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Forward, Comrades: Growing up to be an anti-imperialist

Forward, Comrades: Growing up to be an anti-imperialist

September 15, 2021

In this week’s episode, Jen and Tessa sit down with Brian, Avalon, and Andy to talk about growing up post 9/11 and involvement in the anti-war movement.  With the end of the 20 year long war in Afghanistan, we look back are growing up after 9/11 and becoming anti-imperialist activists. How do we take these lessons in to organizing against the next war? Jen and Tessa talk about something that helped racializes them as kids. For Tessa that was reading Diet for a Small Planet and Jen talks about Thematically Anarchist Folk Punk and this playlist on spotify. The podcast closes with a list of upcoming events.

We would like to thank Phil and Tessa for audio editing, and as always our guests.

Music by Luis Perez. Logo by Avalon 

Forward, Comrades: Labor Day & Organizing Without Permission

Forward, Comrades: Labor Day & Organizing Without Permission

September 1, 2021

In this Labor Day episode, Jen and Tessa talk about some of their experiences, past and present, that shaped what labor day means to them (and what it seems to mean to most people) along with developments with Line 3, the recent Supreme Court ruling on the eviction moratorium, and the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Then, the DSA Madison Labor working group presents a panel featuring organizers from UE 150 who have made massive strides in unionizing in the right to work state of North Carolina. We'll hear from Darrion Smith (UE Eastern Region VP), Angaza Laughinghouse (UE150 former president), and Nathanette Mayo (UE150 former president) alongside some local perspectives.

The podcast closes with a list of upcoming events.

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Music by Luis Perez. Logo by Avalon Clare Illustration

Forward, Comrades: Socialist Feminism with Avalon C

Forward, Comrades: Socialist Feminism with Avalon C

August 18, 2021

Content Warning: this episode contains frank discussion of sexual violence and rape culture throughout. There are personal accounts of sexual harassment. We support and believe survivors. 

In this week’s episode, Jen and Tessa sit down with Avalon C  to talk about socialist feminism. Avalon talks about their activism around Tara Reade and how they became a socialist feminist. To learn more follow @ReadeAlexandra on twitter, look up the website tarareadetruth.com and check out the book Avalon mentions on the pod here. In the presentation of socialist feminism this article from teen vogue is mention What is Socialist Feminism as well as the Combahee River Collective. Avalon recommends checking out the Dyke march this coming Saturday. Tessa recommends the line 3 protest at the capitol building on the 24th. Jen recommends the DSA national convention debrief meeting on the 23rd. The podcast closes with a list of upcoming events.

Music by Luis Perez. Logo by Avalon 

 

Forward, Comrades: Transportation Justice in Madison

Forward, Comrades: Transportation Justice in Madison

August 4, 2021

In this week’s episode, Jen and Tessa discuss the DSA convention, and then sit down with DSA member Dayna to take a look at transportation issues here in Madison through a socialist lens. The podcast closes with a list of upcoming events.

For information on Derail the Jail visit Linktr.ee/DSAMadison

Free Jimmie Joshua Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2033208363503400/ 

Music by Luis Perez. Logo by Avalon Clare Illustration.

Forward, Comrades: Tenant Power with Jason M

Forward, Comrades: Tenant Power with Jason M

July 21, 2021

In this week’s episode, Jen and Tessa sit down with Tenant Power organizer Jason M. They talk through what the eviction mandate means, what it looks like to go through eviction court and some upcoming organizing projects for tenant power in Madison. Mainly check out the fundraiser campaign that Madison Tenant Power and Freedom Inc co-launched, We Keep Us Safe: Housing For All. Follow Madison Tenant Power on twitter @MadTenantPower and check out the upcoming Trivia Night (Aug 3rd)! To  get involved to Derail the Jail! Visit Linktr.ee/DSAMadison. Check out the recent report back from the Line 3 camps: A Call to Head to the Front Lines. Tessa recommends checking out Boycott Comedy Club on State and Jen recommends checking out some local transportation justice organizing to learn more see this article on Tone Madison. The podcast closes with a list of upcoming events.

 

Music by Luis Perez. Logo by Avalon 

Forward, Comrades: Derail the Jail, The History of Socialism, and Marxism 101

Forward, Comrades: Derail the Jail, The History of Socialism, and Marxism 101

July 7, 2021

In this week’s episode, Sophie Wolbert of the Abolitionist Working Group provides an update on the proposed new Dane County Jail and how you can get involved to Derail the Jail! Visit Linktr.ee/DSAMadison for more information and how to request your free yard sign! Then, Phil Gasper provides us with a brief History of Socialism. Finally, co-host Jen sits down with Andy Sernatinger to discuss the basics of Marxism (Marxism 101). The podcast closes with a list of upcoming events.

