The RDAF (Revolutionary Dating Assessment Form)

16 Feb

Please answer the following questions honestly. On this occasion the outcome of your assessment will determine the likelihood of you dating a sista resista. However, all activists are welcome to use this form for their own personal interests.

The questions require an answer on the scale of 1-10, for a total possible score of 100. Send your personal details and score to sista.resista at gmail dot com, and if you like, post your scores in the comments. If you score 95-100 points, you will be contacted within 24 hours.

Personal Details

Name:

DOB:

Email:

Number:

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Revolutionary Dating Form Assessment Questions

1)      Do you challenge sexist and homophobic attitudes, comments and behaviours in yourself and others?

2)      Do you reject and address racist stereotypes and actions in your everyday life?

3)       Do you identify and practice solidarity with anti-imperialist liberation movements against Western colonial powers (e.g. Zapatistas, Palestinian liberation movement)?

4)      Do you actively stand against military invasions and occupations motivated by the attempt to control natural resources (such as oil) and the military-industrial complex that perpetuates and profits from such actions?

5)      Do you reject hierarchies, capitalism, neo-liberalism and imperialism?

6)      Do you believe that the current economic model is unsustainable and damaging for all forms of life and the environment?

7)      Are you against the concentration of global financial, social and political power in the hands of an elite minority?

8)      Do you oppose the violent systematic suppression enacted on marginalised communities by state institutions such as the prison system, the judicial system, the police and Special Forces?

9)      Would you describe yourself as open-minded and willing to engage in constructive dialogue on potentially contentious issues?

10)  Do you actively work to ensure that your daily life (e.g. place of employment, diet, consumer habits, challenging of ablism and ageism, community activism) is in accordance with the above principles? NOTE: You must be vegetarian to score 5 and above for this question. Bonus points if you’re vegan.)

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Results

If your total score is 0-50:

You have not been successful this time. In order to become more knowledgeable and potentially date a revolutionary sister, please follow further advice regarding consultation of the relevant section in the “Recommended Reading List.” Upon completion of the reading, you may complete a new assessment form.

If your total score is 50-70:

Well done, there is potential for you to date a revolutionary sister. You are clearly beginning to think critically, but you must consult the relevant sections of the “Recommended Reading List” and arrange for further face-face consultation in order to proceed.

If your total score is 70-100(!):

Congratulations! You are sufficiently politically conscious to continue to the next stage. You will be contacted by a revolutionary sister to arrange a phone interview.

Recommended Reading List

This list is not exhaustive and is meant as an introduction only.

Gender/Sexuality/Homophobia

Firestone, Shulamith. Dialectic of Sex.. 1979

Hooks, bell. Feminism is For Everybody. Passionate Politics. 2000.

————– We Real Cool. Black Men and Masculinity. 2004.

————– Talking Back. South End Press. 1989.

————– Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. 1984.

————–The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love. 2003.

Klein, Naomi. The Beauty Myth. How Images of Beauty are used Against Women. 1991.

Bartky, Sandra Lee. Femininity and Domination. 1990.

Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch

Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecologies

Mariarosa della Costa, The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community

Racism

Helping White people fight White Supremacy: http://allywork.solidaritydesign.net/suggested-reading/

Bullard, Robert. Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color.

Davis, Angela. Women, Race and Class.

Friere, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Rivel, Paul. Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice.

Malcolm X. Haley, Alex. Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom.

Elaine Brown. A Taste of Power

Howard Zinn. Pople’s History of the United States

Alex Haley. Roots.

Stockley Carmicheal – Ready for Revolution

Sivanandan- A Diffierent Hunger

Peter Fryer, Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain ————Black Panthers Speak Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, The Empire Strikes Back

Manning Marable, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism

Klaus Theweleit, Male Fantasies

Black Boy Richard Wright

Anti- Colonialism/Palestine

Fanon, Franz. Black Skin, White Masks.

————– The Wretched of the Earth.

————- The African Revolution.

Edward Said, The Question of Palestine 1992.

Michael Palumbo, Imperial Israel: The History of the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. 1992

Walid Khalidi, Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948 (Institute for Palestine Studies, 1984)

Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.2006

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Popular Resistance in Palestine (Pluto Press, forthcoming, 2010)

Norman Finkelstein.  This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion

Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

Said, Orientalism Ranajit Guha, Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India

Fanon, Studies in a Dying Colonialism

Andre Gunder Frank, Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America

Samir Amin, Eurocentrism

Martin Bernal, Black Athena

Eric Wolf, Europe and the Peoples without History

James Scott, Domination and the Arts of Resistance

Class/ Critique of capitalism/Neo-liberalism

Hardt, Michael; Antonio Negri . Empire.

