Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2006 21:23:41 -0700 (PDT)

RCP Leader's Memoir; UCI Worker-Student Alliance

IRVINE -- On our next show, Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, features a discussion based on the memoir of Bob Avakian, an Armenian middle-class kid and star quarterback who ended up becoming a Maoist and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). We also interview three UCI student activists who have been active in fighting outsourcing of the labor force on campus.

The show airs from 9-10 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2006, on 88.9 FM in Irvine, California, and is streamed live on the Internet via

A. Bob Avakian's memoir reviewed.

Joining us to discuss RCP leader Bob Avakian's recently published memoir, "From Ike to Mao and beyond: My journey from mainstream America to revolutionary communist, a memoir" (Insight Press) and his view of the political crisis facing us, are three people impacted by Avakian's work.

Wilson Riles is president of Oakland Community Action Network and a former regional director of the AFSC (Quakers), a former Oakland City Councilman and political activist.

Lucia Marano is an actor/writer producer now based in Los Angeles. She has played playing Tina Modotti and Frida Kahlo in "Artists and Revolutionaries," "Anger Mis-Management," "Love & Secrecy Unveiled," and has toured the play "Deseo" with Mexican theater ensemble Mexicali a Secas at theater venues in Mexican cities. She also appeared in a site-specific work commissioned by Los Angeles County's MTA, "Return Engagement," which depicted union organizing efforts in the 30's and 40's. She has appeared on TV, notably in Sidney Lumet's "100 Centre Street" for A&E, and in independent films "Roscoe's Chicken & Waffle House," "Journey to The Sun" (Turkey), "Flushed" and "Manhattan By Numbers."

Heriberto Ocasio is a political activist and a medical doctor. He was part of the Puerto Rican liberation struggles of the 60's and 70's and the protests against the war in Vietnam. In 1982, during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, he traveled to Beirut and did volunteer medical work in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. He has been the spokesperson for the Committee to Support the Revolution in Peru and in 1992 was part of an international delegation that traveled to Lima to denounce the trial of Peruvian revolutionary leader Abimael Guzman by hooded military judges of the notorious Fujimori regime. He is currently active in the Engage! Committee to Promote and Protect the Voice of Bob Avakian.

Some of Bob Avakian's prolific output is also available in UCI's Langson Library, including many non-circulating political pamphlets housed in UCI Libraries Special Collections Department's Political Literature Collection (

B. Labor struggles on campus.

In the second half of the program we chat with activists from UCI's Worker-Student Alliance ( which is demanding that the University stop outsourcing the Commercial Landscaping Service workers and are planning some actions this week. Last fall, WSA forced the University to hire in-house (by next fall) its food service (Aramark) workers.

We talk with Fernando Chirino, a 5th year English/Sociology double-major. He is active with MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), the Worker-Student Alliance, and Students for Peace and Justice. He is also the Grass Roots Organizing Commissioner for ASUCI.

We also chat with Azael Prendez, a 5th year Sociology major. He is also active with MEChA, Students for Peace and Justice, and the Worker-Student Alliance. He and Chirino co-authored a report ( on the hidden costs of outsourcing of some of the UCI labor force.

In addition we talk with Rachel Vo, a 4th year Sociology major. She is also active with Students for Peace and Justice and the Worker-Student Alliance.

Thanks for listening.

Daniel C. Tsang
Host, Subversity "What's behind and beyond the Orange Curtain"
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