Cindy’s Milstein’s writing has been significant in helping inform my politics, inspiring me, and it has given me language to help me articulate my ideas.
A few years ago, I was fortunate to hear Cindy present a couple of workshops at the Montreal Anarchist Book Fair. Her engaging, welcoming talk was a highlight of the event for me, so I’m really excited that she’ll be at Diggers on the evening of November 27 as part of her book tour.
Going back to 2010, Cindy’s Anarchism and Its Aspirations was my first introduction to her work. It remains one of my favourite introductory books on the topic and is a staple at Diggers. Her contribution to the Lexicon pamphlet series, a project of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, is still one of the best little primers on anarchism I’ve found as well. It’s free to download here.
Her other books include Paths Towards Utopia with printmaker, shadow puppeteer, and paper-cut artist Erik Ruin and editor of Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism.
The current book tour that brings Cindy Milstein to us in the County – via Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and Hamilton – is Rebellious Mourning – The Collective Work of Grief.
Caretaking of her two sick and dying parents in 2013, followed by again caring for her second chosen mom who died in 2015, prompted Cindy’s writing this new book about love, caregiving, loss and grief as well as about caring communities from a politico-personal point of view.
“Via first-person and/or frontline stories, the anthology’s thirty-seven contributors illuminate, bittersweetly, that we can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively,” writes Cindy. “Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that reduce suffering and accentuate quality of life for everyone.”
I’m so thankful that Cindy is taking the time to come and speak with us and share her writing.
Please join us on Monday, November 27 at 7pm. Come earlier at 6:30pm if you’d like to share a meal with us beforehand.
While not necessary, it would be very helpful in planning if those who intend on coming, could let me know. You can respond on the facebook event page, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org (see and ask why).
It’s going to be a special evening. Hope to see you then.