General Resources

This list is not exhaustive and is meant as an introduction only. Please see our blogroll for additional resources. Below we provide links and suggested readings under the following headings:

1. Gender / Sexuality

1A. Sexism within activism

2. Anti-racism / Black Liberation

3. Anti-imperialism / Free Palestine

4. Class / Anti-capitalism / Cuts

5. Prison system / Police repression

6. Environment / Climate change

6A. Veganism

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1. Gender/Sexuality

Comprehensive list of feminist links on nearly every subject!! http://www.feministezine.com/feminist/

Understanding Patriarchy (PDF)- bell hooks, Black Feminist philosopher and pioneer

Hiphop beyond beats and rhymes (sexism and homophobia in hiphop):

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2020029531334253002#

Sexism in Hollywood movies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLF6sAAMb4s

Patricia Hill Collins “Defining Black Feminist Thought” http://www.lilithgallery.com/feminist/modern/Defining-Black-Feminist-Thought.html

Kimberle Crenshaw “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex” http://aapf.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Demarginalizing-the-Intersection-of-Race-and-Sex.pdf

Code Pink – Women for peace http://www.codepink4peace.org/

Eco feminism: http://www.lilith-ezine.com/articles/environmental/Introduction-to-Ecofeminism.html

Why I am a Black Male Feminist: http://www.theroot.com/views/why-i-am-male-feminist

This is what a feminist looks like! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YA13GNT8Mc

Shackled women (10 mins) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqsQ4oGfq1A

Domestic violence films: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Documentary_films_about_violence_against_women

No – rape survivors and activists talk about rape in the black community: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ipnQjrRXnU&feature=player_embedded and http://notherapedocumentary.org/

Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked Our Sexuality – Book by Gail Dines – PDF Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Feminist reading list http://www.care2.com/causes/womens-rights/blog/the-feminist-summer-reading-list/

Wiki list of feminist literature http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_feminist_literature

1000 Feminist book titles! http://www.feministjournal.com/fem_book.html

Feminist literary criticism and theory reading list http://www.cddc.vt.edu/feminism/lit.html

Feminist bibliography:  http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0865742.html#ixzz1HR7Pd54c

Black American Feminists Bibliography http://www.library.ucsb.edu/subjects/blackfeminism/

Patriarchy and meat eating: http://press.princeton.edu/books/stanford/chapter_7.pdf

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

Black feminist statement: http://www.feministezine.com/feminist/modern/Black-Feminist-Statement.html

Revolutionary Association of the women of Afghanistan http://www.rawa.org/index.php

Feminism and resistance ceasefire column http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/category/columns/beautiful-transgressions/

Queer, LGBTQI and Gender-Non Conforming Resources

Adrienne Rich‘s Lesbian poetry -introductory article: http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/adrienne_rich

Lesbian – Feminism and Queer theory article

Great video made by students on heterosexismhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V34cuFvuz_0 and UK based stats video

In depth collection of Lesbian Feminist links: http://www.queerbychoice.com/lesfemlinks.html

Off our backs – feminist resources: http://www.offourbacks.org/Links.htm

Overcoming heterosexism and homophobia: Strategies that work JT Sears… – 1997 – Columbia Univ Pr see google books

What Transmisogyny Looks Like lots of good examples here. educate yourself.

Fact Sheet: Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth in Schools http://srlp.org/resources/publications/fact-sheet-transgender-gender-nonconforming-youth-school

Great video made by students on heterosexismhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V34cuFvuz_0 and UK based stats video

Esther D. Rothblum, Ellen Cole – 1989 – 224 pages – Preview

The contributors to this compassionate volume examine the need for greater understanding of the issues important to lesbians in order to decrease homophobic stereotypes and to demonstrate how the lesbian experience can serve as an ..
From books.google.co.uk

Lesbian Feminism – Wikipedia

“What is Bisexuality?”. The Bisexual Index. http://www.bisexualindex.org.uk/index.php/Bisexuality#binary. Retrieved March 14, 2011.

