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17 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode 29 - We Deserve Better: A Minisode About Why We Need a Federal Jobs Guarantee
In this episode, Charleston DSA Ecosocialist Working Group Co-Chair Taylor Allred reads an adapted version of a speech he delivered at recent SC Sunrise Movement rallies in support of the congressional federal jobs guarantee pledge started by Rep. Ayanna Presley. Taylor discusses why capitalism is inherently unsustainable, why a federal jobs guarantee would fundamentally shift power to workers, and how you can help us get this and other transformative reforms passed by phonebanking for the PRO Act to strengthen protections for organized labor-- the greatest power held by the working class.
70 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Episode 28 - A People's Victory In Bolivia
In this episode, we discuss the recent presidential election in Bolivia following the US-backed right wing coup that threw the country into chaos for much of 2019. Ace returns to bring us up to speed on what exactly led us to this point, provides more context for the circumstances surrounding the election (including the US’s involvement) and what it means moving forward for the people of Bolivia. Among the topics discussed are indigenous rights, agrarian reform, the history of US meddling in Latin American elections, the history of the Movimiento al Socialismo (aka MAS,) and more. Further reading: US and OAS help overthrow another government: Behind the coup against Bolivia’s Evo Morales: https://thegrayzone.com/2019/11/14/oas-us-coup-bolivia-evo-morales/ Bolivians Return Evo Morales’s Party to Power One Year After a U.S.-Applauded Coup: https://theintercept.com/2020/10/19/bolivia-returns-evo-morales-party-to-power-one-year-after-a-u-s-applauded-coup/ Silence reigns on the US-backed coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/18/silence-us-backed-coup-evo-morales-bolivia-american-states Masterminds of 2019 Coup In Bolivia Denounced: https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Masterminds-of-2019-Coup-in-Bolivia-Denounced.--20201201-0019.html Bolivia parliament approves charges against ex-interim president: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/30/bolivia-parliament-recommends-charges-against-jeanine-anez And finally, some real interesting wording in this tweet from the New York Times, "Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales, returned to the country on Monday, a year after his failed attempt to keep power tore the nation apart and sent him into exile. " https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1325868311482163202 Music: "Propaganda" by Peg & The Rejected. Licensed under CC NC-SA 4.0
126 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Episode 27 - Charleston Rebellion 2020: Demanding a Better World with Charleston BLM
In this episode, members of Charleston DSA and Marcus from the local BLM chapter discuss the protest that happened in Marion Square downtown in honor of Kenosha, Wisconsin citizen Jacob Blake. We cover some of the demands shared by Charleston BLM, talk specifics about police tactics during the protest and attempted march, and briefly cover the reaction from local media. We then broaden the discussion to tackle some of the contradictions of how Charleston presents itself as a progressive southern city while still hopelessly clinging to a whitewashed, romanticized notion of the antebellum south. Support Charleston BLM by following them on Instagram at @chs_blm, or donate to Marcus on Cash App at $adessoent or on Venmo at @marcus-mcdonald-2 Helpful links mentioned in this episode: 1. Charleston Black Lives Matter 2. The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution 3. Black Liberation Fund 4. Charleston Activist Network Music: "Propaganda" by Peg & The Rejected. Licensed under CC NC-SA 4.0
104 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Episode 26 - South Carolina Teachers: #EssentialNotExpendable
We talk to teachers from Berkeley and Dorchester counties find out what they think about reopening South Carolina schools. We’ll be discussing their unanswered questions, continuing concerns, and whether or not the government that claims to serve them is listening. We’ll also be touching on how the lack of broadband access in rural communities plays a role in this crisis, the weaponization of teaching to extract endless concessions and sacrifices from education professionals, and some things our listeners can do to support local teachers. Thanks for listening to our scrappy little podcast. We work hard to bring you our unique perspective on leftist news, opinion and education from the heart of the Lowcountry. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to leave a comment or rating on the platform of your choice. You can also find Charleston DSA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and at our website at charlestondsa.org. NOTE: When the episode was recorded, the #EssentialNotExpendable car caravan that will be happening in Columbia was scheduled for Aug 15. It has since been pushed back to Aug 22 due to inclement weather. More info at our Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/essentialnotexpendable-rally-to-keep-schools-closed-during-covid-tickets-116298190017 SC school District Reopening Plans Children Can Get Severe COVID-19, CDC Says — Especially Black And Hispanic Children Harvard Epidemiologist: 'Hybrid' Model For Reopening Schools Is 'Probably Among The Worst' Options Corridor Of Shame Documentary Two-thirds of SC educators in Survey Report Pre-Existing Conditions SC Teacher Of The Year Responds to Gov McMasters Broadband Now How SC Students Can Qualify For Free Internet SC Teachers United SC For Ed Charleston Area Justice Ministry Southerners On New Ground Charleston Alliance for Fair Employment Music: "Propaganda" by Peg & The Rejected. Licensed under CC NC-SA 4.0
