First Love is Lifeforce Workshop at MotherHouse Atlanta

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Love is Lifeforce: An All-Ages Coloring Workshop

Saturday March 12, 11:30am-2pm

Motherhouse (home of SisterSong and Sisterlove)

1237 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310

Join Revolutionary Mothering Co-editor Alexis Pauline Gumbs, her revolutionary Mama Pauline McKenzie, Lactation Activist and Mama Faye Harris and Activist Doula Bianca Campbell for a light brunch and some deep activities.

Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines will be available for sale at the event by Charis Books and More!

RSVP on the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561212207525491/

More info and other events here: http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/?post_type=dd_events&p=508

Thank you for supporting the tour!!!

Doing it All: Vikki Law

Vikki_Siuloong_in_darkroom“How to explain war to a three-year-old? The pregnancy and parenting books didn’t prepare me for this.
I took a deep breath. “Well, war is when one country sends people to kill the people in another country.”
She silently chewed her food and I wondered if my explanation had been too blunt.
“The next time there’s a war, we should go out on the streets and march and say, ‘No war,'” she continued.”

-Vikki Law “Doing it All…and then Again With Child” in Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

We are so proud to have this beautiful piece by Vikki Law on how her anti-war activism and activism in collaboration with mothers in prison has been impacted by her daughter and her experiences of mothering within an activist movement.

Come see Vikki and other Revolutionary Mothering authors at Bluestockings Bookstore at 7pm on March 21st! More info here: http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/?post_type=dd_events&p=482

Thanks for supporting the tour!!!! You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Warrior Healers Unite!

12768241_10102291127019882_4936438103556213173_o“We fight for small pieces of city space so we can show our children what tomatoes look like attached to their parents. We fight to clean up messes, including ones we didn’t make. We fight for the rest of our natural lives and this is the most radical fight I have ever fought.”

-Tara Villalba and Lola Mondragon in “She Is a Radical” in Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

It was SO wonderful to meet Lola Mondragon at the UC Santa Barbara Women of Color Conference this past weekend. Look out for her powerful words representing the traditions of revolutionary mothering, indigenous grandmothering and warrior healer love at Revolutionary Mothering events at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair in April and the Orange County Anarchist Book Fair in May!!!

You can support the tour here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Loretta Ross’s beautiful Preface!!!

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This time three years ago I was meeting my shero Loretta Ross. And then she wrote this for the preface of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

“This anthology asks if we can use our powers as radical mothers to responsibly uplift and sometimes represent others, or conversely, to smother or diminish others for our own purposes. It is a radical act to nurture the lives of those who are not supposed to exist.”

Real talk? I cry every time I read her powerful preface to this book. We are so happy to have this work linked to the world-shifting work of the Reproductive Justice Movement and we are excited to be planning an event at the home of SisterSong in Atlanta!

We are so looking forward to meeting you on this tour. Thank you for your love and support!  You can donate to the Revolutionary Mothering tour here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Feminist Poetics: June Jordan Symposium UMass Amherst Register Now!

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“Wholehearted” by Alexis Pauline Gumbs is part of a new show at the Carrack called “Breathing Back: A Meditation Chorus.” It features poet and activist June Jordan, and the quote which describes it is from her: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

Registration is now open for Feminist Poetics: Legacies of June Jordan Symposium at UMass Amherst on March 25th! Co-editor Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be speaking alongside Sonia Sanchez, Barbara Smith, Gloria Joseph and too many geniuses to name about June Jordan’s legacy and sharing the significance of June Jordan’s 1977 theory of intergenerational love which is available for the first time in print form in Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. For more information and to register see:

http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/?post_type=dd_events&p=514

Maryland Humanities Council Features Revolutionary Mothering

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 2.15.27 PM“The people who aren’t supposed to have a chance to mother—like black/queer/poor people, people like us and the people who mothered us, are recreating the world every day in intimate, intergenerational, creative and collective ways…” -Alexis Pauline Gumbs interviewed by #blackmommyactivist Karsonya Wise Whitehead in “A Writer with Writers: Mothering as a Revolutionary Act”

Karsonya-Wise-WhiteheadWe are so excited that Revolutionary Mothering is featured on the Maryland Humanities Council’s column “A Writer with Writers” by Karsonya Wise Whitehead!

