Join the NFC for a conversation on Revolutionary Mothering with book co-editor China Martens


[Image description: Revolutionary Mothering Sunday, Oct. 16th Scarritt Bennett Center International Room 2:30-4 pm. A Conversation and workshop exploring what it means to be a mother engaged on the front lines of justice work. Books will be available for purchased and signing at this event. On the right side is an image of the book with the title Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and below that is an image of China Martens, co-editor.]

Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ’80s, “Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines” places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice, as well as anti-violence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation are the same challenges that many mothers face every day. Mothers from marginalized backgrounds create a generous space for life in the face of oppression and activate a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present. Come join co-editor China Martens for a discussion of movement shifting committed to birthing new worlds.

Community discussion, book talk, and signing.

China Martens is a single mother of a grown daughter from Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of The Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others and coeditor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities. Since 2003, China has co-facilitated numerous workshops to create support for parents and children in activist and radical communities at universities, conferences, and healing spaces across the United States and Canada. She also was a cofounder of Kidz City, a radical childcare collective in Baltimore (2009–2013) and is connected to a national circle of radical childcare collectives established at the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit.

Free Hearts is an organization led primarily by formerly incarcerated women and mothers in support of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers and their families. Their S.E.A. (Support, Education, and Advocacy) work includes facilitating a support group for mothers at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in Nashville, facilitating support groups for children of incarcerated parents in metro Nashville Public Schools, and advocating for social change that enhances the wellbeing of low-income mothers and mothers of color, their families and communities by prioritizing the needs and voices of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers and their children.

Free Hearts (
Nashville Feminist Collective
Scarritt Bennett Center
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Vanderbilt
Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, Vanderbilt



PARKING: Please park in Lot B.

BUS: This location is walkable from the Hillsboro #7 bus.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: The International Room is on the 2nd floor of Scarritt Hall. Wheelchair accessibility is through Bennett Hall – 1st floor elevator. Call 706-767-3588 if you need assistance, or email Marie Campbell

Gender neutral restrooms are available in the building.

No Spanish or ASL translation provided.

We cannot guarantee the space will be scent-free.

Please do not take flash photography so that folks with epilepsy don’t have seizures; please do not wear perfumes, colognes or essential oils so that chemically injured community members can attend.

The event is FREE!!! And open to the public.

On-site childcare provided.

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