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When We Win We Lose: Mainstreaming and the Redistribution of Respectability, 2016 Kessler Award Speech

Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back

Queer Liberation: No Prisons, No Borders

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My Latest Writing on Pinkwashing: The Right Wing Is Leveraging Trans Issues to Promote Militarism

“But the use of a thin LGBT inclusion politics to make the Israeli or US military appear progressive is becoming a losing strategy. Resistance to pinkwashing is rising, and each controversy exposes new communities to the critique of this propaganda. A growing number of Jews in the US, especially young people, are becoming critical of …

When We Win We Lose: Mainstreaming and the Redistribution of Respectability

Dean Spade delivers the 2016 CLAGS Kessler Award Lecture, “When We Win We Lose: Mainstreaming and the Redistribution of Respectability.” Exploring ways of determining if particular reforms or tactics are recuperative or liberatory, Spade offers strategies for moving beyond strategies that deliver only symbolic change. Spade offers a vision of activism and organizing focusing on …

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Mutual Aid Toolbox

Conditions are already disastrous and getting worse under the new presidential administration. This new Mutual Aid Toolbox is a collection of tools for creating mutual aid projects to help each other survive the brutal realities of poverty, criminalization, immigration enforcement, racism, ablism and violence, and building the world we want to live in where everyone has everything we need.  The site has hundreds of projects and tools for starting projects that we need right now.

Mutual aid is a term to describe people giving each other needed material support, trying to resist the control dynamics, hierarchies and system-affirming, oppressive arrangements of charity and social services. Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more survivable.


Image credit: Seth Tobocman.