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RELATOS ZAPATISTAS radio show for JANUARY 1, 2012
What is the current state of the occupy movement and where is it headed? In this month's show: the three-year anniversary of the murder of Oscar Grant; a decade since the 2001 uprisings in Argentina; and a series of interviews focused on the occupy movement in the Bay Area, specifically Occupy Oakland and Occupy SFSU. (full show approx 2 hrs, individual segments below, mp3)
What is the current state of the occupy movement and where is it headed? Since November police and city governments have raided and destroyed encampments, arrested and prosecuted occupiers, and more often than not successfully prevented the reoccupation of public spaces. In this light it’s become commonplace to say that a fundamental shift has taken place in the movement. Adbusters, for example, published a statement saying that OWS should call it a victory and withdraw, at least for the time being in order to plan for the spring—“phase one” had ended, and “phase two” was beginning. There is something useful about the idea of phases, of identifying this hinge or turning point—for example, it lets us differentiate in broad, tactical terms between the occupation of public or semi-public space on one hand and the occupation of private or “ambiguous” space on the other. But in other ways the distinction is problematic. It relegates the struggles that inspired and created the conditions in which OWS was possible to a sort of pre-history, a “phase zero”—insurrections like the argentinazo that we heard about earlier in the show, not to mention Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Greece, as well as, closer to home, the student movement and the struggle around justice for Oscar Grant. Also, it makes it hard to see the proliferation of diverse tactics that have already been used in occupies around the country, as well as the subtle and not so subtle differences with regard to the varying conditions in which each occupy constitutes itself as a force. By zooming in on the Bay Area and looking at some of the occupy experiences here we’re hoping to sketch out a more nuanced view of this transition point.
Relatos Zapatistas broadcasts the first Sunday of every month from 4-6pm on Berkeley Liberation Radio (104.1fm). All of our shows are also archived at Radio Zapatista.
Live interview from the Oscar Grant memorial march, the current state of the struggle, and the impact of organizing around Oscar Grant on Occupy Oakland. (6 min; mp3)
Interviews with SFSU students involved in the campus occupation. (23 min, mp3)
Interview with Laura and Ali from Occupy Oakland on the current state/next steps of Occupy, and thoughts on the "phases" of the Occupy movement. (35 min, mp3)