Join Cindy Milstein, editor of “Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief” (AK Press, Sept. 2017) — and at some of these events, other contributors too — for reflections on the relation between structural losses, mourning, and resistance. This collection, as Silvia Federici, author of “Caliban and the Witch,” puts it, “uncovers the destruction of life that capitalist development leaves in its trail. But it is also witness to the power of grief as a catalyst to collective resistance.”
Via first-person and/or frontline stories, the anthology’s thirty-seven contributors illuminate, bittersweetly, that we can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that reduce suffering and accentuate quality of life for everyone. Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy, and solidarity.
Copies of the anthology will be available for sale at the event. For more information on “Rebellious Mourning,” or to order online, see: