When we were kids, many of us read the story of robin hood. A medieval hero who fought oppression and stole from the rich to give to the poor. He inspired some of us for sometime, during our childhoods, and then we went on to forget about him. Many of us will grow up to be…
Police stations, city hall and other government venues must be protested against and marched on after every incident of police brutality.
2. Record the Police
We must use our cameras every time police harass us to catch them in the act. Then we can use the Internet and the viral…
Note: 1) This is a Digital read. 2) This zine has passed into discontinuation of print. 3) This isn’t the full zine sadly, but what I have of it. My friend Billy has the zine.. I’m hoping he’ll possibly send me a copy of it or something. Regardless, what i have of it is quiet extensive.
Up until recently the terms anarchism and feminism were rarely found in the same sentence, much less interpreted as integrally related. Indeed ‘anarcha-feminist’ would appear almost as an oxymoron, Emma Goldman being the single example most people could identify as such.
With this important collection of and about anarcha-feminists over more than a century, stunning female anarchist heroes are restored to our collective memory. And this collection is only a sampling that should lead readers to other foremothers of anarcha-feminism, such as Lucy Parsons, Mother Jones, Jessie Bross Lloyd, Hortensia Black, Sarah Ames, Lizzie Swank Holmes, Johana Greie, Kate Austin, Helen Keller, Lousie Michel, Azecena Fernandez Barbra, and thousands of other historical figures and contemporary feminist anarchists.
The historical amnesia we suffer serves well the state authorities, military-industrial civilization, and capitalist thieves that control our lives and destinies. The Sixties Liberation movements broke through the chains that bound us, thinking we are the first generation to do so, only to discover we had true rebel heroes we could and must learn from and be inspired by. Most of the current younger generation is ignorant of past struggles unless they happen upon some of the small press publications such as this one. Bombarded as we are by the obvious fakery of the mainstream press and textbooks, we often become nihilistic rather than pro-active.
Young working class woman, in particular, being prisoners of the beauty myth and consumer culture, have been short-changed. For in the piecing together of a usable radical past in recent years, women have hardly been present in terms of liberating role models, rather only as an icon or two, or a Florence Nightinggale kind of nurturing woman. Women like Voltairine de Cleyre, Emma Goldman, and Charlotte Wilson are something else, being independent, pro-birth control, and anti-marriage before women had even the right to vote. They were lifelong agitators, on the move, speaking to large and small gatherings, writing calls to action and social/political critiques. They were far ahead of anarchist men in their vision of freedom.
Just like today, men find it difficult or unthinkable to not only give up their male privileges but also their sense of supremacy. Independent radical women often live lonely live if they expect equality. Our task as anarcha-feminists can be nothing less than changing the world and to do that we need to consult our heroic predecessors.
For nicole :D
YAY. I need to read this
Gonna do it tonight.
Def some later reading