Chicago meeting: WOMEN’S LIBERATION AS RESISTANCE AND AS REVOLUTIONARY FORCE AND REASON

WHEN: Wednesday, December 18, 6:30 pm
WHERE: News and Letters Library, 228 S. Wabash Ave., Room 230, Chicago, Illinois.

Protestor in Iran demanding an end to the Islamic Republic Iranian regime. Photo thanks to Shervin Ashrafi 

The most massive resistance to the Trump administration burst out as the Women’s Marches, with many voices, ideas, ways of reaching for the future, and connections with the historic threads of the women’s liberation movement. Confronted by efforts to narrow it to electoral politics, many of those voices are struggling to be heard.

   How can hearing the ideas of women’s liberation and the philosophy of human liberation enable the movement’s reorientation?

♀   How can the humanism that shone forth from the Women’s Marches help inspire the entire movement for liberation?

♀  Will Silvia Federici’s concept of Marxism and feminism give direction to women’s struggle for freedom in an age of rising neo-fascism?

Speaker: Terry Moon, activist and writer in the Women’s Liberation Movement, Managing Editor of News & Letters.

Readings: Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution in Permanence for Our Day, chapter 1. Iranians involved in fighting the counter-revolution that emerged from the Iranian Revolution asked Raya Dunayevskaya to write this “Preface to the Iranian Edition of Marx’s Humanist Essays” as an effort to fight the reactionary religious forces attempting to hijack the revolution. It grounds women’s struggle for freedom in Marx’s moment of philosophic creation, unseparated from his humanism, concept of labor, and critique of vulgar communism. It is a short piece projected to participants in an ongoing revolution within which women’s liberation was both attacked and supported.

SEE THE FULL SERIES OF MARXIST-HUMANIST CLASSES “Toward Freedom: Intervening in a World on the Brink”

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