November 20, 2012

Turn off the radio

More articles by »
Written by: admin
Tags: , , ,


Turn off the Radio, you are listening to the same thing (babosada as I like to call it) and your choices are pretty limited – a false array of options and tastes. Where can you get a weekly dose of dope music, current events, dope music, historical facts and analysis from home and abroad?..Did I mention dope music yet? You love a good beat? Me too, but I love a good message more. One that doesn’t revolve solely around heartbreak, club life, strippers, jewelry and other consumer crap I can’t spend money on. Save that babosada for when you’re out at night to dance, not to listen.

Every Thursday afternoon, tune into Sounds of Struggle radio (SOS) at Queens College radio. Give us two hours and we’ll give you a taste of the world in music (because the airwaves are contaminated with crap) and the world in news, through a left lens that the mainstream will never have an interest to give you. Our aim is to analyze and relate events (on an international scale) from history to today, so that our listeners can re-evaluate that which they are told and what they think they believe. We challenge you to doubt us, but doubt yourself as well; it’s a good thing.

Each week we have reoccurring segments: “Pig on Blast” (see description of the BBQ below), “this week in class struggle” and “this week in revolutionary history,” which feature local and international events. All available for download, you can expect to find coverage of the Chicago Teachers Union, walMart workers nationwide, and factory workers in Indonesia – all on strike: we provide and news and the context. SoS gave a brief overview of the 9/11 of 1973, the US supported military coup in Chile, as well as the rise of birth defects in Iraq since the US Invasion. We believe the media leads the general public to form the inhumane opinion that certain people deserve the crimes committed against them; we are here to give them a face and provide an accurate portrayal of their struggle.

Every week SOS features a special topic for discussion. These topics try to give our listeners a new perspective on their relationship to the State, by offering ours. Thus far our first few shows have featured segments on the relevancy of voting and the concrete changes it has brought forth, past and present CUNY student struggles, and the war on drugs/criminalization. Future shows will feature topics of mass incarceration and the prison pipelines in America, the privatization of public education, the distinction between Zionism and Judaism, and much more. All shows will be available for download after airing. We encourage our listeners to interact with us by calling in or commenting on our wordpress.

SoS has no love for land-grabbers and no love for their pawns, the pigs. We stand firmly behind this belief that the police (as a force, not as your friend or your neighbor the individual) are defenders of private property, not the people. This is a force that criminalizes and strategically seeks to incarcerate individuals on racist presumptions. Their goal is to systematically continue oppressing communities in order to keep private interest and private property safe all while criminalizing dissent. Who knew harassment tactics like stop and frisk and extrajudicial killings (murder) were safe.

The world is dangerous place I hear, but how do you define danger and why? And don’t these conditions change depending where you are?

For example, what’s danger here at QC? The head of Security says its pervs grabbing your leg at the library, so that fear justifies closing off access to books for the public and neighboring communities and also justifies officers walking around in bulletproof vests…? I Digress.

We can see this tactic applied to several situations. Most obvious in the wars the west engages in. If you dehumanize your opponent and depict them as capable of causing whatever harm great enough to scare you, you feel nothing as you attack them. Here at home, if you label people thieves, drug dealers, murderers – you may have heard the media describe them as black or brown males, 5’8, who might be wearing a hoodie. If you continue to scare people, their fear will allow them to justify unrealistic or all-too-basic assumptions. If you create the heroes, you have to create the opposing force [and sustain it]; otherwise it wouldn’t have a reason to remain a hero, except in novelty form. All in life is a matter of balance.

Don’t blame the dealer and don’t just blame the thief, that’s too easy and it ignores too much. Just like you can’t blame the cop himself, it’s the system he exists under, you can only put him on blast as an example. He is indeed capitalizing on the weakness of others but his ethical dilemma spans higher than what he may understand, especially if he’s set on survival to feed more than just himself. It just makes the criminal being in jail ok to you. It makes preying on a certain group of people ok because you already assumed they were guilty. It makes saying “I swore he had a gun” a reasonable way to avoid justice for murder.

Now turn off the news. If you enjoyed this, you are in for more by tuning in. If you hated it, you still read this much and we encourage you to engage with us about it. Either way, please turn off the news.

We are here to redefine misconceptions in history and the present and to deliver a refreshing wave of music that should be taking over your airwaves soon. Let your radio be an interactive space where you don’t just take thoughts but create some of your own.

Tune in to Sounds of Struggle Radio. Thursdays from 3-5 pm on WQMC Radio. Feed your brain and rest your ears; give it some exercise in critical thinking. Listen, Think, and jam. Say mmhmm, and let us know where it takes you.

