So many of us, during times like these, have so many questions as to what we can possibly do to change anything. Here are some ways we can act directly to help fix our current situation: INFORM: Write an article…
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.