Cuntlovin’ Guide To the Universe: Kickass Revolutionary Organizations

The following listing of resources is a goddamn motley crew, to say the least. I considered “organizing” it by creating categories, something I know my editor would desire. But when I thought about it, the website that teaches us with cunts how to pee standing up is no less revolutionary and kickass than organizing with workers in Mexico and bringing their product directly to U.S. and Canadian consumers.

Coming up with “categories” is a divisionary act, and I don’t have a lot of interest in divisions. Part of the problem with our culture is the need to “categorize” everything. I intend this extensive listing of websites and organizations to be read, as a story, as a mural of resistance.

After all, everyone’s essentially saying the same thing.

“All we are saying is… ‘fuck you, life is precious and this is our home, you mindlessly greedy piece of shit.’”

(My apologies to John Lennon. Maybe back then peace was enough. Presently, I want a world dominated by the wisdom of grandmothers.)

Not In Our Name

Join fellow Americans like Alice Walker, Yuri Kochiyama, Mos Def, Laurie Anderson and Edward Said in endorsing the Call. Have your whole family take the Pledge of Resistance, in English and Español. Not In Our Name organizes actions all over the country, and is working to get the mainstream media to recognize the will of the American people.

International ANSWER

This organization has everything you need to understand what is going on with this so-called war and what you can do about it. Their extensive news reports are just one small part of this site. International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) organizes the biggest anti-war and anti-racism actions in the United States. Support this vital organization.

Maquila Solidarity Network

MSN works to promote solidarity with activists, workers and other groups in North America and Asia. Get news reports and updates from their site on sweatshops, actions, protests and union organizing. Search links from around the world. They hold excellent events like the “Sweatshop Fashion Show.” This is yet another reason to appreciate Canadians. 606 Shaw Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 3L6, Canada, (416) 532-8584.

Home Alive

Home Alive’s site has so many links! This wonderful group is inclusive of all ages, races, religions and genders. Invite them to your town to teach folks how to protect themselves. 1122 E Pike Street #1127, Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 720-0606, selfdef@homealive.org.

urbanthinktank.org

“For the body of thinkers in the hip-hop community.” They pick up the slack-jawedness the Heritage Foundation inspires. We need more think tanks!!! They also publish Doula magazine, the journal of rap music and hip-hop culture. Women are totally represented in this mag.

aimovement.org

The American Indian Movement’s official site, which features a live webcast, news, actions and resources such as declassified FBI/CIA documents. The AIM store has a lot of political resistance posters, T-shirts and more. Lots of links and a special area dedicated to the freedom of Leonard Peltier. The U.S. says we have “no political prisoners.” My ass.

chicanas.com

A Chicana feminist site with a great listing of magazines, events and resources. Articles and profiles on Chicana sheroes, past and present.

transgender.org

Links to groups all over the country.

feministcampus.org

The site of Choices Campus Community, a project of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances, helps women start a pro-choice feminist group on campus. It also lists information on affiliated programs, such as Pro-choice Public Education Project and Rock for Choice. Find a feminist career, learn about the well-organized, well-funded right wing opposition to women’s rights, start a mentoring program and more.

Madre

An international human rights organization supporting women and their families in combat zones around the world with medicine, counseling and justice programs. Find out what our country has been doing all over the world, and get involved with this very important organization.

illegalvoices.org

A hub of anarchist sites, including Justice for Katie Sierra (Sierra is the fifteen-year-old girl who, sometime in October 2001, showed up for class at Sissonville High School in Charleston, West Virginia wearing a T-shirt with the hand-lettered message, “When I saw the dead and dying Afghani [sic] children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security”). Her entire community—including that bastion of free speech, the media—excoriated her. Can we please stick up for our children?

gender.org

Promotes gender education and advocacy, and educates about issues facing gender-variant people and society as a whole.

indiegURL.com

Serves as a hub for a number of indie gurl sites (technodyke.com rules) and lots of links for webmaster resources, technical website help, free fonts and much more. Figure out how to seize the Internet here.

Dads and Daughters

DADs provides tools to strengthen dads’ relationships with daughters, with information on fathering, parenting, body image, media, sports, economic literacy and sexuality. P.O. Box 3458, Duluth, MN 55803, (888) 824-DADS.

Sakhi

A community-based organization in the New York metro area committed to ending exploitation and violence against South Asian women. P.O. Box 20208, Greeley Square Station, New York, NY 10001, (212) 714-9153, sakhiny@aol.com. Hotline:(212) 868-6741.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Without them, the world would be a lot more homophobic and clueless than it is, and in 1997, they formally included trans-folks into their mission statement—but sooner or later, they’re gonna hafta make their name trans-inclusive as well.

GenderPAC

A national conference on gender. These folks have their shit together. Their Gender Tour travels all around the United States; they lobby, publish an annual report, and educate, charm and disarm for congressional advocacy. 1743 Connecticut Avenue NW, Fourth floor, Washington, DC 20009-1108, (202) 462-6610.

bilderberg.org

Find out how one of the most powerful organizations of freaky little white men works. Up-to-the-minute history on this incredibly influential, clandestine group of wealthy people.

