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The Final Straw is an hour-long, weekly radio show that strives to provide information and contribute to awareness of and participation in self-liberatory activities around the world by providing a platform to English-language listeners to learn about current struggles and ideas. Simply stated, we promote non-sectarian Anarchism(s) to enrich the struggle and widen participation in the battles against Capital, State and Coercion. We believe that the liberation of each is tied to the liberation of all, and so we work to cover struggles against Prisons, Police, Sexism, Racism, Hetero-patriarchy and against Civilization. We support autogestion and autonomy. The Final Straw has been operating since mid-2010 out of AshevilleFM, a freeform internet radio station in Asheville, North Carolina now broadcasting at WSFM-LP, 103.3 FM! The show is currently being rebroadcast on 88.1FM KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA. In Columbus, Ohio, the show can be heard on WCRS at 102.1 & 98.3 FM. In Olympia, Washington you can hear the show on the airwaves of KOWA-LP on 106.5 FM. If you want to hear this show on a station near you, drop us a line and we'll try to work it out! Archives of the series can be found at http://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org. Please feel free to borrow, steal and modify the content to further spread the ideas. If you see fit to do so, please drop us an email let us know so we can brag about it!
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Sep 14, 2017

Hey people! Here is bad news #4, presented by Radio Pirata of Tegucigalpa (so-called Chile) with the collaborations of:

  • 98 fm presented a roundup of the last month of action and repression in labor, student struggles, anti-fascist anniversaries around Greece;
  • 105fm spoke about immigration struggles, resisting fascist attacks, gender violence and other topics from Lesvos and other Aegean Islands;
  • Radio Kurruf presented about resistance to and dangers of liquified natural gas from the U.S. imported to so-called Chile and the role LNG plays in the IIRSA (Initiative for the Integration of Infrastructure of South America);
  • Rosas Negras speaks about violence against civil society and journalists in particular in El Salvador, violence coming from organized crime and the State;
  • A-Radio Berlin shares a report about the recent raids against and shutting down of linksuntent indymedia in Germany by the German government with lots of context;
  • Dissident Island presents voices of resistance from the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) to the London DSEI arms fair;
  • The Final Straw Radio spoke with an activist from the South of the U.S. about autonomous Hurricane relief.

 

Sep 9, 2017

This is a The Final Straw Radio mini-episode and we just had a quick conversation with Assata, an activist and member Yellow Hammer Alternative, an Alabama-based far left autonomous mutual aid group. We talked about relief work done by Assata's group around Hurricane Harvey, in Mobile with Food Not Bombs and in the run-up to Hurricanes Irma and Jose.  More about Assata's group can be found at theyellowhammeralternative.com and you can make donations to their and others efforts in the gulf at https://www.youcaring.com/hurricane-Irma-direct-action

Aug 19, 2017

This is the third episode of "B(A)D NEWS - Angry voices from around the world", a news program from the international network of anarchist and anti-authoritarian radios, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world.

Content:
* Radio Kurruf: Government social care projects

* 98FM: Update on resistances to state repression of political activists

* The Final Straw: Grand juries in the US 

* A-Radio BerlinThe disappearance of Santiago Maldonado and the Mapuche struggle in Argentina to reclaim Benetton-owned land

* Dissident Island: Issue of abortion on the island of Ireland + update from anti-fracking protest in Lancashire 

Jul 25, 2017

In this podcast special, Bursts spoke with L.A. & Hawaii, collective members at the Radiozones Of Subversive Expression, Radio98fm, a squatted pirate radio station on the campus of Athens University & the Polytechnic School in the Zografou suburb in the capitol of Greece.  During the chat, L.A. & Hawaii talk about the radio station, about recent threats of repression at the hands of the university, telecommunications ministry & the police, and about collusion between those agencies and a commercial pirate radio station. You can find the station's website at https://radio98fm.org

To hear the statement by Radio98FM about the repression, check out the July 2017 episode of B(A)D News: Angry Voices from Around The World.  That podcast and more episodes of The Final Straw can be found at thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org

Jul 15, 2017

This is the second installment of the International Anarchist Radio Network's monthly show, featuring resistance news from around the world in the voices of the member-projects of the A-Radio Network.

It includes news from:
  105fm: about resistance to a rape by a security guard at University of the Aegean of one of the students housed there

The Final Straw on the August 19th Prisoner solidarity activities against slavery in the U.S. & information on the suppression of 214 inauguration protesters arrested in D.C. on January 20th, 2017 & the week of solidarity with J20 arrestees from July 20-27th.


