Episode #29: Let them eat forms!

Taking a short break from their trip to *definitely not a terrorist training camp*, Ti Skypes in from the occupied territories of Leon, specifically to bully Emmy for being and woke ginger IDpol person. Kendra guest hosts on Justine’s behalf too.

In Concerned Comrades, we talk about why building the power of the base is the only way to change the world (not stupid and horrible alt-right style nonsense). We also re-establish that Emmy is gross.

Because the Labour Party is not your friend, we have sat down with the Labour Party’s greatest enemy: Auckland Action Against Poverty. Returning friend of the pod, Ricardo, discusses the govt’s response to breadlines outside Work and Income offices. But actually, that segment was snitch the sitch.

In the Labour Party is not your friend, Emmy, Kendra and Ti, dissect this further. We also talk about the 1 billion trees policy and why pine trees are awful at sucking carbon but native trees are excellent suckers. We also add a new sub-segment: “Deselect Julie Anne Genter”.

Finally, we read an article from one of Julie Anne’s friends in the business community about climate change. It’s definitely not terrible and stupid.

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Episode #26: The Labour Party is Not Your Friend — Budget 2019 SPECIAL EPISODE

We’re very please to release a special episode dedicated to why the Labour Party is not your friend. This is a deep-dive into Budget 2019, the so-called “Wellbeing Budget”.

We interview 6 educators, agitators and organisers about why this budget falls woefully short. A full transcript is available on peoplespolitburo.com.

First, we talk to Ben Rosamond from the primary teachers’ union NZEI. Ben outlines why teachers are angry af about this budget and the current crisis in education. He also spills the tea about the teachers’ strike and the struggle going forward.

Then, we sit down with Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is an early childhood teacher and new mum. Nadia outlines the very real danger that children are placed in because of the chronic under-funding of early childhood education. She makes an important feminist case for why we need free, universal early childhood education in Aotearoa. P.s. Nadia was the kween who wrote that letter with Justine to Lorde: thespinoff.co.nz/society/12-10-20…letter-to-lorde/

A little awkwardly, our third “guest” is Ti Lamusse: SH People’s Politburo panelist, socialist, homosexualist, and researcher in criminal justice issues. Ti discusses how Labour is prioritising imprisonment over housing and why this was not a Wellbeing Budget for impoverished communities.

Our fourth guest is Vanessa Cole, a formidable housing researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. Vanessa talks about how the housing announcements aren’t nearly enough to address the housing crisis and chronic homelessness.

Then we talk with Anna Sturman (PhD candidate at USyd) about how the Wellbeing Budget fundamentally fails to deal with climate change. Anna does an incredible job outlining the political economy of climate change and why we can’t fund our way out of disaster. Anna is a member of the Australian-based Climate Justice Collective. You can find out more here: climatejusticeaustralia.org/

Finally, our returning champion and ASMR expert, Ricardo Menéndez March lays down some truths about welfare. Ricardo demonstrates how the Wellbeing Budget dooms hundreds of thousands of people to continuing poverty because of low benefit rates.

From this collective analysis, the Politburo concludes that the Labour Party is absolutely not your friend.

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Episode #25: This milkshake kills fascists!

There’s been a whole year of SHPP. One year of galaxy-brained takes, impassioned denunciations of capitalism, and extremely inappropriate and unexpected sex jokes. We’re celebrating by recording our regular fortnightly episode of SHPP.

We start with “Concerned Comrades”, weighing in on the important questions around celebrity dogs, milkshakes-as-antifa-tactics, and socialist fashun tips.

In “Snitch the Sitch”, reflect on the first year of SHPP and the political reasons for the show.

Finally, we all Come in My Library at another incredible Kate Hawkesby reading. You’re going to love it.

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Episode #24: Protect Ihumātao, an interview with Pania Newton (+ other SHPP nonsense)

This episode follows the Politburo on our trip to Ihumātao and beyond. The show was recorded in two parts. Everything other than Snitch the Sitch was recorded while very not sober, which we hope adds to the charm.

The episode starts with a nonsensical description of our day from a very blazed Ti. It’s mostly coherent and pretty funny.

Concerned Comrades is a lot this week. Justine and Ti get through the first two questions with a straight face before completely losing it in the last question and forgetting to re-record it. You get the joyful mess that is two best buds trying to be serious but struggling hard af.

Snitch the Sitch takes us to Ihumātao, where Emmy, Justine and Ti interview Pania Newton, one of the leaders of the peaceful occupation of stolen land. The interview outlines the history of the land, its importance, the struggle to reclaim it, as well as what you can do to help. You can find out more on their website here: www.protectihumatao.com/. If you’re based abroad, you can donate to their givealittlehttps://givealittle.co.nz/cause/protectihumatao-1#
However, if you’re in NZ, please use their bank account and directly donate. Their number is 38-9017-0062452-00

Finally, in Come in My Library, we read another gem from our returning champion Mike Hosking. Somehow Justine’s takes get 10x hotter when high but Ti just becomes a mess. You’re so welcome.

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Episode #22: Should Academics be Activists?

This fortnight’s episode is another in the more reflective genre. Justine and Ti talk on the themes of building left organisations in Aotearoa, as well as specifically whether academics should be activists.

In concerned comrades, the Politburo answers questions about rural socialist organising, making concessions to build mass power, and the tensions between combating climate change and other political necessities.

We introduce a new segment of “Theory Faeries” (Ti can’t pronounce it properly). This segments is going to be where we talk ideas in hopefully a funny, informative, and entertaining way. Sometimes we’ll have interviews, sometimes we’ll read a book, and sometimes we’ll just talk nonsense. This fortnight, we unpack whether academics should be activists.

If you came for the memes, however, this episode isn’t all dry analysis. We’ve got you covered in our reading of a truly incredible Newstalk ZB article. You’re so welcome.

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Episode #21: The Christchurch Mosque Attacks – Mourning, Reflection, Organising

In this episode, we reflect on the Christchurch Mosque Attacks. We talk about the context of Islamophobia in which the attack occurred, the responses to it, and what it means for our organising going forward. This is not a usual episode of the podcast. Don’t expect jokes. We simply provide our open and honest reflection on the most horrific terrorist attack in modern New Zealand history.