Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

March 24, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Festival Center | 1640 Columbia Rd., NW | Washington, DC 20009

Event Page: https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/258282691/

Please read our reading group Participation Guide (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L6bDa9rxgCCr5O0QT5dZdKvcSSk8Nwi0B6II5vAvVCQ/edit) and join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism. 🌹

This month, our readings focus on surveillance, infiltration, and resilience.

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ICE Has Kept Tabs on ‘Anti-Trump’ Protesters in New York City. Jimmy Tobias, The Nation, 03-06-19. “Only one conservative event…was included on the list. However, it was described in the spreadsheet as a ‘counter-protest.'” https://www.thenation.com/article/ice-immigration-protest-spreadsheet-tracking/

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Enemies of the Left. Chip Gibbons, Jacobin, 03-06-19. “The end result is that an extremely perverse situation where the FBI knew more about the organization’s internal workings than its own members.” https://jacobinmag.com/2019/03/fbi-infiltration-surveillance-ru-rcp

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The Infiltrator. Alleen Brown, The Intercept, 12-30-18. “You’re cold, you’re hungry, you’re dirty — at that point, you’re putty in his hands…. There’s this huge smile, and come sit at my table, and can I talk to you, and how are you?” https://theintercept.com/2018/12/30/tigerswan-infiltrator-dakota-access-pipeline-standing-rock/

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Everything You Need to Know About Lush’s Crazy Controversial #Spycops Campaign. Chloe Hall, Elle, 06-06-18. “There is no way on this earth that anybody would consent to have a relationship with somebody if they knew that everything about that person was false and that that person was in their life to spy on them.” https://www.elle.com/beauty/a21098901/spycop-lush-cosmetics-explainer/

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Spies Use Tinder, and It’s as Creepy as You’d Think. Dia Kayyali, Motherboard, 11-15-16. “I didn’t believe that they would sink so low, I didn’t believe that anything I was doing would be interesting enough, so I think people need to know that this happens to real people.” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/78kdga/spies-use-tinder-and-its-as-creepy-as-youd-think

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Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements. Courtney Desiree Morris, make/shift, Spring/Summer 2010. “Maybe it isn’t that informants are difficult to spot but rather that we have collectively ignored the signs that give them away.” https://incite-national.org/2010/07/15/why-misogynists-make-great-informants-how-gender-violence-on-the-left-enables-state-violence-in-radical-movements/

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Ella Baker and the Origins of Participatory Democracy (chapter 7 of The Black Studies Reader). Carol Mueller, 2004. “There is also the danger…that, because a person is called upon to give public statements and is acclaimed by the establishment, such a person gets to the point of believing that he is the movement.” https://collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Mueller-Ella-Baker-and-origins-of-participatory-democracy.pdf

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What Socialists Can Learn From #MeToo. Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Socialist Worker, 03-20-19. “Many of us have the experience of brushing aside what seem like small offenses by people we assume were well-intentioned, but would feel differently about if we knew that what we experienced was part of a broad pattern of behavior.” https://socialistworker.org/2019/03/20/what-socialists-can-learn-from-metoo

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Security Culture for Activists. The Ruckus Society, 2011. “One of the most effective ways to counter surveillance and harassment is…to build a group (and activist community) that people enjoy being a part of.” https://ruckus.org/training-manuals/security-tips-resources/