Ashanti Omowali Alston is an anarchist activist, speaker, and writer, and former member of the Black Panther Party. Even though the party no longer exists, Alston continues refers to himself as a Black Panther, and as “the @narchist Panther”, a term he coined in his popular @narchist Panther Zine series. He was also member of the Black Liberation Army, and spent more than 11 years in prison after government forces captured him and the court system convicted him of “bank robbery” (more that 14 years total). Ashanti, like most anarchist freedom fighters, disputes the moral issues of property and terms his activity in the B.L.A. as “bank expropriation”. Alston was the former northeast coordinator for Critical Resistance (anti-prison industrial complex and abolitionist organization) and is a former board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies. He is currently a Steering Committee member of the National Jericho Movement (to free U.S. political prisoners), a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Ashanti draws on decades of experience as a human being struggling for justice and uniquely connects various struggles—from black internationalism to the Zapatista movement, to anarchism, to prison abolition, to queer liberation, to radical feminism, to people of color struggles, to earth liberation—with critical insight and humility.
Archive for October, 2011
Peace, on this episode we spoke with Alex Morse, candidate for Mayor of Holyoke. We discussed his decision to run for the position, some of the challenges facing the city, his vision for the future of the city, and got his take on recent political developments on the national level. Enjoy and let us know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1: feat. Alex Morse
Peace, on this episode we paid tribute to the life and work of writer Piri Thomas (September 30, 1928 – October 17, 2011); and later in the show we spoke with Lori Lobenstine, founder of Girls Got Kicks/Female Sneaker Fiend about the release of her new book on female sneaker culture and the bonds of friendship and sisterhood.
Peace, on this episode Chris and REC were joined on the phone by author Sujatha Fernandes to talk about her work exploring the global dimensions of Hip-Hop from Paris to Caracas to Australia. As she writes in her latest book, Close to the Edge (Verso 2011) “The story of the global spread of hip hop is itself one of movement. A movement of ideas, a movement of commodities, a movement of people. If there is anything that marks this moment, it is as much the motion and mobility that bring us together as it is the boundaries and borders that divide us. Hip hop is a force defined by rupture and flow, and it remains to be seen whether global hip hoppers can reinvent themselves in the diaspora and build enduring links with their homelands” (189). We also briefly provide an update on the Occupy Wall Street mobilization, as well as hear commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal. Enjoy & Circulate!
Peace, we had a crazy packed show that you definitely need to get caught up on. Chris, Rec, and Unique were joined by local activist Roberto Garcia-Ceballos, writer and activist Kenyon Farrow, and hip-hop scholar Sohail Daulatzai in conversations about local organizing (Disowning Columbus, Celebrating People’s Resistance), People of Color and the “Occupy” movement, and the staying power of Nas’ ILLMATIC album, among other issues and histories. Enjoy and spread the word!
Part 1: featuring Roberto Garcia-Ceballos and Kenyon Farrow
Part 2: featuring Sohail Daulatzai
Peace, on this episode, TRGGR intern Unique Robinson joined Chris in studio to interview Ryann Holmes, co-founder of the Brooklyn Boihood project. Check out Ryann’s thoughtful discussion of her work and the queer community she represents in Brooklyn. In part two of the show, we speak with Ty Allan Jackson, creator of two children’s books centered on the positive perception and financial literacy of children of color. Let us know what you think of it all! And remember to organize as if your life depended on it.
Part 1: featuring Ryann Holmes, co-founder of Bklyn Boihood
Part 2: featuring children’s book creator, Ty Allan Jackson