V Kingsley, who, with her son, Parker, created the above youtube video, recently commented here with the link to her amazing quilt. (If you haven’t watched V’s video about the making of the Mermaid quilt, you should, it is not to be missed! Very inspiring.) V is a quilter, an artist, a lesbian, a feminist, a cancer survivor and a Michfest sister. In light of discussions we’ve had recently, this video seems timely. Music is by God des and She, also members of the Michfest community, with their permission. (I really enjoy God des and She. I have two of their CDs and listen to them all the time, though I favor their political and protest songs, my favorites of which are Struggle and What If.)
I facilitated a workshop at the Festival a couple of years ago on feminist homeschooling. I had a great time doing it and met some memorable women. I have facilitated hundreds of homeschooling workshops over many years, but this one was unique and will always stand out in my memory for so many reasons: the brilliance of the women there and their thoughtful contributions and questions. The fact that all of the women there who had children — all, every one — were raising children of color. And the fact that most of the women there wore no shirts! A first, I am sure, so far as homeschooling workshops!
There are quite a number of youngsters being homeschooled in progressive families, including by radical feminists and lesbian feminists. I have been homeschooling for 24 years now; my two youngest, Sol, 12, and Maggie, 9, are still being homeschooled and have never gone to a regular school. It’s an interesting thing, raising children away from the sexism, racism, classism, lesbophobia, and other destructively socializing influences of school kids and school hierarchies of all kinds, with a commitment to seeing to it that your children spend time with with others who are being raised as they are. V’s son, shown in the video, goes to “Brother Sun” camp at the Festival every year, a camp for boys ages 5-10 years. My daughter, Maggie, goes to Gaia girls each August. In settings like this, children raised in the revolution find encouragement and support.
V has graciously given her permission for the posting of this video. I will allow comments but want to remind everyone that V is a real person to me, a member of a women’s community I value. I’d ask you to keep that in mind in commenting. V’s son, Parker, is giving a report about his friend, Alix Olson, also a member of the Michfest community. Watch it all the way through the different “takes” — I think you’ll enjoy it!
None of us involved really knows what the results of this quiet revolution we have undertaken will be. But, that is the way with all revolutions– they take on lives of their own which are outside of any individual’s immediate control. I do find reason to feel hopeful about the potential for change in the world which resides in this particular revolution, for so many reasons. I am about to blog its dark side, as I have before, but before I do, I wanted to post this.
I wrote an article for off our backs which included some of my thoughts about this, which you can obtain here:
One thing I have to say, for those reading who will get it: the “Homeschooling Organizer” which shows up at the beginning of the video was created by none other than Gregg Harris and his wife Sono. Ah, the irony. Harris is a conservative/evangelical Christian pastor who ran a homeschooling organization for many years. He was a defendant in my lawsuit against the Religious Right. He settled out before trial, which was a wise move on his part, given his rather central role in my excommunication.