How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile


19:30 - 23:00

Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin

Admission is free - donations are welcome

#TuesdayTalk with Mai’a Williams on her recently published book “This Is How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile in the 21st Century”
Start: 19.30


“In reading the work of Mai’a Williams, it’s hard not to be excited by the sense of possibility.” – Hip Mama

In This Is How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile in the 21st Century, Mai’a Williams shares her experiences working in conflict zones and with liberatory resistance communities as a journalist, human rights worker, and midwife in Palestine, Egypt, Chiapas, Berlin, and the U.S., while mothering her young daughter Aza.

This is a story about mothers who are doing the work of deep social transformation by creating the networks of care that sustain movements and revolutions. By centering mothers in our organizing work, we center those who have the skills and the experience of creating and sustaining life on this planet. This Is How We Survive illuminates how mothering is a practice essential to the work of revolution. It explores the heartbreak of revolutionary movements falling apart and revolutionaries scattering across the globe into exile. And most importantly, how mamas create, no matter the conditions, the resilience to continue doing revolutionary work.

“This book is not a testament to me living out some revolutionary mothering dream or ideal. It is a book about my failures and successes, this experiment called revolution.”


Mai’a Williams is a writer, visual artist, and birth worker and has worked and lived in Mexico, Palestine, east Africa, Egypt, Germany, Ecuador, and the U.S. She coedited the anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and is the author of two books of poetry, No God but Ghosts and Monsters and Other Silent Creatures.

This event is open to all. We would kindly suggest donations for our speakers for their time and labour – we look forward to seeing you there! Please support our space by ordering a drink or two!


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