Coffee with Comrades

Oct 20 2020 75 mins 1.4k

a podcast discussing current events, theory, and action through a radical lens.












Episode 104: "All is for All"
Sep 29 2020 103 mins  
In this week’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, we continue our exploration of the three prevailing leftist tendencies with a discussion of the big, scary c-word: communism. I said this last week and, doubtless, I’ll say it again next Tuesday, but I wanna provide a quick caveat before we launch into today’s edition of the program. A lot of people have a lot of different feelings and perspectives on what “socialism,” “communism,” and “anarchism” mean. Plenty of folks simply regurgitate whatever they hear on social media—for good or ill. Others actually take the time to read the theory. Some of those folks form their own perspectives and insights, while a good chunk of others just follow a party-line. Don’t take my word for things here. This episode series is meant to serve as a very brief introduction to each of these rich, vast, and complex ideological positions. So, take everything I have to say here with a grain of salt, read and explore these theories for yourself, and—most importantly—use these ideas to improve the lives and material conditions of your friends, family, neighbors, and comrades. That said, this discussion of communism did get the stamp-of-approval from one of my Marxist-Leninist comrades so, take that for whatever it’s worth. Also, if you think it would be helpful, you can check out the PowerPoints for each of these introductory philosophical episodes. PowerPoints: Socialism Communism Anarchism Notes: Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie Interlude: "The Red Flag" by Billy Bragg Outro: "Common People" by Street Dogs


Episode 103: "Socialism, A Broad Introduction"
Sep 22 2020 72 mins  
So, a lot of listeners who’re new to left politics have asked us in the past to do introductions to the major theoretical and ideological positions on the broad left. The good news is we’ve done just that! Last year, I sat down with some friends and comrades in the Center for Participant Education to outline, in broad strokes, the differences between socialism, communism, and anarchism. What you’ll hear today is the first of those dialogues. This edition of the podcast is all about the economics, politics, and philosophical perspectives of socialism as it is broadly construed. I talk about Marxism, labor, and try to distinguish socialism from communism. Keep in mind, this is all coming from someone who falls pretty firmly into anarchic tendencies, so take everything I have to say with a grain of salt. I encourage you, first and foremost, to investigate different positions on the revolutionary left for yourself and think critically about these ideas so that you can come up with you own convictions and conceptions. Just the same, I hope this mini-series paints each of these distinct philosophies in a fair, clear, and concise light so that you can hopefully begin to understand and distinguish the differences between these complex and complicated philosophies. Also, if you think it would be helpful, you can check out the PowerPoints for each of these introductory philosophical episodes. PowerPoints: Socialism Communism Anarchism Notes: Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie Interlude: "R.E.D." by A Tribe Called Red Outro: "Work Song" by Hozier






























Episode 90: "Abolition Now!"
Jun 15 2020 67 mins  
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Oluwatoyin Salau and Victoria "Vicki" Sims. Rest in power. May you be avenged. *** This week on Coffee with Comrades, we celebrate our two-year anniversary by sharing a conversation with two community-organizers on the ground in the Twin Cities, Jessica and Cameron. We talk about Jessica and Cameron’s experiences in the recent uprising that has swept across the nation. We cover a lot of ground in this interview, including the siege of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis, mutual aid efforts, the efficacy and ethics of looting, and the power of solidarity in these ensuing crises. Channel Zero Network PSAs: Street Action PSA Jail Support PSA Links: Check out the Minnesota Freedom Fund for bail support in the Twin Cities. You can try to get medic training from groups like North Star Health Collective Support media like Unicorn Riot Get picket and direct action training from Twin Cities Workers Defense Alliance Keep in touch with your local chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild Southside Harm Reduction is also doing vital work in MN and are worthy of your support Donate to the FL State-Wide Bail Fund for BLM protesters Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie “Welcome to the Party” by Bambu “Excuse Me” by Fire from the Gods




BONUS: CZN Jail Support PSA
Jun 05 2020 4 mins  
With protests continuing in cities all over the world, the Channel Zero Network has some reminders on how to support those who have been arrested, and those who may be arrested in the coming days and weeks. Arrests are one tool cops use to repress mass movements. Arrest keeps protesters off the streets during demonstrations. They scare people with the threat of court cases and potential prison sentences. Alone, we feel defenseless against the police and the courts. By providing jail and court support, we can push back against this repression, from the moment that our comrades are taken in, to the end of their court case. Before heading out into the streets, make sure you and everyone you're with has acontact number written on their body. You'll need to get in touch with someone if you're arrested and you most likely won't have your personal belongings with you. This number can be the National Lawyer's Guild, a group you're involved with, or just a friend who's not at the protest. If you see someone getting arrested, call your legal support number with the arrestee's legal name and birthday. If you are in a large city, you may have to determine where they will be taken. Try to find the arresting officer's precinct or unit. This may determine where your comrade ends up. In smaller cities, everyone may go to the same place. If you expect more arrests, try to stay and observe. If not, you should head to the precinct to wait for the arrestee. Once at the precinct, use the legal name and birthday of the arrestee to ask the cops for the arrest number, charges, and where the arrestee will be taken or held. Keep anyone supporting you in the loop. Be prepared to wait many hours. Keep in touch with others and take turns waiting outside the precinct. It could take hours, or in some cases, the whole night,especially if there's been a mass arrest. From here, each city and state has different processes and different jargon. Connect with local organizers and read about local laws to learn what the process will be in your area. Here are some things that you might encounter. Sometimes arrestees are released quickly with a notice that they'll need to show up in court at a later date. If this happens, take the contact info of arrestees. You'll want to be ready to offer them court support in the future. Sometimes arrestees are charged before release. This is a longer process usually called arraignment, which is a procedural court hearing to file charges and set bail. The court will assign a public defender for arraignments. Try to have a couple offriends attend the arraignment for support. Due to COVID 19, you may only be able to observe via video. Sometimes arrestees will have to post bail to be released. If bail is set, let the court officer know you’re arranging payment and will be coordinating with the arrestee’s lawyer. If you need support making bail connect with local organizers, there may be a bail fund for protestors in your area. No matter what happens, always relay what's happening to other people offering support. Regardless of the legal situation the arrestee ends up in, you'll need to bring some things with you. People who are getting out may be exhausted or have trouble getting home. So bring snacks, water, aspirin, bus fare or transit cards, and cigarettes. If you have a friend being held, you can bring their favorite snacks! If you know the arrestee requires a specific medication, bring that too. You'll also need water and snacks to sustain yourself! Bring External batteries for charging phones as you may be waiting for many hours. If you can't stay and help with jail support, dropping off materials to those waiting can be a big help. Unfortunately, there is a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 while in an enclosed jail cell. Arrestees should consider self-quarantining and getting tested. For every street action and for every viral video of arrests, there are dozens of people outside the spotlight supporting the movement. Remember, it's not over until everyone's safely gotten out of prison and everyone's beaten their charges. Check out Rebel Steps' Jail Support episode at for more tips and resources. And follow Unicorn Riot and Channel Zero Network member It's Going Down for ongoing updates. The Channel Zero Network sends y'all solidarity. Stay safe out there and never stop fighting for a better world.


