No racism, no homophobia, no sexism

What does the mission mean?
Does it mean that there are certain lyrics that shouldn’t be played?
For each of us, it is probably a different genre from which we might choose our songs. If you play a lot of hip hop, you really should address the idea of using bitch to describe women and nigga to describe men.
My attitude is that the youth have their own unspoken reasons for using language that is insulting to me and I try to just put it down to youth. Like we would use vulgar language that was slang in my youth and my parents’ generation weren’t supposed to like it, in fact, better they didn’t.
The words have historical context though. Words of the white man that he hammered into all our heads so we internalized the oppressor’s image of what we should be. Stereotypes are what they call it now and you even have to qualify it anyway, harmful stereotypes.
When you assume a person is going to act out in a certain way, sometimes you can bring on that behavior just with your expectation.
Walking the streets of Oakland, make eye contact, smile back at people, behave as if you belong, that’s the way to safely navigate hunting grounds. It’s worked for me. On the streets is where I’m safe. The streets is where people who barely know me will intercede on my behalf. You act like the people out here are going to be fair-minded and reliable, because for the most part, they are.
Living on the street can teach you how to be reliable in a different way, not just during business hours, or 6 o’clock sharp every evening, but 24/7.
On the other hand, a prejudiced person who expects people to treat him unfairly, maybe a white dude who fucked off all the opportunities handed to him his whole life, that guy comes to our block and doesn’t realize we aren’t judging him, he’s doing that himself, saying please rob me and take the reparations for the oppression this country and people who look like me,have perpetrated.


Is there room for community radio in my zip code? | Prometheus Radio Project

Is there room for community radio in my zip code?


It’s very possible! At this time, there may be room for as many as 1 new community radio station(s) in your zip code, but only with a special waiver of the FCC rules.

The FCC is currently setting rules to determine when such waivers can be used. Tell the FCC that OAKLAND needs community radio and that new stations should be allowed wherever possible.

The FCC will be taking applications for new stations as early as Winter 2012. What could your community do with its own voice on the airwaves? Learn more about starting a station and sign up for updates and support!

Learn more about this tool and read disclaimers here.

via Is there room for community radio in my zip code? | Prometheus Radio Project.

Low Power Broadcast Radio Stations |

Fascinating. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything willfully and knowingly in my life.

Penalties for Operation Without A Permit or License

The Commission considers unauthorized broadcast operation to be a serious matter. Presently, the maximum penalty for operating an unlicensed or “pirate” broadcast station (one which is not permitted under Part 15 or is not a Carrier Current Station) is set at $10,000 for a single violation or a single day of operation, up to a total maximum amount of $75,000.

Adjustments may be made upwards or downwards depending on the circumstances involved. Equipment used for an unauthorized operation may also be confiscated. There are also criminal penalties (fine and/or imprisonment) for “willfully and knowingly” operating a radio station without a license. DON’T DO IT!

See recent Enforcement Bureau orders for unlicensed operations.

via Low Power Broadcast Radio Stations |

Beaumont, California Woman Blinded for ‘Contempt of Cop’ – informationliberation

On February 21, Clark conducted a traffic stop involving Hernandez, who was suspected of drunk driving. When Clark attempted to handcuff her, Hernandez resisted. The officer responded by using a JPX device — a weapon that uses a gunpowder charge to fire a stream of pepper spray at roughly 400 miles an hour.

The JPX weapon is designed for use at a distance of 6 to 15 feet, and training presentations depict it being deployed against aggressive, armed assailants. Promotional literature for the JPX weapon — which isn’t categorized as a firearm, because it doesn’t fire a projectile — boasts of “devastating stopping power.” The payload of weaponized OC spray is propelled over the prescribed distance at less than three one-hundredths of a second, making it “too fast to avoid…. The effect is immediate; there is no chance to resist.”