112 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Episode 25 - Charleston Rebellion 2020: Abolishing The Carceral State
In this episode, we're featuring local activists Candace Livingston, Julie Chea and Empress talking about police/prison abolition and building a better world using the principles of investing in our communities, as well as fully understanding the power of transformative justice. Through Carolina Youth Action Project, they’ve been working on a campaign called Safer Schools Without SROs, which demands the removal of all SROs in Charleston County schools and in every public school across South Carolina. CYAP is an alliance of unstoppable girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth who believe that students deserve to feel safe, supported, and cared for rather than fearful of harassment or arrest by SROs. CYAP also emphasizes that issues like sex education should go beyond abstinence-only curriculum, and reject South Carolina’s outdated and harmful Comprehensive Health Education Program. Among the topics covered: the problems with the “8 Can’t Wait” plan, what practicing transformative justice locally looks like, supporting incarcerated people, negative effects of SROs, and how to get involved with the Carolina Youth Action Project. Further reading can be found below: Carolina Youth Action Project: https://www.scyouthaction.org/ CYAP campaign work: https://www.scyouthaction.org/campaign-work CYAP Petition to remove police from Charleston County schools: https://www.change.org/p/charleston-county-school-board-copsoutofccsd-remove-police-from-charleston-county-schools Candace's commentary in the Post & Courier: Why We Need To Abolish Police In Our Schools: https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/commentary-why-we-need-to-abolish-police-in-our-schools/article_dc7a3dac-ba54-11ea-9906-df7b3c3eb47a.html Further reading about the Prison Industrial Project: http://criticalresistance.org/ Pew Research Center: Most violent and property crimes in the U.S. go unsolved: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/03/01/most-violent-and-property-crimes-in-the-u-s-go-unsolved/ Equal Justice Initiative: Increased incarceration does not reduce crime: https://eji.org/news/study-finds-increased-incarceration-does-not-reduce-crime/
48 minutes | Jul 18, 2020
Episode 24 - Songs Of Liberation: Give Me That Textile Workers Union
In the late 1920's and early 1930's Textile Workers across the country engaged in a series of industrial actions which changed the landscape and fortunes of organized labor in the US forever. This episode tells the story of two strikes of this period that occurred in the upstate of South Carolina. In Honea Path and Pelzer, workers fought against local mill owners and anti-union forces for better conditions and several of them paid with their lives. A part of labor struggles throughout history has always been the music, a joyful and artistic silver lining that sometimes gets overlooked. As part of our Songs Of Liberation series, we'll also talk about many of the artists and songs associated with labor organizing in both South Carolina and the south in general. Below is a list of tunes for this episode: Joe Glazer - Give Me That Textile Workers Union: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFXIifVQAR8 Dave McCarn - Cotton Mill Colic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCX_iMh6MzQ Dixon Brothers - Weave Room Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uggT6J-xWjQ Pete Seeger - The Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues: https://youtu.be/uSg6sIipjMU New Harmony Sisterhood Band - Cotton Mill Girls: https://youtu.be/9N2wL_xLoAc Ella May Wiggins - The Mill Mother's Lament (performed by Pete Seeger): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q69onG2nXtg The Almanac Singers - Talking Union: https://youtu.be/xpWGixCO_9M Joe Glazer - The Mill Was Made of Marble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79OsTBsVReE Joe Glazer - Working Men Unite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BjddZvN7N4
56 minutes | Jul 4, 2020
Episode 23 - Charleston Rebellion 2020: Unionizing Our Workplaces
In this episode, we continue our discussion on the Charleston Rebellion and potential next steps within the context of building a unified, multiracial working class, and understanding how predatory capitalists and the police work to exploit weaknesses in that unified front. We also discuss how police unions exist to protect cops, the recent work stoppage by longshoremen and warehouse worker unions across the country and how issues of racial and economic justice are intertwined, and how socialists must be able to make those connections and advocate for both of them simultaneously.
