Black Feminism and Queer Theory w/ Zoe Samudzi

Zoe Samudzi is a black feminist writer whose work has appeared in a number of spaces including The New Inquiry, Warscapes, Truthout, ROAR Magazine, Teen Vogue,BGD, Bitch Media, and Verso, among others. She is also a member of the 2017/18 Public Imagination cohort of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Fellows Program, and she is a member of the Black Aesthetic, an Oakland-based group and film series exploring the multitudes and diversities of black imagination and creativity.

She is presently a Sociology PhD student at the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences where academic interests include biomedicalization theory, productions of race and gender, and transgender health. She is a recipient of the 2016-17 Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. Her dissertation “‘I don’t believe I should be treated like a second citizen by anybody’: Narratives of agency and exclusion amongst male and transgender female sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa” engages hegemonic gender constructs in South Africa as they affect identity construction and health of transgender women and cisgender men in sex work.

Zoe sits down with Brett to discuss black feminism and queer theory.

Topics Include: black feminism, marxism and anarchism, schools as institutions of white supremacy, rape culture, queer (and quare) theory, cis-normativity in medical science,  dominant constructions of womanhood, the Jezebel Myth, and much more!

HERE IS THE EPISODE: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/black-feminism-and-queer-theory-w-zoe-samudzi

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Here is Zoe’s website: http://www.zoesamudzi.com/

Follow Zoe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ztsamudzi
 Recommendations by Zoe for further research:
 
“Ok wanted to shoutout Black trans women doing dope work (in no order):

– Raquel Willis (an amazing writer and a national organizer with the Transgender Law Center)
– Lourdes Ashley Hunter (Executive Director of the Trans Women of Color Collective)
– Reina Gossett (writer, director, and producer of Happy Birthday, Marsha)
– CeCe McDonald (a fundraiser for her: https://www.youcaring.com/cecemcdonald-1003185)
– Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (an iconic community activist and organizer, former Executive Director of the TGI Justice Project)
– Venus Selenite (a writer, performance artist, and cultural critic)
– Kat Blaque (a YouTuber making content and commentary around trans rights & social justice in general)
– Monica Roberts (a blogger/writer and trans rights activist)
– Janetta Johnson (activist/organizer and current Executive Director of the TGI Justice Project)
– L’lerrét Jazelle Ailith (a blogger/writer and Communications Manager for the BYP100)
– Ahya Simone (classically trained harpist and activist)
– Elle Hearns (founder and Executive Director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute)
– Janet Mock
– Laverne Cox
Also wanted to give a non-exhaustive list of black queer and trans/non-binary thinkers that are doing great writing and scholarly work related to identity that I’ve really appreciated (again in no order):

– Barbara Smith
– Che Gossett
– C. Riley Snorton
– Hari Ziyad
– Tyler Ford
– Kortney Ziegler
– Derrais Carter
– Lynée Denise
– Kai M. Green
– Joshua Allen
– Jamal Lewis
– TJ Tallie
– Shay Akil McClean
– Kopano Ratele
– Darnell Moore
– Myles E. Johnson
– Zanele Muholi
– E. Patrick Harris
– Lyle Ashton Harris
– Cheryl Dunye
– Ashleigh Shackleford
– Devyn Springer

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From Diplomat to Anarchist: The State, War, and the Fight for a Better World

Carne Ross is a former British diplomat, and Middle East and WMD expert, who resigned in 2004 after giving then-secret evidence to a British inquiry into the Iraq war. 

After he quit, he founded the world’s first non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat, which advises democratic countries and political movements around the world. In 2007, his critique of contemporary diplomacy was published: “Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite”.  
Carne is now an outspoken anarchist, and in this episode he sits down with Brett to discuss The State and Anarchism.

Topics Include: Thomas Hobbes, the Social Contract theorists, moral culpability as agents of the State, the Iraq War, spontaneous mutual aid, the Rojavan Revolution, Participatory Budgeting, Emma Goldman, and much, much more.