Clark’s attorney insists that the officer’s attack was justified in order “to gain compliance and in defense of his person.” The JPX is designed to incapacitate an aggressor at a distance. Clark — who was armed and wearing body armor — fired it into Hernandez’s temple from a distance of roughly ten inches, blowing apart her right eye and leaving the left with severe, irreparable damage.

Anyone who had undergone rudimentary training with the JPX would understand that the weapon should not be fired directly into the head or face of a non-violent suspect. Clark’s actions suggest that his intention was not to gain “compliance,” but rather to inflict summary street punishment for “contempt of cop.”

Hernandez was taken to the hospital and never charged. Following an investigation by the Riverside County Sherriff’s office, a grand jury indicted Clark on four felony charges: Assault under color of authority, assault with a less lethal weapon, use of force causing severe bodily injury, and assault with force likely to cause severe bodily injury. Free on $50,000 bail, Clark faces up to 20 years in prison. At present, the officer — who is chairman of the local police union — was placed on administrative leave, which is to say that he was given a paid vacation.

Interestingly, the law firm representing Clark in his criminal trial is involving in a union lawsuit against Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coe, claiming that the chief retaliated against critics on in the department by denying them promotions, thereby leaving several positions vacant.

Tragically, the blinding of Monique Hernandez arose out of a domestic disturbance that led to a 911 call. Two officers responded to the call, one of whom reportedly witnessed the assault while speaking with Hernandez’s family.

It should be remembered that any time someone calls for police “assistance,” he’s inviting the intervention of people who consider themselves licensed to inflict potentially lethal violence as punishment for non-compliance. It should be assumed that if the police get involved, somebody is going to be needlessly injured or killed.

via Beaumont, California Woman Blinded for ‘Contempt of Cop’ – informationliberation.

The Last Bastions of Outlaw Radio

Pissed everyone off at BLR

In our brave new information universe, music fans win. Podcasts, online streaming, social media … nobody needs over-the-airwaves terrestrial radio anymore. So why, then, are there still unlicensed pirate radio stations? Because it is “rebellious, illegal, exciting, and righteous,” says Meg Escudé, currently a DJ at Mutiny Radio, a pirate outfit in the San Francisco Bay Area. But running a station without an FCC license means risking bankruptcy due to fines, plus the annoyance of moving the transmitter from rooftop to rooftop just a few steps ahead of the Feds.

The Internet may be easier, but it doesn’t have the same unadulterated romanticism. “Radio is radio,” says John Hell, an 18-year vet of illegal stations and head of another San Francisco pirate station, Radio Valencia. “It means turning on the tube, heating it up, turning the dial, putting your voice out there, and having your community respond right then.” Just don’t expect the station to be in the same place on the dial tomorrow. While a few bastions of piracy still linger—we made you a list—you should probably tune in before the FCC sees this issue of Wired.


Radio World: FCC Finalizes $25,000 California Pirate Fine

Regardless of the myth of the kind and much loved self-made man


March 8, 2012

Two years ago this month, the FCC got a complaint from the FAA about interference from an unlicensed station on the FM band in San Jose, Calif.

One year ago this week, the Enforcement Bureau’s San Francisco Office announced a notice of apparent liability against Gabriel Garcia, with a proposed fine of $25,000, for signals heard on 92.9 MHz and, subsequently, on 93.7 and 104.3, all traced to Garcia residences, according to the commission. He received four notices of unlicensed operation from the FCC around that time.

Having not heard an appeal from Garcia since issuing its NAL last March, the FCC now has finalized the $25,000 fine.

The base penalty in such cases is $10,000 but the agency has said that Garcia operated on multiple frequencies, on multiple occasions, and called his behavior “particularly egregious” for conduct that apparently interfered with the Aviation Radio Services band.

As usual in these cases, the FCC says that if the forfeiture is not paid the case may be referred to the Department of Justice for collection.

And as usual in these cases, it remains to be seen if the government will see that money. Fines can be difficult to collect, as RW has reported.