Spring is Queer!

April’s readings are some of our personal favorites! Many different local organizations and individuals have expressed interest in reading something along these [not so straight] lines so we decided to make them our “official” readings for April. We will be meeting on April 17th from 2-4pm at the Red Herring (1209 W. Oregon St. Urbana).

First up, the 1982 piece, “The Combahee River Collective Statement” also titled,¬†“A Black Feminist Statement by The Combahee River Collective Statement”.

combahee river collective

The Combahee River Collective was named after an action planned and led by Harriet Tubman at the Combahee River (an action which freed 750 slaves). The 1970’s Black lesbian feminist collective’s statement is now widely used as a staple of contemporary feminist discussions on identity and intersectionality.

We’ll also be discussing Audre Lorde’s 1979 speech, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Mater’s House” which is one of her most referenced pieces. A radical Black (Caribbean-American) lesbian feminist poet, Lorde has left a lasting impact on both social justice communities and feminist discourse.

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Finally, we’ll discuss the 2010 pamphlet, “Queer Liberation is Class Struggle” by JOMO. This pamphlet calls for something beyond mere¬†assimilation of queer folks in a capitalist world.

queer anti-capitalist

We’ll also discuss what we’d like to do for May as we usually have a picnic or participate in May Day activities in town before we break for the summer.

See ya’ll on April 17th!

-kristina-

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