HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – Feb. 22, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: ACTIVISTS
Compiled by Holy Heretic/Freelance Agent Benjamin Silas Foster
“Fists upraised, women of Iberia
Towards horizons pregnant with light
on paths afire
feet on the ground
face to the blue sky.
Affirming the promise of life
we defy tradition
we mould the warm clay
of a new world born of pain.
Let the past vanish into nothiness!
What do we care for yesterday!
We want to write anew the word WOMAN.
Fists upraised, women of the world
towards the horizons pregnant with light
on path’s afire, onward towards the light.”
-Lucia Sanchez Saornil
Born in December 1895, Spanish poet, militant anarchist, and feminist, Lucia Sanchez Saornil, served as General Secretary of the Solidaridad Internacional Antifascistas, an organization sometimes known as the anarchist Red Cross, was a founding member of Mujeres Libres, and served in the Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo. In 1931, Lucia participated in a strike by an anarcho-syndicalist labor union of which she would become a part of in years to come, the Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo, against her employer of 16 years, Telefonica, where she worked as a telephone operator. This event was a turning point in a young Saornil’s life that would be an entry way into anarchism as well as social and political activism. As a founding member of Mujeres Libres, Lucia introduced an organization to Spain with a dual focus on women’s liberation and social revolution. The group received endorsements from many world renowned anarchists of the time including Emma Goldman.
Raised by her widowed father, Lucia attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, where she began to develop an interest in writing and poetry. Saornil aligned herself with the emerging Ultraist literary movement and saw publication in a variety of journals, working under a male pen name to explore lesbian themes. Later, Lucia would also be published in anarchist journals such as Earth and Freedom and Worker’s Solidarity where she would be free to explore her social and political ideas. Due to her involvement with the Solidaridad Internacional Antifascistas, Lucia spent her last years in hiding with her lover, America. Saornil’s epitaph reads “But is it true that hope has died?”
Today’s Action: Consider the actions, organizations, and their purposes enacted by Lucia Sanchez Saornil. As with many of the activists we’ve studied this month Lucia gave up her own freedom and life to progress changes for all the peoples of Spain. What sacrifices are you able to make to progress the causes that have been laid on your heart? These don’t have to be going into hiding or fleeing the country. Every little thing helps.
Today’s Sharing: Share the little sacrifices that you’ve decided to make to support the causes you care about with us at the Holy Heretic Facebook Page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.