BONUS: "Justice for Tony McDade! Justice for Mychael Johnson!"
Jun 04 2020 47 mins  
For this special bonus edition of Coffee with Comades, Pearson is joined by Delilah of Tallahassee Community Action Committee to discuss the ongoing Tallahassee Uprising. The Florida capital has been rocked by one protest after another in the wake of state violence. All across the so-called United States, people have been crying out for justice. Delilah talks about her own experiences here in Tallahassee, exploring the intersections of class, race, and gender identity. What's more, Delilah discusses the harrowing mental health crises engendered by the criminal "justice" system, which disproportionately targets people of color. We close by examining some of the steps we can take to continue to fight for justice and for a world without prisons, police, and states. Justice for Tony McDade! Justice for Mychael Johnson! Black Lives Matter! Trans* Lives Matter! You can donate to Mychael Johnson's family's GoFundMe. Follow TCAC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Donate to the FL State-Wide Bail Fund for BLM protesters Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie Interlude: "Mississippi Goddamn" by Nina Simone Outro: "Police State" by Dead Prez




Episode 88: "Revolution by the Pixel" ft. Pixel Pushers Union 512
Jun 02 2020 90 mins  
BLACK LIVES MATTER JUSTICE FOR TONY MCDADE JUSTICE FOR MYCHAEL JOHNSON JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD This week, Pearson is joined by Stephen and Ted of Pixel Pushers Union 512, a worker-owned cooperative and game developer of Tonight We Riot. In this edition of the program, Stephen and Ted chat about what it's like to be an indie developer in a market of triple-AAA game developers, how their cooperative workplace functions, and how they seized the means of video game development. During the show, we also discuss the mechanics and subtext of Tonight We Riot, the future of video games, militarism and colonialism in video game subcultures, and the new possibilities of Means Interactive. Tonight We Riot is available now on the Nintendo Switch, Steam, GOG, and Itch.io. Pixel Pushers Union 512 are also graciously giving out free keys for players who can't afford Tonight We Riot, so hit them up if you want a copy but can't purchase one just this second. - Follow Tonight We Riot on Twitter. - Follow Pixel Pushers Union 512 on Twitter. - Check out Means TV and follow them on Twitter. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: - Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie - Interlude: "Tonight We Riot - Theme" - Outro: "Outsider" by Veil of Maya


BONUS: Street Action PSA
May 31 2020 1 mins  
As protests heat up, the Channel Zero Network has some reminders on how to stay safe while out in the streets. Bring buddies and don't let them out of the range of your voice. Write a legal aid number on your body so you can get help if you get arrested. Be sure to know your buddies legal names and birthdays. You'll need these to help find them if they're arrested. When moving around, walk don't run. Stick together. Turn off your phone while out in the street to avoid surveillance of your locationand so as not to have your unlocked phone taken by the authorities or other bad actors. Try your best not to stick out in a crowd. Cover up tattoos with clothing or body paint. Cops will use footage from the protest to try to identify you. Wear clothes that are good for moving quickly. Avoid wearing jewelry and wear closed toe shoes. Wear your mask at all times, even if you're talking to someone in order to guard yourself against surveillance, covid 19, pepper spray, and tear gas. Avoid wearing contact lenses. Bring goggles of some kind in case of tear gas or pepper spray. Consider wearing bike helmets as police often cause head injuries with batons and other weapons. Don't take photos or video of people doing anything illegal or with their face uncovered. Whenever possible, film the cops, not the protesters. ONLY PUT WATER IN YOUR EYES. Don't use milk or baking soda or anything else.Clean water is the safest thing to use at a protest. If possible, bring a waterbottle to drink from and a water bottle to flush out eyes of any comrades who are maced or tear-gassed. And white comrades are encouraged to follow the lead of black and brown comrades, as they bear the brunt of state brutality. Follow Unicorn Riot and Channel Zero Network member It's Going Down for ongoing updates. The Channel Zero Network sends y'all solidarity. Stay safe out there and never stop fighting for a better world.









Episode 84: "What New Horizons Await?" ft. Rebel Steps
May 05 2020 64 mins  
Okay, so... Is this the silliest edition of Coffee with Comrades ever made? Is it the most wholesome AF content on the planet? Or is this entire episode just one big shit-post? Maybe all of the above?? Who know!? Regardless, we made an episode about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. We hope you'll fuck with it. Liz from Rebel Steps joined us to chat about the politics of AC:NH, the newest game from Nintendo's Animal Crossing franchise which is destined to go down in the history books as "the Quarantine Game." After offering a few critiques at the outset of the episode, Liz and Pearson spend the bulk of the discussion exploring the game's radical horizons: its themes of anti-work, urban planning, and post-scarcity, the game's DIY ethos, the setting's borderless society, and so much more. So, is AC:NH a capitalist hellworld of landlords and stalk markets or a communist anti-anti-utopia of liberation and possibility? Stick around 'til the end of the episode to find out! Support Rebel Steps on Patreon, follow them on Twitter, and visit their website. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. References: Srsly Wrong's episode on Library Socialism and Usufruct. Polygon's article on the Stalk Market. Decolonize this Place Museum in ACNH. Tanuki's magic scrotum article. Music: Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie Interlude: "Island Broadcast: Isabelle" by Yasuaki Iwata, Yumi Takahashi, Shinobu Nagata, Sayako Doi, & Masato Ohashi Outro: "Animal Crossing: New Horizons Main Theme" by Yasuaki Iwata, Yumi Takahashi, Shinobu Nagata, Sayako Doi, & Masato Ohashi






