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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

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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