Zapatistas, Shack Dwellers and Action Against Coal


This week Autonomous Action Radio is jam packed with … well autonomous action.

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First up after Resident Anti-hero – The Weapons of Sound … Franklin Lopez’s interview with anarchist counterfeiter Lucio Urtubia.

Then we jump right in to talk about the Zapatistas with Morgan Rogers Gibson who wrote an honors thesis on the Zapatistas and anarchism. We also talk about another anti- state movement from Africa called the Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Morgan tells us about a movie about the Shack Dwellers called  Dear Mandela 


Also Wave talked to Rob who is involved in the Frontline Action Against Coal campaign centered around proposed a proposed coal mine in the Leard State Forest in New South Wales.

Jonathon Moylan wrote a hoax press release which stated that ANZ were pulling funding from the Whitehaven coal project due to environmental risks the mine will pose.

When media reported this without checking share prices for ANZ fell dramatically but generally recovered when the hoax was revealed.

'This is the end result of ANZs funding of Maules Creek Coal Mine. Destruction of Koala habitat means overpopulation of what habitat remains. It means disease caused by stress and high risk of being hit by cars or attacked by dogs, having to spend longer on the ground looking for new range. This image is shocking but it's the reality. ANZ is completely out of order and this is what we're fighting to stop.'

Wave also spoke to Katso who organised an action in support of Jonathon Moylan which involved 100s of Out of Order signs being out on ANZ ATMs around the country.

Music is this episode:

Combat Wombat – White Australia

Steve Towson and the Kunkala Station Band – Jim Jones at Botany Bay

Dylan Quent – We’re not going to take it

Zach De La Rouda – Got Love

The End of the Road – John Sheehy

Coal-onial Collapse (event)

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It’s that time of year again when patriot Aussie’s sport their made in China Australian flags and proudly wear the colours of genocide on shirts, shorts and even their face.

To get some relief from these grotesque displays of Aussie ‘pride’  come along to Upstairs 199 Boundary St West End on Wednesday January 23 for some subversive music and words which will probably be deemed unAustralian by your favorite right wing talk show host.

Two rebellious bees from Turtle Island (North America) will be rolling into Brisbane that day fresh after the 32 hour train ride from Cairns.  This is the first gig on their epic Australian tour which will take them to Sydney, Canberra (for Invasion Day), Melbourne, Adelaide and all the way over to Perth.

They’re bringing with them tales of resistance movements from a far, sharing stories of earth defense, decolonisation (#idlenomore) and solidairty.

Saku is a long-time mining justice organizer, a co-founder of and a contributor to

She has toured extensively with the Beehive Collective sharing their intricate graphic narrative pieces with audiences across Turtle Island. The tour will highlight the Beehive’s latest poster “The True Cost of Coal.”

Testament is a rapper and author as well as an active participant in anti-authoritarian movements in North America. He is one half of Test Their Logik: North America’s most widely-known anarchist hip-hop group.

They exploded onto the scene in 2010 with their song “Crash the Meeting” which went on to become the theme song and chant of resistance to the G20 summit in their hometown of Toronto that year.

They’ve released a full-length studio album entitled “A” through Crimethinc. and are set to release the follow-up album “Be” in early 2013.gerry

Also on the night the folk punk band  Run Pig Run will be playing music to put you in the mood to smash the state and fuck the police.

There is also be spoken word by Gerald Keaney.

Brisbane Anarchist Summer School (Radio Show)


This episode of Autonomous Action Radio was dedicated to the Brisbane Anarchist Summer School which took place on the previous weekend January 12 -13.

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We had guests in the studio who helped organise and attended the school which featured almost 30 workshops and attracted folks from different parts of Australia and as far away as Spain.

Intro Resident Anti-hero – The Weapons of Sound

First up we played the latest episode from The Stimulator – Anarchy in Puerto Rico

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Sole – I think I’m Noam Chomsky this article goes through all the references in the song

Μουσικοί Ισοβίτες (feat Δ.Π.Θ.) ~ Στους Δρόμους (On the road)

Paddy McHugh and the Goldminers – The Snowmen

TISM – Australian Nationalism Anthem

Andy Irine – Gladiators (of the Working Class)

The Great Shame  – Edward Kelley

Moreton Bay – live in studio

The End of the Road – John Sheehy

Background music –


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Hoax Press Release Causes Coal Company Share Plunge


ANZ imposter takes up new climate tactic

By Clive Hamilton, Charles Sturt University

Yesterday an anti-coal activist, Jonathan Moylan issued a media release purportedly from the ANZ Bank withdrawing a $1.2 billion loan to Whitehaven Coal, which is developing a project in Maules Creek in the Gunnedah Basin.