Episode 81: "Beautifully Dangerous" ft. Radical People
Apr 14 2020 73 mins  
This week, Eamon and I wrap up our dialogue on COVID-19, specifically with an eye toward what we can do to confront this crisis. We chat about the surge of mutual aid organizing and base-building, the wave of rent strikes hitting major urban centers, and community-organizing in a time of self-quarantining. Above all else, Eamon and I talk about how we can all live our lives so fucking brilliantly that even death will tremble to take us. If this is your first time checking out Coffee with Comrades, we encourage you to check out Ep. 80: “The Virus is the Profit Motive,” the first half of our two-part series on COVID-19. We encourage you to get involved in Mutual Aid organizing in your neck-of-the-woods. Check out this round-up of mutual aid organizations all across the so-called United States. Resources: Ventilator shortages expose the cruelty of neoliberal capitalism Democrats roll over for the Trump Administration’s “stimulus package” Leaked documents expose how Amazon tried to frame warehouse strike organizer Neo-Nazis plot to bomb hospital amidst COVID-19 crisis White supremacists plan to cough on Jews if they contract COVID-19 Mutual aid activity explodes across the so-called U.S. Organize a Rent Strike with these resources from IGD and CrimethInc. and Rebel Steps Expected 32% of U.S. workforce will be out of a job Coronavirus is a labor crisis: will a general strike follow? Follow & Support: Follow Radical People on Twitter and donate to their Patreon. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Mean Demeanor” Outro: “Alibi” by Hawk


Episode 80: "The Virus is the Profit Motive" ft. Radical People
Apr 07 2020 83 mins  
This week, Eamon of the Radical People podcast joins us for the first half of a two-part series on COVID-19. We spend the first part of the discussion setting up the current state of affairs: where we’re at presently, what the bourgeois response has been, and how ecofascists and reactionaries are using this crisis to foment nativist strains of racism. But, it’s not all bleak. Eamon offers a lot of insight into the crisis of late-stage capitalism from an ecological perspective and provides an invaluable lens we can use to assess the catastrophe of COVID-19 and move forward to a more liberatory future. Be sure to check back next week for part-two of our conversation. We encourage you to get involved in Mutual Aid organizing in your neck-of-the-woods. Check out this round-up of mutual aid organizations all across the so-called United States. Resources: Ventilator shortages expose the cruelty of neoliberal capitalism Democrats roll over for the Trump Administration’s “stimulus package” Leaked documents expose how Amazon tried to frame warehouse strike organizer Neo-Nazis plot to bomb hospital amidst COVID-19 crisis White supremacists plan to cough on Jews if they contract COVID-19 Mutual aid activity explodes across the so-called U.S. Organize a Rent Strike with these resources from IGD and CrimethInc. and Rebel Steps Expected 32% of U.S. workforce will be out of a job Coronavirus is a labor crisis: will a general strike follow? Follow & Support: Follow Radical People on Twitter and donate to their Patreon. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Unfuck the World” by Prophets of Rage Outro: “Firestorm” by Earth Crisis

















Episode 72: "Harm Reduction (or Whatever)"
Feb 11 2020 106 mins  
This week, we sit down with Michael Yost to share an update on the current activities of FSU’s Graduate Assistants United. Plus, we chat about the feckless fiasco of the Iowa Caucuses. In many ways, today’s episode is a sequel of sorts to Ep. 67: “A Future Worth Fighting For,” where I sat down with my friends Leah and Candi to talk about the January 13 Teachers’ Strike. Today’s episode has three parts. Pt. I features a report-back recorded shortly after the January 13 Teachers’ Strike with Brett from Dumb & Awful. (4:36) In Pt. II, FSU-GAU treasurer, Michael Yost, and I discuss the ongoing struggles our union has taken part in over the past month and recent FL legislation that’s targeted at alleviating graduate student fees. (30:23) In Pt. III, Michael and I chat about the debacle last week in Iowa. (1:09:13) This episode has a little somethin' for everyone! Check out the Florida Education Association and the Graduate Assistants United. Check out Brett from Dumb and Awful and support their program on Patreon. Follow Michael and FSU-GAU on Twitter. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a proud part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: - Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie - Interlude 1: "Burn" by Counterparts - Interlude 2: "Vignette: Panacea" by Disasterpeace - Outro: "Overthrow" by Veil of Maya




































Episode 56: "Revolutionary Left Roundtable"
Sep 10 2019 102 mins  
Hey, y'all! We got a jam-packed episode for you today filled with various friends and comrades from the Revolutionary Left Radio Federation of podcasts, including Breht from Rev Left Radio & Red Menace, Brendan from Marxism & Moshpits, and Alyson from Red Menace. This episode is the second half of a conversation that initially premiered as Ep. 2 of Marxism & Moshpits, "Punk culture, leftism, & lifestylism." But, first, some announcements! Hurricane Dorian pounded the Bahamas. Support autonomous disaster relief efforts to aid the impacted communities! ICE agents opened fire on immigrants outside a Nashville grocery store. The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor are putting a Native American reservation under “persistent surveillance.” Auto-workers at Ford, GM, and Chrysler voted to go on strike this past week. First recorded when Pearson was visiting Omaha, NE this past March, today's episode features various comrades in the Revolutionary Left Radio Federation. We convene for a roundtable discussion on music, science, socialism, spontaneity, insurrection, anarchism, Marxist-Leninism, party-building, and so much more. Alyson jumps in at the end to offer her two cents, as well. We hope y'all enjoy this whirlwind conversation as much as we did. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “To My Comrades" by the Window Smashing Job Creators Outro: “Counter Ops" by HAWK



