Chapter Thirteen: Final Exercises

Final Exercise #2: “Somos Una Gente: Sisterhood and Brotherhood”

Somos Una Gente: Sisterhood and Brotherhood


Why and how do people get together for social change? What makes a sister a sister and a brother a brother? How have different thinkers and organizers assessed the potentials for unity and diversity? What do sisterhoods and brotherhoods look like in non-capitalist spaces for social change, as in the Zapatistas?

Prompts for exercise. Please address all items

  1. Compare bell hooks’ discussion of sisterhood with Malcolm X’s discussion of brotherhood. How are they similar, how are they different?
  2. How does each author deal with difference (race, class, gender, sexualorientation, etc.) within the context of a concept meant to unite (sisterhood & brotherhood)?
  3. How do their approaches relate to intersectionality and Anzaldua’s call for the uprooting of binary thinking?
  4. Relate your analysis of sisterhood/brotherhood to the struggle of the Zapatistas and explain the strengths and limits of these concepts in contemporary struggles to affect radical social change.

Steps to create the Final Exercise. Please follow all of these steps

  1. Re-read PowerPoint “‘Malcolm X”, Class 6, “bell hooks,” Class 8, “Anzaldúa,” Class 9, “Zapatistas,” Class 10,in Moodle.
  2. Look at your notes and your underlined texts of “Self-Determination, Self-Defense,”Class 6, “Feminism is for Everybody,” Class 8, “La conciencia….,” Class 9, “In Moodle.
  3. Read the “Zapatista Women Revolutionary Law” and “Indigenous Women and Zapatismo,” Class 10 in Moodle.
  4. Look up terms in “Definitions of Sexuality and Gender,” and in “Intersectionality 101,” Class 8 in Moodle
  5. Have an awesome discussion
  6. Make an eleven-minute long presentation in any of the formats suggested below
  7. Title every submission and include teammates names. The title needs to include your table number.
  8. At the end of class today, please upload your notes, texts, PPs, Spoken Word written text, script for Skits, and notes, images and videos to the Final Project folder in Moodle. Everything needs to be titled (including table number) and include the names of teammates.

Possible Presentation Formats

Spoken Word, