May First/People Link Need to Know Podcast

May First/Peole Link has a podcast! We host a variety of audio content. See below for more details.

Need to Know

Every month, we broadcast a presentation/conversation with people who work on and know about a specific theme of importance to our movements. Presenters are heard via phone or computer and people ask questions with a text box…usually all.

Points Taken

May First’s Lucas Lopez hosts this weekly conversation with people leading work in all kinds of movements.


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  • Fighting Off Ddos Attacks

    Support team leaders Jamie McClelland and Jaime Villareal and Leadership Committee member Maritza Arrastía lead a conversation about our recent distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) for ransom, other types of DDOS attacks and how to resist them.

  • What Is Going On In Nicaragua

    Unfortunately, only the first 34 of the webinar was properly recorded. The full spanish weinar is available.

  • Everything Is Changing: May First/People Link Infrastructure Plans Webinar

    Every May First member needs to join us at a special members webinar/discussion about the on-line systems you use to communicate every day. The political changes all over the world, the crises human beings face and the rapid shifts and developments in the movements in which we work demand that May First respond more quickly and effectively than ever before. Yet the underlying architecture of May First/People Link’s hosting has stayed the same for 15 years. That simply has to change and it’s about to with major repercussions for our systems and our members. Your on-line communications systems are going to become more stable and more flexible than ever before and you need to know about it.

    Our new plan is documented on our wiki:

    Come to the webinar to learn about it, ask questions and make suggestions.

    Please note: Due to technical difficulties a portion of Jaime Villarreal’s presentation was cut because the recording was inaudible.

  • Google and Its Destructive Future

    Google is very much a part of your life and our movement’s. Its email program is the most popular among movement activists. We all use its search engine. Major organizations use its storage and data sharing capabilities.

    It has taken over our on-line lives and it is moving us toward disaster. Google’s business plan is complete control of your communications and, since it is a partner of the U.S. intelligence services, it will destroy our movements if things continue as they are.

    How real is this theat? How complicit is our movement? What should we do about this?

    We have brought together a panel of experts, including Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Director Corynne McSherry and veteran activist Jerome Scott, to talk about all this and then have a conversation with you about what’s going on and what to do about it. You need to catch this one!

    Corynne is a highly regarded and recognized litigator and advocate. At EFF, she specializes in intellectual property, open access, and free speech issues and has been lead attorney on many major cases involving copyright and access. She has recently been writing on Google and what it represents: the topic of this Need to Know.

    Long-time revolutionary and organizer, Jerome was an auto worker in Detroit when he (and several other activists) founded the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, he was later a founder of Project South and is currently a leader in the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. He’s a member of the Leadership Committee of May First/People Link.

  • Alfredo Lopez Points Taken

    Lucas talks with May First/People Link Co-Founder Alfredo Lopez about technology, how it affects and is affected by the political situation in the country, and what plans are being made to address these issues.

  • Eyes On You Technology Of Surveillance

    The government’s answer to a failing society? Lock up the people who are most affected and most likely to rebel. There are over 3 million people in prison today; 8 directly affected by prison, parole and probation. There is no place in the world with a larger imprisoned populations. We are the world’s leading imprisoner and our government is the world’s most active prison warden.

    They could never do this without information technology. Cameras that watch us, systems that record our every move, computer systems that track people for arrest and process them once they’re arrested. And the massive computer systems that keep track of people who are detained and hold their publicly accessible records forever.

    We are under attack using the technology we effectively created and should control. What should we do? How bad is it? Can it be reversed?

    In this month’s Need to Know, we experts in this area – people who are organizing this fight and know its ins and outs – explaining the problem and discussing, with you, some solutions.

    Stop LAPD Spying Coalitions’s Hamid Khan is one of the country’s best-known activists working against police surveillance and its various impacts. Myaisha Hayes is the National Organizer on Criminal Justice and Technology for the Center for Media Justice. Jude Ortiz is on the National Lawyers Guild’s Mass Defense Steering Committee and has lots of experience in radical grassroots legal support.

  • Facebook A Threat And An Opportunity (Need to Know)

    Sainaba Ali and Praveen Sinha from Equality Labs, Nathan ‘nash’ Sheard from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Jamie McClelland from May First/People Link and the Progressive Technology Project are on board to the latest scandal surrounding Facebook: The personal information of 50 million Facebook users was captured or transferred, legally and transparently, by a right-wing consulting firm called Cambridge Analytics.

    How dangerous is this? As dangerous as can be. What do we do about it? Precisely the question lots of activists are now asking themselves and we discuss in this latest Need to Know from May First/People Link and the Progressive Technology Project.

  • Hamid Khan (Points Taken)

    One of the leaders in the movement against police abuse and spying, Hamid Khan heads up the Los Angeles-based End LAPD Spying Coalition. He is one of the country’s foremost experts on the developing police state and how we can stop it from overtaking us and Lucas Lopez talks with him about this critically important subject.

  • Klast (Points Taken)

    In one of his Blacklist Podcasts, Lucas talks with Klast whose rare and intensive knowledge of gang and street culture combines scholarship with personal experience: a rare combination and a fascinating conversation. This is street culture coming from people who lived it.

  • Sphynx (Points Taken)

    Ambazonian activist, videographer and technologist Sphynx is a highly experienced and respected voice and authority on Africa’s situation and its liberation struggles. He speaks with Lucas about the situation in his home country and the region surrounding it and what people in the United States can do in solidarity. An information-filled interview that anyone interested in this topic should check out.