Episode 55: "A Weapon Against the Enemy" ft. Stick to Your Guns
Aug 27 2019 121 mins  
On today’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, George Schmitz, drummer of Stick to Your Guns and co-host of the No Power podcast, joins us to discuss hardcore music, authenticity in art, counterculture, praxis, sobriety, and so much more. But, first, some current events: The Cherokee Nation is seeking to appoint a representative to congress The Trump Administration is trying to get to Supreme Court to legalize anti-LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination Manhattan District Attorney used “geofencing” warrant to surveil anti-fascists. The Amazon Rainforest is on fire. Robber oil-baron David Koch kicks the bucket. In a wide-ranging discussion, Pearson and George chat about hardcore music, toxic masculinity, catharsis, political awakenings, cultural production, counterculture, praxis, and the No Power Podcast. Follow George on Twitter and Instagram. Check out Stick to Your Guns on Twitter and Instagram. Listen to the No Power podcast and follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “What Choice Did You Give Us?” by Stick to Your Guns Outro: “Against Them All” by Stick to Your Guns




Episode 53: "Caucus Circus"
Jul 30 2019 103 mins  
In this edition of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson and Mel are joined by John of the Chicago South-Side DSA, Chicago IWW, UC Labor Council, National Nurses United, and Tenants United, Hyde Park to chat about the upcoming 2019 DSA National Convention. But, first, some current events: William Van Spronsen martyred, but not forgotten. Ted Cruz introduces “antifa bill” into the Senate legislature. Indigenous Hawaiian activists face government opposition as they attempt to block a telescope’s construction on sacred land. One small win: Trump’s asylum ban was halted this past week in federal courts. Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, resigns after massive uprising. John chats with us about organizing in Chicago, the major caucuses in the DSA, the “big tent” approach to building a mass movement, the evolution of the DSA, ideological tension, diversity of tactics, and the struggles ahead. Follow John on Twitter. Scope Symptomatic Redness's analysis of the DSA caucuses John mentions in this episode. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Burn it Down ft. Caleb Shomo” by Silverstein Outro: “Fortune Teller” by Stray From the Path






Episode 50: "Fuck Theory, Do Shit!"
Jun 18 2019 84 mins  
In this one-year anniversary episode of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson and Mel get retrospective and introspective. After looking back at 50 episodes of the program, Pearson and Mel dive into a discussion of new media and the left. But, first, some current events! Bombshell report reveals extent of Judicial Corruption in Brazil. Hong Kong mobilizes against extradition bill. Scott Warren’s prosection ends in mistrial. This week might just be the most polemic episode of Coffee with Comrades yet! After talking about social media under a capitalist mode of economics, Pearson and Mel diagnose some of the problems with new media on the left (and with podcasts, in particular.) Afterward, Pearson and Mel outline a number of practical, material solutions to these dilemmas that can begin to build revolutionary infrastructure right here, right now. In short, “Fuck theory, do shit!” Our zine, Insurrectionary Jubilee, is now available. Please distribute it widely! As per usual, stick around ‘til the very end of the episode for some goofy-ass bloopers. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a grateful part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Big Mouth” by Citizen Outro: “Echo and Dust, Pt. I” by Greyhaven


Episode 49: "Love Has No Borders"
Jun 11 2019 81 mins  
This week, Dezeray sits down with Pearson and Mel to talk about refugee solidarity networks. But first, in lieu of a current events section, Pearson and Mel chat about the French term "apellism" and give a preview of what's to come in Episode 50 of Coffee with Comrades. After a brief discussion of local struggles in FL, the dialogue zooms outward, building toward regional issues at the U.S.-Mexico Border before evolving into a conversation about international stories from time Dez spent in Palestine and France! We talk a bit about Dez's graphic novel and offer some ideas of how YOU can get involved in popular struggles to provide sanctuary and asylum to those fleeing the violence and destabilization so often engendered by capitalism, climate change, and U.S. imperialism. Dez has been on Coffee with Comrades in the past (albeit, briefly) when Pearson drove down to Tampa, FL to visit the Occupy ICE encampment at a detention facility. You can check out that interview at the beginning of Episode 5 of Coffee with Comrades. Stick around 'till the very end of the episode for a brief, out-of-context blooper in which we all wax poetic about the efficacy of the word "fuck." Follow Love Has No Borders on Facebook and check out their website. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a grateful part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: "Prayer of the Refugee" by Rise Against Outro: "Refuge" by In Hearts Wake







Episode 46: "Love Letters to the Future"
May 28 2019 99 mins  
This week, we go off-script and talk about one of the greatest creative joys of humankind: poetry. But, first, current events. Anti-choice laws are multiplying across the United States. Julian Assange has been formally charged under the Espionage Act. The Trump administration is making it harder for transgender folks to access homeless shelters. Dayton, Ohio KKK rally confronted and shut down by anti-fascists. In this wide-ranging discussion, we talk about poetry, liberation, the creative process, self-critique, historicity, legacy, and blurring the past, present, and future. Plus, we read some of our own poetry for you on the show. Stick around ‘till the very end for some bloopers. Links for Additional Reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/10/books/review/political-poetry.html http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/ridge/politics.htm https://longreads.com/2015/10/06/the-politics-of-poetry/ https://electricliterature.com/why-all-poems-are-political/ https://preludemag.com/issues/1/political-poetry/ Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a grateful part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie Outro: “Rose Quarts/Fulton Street I” by La Dispute




Episode 44: "Chaos Reigns" ft. Macabre Media
May 14 2019 105 mins  
**TW: This episode features a discussion of two graphic motion pictures that feature frank depictions of sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised.** This week on Coffee with Comrades, we sit down for a conversation with Kaleb Morgan, founder and co-host of the horror-review podcast, Macabre Media. But first, Mel catches us up on her adventures and journalism while galavanting through Europe. Current Events: Rideshare drivers recognize shared interest, but the gig economy demands new tactics. People are hiring private police squads in Detroit. Artificially intelligent drones may soon be patrolling Europe’s borders. Chelsea Manning has been released from jail, but her fight is not yet over. Support Manning’s legal fund if you can! In this episode, we chat about avant-garde horror and focus on two works of cinema in particular, Antichrist by Lars Von Trier and Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. During the course of this dialogue, we chat about horror story-telling, Pearson’s quest to find the most fucked up movie ever made, violence, patriarchy, and fascism. This discussion originally appeared as Episode 2 of Macabre Media, “The Shadows We Cast.” Support Macabre Media on Patreon, follow them on Twitter, and follow Kaleb on Twitter, as well. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is a grateful part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Logo design by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Macabre Media Theme” by Taylor Perry Outro: “The Hunt (ft. Corey Taylor)” by Code Orange