————————————–  Multitude. War and Democracy in the Age of Empire.

Marx and Engels. The Communist Manifesto

Alison Cavanagh – Sociology in the Age of the Internet

Tiziana Terranova – Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age Manuel Castells – The Information Society

Lyotard – The Postmodern Condition

Michael Burawoy, “Manufacturing Consent” Rick Fantasia, “Cultures of Solidarity” Piven and Cloward, “Poor People’s Movements” Alfredo Bonanno, “A Critique of Syndicalist Methods” (changes in class structure today) Harry Cleaver, “Reading Marx Politically” Mahmood Mamdani, “Politics and Class Formation in Uganda” Gayatri Spivak, “Scattered Speculations on the Question of Value” Silvia Federici, “Caliban and the Witch” (origin of class) Romano Alquati, “The Network of Struggles in Italy” Jean Baudrillard, “The Mirror of Production” (resistance by class, or against class?) Bifo Berardi, “The Soul at Work” Karl Marx, “The 1844 Manuscripts” (on work as alienation) Marina Sitrin, “Horizontalism” (social movements in Argentina) Steve Wright, “Storming Heaven” (history of autonomia) George Katsiaficas, “The Subversion of Politics” (autonomous movements in Europe) Semiotext(e) Autonomia collection

Prison system/police repression

Angela Davis. Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex. ColorLines, Fall 1998. Available here: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Prison_System/Masked_Racism_ADavis.html

Jill Nelson. Police Brutality: An Anthology

Michael J. Palmiotto. Police Misconduct: A Reader for the 21st Century

Regina G. Lawrence. The Politics of Force: Media and the Construction of Police Brutality.

Michael Newton. Killer Cops: An Encyclopedia of Lawless Lawmen - November 1997

Elijah Muhammad. Police Brutality

Tom Owens . Lying Eyes: The Truth Behind the Corruption and Brutality of the LAPD and the Beating of Rodney King

Rodney Stark. Police riots; collective violence and law enforcement

George Jackson, “Soledad Brother” “The Real Cost of Prisons” (comic-book) Vivian Stern, “A Sin Against the Future” Robert Reiner, “The Politics of the Police” Ward Churchill, “In a Pig’s Eye” Huey Newton, “War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in America” Audrey Farrell, “Crime, Class and Corruption” (SWP-published, targets UK police) Nicki Jameson and Eric Allison, “Strangeways 1990: A Serious Disturbance” Gilles Deleuze, “Postscript on the Control Society” Michel Foucault, “Discipline and Punish” Erving Goffman, “Asylums”

Environment

Hopkins, Rob. The Transition Handbook, from oil dependency to local resilience.

Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump. With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change by Fred Pearce –Dire Predictions – Understanding Global Warming

George Monbiot, Matthew Prescott. Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning.

Derrick Jensen, “As the World Burns” (comic book) Ecology for Beginners/Environmental Politics for Beginners (same book, 2 titles) Mies, “Subsistence Perspective” (again!) Vandana Shiva, “The Violence of the Green Revolution” Ramachandra Guha, “The Unquiet Woods” Marshall Sahlins, “Stone Age Economics” E.F. Shumacher, “Small is Beautiful” David Day, “The Eco Wars” Andrew Rowell, “Green Backlash” Okonta and Douglas, “Where Vultures Feast: Shell, Human Rights, and Oil”

Documentaries

Fourth World War

Age of Stupid

Coconut Revolution

Life and Debt in Jamaica

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

South of the Border

Occupation 101 An Inconvenient Truth Zeitgeist

Fahrenheit 9-11

Slingshot Hip-hop

“This is the Life” http://goodlifelove.ning.com/

The Corporation

The Power of Nightmares Black Dawn (Haiti history film, http://www.greenvalleymedia.org/haiti.php3?ticket ) Big Rattle in Seattle/Capital’s Ill/Crowd Bites Wolf American history minivid from Bowling for Columbine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLzo9pOXa-s Capitalism: A Love Story

Websites

Racialicious – intersection of race and pop culture http://www.racialicious.com/

School to prison pipeline talking points http://www.aclu.org/racial-justice/school-prison-pipeline-talking-points

BPP 10-point program http://www.blackpanther.org/TenPoint.htm

The curvature http://thecurvature.com/

Feminism 101 http://finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com/

The political economy of post-industrial capitalism (article summary) http://the.sagepub.com/content/81/1/20.short

9 Responses to “The RDAF (Revolutionary Dating Assessment Form)”

  1. sistaresista March 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    A Reader’s Response:

    1) Do you challenge sexist and homophobic attitudes, comments and behaviours in yourself and others?