Some recommended works by June Jordan who helped to found the Poetry for the People programme at UC Berkley:

  • Passion
  • Kimako’s Story
  • Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poems, 1954–1977
  • Civil Wars
  • Living Room
  • Technical Difficulties: New Political Essays

Some recommended works by Audre Lorde:

Polyamory and Non-Traditional Relationship Resources

1. Ethical Slut – Seminal polyamory text by Dossie Easton and Catherine Liszt.

2. For Lovers and Fighters – Dean Spade

3. Polyamory and Activism (a critical look at poly in practice, or being poly in a patriarchal world – from Angry For a Reason blog)

4. Making Relationships Suck : How to Screw Up a Poly Relationship and Make Everyone Miserable while You’re At It (Florida Poly Retreat 2008)

BOOKS

Herman, Judith. Trauma and Recovery from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. London: Pandora. 1998.

Firestone, Shulamith. Dialectic of Sex.1979

Hartmann, Heidi. “Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Union”. Sargent, Lydia (Ed.). Women and Revolution A Discussion of the Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1981.

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. Feminism Without Borders. Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 2003

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.

Wolf, 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

Goldstein, Joshua, S. War and Gender. How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. Cambridge University Press. 2001.

Kampwirth, Karen. Feminism and the Legacy of Revolution. Athens: Ohio University Press. 2004.

————————- Women and Guerrilla Movements. Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas, Cuba. Pennsylvania:Pennsylvania State University Press. 2002

Cooke, Miriam and Woolacott, Angela (Eds.). Gendering War Talk. Princeton University Press. 1993.

Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch

Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecologies

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

Randall, Margaret. Gathering Rage. The failure of 20th Century Revolutions to Develop a Feminist Agenda. New York: Monthly Review Press. 1992

Ruddick, Sara. Maternal Thinking Towards a Politics of Peace. London: The Women’s Press. 1990.

Sherry, Ruth. Studying Women’s Writing. An Introduction. London: Edward Arnold. 1988

Smith, Sidonie. A poetics of Women’s Autobiography. Marginality and the Fictions of Self-Representation. Idiana University Press. 1987.

Stoner, Lynn. “Militant Heroines and the Consecration of the Patriarchal State: The Glorification of Loyalty, Combat, and National Suicide in the Making of Cuban National Identity.” Cuban Studies. Vol. 34. 2003. Pp 71 – 96

Taylor, Diana. Disappearing Acts Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina’s “Dirty War”. Duke University Press. 1997

J. S. Mill, The Subjection of Women (1867)

S. de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (tr. 1952, repr. 1968)

B. Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (1963)

G. Greer, The Female Eunuch (1970)

K. Millett, Sexual Politics (1970)

J. Hole and E. Levine, Rebirth of Feminism (1971)

E. Janeway, Man’s World, Woman’s Place (1971)

J. B. Elshtain, The Family in Political Thought (1982)

D. Spender, ed., Feminist Theorists (1984)

J. S. Chafetz and A. B. Dworkin, Female Revolt (1986)

A. C. Rich, Of Woman Born (1986)

H. L. Moore, Feminism and Anthropology (1988)

B. Aptheker, Tapestries of Life: Women’s Work, Women’s Consciousness (1989)

N. F. Cott, Grounding of Modern Feminism (1989)

A. Ferguson, Blood at the Root (1989)

W. L. O’Neill, Feminism in America (1989)

D. E. Smith, The Everyday World as Problematic (1989)

M. Jacobs et al. Body/Politics: Women and the Discourses of Science (1990)

S. Ganew, A Reader in Feminist Knowledge (1991)

E. Cunningham, The Return of The Goddess: A Divine Comedy (1992)

B. S. Anderson, Joyous Greetings: The First International Women’s Movement, 1830–1860 (2000)

R. Rosen, The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America (2000).

1A. Sexism within Activism

Notes from a workshop on Sexism and Feminism within Activism that was, broadly speaking, divided into these four areas:

1) Introductions

2) Articulate game/Definitions

3) Discussion of Statements in Groups

4) Examples of Direct Action

Here we also have

5) Final thoughts/suggestions

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1) Introductions

As people introduced themselves and shared their opinions on the topic of the workshop, the words ‘patronising’, ‘not overt’, ‘subtle’ and ‘taboo’ were used to describe sexism within activism. The question was posed, how do we challenge sexism within activism without people thinking that we’re ‘just kicking up a fuss’?

Someone mentioned the feminist intervention at the Anarchist Conference in which a film was shown. The film and statement from and reflection on the action are all available here: http://nopretence.wordpress.com/

2) Articulate game/Definitions

In the game articulate, you have to describe a word by giving the definition or using synonyms, you cannot say the word or part of the word. We played this game with the following words, what fun!!

