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Jailbreak Out of History, Second Edition

In Jailbreak Out of History, revolutionary Amazon theorist Butch Lee shows how the anticolonial struggles of New Afrikan/Black women were central to the unfolding of 19th century amerika, both during and “after” slavery.

The book’s title essay, “The Re-Biography of Harriet Tubman”, recounts the life and politics of Harriet Tubman, who waged and eventually lead the war against the capitalist slave system. As Lee explains, “Harriet Tubman was a radical political figure, someone totally involved as a player in the great political ideas and military storms of her day. She was a guerrilla. Someone who lived and taught others ...........READ MORE

There’s Fighting in Iraq but the Real Women’s War is in Afrika

AN EXCERPT FROM THE MILITARY STRATEGY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AVAILABLE FROM LEFTWINGBOOKS.NET

Amazons need a different viewpoint of our own on world reality, and it has to be a military viewpoint. If someone isn’t waving a gun, women don’t think it’s military. But patriarchal capitalism doesn’t see it that way. With a wink and a nod, they know that in their world it all can be military—whether we are told to call it economics, nation-building, recreation or health.

Right now people are seeing by the light of burning cities in the Middle East that it isn’t about terrorism ...........READ MORE

Introduction: The Military Strategy of Women and Children

AN EXCERPT FROM THE MILITARY STRATEGY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AVAILABLE FROM LEFTWINGBOOKS.NET

The words that follow should be understood not as newly found ideas but as geological strata underneath our feet. Almost twenty years ago i began an exploration to answer one question – how can women make revolutionary change? These first few essays/chapters represent ideas that radical women as a whole were trying to use as starting tools against patriarchy. We were focused on what might happen if the world majority of women didn’t learn to take over the leadership of the national liberation movements that were ...........READ MORE

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Jailbreak Out of History: the Re-Biography of Harriet Tubman

Childhood & the Gathering Storm

Focus on Amazons. About why we deal with real women as myths. Girls who never really existed. Yet and again, are all around us & that we can’t bring ourselves to see. Cause seeing through white men’s eyes is about non-vision of ourselves. So let’s deal with a real Amazon.

Think about Harriet Tubman. Take six months. In fact, take a year & think. Break it on down. What does it mean to be the most famous New Afrikan woman in u.s. history? What does it mean to be stuck in that lie? What’s the ...........READ MORE

Women Need A World View

This is an Amazon training exercise. Because i come from political movements that failed at explaining the present or radaring the storms moving in from the future. (Let’s leave aside the point that previous movements of rebellion often claimed “victories” that were really defeats). We didn’t understand things as basic as winning & losing. Instead of seeing victory & defeat as parts of a contradiction, interdependent and interwoven, we were taught to believe that victories were only a straight line of stepping stones to even more victories. While defeats were something separate blamed on factors outside us, on conditions beyond ...........READ MORE

FOR WOMEN ONLY: After Anti-War movements win or lose in Iraq… there’s still Women

WOMEN’S WAR DAILY #1

[A paper critiquing the political assumptions of today’s Anti-War/anti-imperialist activism by J. Sakai – Beyond McAntiwar: notes on finding our footing in the collapsing stageset of u.s. empire – has been circulated in the current issue of the maoist zine 8th Route.  Below is an alternate viewpoint from a “radical Beguine” perspective.]

i like J’s rant. i think we need this kind of reality check. The world situation is changing  with such surprising twists. But yet & again, it still is only from men’s viewpoint. And no matter how radical, that can only dead end somewhere. ...........READ MORE

FOR WOMEN ONLY: The Rape Movement in Iraq & Men’s Anti-War Politics

WOMEN’S WAR DAILY #2

The following essay follows Butch Lee’s After Anti-War Movements Win or Lose in Iraq… there’s still women

Sister, this discussion is just on time. Because these new men’s wars of the 21st century are just starting up. They are different because they take place within the stage of a greater war, the worldwide war against women and children. Increasingly, women are drawn into wars not only meant to reverse our rising but wars that are over which class of men shall own us and how? Rape wars. For war now is above all about gender.

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KNOW YOUR ENEMY? Q & A on Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the CIA (J. Sakai & Butch Lee)

Q. I heard President Bush say that after the World Trade Towers massacre, America must support a new “crusade” to wipe out Islamic terrorism worldwide.

A. Millions of people in the Muslim world were stunned at his choice of words. Since the original “crusades” were the mass invasions of the Middle East by feudal European armies bent on looting, slaughter and colonial conquest (all in god’s name, of course). It would be like the Mayor of New York City announcing that to fight drugs New Yorkers had to support a new “lynching”. Maybe Bush was truthful there, for once.

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