Episode 42: “Mayday! May Day” ft. Marxism & Moshpits
Apr 30 2019 91 mins  
On this week’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson & Mel sit down with Brendan from Marxism & Moshpits to talk about International Workers’ Day! But, first, some current events: The cops murdered Soheil Antonio Mojarrad, an unarmed, mentally ill man in Raleigh, NC. Joe Biden has joined the Democratic primary race. Who’s ready for a repeat of 2016!? Larry Hopkins, the leader of the militia that kidnapped migrants at the border, was attacked in jail. Host a vigil for the disappeared migrant men, women, and children. Mel has a new article out in Protean magazine on Extinction Rebellion’s tepid liberal tactics. Also, Mel is trying to get to France to cover the Yellow Vest movement. Consider donating to her on CashApp: $coldbrewedtool Brendan joins us for the hour to talk about labor struggles in Nebraska, the Haymarket Affair, Labor Day vs. International Workers’ Day, intersectional feminism, and the future of the U.S. labor movement. Follow Marxism & Moshpits on Twitter and support them on Patreon. Check out Brendan’s band, No Thanks. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon. Follow Coffee with Comrades on Twitter and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Logo design by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Music Featured on This Week’s Show: Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Solidarity Forever” by Pete Seeger Outro: “Flayed Alive” by No Thanks







Episode 39: "Agricultural Antifascism" ft. Open Source Farms
Apr 09 2019 93 mins  
In Pt. I of our 2-part Coffee with Comrades special on climate change and food autonomy, we spend the hour hanging out with Kevin and Jordyn Zak of Open Source Farms. But, first, some news: As climate change continues to cause devastating flooding in the midwest, Trump is pushing through authorization for new oil pipelines. Mexico Beach, FL residents are trying to fight off disaster capitalism. Donate to Mutual Aid Disaster Relief! FL is poised to implement an “anti-Human Trafficking” law. FL sex workers demand decriminalization. A leaked report labels antifascists as the “real aggressors.” The owner of Wendy’s gives big to Trump, but refuses to pay farm-workers an additional cent per tomato. Our wide-ranging conversation with Kevin and Jordyn digs into Open Source Farms, Turnip Greens Radio, food autonomy, building dual-power, anthropogenic climate change, and how agriculture can help us build our resiliency in the fight against fascism. Support Open Source Farms and buy some tea! Check out Turnip Greens Radio. Coffee with Comrades is a member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Logo design by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon. Follow Coffee with Comrades on Twitter and visit our website. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Leave Me” by Taska Black Outro: “All You Fascist Bound to Lose” by Clifton Hicks


Episode 38: “You Yourself are the Teacher and the Pupil” ft. the CPE
Apr 02 2019 95 mins  
This week, Mel & Pearson sit down with Aaron Ellis from the Center for Participant Education to talk about community skill-sharing and radical pedagogy. But, first, some current events: The Russiagate conspiracy turned out to be complete hogwash, surprising no one with at least two brain cells to spark together. Protesters in Gaza marked the one year anniversary of the Great March of Return. Christian fundamentalists are pouring millions of dollars into far-right groups in Europe. The YPJ and YPG celebrate driving ISIS out of Afrin and mourn for the fallen. But the social ecologist feminist project of Rojava has only just begun. We spend the hour speaking with Aaron about anti-hierarchical classrooms, emancipatory pedagogy, (re)imagining the ways we teach and learn, building radical spaces for sharing tools, tactics, and strategies, and holding space in the academy for everyone in the community to learn. Follow the CPE on Facebook. Coffee with Comrades is a member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Logo design by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon. Follow Coffee with Comrades on Twitter and visit our website. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Physical Education” by Animals as Leaders Outro: “Intuition” by Northlane






Episode 35: "Les Gilets Jaunes/The Yellow Vests"
Mar 12 2019 62 mins  
In this episode of Coffee with Comrades, we’re goin’ international. In the first edition of this two-part series, we speak with our American comrades at Inhabit and our new friends from France about Les Gilets Jaunes/The Yellow Vest Movement! We discuss the origins of Les Gilets Jaunes/The Yellow Vest movement, decentralization, Paris vs. the French countryside, blockading roundabouts, popular assemblies, leaderless rebellion, “non-lethal” weapons, galvanizing common people who take to the streets for the very first time, the potency of symbols, and the efficacy of revolutionary violence. Resources: Horizon: https://medium.com/@inhabitglobal/horizon-7bf3cf7b3ae3 “The Counter-Insurrection is Failing” https://communemag.com/the-counter-insurrection-is-failing/ A Vest That Fits All: https://communemag.com/a-vest-that-fits-all/ Yellow Vest Diaries: https://communemag.com/yellow-vest-diaries/ Macron and French Centrists don’t have answers as Yellow Vest protests head into 10th week: https://theintercept.com/2019/01/15/yellow-vest-gilet-jaune-protests-france/ Ten Lessons from the Yellow Vests: https://itsgoingdown.org/ten-lessons-from-the-yellow-vests/ The Faces & Voices of the Yellow Vests in France: https://theintercept.com/2018/12/14/voices-of-the-yellow-vests-we-are-just-here-calmly-getting-tear-gassed/ Yellow Vests: Taking the Disorder Further: https://itsgoingdown.org/yellow-vests-take-the-revolt-further/ Coffee with Comrades is a member of the Channel Zero Network, an anarchist audio federation. Coffee with Comrades is part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Logo design by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon. Follow Coffee with Comrades on Twitter and visit our website. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Gilet Jaune” by Dinor Rdt Outro: “Tensions Sociales (Freestyle Gilet Jaune)” by D.ACE




