Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief

Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief

"This intimate, moving, and timely collection of essays points the way to a world in which the burden of grief is shared, and pain is reconfigured into a powerful force for social change and collective healing." —Astra Taylor, author The People's Platform"A primary message here is that from tears comes the resolve for the struggle ahead." —Ron Jacobs, author of Daydream Su...

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Title:Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief
Author:Cindy Milstein
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  • Audacia Ray

    This book really pushed me to fully grapple with the idea that being present in movement work is doing grief work. For much of my activist life I’ve pushed down and away my feelings of grief, sadness, and anger or channeled them into overwork - via writing, vigils, protests, campaign planning. I believed that feelings are weakness and not helpful or productive. But in the last few years I’ve been thinking about the utility of feelings (ugh even putting it that way is wrong) in a different way, a

    This book really pushed me to fully grapple with the idea that being present in movement work is doing grief work. For much of my activist life I’ve pushed down and away my feelings of grief, sadness, and anger or channeled them into overwork - via writing, vigils, protests, campaign planning. I believed that feelings are weakness and not helpful or productive. But in the last few years I’ve been thinking about the utility of feelings (ugh even putting it that way is wrong) in a different way, and this book really spoke to that. We must be able to bring our full, messy, grieving selves into movement and not treat the work like a space to be professionalized and sanitized of emotion.

  • Sean Estelle

    What a lovely collection. Very intense, as the subject matter would suggest, but still absolutely worth the read. Covered some struggles I knew a lot about, some I didn't - and the range of formats was also great.

    (On a logistical note, this is not the correct number of pages in the book...)

  • Maud

    Okay this book was 412 pages not 200 JUST SO YOU KNOW I read a REALLY LONG BOOK

    but it didn't feel like it because every essay was so awesome. Spans from about the time of the 80s AIDS crisis (Sarah Schulman, David Wojnarowicz) through coal country struggles, Palestine, Black Lives Matter, police shootings, to disability studies - so mostly pretty recent issues.

    Written by those deeply invested in the struggles, most essays are very touching. They are sorrowful but strong. The general thesis of th

    Okay this book was 412 pages not 200 JUST SO YOU KNOW I read a REALLY LONG BOOK

    but it didn't feel like it because every essay was so awesome. Spans from about the time of the 80s AIDS crisis (Sarah Schulman, David Wojnarowicz) through coal country struggles, Palestine, Black Lives Matter, police shootings, to disability studies - so mostly pretty recent issues.

    Written by those deeply invested in the struggles, most essays are very touching. They are sorrowful but strong. The general thesis of the book - that we can overcome anything if we are honest, open, and deliberate about working together - is one I firmly agree with. It is certainly not always easy but I took a lot of heart from this collection and I think everyone will be able to find at least one piece that deeply resonates, and hopefully spurs them into action.

    <3<3

  • Madeleine

    helpful and critical intervention in a needed discussion of the ways that affect and vulnerability need to factor into our organizing strategies. reckoning with how to cope with the state of being haunted in a way that doesn't explain away our pain but gives hope for submitting to the process of being tranformed :'(

  • sylas

    Book bingo hua-silo winter 2018: political bent

  • Sarah Landis

    "We need to recognize both when sadness is keeping us from moving and when the urgency of movement is blocking our need to feel grief."

    This is a POWERFUL book. It covers a vast amount of topics- Transgender rights, what it means to survive sexual abuse, living with AIDS, the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and so, so many more.

    It discusses how and why we feel sadness and grief. It discusses how we process it on a personal and community level, and it discus

    "We need to recognize both when sadness is keeping us from moving and when the urgency of movement is blocking our need to feel grief."

    This is a POWERFUL book. It covers a vast amount of topics- Transgender rights, what it means to survive sexual abuse, living with AIDS, the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and so, so many more.

    It discusses how and why we feel sadness and grief. It discusses how we process it on a personal and community level, and it discusses how we can use our grief in a movement towards more justice or even revolution.

    I recommend this book to ANYONE.

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