On January 1st 2014 the Zapatista movement in Mexico celebrated the 20th anniversary of the taking of Chiapas. On the show we’ll be talking over some of the history and the current struggles of the Zapatista’s.
Mr G interviews Mrtin Lux for this show. On 13 August 1977, the far-right National Front attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham in South East London. Local people and anti-racists from all over London and beyond mobilised to oppose them, and the NF were humiliated as their march was disrupted and banners seized. That’s what we like to see.
In case you didn’t notice, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral took place today. Last Saturday, an estimated 3,000 joined a party in Trafalgar Square, called many years ago by Class War, to show their disdain for the Iron Lady.
In a special episode of The Circled A, Donnacha DeLong introduces a mix of voices recorded at the party with anti-Thatcher songs by Elvis Costello, Chumbawamba and the beautiful Coal not Dole by Norma Waterson.
On Friday 1 February, Freedom Bookshop in Whitechapel was firebombed. The Bookshop is home to Freedom Press, founded in 1886 by a group of friends, including Charlotte Wilson and Peter Kropotkin. It remains one of the final remnants of the radical history of London’s East End and has been targeted before.
Donnacha talks to Simon from the Freedom Collective about what’s happening in the Bookshop and asks why Freedom Press is such an important part of anarchist history.
Find out what you can do to help Freedom.
2012 – the year the world didn’t end. Mass spectacles – the Jubilee and the Olympics – dominated a year where that saw fewer examples of peoples’ anger on the streets than the year before. Donnacha DeLong is joined by comedians Kate Smurthwaite and Jonnie Marbles – the man who pied Rupert Murdoch.
A mix of serious comment and some humour.
Scott Crow is a community organizer, writer, strategist and speaker who advocates the philosophy and practices of anarchism for social, environmental, and economic aims.
For almost two decades he has continued to use his experience and ideas in co-founding and co-organizing numerous radical grassroots projects in Texas, including Treasure City Thrift, Radical Encuentro Camp, UPROAR (United People Resisting Oppression and Racism), Dirty South Earth First! and the Common Ground Collective, the largest anarchist influenced organization in modern U.S. history to date.
In addition to grassroots organizing, he has worked for regional and national organizations, including Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Ruckus Society and A.C.O.R.N. With his partner, he produced the documentary film Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation. These political activities lead to him being labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the FBI beginning in the late 90s with investigations that continued for almost a decade.