Image from Melbourne Street Medic Collective.
This episode has been released in two parts. Part 1 of this episode has a discussion with Coggo, CJ Wallace and Jazz from the almighty Melbourne Street Medic Collective. We cover the history of the collective, what they’re doing now, experiences with Occupy and police repression, creating alternative institutions to the state, working with other street medics to make their work relevant for activists and activist burnout. Other issues covered on the episode include: travelling, the gift economy, computer use, viewing protest marches as just one of many possible tactics, graffiti for refugees and we encourage people to support Bradley Manning.
Part 2 of the episode has the second part of our interview with Melbourne Street Collective. In this part of the interview, the issues covered include: Occupy Sandy, Occupy and democracy, creating coalitions with different groups around Australia and beyond, and small-scale affinity groups reporting to larger spokescouncils, as a way to ensure greater democracy and put anarchism into practice. In part 2 of this episode, we also encourage people to organise a flash mob in their city, with the help of Reproductive Choice Australia, and we discuss some feedback and additional stories on our 28th episode ‘Beyond Same-Sex Marriage’, including: the word “queer”, hippies, the same-sex marriage campaign attempting to “normalise” queer relationships, “couples privilege” and the French government pledges tougher penalties for homophobia.
Book Recommendation (from part 2):
Clips (part 1):
Frank Turner ‘The Road’, The Checkout ‘Foxtel’, Star Fucking Hipsters ‘Dumpster to the Grave’ and ‘Death or Fight’, The Checkout ‘Access vs Ownership’, 5E Community ‘I’m Your Medic’, Part 1 of interview with Melbourne Street Medic Collective, Promoe ‘These Walls Don’t Lie’, Coggo’s speech at the #FreeBrad Rally in Melbourne, The Desaparecidos ‘Anonymous’.
Clips (part 2):
Rap News ’#Occupy2012’, Foeknawledge ‘Knowledge is Key’, Peep Show (Series 1, episode 5), Good Riddance ‘Defusing the Popular Struggle’, Part 2 of our interview with Melbourne Street Medic Collective, Bob Dylan ‘Maggie’s Farm’, The Simpsons ‘Super-liminal Recruiting’, Frenzal Rhomb ‘I Went Out With a Hippy & Now I Love Everyone Except for Her’, Peep Show (Series 3, episode 2), The Soviettes ‘Multiply and Divide’.