Episode 33: "Revolutionary Vulnerability"
Feb 26 2019 78 mins  
In this week’s episode of Coffee with Comrades, we are pleased to welcome for the very first time the one and only Mel, our new co-conspirator and co-host for the show. We’ve got a jam-packed episode for y’all, but before we get there, we’re excited to announce we’re bringing back the current events section at the top of the episode. Diane Feinstein is an asshole. A Coast Guard Lieutenant and self-proclaimed white nationalist planned a terrorist attack against the DSA and others. 4 more No More Deaths activists had their criminal charges dropped. Mel and Pearson share a critical reflection on the Midwest Left Assembly, a regional conference that brought together organizers, educators, and revolutionaries from across the midwest for a weekend camping conference. We talk about base-building, regional networking, and how to build authentic solidarity with our comrades. Above all, we wrestle with how to overcome the loneliness and isolation endemic to late-stage capitalism by reclaiming intimacy through revolutionary vulnerability. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network, an anarchist audio federation. Coffee with Comrades is part of the Rev Left Radio Podcast Federation. Logo design by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon. Follow Coffee with Comrades on Twitter and visit our website. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “ID” by Boombox Cartel, Flosstrodamus Outro: “PREY FOR ME/3” by Fever 333









Episode 30: "A Life Cult" ft. Demand Utopia
Jan 28 2019 77 mins  
**This week’s episode is dedicated to the memory of the martyrs who’ve fought and died to defend Rojava** In this week’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, we sit down with Reed from Demand Utopia to discuss social ecology, international solidarity, and militant creativity. But, first, here’s some info on the F.L.O.W.E.R. Anti-Racist Mobilization in Stone Mountain Park, GA on February 2nd, 2019. F.L.O.W.E.R. Website F.L.O.W.E.R. Twitter Atlanta Solidarity Network Bail Fund In this episode, Reed and Pearson discuss the founding of Demand Utopia, a libertarian socialist organization focused on social ecology and revolutionary action. We explore radical imagination, the evolution of revolutionary culture, and chat about Demand Utopia’s inspirations. The discussion also covers social ecology, the feminist revolution in Northern Syria more popularly known as Rojava, and how we can cultivate militant creativity. We close with a meditation on the foolish necessity of hope. Visit Demand Utopia’s website. Check out Demand Utopia on Twitter. Follow Reed on Twitter. Pick up a copy of Make Rojava Green Again. Coffee with Comrades is a proud affiliate of the Channel Zero Network, an anarchist confederation of podcasts and radio shows. This is an entirely D.I.Y. show run by workers, for workers. If you like what you hear, you can follow us on Twitter. Check out our website and be sure to subscribe to the show on your podcasting platform of choice--iTunes, Spotify, the Google Play store, or wherever you go to listen to your leftist propaganda. While you’re there smashing that subscribe button, it’d also really help us out if you Rate & Review the show to help increase our reach. If you have feedback, criticism, or you’d just like to get in-touch with us, you can give us a shout-out on Twitter or email us at [email protected] - Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie - Interlude: “Rap Battle Against Oblivion” by Sole - Clips: “When the Walls Fall” by Anti-Flag // “Rojava” by David Rovics - Outro: “We Still Believe” by Stick to Your Guns






Episode 27: "The Theology of the Unknown"
Jan 08 2019 99 mins  
In the first episode of a two-part Coffee with Comrades special, Gaven Morgan drops in to talk about anarchism, Christian mysticism, and the Eastern Orthodox church with Pearson. In this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss Gaven’s background in the church, Gaven’s propensity for “criminal anarchy,” the process of radicalization, how the Eastern Orthodox church is organized, spiritual ritual, early Church history, saintly stories, the nature of authority, and power vs. domination. We also nerd out over Dungeons and Dragons way too much. Episode 27 is more of an introduction to the topics at hand so folks who are unfamiliar with the ideas of Christian mysticism or Orthodoxy can follow along. Episode 28 builds upon these conversations and explores the nuances of political, economic, and social relations within the Eastern Orthodox church. No matter what your politics or religious views, we hope you get a lot out of this dialogue. Tune in next week for Pt. II of our conversation with Gaven. Until then, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy. **Note** It was actually Sinclair Lewis whose quote Pearson borrows about American fascism, not Upton Sinclair. Follow Gaven on Twitter and Instagram. All out against the KKK in Stone Mountain Park, GA! Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Means to Believe” by Oh, Sleeper Outro: “Jesus, Jesus” by Noah Gundersen









Episode 23: "Y'allidarity" feat. Tallahassee DSA
Dec 05 2018 91 mins  
In this episode of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson sits down with Cosby Hayes and Paul de Revere, two members of the Tallahassee Democratic Socialists of America, to chat about Hurricane Michael, ongoing disaster relief efforts, and political organizing in Florida’s capitol. But first, Bree and Pearson tackle the news. FL cops seize white supremacist gangs’ cache of pipe-bombs, firearms, and drugs. Refugees at the border seeking asylum had numbers scrawled on their arms. The U.S. senate advanced a bill to end support of Saudia Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen. Millennials aren’t killing industries, we’re just broke. Yellow vest movement continues to rage in Paris. Jeremy Hammond has been placed in solitary confinement. George H.W. Bush is dead. Rest in piss. On this week’s edition of the show, hear from two Tallahassee DSA community-organizers who sit down for a report on disaster relief in the Florida panhandle six weeks after the devastation of Hurricane Michael. In addition, Cosby and Paul contemplate the pro’s and con’s of political organizing in the “big tent,” dissect sectarian shenanigans, and explore the limitations of electoralism before closing on a discussion of the future of the DSA. Keep up with Tallahassee DSA on Twitter. Check out Cosby’s podcast, Tropical Depression. Follow Paul on Twitter. Read Paul’s story on the Parkland student movement. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Help is on the Way” by Rise Against Outro: “Don’t Wait feat. Sam Carter” by Neck Deep