Kearny Street Workshop

The workshop archives and showcases art that enriches and empowers Asian-American communities.

Black Mesa Indigenous Support

Black Mesa is located in Arizona, and the government wants the resources that are located on sacred indian land. The Peabody Western Coal Company, in particular, wants the uranium inside of Big Mountain, which many (including me) believe to be one of the earth’s heart chakras. Find out how to help in this struggle for the earth. The site fills you in on this history and offers many ways to get involved in this imperative resistance.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

These folks mean business: lobbying, litigation watch, hate crime law information and news. Paisley Currah runs their site, and she means even more business. Just ask Mayor Bloomberg.

transgenderlegal.com

Legal resources for gender-variant folks, on a site run by Phyllis Randolph Frye. In 1980, Ms. Frye singlehandedly changed the anti-cross-dressing law in Houston.

youthresource.com

For gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer youth all over the country. A veritable mall of resources and opportunities to create community.

ambientejoven.org

Youth Resource’s site in glorious Español.

Third Wave Foundation

Young women activists and their organizations can apply here for funding, or pool resources and energy in support of other people’s projects. Cool public education campaigns like “I Spy Sexism,” news, resources, the works. 511 West 25th Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10001.

Not Bored!

Not Bored! is a witty-assed “anarchist, situationist-inspired, low-budget, irregularly published, photocopied journal.” It’s not in the magazine section because there are all kinds of fascinating activist activities going on here. This is where to find The Surveillance Camera Players—guerrilla programmers of video surveillance equipment. SCP C/O Not Bored!, P.O. Box 1115, Stuyvesant Station, New York, NY 10009.

girlstart.org

A nonprofit based in Austin, TX, encouraging and empowering girls in math, science, technology and engineering. They have a summer camp, with no price listed. I am assuming it is free.

tgender.net

The transgender network. Many sites are hosted by this organization, including It’s Time, America, and all of their chapters. Rad.

corpwatch.org

Offers citizen policing of corporations and info on how to get involved in their downfall, which you should probably do if you want anything resembling a future to look forward to.

flag.blackened.net/revolt/zapatista.html

An index to a huge variety of resources and information on the EZLN, the Zapatistas and the struggle for indigenous rights in Chiapas.

tgfmall.com

Contains resources for finding local trans support groups.

sistahspace.com

A resource site with links to movies, travel companies, online communities, classified ads, bulletin boards and much more. A beautiful, simply designed site for young black women.

queerbychoice.com/masculinewomen.html

An extensive list of gender-variant vocabulary from all over the planet, including word origins, which are always an excitement.

Reciprocity

Reciprocity helps community organizations learn how to work together, repair entrenched problems (such as racism and homophobia), and heal frustration and burnout. A very cool organization primarily focused on, but not limited to, the southeastern states. P.O. Box 25244, Raleigh, NC 27611, (919) 832-7406.

glamdykerescueunit.org

The fabulous misses genderfuckers and their winsome manifesto. They offer an entire philosophy and activities for all things glamorous.

Zuna Institute

The Zuna Institute is a national advocacy organization of black lesbians, with a site that links to all the biggest queer conferences in the United States. 6114 LaSalle Avenue #527, Oakland, CA 94611, (510) 482-1671.

National Black Herstory Task Force

They publish a quarterly newsletter, the Herstorian, and organize the annual Black Herstory Conference. Take the Herstory Quiz! I got six out of ten (B-). P.O. Box 55021, Atlanta, GA 30308, (404) 508-8040.

Mothers from Hell 2

A huge network of women who fight or the rights of their disabled children. “Our name was something that was bestowed upon us for daring to stand up for our kids.”

transfeminism.org

Home of The Transfeminist Anthology Project, intended to facilitate communication between intersex people, transfeminists and their allies. With news, links and feature articles. This site is brought to you by Emi Koyama and Diana Courvant, who are involved with the Survivor Project.

Fantasia Fair

The longest standing transgender educational event in the world, Fantasia Fair started in 1975 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. More serious-minded folks call it Transgender Week. Happens every fall. Daily educational and social programs, events, shows, speakers and parties. Sponsored in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, which shows how cool P-Town is, huh.

United Lesbians of African Heritage

ULOAH organizes an annual Sistahfest Retreat. Their site is extensive, with many links and resources. They plan outings into the beautiful areas surrounding Los Angeles. 1626 N Wilcox Avenue #190, Los Angeles, CA 90028, (323) 960-5051, uloah@aol.com.

Institute for Global Communications

A progressive networking organization that’s been around since 1987.

hanksville.net/NAresources

A comprehensive index of Native American resources, with links to sites on history, languages, health, art, jobs and activism.

craftswomen.com

This is where to find the site for Maat Dompin— a retreat, conference center and ecology center, which also houses the Institute for Ancient African Herstory. It is a place of refuge and empowerment for womyn of color and their allies. See Mall-O-Rama for Marketwimmin and Maat Dompin products, as well as many, may others.