Eco- Feminism

Described as two words where the first one is like environmentalism and the second word is about women’s rights, the word was guessed quite quickly.

Eva said that she knows someone who wrote their dissertation drawing on eco-feminist theory, comparing animal rights and domestic violence and talking about theories of ownership.

We discussed the idea that eco-feminism can reaffirm patriarchal gender identities by, for example, suggesting that men are more closely related to the realm of the scientific and the industrial while women are thought of as caring and protective of mother nature. Many seemed to express disapproval of the kind of essentialist feminism that argues that women are inherently more peaceful and nature-loving and that if women ‘ran the world everything would be ok.’

Someone mentioned Maria Mies and the subsistence perspective, which she sums up here According to Wikipedia she has also written:

  • Indian Women and Patriarchy (1980)
  • Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale (1986),
  • (with Bennholdt-Thomsen and von Werlhof) Women: The Last Colony (1988)
  • Ecofeminism with Vandana Shiva (1993)
  • Mies also co-wrote a book titled “The Subsistence Perspective” with Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen

Anarcho-Feminism

Described as two words with one meaning opposition to the state and the second being about women. People guessed it very quickly. We discussed the way in which some (usually male) anarchists argue that there is no such thing as an anarcho-feminist as all anarchists are by definition feminists. We problematised this, non-feminist male anarchists certainly exist according to some peoples experiences.

It was pointed out that non-feminist anarchists see oppression in terms of state oppression and see violence in terms of state violence, so for example at the hands of the police. But they are less willing/able to see oppression in their own behaviour/personal settings. This lead to a discussion on different conceptions of power – as external domination only, or as constructed through language, discourse, assumptions, relations, etc – and it was stated that the latter view of power is necessary to challenge sexism within activism/anarchism.

The question was posed, can you be an anarchist woman and not be an anarcho-feminist? Someone answered that you could focus on the ‘main’ (i.e not gender specific) issues and not problematise the male/female/gendered hierarchy and still be an anarchist.  So in other words yes to the question.

Biological Determinism

The person who was describing the word/term was not familiar with it previously but described it as two words the study of life being the first, and then someone guessed it!

We discussed the idea that one’s genitals should affect their ability to operate a vacuum cleaner or an oven. In other words the notion that biological differences should create patriarchal gendered identities/characteristics was problematised.

Lina said that in the Middle East this idea is accepted in most households. It was said that women might complain about it in private but they do not seem to challenge it. We talked about the way in which biological determinism is used in order to naturalise and justify the oppression of women with these frases being thrown around during discussions on the subject of feminism: “it’s just the way it is” and “you can’t change it” “it’s in our DNA etc.” In fact, we are starting to find that hormones are affected by environment and culture. Gender is culturally constructed not biologically determined at all!

We further discussed the notion that because you have a womb you are supposedly more caring or because you have a penis you are more violent. We did not neglect to talk about the way in which patriarchal gender identities/patriarchy/biological determinism is in this way also limiting for men.

Informal Hierarchies

We talked about the way in which informal hierarchies arise among activists and usually have men at the top. It can be very confusing when someone who says they are against hierarchies and domination acts in a way that is oppressive and dominating.

How do we challenge the emergence of these informal hierarchies?

Patriarchy

Was described as a system of control in which men are at the top. The all encompassing nature of the system was noted.

Traditional Gender Roles

Were described as how men and women are ‘supposed’ to act under patriarchy. They were noted for the relationship to biological determinism and the other issues we had talked about.

The feminist Seyla Benhabib was mentioned as having put forward a useful theory on the Right to Entry and Exit which is from Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era which is about the status of cultural relativist versus human rights claims in deliberative democracy.

Female Emancipation

Was described as two words – one meaning women and one being a synonym for freedom. It was agreed that female emancipation would involve a complete system change, you could not really liberate women without liberating all other oppressed people and totally getting rid of systems and institutions of economic/social/political oppression worldwide.

At this point it was noted by Andy that there is an important difference between difference feminists and equality feminists. Difference Feminists argue that men and women are fundamentally different, and that women are better where as Equality Feminists say that men and women are different but equal and should enjoy equal rights. It was noted that Liberal Feminists fall into the second category but are problematic because they seem to focus solely on reforming current (oppressive, hierarchical) institutions so that some women can become a part of them, but don’t seem to want to over throw the whole oppressive system. A good example would be a female business woman who is only a feminist because she wants to be a business woman. Socialist feminists were also said to be in the latter category of Equality feminists.

