Craig speaks with Activist/Author Selma James about her new book, "Sex, Race and Class: The Perspective of Winning," which is a selection of her writings since 1952. James is a long-time advocate of women's rights, specifically the rights of unwaged women, the founder of International Wages for Housework Campaign and wrote the seminal 1972 book, "Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community." She will be speaking today at the University of Michigan's Center for The Education of Women in Ann Arbor at 12:00pm.
The Hull-House Museum is honored to host Selma James, a visionary thinker and radical activist. The vastness of Ms. James' work connects contemporary movements like the modern SlutWalk and domestic worker labor legislation to decades-long examinations of unions, prisons, welfare, Marxism, and anti-Zionism. Her scope is international, linking struggles in United States to revolutions and resistance in Venezuela, Haiti, and Tanzania. The depth and breadth of Ms. James' reading and conversation will have wide appeal across communities and campaigns. We encourage you to join us for this inspiring conversation.
This event launches a series of programs connected to the upcoming exhibit, Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics, opening December 10, 2012 at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
This event is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Initiative at UIC. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is a unit of the College of Architecture and the Arts at UIC.
A debate over housework shook the presidential race last week after a Democratic strategist accused Mitt Romney’s wife Ann of never having worked a day in her life. Ann responded: "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work." Today we bring a historic voice into this discussion: the longtime activist, writer and political thinker Selma James, known for her pioneering work on women’s rights and against racism. She is credited with coining the phrase “unwaged” labor to describe the work of housewives — and she has argued women should be paid for housework. Selma James’ new book is "Sex, Race, and Class — The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings, 1952-2011." In a series of arguments that have remained remarkably consistent across six decades, Selma James urges unity across the lines of race, class and gender. I interviewed Selma James recently, and she spoke about the great West Indian scholar C.L.R. James, who was her husband, and the writing of her seminal 1952 essay, "A Woman’s Place."
How can those of us outside support the struggle of those of us inside?
From Troy Davis to Mumia Abu-Jamal and Bradley Manning, from the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers to the Georgia Prison Strike and the Formerly Incarcerated Persons (FIPs), anti-capitalist leadership has come from inside the Prisonhouse of nations, and from the families campaigning outside. Many rebellious young people and movement points of reference are locked up in what are in effect concentration camps. We want them back! We need them back!
Selma James chaired the workshop
Rev. Edward Pinkney, leader of the struggle in Benton Harbor Michigan against Whirlpool
Victoria Law, prison activist and author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Theresa Shoats, activist daughter of Black Panther Russell “Maroon” Shoats, movement theoretician, in prison for 35 years
Eric Gjertsen, Payday men’s network, campaigning internationally with those Refusing to Kill or Be Killed: refuseniks, prisoners, and the families, mainly women, who spearhead defense campaigns.
Frances Goldin, Mumia Abu-Jamal's literary agent and an activist for his freedom
An interview with Selma James will be aired on Against the Grain program on KPFA (Pacifica) Radio, today Wednesday at 12 noon Pacific Time (3pm Eastern) and running for virtually the entire hour. Ms. James is the founder of the Global Women's Strike and currently in the US from LondonEngland for a speaking tour on the publication of her new book, Sex, Race and Class - The Perspective of Winning A Selection of Writings 1952-2011. The interview was conducted by C.S. Soong.
Against the Grain airs on KPFA 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and on KFCF 88.1 FM in Fresno and California's Central Valley. ATG also broadcasts worldwide via kpfa.org (click Listen Online). The audio will be archived afterward, in on-demand and downloadable forms, at againstthegrain.org.