The hoax wiped $314 million from the value of Whitehaven Coal before the company and ANZ confirmed the hoax, although the share prices recovered after the ruse was revealed.

ASIC has announced that it is investigating whether Moylan has contravened provisions of the Corporations Act by making a false and misleading statement. Whitehaven Coal, of which Nathan Tinkler holds a 19% stake, is also considering taking legal action against the activist.

When asked why he performed the hoax, Moylan said:

Our primary concern is the impact of this mine on the environment at the end of the day. A lot of people were taken in by it, but when you compare the cost of that to the health of our forests and farmlands, it justifies it.

The longer-term effects of Moylan’s hoax on Whitehaven Coal and the fossil fuel industry more broadly have yet to be seen. It may prove to be no more than a cri de coeur, but it does raise afresh the question of the use of civil disobedience in climate campaigns.

Although highly creative, the Whitehaven deception is not the first such action. In 2008, US environmental activist Tim DeChristopher attended an auction of oil and gas mining leases in Utah and outbid everyone else. When he could not pay the $1.8 million he was arrested and charged with defrauding the federal government. In July 2011 he was sentenced to two years jail.

The Utah land auction was eventually abandoned by the Interior Department and a federal judge ruled that the administration of the sale was improper. DeChristopher’s action had the desired effect.

To environment groups it’s been apparent for some years that the traditional methods of campaigning have been woefully inadequate in securing a political response anywhere nearly proportionate to the threat posed by global warming. Organisations such as Greenpeace have been searching in vain for new tactics to raise awareness among a public that does not want to know.

For those open to the implications of the scientific warnings, a sense of despair can take over when they see once again the failure of governments to protect the future wellbeing of their citizens and the extraordinary power fossil fuel corporations exercise over government decisions.

Instead of urgent and far-reaching measures to preserve a livable climate, in the United States massive new fossil fuel reserves have become available through fracking. In Queensland huge new coal fields are being opened up. And in the Arctic a rush is on to exploit the region’s trapped oil reserves, now accessible because, in an awful irony, global warming is melting the ice.

When we put these developments against the harsh warnings of an organisation as conservative as the World Bank — that “we’re on track for a 4°C warmer world marked by extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and life-threatening sea level rise” — the only reasonable conclusion is that the world has gone mad.

Recognising this new reality, perhaps Jonathan Moylan and Tim DeChristopher are pioneering a new phase of climate campaigning aimed at making it more difficult for coal and oil companies to do business. What might be dubbed “virtuous malfeasance” — hostile actions motivated by the public good aimed at damaging a company’s interests — may be a new form of civil disobedience practiced by a market-savvy generation of young activists.

Often those who engage in civil disobedience are otherwise the most law-abiding citizens. They are those who have most regard for the social interest and the keenest understanding of the democratic process, including its failures.

As Tim DeChristopher said, in an eloquent address to the court before his sentencing:

The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it’s that I have greater respect for justice. Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code.

Explaining his motivation, DeChristopher said he acted to highlight the threat that climate change poses to the planet:

If the government is going to refuse to step up to that responsibility to defend a livable future, I believe that creates a moral imperative for me and other citizens. My future, and the future of everyone I care about, is being traded for short term profits. I take that very personally. Until our leaders take seriously their responsibility to pass on a healthy and just world to the next generation, I will continue this fight.

With runaway climate change now jeopardising the stable, prosperous and civilised community that our laws are designed to protect, some are now asking whether the time has arrived when their obligations to their fellow humans and the wider natural world entitle them to break laws that protect those who continue to pollute the atmosphere in a way that threatens our survival.

When talking to young climate activists it soon becomes apparent that they feel they have been abandoned by their elders, whom they see as bequeathing them a world no-one would want to live in.

Clive Hamilton is Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University and a patron of the new Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (

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The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) Mexico


“For everyone, everything, for us, nothing” (Para todos todo, para nosotros nada)

This is the slogan of the  Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) a revolutionary movement hailing from Chiapas Mexico.

Otherwise known as the Zapatistas the EZLN are working towards better world for themselves and all creatures on this planet.

They are an example of some anarchist and libertarian  principles in action and proof that a more participatory model of organising is possible.

The Zapatistas went public on January 1 1994 after spending years building allies within the indigenous and rural peasant communities of Chiapas.

This day marked the beginning of the North American Free Trade Agreement which like most neo-liberal policies would affect the poor/farmers of the region negatively.

3000 armed Zapatistas occupied towns and ranches in the region, the Mexican army responded by bombing indigenous communities and killing hundreds of indigenous people.