Rosas Negras : Social activism for the defense of Trans-gendered people in El Salvador.


Dissident Island: Segments from recent episodes, including their 10th anniversary episode, a conversation with Peter Gelderloos, housing activism in the U.K., homeless "aid" used to deputize social workers into outing the homeless and more

Kurruf Radio: On the deaths of Mapuche at the hands of local police and landlords in Walmapu

A-Radio Berlin: coverage of the resistance in Hamburg against the G20 Convention and the eviction of Friedel54

as well as from Radiozones Of Subversive Expressions, 98FM in Athens speaks about the recent threats of attack by the Telecommunications authority for the possibly benefit of a private, pirate radio station!

Jun 17, 2017

As a podcast special, we're sharing the first episode of the International Anarchist Radio Network's collaborative, monthly, English language radio show.  We may feature future episodes as our bandwidth allows on The Final Straw Radio libsyn account.  We hope you enjoy the content.

B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world“ is a monthly news program from the international network of anarchist and antiauthoritarian radios, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world. As an international network of radio projects, we believe in the importance of international solidarity. And we also recognize the importance and the need to create and disseminate our own media and counterinformation.

We hope, with this effort, to reach out to other anarchist and antiauthoritarian projects, groups and individuals, and to strengthen our connections and our struggles in sharing our stories.

Although this program is in English, we recognize that even this ‚international‘ language can be alienating to some and we want to encourage others to create and share similar content in their own languages.

Below you can find an audio link which introduces the concept behind Bad News, as well as our first episode.

We want to hear the Bad News first!

Content:
* Radio Kurruf: Occupation of CONADI, mapuche resistance and repression by the State
* The Final Straw: Updates on anti-pipeline struggles around the so-called United States
* A-Radio Berlin: New squats in Germany and the acute danger of eviction of Friedel54
* 98FM: Prisoners in Greece, Terrorism law in Greece, Eviction of squats in Athens
* 105FM: Food poisoning and stolen food in refugee camps in Lesbos, eviction of refugee squat, feminist information, antifa festival
* Dissident Island Radio: Fuck Parade & thoughts on voting in the UK
* Rosas Negras: Struggles against the criminalization of abortion in El Salvador

Links:

The Final Straw (All links in English)
* Upcoming push to defund Mountain Valley & Atlantic Coast Pipelines
* Surveyors disrupted while working on Mountain Valley Pipeline
* White Pine Camp against Mariner East 2 Pipeline
* Resistance to Sabal Trail Pipeline
* Lancaster organizing against Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline
* Algonquin Pipeline & dangerous proximity to Indian Point nuclear power plant
* Discussion of the upcoming Keystone XL restart

Anarchist Radio Berlin
* Herner131 (Bochum) (German)
* Solidarity group for Herner131 (German)
* Jugendzentrum HH-Ost (Hamburg) (German)
* Unsere Villa (Kassel) (German)
* Friedel54 (Berlin) (English)

105fm (All links in Greek)
* Food poisoning incident at concentration camp at Chios
* Local people stole food and clothing stuff that were meant for immigrants in Lesvos
* Complaints for incidents of genital amputations of young girls for religion beliefs at hot spots all over greece
* 2000 new job openings at detention centers
* Refugee – immigrants deportations to Turkey
* Eviction against an immigration housing squat at Lesvos
* Accusations against the N.G.O. “Mercy Crops”
* Sexual harrasements to girl students occurred to a local-high school in Mytilene by national-socialist headmaster
* Raping incident
* All anesthetists of Samos hospital refused to provide anesthesia interventions that concern pregnancy interruption: our own research
* Antifa Fest May 27th

Jun 4, 2017

Welcome to a podcast special release of The Final Straw's interview of two members of The Haymaker, a gym project under way in Chicago, IL.  The Haymaker's principles of unity are as follows:

As organizers, we believe in Autonomy, Strength, and Solidarity. Because we believe in autonomy, we know that we must learn to fight our enemies without relying on institutions that disempower us and macho gym cultures that weaken us. We must learn to fight for ourselves. Because we believe in strength, we know that we must be stronger than those who want us to suffer or wipe us out completely. We must learn to be unafraid as we become a force capable not only of self-defense, but of social transformation. Because we believe in solidarity, we know that our personal transformation is at once collective transformation and that an injury to one is indeed an injury to all. We will learn how to keep each other safe as we become dangerous together.

