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Relatos Zapatistas Radio Show: Occupy Oakland and Community Safety: Nov, 6 2011
On today's show we will argue that the concept of “community safety”has to be the focal point of any autonomous/anti-capitalist movement. We want to distinguish the fact that Community safety does not come from a place of “security” or actions based off of the fear or danger of something. Rather it is based in the acts of caring for and respecting the dignity (desires, dreams, histories, struggles, and needs) of all peoples “below and to the left”.
On this months show you will hear various voices from Occupy Oakland and how they have intervened and held Occupy Oakland accountable to being a safe and accessible space to diverse communities.
We began this conversation by talking to Micheal Flynn, the president of the bay area National Lawyers Guild. We will discuss how the NLG has used legal observing as a strategy to not only hold the cops accountable, but create safe autonomous spaces within Occupy Oakland.
We then interviewed a member of the events committee at occupy Oakland to talk about what strategies they have used to maintain safety and accessibility to diverse communities.
Our last interview was with participants of the queer people of color committee who have been working to create safe spaces and increase access within Occupy Oakland.
Our intention is to learn strategies from this oppositional movement that can be applied to autonomous spaces. Or more simply how will we create safety as opposed to police excess in the world we want to see? We argue that if we cannot create safe spaces we cannot create autonomy.
This show aired on November 6, 2011 during Relatos Zapatistas, which broadcasts the first Sunday of every month from 4 to 6 pm on Berkeley Liberation Radio (104.1 fm).