    -i try to in myself when conscious of it, and as much as possible when i spot it in others.

    2) Do you reject and address racist stereotypes and actions in your everyday life?

    -yes.

    3) Do you identify and practice solidarity with anti-imperialist liberation movements against Western colonial powers (e.g. Zapatistas, Palestinian liberation movement)?

    -only in as much as liberation from war or occupation. as an anarchist i’m of the belief that national liberation movements can instill just as much oppression as hierarchy as the imperialism that they aim to overcome

    4) Do you actively stand against military invasions and occupations motivated by the attempt to control natural resources (such as oil) and the military-industrial complex that perpetuates and profits from such actions?

    -fo sho.

    5) Do you reject capitalism/neo-liberalism as the ideal economic structure?

    -yes.

    6) Do you believe that the current economic model is unsustainable and damaging for all forms of life and the environment?

    -definitely.

    7) Are you against the concentration of global financial, social and political power in the hands of an elite minority?

    -yes.

    8 ) Do you oppose the violent systematic suppression enacted on marginalised communities by state institutions such as the prison system, the judicial system, the police and Special Forces?

    -yes.

    9) Would you describe yourself as open-minded and willing to engage in constructive dialogue on potentially contentious issues?

    -yes.

    10) Do you actively work to ensure that your daily life (e.g. place of employment, diet, consumer habits, challenging of ablism and ageism, community activism) is in accordance with the above principles? NOTE: You must be vegetarian to score 5 and above for this question. Bonus points if you’re vegan.)

    -bonus points! of course i try to do all of the above as long as it doesn’t drift into lifestylism where it isn’t constructive or necessary.

  2. sistaresista March 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Spanish Translation of RDAF an replies

    Evaluación Revolucionaria

    Responde sinceramente a las preguntas siguientes. Si apruebas, una compañera revolucionaria te llamará para organizar una entrevista telefónica.

    1) Cuestionas actitudes y comentarios sexistas y homofóbicos en usted mism@ y en otros?

    Por supuesto, lamentablemente debemos asumir que en nosotros la semilla del sistema está sembrada desde niños a través las instituciones de la sociedad (familia, escuela, iglesia), es por ello que debemos cada día hacer un examen autocritico de nuestras conductas e ir superando los paradigmas y estructuras de pensamientos tendientes a la exclusión y el desprecio de los y las demás, bien lo dice Mijail Bakunin cuando plantea que solo puedo alcanzar mi libertad y mi plena humanidad si permito y respeto la libertad y la humanidad de los otros y otras. No se puede hacer revolución sin critica revolucionaria y esa critica debe comenzar por nosotros mismos.

    2) Rechazas prejuicios y acciones racistas en su vida cotidiana?

    Claro todos y todas somos iguales, seres humanos, habitantes del mismo planeta, no pueden considerarse diferencias por ningún concepto, es inviable un mundo con seres humanos de primera, segunda y tercera categoría, este hecho impulsa solo la realidad de la exclusión y la pobreza consecuencia directa de un sistema opresor y aliénate, que necesita de los pobres para sobrevivir en el tiempo, la superación de la pobreza debe estar acompañada por un compromiso genuino de desencadenar las capacidades creadoras de todos y todas en un mundo de justicia social y equidad.

    3) Se identificas y eres solidari@ con los movimientos libertarios anti-imperialistas contra el colonialismo del los poderes del Oeste? (Por ejemplo: Zapatistas, movimientos libertarios Palestinos)

    Si, y solo basta con parafrasear la frese del celebre Comandante Che Guevara; no importa donde quieras que estés, pero si cualquier acto de injusticia despierta en ti el coraje y la rabia, si te indignas ante ello, entonces eres mi hermano y hermana, los compañeros y compañeras que luchan cada día para alcanzar la libertad de sus pueblos de la opresión y la ignominia son mis hermanos y hermanas.

    4) Se opone activamente a las invasiones y ocupaciones motivadas para atentar controlar los recursos naturales (petroleó) y el complejo industrial militar que perpetúa y beneficia de estas acciones?

    Ninguna potencia extranjera por poderosa que sea debe socavar la libertad de los pueblo en busca de sus recursos, la soberanía y autodeterminación de los pueblos debe ser respetada, por lo tanto me opongo con todas mis fuerzas a cualquier acto e este tipo y abogo por el desarme de las potencias (y demás países) a fin de que garanticemos la supervivencia del genero humano sobre este planeta.

