Reflections on Anarcha-Feminism in Social Movements

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Black Rose Federation
July 28, 2015

This past April the Miami local of Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra (BRRN) collaborated with two other autonomous South Florida groups, One Struggle and Florida Student Union, to present a discussion on anarcha-feminism at Florida International University.

The event offered reflections from the first international Anarcha-Feminist Conference (AFem) in London which a delegation from BRNN attended in October of 2014. BRRN External Secretary Romina Akemi from Los Angeles spoke on her experience at the conference which sparked a discussion on the current state of anarchism and feminism. This conversation illuminated some real differences between the various conceptions of these ideologies which we can use to drive honest discussions about how we should define anarcha-feminism and how we practice it within our insertion work.

The discussion began with Romina sharing her personal introduction to feminism as a child growing up in Chile during the 1980’s Pinochet dictatorship. She spoke about how feminism played a large role in the struggle against the regime both on the streets, where large women’s marches faced police repression, as well as in kitchens organized by women in the shanty towns. She saw how this struggle and the women that were part of it were not only fighting the dictatorship but also the patriarchal order that was being implemented by the state within Chilean society.

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