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New Book! Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities

Victoria Law and China Martens have created a book-version of their long-running zine, “Don’t Leave your Friends Behind“, coming out in September 2012, and now available for pre-order from PM Press!

How do we create new, non-hierarchical structures of support and mutual aid and include all ages in the struggle for social justice? There are many books on parenting, but few on how to be a good community member and a good ally to parents, caregivers, and children
as we collectively build a strong all-ages culture of resistance. Many well-intentioned childless activists don’t interact with young people on a regular basis and don’t know how.
Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind is a collection of concrete tips, suggestions, and narratives on ways that non-parents can support parents, children, and caregivers in their communities, social movements, and collective processes. It brings in voices often missing in many social justice movements, including those from children involved in an occupation for a school library; trans and genderqueer parents; parents of children with developmental disabilities; doulas supporting incarcerated mothers; and childcare collectives across the country. Respecting, valuing, and sharing caregiving work builds a healthier community for all. Let’s build an all-ages, inclusive revolution that leaves no one behind!

The anthology features a chapter co-written by two For the Birds Members, Cynthia Schemmer and Kathleen McIntyre, entitled: “Parental Care Giving and Loss: Ideas for Care Givers and Their Allies.” Pick up a copy and save the date for the NYC launch to be held at Bluestockings Books on Saturday, October 6th.

About the Editors:
Victoria Law is a writer, mother, and photographer. She is also the co-founder of Books Through Bars—NYC and publisher of the zine Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison. Her first book, Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (PM Press, 2009), won the 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society Award).
China Martens is a proud single mother of a grown daughter and a founding member of Kidz City, a radical childcare collective in Baltimore. Her first book is The Future Generation: A Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends, and Others (Atomic Book Company, 2007).

Spotlight on Sistas on the Rise!!

Sistas on the Rise is an amazing south Bronx-based collective working to empower and support young mothers and women of color.  They urgently need donations!! Sistas on the Rise is unique in that they create space for youth to do hands-on organizing for themselves, enacting their goal of empowerment through their everyday process.  This is exactly the kind of sustainable feminist groundwork that we love to see happening, and they’ve been doing it since 2003!!!  Upcoming events include the Teen Talk Back Uptown Youth Series and a concert with Rebel Diaz.  Here is some of their herstory from their website:

Established in 2003, Sistas on the Rise is a collective of young mothers, women and girls working with each other to create alternatives that will allow us to sustain economically instead of revolving in the cycle of poverty.  We want to make sure that we own our lives, cultivate healthy futures and realize our dreams.

We utilize popular education, community organizing, spiritual grounding, cultural values and traditions to provide a youth-led program that cultivates a safe space for healing, nurturing, self-growth, social and economic justice. Sistas on the Rise offers an afterschool young mothers leadership development  with free childcare; mother/daughter mentoring, wholistic sex and sexuality workshops: tutoring; college tours; arts and activism classes; organizing, parenting and life skills classes etc.

You can Donate here, or take a look at their Wish List to see if you can help out in other ways.

Sistas on the Rise: Young Mothers Resource Night

We will be tabling this AMAZING event June 10th: Sistas on the Rise’s Young Mothers Resource Night. The event is next Thursday, June 10th from 4pm-8pm. There’s more info available at their website here! For the Birds-friend Kristie E. recently donated a few zines to our FTB zine collection (someday when we have a space, it will be a zine library… that’s what we say in our dreams). Among those zines was one called EMPOWER: A Young Mama’s Guide to Taking Control (by Allison Noelle Crews, please look her up, she was a very inspiring woman). This was totally serendipitous since we got asked to table at Young Mothers Resource Night the same day! We’ll have copies of the zine available for free at the event. All the other titles will be regular distro prices. Pass it on!