SSS members are united by the drive to prefigure a new society free of imperialism, colonization, racism, heteropatriarchy & capitalist exploitation.
We stand up against all forms of social inequality & we stand for the dignity & self-determination of oppressed peoples.
The leadership for this movement will first & foremost be women & oppressed nationalities. It is based on excellence & experimentation.
We believe in envisioning & building a world where many worlds fit.
Scientific Soul Sessions Manifesto
Together, as members of Scientific Soul Sessions:
- We promote ecosocialism: the unity of humanity with the planet's ecosystems. As aspiring ecosocialists, we aim for existence based on the same respect indigenous peoples have always had for the earth and returning to producers the rightful share of the fruits of their labor. We respect our Mother Earth as provider of all life on this planet. We take concrete steps to lessen our ecological footprint for the health and well-being of all beings and future generations.
- We are building towards a matriarchal future, which will be the opposite of patriarchy, not its mirror image. Matriarchy will be a revolutionary future, in which the social construct of gender is eliminated and humanity is re-socialized, in which the values of caring, nurturance, creativity, compassion and collectivity dominate. We denounce gynocide: the ways that capitalism and white supremacy have attempted to break the spirit of struggle by inflicting violence upon and de-valuing women and all we represent.
- Our decision-making process emphasizes imagination, improvisation and intuition leading the way into the new and unforeseen; perception, wisdom, communal balance, and the art of listening and reception, as ways to overcome brute power. In all decisions, we keep the seventh generation of our descendants in mind (as taught by many indigenous peoples).
- We recognize spirituality as an essential element in the struggle for liberation. Our name is Scientific Soul: "Scientific" because we seek answers and solutions; "Soul" because we believe in each self moving beyond its limits, reaching out to people, natural creatures and to the cosmos, imagining and doing the impossible!
- We bring art and politics together in provocative ways in our quest for excellence and the impossible dream! We see anti-capitalist analysis and anti-imperialist aesthetics as the paradigm for a new way of being and living that is not dictated by Western capitalist values.
- Through forward-thinking artistic creation and political organizing, we realize SSS leadership principles of commitment, capacity, and clarity.
- Recognizing the self-determination of oppressed nationalities and the strength of a United Front, our leadership is principally composed of oppressed nationalities and women. Each of us checks our privilege and takes responsibility to change the ways we reproduce our internalized racism and oppression.
- We refuse to compromise and be made mediocre by institutions such as the NGO/Non-profit Industrial Complex. We aim to be self-sufficient.
- We are intergenerational. We acknowledge the experience and dedication of our elders. We respect the energy and fresh visions of the young.
- We are internationalist. We seek to build a united front across boundaries and divides.
- We are revolutionaries! We don't think capitalism is fixable.
Readings for the Soul:
- Women's Liberation & Subsistence by Maria Mies
- Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement & Sexual Assault by SAVE WĮYĄBI PROJECT
- Bisexuality in the Blues by Marie Incontrera
- Respect Our Mothers: Stop Hating Women by Russell Maroon Shoatz
- White Maroons by Fred Ho & Matt Meyer
- Racialized Punishment & Prison Abolition by Angela Davis
- Words as Borders, Words as Actions, Actions as Process by an Asian illegal alien
Spirit and Transformation by Joel Kovel
- Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
SSS Study Sessions:
Here, we present readings from our various study sessions centered around matriarchy, indigeneity, and self-determination guiding our work as Scientific Soul Sessions. To organize a study session, please contact us below.
Session 1: Matriarchy
- Social Origins of the Sexual Division of Labor by Maria Mies
- Life in A Modern Matriarchy by Peggy Reeves Sanday
- Mother as Klanswoman: Rank and Gender in Tlingit Society by Laura F. Klein
- The Answer is Matriarchy by Barbara Love and Elizabeth Shanklin
- Apache Women: Providers and Leaders by James Kawaykla
- Destruction through “Creation”—The “Critical Theory of Patriarchy” and the Collapse of Modern Civilization by Claudia von Werlhof
- Women's Liberation & Subsistence by Maria Mies
- Principles for the Revolutionary Matriarchy Society (M.O.T.H.E.R.S. = Matriarchal Organization & Tribes
of Honorable Eco-centric Revolutionary Socialists) by Fred Ho
Session 2: Indigeneity and Self-Determination
- Excerpt from The Encyclopedia of Native American Economic History by Bruce Johansen
- Conquest of Paradise by Kirpatrick Sale
- Excerpt from Iroquois Culture and Commentary by Douglas M. George-Kanentio
- Blood Poisoning by Joaquin Raymundo, Sewaornock, Manahatouac
- National Culture and The Fight for Freedom by Franz Fanon
- Whiteness is Not Inevitable by Fred Ho
Session 3: Without Ecosocialism There Will Be No Future
- Without Ecosocialism There Will Be No Future by Joel Kovel
- Five Theses on Ecosocialism by Joel Kovel
- Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva
- The Monte Carmelo Declaration by The First International Congress of the Guardians of Seeds
We respect our Mother Earth as provider of all life on this planet.
As aspiring ecosocialists, we aim for existence based on the same respect indigenous peoples have always had for the earth & returning to producers the rightful share of the fruits of their labor.
seeks to advance ecosocialism as a worldview and as a movement capable of offering real answers to the crises caused by capitalism.
Ecosocialism is a vision of a transformed society in harmony with nature, and the development of practices that can attain it.
It is directed toward alternatives to all socially and ecologically destructive systems, such as patriarchy, racism, homophobia and the fossil-fuel based economy. It is based on a perspective that regards other species and natural ecosystems as valuable in themselves and as partners in a common destiny.
means to try to live and think like the future, right now. We can start right now, by creating alternative schools, offices, hospitals, factories, homes, senior centers, etc.
To prefigure is to experiment with the kind of society we would need in order to be sustainable and caring.
It means we should build cooperatives and other institutions that show people what ecosocialism is, rather than just telling them. The very existence of an ecosocialist farm, school, hospital, senior center, museum, park, etc, is proof that ecosocialism is possible.
We recognize that ecosocialism on a global scale is a long way from being realized. But it is on the horizon: far off, yet rising; indefinite yet vital, a terrain to be mapped, explored, & brought into existence. Our mission is to facilitate a global movement toward the ecosocialist horizon. The whole future depends upon it.