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Pussy Riot in Russia – Challenges Church, State and Putin

The feminist punk band Pussy Riot comprised of Maria Alyokhina, 24, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, were arrested and imprisoned in March 2012 for the above performance at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. The words to the "Punk Prayer" they sang are: (Chorus) St. Maria, Virgin, Drive away Putin Drive away! Drive away Putin! (end chorus) Black robe, golden epaulettes All parishioners are crawling and bowing The ghost of freedom is in heaven Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains The head of the KGB is their chief saint Leads protesters to prison under escort In order not to offend the Holy Women have to give birth and to love Holy [...]

Engaging Tradition Based Resistance

This talk was given at a program hosted by Political Research Associates and the LGBT Institute for Social Science and Public Policy at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, CUNY on October 13, 2011 Bryan Fischer: I believe we need a president who understands that just as Islam represents the greatest long term threat to our liberty so the homosexual agenda represents the greatest immediate threat to every freedom and right that is enshrined in the First Amendment, it's a particularly threat to religious liberty.... We need a president who understands that every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty. We need a president who [...]

Yes, I’m a Witch! Lesbians in the 1970’s

Fans of deep music trivia will recognize the title of this blog as a Yoko Ono song, from an album released (by Astralworks) in 2007 in which artists remixed earlier Yoko Ono song. The title song was originally issued in 1974. Fans of deep women’s liberation herstory might recall one of the first direct action/zap action groups in the movement was called W.I.T.C.H. (the Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy From Hell) founded in the late 1960’s by activists like Robin Morgan and others (see wikipedia). Yoko was clearly influenced by women’s liberation movement, as was John Lennon – its evident in both of their songs. (An identification with women’s liberation [...]

Kate Clinton reads Gloria Steinem

This summer, we organized weekly Feminist Classics Readings as a grassroots creative action to just engage with the flow of life in a different way! We invited friends and anyone to come, bring their own idea of what was a "feminist classic" to read. We brought along a few of our favorite books. Poetry worked really well and was amazing to read again, out loud. The power of words was exciting and the emphasis each person put into it was often moving. This is a clip of Kate reading excerpts from a Gloria Steinem essay titled "If Men Could Menstruate." Kate reads Gloria Steinem from UVaid on Vimeo.

Reading the Feminist Classics on the Street – 7.21.10

Inspired by one of those dinner moments where someone says “we should do this,” and then you do, some friends and I are doing street readings of feminist classics – the texts that shattered ways of thinking about women and men’s roles, gender, sexuality and the structures of the world that reinforce how we live out gender. These readings are taking place on the summer streets of Provincetown as a range of people walk or ride by every few minutes (more video excerpts are on my facebook page). We started by reading from the new translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s epic The Second Sex. I love the confidence in de Beauvoir’s writing – it is unequivocal, authoritative, [...]

On the Family: A Rainbow Families Agenda

"We undeniably ...should be able to adopt and foster parent without stigma and opposition.  But shouldn’t we be also fighting against barriers that unfairly exclude our heterosexual friends and families as well?  What about the realities of single parent families...Could what we promote for ourselves also benefit the heterosexual single mom or dad down the street?  I think we would all answer yes, of course.  But this framework – of pursuing a socially just agenda rather than just a gay one – is not the dominant frame of the GLBT movement." This Keynote was given on April 12, 2008 at the Rainbow Families Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Copyright 2008 Urvashi [...]

San Francisco Dyke March!

5 Minute Video of Start of 1999 SF Dyke March By dök tor_tele vi sion http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=17512111 This talk was given at the Dyke March on June 26, 1999 in San Francisco.  Copyright 1999 Urvashi Vaid. Good Evening lesbians, bisexual women, trans gender women, queer girls, and think you are still-straight women!  Hello supportive brothers.  Happy Pride.  I stand before you tonight to make a confession of bias, a confession of desire – I love women madly passionately, hopelessly, and lustfully.  I love the warmth of women, our intensity, our intimacy, our ability to relate, I love our maddening process-consciousness, [...]