Socialist Rifle Association Podcast

By Faye Ecklar

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A podcast for the SRA community and greater leftist community, particularly the gun owning parts of it. Released on a (semi-)weekly schedule, we discuss all manner of news stories pertaining to the cause of leftism, particularly with matters pertaining to firearms, from a leftist perspective.

Episode Date
Season 3: Episode 5 — Mutual Aid Part 2 — Los Angeles
00:20:29

The West Los Angeles chapter of the SRA has been engaged in mutual aid work since the start of the COVID-19 lockdowns in California. Faye interviews two of their mutual aid organizers on how they made their own hand sanitizer, distributed supplies, and created and maintain DIY hand washing stations for the unhoused. If you are an organizer or activist, this will help you think about and prepare for the practical aspects of doing organized mutual aid work. 

 

West Los Angeles SRA

Twitter: @WestLA_SRA

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

May 29, 2020
Season 3: Episode 4 — Mutual Aid Part 1 — Tulsa, OK
00:35:50

The Tulsa chapter of the SRA has been doing mutual aid work in their community, helping those most impacted by the economic damage of COVID-19. Faye interviews two of their mutual aid organizers on how they found space, collected donations, sterilized and quarantined supplies, and delivered food directly to those in need. If you are an organizer or activist, this will help you think about and prepare for the practical aspects of doing organized mutual aid work. 

Ed: Apologies for the audio issues!

Tulsa SRA

Twitter: @RifleTulsa

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

May 06, 2020
Season 3: Episode 3 — Kim Kelly
00:25:57

Faye interviews independent journalist Kim Kelly. Kim got her start as a music editor for Vice, focusing on the heavy metal scene. After organizing her workplace, she shifted her attention to covering the labor movement, and started writing a left-wing column for Teen Vogue, as well as articles for many other sites. 

Kim Kelly

Twitter: @GrimKim
Column: https://www.teenvogue.com/contributor/kim-kelly 

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

Apr 13, 2020
Season 3: Episode 2 — National Firearms Act
00:49:26

Faye and JL Hamilton discuss the National Firearms Act, the 1934 legislation that defines many of the contours of national gun regulation today, including the legal definitions of Firearm, Rifle, Shotgun, and Pistol, as well as the definition and regulation of Machine Guns, Suppressors, and Short Barreled Rifles and Shotguns. We discuss how these items are regulated by the NFA, their applications, and their role in gun culture today.

JL Hamilton

Twitter: @absinthol

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

Apr 09, 2020
Season 3: Episode 1 — Agitate! Educate! Organize!
00:36:14

Faye gives an update on the Socialist Rifle Association and the new proposed reform package which will completely overhaul the organization's bylaws.

The main reason for this is that the current bylaws were written with an organization of 500 to 1500 people in mind; now with more than 3500 members we are struggling to keep up. The new bylaws increase the federation and decentralization of the national organization, while still keeping centralism where it's needed. The most important change is a separation of powers between three branches: National Assembly, Administration, Member Welfare Council.Highlights:
 

  • Dissolution of the Central Committee
  • Establishment of a National Assembly
  • Assembly meets 4 times per year
  • Assembly made up of elected delegates from chapters and at large
  • Assembly decides budgets and big picture decisions
  • President remains an elected position; Treasurer and Secretary appointed by National Assembly
  • President, Treasurer, and Secretary oversee new Director and Staff, which handle day to day Administration
  • Member Welfare Council established as main judicial body with at least 7 members
  • Dues Sharing -- Ratified chapters receive 30% of member dues within their jurisdiction
  • Two tier membership system to improve opsec/vetting
  • Changes will require new member management software; we found an open source solution, Tendenci
  • Much More...

I would encourage anyone with the time to read the new bylaws and reply with any comments, questions, concerns, and suggestions. You can post here, but I would recommend putting any serious in-depth discussion on the SRA forums, linked above. Also, Alex know the wording of these bylaws the best, BUT please do not overwhelm her with direct messages; I and other members of the CC can help read and interpret the new bylaws as well.After a few weeks of comment and revision we will put this forward to the general membership for a formal vote to approve or disapprove of these new bylaws. I think the changes are all positive and will ensure that the SRA is able to adapt and stay accountable as an organization as we continue to grow into one of the largest and most influential socialist organizations in the United States.

