The Impressions, etc. Mr. Collier has also given a TED Talk and repeatedly been featured on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel, which prides itself on featuring the best spoken word artists working today. Some of his works have been featured in The Guardian, and published in such publications as The Seven Hills Review, Dirty Chai, Voicemail Poems, Calliope Magazine, and The Origami Poetry Project to name a few, and his 2009 chapbook Ghosts & Echoes has sold hundreds of copies, independently, solely off the strength of readings and live performances.