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Massive student victory at for-profit cosmotology school with the Portland Solidarity Network

The Inner City Committee of the Portland Solidarity Network announces a massive victory at a local for-profit beauty school, which stands as a possible future for student organizing.

Gender war and social stability in Xi’s China: Interview with a friend of the Women’s Day Five (1st half)

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Many friends and associates of the five feminists detained on March 7 are still in hiding, but one was willing to meet for an interview on March 16. The fact of their detainment has been widely reported in the international media, but so far little analysis has been offered, so this interview focuses on questions such as: what is unique about this case? Why were these individuals targeted? Why, in the Xi regime’s crackdown on civil society in general, does it seem especially afraid of feminism?

Reflections on Jean Seberg and the Black Panther Party - Elaine Brown

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Fascinating extracts from the memoir of Elaine Brown, the only female leader in the Black Panther Party. Here she recalls Jean Seberg and other celebrities' involvement, the role of COINTELPRO, and the manoeuvrings of Eldridge Cleaver within the party.

Free the Women's Day Five! - Statements from Chinese workers and students

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Translation of a statement by the partner of "Da Tu" (Giant Rabbit), one of the feminists detained on March 7, focusing on mutual aid between feminists and workers, with solidarity photos workers have posted online. Followed by translation of a petition by students at Da Tu's alma mater, Sun Yat-sen University (one of many petitions circulating in China, despite censorship).

Finland 1906: The revolutionary roots of women’s suffrage, an International Women’s Day tribute - Eric Blanc

Article about Finland becoming the first nation to grant full female suffrage in 1906 during the revolutionary upheaval which swept the czarist empire of which Finland was a part.

Anarchism and feminism: voices from the seventies

Interview extracts with women activists in 1970's UK discussing anarchism, feminism and the relationship between the personal and the political. Carried out by Judy Greenway and Lynn Alderson in 1977.

The toughest skin - Liberté Locke

A great, short article by Liberté Locke demonstrating the differing experiences one can have at work, based on issues of identity.

Woman's freedom - Lily Gair Wilkinson

An interesting anarchist-communist feminist text first published by Freedom Press in 1914.

For your safety and security… - anonymous refused

An essay, published on a blog, anonymous refused, that elaborates many of the problems with "safer spaces" as they are currently practiced in activist collectives, and puts forward a nuanced perspective that does not totally reject the project of "safer spaces". Content warning for discussion of sexual assault and mental illness.

A cyborg manifesto: science, technology and socialist feminism in the late 20th century - Donna Haraway

A cyborg manifesto - Donna Haraway

Biologist and socialist feminist Donna Haraway's influential 1983 essay suggesting the cyborg as a figure to get past rigid distinctions between nature, culture, and technology.