Midwives of the Revolution

Explorations, analysis, and reflections on women's health, midwifery, and politics from a feminist, marxist lens

Socialism Conference 2014 – Coming Up in Chicago!

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I’m really looking forward to attending this year’s Socialism Conference, which I have been attending annually since 1997. I always learn a ton of history, theory, and current events, and get re-energized for another year of struggle. Unlike many conferences out there, it’s truly participatory and accessible. …

OH, and if you need some famous people in attendance who will be speaking, you can look forward to seeing there:

Glenn Greenwald

Amy Goodman

Howie Hawkins

CeCe McDonald

Liliana Segura

Wallace Shawn

Gary Younge

Dave Zirin

Jill Stein

The entrance for the whole weekend is very affordable, and worth every penny. This conference can change your life — or at least give you new perspectives on the challenges of the movements, insight to history from a working class lens, and lots of positive vibes from being around so many bad-ass and brilliant anti-racist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-sexist folks for the weekend.

Hope to see you there, fellow feminists, activists, marxists, and curious folks who want to change the world.

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Author: withwomentrustwomen

I'm a marxist who is also a feminist who is also an activist who is also a nurse-midwife. Midwifery is about being *with woman,* -- it is about being present for transitions in a woman's life. Some of those transitions may be "violent" or forceful, like childbirth. The fetus is negated by the neonate, who can only be brought about by the force of childbirth. The midwife facilitates that transition, as force (or social struggle) facilitates the transition from one form of social relations to another. Scolding the philosopher Duhring, Frederick Engles defends the social force required to fundamentally transform society: "Force, plays yet another role in history, a revolutionary role; that, in the words of Marx, it is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one, that it is the instrument with the aid of which social movement forces its way through and shatters the dead, fossilised political forms." (Anti-Duhring, found here: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1877/anti-duhring/ch16.htm#087)

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