Episode 22: "The Magic Circle-A" feat. Out of Order Games
Nov 27 2018 93 mins  
This week, Pearson picked the brain of TL, founder of Out of Order Games and developer of Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game. But first, Bree and Pearson tackle a busy news week. Yesterday, the CBP fired tear-gas across the Tijuana border at migrant families and shot children with rubber bullets. Neo-nazis are organizing secret paramilitary trainings all across the U.S. Watch Documenting Hate: New American Nazis. White supremacists tried to crash the Anarchist Book Fair at Boston University this week and were promptly chased off. Gavin McInnes quits the proud boys. Hillary Clinton decided if ya can’t beat the far-right, why not join ‘em? The Camp Fires continue to rage in California. Local organizers on the ground are facilitating mutual aid disaster relief. Help fund North Valley Mutual Aid. Support the Camp Fire Displacement Fund from Chico DSA. This week, we celebrated Transgender Day of Remembrance. Check out the Trans Day of Resilience art project! Oregon FedEx driver is a model for anti-racist self-defense. Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game is a semi-cooperative strategy board game inspired by twenty-first century riots and revolutions. The game features hidden agendas, deep strategy, area control, asymmetrical player abilities, and a special method for randomly generating billions of unique city layouts. Pearson and TL spend the hour discussing the game’s roots in anarchism, the way Bloc by Bloc’s design synthesizes game mechanics and political philosophy, the colonialist roots of many contemporary tabletop games, and the necessity of leisure and play in the struggle for a better world. You can order a physical copy of Bloc by Bloc at Out of Order Games website. You can also download a FREE version of Bloc by Bloc. Support Out of Order Games’ initiative to put copies of Bloc by Bloc at local community centers. Follow Out of Order Games on Twitter. Pearson went on the Macabre Media podcast to talk about avant-garde horror. Follow them on Twitter. Hear about Tallahassee DSA and MADR on Chapo Trap House. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Solidarity Forever Illegal Version” by Jester of No Court Outro: “Black Friday” by Stray From the Path




Episode 20: “The Glorious Proletarian Renaissance" feat. Breht Ó Séaghdha
Nov 13 2018 127 mins  
We’ve got a jam-packed episode of Coffee with Comrades for you this week. We were joined by Breht Ó Séaghdha of Revolutionary Left Radio and The Guillotine to talk about “Culture” by Terry Eagleton. But first, some current events: Jeff Sessions is forced out. Liberal melodrama ensues. The law won’t save us, only freedom will. Fuck Tucker Carlson. Nancy Pelosi wants to play nice with the GOP. The Democrats offer no hope. Trump witlessly compares himself to White Walkers. White nationalist and anti-fascist accounts were banned from PayPal earlier this week. California wildfires offer yet another glimpse into the future. A Neo-Nazi militia in the Ukraine is now training white nationalists in the U.S. FL recount: Gillum vs. DeSantis. FL restored the voting rights of 1.4 million human beings. We spend the rest of the episode discussing the cultural analyses of Terry Eagleton, dissecting “American culture,” historical repression, revolutionary ruptures, unfounded and arbitrary authority, neoliberalism, Hollywood, Buddhism, academia, and building an authentic leftist culture. You can follow Breht on Twitter and be sure to check out Revolutionary Left Radio and The Guillotine, as well. You can also support both shows on Patreon. If you like what you hear, follow us on Twitter or check out our website. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Propaganda” by Dead Prez Outro: “The House Always Wins” by Stray From the Path PS. Stick around 'till the very end for goofy bloopers at Pearson's expense.


Episode 19: "Walk the Earth"
Nov 06 2018 73 mins  
**This episode is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, a professor at FSU’s College of Medicine, and Maura Binkley, an FSU English student, murdered by the fascist violence of misogyny & racism. Rest in power, Maura & Nancy.** This week, Bree and Pearson tackle the classic Tarantino motion picture, Pulp Fiction. But, first, this week in the news: Last night, a racist, misogynistic coward walked into a Tallahassee yoga studio and murdered two women, injuring five others, before killing himself. John Bolton, the deranged war hawk who also happens to be Trump’s national security advisor, gave an unhinged speech earlier this week at Miami-Dade College about the Latin America, a region ravaged by U.S. imperialism and foreign policy. Trump said Thursday that if any member of the “migrant caravan” making its way toward the United States border throws stones or rocks at U.S. military personnel they would “consider it a firearm” and license to use lethal force in response. What’s more, Trump is floating the idea of erasing the 14th Amendment, a policy that’s widely supported by his xenophobic, far-right base. To make matters worse, Trump promises indefinite detention and concentration camps for anyone trying to cross the border. Noam Chomsky pointed out on Democracy Now! this week, as we’ve been saying since this podcast began, that Trump’s vitriol leads directly to violence. The mid-terms are this week. Amendment 4 restores the right of FL felons to vote. Google workers organized a mass walkout to protest sexual harassment of top CEOs and advocate for equality in pay. Pulp Fiction is an infamous film in the history of the silver-screen. Bree and Pearson discuss gender, nihilistic violence, Americana, late-stage capitalism, power dynamics, Guy Debord, Deleuze and Guattari, statelessness, nomadism, and lawless freedom. Pour yourself a cup o’ “some serious gourmet shit” and enjoy our discussion of Pulp Fiction! Support our courageous Tallahassee comrade, Shelby, as she defends herself from far-right threats of violence. PS. Stick around to the very end for a fun super-cut. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Misirlou” by Dick Dale Outro: “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry


Episode 18: "A People's History of Halloween" feat. Nestor of Black Banner Magic
Oct 30 2018 83 mins  
Get ready for a spooky, jam-packed episode of Coffee with Comrades. Bree is back! What’s more, we have our comrade Nestor on the show from Black Banner Magic to talk about witchcraft, the devil’s night, and the secret history of Halloween. But first, some current events: The so-called “MAGA Bomber” is Florida man Cesar Sayoc, who sent a total of 14 mail bombs to the Clintons, Obamas, CNN, and event Robert De Niro. Meanwhile, a white supremacist opened fire at a Kroger store in Kentucky this week. White supremacist Robert Bowers walked into a synagogue in Philadelphia and opened fire, killing eleven people. Over the propaganda of “migrant caravans,” Trump is ratcheting up his attempts to “secure the border” by sending the literal fucking U.S. military to border states. History shows us the violence Central Americans are fleeing was stoked by the U.S. Jair Bolsonaro, the out-and-out, bona fide fascist, is President-elect of Brazil. One in six Americans are far-right. But white supremacy is a structural, systemic flaw of the United States. Nestor from the Black Banner Magic podcast joins us on the show to talk about Halloween’s roots in Gaelic paganism, the rebellious mischief that the holiday foments, the Great Rebellion of Detroit and the ensuing string of Devil’s Night arsons, and American capitalists’ taming of the festivities into a tepid celebration of consumerism and excess. To find out more about the Devil's Night, read this stellar essay on the subject from Mask magazine. Please consider supporting Black Banner Magic on Patreon, where ⅔ of every dollar raised goes to the Omaha Freedom Fund! Follow Black Banner Magic on Twitter. Support Black Banner Magic on Patreon. Listen to the Black Banner Magic Podcast. Intro: “I Ain’t Got no Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Outro: “Devil’s Night” by Motionless in White


