Austin: Popular Women’s Movement Hosts ‘Revolutionary Kids Block Party’

By David Martinez

On Sunday, Popular Women’s Movement (PWM) held a “Revolutionary Kids Block Party” to bring recreational activities and revolutionary ideas to children and their parents in a working class community of East Austin. The event also helped working parents who have to juggle their jobs and home life in the midst of the economic and health crisis which has upturned their lives. With children mostly at home as schools adapt to coronavirus restrictions, proletarian parents who do not have the luxury of ‘remote working’ are strained to find childcare and activities to occupy them.

Gathering in a grassy common area of the Booker T. Washington apartments, PWM provided snacks and drinks, spending time getting to know the children and their parents who were in attendance. They also provided sidewalk chalk and coloring books with original revolutionary images and messages to encourage children to work together for a better world. The coloring book included themes of internationalism and opposing ruling class forces such as the police and military recruiters in their communities. One young boy hit a drawing of a police officer with a rock, saying he doesn’t want any officer coming to his school.

A skit portraying a woman who refuses to fight for Uncle Sam

PWM and community members put on a short play that portrayed a young woman named Rosa who is lured into fighting for a ‘bad man’ named Uncle Sam. Rosa soon realizes she has been tricked, and refuses to fight for him, throwing off her military uniform. Uncle Sam, incensed, tells his guard dog cop to arrest her, but a narrator encouraged the children to help her by throwing popcorn at the officer, and Rosa is able to break free, punching Uncle Sam. She then took a large bag of candy, the ‘riches’ that Uncle Sam had stolen from across the world, and gave it back out to the children.

PWM says they plan to do more events to serve working class families, including movie nights, collaborating with parents and kids to host fun events while developing their understanding of the oppressive system they live under and the need to organize together against it.

A page from the a Coloring Book provided to children.

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