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This is followed by an interview with Emerican Johnson, discussing the new organization General Strike 2020, an agitation and organizing body which is focused on helping people new to leftist organizing find existing groups and organizations that can help them build power where they are.

 

General Strike 2020

Website: https://www.genstrike.org/

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

Apr 07, 2020
S2E14 — Lobby Day
01:22:27

Faye and Austin discuss the January 20th 2nd Amendment rally in Richmond, Virginia. Then, SRA Central Committee member Eva Cantor hosts a roundtable of Jewish leftists and progressives to discuss antisemitism and how the left can fight it, both internally and externally.

 

Guest: Eva Cantor
Twitter: @PoRiverJamBand

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

Jan 30, 2020
S2E13 — Revolution in Rojava
01:39:12

Faye and Austin collect eyewitness accounts of the revolution in Rojava — the remote corner of northeastern Syria where Kurds and other peoples organized to defend themselves from ISIS, and constructed an experimental new society in the midst of the Syrian Civil War. Based on the political theory of Abdullah Ocalan, synthesizing socialism, feminism, and the writings of American anarchist Murray Bookchin, northeast Syria's Democratic Confederalist system has been an inspiration to socialists and anarchists the world over. Today the Rojavan Revolution is in a dire and uncertain position, betrayed by the Trump administration, caught between a genocidal invasion by Turkey from the north, and the authoritarian Syrian state to the south.

To document what has transpired in the region, we've interviewed journalist Robert Evans who visited Rojava in August 2019, as well as Josh and Charlie, two members of the International Brigades of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who fought in the liberation of Raqqa from ISIS in 2016-2017. We hope that their first-hand perspectives can help shed light on the situation in the region, and inspire western socialists and anarchists to learn from Rojava and apply lessons from their revolution to their own activism and organizing.

Guests:
Robert Evans
Twitter: @IwriteOK
Behind the Bastards: https://www.behindthebastards.com/
It Could Happen Here: https://www.itcouldhappenherepod.com/
Worst Year Ever: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-worst-year-ever-49377032/

Charlie & Josh
Twitter: @SabCharlie

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

Nov 19, 2019
S2E12 — Impure Ideology
01:09:23

Faye and Austin hold a roundtable with their comrades Ellie and Rowdy, discussing recent news in the American labor movement and how it ties into the larger class struggle.

Faye interviews Rowdy about Epistemic Nihilism, the nature of ideology, the roots of eco-fascism, over-consumption, and left unity.

Guest: Rowdy
Twitter: @RecursiveSigns

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

Oct 07, 2019
S2E11 — Reactionaries Into the Sea
01:22:07

Faye and Alex make some important announcements about upcoming SRA elections, then discuss the recent trend of reactionary "class-first" Marxism and how it is corrosive to the socialist movement.

After the break, Faye interviews SRA Secretary J.L. Hamilton about the AK-47: its history, mechanics, and modern application.

Guest: J.L. Hamilton
Twitter: @absinthol

Music: "The Winter Solstice Parable" by FriendlyFroge
Link: https://soundcloud.com/friendlyfroge

Socialist Rifle Association
Website: https://socialistra.org/
Twitter: @SocialistRA
Instagram: @SocialistRA
Facebook: @SocialistRifle
Faye's Twitter: @FayeEcklar