3) Discussion of Statements in Groups

We divided into pairs and discussed the following statements:

The displacement of women from agriculture disempowers women and reduces food security. Food systems evolved by women based on biodiversity based production rather than chemical based production produce hundreds of times more food, with better nutrition, quality, and taste. […]We need to strengthen women’s role in agriculture both to remove hunger and empower women. We need to redefine development from women’s perspective to ensure no one goes hungry or thirsty on this planet.

Vandana Shiva

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/trust/2015/story/2004/06/04069_vandana_shiva.shtml

The group that discussed this statement and Vadana’s seed activism as revealed in the great documentary The Corporation. They also found that it seemed to reaffirm some of the essentialist’s claims about women and their inherent connection to the earth/caring nature as discussed earlier. Someone questioned whether she is really being essentialist or whether she is merely stating that this is what women have historically done; women have been responsible for feeding their family and have developed good ways of doing this.

The difference between minority world or so-called “Western” feminists and majority world feminists was highlighted here. Whereas minority world feminists have liked to talk about ‘sisterhood’ in the past, majority world feminists have been quick to point out that the conditions around the world differ greatly and women in the west do not have to contend with the kinds of extreme oppression and poverty that women from the majority world do.  In addition, women in the west live in relatively comfortable conditions precisely because of the exploitation of women and men from the global majority. That is not to say that there cannot be female solidarity just that we must be aware of the different circumstances in which women around the world live. As a woman from the majority world, Vandana Shiva is understandably more concerned about starvation and climate change than she is about gender identities. Vadana Shiva’s latest book is called Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity

An interesting and relatively recent book on the subject of international feminist solidarity is CT Mohanty’s Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practising Solidarity. 2004.

The group raised an important point; the concept of gender itself must be problematised. It is helpful to think of gender in terms of a spectrum rather than two polar opposites. We must not accept the categories of “man” and “woman” unthinkingly.

This important insight into the importance of using the term gender as opposed to simply talking about “women” led to a brief discussion on Radical Feminism. The following quote was read out and discussed:

Just as the end goal of socialist revolution was not only the elimination of the economic class privilege but of the economic class distinction itself, so the end goal of feminist revolution must be, unlike that of the first feminist movement, not just the elimination of male privilege but of the sex distinction itself: genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally.

Firestone, Shulamith. Dialectic of Sex. The Women’s Press. 1979.

http://www.marxists.org/subject/women/authors/firestone-shulamith/dialecticsex.htm

The way in which gender is socially constructed but also influential on other spheres was discussed in relation to J. Goldstein’s  War and Gender How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa Cambridge University Press. 2001 which argues that war is dependent on gender in a variety of ways but perhaps most obviously, the gendering of the battle front (male) and the home front (female). Goldstein also talks about the gendering or feminization of the peace movement (see some of the examples of women’s peace activism below, such as Greenham Common women’s peace camp). Other notable publications on the subject of gender and militarism are

Cooke, Miriam and Woolacott, Angela (Eds.). Gendering War Talk. Princeton University Press. 1993.

Enloe, Cynthia. Does Khaki Become You? The Militarisation of Women’s Lives. South End Press. 1983

Elshtain, Jean B. Women and War. Basic Books Inc. 1987.

Kampwirth, Karen. Women and Guerrilla Movements Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas, Cuba. Pennsylvania State University Press. 2002.

The second group looked at the following statement about the anarcho-syndicalist, feminist, Spanish organisation, set up during the 1930s, Mujeres Libres or Free Women. The group was involved in popular education projects with previous illiterate peasant women who were taught politics, historand engineering and sciences among other subjects:

All these compañeros, however radical they may be in cafés, unions, and even affinity groups, seem to drop their costumes of lovers of female liberation at the doors of their homes.

Ackelsberg, Marta. Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women, Indiana University Press. 1991.  Page 87.

Throughout the work of Mujeres Libres to educate women, they faced strong opposition from otherwise radical anarchist men. There is more about the group here the website of the Mexican Zapatista women’s group of the same name that aims to fight against neo-liberalism is here

The statement was discussed and the hypocrisy of some men who talk about revolutionising gender roles but then continue to expect women to fulfill all household tasks/traditional gender roles was exposed.

