23 January 2013

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Mike McGuire and Lisa Fithian on Occupy Movement and 'We Are Many'

Mike McGuire, left, co-editor of We Are Many, and activist/writer Lisa Fithian.

Rag Radio podcast:
Mike McGuire and Lisa Fithian
reflect on the Occupy Movement

and the book, We Are Many

By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog / January 23, 2013

Writer/activists Mike McGuire and Lisa Fithian were Thorne Dreyer's guests Friday, January 18, 2013, on Rag Radio, a syndicated radio show produced at the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas.

On the show, McGuire and Fithian discuss the legacy and future of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and, more specifically, the 2012 AK Press anthology, We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation. Mike McGuire was co-editor of the book, and Lisa Fithian contributed the essay, "Strategic Directions for the Occupy Movement."

Listen to the interview, here:

According to The Rag Blog's Ron Jacobs, the book -- which compiles the work of more than 50 writers, artists, and photographers -- has the "best overall take to date on the meaning of Occupy, its shortcomings and strengths, and its potential future."

Baltimore native Mike McGuire is a builder and organizer with a background in labor, Latin America, global justice, direct action, and creative protest. He has been working within the Occupy movement since its birth on September 17, 2011.

Lisa Fithian, an Austin-based social justice activist, community organizer, and nonviolence trainer, has for the last 35 years worked with peace, labor, youth, immigrant, environmental, and racial justice groups, and has taught creative nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience tactics. Lisa organized relief efforts with the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans and has served on the National Steering Committee of United for Peace and Justice.

The Rag Blog's Jacobs wrote about We Are Many :
Away from the intensity of battles with police and the day-to-day reality... These writers take a hard look at manifestations of racism and sexism in the movement; they discuss the nature of violence and its role in popular movements; and they discuss these and other questions from a perspective that represents the grassroots democratic and anti-capitalist philosophy that motivated the movement.

Rag Radio has aired since September 2009 on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin. Hosted and produced by Rag Blog editor and long-time alternative journalist Thorne Dreyer, a pioneer of the Sixties underground press movement, Rag Radio is broadcast every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CST) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on Sundays at 10 a.m. (EST) on WFTE, 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, and 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA.

The show is streamed live on the web by both stations and, after broadcast, all Rag Radio shows are posted as podcasts at the Internet Archive.

Rag Radio is produced in association with The Rag Blog, a progressive internet newsmagazine, and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Tracey Schulz is the show's engineer and co-producer.

Rag Radio can be contacted at ragradio@koop.org.

Coming up on Rag Radio:
THIS FRIDAY, January 25, 2013:
Robert Pollin, author of Back to Full Employment.

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