Silvia Federici was born in 1942 and raised in Italy, and moved to the US to pursue her PhD in Philosophy. She taught for many years in Nigeria, and wrote prolifically. She helped to found the International Feminist Collective, various Wages for Housework groups in America, the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, and the Radical Philosophy Association, an anti-death penalty group. She is best known for Wages Against Housework, a cornerstone text for the wages for housework movement which holds that women should be fully and monetarily compensated for their reproductive labor, and for Caliban and the Witch, which is both a critique of Marx’s position that primitive accumulation is a precursor to capitalism, and also an in depth look at the subjugation of women in pre-capitalist society.
"Support Bill Ayers"
In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.
In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.
- We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
- We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.
Silvia Federici of Hofstra University signed the statement.
MEP Summer Intensive
At 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn Thursday 23 July J through Sunday, July 262015, Marxist Education Project organized a "Summer Intensive - ON WORKING CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS." Presenters included Mitch Abidor, Kazembe Balagun, Mike Bento, Ibrahim Diallo, Silvia Federici, Harmony Goldberg, Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon, Dan Karan, Rakhee Kewada, Lisa Maya Knauer, Polina Kroik, Immanuel Ness, Marie-Claire Picher, Bhaskar Sunkara, Juliet Ucelli and more...
Those indicating attendance on the Wherevent website included Nadinne Canto Novoa, Kazembe Balagun, Teiji Maeda LocaMotive, Marc Rodrigues, Davon Blanks, Marcus Meute, Terrence Jelani Fraser, Brandon Bausher, David Williams, Wailly Compres Henriquez, Suro Pak, Brian Raven.