HERE IS THE EPISODE: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/from-diplomat-to-anarchist-the-state-war-and-the-fight-for-a-better-world-0

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You can find Carne Ross’s work here: http://www.carneross.com
You can see more about Independent Diplomat here: www.independentdiplomat.org

Follow Carne on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/carneross?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.carneross.com%2F

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The Gender Dialectic: Women Taking a Stand Against ‘Mad Men’ in the Age of Trump

Something is happening in our culture; something important and good and cathartic, and although its been LONG overdue, its better late than never. And that something is the public calling out and purging of powerful men in our society who sexually harass, intimidate, and assault women. Many Americans naively assume that the days of Mad Men are long gone, and that women aren’t treated as poorly as they used to be; but that’s a lie, and now we are starting to see the deep and toxic strains of sexism, misogyny, and the leveraging of male power to fulfill male sexual desires at the expense of women being rooted out. For millennia women have been violently stripped of their emotional well-being, of their physical safety, of their bodily autonomy, and of their professional and personal dreams. That horrific patriarchal nightmare still infects our society at every level, and countless women have been, and continue to be, victimized, denigrated, mocked, shouted down, and destroyed. And although that horrific legacy is nowhere near being fully over, whats happening in our society right now is surely an important and necessary step in that general direction.

Let’s review some of the biggest names to have been called out recently, and lets name, systematically, their disgusting fucking behavior. But before we do, I want to issue a gentle warning to anyone who might not want to be confronted with the details of sexual assault and violence against women. If you are not comfortable with having to listen to these things, please step away for a few minutes.

Okay, let’s start:

Harvey Weinstein, the famous film producer and executive, and giant human toad, recently saw his career burn to the ground after three decades of harassment, intimidation, and horrendous sexual assault, including numerous accusations of rape. He leveraged his power as someone who can make or break careers to coerce and force women to perform a whole slew of sexual acts for him. A rich, pampered piece of shit who lives a life of extreme luxury and for decades lived that life completely free of any sort of consequences for his behavior, in fact he amassed huge amounts of money and fame even as he victimized countless women and even as hundreds of people in that community knew about what he was doing.

Next:

George H.W. Bush Sr., the ex-head of the criminal CIA and 41st president of the most destructive, evil empire to ever have existed, has been accused by at least 8 women of groping them. George leveraged his power as president of the United States to touch women’s bodies and private parts without their consent, and he and his team have since attempted to dismiss these charges by saying: “’At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — a joke about his favorite magician being David Cop-A-Feel — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.” And therein lies the delusion of the male chauvinist mindset: non-consensually grabbing a woman’s private part is conflated with merely being “good natured”.

Up Next:

Roy Moore, Former Alabama chief justice and current U.S. Senate candidate, is someone with deep ties to white nationalist and neo-confederate organizations, was a leading proponent of the Birther Conspiracy, and is, of course, a self-proclaimed Christian man of God. The primary allegations against him are a slew of charges ranging from creepy to criminal. Roy Moore, for decades, was known to target, harass, and hit on high school girls, some as young as 14. He was actually banned from a local mall because he would continuously go there to attempt to pick up teenage girls, even when he was well into his 30’s. He’s been accused of groping women, forcing himself onto them, and even one time called the local high school and asked for a student in order to ask her out on a date. When Sean Hannity, a truly despicable right wing talk show host, asked Moore about the allegations, he said “”I don’t remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother.” Moore is still in the race for a senate seat in Alabama, and many prominent right wing pundits, activists, and politicians have remained loyal to Moore, some have even used bible verses that refer to older men dating children as a way to defend Moore’s behavior.

Other famous men recently called out include the comedian Louis CK, who leveraged his position as a well-known comic to repeatedly pull out his penis and masturbate in front of women without their consent, House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey, who has been accused of groping and sexually assaulting young men, some as young as 14, the actor Dustin Hoffman has been accused of groping and assaulting a 17 year old actress on the set of a TV film of Death of a Salesman in 1985. Others include Bill Clinton, accused for decades of a slew of sexual assaults, Bill Cosby, a rapist who would drug women and assault them, and Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, who has been accused by well over a dozen women of harassing, groping and assaulting them, and who, as we all know, admitted on camera to grabbing women’s genitalia without their consent because, and I quote, “when you are a star, they let you do anything”. And that sums it up, doesn’t it?