Our next show airs NOV 29, 3 P.M. – Soundsofstruggle.wordpress.com




Photo by Brandon Jordan
The food trucks, like Shah's Halal Food, will soon be leaving the campus because of the winter season.

Winter is coming, but food trucks are going

The distinct smell of Shah’s Halal Food on The Quad at Queens College will soon disappear as winter approaches. During the winter, a few trucks will not appear on campus. However, they will return in the spring. “I’m de...
by Sara Scheidlinger

Photo by Phil Vallone
From left to right: School Certifying Official for Veteran Student Services Lorraine Rosenfeld, retired Colonel Gregory Gadson, Veterans Outreach Specialist Dennis Torres and Executive Director of Student Life John Andrejack

Retired Army officer speaks to students about overcoming obstacles

The New York Giants faced the Washington Redskins, their rivals, in the third week of the 2007-2008 season. Before the game, retired Army colonel Gregory Gadson, invited by a former West Point classmate, spoke to them about h...
by Phil Vallone

Photo by Yongmin Cho
The Feminist Press was founded in 1970 and became a part of CUNY in 1985. They publish works related to feminism.

Feminist Press still relevant after 45 years

At the CUNY Graduate Center is a small, educational non-profit organization that fought and still fighting for big social changes. The Feminist Press, located at 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5406, publishes feminist classics, offer...
by Yongmin Cho


Photo by Mahnoor Mirza

Humans of Queens College created to highlight student stories

Humans of Queens College is a thing. An adaption from Humans of New York, the popular blog which highlights the lives of New Yorkers, HOQC seeks to exemplify the concept for QC students. Shiran Cohen, junior, Solomon Shapiro, ...
by Mahnoor Mirza

Photo by Christina Cardona
Joyce Carol Oates holds up a copy of her latest memoir, which she spoke about at LeFrak Concert Hall on Nov. 10

Author Joyce Carol Oates discusses memoir at Evening Readings

Joyce Carol Oates read from her latest memoir, “The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age,” on Nov. 10 at LeFrak Concert Hall for the Evening Readings Series. “The Lost Landscape” is a memoir about her childhood a...
by Christina Cardona



College students struggle to balance jobs and education

Franklin Rodriguez, a senior, applied to four to five jobs since his freshman year. For him, it was difficult selling himself to employers. “The hardest thing when applying for jobs and internships, for me, would be the proc...
by Brandon Jordan

Photo by Brandon Jordan
Kirsten Weld spoke about looking into the archive of the Guatemalan dictatorship. In the above photograph, Weld shows one document she discovered.

Harvard professor explains value of Guatemalan archives

Historian Kirsten Weld visited Queens College to discuss archives found in Guatemala, specifically ones during its civil war. Weld, a history professor at Harvard University, released a book last year titled “Paper Cadavers:...
by Brandon Jordan



Students share their lives with diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, which highlights a disease at least 29 million Americans have, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are two main types. Type 1 diabetes is when the body canno...
by Shira Rosner


“The Cherry Orchid” teaches lessons on regrets and letting go

The Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts held a production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” directed by Lisa Rothe earlier this month. At Rathaus Hall M-11, the play firs...
by Lea Passione


Queens College is center of America’s Got Talent auditions

Jugglers, singers, musicians and break dancers were some of the 1,600 applicants at the Q Cafe and Rathaus Hall on Nov. 14. They all were applying for America’s Got Talent, the popular reality show on NBC that first began i...
by Erica Finocchio



CUNY affiliates with The Rubin Museum

Students and faculty could, on a Friday night, learn about Himalayan Asian culture thanks to a recent partnership between The Rubin Museum and CUNY. “What this partnership provides, which is really exciting, is that in addit...
by Philipp Regala


Students are right to be concerned

In the past week, college students have been protesting, pressuring and bringing attention to racial injustice on their campuses. Of course, controversy developed because of this over political correctness and free speech for j...
by admin



Policing in New York City needs to change

Sophomore Yibin Mu uploaded a video on Oct. 25 showing an officer apparently placing him in a headlock, a disturbing image for anyone to see. Mu rode his skateboard at Columbus Circle in spite of signs barring it. An officer, o...
by admin


NABA helps students with business opportunities

During the 1960s, many black accountants felt there were not enough promotions for them in the corporate world. However, in 1969, nine accountants decided to create NABA to help members network and challenge discrimination. ...
by Irving Cruz


Photo by Brandon Jordan
Meeting rooms, like the one above, at Rosenthal Library are a space where students can work, for example, a class presentation.

Library offers convenience through Mediascape rooms

Large glass doors, luxury couches, smooth chairs, a wide roundtable and a 36-inch TV. This is not a fantasy, it is a Mediascape room at the library. In 2008, the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library announced it would renovate all six...
by Brandon Hernandez