The final group looked at the following statement:

Patriarchal masculinity teaches men that their sense of self and identity, their reason for being, resides in their capacity to dominate others. To change this males must critique and challenge male domination of the planet, less powerful men, of women and children.

bell hooks Feminism is For Everybody. Passionate Politics. Pluto Press. 2000. Page 70.

This group tried to unpack a lot of the terms in the statement – learn/teach (implies hidden curriculum and informal learning through roles), and capacity to dominate (implies it isn’t necessary to actually act violently to have the status of dominant male).  The idea of “unlearning” was also raised.  Another aspect of the author’s view appears to be a necessity of a big change (being consistently anti-capitalist and anti-patriarchy) to realise apparently small changes.

This group focused on the fact that men would have to re-learn everything they have been taught throughout life and would have to re-learn new identities and ways of behaving as the patriarchal masculine identity men have been socialised into is seen as so natural, it is sometimes hard to challenge. It was interpreted that racism is highlighted in the statement through the term “less powerful men” which was taken to mean men from the majority world. It was also mentioned that black women are doubly oppressed by racism and sexism. A few notable pieces of literature on this subject include:

All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave. Edited by G.T Hull, P. Bell Scott, B. Smith.

Women, Race and Class Angela Davis

We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity. bell hooks.

Aint I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism bell hooks

4) Examples of Direct Action

The following examples of women’s direct action was passed around and discussed while the women-led direct action group Climate Rush, the Argentinean group, Las Madres de La Plaza de Mayo, the Colombian women’s group Ruta Pacifica and the Irish women who got passed soldiers in order to deliver bread to people during the 1970 Falls Curfew was also mentioned.  The curfew was an unofficial, unapproved military lock-down of the Falls road area in Belfast for 36 hours. The RUC got a tip-off of an arms den in the area and claimed that they had been faced with substantial rioting and public disorder (never proved). It was highlighted that in many of these cases women have strategically mobilised their femininity for political ends. If the the aforementioned Irish women had approached the soldiers in an overtly political way they would have been denied access, but as the simply played the “we’re women we feed people that’s just what we do” card, they were able to bring in bread.

The group Women in Black was also highlighted for its international peace activism in many counties including the Palestinian occupied territories.

It was said that the all women’s peace camp was developed because there were incidents of sexual assault at mixed camps:

Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp 1981 – 2000

On the 5th September 1981, the Welsh group “Women for Life on Earth” arrived on Greenham Common, Berkshire, England. They marched from Cardiff with the intention of challenging, by debate, the decision to site 96 Cruise nuclear missiles there. On arrival they delivered a letter to the Base Commander which among other things stated ‘We fear for the future of all our children and for the future of the living world which is the basis of all life’.

  When their request for a debate was ignored they set up a Peace Camp just outside the fence surrounding RAF Greenham Common Airbase. They took the authorities by surprise and set the tone for a most audacious and lengthy protest that lasted 19years. Within 6 months the camp became known as the Women’s Peace Camp and gained recognition both nationally and internationally by drawing attention to the base with well publicised imaginitive gatherings. This unique initiative threw a spotlight on ‘Cruise’ making it a national and international political issue throughout the 80s and early 90s.
 
 
 
 
 
The protest, committed to disrupting the exercises of the USAF, was highly effective. Nuclear convoys leaving the base to practice nuclear war, were blockaded, tracked to their practice area and disrupted. Taking non-violent direct action meant that women were arrested, taken to court and sent to prison.

Sarah Hipperson from www.greenhamwpc.org.uk/

About WOZA

WOZA, the acronym of Women of Zimbabwe Arise, is an Ndebele word meaning ‘come forward’. Now with a countrywide membership of over 70,000 women and men, WOZA was formed in 2003 as a women’s civic movement to:

  • Provide women, from all walks of life, with a united voice to speak out on issues affecting their day-to-day lives.
  • Empower female leadership that will lead community involvement in pressing for solutions to the current crisis.
  • Encourage women to stand up for their rights and freedoms.
  • Lobby and advocate on those issues affecting women and their families.

From http://wozazimbabwe.org/

RAWA

Established in 1977, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) is an independent women’s organisation fighting for human rights and social justice in Afghanistan. RAWA opposed the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan from 1979-89, as well as the subsequent mujahideen and Taliban governments, running underground schools for Afghan girls, publishing a journal and setting up humanitarian projects. Mariam Rawi, a member of RAWA’s foreign relations committee, answers Peace News’s questions about the current US-led occupation of Afghanistan.

RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, was established in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1977 as an independent political/social organization of Afghan women fighting for human rights and for social justice in Afghanistan. www.rawa.org

From http://www.peacenews.info/issues/2509/25091608.html Ian Sinclair & Mariam Rawi

5) Final Thoughts

There is still lots to discuss!

Possible themes that have arisen in the workshop but could be carried forward include:

-          Women/gender and direct action

-          Eco/Anarcho-feminisms

-          Women/gender and the peace movement

-          How do we challenge informal hierarchies?

-          What will female emancipation look like?

-          How can we challenge patriarchy in the here and now?

There was also an ideas share on the subject of women’s liberation/gender/patriarchy. Here is the blurb:

Feminism is for everyone!

A fully participatory workshop on the subject of feminisms and gender including games, discussions and the anarcho-feminist film shown during a feminist intervention at the Anarchist Conference. We will look at the following questions: What are anarcho/eco- feminisms? What is the significance of gender? How do we challenge patriarchy in the here and now? What would the destruction of patriarchy look like?

Polyamory and Activism (from Angry For a Reason blog)

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2. Anti-Racism

Incredibly useful resource post for “Good White People”: http://vasundharaa.tumblr.com/post/31917466176/this-is-a-resource-post-for-all-the-good-white

MUST READ COLUMN: http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/category/columns/the-anti-imperialist/

Life and Debt in Jamaica (about IMF and farmers in JA)

http://www.lifeanddebt.org/

Malcolm X the Essential life YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1ywFC3Xk7k

When We Were Kings (Mohammed Ali is a JOKER!! And such a bad man!!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUSxWilW9is

Mumia Abu Jamal (you NEED to know about this brother)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwxPezovwFc

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRGFZ1eLJO4

Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana was the first African country to win independence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDvdmJAT-Nw

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision

Stokely Carmichael: Ready for Revolution. Life Struggles (autobiography)

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

People of color organise -  http://www.peopleofcolororganize.com/

Brilliant brief introduction to Angela Davis Women Race and Class section on the myth of the “black rapist”  http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/tbettch/Davis.htm

The Modern Racist Paradigm http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9142171923095749295&hl=undefined#

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

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

Unpacking White Privilege – brilliant article about white anti-racist activists

http://www.peopleofcolororganize.com/analysis/word-wise-unpacking-white-privilege-tim-wise/

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. People’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

Walter Rodney 1973: ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’

http://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/rodney-walter/how-europe/

Black Panther leader, Fred Hampton:

http://tinyurl.com/28rdhsx

Fred Hampton (1st of 4 parts):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn0PiDvVXDY

Claudia Jones: Founder of the Notting Hill Carnival, community organiser, founder of the first Black newspaper in England:

http://www.spinetv.net/video/hidden-herstories-claudia-jones

Rank and File sisters in the Black Panthers:

http://sonsofmalcolm.blogspot.com/2011/01/rank-and-file-sisters-in-black-panthers.html

Amy Ashwood Garvey: Pan-Africanist, organised the Pan African Congresses in England which saw many of the African anti-colonial leadersip in attendance, community organiser and much more:

http://www.spinetv.net/video/hidden-herstories-amy-ashwood-garvey

THE INFLUENCE OF MARCUS GARVEY PT. 1 (this is very good, and shows how

J Edgar Hoover  - former head of the FBI – started his dirty-war)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAI_xHY6yWo

Black Liberation and Obama:

http://sonsofmalcolm.blogspot.com/2010/12/farrakhans-tears-up-place-on-obama-race.html

Malcolm X: Make it Plain pt 1 of 14 (great doc-film)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHLUPUt7l4I

Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) 1996 Interview part 1 of 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H18PESzNX2c

Robert Franklin Williams, interviewed by Robert Carl Cohen in Dar Es

Salaam, Tanzania in 1968 (Williams was a major source of inspiration

for militant struggle esp in the period between Malcolm and the

Panthers)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHw5OfsP7-M

Black Panthers (1968) part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axhhXJqJJ-U

Mutulu Shakur, 2Pac/Tupac Shakur’s s step-dad, and ex NYC Panther.

