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The Battle Over Rent Control in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Woman with raised fist celebrating a victory in the Measure V campaign.

In this episode we take a deep dive into the challenges of tenant organizing in the heart of capitalist Silicon Valley. In the first in-depth coverage of the campaign we interview former local journalist Daniel DeBolt who played a key role with the Mountain View Tenants Coalition. Skyrocketing rents and mass displacement led to a coalition of renters and allies to wage a bitter battle against well funded landlords and a hostile city council to pass a rent control ballot measure that also rolled back rents for thousands of tenants. 

In the post interview commentary, hosts Markie and Pedro relate this to broader conversations around organizing and struggles over displacement in the Bay Area and Los Angeles – including Prop 10, a failed ballot measure in California that sought to repeal state restrictions on local cities enacting rent control. 

Related Links and Resources:

Slideshow presentation on the Measure V campaign with timeline and photos 

Learn more on the Mountain View Tenants Coalition and the Los Angeles Tenants Union

Why Non-Profits Can’t Lead the 99%” by Warren Marr

From Reform to Revolution” by Ian Martin in the collection “An Anarchist Reader, For Effective Organising” by Zabalaza Books

We highly recommend the collection “Resources on Housing, Tenant Organizing and Gentrification” on the Black Rose/Rosa Negra blog with analysis on gentrification and rent control, interviews with organizers, organizing manuals and resources, models of socialized housing and more.  


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Interview with Mark Bray, Part 2, Horizontalism and Anarchism

Mark Bray

The second part of our interview and discussion with historian and author Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy on the Occupy movement. The episode begins with an update on our “Grow Our Roots” fundraiser followed by hosts Markie and Pedro discussing listener feedback.

This show introduces our new segment “Forgotten Histories,” which introduces the personal histories of lesser known revolutionary figures. This first segment features Mexican anarchist, feminist, and PLM organizer, Elisa Acuña Rossetti.

In this portion of the interview Mark Bray discusses the differences between horizontalism and anarchism, looking critically at movements transitioning into electoral politics. He also discusses two different approaches of defining anarchism, one based on a historical approach and another based on a myth generated by the anarchist movement itself. 

Related links:

Horizontalism: Anarchism, Power and the State, Blackrosefed.org, 2018.

Mark Bray on Revolutionary Left Radio

Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader, PM Press, 2018.

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Power and Gender in Game of Thrones: A Radical Review

In this special episode of From Below Podcast we review and analyze the Game of Thrones series with a focus on themes of power and gender. The episode features commentary from three Black Rose/Rosa Negra members: show host Markie, from the first episode on feminism in Latin America, Romina, and one of the show editors, Silvia.

Consider donating to our Grow Our Roots online fundraiser to help send two comrades to South America which will also support this podcast. We are also selling severaloriginal shirt designs as part of the fundraiser.

Here’s several recommended GOT related media referenced in the show:

History of Westeros Podcast

Girls Gone Canon Podcast

Alt Shift YouTube Channel

For The Throne – Album inspired by GOT

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Mark Bray, Part I, Antifa and Occupy

The first in a two part interview and discussion with historian and author Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy on the Occupy movement. The interview begins with taking a behind the scene look at the reaction and reception to Bray’s book on anti-fascism from mainstream media and progressive media. Next we move to the Occupy movement discussing Bray’s assessment as both a participant and writer on the Occupy movement as well the narratives that have begun to take hold within the larger left around Occupy’s supposed failures. 

Hosts Markie and Pedro reflect on Bray’s interview giving their own reactions to Occupy and relate this to the challenges of being revolutionary organizers and building a left that relates to everyday working class people.

The second part of the interview with Mark Bray will focus on horizontalism, power and that state as well as defining anarchism.

Be sure to check out the “Grow Our Roots” fundraiser by Black Rose/Rosa Negra which will help send comrades to South America and support From Below Podcast. We are also selling original T-Shirt designs as part of the fundraiser.

Related links:

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Melville 2017.

Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall StreetZero Books, 2013.

Five liberal tendencies that plagued Occupy” ROAR Magazine, 2014. 

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Anarchism and Socialism in Puerto Rico

Interview and discussion with historian Jorell Meléndez-Badillo on the history of anarchism and socialism in Puerto Rico covering the early 20th century, the rise of urban and rural workers movement, feminism and figures such as Luisa Capetillo, the rise of the nationalist movement and discussion of contemporary activism since the impact of Hurricane Maria. Hosts Markie and Pedro relate the discussion to themes of historical memory, woman in the Sandinista revolution and more.

Jorell Meléndez-Badillo is a historian and assistant professor at Dartmouth College focusing on the global circulation of radical ideas from the standpoint of working-class intellectual communities in the Caribbean and Latin America. He is the author of “Voces libertarias: Orígenes del anarquismo en Puerto Rico.” (PDF version)


Puerto Rican historian Jorell Meléndez-Badillo

Related links:

Women in the Revolution: The Forgotten History of Las Sandinistas

Interview with Alondra in “Feminism Against Capitalism” episode

Voces Libertarias: The Economic, Political and Social Discourse of Puerto Rican Anarchism, 1900-1917 by Jorell

Luisa Capetillo, a short biography

Juana Colón, two sources referencing her: here and here

Puerto Rican feminist group La Colectiva

A review by Rod Jackman of Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921.

Audio clip taken from: UPR marcha estudiantil Papel Machete y estudiantes frente a la alcadia de San Juan 12 de diciembre de 2010

Our next episode will feature Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, on anarchism, power, occupy and the state.

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Introducing Markie and Pedro

Hosts Markie and Pedro start the episode introducing the goals and themes of the podcast and then interview each other on their personal stories of how they became politically active. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss future content.

Pedro talks about growing up in a religious school in rural Brazil, reading figures like Bakunin and Malatesta in the public library of Rio de Janeiro, and finding himself working in a chocolate factory after he came to the US. Markie discusses watching 9/11 on television as a key political moment for her, attending anti-war marches with her uncle and becoming involved politically as a working class community student in East Los Angeles. 

Related links:

 International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 6  

Article discussing formation of the Círculo de Estudos Libertários Ideal Peres (CELIP) in Rio de Janeiro

Anti-Capitalist Feminist Coalition, Twitter / Instagram (Los Angeles)

Koreatown Popular Assembly, Facebook / Instagram (Los Angeles)

Watch for our upcoming episodes: Puerto Rico and the history of the anarchism, socialism and the left and with Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, on anarchism, power, occupy and the state.

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Feminism Against Capitalism

Group participants in 8m strike with green abortion rights banner in background.

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 by listening to our first episode looking at building a working class and anti-capitalist feminist movement. Hosts Markie and Pedro dive into two examples of anti-capitalist feminism starting with the work of the Anti-Capitalist Feminist Coalition (ACFC) in Los Angeles with Markie speaking on her involvement and then interviewing Romina Green of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Los Angles on the origins and roots of ACFC. Next is an interview with Alondra Carrillo of Santiago, Chile who a spokesperson (vocera) for the March 8 Feminist General Strike Coordination and member of Solidaridad, a libertarian communist organization.

Photo of Alondra wearing a green bandanna, symbol of the abortion rights movement in Latin America.

Guest Alondra Carrillo, spokesperson for the 8m Coordination, and member of Solidaridad.

Related links and readings:

Anti-Capitalist Feminist Coalition, Twitter / Instagram (Los Angeles)

Solidaridad (libertarian communist organization, Chile)

Coordinadora 8M, Twitter / Website (feminist strike coordinating body, Chile)

Feminism for the 99%, A Manifesto by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser

To learn more on the some of the concepts discussed we recommend reading: “A Feminist Movement To End Capitalism, Part I” by Bree Busk

A condensed version of the same article was published with ROAR Magazine as “Chile’s feminists inspire a new era of social struggle

A follow up piece published for International Women’s Day: “Chile’s feminist movement is here to stay

Watch for our upcoming episodes: anarchism socialism and the left in Puerto Rico and Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, on anarchism, power, occupy and the state.

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Organizing flyer for March 8 feminist strike.