Sep 03, 2019
S2E10 — Live From the SRA National Convention ft. Breht O'Shea
01:38:06
Aug 02, 2019
Season 2: Episode 9 — Milkshakes & Hand Grenades
01:13:06
Jul 12, 2019
Season 2: Episode 8 — No Cops at Pride
01:16:12
Faye and Austin discuss Pride and the many reasons police do not belong at it. We respond to some criticism about the SRA and lay out the organization's function and purpose. We finish up with an explanation of body armor and firearms penetration. After the break, Faye interviews anarchist folk & filk musician Leslie Fish about her music and activism.
Jun 14, 2019
Season 2: Episode 7 — Without a Plan
00:57:21
Faye and Austin are joined by special guest, Pearson Bolt! In a discussion style panel, we talk about the wave of anti-abortion bills sweeping the nation, Iran and Venezuela, and some tips and advice for gun owning radicals.
May 27, 2019
Season 2: Episode 6 — Worst Case Scenarios
01:15:37
Faye and Austin discuss the role of right wing militias, Pinkertons, and the FBI in oppressing the left and propagating fascism. There is hope though, in the form of an old shouty dude from Vermont who probably won't be president. After the break, Faye interviews Robert Evans of the "Behind the Bastards" and "It Could Happen Here" podcasts about the potential for a Second American Civil War, the radical left's readiness for it, and how it can be avoided.
Apr 26, 2019
Season 2: Episode 5 — Radical Solidarity
01:20:00
Faye and Austin discuss police brutality and the need for white socialists to stand in solidarity and participate (not lead!) in black-led movements for racial justice. They then briefly discuss the Mueller report and the winding-down of Russiagate, as well as Joe Biden's "Creepy Uncle" behavior. After the break, Faye interviews two SRA comrades in the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America about their experiences as union reps, and how to organize a union in your work place.
Apr 05, 2019
Season 2: Episode 4 — In the Face of Hate
01:19:39
Faye and Austin talk about the SRA's recent interview with the BBC, liberal media's obsession with both-sidesism, the Coast Guard terrorist, Ilhan Omar, and the Venezuelan coup. Faye answers Austin's questions about defensive handgun calibres. After the break Faye interviews AngieSpeaks about social capital and gun culture in the UK.
Mar 15, 2019
Season 2: Episode 3 — Shoulder to Cry On
01:04:25
Faye and Austin discuss Bernie Sanders' presidential announcement, the Green New Deal, NeoLiberal complacency, and the likelihood of catastrophic climate change. Afterwards they talk about mental health and suicide with regards to gun ownership, and the need for community and mutual emotional support. Faye interviews SRA member Oso about the SRA's hurricane relief efforts, as well as his experiences as a Jewish person living in the South.
Feb 27, 2019
Season 2: Episode 2 — Not That Simple
01:28:10
Faye and Austin discuss the liberal reaction to Trump's State of the Union; Kamala Harris' transphobia; and Oregon's new gun legislation. Faye teaches Austin about how safely store a firearm. Faye interviews the President of the SRA, Alex Humva, about Native American rights and the issue of reparations for Native tribes.
Feb 15, 2019
Season 2: Episode 1 — New Host, Who Dis?
01:11:47
New Year, New Host! Faye takes over as official host of the SRA podcast. Joined by new Co-host Austin, they discuss the foibles of the Media's obsession with covering Trump and the Mueller investigation; the Democratic Party's resistance to Progressive ideals; Feinsteins's Assault Weapon's Ban and Police Violence. Faye guides Austin through the process of buying his first gun.
Feb 02, 2019
Episode 20: The Podcast Goes Meta
00:18:30
Alex gets meta and reflects on the podcast. Changes are coming to the podcast and its format, but it's okay: it's still doing better than the government, which is currently shut down while one party controls all branches of the federal government and a majority of state legislatures and governorships. The only thing stopping the rise of fascism is the sheer incompetence of those involved.
Dec 22, 2018
Episode 19: Whatever You Did Not Do For the Least of These
01:52:54
Please support Mutual Aid Defense Relief and their mission to help folks after Hurricane Michael and other events. The podcast (maybe) resumes normal schedule with another look at our grimdark present. Alex and Faye takes a trip to the windy city to see how their mayor wants to solve a budget shortfall and a far right murderer is tried and convicted as such. A church evicts the homeless displaced after Hurricane Michael and Alex becomes a preacher to cast damnation. Finally, listener questions.
Dec 16, 2018
Episode 18: Our Cyberpunk Future
01:23:26
