Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief

Addresse704 South St
CityPhiladelphia
AtWooden Shoe Books and Records
CountyJefferson (NY2973)
Date01/22/2018
Hours19:00
CategoriaEvents
704 South St
Philadelphia
Wooden Shoe Books and Records
Jefferson (NY2973)
Tel 2018-01-22
Categoria Events
Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief

Join Cindy Milstein, editor of "Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief" (AK Press, Sept. 2017) for reflections on the relation between structural losses, mourning, and resistance. This collection, as Silvia Federici, author of "Caliban and the Witch," puts it, "uncovers the destruction of life that capitalist development leaves in its trail. But it is also witness to the power of grief as a catalyst to collective resistance." Through first-person and/or frontline stories, the anthology's thirty-seven contributors illuminate, bittersweetly, that we can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that reduce suffering and accentuate quality of life for everyone.

Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy and solidarity. Cindy Milstein is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations, coauthor Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism, and editor of the anthology Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism. Long engaged in anarchistic organizing, social movements, and collective spaces, Cindy was death doula for three parents over the past four years.

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