Hey beautiful community,
In a couple days, I fly east to meet up with co -editors Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani to celebrate the birth of our beautiful book, The Revolution Starts At Home.
We worked on this thing for seven years. Our first conference call was in 2004. And it's finally out! And we have tour dates! Read on for more information about what we've got coming up. More dates will be happening throughout the year- if you're interested in trying to have an event in your community, please firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on our tumblr, revolutionathome.tumblr.com. If you can't make it, please buy the book direct from South End Press, through your local independent bookstore or through www.Powells.com
Tour Dates, Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
About the book:
"Was/is your abusive partner a high-profile activist? Does your abusive girlfriend's best friend staff the domestic violence hotline? Have you successfully kicked an abuser out of your group? Did your anti-police brutality group fear retaliation if you went to the cops about another organizer's assault? Have you found solutions where accountability didn't mean isolation for either of you? Was the 'healing circle' a bunch of bullshit? Is the local trans community so small that you don't want you or your partner to lose it?
"We wanted to hear about what worked and what didn't, what survivors and their supporters learned, what they wish folks had done, what they never want to have happen again. We wanted to hear about folks' experiences confronting abusers, both with cops and courts and with methods outside the criminal justice system."
— The Revolution Starts at Home collective
Long demanded and urgently needed, The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the secret of intimate violence within social justice circles. This watershed collection of stories and strategies tackles the multiple forms of violence encountered right where we live, love, and work for social change — and delves into the nitty-gritty on how we might create safety from abuse without relying on the state. Drawing on over a decade of community accountability work, along with its many hard lessons and unanswered questions, The Revolution Starts at Home offers potentially life-saving alternatives for creating survivor safety while building a movement where no one is left behind.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We want to acknowledge that these readings are taking place on stolen Indigenous land and that it is at Indigenous people’s expense that we occupy this land. Community accountability is work that Indigenous communities have been doing outside of and in resistance to systems of state power since before the arrival of colonial settlers and continue to do.
ACCESS IS LOVE: See below for accessible notes about each venue. We were 90% successful at getting wheelchair accessible spaces and are reserving seating for folks who need it due to pain, disability or illness. If you have access concerns or questions, please email email@example.com.
Fragrance free is hella love! So that beloved community members including some editors and contributors can be present without throwing up or having to leave, please come to this event fragrance free! This means no cologne, perfume, essential oil and also switching to unscented products. We know folks have a learning curve around this, but if you can ditch the scented (yup, even with 'natural' scents) detergent and fabric softener, it'll go a long way. Awesome scent-free list here: http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html
Saturday, May 14, 2011
172 Allen St.
New York, NY
With co-editors Jai Dulani and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and contributors Gaurav Jashnani and RJ Maccani (Challenging Male Supremacy Project), Jessica Yee (Native Youth Sexual Health Network) and Timothy Colm (Philly's Pissed, Philly Survivor Support Collective.)
Access: Wheelchair accessible space, tiny tiny bathroom. We're reserving seats for folks who need to sit due to disability and chronic illness/pain.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Food For Thought Books
106 N. Pleasant St
Co-editors Ching-In Chen and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will be in attendance, read, sign books and answer questions.
Access: Fully wheelchair accessible, including bathrooms. We're reserving seats for folks who need to sit due to disability and chronic illness/pain.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
4722 Baltimore Avenue
Contributor Timothy Colm, O.G. co-editor Sham-e-Ali Nayeem and co-editor Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will read, do Q and A and sign books.
Co sponsored by Philly Stands Up! (www.phillystandsup.com)
Access: Wheelchair accessible to get in. Narrow bathroom. We're reserving seats for folks who need to sit due to disability and chronic illness/pain.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
doors 6:30, 7 PM reading
Toronto Women's Bookstore
73 Harbord St
Come to the launch party for this long-awaited, beloved book!
Featuring readings, snacks, discussion and book signings
DJ'd by Syrus Ware
Contributors Jessica Yee (Native Youth Sexual Health Network) and Juliet November, and co-editor Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will attend and read.
Access: We're reserving seats for folks who need to sit due to disability and chronic illness/pain. TWB is wheelchair accessible to get in, but not the bathroom- this sucks, but every single space we looked at that was fully accessible was booked. We are prioritizing making space for chair users to be present comfortably and with room. Watch this space for ASL and Livestreaming info.
Thursday, June 2
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street
San Franscisco, CA
415 282 9246
Massive gender justice co-launch with Andrea Ritchie (Queering (In) Justice) and Dean Spade. Reading with Gina deVries and more writers TBA
Access: Fully accessible including bathroom. We're reserving seats for folks who need to sit due to disability and chronic illness/pain.
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