Great great man, great interview. Still in prison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpRl0QKapPw

1992, The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement invited Tupac to speak at its

banquet in Atlanta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ4FvfM9Ftk

Another great interview with 2Pac/Tupac that was never aired on TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVevJk-K6As

COINTELPRO: The FBI’s War Against Black America pt 1 of 5:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNPwO-YXDLE

Interview with death row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZphoRcfdu1w&feature=related

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3. Anti-imperialism / Free Palestine

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (MUST watch!)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6604775898578139565#

Occupation 101 (learn the facts about Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWpOqAitZLs

Electronic Intifada: News and Analysis about Palestine: http://electronicintifada.net/

International Solidarity Movement: Non-violence, Justice, Freedom: http://palsolidarity.org/

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

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4. Class / Anti-capitalism / cuts

False Economy Website – why cuts are wrong http://falseeconomy.org.uk/

One Good Cut (cut bankers benefits) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-LjL2yyVZo

UK Uncut http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/

Trapese Popular Education Collective: http://www.trapese.org/

Zapatistas (on going revolution in southern Mexico)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=211108422793632049#

Fourth World War (propa exciting documentary! lol):

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4947562540870341312#

The Corporation (good insight into the history of big companies)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pin8fbdGV9Y

South of the Border (BIG documentary about Latin American leftist governments)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5cUme9S0N4

Out Foxed (you MUST watch this about the most sinister news channel ever)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok01hJHvobM

Battle for Seattle (big film about riots etc when WTO got shut down):

http://www.movie2k.to/movie-127776-Battle-in-Seattle-film.html

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

The political economy of post-industrial capitalism (article summary)

Really well made animated videos explaining some of the many reasons why capitalism doesn’t work;

Drive/Motivation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

Crisis of Capitalism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP2V_np2c0

Hardt, Michael; Antonio Negri . Empire.

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

Marx and Engels. The Communist Manifesto

Tiziana Terranova – Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age

Manuel Castells – The Information Society

Lyotard – The Postmodern Condition

Lanier, Jaron – You Are Not a Gadget (2010)

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

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5. Prison system / police repression

Everything is OK!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAQrsA3m8Bg

Guide to police (USA)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA

History of prison in the U.S. and the move to a market-based, privatised system under Clinton:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Going-Up-River-Travels-Prison/dp/B000FC1ICC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1300894972&sr=8-2

“All Things Censored” collection of essays by Mumia Abu Jamal

http://www.democracynow.org/1998/10/1/all_things_censored_mumia_abu_jamals

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”

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6. Environment / Climate change

MUST watch short video explains how/why consumer capitalism destroys the environment, really cool video with good graphics:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM

TIPPING POINTS explained in this brilliant video: http://wakeupfreakout.org/film/tipping.html

Mclibel (amazing documentary about 2 brave ppl taking on mcdonalds):

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=547901963081075342#

Food Inc (documentary about supermarket-isation of food)  http://www.movie2k.to/Food-Inc-watch-movie-72068.html

Trapese Popular Education Collective: http://www.trapese.org/

Coconut Revolution (a revolution run on coconuts):

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9073157933630784238#

Age of Stupid (good film!! and the reason why i’m vegan):

http://www.movie2k.to/movie-77870-The-Age-of-Stupid-film.html

Earthlings (you MUS watch this if you eat animals)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce4DJh-L7Ys

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”

6A. Veganism

Going vegan: http://www.viva.org.uk/goingvegan/index.php

Why vegan?: http://www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan/

Become a vegan: http://www.vegansociety.com/become-a-vegan/why.aspx

Vegan started pack: http://features.peta.org/VegetarianStarterKit/index.asp

*Your health and welfare*

Alicia Silverstone (from Clueless) talks about health benefits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA2CWnJ8j-k

*Animal warfare*

Peta – animals are not ours to eat: http://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-are-not-ours-to-eat/

*Human starvation*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q4rdx7frHM

*The planet, resources and climate change*

Climate change: http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/news/news_veggie/all/1395

101 reasons! http://www.flex.com/~jai/articles/101.html

Vegan celebs: http://sistersofresistance.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/vegan-celebs-who-inspire-us/

http://www.vegansociety.com/

Protein in the vegan diet
http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

Books

http://www.vegancoach.com/best-vegan-books.html

Vegan music :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kHhhg8exIY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9mpu0n7BFY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Cmt8E1NYI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osS6LQpiREM

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