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Defectors Episode 14: The Galactic Empire Cannot Be Reformed

Defectors Episode 14: The Galactic Empire Cannot Be Reformed

September 6, 2020

Defectors is back! We talk about the MASSIVE UPRISINGS happening for Black lives and against police violence, and we dive into the first two story arcs (episodes 1 - 8) of The Clone Wars Season 7.

Audio notes: We had a recording problem this time and almost scrapped the episode entirely, but managed to use backup audio and cut around the worst problems. Sorry, it's a little funky.

Thanks Ira for the new logo! Instagram and Twitter: @plantneighbor

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Defectors Episode 13: Not a Navy, Just a Podcast

Defectors Episode 13: Not a Navy, Just a Podcast

January 6, 2020

We react to The Rise of Skywalker and shout out activist, whistle-blower, political prisoner and defector Chelsea Manning. Spoilers for TROS abound!

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SHOUTOUT

Chelsea Manning
Follow her on Twitter: @xychelsea and @SaveManning
Sign the petition for her release: FreeChelsea.com
Donate to her legal defense: tinyurl.com/chelsealegal
Write her a letter (one of the best ways to support):

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314

Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars
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Thank you Eamon for making our logo!
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Doomsday Prep: A Defectors Short

Doomsday Prep: A Defectors Short

December 16, 2019

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is coming out IN A FEW DAYS! We prepare for the "end of the Skywalker saga" by discussing our hopes for the new movie, and as usual we also veer wildly off topic.

Episode art by Ira Clarke
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Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars
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Defectors Episode 12: Dumpster Fire of the Vanities

Defectors Episode 12: Dumpster Fire of the Vanities

June 11, 2019

Defectors Episode 12: Dumpster Fire of the Vanities

 

Vanity Fair's The Rise of Skywalker feature—JJ comparing the First Order to Argentinian Nazis, Kathleen Kennedy's views on the political climate in the '70s and today, and much more; supporting folks seeking abortions through abortion funds, reproductive justice, and volunteering to be a clinic escort; how our training for Running Down the Walls 2019 stacks up against Star Wars training sequences

 

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SHOUTOUTS

National Network of Abortion Funds

website: https://abortionfunds.org/

twitter: @AbortionFunds

The Yellowhammer Fund

website: https://yellowhammerfund.org/

twitter: @YellowFund

Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

website: https://www.sistersong.net/

twitter: @SisterSong_WOC

 

States pushing to further restrict access to abortion (CNN): https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/16/politics/states-abortion-laws/index.html

 

Running Down the Walls 2019

This episode was recorded before the RDTW event, but was released after. You can still donate: https://fundly.com/running-down-the-walls-2019

 

US Department of Energy refers to fossil fuels as “freedom gas” and “molecules of US freedom”: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2019/05/29/department-energy-uses-freedom-gas-refer-natural-gas/1270444001/

 

Art for this episode (and many others) by Ira

Twitter and Instagram: @plantneighbor

 

Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars

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Beeps and boops from “Cruising with R2D2” by Flying Creature

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Thank you Eamon for making our logo!

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Defectors Episode 11: Steam Rising Off a Tauntaun Corpse

Defectors Episode 11: Steam Rising Off a Tauntaun Corpse

May 3, 2019

Episode IX teaser what does it mean!?; Star Wars Celebration announcements; getting pumped for Running Down the Walls and the Anarchist Black Cross Federation; tauntauns as post-apocalyptic transportation; politicians celebrating Force-choke sanctions; and Imperial stickers—take three

 

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SHOUTOUT

Running Down the Walls (Anarchist Black Cross fundraiser)

National event page: http://www.abcf.net/blog/running-down-the-walls-2019/

Los Angeles event page: http://www.abcf.net/losangeles/rdtw/

Los Angeles flier: http://www.abcf.net/losangeles/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/04/RDTW2019.pdf

About the Anarchist Black Cross Federation: http://www.abcf.net/about-us/

 

