The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities , is a new and necessary anthology that needs to be read by everyone in activist communities. So often we see ourselves as above perpetuating the same oppressive and violent actions within our own communities and intimate relationships. This book delves into the ways in which revolution must be micro and macro:
Based on the popular zine that had reviewers and fans alike demanding more, The Revolution Starts at Home finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the “open secret” of intimate violence—by and toward caretakers, in romantic partnerships, and in friendships—within social justice movements. This watershed collection compiles stories and strategies from survivors and their allies, documenting a decade of community accountability work and delving into the nitty-gritty of creating safety from abuse without relying on the prison industrial complex. Fearless, tough-minded, and ultimately loving, The Revolution Starts at Home offers potentially life-saving alternatives for ensuring survivor safety while building a road toward a revolution where no one is left behind.
And it’s on tour! Check out the dates in select North American cities
Colonial heteropatriarchy comes out in defense of reprehensible billboards targeting the reproductive rights of black women in america yet again, in The Chicago Tribune. Author Dennis Byrne’s ugly, condescending racist sexism gets taken down at Abortion Gang.
An in depth, challenging and inconclusive piece about the politics of representation and recognition in drag for Asian American queers, that’s also been taken on by Hyphen, The New Gay, and Yellow Peril , which have all given incisive and on point critiques which I absolutely agree with. But as someone who simultaneously loves and is frustrated by performance, I appreciate the ways in which this particular author navigates the ways in which parody is an inconclusive and fine line, that, in failing or succeeding individuals and/or communities, can offer an important investigation of the ways in which power is distributed and communicated through and between colonial and colonized audiences and performers.
As a queer woman of colour, who is also a vegan reconnecting to her animal rights activists roots, and who absolutely ADORES burlesque, this article was a must read for me this week.
Everyone as sick of hipsters appropriating indigenous headdresses as I am? Thought so.
Meanwhile, over in the State of Prop 8, The Governator and Maria Shriver are getting divorced, and Shark-Fu’s response is priceless.
I suspected the product integrity of Prop 8 when celebrity couples kept getting divorced after the measure passed…but lots of those folks lived elsewhere and for all I knew the power of Prop 8 diminished with physical distance from it’s state of origin.
This young woman (David Suzuki’s daughter!) should CLEARLY be replacing the UN. Although there are privileged children all over the world, and children living in poverty in north america, what she says is still powerful, beautiful and so necessary.
The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes
Finally, Lois Lane is awesome (As is Kate Beaton. If you didn’t already know her, you’re welcome).