Episode 17: "All the World's a School" feat. Brendan Biryla & Exiled Consensus
Oct 23 2018 81 mins  
On this week’s episode of Coffee with Comrades, Sam joins Pearson once again for a discussion of current events before Pearson hosts an interview with Brendan from EngSciMath and Exiled Consensus. Current Events: Mutual Aid relief efforts in the Florida panhandle are ongoing. Panama City landlords are finishing what Hurricane Michael started. Meanwhile, the Oath Keepers got arrested in Mexico Beach, FL while “patrolling” out past curfew. Amazon is still garbage. The Trump administration’s war on our transgender comrades continues. Elizabeth Warren decided it would be a good idea to do a DNA test to “prove” her indigenous ancestry. Support Mutual Aid Disaster Relief & Autonomous Relief Efforts: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Donation Page Tallahassee DSA Fund Florida People’s Advocacy Center Wish-list for the FL Panhandle Today’s edition of the show focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math majors and the intersections these fields have with radical left politics. Brendan from EngSciMath and Exiled Consensus join Pearson for a discussion of education, the university, and critical inquiry to envision a future divorced of capitalist schemes where emancipated free-thinkers are empowered to work for a world of justice and equality in community with one another. You can follow Brendan and EngSciMath on Twitter. Email Brendan to get involved with the EngSciMath Slack: [email protected] Visit Exiled Consensus’s website and give him a follow on Twitter. Check out Sam’s website. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Yomilo” by Milo Outro: “Royal Beggars” by Architects



Episode 16: "The Truth Hurts, But the Anthropocene Might Kill You"
Oct 09 2018 64 mins  
Sam is back for another episode of Coffee with Comrades to discuss the Anthropocene with Pearson. But first, some news: Kavanaugh was confirmed. Let’s organize to smash the patriarchy. The fascist presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro won 48% of the vote in Brazil, which has implications for politics all across the globe. Amazon’s wage-theft continues. Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040. Only 100 companies are to blame for 71% of emissions. The Anthropocene is our current climate epoch, one marked by a measurable influence from humankind. Most of us know that climate change is bad--really bad. But the science is absolutely damning. As our planet is rocked by one catastrophe after another, Sam unpacks the science behind anthropogenic climate change. Together, Sam and Pearson take a sobering look at the consequences of global warming. Below are a number of sources Sam compiled for folks who are interested in fact-checking or just finding out more about this dilemma. Check out Sam’s shit-posts on Twitter. Take a gander at Sam’s website. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Outro: “Don’t Let the World Rot” by Northlane Extinction, biodiversity collapse http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/07/05/1704949114.full http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/5/e1400253?ijkey=75be8629689d630dc6b8492a3f51b89d0a73276e&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha http://www.pnas.org/content/112/25/7761?ijkey=3631ac556f47977df2a85ab80c0c4b620860569e&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha http://www.pnas.org/content/105/Supplement_1/11466?ijkey=c34cee1e03df1bef68884e5901ef8d46fad741be&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cobi.12380 http://www.pnas.org/content/115/25/6506 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11538-015-0126-0 https://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate2722 https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.marine.010908.163855 http://science.sciencemag.org/content/348/6231/229 http://science.sciencemag.org/content/321/5891/926 Oceans, ice http://www.pnas.org/content/114/23/5946 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0501-8 Heat http://web.science.unsw.edu.au/~stevensherwood/wetbulb.html https://ksi.uconn.edu/prevention/wet-bulb-globe-temperature-monitoring/ https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-018-0146-0 http://www.pnas.org/content/107/21/9552 ; http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaa00e Food https://www.nature.com/articles/nature16467 http://www.pnas.org/content/114/35/9326 ] https://knowledge.unccd.int/glo#the-bokk ] https://elifesciences.org/articles/02245 https://www.nature.com/articles/nature13179 https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP41 Weather https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2012GL053002 https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018EF000825


Episode 15: “Solidarity, Not Charity” feat. Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
Sep 30 2018 56 mins  
In this early edition of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson sits down for a conversation with Jimmy Dunson of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. But first, in the absence of our beloved Bree, Pearson invites friend-of-the-show and all-around-solid comrade, Sam, on for a discussion of current events: Brett Kavanaugh is not only a goblin-nosed ghoul, he’s also a fucking liar. The Senate Judiciary Committee was an utter farce of partisan shit-slinging Lindsay Graham--that obnoxious, keebler-elf-looking motherfucker--was a particularly self-righteous and pompous ass Seriously, Kavanaugh lied. A lot. Let’s organize to destroy the Supreme Court and smash the state while we’re at it. Fuck Abuse, Kill Power. Meanwhile, under the fog of Kavanaugh, the House passes $3.8 trillion in tax cuts. The Trump Administration is targeting immigrants, yet again, through food-stamps and medicaid. The International Revolutionary People’s Guerilla Forces (IRPGF) of Rojava submitted their final communique this week. A leaked video from Amazon shows their anti-union antics. Hurricane Florence released literal tons of coal ash into the Carolinas river systems. Now, the coal industry wants to be deregulated. Jimmy and Pearson talk about Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, autonomous response in the wake of Hurricane Florence, how communities can organize and prepare for disasters both social and ecological, and how folks can build infrastructure and dual-power. Follow Mutual Aid Disaster Relief on Facebook and Twitter. Visit Mutual Aid Disaster Relief’s website. Donate to support the vital work of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. Follow Sam on Twitter. Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie Interlude: “Idioteque” by Radiohead Outro: “Human Carrying Capacity” by Harm’s Way


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