After a cease fire was called on January 12 and peace talks began the Zapatistas set about organising a National Democratic Convention and by years end had declared 38 autonomous municipalities.

Timeline of the Zapatista Movement.

The Zapatista movement and political organising has been fluid able to change with experience  and necessity.

And almost 30 years after forming the Zapatistas are still a strong force in Mexico and have achieved much through their dictum of self determination.

They boycott the electoral process and government entirely even refusing to receive government aid.

In order to meet the needs of their communities the Zapatistas have developed their own textile-weaving and boot-making cooperatives, locally controlled schools, health promotion networks and collective garden patches conducted through self-sufficient production and exchange methods.

On December 21 the much hyped date of the end of the Mayan calender 40 000 Zapaistas marched the streets of 5 cities in Chiapas in total silence to remind the world they are still present.

Below is the latest communique from Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee – General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army.


The EZLN Announces Next Steps: Communiqué of December 30, 2012


December 30 2012.

To the People of Mexico:

To the People and Governments of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

Compañeros and Compañeras:

In the early morning hours of December 21, 2012, tens of thousands of indigenous Zapatistas mobilized and took, peacefully and silently, five municipal seats in the southeast Mexican state of Chiapas.

In the cities of Palenque, Altamirano, Las Margaritas, Ocosingo, and San Cristóbal de las Casas, we looked at you and at ourselves in silence.

Ours is not a message of resignation.

It is not one of war, death, or destruction.

Our message is one of struggle and resistance.

After the media coup d’état that catapulted a poorly concealed and even more poorly costumed ignorance into the federal executive branch, we made ourselves present to let them know that if they had never left, neither had we.

Six years ago, a segment of the political and intellectual class went looking for someone to hold responsible for their defeat. At that time we were, in cities and in communities, struggling for justice for an Atenco that was not yet fashionable.

In that yesterday, they slandered us first and wanted to silence us later.

Dishonest and incapable of seeing that it was within themselves that there was and still is the seed of their own destruction, they tried to make us disappear with lies and complicit silence.

Six years later, two things are clear:

They don’t need us in order to fail.

We don’t need them in order to survive.

We, who never went away, despite what media across the spectrum have been determined to make you believe, re-emerge as the indigenous Zapatistas that we are and will be.

In these years, we have significantly strengthened and improved our living conditions. Our standard of living is higher than those of the indigenous communities that support the governments in office, who receive handouts that are squandered on alcohol and useless items.

Our homes have improved without damaging nature by imposing on it roads alien to it.

In our communities, the earth that was used to fatten the cattle of ranchers and landlords is now used to produce the maize, beans, and the vegetables that brighten our tables.

Our work has the double satisfaction of providing us with what we need to live honorably and contributing to the collective growth of our communities.

Our sons and daughters go to a school that teaches them their own history, that of their country and that of the world, as well as the sciences and techniques necessary for them to grow without ceasing to be indigenous.

Indigenous Zapatista women are not sold as commodities.

The indigenous members of the PRI attend our hospitals, clinics, and laboratories because in those of the government, there is no medicine, nor medical devices, nor doctors, nor qualified personnel.

Our culture flourishes, not isolated, but enriched through contact with the cultures of other peoples of Mexico and of the world.

We govern and govern ourselves, always looking first for agreement before confrontation.

We have achieved all of this without the government, the political class, and the media that accompanies them, while simultaneously resisting their attacks of all kinds.

We have shown, once again, that we are who we are.

With our silence, we have made ourselves present.


Now with our word, we announce that:

First – We will reaffirm and consolidate our participation in the National Indigenous Congress, the space of encounter with the original peoples of our country.

Second – We will re initiate contact with our compañeros and compañeras adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle in Mexico and the world.

Third – We will try to construct the necessary bridges toward the social movements that have arisen and will arise, not to direct or supplant them, but to learn from them, from their history, from their paths and destinies.

For this we have consolidated the support of individuals and groups in different parts of Mexico, formed as support teams for the Sixth and International Commissions of the EZLN, to become avenues of communication between the Zapatista bases of support and the individuals, groups, and collectives that are adherents to the Sixth Declaration, in Mexico and in the World, who still maintain their conviction and commitment to the construction of a non-institutional left alternative.

Fourth – We will continue to maintain our critical distance with respect to the entirety of the Mexican political class, which has thrived at the expense of the needs and desires of humble and simple people.