But before I end here, I want to make an appeal to men out there listening right now. This is OUR problem. This is something we ALL have culpability in, and something we ALL have an obligation to address; in ourselves, in our friends, in our family members, in our co-workers, and in our communities. None of us are totally free of blame; and while I desperately hope no one that listens to this show has ever actively engaged in sexual assault or violence against women (and if you have, fuck off, you are no comrade of mine), but all of us, at some point in our lives, have certainly used sexist language, have treated women poorly, have let harmful behavior by our friends go unchallenged, etc. It is our responsibility, as liberationists and as human beings, to do better; to root out and kill the male chauvinist in our minds, to counter the denigration and objectification of women in our culture, to listen to women and to defend them, to speak out loudly and unapologetically against rape culture, against all forms of misogyny, and against violence against women. It’s worth noting and reflecting on the fact that EVERY. SINGLE. WOMAN. in my life, from my mother to my sister to my partner to virtually every single one of my exs and female friends have, in some form or another, been sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, or have been the victim of domestic violence. If it’s true for me and all the people I know, I can guarantee it’s true for all of you, too.

Enough is enough.

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Transcribed from “The Guillotine”, a revolutionary leftist podcast covering global news and current events. You can find the full episode here: http://theguillotinepodcast.libsyn.com/episode-1-fascism-libya-sexism-and-j20

In Defense of Che Guevara: Analyzing his Life and Answering his Critics

Dr. Thoreau Redcrow is an American academic with a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis with a concentration in Global Conflict. Thoreau is a researcher who specializes in studying armed guerrilla movements, and who has over a decade of experience studying the life and legacy of Che Guevara. His prior investigations into Che’s biography have taken him to Cuba to speak to those who knew and fought alongside Che, as well as to other arenas around the world which have been influenced by Che Guevara’s armed struggle.

Brett sits down with Dr. Redcrow to discuss the Argentine Marxist revolutionary; including an entire segment of the podcast dedicated to debunking many of the right-wing and anti-communist lies about him.
Topics Include: Che’s childhood, the political context out of which Che emerged, the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, debunking lies and slander about Che, The Bay of Pigs, Anti-Imperialism, “Guevarism”, Marx, Lenin, and much, MUCH more!

HERE IS THE EPISODE: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/in-defense-of-che-guevara-analyzing-his-life-and-answering-his-critics

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NEW PODCAST: The Guillotine, Ep 1

We are introducing the first episode of a brand new spin-off podcast called The Guillotine. Brett from Revolutionary Left Radio and Dr. Bones from The Conjure House host this brand new show that covers current news around the world from a revolutionary communist and anarchist perspective and that has live call-ins from listeners.

This being our first episode ever, we had some kinks to work out and could not live stream it. However, in the future, all episodes will be live streamed as well as published through our podcast hosting site, so you can listen to the new show live and call in to talk to us; and you can also listen to the polished version a few days later on iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

HERE IS THE EPISODE: http://theguillotinepodcast.libsyn.com/episode-1-fascism-libya-sexism-and-j20

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Our transition music between segments was a created by our comrade Ethan S., you can find that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVEXA_RR1sA

Out outro music is “The Guillotine” by The String-Bo String Duo, you can find their music here: https://tsbsd.bandcamp.com/releases 

The Paris Commune: A Brief Blossoming of Proletarian Power

Mitchell Abidor is a leftist writer and translator. He is the principal French translator for the Marxist Internet Archive; Abidor has translated hundreds of texts, in multiple different languages, and published numerous collections from a myriad of radical political writers, from 17th Century France to Revolutionary Russia. His books include anthologies of the anarchist writings of Victor Serge, on the propagandists of the deed, the Paris Commune, the left of the French Revolution, and French anarchist individualists. He is also the author of, among other works, “Voices of the Paris Commune”. 

Find his profile on the Marxist Internet Archive here: https://www.marxists.org/admin/volunteers/biographies/mabidor.htm

Topics Include: The Paris Commune, French Napoleonic Imperialism, Marx and Engels, Anarchism, The Communards, Factions within the Commune, the role of Women in the Commune, The French Revolution, and much more! 

HERE IS THE EPISODE: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/the-paris-commune-a-brief-blossoming-of-proletarian-power

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21st Century Marxism: Neo-Marxism and the Value of Engels

Brenden Leahy is a local organizer and revolutionary thinker. He was featured on our Ideology Episode a few months back. 
 
He sits down with Brett to discuss Marxism and Neo-Marxism.
 
Topics include: Key neo-Marxist figures, Eco-Socialism, misunderstandings of Marxism, Friedrich Engels, Dual Power, Jenny Marx, Marx’s gothic influences, Primitive Accumulation, Marxist Feminism, Post-Modernism, and much more!

HERE IS THE EPISODE: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/21st-century-marxism-neo-marxism-and-the-value-of-engels

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