Music by Luis Perez. Logo by Avalon Clare Illustration

Forward, Comrades: Line 3, Pride and No F35’s

Forward, Comrades: Line 3, Pride and No F35’s

June 23, 2021

This week Co-hosts Jen and Tessa introduce the Madison Area DSA, Forward, Comrades. The episode highlights a letter from front line organizers against Line 3, an update on the F-35s, and info about an upcoming drag march. Check out Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin for more info and join the march on Saturday 6/26/21 at 2pm. Check out Sunny Ray Creations and join the Drag March on Sunday at 2pm. The podcast closes with a list of upcoming events and a few things to check out around town.

Juneteenth Link: Angela Davis on The History of Juneteenth and How We Should Commemorate it Today

Line 3: 

Donate to the bail fund for the approximately 200 water protectors arrested this week: treatypeoplegathering.com/donate

To learn about other opportunities to join in protecting our water at https://welcomewaterprotectors.com or https://www.stopline3.org/ 

 

Music by Luis Perez. Logo by Avalon Clare Illustration

 

Letter from Gina Peltier, read on Pod by Jen

Dear Madison Area

Monday was a day that touched my heart. 

For seven years, my community, the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people of Northern Minnesota, and our allies have been fighting against the construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, a terrible threat to our treaty rights, water and climate. 

But this week more than two thousand water protectors came together in Northern Minnesota to stand side by side with frontline Indigenous leaders in resisting this dangerous project. 

  • About two hundred were arrested taking nonviolent direct action to protect our water and treaty rights. 
  • Others are currently holding space, upholding our treaty rights at the spot where the pipeline is slated to cross the Mississippi headwaters. 

Now we need YOUR help.  

As I write this many water protectors are still in jail. And the Biden administration still needs more pressure to honor treaty rights and science by stopping the construction of this dangerous pipeline. 

Here is how you can help: 

  1.   Call President Biden. Call the White House and Climate Office of Gina McCarthy by dialing: 888-724-8946. Tell them: “President Biden must honor the treaties and protect our climate by stopping the Line 3 tar sands pipeline now.”
  2.   Help free the water protectors: 
  • Donate to the bail fund for the approximately 200 water protectors arrested this week: treatypeoplegathering.com/donate
  • Demand justice: During a peaceful protest water protectors were buzzed with a low flying Homeland Security helicopter and attacked with an LRAD sound cannon. Some have been held for up to 20 hours without being booked and denied prescription medications. Contact Minnesota’s Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General to demand that the water protectors be treated fairly and released now.
  1.   Join us. Since Monday afternoon, a beautiful, growing community has sprung up at the landing where Enbridge plans to drill under the Mississippi. Last night we named it “LeSalle—Camp Fire Light.” We need more people to camp with us to protect the Mississippi and all living things. Learn more at the Rise Coalition Facebook page where you can send a direct message for more information. 

Here is why we needed to take action: 

The Enbridge corporation’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline project would expand the production of one of the world’s dirtiest fuels--tar sands crude oil--through 200 bodies of water in our treaty territory. These are lands where we have the right to hunt, fish and gather the sacred manoomin (wild rice). In the face of climate catastrophe, it would carry the carbon impact of 50 new coal plants. 

Over the past seven years youth, Indigenous leaders, community groups, scientists and tribal governments have fought this project. The state of Minnesota’s own Commerce Department has joined tribal governments and others in a pending lawsuit saying this project is not needed. 

But big money talks loudly and the Trump administration and state regulators let the project go through, without a proper Environmental Impact Statement taking into account treaty rights or climate change. 

 

Please contact President Biden today at 888-724-8946. Then do what you can to support the water protectors—or better yet, join us. 

Seeing people from all over, every color, age and religion, Native and non-Native, put their bodies on the line this week told me we can win. 

Miigwech (thank you),

Gina Peltier, Water Protector

Organizer, Honor the Earth

 

Forward, Comrades: Solidarity with Palestine

Forward, Comrades: Solidarity with Palestine

June 8, 2021

This week Co-hosts Jen and Tessa introduce the new podcast of the Madison Area DSA, Forward, Comrades. The episode highlights two speeches given at a Palestine Solidarity Rally by Ashley Hudson and Rowan. Speeches with resource links are posted on Red Madison, From the River to the Sea: Palestine Will Be Free.  Following the speeches is a section of an educational talk given at the late May general membership meeting by Brian Bean. To learn more check out Brain’s book Palestine: A Socialist Perspective (on Haymarket books). The podcast closes with a list of upcoming events and a few things to check out around town.

Music by Luis Perez.

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