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.

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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

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