BUSINESS

The tweet thread we mentioned (thanks @Anarcommissar!): https://twitter.com/Anarcommissar/status/1111411242818654209

 

STAR WARS IN THE NEWS

“US tightens the screws on Venezuela's Maduro with banking sanctions” by David C Adams and Janet Rodriguez

https://www.univision.com/univision-news/latin-america/us-tightens-the-screws-on-venezuelas-maduro-with-banking-sanctions?hootPostID=7b53ffbe85adb0035a23f5f04ee724d5

 

Transcript of Senator Mike Lee's speech on the Green New Deal: https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2019/03/mike-lee-mocks-green-new-deal-on-senate-floor/

 

Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars

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Beeps and boops from “Cruising with R2D2” by Flying Creature

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Thank you Eamon for making our logo!

Check out the Radical People Podcast—it's full of awesome interviews with on-the-ground activists:

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Twitter: @Radical_Podcast

 

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Defectors Episode 10: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

Defectors Episode 10: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

April 8, 2019

Defectors Episode 10: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

 

We discuss Episodes 16 through 20 of Star Wars: Resistance and we give updates on the Hambach forest defenders, No More Deaths, Unist'ot'en Camp, and Unicorn Riot. There may or may not be some ranting about the state of the world.

 

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SHOUTOUTS

 

Hambach Forest Defenders

Website: hambachforest.org

Twitter: @HambiBleibt

Other handles to follow for updates: @krahennest @HambiChaos @HambiLluna @ImWinke11 @oaktown1312
Action map of the Hambach Forest: https://hambachforest.org/blog/2019/01/15/new-action-map-of-hambach-forest/

 

No More Deaths

Website: nomoredeaths.org

Twitter: @NoMoreDeaths

Instagram: nomoredeaths_nomasmuertes

 

Unist'ot'en Camp

Website: unistoten.camp

Twitter: @unistotencamp

 

Unicorn Riot

Website: unicornriot.ninja

Twitter: @UR_Ninja

 

The art for this episode was made by Ira. See more of their stuff:

Instagram: @tailofacat

Twitter: @plantneighbor

 

Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars

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Beeps and boops from “Cruising with R2D2” by Flying Creature

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Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivitives 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode

 

Thank you Eamon for making our logo!

Check out the Radical People Podcast—it's full of awesome interviews with on-the-ground activists:

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Twitter: @Radical_Podcast

 

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Defectors Episode 9: Occupy Colossus

Defectors Episode 9: Occupy Colossus

April 1, 2019

Defectors Episode 9: Occupy Colossus

We discuss Star Wars: Resistance Season 1, Episodes 11 through 15; we award imaginary points to our Twitter followers for commenting about their favorite Resistance characters; and we shout out rebels in Mexico taking creative direct action against the US-Mexico border.

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SHOUTOUT
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/20/mexico-trump-border-wall-tijuana

The art for this episode was made by Ira. See more of their work:
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Twitter: @plantneighbor

Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars
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Beeps and boops from “Cruising with R2D2” by Flying Creature
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Thank you Eamon for making our logo!
Check out the Radical People Podcast—it's full of awesome stories from on-the-ground activists:
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Defectors Episode 8: Endor Warriors are O.K.!

Defectors Episode 8: Endor Warriors are O.K.!

March 8, 2019

Defectors Episode 8: Endor Warriors are O.K.!

We ask a lot of questions about Ewoks in ROTJ! Were they meant to spread an anti-tech message or just to sell toys? Is their inspiration from the Viet Cong and the indigenous Miwok tribes an example of cultural appropriation? Do they eat humans, and do we care? We also take a look at Earth Warriors are O.K.! (EWOK!), an eco-prisoner support group active in the Twin Cities in the late '90s and early 2000s, and shout out the Earth First! Journal, a radical environmental magazine written for and by grassroots activists. But first we catch up and discuss The Clone Wars, Resistance, Funko Pops, our guest appearance on the leftist podcast Coffee with Comrades, and, well, the weather.