If you want to toss them some duckets, find their indiegogo.  If you're inspired to work on something like this in your town, hit them up at haymakerchi@riseup.net or on the fedbook or twitter by their handle @haymakerchi.

So, if you feel like passing the hat or holding a fundraiser or hitting up Daddy Warbucks himself, George Soros, for them please do.  If you enjoyed this episode and you get our show from the itunes library, drop us a review, rate us 5 stars and help spread this show. 

Also, if you like hearing our podcast and want our interviews to make it to the cars, trucks, jail cells, basement apartments and everywhere else in your area, consider hittin us up and help us figure out how to get on your local community radio.  Our shows are an hour weekly, are free for stations and people to download and are radio clean.  Right now we're airing in Columbus (OH), Asheville (NC), Olympia (WA), Santa Rosa (CA) & Fairbanks (AK).  Why not YOUR home town?

May 26, 2017

For this special mini episode we are featuring an interview with two  members of the Liverpool based anarchist black metal project Dawn Ray'd, who are playing in Asheville on June 1st at the Odditorium. In this  interview we talk about the intersections of anarchism and black metal  how those two things inform each other, and about their fast upcoming  tour booked by the Milwaukee based label Halo of Flies!

For more tour dates, check out Dawn Ray'd's fedbook.

Apr 2, 2017

This is a continuation of our episode talking about violence, non-violence, nonviolence, property destruction, Liberalism's public secret, antifa violence, insult and way more. 

In this podcast bonus is content we couldn't fit in the hour of our show for this week.  Hopefully most of it will end up in an episode in the near future. 

Shon recently authored the book, "Nonviolence Ain't What It Used To Be," which is also the focus of this related podcast episode.  We hope you enjoy this.  Let us know by dropping us an email at thefinalstrawradio@riseup.net, check out our archives at https://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org or write us at:

The Final Straw Radio
c/o AshevilleFM
864 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806

At one point we talk about anarchist approaches to the Syrian Revolution & Rojava and I reference an interview with a co-author of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, Robin Yassin-Kassab which can be found <a href="https://sub.media/video/lessons-from-the-syrian-revolution/">here</a>

Sep 1, 2016
Sean Swains September 9th Prison Strike statement

Prison officials recently placed Siddique Abdullah Hasan, a death row prisoner held at Ohio’s supermax, in segregation. Siddique was framed as a leader of the Lucasville prison uprising in 1993 and has been a vocal supporter of the September 9th national prisoner work stoppage. His segregation should really come as no surprise as prison (mis)managers have long waged a brutal war on truth and on the captives who tell it. What is disturbing and highly instructive is that Siddique’s segregation didn’t originate with the prison warden, but with the FBI.

Yeah. The FBI.

This further proves something I suspected in 2012 when prison officials segregated me and tortured me for having an “ideology.” While I was being tortured at a state prison, the FBI was on site. In fact, the FBI assisted by providing the Ohio prison system with training manuals on how to break me. Know where the training manuals were developed? The CIA.

The torture tactics that the FBI shared with state prison officials came straight out of the CIA’s Counterintelligence and Interrogation Manual. So, let’s connect some dots…

The FBI and CIA have essentially merged, so all of the dirty, nasty terror that the U.S. used to unleash exclusively overseas can now be employed right here at home. And the meta-data -collecting snoops reading your emails who perfected torture and state terror have state prison wardens on speed dial, giving unthinkable orders to those who run the largest, most sprawling human bondage system in all of human history.

This is no conspiracy theory, folks. Conspiracies are kept secret. The architects of this terror state are developing this ultimate control system right in front of your eyes. These enemies of human freedom are not saying, “We don’t know what you’re talking about,”—they’re saying, “We have Apache attack helicopters, so what are you going to do about it?”

They want you to know what they’re doing. They want you paralyzed with fear. That makes you predictable.

So, look. I’ve been invited to say a few words about why you should support the national prison work stoppage on September 9th. In doing that, I’m not going to rattle off facts and figures about how the criminal justice and corrections systems target racial minorities or how these systems serve to tip the scales in favor of social and political conservatism by neutralizing those who benefit most from radical change. I’m not going to explain how the indiscriminate police shootings of black people is just an outgrowth of the larger program. I’m going to assume that you’ve been awake and that you’ve already got a grasp of the painfully obvious.