106 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Episode 22 - Charleston Rebellion 2020: The Aftermath of May 30
NOTE: In this episode, we talked about how Camden, NJ might be an example of what police abolition could look like. A comrade sent us an article pointing out some pretty big problems with it. In the interest of being both ideologically consistent and transparent with our resources, we wanted to share it here: https://theappeal.org/camden-police-george-floyd/ A number of Charleston DSA members have been involved with protests over the past few weeks in various capacities. In this episode, we talk with a couple of new members who were on the ground during some of the protests over the past few weeks. They share their reasons behind joining the local DSA chapter, their stories about what the mood was like marching down King Street, how the Charleston rebellion is similar to and different from other actions happening around the country, and try to imagine what might happen next as the struggle continues. Black lives matter. Defund the police. Socialism will win. Some leftist Twitch channels that were discussed on today's episode... twitch.tv/PragmaticAnarchist twitch.tv/trekkie69 twitch.tv/kswiftly twitch.tv/touringnews A few helpful lists of local black owned businesses can be found at... https://www.instagram.com/p/CA8qWtFD5Im/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CBMirGqhpBF/ Helpful visuals breaking down racial and economic inequality in the Charleston area can be found at https://www.instagram.com/tschenkerdesign/ Peruse the South Carolina Buy Black Locally directory at https://scbbl.co/ And don't forget to support activists doing good work on the ground educating people and supporting protestors, this is important! Chip into the Black Liberation Fund on Venmo or Cash App by searching for @chsrebellion2020 Support the work of Mika Gadsden on Venmo by searching for @mikagadsden Support the Charleston Activist Network on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ChsActNet
81 minutes | Jun 6, 2020
Episode 21 - Charleston Rebellion 2020: All About Protest Marshaling
In the wake of the recent protests across the Holy City this week, we talk about the historic link between modern police departments and slave patrols of the 1700s and 1800s, how police departments disproportionately attack and murder people of color, how to increase the effectiveness of street protests using good marshaling tactics, what exactly a protest marshal does, and how to keep yourself and your comrades safe. Black lives matter. Defund the police. Socialism will win. ACTIVIST RESOURCES: Charleston Activist Network: https://www.charlestonactivistnetwork.com/ Your Right To Organize Protests And Demonstrations: https://www.aclusc.org/en/know-your-rights/your-right-organize-demonstrations-and-protests Protest Safety One-Pager from Charleston DSA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gcjkqb1wW9UEpPtE22WrR73TtcrGT5UD1lZTPwgi1fE/edit?usp=sharing PODCASTS: Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network: https://channelzeronetwork.com/ Pod Damn America: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pod-damn-america/id1271019505 Mic'd Up! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/micd-up/id1326551810 Brutal South: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/brutal-south/id1507004049 LEGAL RESOURCES: Know Your Rights Campaign: https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/legal National Lawyers Guild: https://www.nlg.org/massdefenseprogram/ CONSTRIUTE RESOURCES: Chip into the Black Liberation Fund on Venmo or Cash App by searching for @chsrebellion2020 Support the work of Mika Gadsden on Venmo by searching for @mikagadsden Support the Charleston Activist Network on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ChsActNet
67 minutes | May 21, 2020
Episode 20 - Abolish Landlords: Tenant Organizing In The COVID-19 Era