In a belated episode, Alex and Faye talk about Musk digging tunnels, the Democratic leadership continue to prove to be mostly spineless, but AOC continues to troll the right magnificently while attempting to survive DC on a shoestringe budget. Bernie Sanders gives a pretty terrible take on migrants coming to America, CNN gets an itchy termination finger, the VA fails at its job, and the Supreme Court agrees to look at the ban on buying handguns out-of-state. New York state proposes a bill to grab your social media when you want to buy a gun and Elon Musk gets remanded by NASA. Finally, a Heads Up Display and the cyberpunk future.
Dec 15, 2018
Episode 17: Maybe We Were Wrong About the Luddites
01:24:11
Returning from a post-election haze, Alex and Faye tackle an election recap, a sampling of recent gun stories, and then look at Amazon's new HQ and the huge government breaks they're receiving. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Nov 18, 2018
Episode 16: Yellowstone Kills Us All
01:04:30
In a shorter episode, Alex and Faye take a look at Elon Musk being, well, Elon Musk, including a discussion of titles and the lack there of as well as an extended segment regarding Musk, catgirls, and trans culture. They swear a lot, and then talk about America's descent into fascism and violence.
Nov 03, 2018
Episode 15: Genes Are Weird
01:23:02
The trainwreck continues as JL returns to help analyze various liberal and neoliberal individuals and institutions receiving pipe bombs from someone who thinks they're the representatives of leftism. The Saudi Arabian royals continue to change their story on how a critic of them and the Trump administration was mysteriously tortured and killed by Saudi Arabian intelligence operatives. The Department of Health and Human Services employs elementary school level sex ed to make guidelines about human sex and gender, to expectedly terrible results. Finally, Washington state seeks to implement much stricter gun laws on its residents, and the cops are torn on what to think.
Oct 26, 2018
Episode 14: John Brown's Body Lies a-Mouldering
01:32:41
In this episode of the podcast, Alex might not exactly be well, but that can't stop him from talking about John Brown. The Proud Boys attack leftists from one side of the nation to the other and then boast about having friends in high places. Breht and Bones get attacked by Alex Jones, who is blissfully unaware of their helicopter schemes. Saudi Arabia assassinates a journalist by means of bone saw and it's just absolutely terrifying, skip to 1:15:00ish if you don't want that. Finally, student loans destroy us all.
Oct 20, 2018
Episode 13: Healthy For Your Brain
01:17:16
The podcast looks at changes going on with the Socialist Rifle Association and hurricane efforts happening today, and then turns an eye to Elon Musk, Silicon Valley, and the intersection of technology and society. We glance at what social activism and corporate activism is doing in the gun world, and then sigh a lot about the rise of fascism. Finally, the anthropocene, climate change, and the incoming apocalyptic landscape. Gotta end positive.
Oct 13, 2018
Episode 12: Angry Syndicalist Hour
01:22:14
The podcast reviews the Republican party "abandoning it's values" and sighs deeply. The US gets slapped in international court but no one seems to care while Musk gets slapped by the SEC and cares a little. The Jesuits look to embrace democratic socialism and further liberation theology, but then the Louisville DSA gets pepper sprayed. Parkland denies rent space to a gun show and maybe that isn't the best but who knows. We briefly review how screen time works with children, because why not. Finally, "frugal" billionaires and Amazon's labor struggles.
Oct 05, 2018
Patreon Episode 1: Intersectionality
00:42:56
This is part of a Patreon series to provide some extra content for those who support the show at Patreon6, the first episode being made public to premier the series. In this episode Alex and Faye discuss intersectionality, some of its history, its applications in today's society, and what we should do about class consciousness and identity politics. Special guest appearance from the ghost of the Humva household, the mini-Humva.
Oct 01, 2018
Episode 11: When the Big One Hits
01:41:27
The podcast resumes regular schedule a day late because the host is currently dying from a sinus infection. Alex and Faye discuss the hurricane relief efforts briefly, then get into the shocking news that an ancap did something awful. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility successfully passes a resolution with Smith and Wesson's holding company to push for more gun safety, somehow. Trump talks big at the UN and gets laughed at for it, but it's okay because we'll all forget about it with the never-ending saga on Kavanaugh and now Rosenstein. California tries to fix the bail system and misses the mark, while Jerry Brown tells us not to go too far left unless we want someone even worse than Trump. The Jacobin mistreats its workers, the Apple Watch is cool but could put you in legal trouble, and millennial kill something else yet again: divorce. Finally, the rich seek to survive the apocalypse, but don't seem to have thought it through very well.
