My new book, A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State will be published in August 2016 by Bellevue Literary Press. Here are some of the blurbs:
“This is the book I’ve been waiting for—only it’s richer, deeper, and more intriguing than I could have imagined. A Road Unforeseen is a major contribution to our understanding of feminism and Islam, of women and the world, and gives me fresh hope for change.” Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Living With a Wild God
“A Road Unforeseen is essential reading to understand the extraordinary democratic revolution led by the Kurds in Syria. This is compelling history but also a clarion call to the US and the international community to support this fragile project that elevates and celebrates human rights, democracy, and equality for all genders, races, and religions.” Carne Ross, author of Independent Diplomat and The Leaderless Revolution
“Meredith Tax tells the tangled and amazing history of Kurdish politics—from family feuds to terrorism to radical democracy and feminism—with just the right mixture of admiration and concern.” Michael Walzer, author of Just and Unjust Wars and The Paradox of Liberation
My short book or long pamphlet, Double Bind: The Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights, was published by the Centre for Secular Space in 2012. It is available here for $10 and will soon be released as a free downloadable pdf.
In January, 2011, I edited and published a volume of personal memoirs from my writing class at the Joseph S. Murphy Labor Institute (CUNY). The book is called Night School Voices and is available as a download or printed volume at lulu.com
I am pleased to announce that my collection of personal and organizational papers, ranging from Bread and Roses to Women's WORLD, and including my own manuscripts, has been acquired by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University. A conference to celebrate this work will be held at Duke April 13-14, 2012. Here is the announcement by the Bingham Center:
Acting Across Borders: The Future of the Feminist 1970’s,
A Celebration of the Meredith Tax Papers at Duke,
The 5th Symposium of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture
April 13 and 14, 2012
A writer and political activist since the late 1960s, Meredith Tax has founded or co-founded a series of feminist and social justice organizations starting with Bread and Roses, an early socialist-feminist group in Boston. Her 1970 essay, “Woman and Her Mind: The Story of Everyday Life,” is considered a foundational text of the U.S. women’s liberation movement. Acting Across Borders will focus on the main questions Tax explored in this essay and throughout her work as a feminist: race, class, and internationalism.
The conference will start on Friday afternoon, April 13, 2012 with the two keynote addresses, one by Meredith Tax and the other by radical African feminist, sociologist, writer, educator, and publisher Patricia McFadden. Saturday, April 14, there will be three plenary sessions in which speakers will be asked to frame their ideas as a personal narrative in order to give audience members a sense of their political journeys.
The first panel will focus on origin myths associated with the emergence and trajectory of the women’s movement and other mid- 20th century social justice movements. Speakers will discuss their radicalization as activists working against race, class, and gender domination in a transnational context. Confirmed speakers include Anissa Helie (scholar, activist, former Coordinator of Women Living Under Muslim Laws’ London office), Ann Snitow (scholar, activist, editor of Feminist Memoir Project, co-founder of Take Back the Future and the Network of East-West Women), and Mandy Carter (international leader in multi-issue and multi-racial grassroots organizing). Trude Bennett, UNC Public Health faculty member, a co-founder of Bread and Roses, will moderate.
The second panel will focus specifically on the intersections of class, race and gender from the seventies to the present including the ways politics emerge from personal experience but do not end there. Speakers will discuss their experience of working in left, social justice, and women's movements. Confirmed speakers include Amber Hollibaugh (author, AIDS activist, interim director of Queers for Economic Justice), Frances Ansley (scholar of human rights law, labor, and immigration and co-founder of Bread and Roses), and Mia Herndon (Executive Director of the 3rd Wave Foundation). Victoria Hesford, SUNY Stony Brook and Duke Women’s Studies faculty member, will moderate.
The third panel will consider the future with panelists offering their perspectives on what they consider the most pressing issues and directions political work should take in the next 20, 30, 50 years, theoretically and practically. Confirmed speakers include Gita Sahgal (women’s and human rights activist, member of multiple women's organizations including Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism, and former head of Amnesty International's Gender Unit), Ynestra King (writer, eco-feminist, and director of the germinal 1980 “Women and Life on Earth” Conference), and Jaclyn Friedman (writer, performer, activist, and founder and the Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media). Kathi Weeks, Duke Women’s Studies Program, will moderate.
The symposium will end with a performance by Meredith Tax, Fran Ansley, and others of movement songs penned by Tax in the 1960’s and 70’s.