Artist and activist Effy Francis and local DSA comrade Chris Tittle talk about organizing for tenants rights in South Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. Effy also discusses their past experiences working for disability rights groups, the LGBTQIA+ community, and how those experiences influenced their work today. The episode continues with a wrap-up of the recent virtual townhall collaboration between the South Carolina Housing Justice Network, Charleston DSA, and other Lowcountry social justice organizations. We also go into the incompatibility of capitalism with equitable housing policies, and what you can do as a tenant to push back against greedy landlords. To support Effy, please check out their artwork on Instagram @ealeceart, or consider tipping them on Venmo @effy-francis. To read Chris' article on what we must do to protect working folks from being forced from their homes, visit https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/05/06/coronavirus-affordable-housing-rent-relief To learn more about America's eviction crisis, visit https://evictionlab.org for a helpful and informative dashboard. And finally, are you in a position to pledge some or all of your stimulus check to support immigrant rights, housing justice, and community resilience with your neighbors in the Lowcountry? Please consider making a donation to the Lowcountry Mutual Aid Fund: https://bit.ly/35IQAQX
40 minutes | May 4, 2020
Episode 19 - Songs Of Liberation: Red Reggae
We take a break from the COVID-19 madness to discuss something a little more uplifting. In this episode, Nick talks about socialist themes in reggae, ska and dancehall music of the 70s and 80s. If you're playing along at home, here's the track list. Dillinger - Crashie First Socialist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik8UNq1kv6g Max Romeo - Socialism Is Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTvUs4rY4to Derrick Morgan - People’s Decision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbcRscFZJpg The Ethopians - Socialism Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvsDb4Ybp1A The Youths - We A Socialist: https://youtu.be/Zp1C_ID4IkM King Tubby - Big Youth Fights Against Capitalist: https://youtu.be/u-Z2575ZhU0 Victim of Capital - The Time Has Come: https://youtu.be/PGJ5MxK0QqI Don Drummond - Fidel: https://youtu.be/iN7hMobZCIg Johnny Ringo - Working Class: https://youtu.be/q4yex59GyD8
85 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Episode 18 - Mutual Aid In The Wake Of COVID 19
As the COVID 19 global pandemic continues, we discuss the importance of building and participating in mutual aid organizations with a comrade from Mutual Aid Disaster relief. Conversation topics include participating in hurricane relief efforts in Lumberton with Charleston DSA after Hurricane Florence hit in 2018, how climate disaster relief compares to (and has a lot in common with) the COVID 19 pandemic, how different populations are affected by natural and manmade disasters, and how it is critical for the left to get involved with mutual aid projects in order to achieve a broader goal of the complete transformation of our economy and society. Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action. Inspired by similar programs run by the Black Panthers during the 60s, the group encompasses a loosely-connected national network of activists from many different disciplines organizing around supporting survivors of natural disasters. For more information, or to make a donation, check out https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/donate/ Be safe, solidarity forever!
76 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Episode 17 - The COVID 19 Stimulus Package
In this episode, we talk further about the local response to COVID 19, then zoom out a bit and compare it to how other countries with stronger worker protections have reacted. Later, we break down the recent stimulus package and how it fails to address the contradictions of capitalism that have brought us to this point. Some sources for the episode... - COVID 19 Stimulus Bill: What It Means For States: https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/03/13/dsa-national-statement-covid-2019 - DSA National Statement on COVID 19: https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/03/13/dsa-national-statement-covid-2019
62 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Episode 16 - A Socialist Perspective on the COVID 19 Pandemic
In this episode, we interview a couple of comrades (one locally and one from the Akron DSA chapter) who work in the healthcare industry to talk about what it's like being on the ground in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic, and how this pandemic affects the lives of working people. We also broaden the discussion a bit to talk about how COVID-19 is exposing the contradictions of capitalism and the drastic measures needed to protect the working class at this time of crisis. Have questions about COVID 19? Visit the CDC website here for more info. Read the official DSA statement on COVID 19 here. Learn more about what you can do to help yourself and your neighbors by visiting the Mutual Aid Disaster Relief website. Consider making a donation while you're at it to help folks affected by medical bills, job loss, etc...
