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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.

Chennai Rainbow Pride 2009 by Mohan Das Vadakara

This amazing clip from Chennai, India was made by photographer/videographer Mohan Das Vadakara last year, and offers a glimpse of a global LGBT activism than US based progressives rarely see. It is in English and Tamil but I find all parts understandable and inspiring. It was distributed by the Orinam.net group, which describs itself as follows "Initiated in October 2006, Orinam.net is a bilingual – Tamil and English – website with information on alternate sexualities and genders. We intend this space to speak to a wide range of people, including families and friends of those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender." Chennai Rainbow Pride 2009 from Orinam webteam on

We Are Not Republicans – ACT UP at 1988 Republican Convention

This film by Adam Hussuk and Bob Huff is from You Tube. At the time of the Republican Convention in August of 1988, ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was about a year and a half old and was shaking up the way the media and politicians responded to HIV/AIDS. ACT UP chapters erupted and members protested across the country. This video shows how AIDS activists and gay protestors were treated at the 1988 Republican Convention. ACT UP led protests at both the 1988 Democratic and Republic Convention. It was supported by a coalition of gay and lesbian groups calling themselves Gay and Lesbian VOICE '88 ( Gay and Lesbian Voters Organized In Coalition for the

Hot Topic – by Le Tigre

I love this band!

Democracy Now – October 13, 2009

This is an interview with Amy Goodman and her colleague on Democracy Now just after the National Equality March.

National Equality March on Washington 2009

This speech was given on October 11, 2009 at the National Equality March for LGBT Rights in Washington DC.  Copyright 2009 U. Vaid Together on this day, from all across this country, we gather to claim the love that law cannot invalidate. We are here to insure the full civil, political and moral equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people becomes the law of this nation and a reality across the globe. Our gathering happens in a broader context, one that shapes the outcome of our struggle for LGBT human rights. It is a broader context of malevolence at the heights of power – embodied in the cruel destroyers of the last eight years, who slashed and shredded [...]

Thoughts on Progressive Movement Building

"What will it take to create winning arguments and winning majorities for true racial, social and economic justice?  What are the critical elements needed to build and sustain powerful, effective and integrated liberation-minded social movements. A version of this presentation was given at a panel at the Open Society Institute/New York in September of 2004. Copyright 2004 Urvashi Vaid. What will it take to create winning arguments and winning majorities for true racial, social and economic justice?  What are the critical elements needed to build and sustain powerful, effective and integrated liberation-minded social movements. Before we go to the method, what is the goal? In [...]

1992 Republican Convention – ACT UP March in Houston

ACT UP was there again in 1992. People forget today what a mass presence street protest was in our movement in the late 80's and 90's. We pushed really hard to get the response we secured from the government -- it did not just happen. This video captures the feel of the start of that March. But what it does not show is the police attacking the marchers later on in the march, after they had walked us into a cordoned parking area.

Slavoj Zizek on Cultural Capitalism – illustrated in cartoons as he speaks!

Slavoj Zizek is a cultural critic and theorist who is affiliated with a number of institutes, currently International Director of the Birkbeck Institute in London and professor at the European Graduate School.  His work is accessible, fascinating, and relevant to anyone interested in the the intersection of culture  and politics.   This short video features Zizek speaking while animators illustrate what he is saying about feel-good capitalism.  It's a funny and sobering critique for those of us who do believe that socially responsible capitalism (oxymoronic though it may be) is what we are left with.

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