Sep 29, 2018
Episode 10: So Many Coups
01:14:13
A man gets shot in his own apartment by an off-duty officer and people still blame him. A police lieutenant sells too many guns and gets busted. Cumeo gets the coveted anti-gun endorsement and gladly embraces it. Musk gets a few tokes on while his executive staff flee the company and his workers get fired for drug tests. Google snubs the Senate so the Senate snubs them. Bannon says the deep state is going coup Trump, except the state isn't very deep. The passport denial trend finds its way to Kansas. Trump officials plot some actual coups in Venezuela. Finally, hurricane relief. This episode was meant to air the week prior but alas, scheduling delays.
Sep 22, 2018
Episode 9: A Lot of Disturbing Tendencies
01:29:02
The podcast checks in on how the SRA is doing, Cody Wilson skirts around his injunction by selling hard copies of the liberator code, a Department of Education report is 95% wrong about school shootings, California passes a law to let your boss tell a judge to take your guns away, the Oath Keepers form an anti-leftist training program like it's 1932 all over again, the police have trouble keeping transgender individuals safe, Elon Musk is insane, California takes on the FCC, Trump says Google is being mean to him, a sports player makes an ironically good point about gun control, and finally Latino citizens get their citizenship stripped by the border. Late stage capitalism has never been so simultaneously hilarious and terrifying.
Sep 05, 2018
Episode 8: A Blight On Civilization
01:25:55
The podcast examines gun discourse from Utah to Hawaii, with little positive to be seen. The Democrats depower the oligarchs (a little), while an anarchist capitalist and a social democrat both fail to argue why socialism is bad/good. Elon Musk realizes that maybe SEC violations aren't a good idea, Silent Sam gets the mosh pit treatment, and Politico pretends that a teenager hacked the elections. A judge rules that maybe the police can compel you to unlock your phone, another judge rules Trump can't union bust, a Georgia superintendent gets racist on tape, and Verizon gets a fiery reaction after throttling fire fighters. Finally, we discuss prison strike 2018 and what is going on with it. We also have a Patreon now! If you would like, check it out at patreon.com/socialistrapodcast .
Aug 29, 2018
Episode 7: TERF War
01:00:43
The podcast convinces someone else to talk on it, Democrats can't decide if they want to embrace social democracy, Reddit bans gun files, Ajit Pai continues to be a slimeball, Fox says the communists were behind Pearl Harbor, a baker doesn't want to put food dye in a cake lest he burn for eternity, and TERFs stir up trouble in the United Kingdom. I don't even have to write the jokes anymore, they're just there for the taking.
Aug 23, 2018
Episode 6: Confiscated Soldering Irons
00:29:53
The organization grows in size, Saudi Arabia posts threatening photoshops and wants to buy Tesla, Unite the Right 2 fizzles out for the fash, DEFCON gets frisked, Keith Ellison gets accused of assault (again), Cuba changes its constitution, and socialism maybe is on the rise in America.
Aug 15, 2018
Episode 5: Attack of the Drones
00:26:03
The SRA joins the live radio club, a man takes a flashbang to the head in Portland, fash group chats get subpoenaed, Reddit gets hacked (but it's okay), the CIA may or may not have tried to assassinate a world leader via explosive drone, Apple becomes even more filthy rich, Trump explains how rivers work, and Canada gets kicked out of Saudi Arabia. The future is now, it kinda sucks.
Aug 08, 2018
Episode 4: Super Dimensional Union Organizers
00:30:50
In this episode of the SRA Podcast, bylaws are passed, 3D printed gun schematics are illegal again (maybe), unions are busted, and reactionaries continue to gain power. It's like the 1920s, but with less moonshine and more tech libertarians.
Aug 01, 2018
Episode 3: 3D Printed Fully Automatic Democratic Socialism
00:34:25
In this episode of the SRA Podcast, we discuss updates to the organization, printing 3D guns, the successes of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a bit of gun violence statistics.
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 2: Leftist Rectangles & Socialist Squares
00:16:56
In this episode of the SRA Podcast, I look at the events going on within the organization, bring up the rise of the DSA, and discuss an article about "leftist liberal socialism."
Jun 09, 2018
Episode 1: Organizational Debriefing
00:08:35
In this episode of the SRA Podcast, we discuss updates to the organization and give brief overviews of a view popular news stories and articles posted to r/SocialistRA.
May 25, 2018