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Study Group: Socialist Feminism: the First Decade 1966-1976
November 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 12, 2020
Starting October 28th at 7pm, join FSP for our Study Group: Socialist Feminism: the First Decade 1966-1976
This unique book records the forging of the first Marxist feminist party in history — the Freedom Socialist Party. Set in the tumultuous upsurges of the 1960s and ’70s, Gloria Martin vividly describes the eruption of the women’s liberation movement amidst the antiwar and civil rights struggles.
Martin documents early lesbian and gay coalitions, the fight to legalize abortion in Washington State, radical labor organizing, community mobilizations against police brutality and poverty, campus upsurges, and the growth of the FSP’s sister organization, Radical Women. She scathingly critiques the role of the Socialist Workers Party and other Left groups typified by sexism and opportunism. To them, she contrasts the Freedom Socialist Party’s multi-issue focus on reaching those most oppressed as working class people of color, women, and sexual minorities. From the on-the-ground perspective of a seasoned organizer, Martin probes with a sharp scalpel the internal conflicts in the movements for social change.
Filled with lessons for revolutionaries of today, it is a story of years of intense work by radical women and men. It is a chronicle, a reference, an analysis, a judgment, and a guidebook. Its central message is inescapable: socialist feminism as a theme and strategy has never been more urgently needed than it is today.
Wednesdays at 7pm, starting October 28th- December 12th.