Today, on March 8, 2021, we are launching the pre-sale of the first book Fala Carolinas! Women in the struggle for life and dignity, a very powerful gathering of interviews, essays and poems by black, indigenous and peripheral women from Brasil and Chile narrating their own history. This book represents the desire to become narrators and writers of our own reality, authors and authorities of history, to dispute the history of those below and to fight the silencing of women who are on the front lines, building housing movements, cooking for many workers, healers, midwives, educators, fighting against prison violence, for the right to transport, organizing community activities in peripheral neighborhoods and demonstrating the central role of women in the resistance of indigenous communities.
We are an autonomous collective of women from different peripheries that we come together through activities of debates and collective actions, study groups, reading and writing workshops, other different collectives and day-to-day struggle meetings. We believe that it is essential for the advancement of the feminist movement, as well as the fight against all types of exploitation and oppression, that history should also be narrated from these very powerful but still marginalized perspectives. The project started long before the book, we held soirées, reading and writing workshops in the cultural okupa Casa Cultural Hip Hop Jaçanã and public school EMEF Esmeralda Salles, both in the North periphery of São Paulo, Brasil.
The ideas that generated the book and guide our steps are in constant reformulation and collective debate. The stories told in first person are narratives of what we see and live in different communities. It is for this reason that we will distribute the book for free in the spaces from which we start – housing and cultural okupas, soirees, community libraries, public schools, open markets, among other work and caring spaces – we want to organize launch activities and collective debates with the writers. For that we need your contribution, the money raised with the launch of the book will allow its free distribution and the participation of the writers during these activities.
About the book
The first part, Women on the Move , brings together interviews of women active in various struggles for life and dignity. Naná tells us about her trajectory from Piauí, northeast of Brasil, to land occupations in Brasília, central region, and São Paulo, in the southeast, and talks about the importance of women’s self-organization in Ocupação Esperança, in Osasco, west peryphery of São Paulo. Helena Silvestre narrates her impressive history of militancy, in the construction of the housing movements MTST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Teto) and Luta Popular, as well as a peripheral Latin American feminist movement based on the magazine Amazonas and Escola Abya Yala. Sandra Silva tells us the story of the housing okupa of Jardim da União, in the extreme south of São Paulo, in the constant struggle against eviction. Tempestade tells us how her experience in prison made her a prison abolitionist. Preta Jaya tells us about the importance of rescuing, transmitting and putting into practice the ancestral knowledge in her journey as a midwife. Luana Marcos talks about being trans and not binary from the periphery and about her experiences organizing collectives and mutual support for LGBTQI * in Grajaú, in the extreme south of São Paulo. Finally, from the Chilean uprisings, Cala Calota shows the importance of women on the front lines and Yanka Millapan and Macarena Huichaman denounce state terrorism against the Mapuche people.
The second part, Women and movements , brings together texts from social movements and cultural spaces. The Red de Mujeres Mapuches en Chile denounces colonial oppression against the Mapuche people and demands their autonomy and self-determination. The women of the Movimento Livre Livre São Paulo expose how the marketing logic of public transport harms mainly peripheral women. Sonia Regina Bischain tells about the history of struggle in Brasilândia, on the periphery of the north of São Paulo, and about the soiree in Brasilândia. Bruna Pucci and Luana Xavier report their experiences as a teacher and student in the occupation of the Dr. Pedro de Moraes Victor school, “Pedrão”, in the north of São Paulo, in 2015.
Finally, we have the results of the writing workshop given by Marli de Fátima Aguiar in the occupation of Casa Cultural Hip Hop do Jaçanã on the outskirts of the northern area of São Paulo in February 2020, as part of the collective reading and writing activities of the Fala Carolinas project !
As for now the book will be available only in portugues, please reach out if you have interest in helping us translating it!