MAY 19. 2024 - REPEAT FROM FEBRUARY 25, 2024
 
"TRANTIFA - Where Vegans, Trans, and Anarchists Intersect"
with Lierre Keith
 
FULL TWO HOURS  WE THE PEOPLE RADIO   HOUR 1  WE THE PEOPLE RADIO     HOUR 2  WE THE PEOPLE RADIO

About our Guest Lierre Keith

 

 

 

Lierre Keith has been a radical feminist for 40 years and is the founder of WoLF (Women’s Liberation Front).

She is the author of seven books, including The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, which has been called “the most important ecological book of this generation.” She is coauthor, with Derrick Jensen and Max Wilbert, of Bright Green Lies: How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It.

Lierre lives in northern California with giant trees and giant dogs. She’s also been arrested six times for acts of political resistance.

 
 

"Bright Green Lies: How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It" by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and Max Wilbert (Monkfish Book Publishing Company). 2021.

“This disturbing but very important book makes clear we must dig deeper than the normal solutions we are offered.”—Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Works

"Bright Green Lies exposes the hypocrisy and bankruptcy of leading environmental groups and their most prominent cheerleaders. The best-known environmentalists are not in the business of speaking truth, or even holding up rational solutions to blunt the impending ecocide, but instead indulge in a mendacious and self-serving delusion that provides comfort at the expense of reality. They fail to state the obvious: We cannot continue to wallow in hedonistic consumption and industrial expansion and survive as a species. The environmental debate, Derrick Jensen and his coauthors argue, has been distorted by hubris and the childish desire by those in industrialized nations to sustain the unsustainable. All debates about environmental policy need to begin with honoring and protecting, not the desires of the human species, but with the sanctity of the Earth itself. We refuse to ask the right questions because these questions expose a stark truth—we cannot continue to live as we are living. To do so is suicidal folly. ‘Tell me how you seek, and I will tell you what you are seeking,’ the German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said. This is the power of Bright Green Lies: It asks the questions most refuse to ask, and in that questioning, that seeking, uncovers profound truths we ignore at our peril.”—Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of America: The Farewell Tour.

 
Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet (edited by L.K. and Derrick Jensen), PM Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-60486-674-2
The annual conference Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet features environmental thinkers and activists who are willing to ask the hardest questions about the seriousness of the planet’s situation, and this film presents an impassioned critique of the dominant culture from every angle. Speakers from the conference are featured in this DVD and include William Catton, who explains ecological overshoot; Thomas Linzey, who gives a fiery call for community sovereignty; Jane Caputi, who exposes patriarchy's mythic dismemberment of the goddess; Aric McBay, who discusses historically effective resistance strategies; and Stephanie McMillan, who takes down capitalism. One by one, the speakers build an unassailable case that the rich should be deprived of their ability to steal from the poor and the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet. These speakers offer their ideas on what can be done to build a real resistance movement: one that includes all levels of direct action that can actually match the scale of the problem. Also included are the speakers Derrick Jensen, Arundhati Roy, Thomas Linzey, Waziyatawin, Aric McBay, Stephanie McMillan, and Lierre Keith.
 
Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet, Seven Stories Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1-58322-929-3

For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, "Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?" No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can't fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful. It provides an exploration of organizational structures, recruitment, security, and target selection for both aboveground and underground action. Deep Green Resistance also discusses a culture of resistance and the crucial support role that it can play.
Deep Green Resistance is a plan of action for anyone determined to fight for this planet—and win.

 
The Vegetarian Myth, PM Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-60486-080-1

We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But in The Vegetarian Myth, she argues that we’ve been led astray--not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance.


The truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil--the basis of life itself. Keith argues that if we are to save this planet, our food must be an act of profound and abiding repair: it must come from inside living communities, not be imposed across them.


Part memoir, part nutritional primer, and part political manifesto, The Vegetarian Myth will challenge everything you thought you knew about food politics.

 
Skyler Gabriel, Fighting Words Pr, 1995, ISBN 978-0-9632660-2-6

"Meet Skyler Gabriel. She's a 24-year-old, unemployed, bass guitar player in a lesbian rock'n'roll band. She also has reason to believe that the death of pro-choice playwright Diana Frasier was something a little more sinister than suicide. And when Diana's young daughter Chloe turns up missing, Skyler's the only one who can save her ..." -- Reverse cover.

 
Conditions of War, Fighting Words Pr, 1993, ISBN 978-0-9632660-1-9

"A war is raging and women are losing. But in a small New England town, a group of women gather to fight back. Armed only with spray paint and courage, they are determined to avenge the death of yet another murdered woman ... unless the war between them stops them first." - Reverse cover.

"Conditions of War is large hearted, a terrific story of love and adventure among women who fight for women. It is bittersweet and funny, redolent with the sadness of lost love and not a few broken dreams. Lierre Keith has written a coming-of-age story for radical feminists in a time of serial sadism -- a graceful political entertainment for the brave, the stubborn, the defiant, and those who want to be." - Andrea Dworkin
 

 

 

We focus on issues that affect women and girls

in the United States and are ignored

 by mainstream feminist organizations.

 

OUR MISSION

To restore, protect, and advance the rights of women and girls using legal argument, policy advocacy, and public education.

WE BELIEVE

  • That female humans, the class of people called women, are oppressed by men under a system called patriarchy.
  • That patriarchy is organized around the extraction of resources from female bodies and minds in the service of men, including reproductive, sexual, emotional, and labor resources.
  • That gender is a hierarchical caste system that organizes male supremacy. Gender cannot be reformed – it must be abolished.
  • That overlapping systems of injustice built on misogyny, racism, and wealth inequality must all be dismantled for all women to be free.

WE WORK TO

  • Halt male extraction of resources from female bodies and minds, by regaining reproductive sovereignty, ending male violence including the sexual exploitation industry, and ensuring that women control the material conditions of our lives.
  • Disrupt and ultimately end the enforcement of gender, because women’s liberation can only be won when this caste system has been abolished.
  • Empower women to organize as a class, including the creation and maintenance of women-only spaces.

ABOLISHING GENDER IDEOLOGY

  • We educate about the harms of gender and its centrality to male domination.
  • Facilitate a cultural shift away from gender roles and sex-stereotypes.
  • Defend sex-segregation of domestic violence shelters and prisons, which affects the most consistently vulnerable, impoverished, and abused women.
  • Defend sex-segregation of women’s sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms.
  • Support the needs of lesbian and bisexual women.
  • Support detransitioners in their struggle to be healed and heard.
  • Speak out against targeted censorship and defend free speech for women.

ABOLISHING MALE VIOLENCE

  • We seek to combat the global epidemic of male violence.
  • Organize visible resistance to rape culture.
  • Fight to obtain legal justice for survivors of male violence.
  • Fight against the normalization of violent or degrading sexual practices, the eroticization of women’s pain, and toxic relationships.

ABOLISHING COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

  • We work to abolish prostitution and pornography as forms of violence against women.
  • Provide education and support for the Nordic Model of legislation that holds johns and pimps accountable.
  • Promote civil remedies for the harms of the pornography industry.

ACHIEVING WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE AUTONOMY

  • We defend women’s bodily sovereignty.
  • Unapologetically support abortion on demand.
  • Fight against surrogacy and the commodification of women’s bodies.
  • Provide educational materials on relevant legislative proposals.
  • Promote the visibility of midwives and doulas.
  • Encourage women’s knowledge and self-care of our bodies.
  • Speak out against women’s mistreatment in healthcare and lack of adequate treatment.