We can also forgo moral arguments about lofty principles like equality and fairness and human compassion. Others can make those arguments much better than I can. Instead, I’m going to try to explain why your own naked self-interests are served in supporting this September 9th work stoppage.

Let’s talk about you.

As Edward Snowden revealed, somewhere in a dark government office, a national security creep is thumbing through your emails, listening to your phone calls, scrutinizing your search histories—he’s sniffing through your intellectual underwear. Do you know where this mass-surveillance plan was perfected? My calls have been monitored and recorded since 1991. Hacks in the prison mail room have been reading my mail for 25 years. So, what you now experience is just a more broadly applied, slightly more complicated program of surveillance developed right here in the prison mail room.

Our common enemy knows it would be too expensive to take the entire population to prison. So, instead, they brought the prison to you.

They’ve done studies on how much rule-deviant conduct the ycan deter just through the threat of surveillance—the knowledge that the government is watching and listening. Look around. How many cameras are pointed at you? Yeah. That was exported from prison too. Again, studies on how much rebellion can be minimized…

Riot response, shields and helmets and kittling—all that came from the prison yard to the college commons. Rubber bullets, pepper spray cannons, Tasers—all used first on prisoners and then perfected on you. Want to speak out against injustice?

Want to peacefully demonstrate your concerns in a public setting?

Yeah. Take this work.

So, thanks to the ever-evolving strategies rolled out from my world into yours, you now live your butchered half-lives with a shotgun in your face. You have the right to shut up…or else.

But you don’t have the right to a living wage. In the current election cycle, the corporate party candidates bemoan the disappearance of manufacturing and union-scale jobs to other countries. But they don’t talk about the jobs that moved down the street and over the barbed wire. Ohio prisoners performed slave labor for the Ford Motor Company and Honda for pennies a day while folks you know are sleeping in their cars. This slavery allows prison officials to run their plantations on the cheap, to your detriment.

And none of this speaks to the likelihood of desperate and destroyed human debris getting dumped from this debilitating program back into your neighborhood, with no opportunities and absolutely no tools for developing healthy relationships. We’re not dealing with a system here that fails to rehabilitate 90% of the time, creating future crime and victimization. We’re dealing with a system that works as designed, manufacturing crime and suffering, creating an industry of crime and crime response, a system that sees you and your well-being as collateral damage.

You’re not safer because prison (mis)managers lock up prisoners; you’re less safe because prison (mis)managers destroy and mangle human beings and then set them loose.

On top of all that, the militarized police force is a projection of a looming threat that you too can be scooped up and destroyed for decades directly, and that looming threat serves to maintain the current status quo. It’s a no-brainer that the prison complex is an integral component to the fascist police state keeping you un-free.

So, that being the case, a challenge to this control complex is pregnant with the potential for radically altering the government’s capacity to maintain all of the consequences just listed. It all goes together. The planned work stoppage on September 9th doesn’t seek better food or pizza parties for coddled criminals; it seeks to change the world you and I both live in. It seeks to empower the powerless to at least imagine the future we deserve and to inspire the belief that we can do something about it. Look.

You can struggle against the terror state when it is still disorganized and casualties will be few, or you can wait. You can wait and struggle against the terror state when its powers are established and casualties will be greater, or you can wait again…You can wait and struggle against the terror state when victory will be very hard and casualties will be great…or you can continue to wait. You can wait and struggle against the terror state when victory will be dubious and the struggle feels hopeless, or yet again you can wait… You can wait and struggle against the terror state when there is no hope of victory and you only fight because it is better to fight and to die that to live as a slave.

The choice is yours.

Some choose to fight now.

I make this statement in full knowledge that having said what I’ve said, I might never be heard from again…unless we take this motherfucker down. So, look. I’m not going to tell you that if you opt out of this pivotal stand against our common enemy and it fails that our children or our grandchildren will look back at this crucial moment and pity us for our cowardice and our inaction, that they will lament the intolerable existence under fascism to which we doomed them. No. That’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is that if we don’t act now and if we don’t succeed, our children and grandchildren will live so un-free, they will sit in regimented rows in their classroom, wearing uniforms and arm-bands, and the teacher will swat the blackboard with a horse-crop to draw their attention to the message written there: “IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY.”

And it will be as if this moment never existed.

Only one thing stands between us and that dystopian future: YOU.

This is Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain from Warren Correctional Institution at Lebanon, Ohio. If you’re listening, you are the resistance.

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