Read her interview with co-editor Alexis Pauline Gumbs here: http://www.mdhc.org/blog/?p=2001#.Vs8DOpMrKRt

Love is Lifeforce

1 Wholehearted for June Jordan.jpg“Love is lifeforce. I believe that the creative spirit is nothing less than love made manifest. I see love as the essential nature of all that supports life. Love is opposed to the death of the dream. Love is opposed to the delimiting of possibilities of experience…” -June Jordan

These are the first five sentences of June Jordan’s theory of love from her never before published essay “The Creative Spirit and Children’s Literature” written in 1977 and in print NOW in Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. We are so excited to share “Love is Lifeforce” workshops in your community!

Thank you for supporting the tour!!!

Listen to Lex and Fabi and Ntozake Shange on the Radio Today!

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Use this link to listen in as co-editor Alexis Pauline Gumbs and contributor Fabiola Sandoval share about Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines the book, the concept and the community!

We are honored to be part of a revolutionary episode that also features the work of AF3irm and an archival interview with Ntozake Shange!

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Alexis Pauline Gumbs was the first person to dig through the archives of several radical black feminist mothers including June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Lucille Clifton, and Toni Cade Bambara while writing her dissertation We Can Learn to Mother Ourselves: The Queer Survival of Black Feminism, a 500-page work. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, a Reproductive Reality Check Shero, and a Black Woman Rising nominee in 2010, and was awarded one of the first ever Too Sexy for 501c3 trophies in 2011! Alexis’s work as co-creator of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive and documentary project has been featured in Curve magazine, the Huffington Post, in Durham Magazine and on NPR.  She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (Duke University Press, 2016.)

Fabiola Sandoval lives, works, and plays in Los Angeles with her daughter Amaya and three pets. Since this essay was written they have moved from Lincoln Heights to another neighborhood in Northeast LA. She’s originally from South LA and mostly understands that home is in communion and connection. Amaya is now eleven and continues to dance,
sing and no longer likes long dresses. A poet, she has an essay published in Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind, and has been a regular contributor for make/shift magazine. She blogged at fabmexicana.com (her own site) actively from 2004 to 2013. Being a part of the communities: Radical Women of Color blogosphere, and SPEAK! Radical Women of Color Media Collective was instrumental in shaping her writing life.

Feminist Magazine is on the air to educate, advocate, inform, and entertain through a variety of feminist lenses.  We provide the tools necessary to implement feminist analysis and action via interviews, commentaries, performances, news, open dialogues and other features involving activists, intellectuals, and artists, etc.

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Fabiola’s brilliant daughter took this picture last Spring!

Help us fund our national tour!!!!

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The book is at the printers!  We are so excited to share it with you!  Please help us fund our national tour of events!

Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Who We Are:
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We are Mai’a Williams, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and China Martens, co-editors of the anthology, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines and starting in February 2016 Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines will be in the world and in your hands.
Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Our Goal:

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to create a series of events, through a national tour,  that will truly embody the legacy of radical Black feminists and move their visions forward, because marginalized mothers are at the center of a world in need of transformation.

We are now so excited to bring this vital work to your communities with readings, and a national tour, where we will do not only revolutionary readings, but also motherful community events, presentations, conference panels, and interactive workshops.
Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother
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More information on the book and the tour:

We have been working individually and collectively to center marginalized and oppressed mothers’ voices, inspired by the radical and queer Black feminists of the 1970’s and 80’s.

The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice, as well as anti-violence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation are the same challenges that marginalized mothers face every day.

Starting in February 2016, the editors and contributors of Revolutionary Mothering will be on tour to share the work and spread the conversation in your community, on your campus and in collaboration with your organization.  We are excited to customize events that speak to the revolutionary power of our motherful society that will leave everyone uplifted.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Revolutionary Readings:
Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines shares the stories of (number of) contributors, with various experiences of mothering that challenge and transform how we think about race, class, gender, justice, intimacy and the future.  A Revolutionary Reading is an opportunity for your community, organization, department to have a whole new conversation about life, how it happens and what we mean to each other.

