Posts Tagged ‘Honduran coup’

3P-058 Honduras: The People Speak

This episode chronicles the violent aftermath of the Honduran coup, which Hilary Clinton has lauded as a return to normalcy. However, the Honduran people are not defeated. A Constituent People’s Assembly is being convened to strategize a map to the next world. Bertha Caceres Flores’ poetic invitation to the Assembly asks them to bring solidarity in their sack of dreams, but her agenda is clear-eyed and pragmatic. We answer their invitation with a parallel agenda for the US and use their blueprint for a new Constitution to re-envision our own consumer democracy.

Bertha is a leader of COPINH: The Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. Intertwined throughout this tribute to the indigenous struggle of the Hondurans are the poetry, songs, videos, and quotes of Joy Harjo, visionary Cherokee poet and saxophone player. Alongside these two practical mystics, native to their lands, we also claim our legacy as proud descendents of peasants and commoners, witches and troublemakers.

Poem:

  • “A Map to the Next World” by Joy Harjo

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Song for Survival” by Mike Oldfield and the Anuta Tribe
  • “A Post-Colonial Tale” by Joy Harjo
  • “This is My Heart” by Joy Harjo

Click here to view the transcript or listen to the audio file. Thanks to Grahame Russell and Annie Bird of Rights Action, and Tom Louden of the Quixote Center for the information in this episode. Food in the ‘Hood has now raised $1900 for indigenous organizations of Honduras and Peru. Bruce Parry’s CD “Amazon Tribe: Songs for Survival” is also featured as a fundraiser for Survival International.

3P-047 Cassandra’s Dilemma

Cassandra’s Dilemma: Discusses a 1999 book, Believing Cassandra, by Alan AtKisson, a 2000 book called Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam, and last month’s updated version of Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia by Rob Brezsny. Explains the concept of Cassandra’s Dilemma. Cites graphs on economic disparity as a champagne glass, working women who want to work vs. have to work, the generational divide in malaise, and the rise and fall of the news audience. Relates the Honduran coup regime’s midnight assault on independent radio, and Argentina’s media reform bill to prohibit broadcasting monopolies.

Poems:

  • Tereza Coraggio, “To Sleep with a Child’s Heart in Your Hand”
  • Tereza Coraggio, “The Constellations of the Day Sky”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Eaten by Tigers, “Solstice”
  • John Ondrasik/Five for Fighting, “Chances,” annoyingly annotated version
  • Benjamin Zephaniah, “Rong Radio,” Black Cab Sessions