July 29, 2020
Former sexual assault victim's advocate and attorney Emily Cordo talks with Sarah and Matt about defunding and redirection of police resources, restorative justice, racism in policing, and other issues at the intersection of gender-based violence and deep public safety reform. The Seattle advocates' document on defunding and gender violence is linked here. If you can't access it on your device, please contact us.
July 6, 2020
KC and Matt discuss two very different movies that both narrate the hidden lies of bourgeois life: Carlo Mirabella-Davis's body horror piece Swallow, and Carson Mell's horror comedy Another Evil.
June 26, 2020
More interviews and reports on efforts to reduce police presence and structures of violence in Laramie. We talk to Sam Miller, a Laramie-based March for our Lives activist working to reduce police presence and guns in schools; and a follow-up with Timberly Vogel of Laramie Human Rights Network on resuming marches and demonstrations to push the city and county for change.
The video of LPD we mention in the episode can be found here.
Laramie Human Rights Network is at https://www.facebook.com/laramiehumans/ and March for Our Lives is at https://marchforourlives.com/chapter/mfol-laramie-hs-wyoming/
June 16, 2020
Protest organizer Timberly Vogel talks to Sarah about Laramie's Black Lives Matter marches and organization against police shootings, the demands of the movement, right-wing backlash, the activist and skateboarding community, the influence of Robbie Ramirez, the importance of confrontational protest, and meeting with city officials.
June 11, 2020
After Wednesday night's run-in with right-wingers at the protest, Jason describes his altercation with the big truck and its trump enthusiast occupants. A discussion about the growing Solidarity Collective library. Sarah digs into some cereal and into the weird history of the Kellogg family. There is gardening. And the sounds of Laramie's downtown demonstrations for Black Lives, accompanied by Solidarity House music.
June 3, 2020
Sarah talks to an anonymous barista at the Starbucks in Laramie about their concerns about re-opening the business during the Covid-19 pandemic.
May 31, 2020
The communards take on greenhouse construction in extremely high winds and constant shortages of money and labor power. Matt praises the Diggers of 1649. Jason prepares to move in. More original music. Thanks to all the friends and supporters who gave us a boost in the past few weeks!
May 4, 2020
Last month Public Banking Institute founder Ellen Brown published an article calling for a universal basic income funded by a process similar to quantitative easing. We're joined by Ellen and also by basic income advocate and philosopher Jason Burke Murphy to discuss this proposal and the unprecedented intensity of the demand for basic income, partly spurred by the failures of capitalism during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ellen Brown's article is at ellenbrown.com, PBI is publicbankinginstitute.org and Jason Burke Murphy helps run usbig.net and and basicincome.org.
April 28, 2020
Journalist comrade and DSA member Jaya Sundaresh (@shutupjaya) visits Solidarity House to remind folks not to marginalize newcomers just because they haven't read all the books you have, and discusses organizing offline and on, in pandemics and after them. Her thread on name-dropping and book-shaming is at https://twitter.com/shutupjaya/status/1252798566227234817?s=19 and her newsletter, which you should subscribe to, is jayatime.substack.com.
April 23, 2020
KC and Matt discuss two significant body horror films from the 1980s as metaphors of capitalist devaluation of life.