35 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
Episode 15 - 2020 Primary Fever Wrap Up
We've got another engaging panel discussion for you as members of Charleston DSA, Food Not Bombs, and a local Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer chat about the South Carolina primary election, Super Tuesday, and beyond. What was it like to be on the front lines of the campaign? What can be learned from our organizing successes and failures? How to we move that energy beyond the 2020 election? All this and more!
52 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Episode 14 - Primary Fever Comes to South Carolina
In this episode, a few members of the local Charleston DSA and Food Not Bombs chapters have a discussion about the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign. Seen as the underdog by many talking heads, Sanders has earned victories in Iowa, New Hampshire and now seems poised to win South Carolina. The panel also discusses what got them interested in Bernie Sanders, the advantages and limitations of engaging in electoral politics, and what's on the line for voters in the Palmetto State. To find out information about your voting location, go to https://www.scvotes.org To find out more about Queers Against Pete, visit https://www.queersagainstpete.com
71 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Episode 13 - Solidaridad y Dignidad Para Chile
WARNING: this episode contains descriptions of police violence. Our comrade and YDSA liaison Ace stops by the studio to talk about her experiences in Chile during the mass protests against President Sebastián Piñera and his increasingly unpopular administration. The protests began in Chile's capital, Santiago, as a coordinated fare evasion campaign by students which led to spontaneous takeovers of the city's main train stations, resulting in violent, punitive actions by the national police. Since October/November of 2019, the protests have escalated and expanded across the country. Protestors have cited a wide variety of reasons for their actions such as economic inequality, political corruption, and the need for reforms in education, healthcare, and pension systems. Ace shares what it was like to stay with a host family who were members of the local Communist Party, how the protests ramped up very quickly, and stories about activists and revolutionaries she met on the front lines. Towards the end of the interview, we share some thoughts about what real, material gains for the working class in Chile might look like. Solidarity and dignity for the people of Chile!
61 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Episode 12 - Medicare For All: Critical For An Empowered Working Class
In conjunction with our 2020 Medicare For All action week, we're talking about the nitty gritty details of Medicare For All. We go over most of the usual questions (who supports it, how it compares to a private, multipayer system, how it'll be paid for, etc...) but we also talk a little bit about the intersectional nature of fighting for a universal, single payer healthcare system, and how it will help folks here in the Lowcountry. For further reading: Economic Analysis of Medicare For All: https://www.peri.umass.edu/publication/item/1127-economic-analysis-of-medicare-for-all Physician Satisfaction with Practicing Medicine: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/chart/physician-satisfaction-practicing-medicine Americans Rate Their Healthcare: https://news.gallup.com/poll/245195/americans-rate-healthcare-quite-positively.aspx DSA for Medicare For All: https://medicareforall.dsausa.org/ DJD Institute: https://www.djdinstitute.org/ Physicians for a National Health Program South Carolina: http://www.pnhpsc.org/ To contact the DJD Institute, email them at: email@example.com
37 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
Episode 11 - Max Elbaum's Talk at the ILA Local 422 Hall
Recently, writer and activist Max Elbaum was in Charleston to discuss his book, Revolution In The Air. The book chronicles the rise of the New Communist Movement in the United States in the 60s and 70s, and it’s subsequent decline in the 80s. It also examines what organizations like DSA can learn from the legacies of Vladimir Lenin, Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevara, and from the various tendencies and organizations of the New Communist Movement operating at the time. This episode is a followup to the previous episode in which we interviewed Max about his book. He offers up some valuable insights about what it was like to be on the forefront of the socialist movement back then, and chats with the audience about organizing in 2019.
52 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
Episode 10 - Interview With Writer & Activist Max Elbaum, Author of "Revolution In The Air"
Recently, writer and activist Max Elbaum was in Charleston to discuss his book, Revolution In The Air. The book chronicles the rise of the New Communist Movement in the United States in the 60s and 70s, and it’s subsequent decline in the 80s. It also examines what organizations like DSA can learn from the legacies of Vladimir Lenin, Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevara, and from the various tendencies and organizations of the New Communist Movement operating at the time. In this episode, we ask Max some questions about the book, and get his take on applying lessons learned from the activists that came before us in an age of rising inequality, fascism, and looming environmental destruction on the horizon.
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