Guerrilla Feminist Focus: Brit Schulte
Welcome to our weekly column, Guerrilla Feminist Focus, where we feature one badass Guerrilla Feminist!
Name: Brit (Red) Schulte
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What are you currently working on?
I’ve been organizing in Chicago for five years, before that I was active in Texas, where I’m from. Currently involved with the SlutWalk Chicago organizing collective & with a radical sex workers support collective called Support Ho(s)e. I’m also working on finishing my MA in Art History, and drafting my first book with my partner.
2. What are you passionate about? Why?
Building a better world. Without focused, community based efforts to build power and resistance we won’t see change. This means organizing sustained efforts to win a world free of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism.
3. What activist efforts are you involved in? What causes do you support?
I am directly involved in organizing SlutWalk Chicago, Support Ho(s)e and other specific issue-based campaigns when I’m needed. Right now, Support Ho(s)e is working with Alisha Walker and her family to raise awareness about her case, and ultimately get her free.
Recently I had several comrades in Toluca, Mexico City and Oaxaca reach out and folks here in Chicago were able to hold fundraisers and solidarity demonstrations with the Teachers of the CNTE and people of Oaxaca, because we were able to communicate via online apps and social media platforms.
Connecting people across space to get resources to folks on the ground who needed to set-up medic stations, get generators, and continue reinforcing barricades against Federales who are launching full scale attacks on people who are fighting for education systems that honor indigenous languages, and are accessible to the poor and working class.
I’m here for amplifying and promoting grassroots resistance and groups/projects that are organizing against exploitation and oppression. Some of those efforts that I hope folks check-out and support include: Assata’s Daughters, BYP 100, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, Black Rose Anarchist Federation, Oracle Productions, The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Black & Pink Chicago, and Chicago Books to Women in Prison (just to name a few).
If folks are down for demanding and working toward the disarming/disbanding of the police, the abolition of prisons, the decriminalization of all sex work (including all street based trades), and establishing community based solutions to our problems that center the voices of those this society has most marginalized, I’m with them.
4. What do you like most about doing activist work on social media platforms? Why?
TBH the ability to transmit messages in urgent situations, signal boost immediate needs, and connect folks across inaccessible distances. Getting shit done in real time is essential. Social media is one of many valuable tools. It might go without saying that this particular set of tools can be very overwhelming and potentially anxiety inducing, online targeted harassment is real. I allow myself to take breaks from social media, and focus on community meetings or actions when this happens.
5. What or Who inspires you?
People fighting back against a state that hates them. People creating and holding space for their communities. People shutting shit down. People obstructing business as usual. People building barricades and protecting strike lines. The legacy of women and femmes of Color and queer folx, pushing struggles forward.
I’ve learned much from the women and femmes in my life, and am constantly in awe of them- their strength, beauty, and wisdom. If I tried to name everyone, that would be an exceptionally lengthy list, but it bears mentioning that my mother, and Mariame Kaba have taught me life-transforming lessons.
6. How do you practice self-care?
I’m still working on that, I think this is a life-long process. But I have begun to prioritize therapy, taking my meds on time, and setting healthier boundaries for myself (i.e. not feeling beholden to keeping abusive people in my life). It’s important to remember that our movements and organizing need us for the long haul, and these efforts consist of many. We should work toward both healing ourselves and our communities.
7. Do you have any advice for those wanting to engage in activism (either online or offline)?
Please get out there, if you’re able. It takes all of us. You’ll likely be uncomfortable at first, and that’s okay. Be willing to listen, learn, and show up.
8. Where can people follow you online?