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“Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies” A Conversation with Editor Shuli Branson

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

White Whale is excited to host Shuli Branson, one of the editors of Surviving the Future, a crucial new book, for a discussion on queer liberation. This event is presented in collaboration with the Abolitionist Law Center and Let’s Get Free.

Surviving the Future is a collection of the most current ideas in radical queer movement work and revolutionary queer theory. Beset by a new pandemic, fanning the flames of global uprising, these queers cast off progressive narratives of liberal hope while building mutual networks of rebellion and care. These essays propose a militant strategy of queer survival in an ever-precarious future. Starting from a position of abolition—of prisons, police, the State, identity, and racist cisheteronormative society—this collection refuses the bribes of inclusion in a system built on our expendability. Though the mainstream media saturates us with the boring norms of queer representation (with a recent focus on trans visibility), the writers in this book ditch false hope to imagine collective visions of liberation that tell different stories, build alternate worlds, and refuse the legacies of racial capitalism, anti-Blackness, and settler colonialism. The work curated in this book spans Black queer life in the time of COVID-19 and uprising, assimilation and pinkwashing settler colonial projects, subversive and deviant forms of representation, building anarchist trans/queer infrastructures, and more. Contributors include Che Gossett, Yasmin Nair, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Adrian Shanker, Kitty Stryker, Toshio Meronek, and more.

SHULI BRANSON is a queer/transfemme Jewish anarchist writer, translator, community organizer, and teacher. Shuli is the author of Practical Anarchism: A Guide for Daily Lifewhich makes the case for infusing liberatory politics into our relationships as part of collective struggle. She co-edited Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies with Raven Hudson and Bry Reed for PM Press, collecting a variety of essays on current visions and movements for queer liberation. They are currently working on a book on trans youth liberation. She translated Jacques Lesage de la Haye’s The Abolition of Prison and Guy Hocquenghem’s second book of essays, Gay Liberation after May ’68 , for which she also wrote a critical introduction. They contribute to The Final Straw Radio, a weekly anarchist radio show and podcast. Her new project is a talk show called “The Break Up Theory,” where leftists and queers discuss the ways their politics show up in their relationships.

THE ABOLITIONIST LAW CENTER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public interest law firm, and community organizing project led by people who’ve been directly impacted by the criminal punishment system.

LET’S GET FREE: The Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee is a group working to end Death by Incarceration (also known as life without parole sentencing), build a pathway out of the prisons back to our communities through commutation reform, support successful possibilities for people formerly and currently incarcerated, and shift to a culture of transformative justice.


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February 3
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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White Whale Bookstore
Abolitionist Law Center
Let’s Get Free: Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee