Revolutionary Mothering


Alexis Pauline Gumbs, self-described Queer Black troublemaker and Black feminist love evangelist, is the author of Spill: Fugitive Scenes, coming later this year from Duke University press.

China Martens is the author of The Future Generation: The Zine-book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others, and co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.

Mai’a Williams is a former journalist for teleSUR English and author of two books of poetry: No God but Ghosts Monsters and Other Silent Creatures.

Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor and the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.

Cynthia Dewi Oka works at Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and her book of poems, Nomad of Salt and Hard Water, was a 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee.


Alexis Pauline Gumbs: The radical potential of the word, "Mother", comes after the "M". It is the space that other takes up in our mouths when we say it. We are something else. We know it from how fearfully institutions wield social norms and try to shut us down. We know it from how we are transforming the planet with our every messy step, toward making life possible. Mamas who unlearned domination by refusing to dominate their children. Extended family and friends. Community care givers. Radical childcare collectives. All of us, breaking cycles of abuse, by deciding what we want to replicate from the past, and what we urgently need to transform. We are "M-othering", mothering ourselves.

Laura Flanders: That was Alexis Pauline Gumbs. This week, a special Mothers' Day edition of the Laura Flanders Show, and Alexis is our Guest host, taking us on a journey to explore revolutionary mothering. She's a self described queer, black trouble maker and black feminist love evangelist. So who better than Alexis Pauline Gumbs? She's the author of Spill: Fugitive Scenes coming later this year from Duke University Press.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs: Hi I'm Alexis Pauline Gumbs, guest host this week on the Laura Flanders show, where we'll be discussing Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines, a new book I edited with China Martins and Maya Williams. I'll be speaking to the other editors as well as contributors to the book, Cynthia Dewi Oka and Victoria Law.

Cynthia Dewi Oka: 

(From, "A conversation with my six-year-old about revolution")

When 3 feet of sunshine missing two front teeth

asked me why do we need revolution

all i had was a grenade in my mouth....

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