Movement Analysis

Rebellion in Nicaragua – Part Two (Updated x2)

UPDATE 2: The initial version we released accidentally left out certain portions of audio and our updated episode had a new but small issue. Our editing team had some extra challenges working on this long episode with three different interviewees – thanks for your patience and we’ve corrected all the issues. Enjoy!

In the second of our two part series we return with guests Mark, Miranda and Tanya to discuss the April 2018 rebellion in Nicaragua. In this episode we go into more depth on the movement itself and respond to various narratives on the left on Sandinista leader and Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega.    

Mark is from the primarily indigenous and Black Atlantic/Caribbean coast region of Nicaragua and has deep family ties to the Sandinista movement. Miranda lives back and forth between the US and Nicaragua and was a student in Managua during the rebellion and authored several pieces about his direct participation. Tanya is a Los Angeles based artist, photographer, and member of Black Rose/Rosa Negra, who comes from a Sandinista family. 

Listen for update at the end of the episode where we mention our upcoming content for 2020. The From Below Podcast collective would like to thank our listeners and everyone who supported our show as we launched in 2019. 

Links and resources:

Between Rum and Bullets podcast with Mark and Miranda

NEW: Nicaragua Encachimbada: A Popular Uprising by Cristina Awadalla

NEW: One Year Later: Reflections on the Nicaraguan Uprising by Tanya HF and Mark A.

Recent events:
Siege of Nicaragua’s Catholic Cathedral Eases as Hunger Strikers Leave – Nov 19, 2019

Recommend background articles:
One Million Hands Flourishing: Nicaragua and the Neverending Task of Planting by Tanya H.F.
It’s No Longer About Social Security: Inside the Nicaraguan Student Protests by Miranda

Capitalist Development in Nicaragua and the Mirage of the Left by William I. Robinson
Women in the Revolution: The Forgotten History of Las Sandinistas by La Virgen
The Sandinista Labor Paradox by Jonah Walters, NACLA

Rebellion in Nicaragua

In this first of a two part series we interview three guests looking at the recent rebellion in Nicaragua which began in April 2018 as a series of student protests in the capital of Managua and snowballed into a several month nationwide rebellion. Our three guests are either Nicaraguan or Nicaraguan-American and each share their different insights on the rebellion. 

Mark is from the primarily indigenous and Black Atlantic/Caribbean coast region of Nicaragua and has deep family ties to the Sandinista movement. Miranda lives back and forth between the US and Nicaragua and was a student in Managua during the rebellion and authored several pieces about his direct participation. Tanya is a Los Angeles based artist, photographer, and member of Black Rose/Rosa Negra, who comes from a Sandinista family. 

Part two of this interview will be released in two weeks. We apologize for the delay in releasing these episodes and wanted to thank everyone for their support and patience. We have some great content lined up to kick off 2020. 

Links and resources:

Between Rum and Bullets podcast with Mark and Miranda

Recent events:

Siege of Nicaragua’s Catholic Cathedral Eases as Hunger Strikers Leave – Nov 19, 2019

Recommend background articles:

One Million Hands Flourishing: Nicaragua and the Neverending Task of Planting by Tanya H.F.

It’s No Longer About Social Security: Inside the Nicaraguan Student Protests by Miranda

Capitalist Development in Nicaragua and the Mirage of the Left by William I. Robinson

Women in the Revolution: The Forgotten History of Las Sandinistas by La Virgen

The Sandinista Labor Paradox by Jonah Walters, NACLA

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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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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