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.
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.)
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.
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
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
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”
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”
Fourth World War
Age of Stupid
Life and Debt in Jamaica
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
South of the Border
Occupation 101 An Inconvenient Truth Zeitgeist
“This is the Life” http://goodlifelove.ning.com/
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
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