Fifth – With respect to the bad governments – federal, state, and municipal, executive, legislative, and judicial, and the media that accompanies them, we say the following:

The bad governments, which belong to the entirety of the political spectrum without a single exception, have done everything possible to destroy us, to buy us off, to make us surrender. PRI, PAN, PRD, PVEM, PT, CC and the future political party RN have attacked us militarily, politically, socially, and ideologically. [i]

The mainstream media tried to disappear us first with opportunist and servile lies followed by a complicit and deceptive silence. Those they served, those on whose money they nursed are no longer around and those who have succeeded them will not last any longer than their predecessors.

As was made evident on December 21, 2012, all of them failed. So, it’s up to the federal, executive, legislative and judicial governments to decide if they are going to continue the politics of counterinsurgency that have only resulted in a flimsy simulation clumsily built through the media, or if they are going to recognize and fulfill their commitments by elevating Indigenous Rights and Culture to the level of the Constitution as established in the “San Andrés Accords” signed by the Federal Government in 1996, which was at the time led by the very same political party that today occupies the executive office.

It will be up to the state government to decide if it will continue the dishonest and despicable strategy of its predecessor, that in addition to corruption and lies, used the money of the people of Chiapas to enrich itself and its accomplices and dedicated itself to the shameless buying off of the voices and pens of the communications media, sinking the people of Chiapas into poverty while using police and paramilitaries to try to brake the organizational advance of the Zapatista communities; or, if instead, with truth and justice, it will accept and respect our existence and come around to the idea that a new form of social life is blooming in Zapatista territory, Chiapas, Mexico.

This is a flowering that attracts the attention of honest people all over the planet.

It will be up to the municipal governments if they decide to keep swallowing the tall tales with which anti-Zapatista or supposedly “Zapatista” organizations extort them in order to attack and harass our communities; or if instead they use that money to improve the living conditions of those they govern.

It will be up to the people of Mexico who organize in electoral struggles and resist, to decide if they will continue to see us as enemies or rivals upon which to take out their frustration over the frauds and aggressions that, in the end, affect all of us, and if in their struggle for power they continue to ally themselves with our persecutors; or if they finally recognize in us another form of doing politics.

Sixth – In the next few days, the EZLN, through its Sixth and International Commissions, will announce a series of initiatives, civil and peaceful, to continue walking together with other original peoples of Mexico and of the continent, and together with those in Mexico and the world who struggle and resist below and to the left.

Brothers and Sisters:

Compañeros and Compañeras:

Before we had the good fortune of the honest and noble attention of various communications media. We expressed our appreciation then. But this has been completely erased by their later attitude.

Those who wagered that we only existed in the communications media and that, with the siege of lies and silence they created we would disappear, were mistaken.

When there were no cameras, microphones, pens, ears, or gazes, we continued to exist.

When they slandered us, we continued to exist.

When they silenced us, we continued to exist.

And here we are, existing.

Our path, as has been demonstrated, does not depend on media impact, but rather on comprehending the world and all of its parts, on indigenous wisdom that guides our steps, on the unswerving decision that is the dignity of below and to the left.

From now on, our word will be selective in its destination and, except on limited occasions, will only be able to be understood by those who have walked with us and who continue to walk without surrendering to current or media trends.

Here, not without many mistakes and many difficulties, another form of doing politics is already a reality.

Few, very few, will have the privilege of knowing it and learning from it directly.

19 years ago we surprised them taking with fire and blood their cities. Now we have done it once again, without arms, without death, without destruction.

In this way we have distinguished ourselves from those who, during their governments, distributed and continue to distribute death among those they govern.

We are those, the same, of 500 years ago, of 44 years ago, of 30 years ago, of 20 years ago, of just a few days ago.

We are the Zapatistas, the very smallest, those that live, struggle, and die in the last corner of the country, those that do not give up, do not sell out, those that do not surrender.

Brothers and Sisters:

Compañeros and Compañeras:

We are the Zapatistas, receive our embrace.




From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast

For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.

Mexico. December 2012 – January 2013.


[i] PRI (the party of the 70 year dictatorship and home of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari); PAN (the right-wing party of recent president Felipe Calderón which oversaw the total devastation and the deaths of tens of thousands of Mexicans due to its “war on drugs” during the last twelve years); PRD (the institutional “left” party which joined the PAN and the PRI in blocking constitutional reforms on Indigenous Rights and Culture and which until recently was the party of Andrés Manuel López Obrador); the PVEM (Partido Verde Ecologista de México), PT (Partido del Trabajo), CC (Convergencia Ciudadana) and RN (Regeneración Nacional, the political party that is now being built by Andrés Manuel López Obrador after his friendly exit from the PRD).

Translation by El Kilombo Intergalactic. Re published from Compañero Manuel