My May Day Rally Speech, 2018

On this May Day I want to remind all of us of the honorable tradition that we stand firmly in. A tradition of regular people, always poor and working class, standing up against monsters of all kinds. This holiday that we call May Day was forged right here in America; forged atop stolen land by those who were brutally oppressed and exploited by the very class structure that tore its way through this land; rooted in genocide, built by slavery, and maintained through endless imperialism. From the first time colonizers touched foot on the shores of this New World, there has been resistance from the our indigenous brothers and sisters who, for millennia, called this land home. From the first time slave masters operationalized capitalist logic by kidnapping Africans from their homes and bringing them here to profit off their forced labor, there has been resistance from our African brothers and sister who stood up and rebelled against their oppressors. From the first time Chinese and Latinx people were imported by capitalists to build railroads and grow food in horrific conditions for little to no pay, immigrants of all stripes have resisted their exploitation and fought for basic human dignity and fair pay. From the first time women were subjugated to second class citizen status in a brutal patriarchal order which viewed them as the property of men, women have organized and fought back against gendered violence and oppression. And, from the earliest days of industrial capitalism, where working people of all stripes, including children, were mercilessly used, grinded to dust by toil, and thrown away by the owning class who viewed them as nothing more than mere commodities, the proletariat have armed and defended themselves and shed blood, often times their own, in the name of liberation.

It is this struggle, this lineage, and this tradition that we all stand in and that we honor today. And lets talk about today! Today, the three richest American men own more wealth than the bottom 50% of Americans *Combined*. Today, over 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, struggling to keep a roof over their head, food in their bellies, and medicine in the cabinet. Today, 25% of the worlds prisoners, an astounding 1/4th of all people locked in cages on Planet Earth, are locked in cages here in the United States of America. Today, the environment is being systematically destroyed in the zealous pursuit of profit at all costs as our children’s futures are sacrificed on the altar of endless growth. Today, trillions upon trillions of our tax dollars are funneled away from social programs like healthcare and education and into the pockets of arms manufacturers who produce weapons and bombs that are dropped on the heads of innocent human beings across the planet.

The struggles of our ancestors, who created this holiday we are celebrating right now by spilling their blood in the name of better wages, better working conditions, and a better life for their families, continues to this day. We are not trying to start a class war, how could we? Class war has already been raging for centuries. We are already in it; and the ruling class, the capitalist class, the owning class, what we Marxists call The Bourgeoisie, have been winning. We are merely standing up, as poor and working people, and defending ourselves in a class war that explodes all around us every single day.

We want a better world, a more equal world. A world where systematic oppression, injustice, exploitation, and endless war are tossed into the dustbin of history, and where every human being can live a life worth living. A life where their physical material needs, as well as their mental and emotional needs, are systematically met by society, not sneered at and neglected.

Our rulers want us to believe that there is no alternative. That this is the best we can do as a society and as a species; just like Kings and Queens of the past told their subjects that their role as rulers was ordained by God, and that nothing could be done about it. But we reject this cynicism and defeatism. We reject the lies of our masters who live lives of unimaginable luxury and comfort on the back of the international working class.

A better world is possible. A world where people of all colors, all religions, all genders, all ethnicities, and all orientations can come together in cooperation and solidarity and build a sustainable, egalitarian world.

It is true that our flag is red with the blood of our martyrs. It is true that our society is burdened by the weight of dead generations. It is true that the forces of fascist reaction and neoliberal exploitation are on the move, looking to divide us so that we can more easily be crushed. But when I look out at all of you today, and when I think of the hundreds of thousands of similar rallies being held all over the planet as I speak, my heart swells with hope and optimism. This system, and the vampires perched atop its unjust hierarchies of wealth and power, cannot last forever. And with every blow they strike against us, with every pound of pressure used to push their boots further into our throats, and with every cynical attempt to confuse and pacify us with their ideological conditioning, we are roused out of our sleep a little bit more.

Lets live lives of meaning. Lets engage in the struggle for liberation. Lets fight back against those who want nothing more than for us to go to our meaningless jobs everyday obediently, who want us to consume their shitty plastic products endlessly, and who want us, when we’ve exhausted our bodies and minds working for them, to fall silently into our graves and hand over our children to their domination in the process.

We have nothing to lose but our chains.
Solidarity to all oppressed people.
Onward!

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Episode 2: GOP Tax Bill, Net Neutrality, Police Brutality, and The Informal Anarchist Federation

On episode two of The Guillotine, Dr. Bones from the Conjure House and Brett from Revolutionary Left Radio discuss the new GOP tax bill, the FCC decision to dismantle Net Neutrality, the murder of Daniel Shaver and the acquittal of Phillip Brailsford, and the Santiago Maldonado Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation.

We also take live calls from listeners. 

HERE IS THE EPISODE: http://theguillotinepodcast.libsyn.com/episode-2-gop-tax-bill-net-neutrality-police-brutality-and-the-informal-anarchist-federation

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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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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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Refuting Common Arguments Against The Left

Kristy is a revolutionary organizer and co-founder of the leftist organization The Nebraska Left Coalition. Jeff is revolutionary union member and one of the admins of Anarchist Memes.
Brett, Kristy, and Jeff come together (and overcome a slew of technical difficulties during the recording of this episode) to collectively address and refute common arguments made against socialists.
Topics include: Antifa, human nature, Hitler, economics, private property vs. personal property, and much more.

HERE IS THE INTERVIEW: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/common-arguments

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