Institute for Multiracial Justice

Founded in 1997, the Institute for Multiracial Justice works toward eroding white supremacy. If you think “Aryan Resistance” when you hear the term “white supremacy,” it’s time to hit the history books. They print a newsletter and organize a wonderful film festival. These folks are focused on building alliances.

The Disability Rights Activist

Their site is dated, but the information is still great. The links alone make up for the datedness. There’s also a huge listing of research in government laws and policies about disabled folks.

ibsgwatch.org

Indian Burial and Sacred Grounds Watch features daily updates (Because daily updates are needed; because corporations are sundering sacred burial grounds at an unprecedented rate) on actions, protests and threats to sacred burial grounds. A culture that disrespects death can never, ever, ever respect life.

amboyz.org

The American Boyz are organizers of the national True Spirit Conference; their site has listings of events and a lot more.

herwebbiz.com

A networking and support community for businesswomen and women who’d like to start a business. A huge resource.

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

A brilliant organization out of Central Brooklyn. MXGM has chapters all over the United States. They sponsor programs to feed, clothe and educate people in their communities. They offer protection by organizing programs like Cop Watch. Part of MXGM’s mission is to “defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community.” I can think of many, many groups and organizations that would benefit from patterning themselves after this movement.

restrooms.org/standing.html

A woman’s guide on how to pee standing up.

bigbadchinesemama.com

“The #1 mock mail-order bride/Asian porn spoof site in the world.” Read the “Memoirs of an Anti-Geisha” section, then find Arthur Golden’s email and tell him what a piece of shit he is. This is a cathartic and hilarious site that gives vengeance a fabulous name.

Gabriela Network

The Gabriela Network is the Philippine-U.S. Women’s Solidarity Organization. They work on issues arising from U.S. policy decisions which negatively impact women and children in the Philippines. With chapters in the Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington state. Gabriela Network USA, P.O. Box 403, Times Square Station, New York, NY 10036, (212) 592-3507.

Citizens Against Homophobia

Citizens Against Homophobia uses mass media campaigns to diminish homophobia. They provide materials mostly free of charge. 324 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, (617) 576-9866.

womensmemorial.org/NAHM.html

The Native American Women Veterans site. Over eight hundred Native American women served in the military during World War II. Very little is known about the history of Native women serving in the armed forces because “history” shoves Rosie the Riveter and G.I. Joe down our throats. This site helps set the record straight. The Women’s Memorial is located at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. (800) 222-2294.

Women Against Military Madness

WAMM’s site is huge and well connected. Not to be confused with wamm.org, which is Wo/Men for Medical Marijuana. Women Against Military Madness is celebrating its twentieth anniversary; I wish there wasn’t a NEED for this organization to have been in existence for twenty years, though WAMM is indeed something to celebrate. 310 E 38th Street #225, Minneapolis, MN 55409, (612) 827-5364.

janes.com

This site is a bit, uh, different from what you might consumeristically associate with the word “Jane.” I hesitated before including this site, but while organizations like WAMM are an imperative aspect of our survival, so too is knowing what the freaky little white men are up to. Jane’s is named after a U.K. battleship annotater, Fred T. Jane, and it has everything you never wanted to know about war and weaponry. Know thine enemy, babe.

actlab.utexas.edu/~geneve/zapwomen

Mujeres Zapatistas/Zapatista Women. Honoring women who have given their lives to the Zapatista Movement. Forum, history, links.

Funding Exchange

“The Funding Exchange is a partnership of activists and donors dedicated to building a base of support for progressive social change through fundraising for local, national and international grantmaking programs. FEX supports progressive community-based organizations that address the root causes of social problems, reaching beyond direct services to directly address the underlying conditions that foster inequity, lack of opportunity, discrimination and economic exploitation.” In short, they give money to kickass organizations. 666 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, NY 10012, (212) 529-5300.

Women’s Venture Fund

The Women’s Venture Fund is a nonprofit micro-lender that focuses on women entrepreneurs in urban communities. They also offer a calendar of events and business classes. 240 West 35th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10001, (212) 563-0499.

People United for a Better Oakland

PUEBLO has fought for justice for Oakland’s low-income communities and communities of color since 1989.

afrocubaweb.com

Connect with the people of Cuba. Learn about the fascinating Cuban hip-hop movement here; find out which musicians are on tour and coming to the United States. Learn about Assata Shakur, the warrior goddess of the hip-hop movement and exiled American political prisoner.

freepeltier.orgafrikan.net/sundiatamumia.org,prisonactivist.org

Find out what the U.S. is doing in prisons besides letting corporations buy them up and turn them into slave-labor enterprises. Fight to free Leonard Peltier, Sundiata Acoli, Mumia Abu-Jamal and thousands of other framed/illegally detained political prisoners on U.S. soil. Sundiata Acoli is one of the lesser known, but by no means more justifiably incarcerated, political prisoners in America. If you want to know what freedom really truly is, read Prison Writings by Leonard Peltier.

Have a nice, cuntlovin’ day.

 

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