Feminist Readings & Resources

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Black Rose/Rosa Negra is a proud feminist organization. We take our political inspiration from the historical struggles of working class women, including those who carried out their work in the name of other movements or ideologies. While we value the feminisms that can be found in our own neighborhoods and workplaces, we also seek to learn all lessons possible from the parts of the world where feminism is ascendant. Our international partnerships have resulted in a strong Latin American perspective in our writing and ideological perspectives – something we find appropriate for an organization based in the Americas.

Below we include a list of feminist resources produced by Black Rose/Rosa Negra militants, featuring articles, downloadable pamphlets, audio interviews, video presentations and recommended texts. These reflect the broad politics of our organization, which is to say rooted in the struggles of the working class and representing an anarchist/libertarian perspective.

A Conservative Threat Offers New Opportunities for Working Class Feminism

Two women holding a red and black star.

“This much is clear: the Women’s March represents a political opening to rebuild a revolutionary feminist movement (in conjunction with other developing struggles) that advances demands to improve the lives of working people and embraces conflict with the liberal, capitalist character of the feminist movement of the day.”

Text in English / Download the Trifold Flyer in English

Text in Spanish / Down the Trifold Flyer in Spanish 

Breaking the Waves: Challenging the Liberal Tendency Within Anarchist Feminism

Cover for Breaking the Waves pamphlet

“Breaking the Waves is a call to break with liberal feminism and acknowledge the necessity of reconstructing our own anarchist feminist historical tradition. We are simultaneously declaring a need for anarchists who are feminists and feminists who are anarchists to discuss and debate what anarchist feminism means in practice and to refine that definition through renewed struggle. … Our politics are more than just useful tools for managing our personal lives; they represent the blueprints for a world worth fighting and dying for.”

Article Text / Download the Pamphlet 

Radio Interview with Romina Akemi on “Breaking the Waves”

Breaking the Waves graphic

Covering topics in the article and beyond, one of the authors discusses working class feminism, the destructiveness of call out culture, the cult of the individual in the US, making revolutionary politics relevant to every day people, and on the impact of Trump’s election.

“What’s causing a lot of people anxiety is the anxiety of not knowing what exactly will be in play [under a Trump presidency] and how this will pan out economically or with social rights. I think this is the point where we can decide, an important juncture, are we going to organize to defend the little stuff that we have now against attack – or can we use it, can this be a political opening to create an offensive?”

Listen to the interview

Reflections on Anarchism, Feminism, Anarcha-Feminism and Social Movement Work Today

A bilingual panel even held in Los Angeles in February 2015 with Lorenalia Mans of the FOL/Frente de Organizaciones en Lucha (Argentina), Inger Flem Soto of La Alzada, Acción Feminista Libertaria (Chile), and Romina Akemi, of Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra (US).

Additional Recommend Readings

Insurrections at the Intersections: Feminism, Intersectionality and Anarchism by Abbey Volcano and J. Rogue

A critique of liberal conceptions of ‘intersectionality’ and an outline of an anarchist, class struggle approach. Web / Pamphlet

Queer Liberation is Class Struggle by JOMO

How can we form organizations today that take up the struggles that queer workers, both employed and unemployed, face at the workplace and in doing so, further the struggle for all of the working class? So that our victories are also class victories? The need for a working class queer liberation theory and practice is not just an academic foray. It is a necessity for us to reach out beyond the abstract lingo of queer theory, beyond the annals of academia, urban centers and progressive non profit scenes. Web / Pamphlet

With Allies Like These: Reflections on Privilege Reductionism by Common Cause

Enjoying a relatively hegemonic position in Left conversation, anti-oppression politics have come to occupy the position of a sacred object—something that expresses and reinforces particular values, but does not easily lend itself to critical reflection. Indeed, it is common for those who question the operating and implications of anti-oppression politics to be accused of refusing to seriously address oppression in general. A political framework should be constantly reflected upon and evaluated—it is a tool that should serve our struggles and not vice versa. Web / Pamphlet

How Do You Practice Intersectionalism? An Interview with bell hooks

An interview with bell hooks published by the Northeastern Anarchist #15 in 2011 touching on topics politics, class, and anarchism. Web

Confronting Vigilante Responses in Accountability Work: The Need for Accountability in Everything We Do by Romina Akemi

A transcribed presentation for the “Transformative Justice: Our Movements and Our Struggle” event held in Los Angeles in June 2014 which brought together nearly 100 individuals for a day long discussion around the challenges of transformative justice. This piece speaks from personal experience on those challenges and their larger implications. Web