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Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

Mothering is love by any means necessary.

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For Mother’s Day and everyday: listen to a discussion and poetry by women of color writers and editors of the anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. They dedicate the book to “all the revolutionary mothers and all the revolutions they’ve created, because mothering is love by any means necessary.”

You’ll also hear about a recent investigation into Black maternal and infant mortality.

Special thanks to Maureen Mohapatra and The Laura Flanders show, Democracy Now! and PM Press.


Roundtable on Revolutionary Mothering Anthology, on The Laura Flanders Show with Dr. Gumbs as guest host:

  • Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, guest host and anthology co-editor and “A queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist and a prayer poet priestess, Alexis has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University.”
  • China Martens, co-editor and “a zinestress extraordinaire based in Baltimore, MD. Her first book, The Future Generation, is a compilation of sixteen years of her first zine. She is also the coeditor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.”
  • Mai’a Williams, co-editor and writer, visual artist and birth worker and “the creator and director of Water Studio, which supports and co-creates with underground community artists and revolutionaries in Cairo, Egypt, and she organizes with the Revolutionary Youth Councils of Cairo.”
  • Cynthia Dewi Oka, anthology contributor poet and “author of Salvage. She is a member of the Sanctuary Advocate Coalition, which works to expand sanctuary in vision and practice through the framework of black-brown unity.”
  • Victoria Law, anthology contributor and “Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women… She is the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.”

WEB Extra Segment from Democracy Now, Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis:

  • Linda Villarosa, journalist and New York Times Magazine contributor, director of the journalism program at the City College of New York
  • Amy Goodman, journalist and host and executive producer of Democracy Now
  • Nermeen Shaikh, producer & co-host of Democracy Now


  • Host: Sandina Robbins
  • Audio Mixer: Emily Harris
  • Episode Producer: Lisa Rudman
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker
  • The Laura Flanders Show and Democracy Now recorded material by permission
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