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SHOUTOUT: Earth First! Journal
Website: earthfirstjournal.org
Twitter: @efjournal

Earth Warriors are O.K.! (EWOK!)
Zine: https://www.sproutdistro.com/catalog/zines/prisons/ewok-zine/
Website: https://midwestgreenscare.wordpress.com/

Check out Coffee with Comrades Episode 34: “Destroy the Death Star, Featuring Defectors Podcast”!
Website: coffeewithcomrades.com
Twitter: @coffeewithcomrades

Ira made the art for this episode! Thanks Ira! Follow them to see more of their art:
Instagram: @tailofthecat
Twitter: @plantneighbor

Here's our main reference for the Ewoks-eating-Stormtroopers dicussion, “Did Ewoks Eat The Stormtroopers” from Star Wars Explained: https://youtu.be/yH_AU1eFzrs

Thank you Eamon for making our logo!
Check out the Radical People Podcast—it's full of awesome interviews with on-the-ground activists:
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Twitter: @Radical_Podcast

Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars
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Beeps and boops from “Cruising with R2D2” by Flying Creature
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Defectors Episode 7: Rose to the Occasion

Defectors Episode 7: Rose to the Occasion

February 2, 2019

Defectors Episode 7: Rose to the Occasion

Rose and Finn put their fists though this whole lousy, beautiful town; Bob Iger probably has a timeshare on Canto Bight; the new episode of Star Wars: Resistance is so wizard; and the Unist'ot'en Camp defends its land from imperialist industry. Bonus Features: a crust punk Ewok named Pee Jar Binks knows how to protect your squat from cops, and a sitcom pitch for Disney+

 

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SHOUTOUT: Unist'ot'en Camp

Website: unistoten.camp
Twitter: @unistotencamp

Listen to Radical People Podcast's latest episode, "Unceded," about this struggle:
https://soundcloud.com/ranger-danger-379084944/unceded


We mention Coffee with Comrades twice in this episode so you should probably check them out!

Website: coffeewithcomrades.com
Twitter: @coffeewithcomrades

 

Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars
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Beeps and boops from “Cruising with R2D2” by Flying Creature
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Thank you Eamon for making our logo!
Check out the Radical People Podcast—it's full of awesome interviews with on-the-ground activists:
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Twitter: @Radical_Podcast

Defectors Episode 6: Freedom of Movement

Defectors Episode 6: Freedom of Movement

January 22, 2019

What does the Star Wars franchise have to say about freedom of movement? How would our heroes respond to claims that Trump's border wall will bring “peace and security”? In this episode we talk about these questions, give a shoutout to the rebels of No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes (nomoredeaths.org) who are facing charges for humanitarian aid work at the US-Mexico border, and we answer a question from a listener about whether there are forces of good in Star Wars at all.

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Let's get more people listening! Tell two people in your life about the show, and use the hashtag #Defect when spreading the word on social media.

SUPPORT NO MORE DEATHS / NO MAS MUERTES!
Website: nomoredeaths.org
Twitter: @NoMoreDeaths
Instagram: nomoredeaths_nomasmuertes

“Guilty Verdict in First #Cabeza9 Case”
http://forms.nomoredeaths.org/guilty-verdict-in-first-cabeza9-case/
Democracy Now! segment on No More Deaths Trial
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/15/arizona_activists_face_jail_time_for

Does the Star Wars universe have immigration laws?
https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/177171/does-the-star-wars-universe-have-immigration-laws

These antifa groups doxx fascists and much more—throw them a follow and show them support!

Always Antifascist: @RoseCityAntifa
Eugene Antifa: @_eugeneantifa
New York City Antifa: @NYCAntifa
Atlanta Antifascists: @afainatl
Thanks @AntiFashGordon for recommending these groups

Intro music: “May the Chords Be with You” by Computer Music All-Stars
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Beeps and boops from “Cruising with R2D2” by Flying Creature
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Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivitives 4.0 International: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode

Thank you Eamon for making our logo!
Check out the Radical People Podcast—it's full of awesome interviews with on-the-ground activists:
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Twitter: @Radical_Podcast

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