    5) Rechazas el capitalismo/neo-liberalismo como la estructura económica ideal?

    El sistema neo liberal es la maldición de la tierra, explota al ser humano, le roba su humanidad, explota al planeta, le roba la capacidad de sustentar la vida misma, no puedo estar de acuerdo con un sistema que se mantiene sobre los hombros de millones de hambrientos y moribundos, un sistema capaz de negar la vida a favor del dinero y para el cual el hombre y la mujer so es más que un número y pieza de maquinaria reemplazable.

    6) Piensas que el modelo económico actual es insostenible y prejudicial para todas la formas de vida y el medioambiente?

    El sistema de producción actual basado e la explotación del medio ambiente y la depredación de los recursos naturales no puede crear condiciones viables para la vida, especialmente la vida humana, el planeta llega a sus limites de resistencia y es necesario un cambio inmediato a fin de preservar el medio natural, su diversidad ecológica y los elementos necesarios para que podamos seguir aquí, se hace imprescindible iniciar una vuelta a las practicas amigables con el medio ambiente, no es un asunto de altruismo o filantropía, es un asunto de vida o muerte de nuestra especie, ese planeta de 4.500 millones de años se las ha arreglado para vivir sin nosotros, somos nosotros los que no viviríamos sin su diversidad ecológica.

    7) Estas en contra de la concentración del poder financiero, social y el poder político en las manos de la minoridad elite?

    No se puede cambiar un sistema si las instituciones que la conforman no son abolidas, no es posible una “tercera vía”, un “capitalismo humano” porque en esencia el capitalismo es “inhumano”, el poder económico y politico concentrado en elites minoritarias es una de esas instituciones a abolir, la distribución justa de la riqueza es la que permitirá que haya una erradicación de la pobreza estructural y ello a su vez permitirá que los excluidos y excluidas completen su desarrollo integral para como propuso Marx se garanticen las condiciones donde la plena garantía del desarrollo individual, sea la garantía del desarrollo colectivo, “de cada cual según su capacidad a cada quien según su necesidad”

    8 ) Se opone usted a la supresión violenta y sistemática presente en comunidades marginadas por las instituciones del estado, tales como el sistema de prisiones, el sistema judicial y los sistemas de policía y poderes especiales?

    La condena a priori de la violencia de los oprimidos, es la justificación a priori de la violencia de los opresores. Alguien argumentó en una ocasión que la violencia es la partera de la historia, es un arma de liberación cuando sale de los que luchan por romper las cadenas y un arma de opresión institucionalizada cuando es ejercida por el Estado para proteger la continuidad del sistema, por ello Marx plantea la desaparición del estado, ya que el se garantiza el monopolio de la violencia a través del imperio de la ley, necesaria es la conquista del poder político para desmontar el estado neoliberal violento y autoritario, que amedrenta y castra toda iniciativa de liberación para defender sus intereses.

    9) Se considera usted con mente abierta y dispuest@ a dedicarse en diálogos constructivos con temas potencialmente polémicos?

    Nunca rehúyo al debate, además creo que debemos estar dispuestos a aprender de todos y todas, todos los días y en cualquier momento, Pablo Freire plantea que la palabra es la creadora de mundos, debemos crear entonces el mundo nuevo desde y para la palabra, ella es don y virtud humana, debemos entonces estar dispuestos a enseñar y a ser enseñados, ya que como dijo Einstein “todos somos muy ignorantes, solo que ignoramos cosas diferentes”
    10) Usted activamente se asegura que en su vida diaria (Por ejemplo: En su sitio de empleo, dieta, hábitos consumidores, activismo comunitario) está en línea con los principios anteriores?

    Claro, si no hay coherencia entre el discurso y la acción toda no es más que una vil mentira y engaño contra nosotros mismos y la humanidad. La palabra sin acción es ilusión, la acción sin palabra es salvajismo, ambos deben ir juntos al combate diario!

  3. 1rudegirl March 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    gonna have to use this from now on

    • sistaresista March 22, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      Haha yea we’ve found that not dating anyone who fails it saves a lot of stress! LOL To be honest just asking people what their score is is fun in itself!

  4. Dan January 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Sistas, as a working class anarchist vegan of over 20 years standing (I am still just 39) who has worked for human rights organisations and most recently in mental health, I scored 97. However, I already have a bird so your lucks out. Soz.

    • Sista Resista January 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

      Glad to hear it. But if you’re the type of person who calls your female partner a “bird,” it appears that you have more self-education to do in the area of sexism and language, and we probably wouldn’t get on.

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