Alex Tsocanos

Alex Tsocanos

Friends! Comrades! We are losing our sisters! Left and right, women and girls are being denied their history. For women to be revolutionary is not just a matter of here and now. There is a tradition of it. But when we bring it up, we are shy. Complacent. Embarrassed even. ‘Must we talk about this?’ They say. ‘You don’t want to be thought of as a feminist, do you?’ Since when it is shameful to be proud of your history? Of what is, in fact, all of our history, no matter your gender or age, since we none of us live in bubbles. And yet everything fought for and everything gained has been wrapped up into a dirty word and swept under the proverbial rug. Feminism has been reduced to neat little paragraphs in history books that tell of the women who sought voting rights in the late 19th and early 20th century, and this Women’s Liberation Movement thing of the 1960s and 70s. Marginalized and tucked away, presenting women as separate, second class citizens. ‘Well, they were’, you might say. Well, no f-ing wonder we have a hard time seeing ourselves as anything else! We must stand up and say, NO MORE! We must reclaim our history!

But how would we know that if we never talk about it? What information we pass down matters. What we learn from the past impacts our present and future. The struggles of each generation are different, of course. Each one must reflect on what they find abhorrent and worthy of resistance in the culture of the day. In the 1970s, the world was a smaller place, but women like Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Valerie Solanas, Cathy Wilkerson and Grace Lee Boggs could see beyond their culture, beyond their small world. Their spirits and points-of-view cracked the egg open for women to redefine themselves, and we still are; still finding our balance. But the next generation is experiencing a fall out. Some of our sisters are exonerating themselves knowingly and unknowingly from participating. And it falls on us to be creative! We must light their fires! Inspire them to find their faith and determine what is at stake for them! Stand together and we are unstoppable!

At Camp Mossandsticks, we’ve started the conversation! We believe cross-generational dialogue is vital to our mission of helping young women and girls to become resourceful, defiant, and self-sufficient revolutionaries of today. Started on November 6, 2012, the camp hosts workshops to spark the attendees’ inner political flames, challenging them to confront disenfranchisement created by the status quo and to take matters into their own hands! Join today and make history!

Alex Tsocanos
Alex Tsocanos is an artist based in Detroit.