*available for bookstores, campuses, living rooms and community spaces

“Love is Lifeforce” Interactive Workshops:
In 1977 black feminist poet June Jordan wrote “Love is lifeforce” as the opening sentence of a lecture she gave on the creative spirit and children’s literature. Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines is the first book to have published June Jordan’s speech in its entirety.

We’ll build a custom workshop based on the needs of your community that allows you to learn about black feminist love practices, dive into the ways life-force flows in your community and facilitates you through the process of creating a work of art, poetry or performance together.

*available for campuses and conferences

Motherful Reality: An All-Ages Coloring Workshop:
The Sisterhood of Black Single Mothers decided to change the language in the 1980’s.  Instead of describing non-patriarchal families as “fatherless” they described them as “motherful” families.  Riffing on the genius of those mamas the Revolutionary Mothering crew is creating Motherful community events around the country, which are open to everyone!  We will bring the crayons and revolutionary activities, you bring your generations of brilliance and you’ll leave with intergenerational learning tools to keep the revolution alive!

*available for partnering community organizations, conference kids tracks, and loved ones

The Paper Quilt: A Revolutionary Mothering Zine Workshop:
Before there was the book Revolutionary Mothering there were the zines Revolutionary Motherhood and The Future Generation and Outlaw Midwives.   The Paper Quilt workshop is an interactive workshop in which a group of people will quilt together a motherful publication in 2 hours or less!  This workshop is a great way to make your insights shareable and is part of our mission to expand the idea of what stories about mothering circulate in our society.

*available for community organization, bookstores, publications, living rooms and

Conferences Panels and Keynotes:
Are you planning a conference about mothering that could use a dose of revolution? Are you hosting a convening about the revolution that is missing the perspectives of marginalized mamas?  Is your conference about movement building, sustainability, future generations, radical history, black feminism, queer liberation, transnational solidarity, embodiment, risk, love, failure, dreams or transformation? Invite us to craft a custom presentation that will bring the core reasons for your gathering right home.

Campus Workshops and Class Visits:
Bring us to town for Mother’s Day season, women’s herstory month, queer awareness month, black history month, latin@ history month…or really any time.  We are excited to ramp up the conversation about mothering and transformation in your class, in your department and on your campus!  Our editors and contributors are available to give workshops and lectures and to visit courses listed in Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Literature, History, Creative Writing, Medicine and more!


We are creating a generous space for life in the face of life-threatening limits.  We are activating a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present and moving towards collective solutions.  We live for more than ourselves and remain accountable to a future that we cannot always see.

Revolutionary Mothering is a movement-shifting anthology committed to birthing new worlds, full of faith and hope for what we can raise up together.

Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother
Find out more about the book and order it: Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

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Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ‘80s, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines is an anthology that centers mothers of color and marginalized mothers’ voices. Marginalized and oppressed mothers are at the center of a world of necessary transformation. The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice, as well as anti-violence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation are the same challenges that marginalized mothers face every day. Oppressed mothers create a generous space for life in the face of life-threatening limits, activate a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present, move beyond individual narratives of choice towards collective solutions, live for more than ourselves, and remain accountable to a future that we cannot always see.Revolutionary Mothering is a movement-shifting anthology committed to birthing new worlds, full of faith and hope for what we can raise up together.

Contributors include alba onofrio, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Ariel Gore, Arielle Julia Brown, Autumn Brown, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, China Martens, Christy NaMee Eriksen, Claire Barrera, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Esteli Juarez Boyd, Fabielle Georges, Fabiola Sandoval, Gabriela Sandoval, H. Bindy K. Kang, Irene Lara, June Jordan, Karen Su, Katie Kaput, Layne Russell, Lindsey Campbell, Lisa Factora-Borchers, Loretta J. Ross, Mai’a Williams, Malkia A. Cyril, Mamas of Color Rising, Micaela Cadena, Noemi Martinez, Norma A. Marrun, Panquetzani, Rachel Broadwater, Sumayyah Talibah, Tara CC Villaba, Terri Nilliasca, tk karakashian tunchez, Victoria Law, and Vivian Chin.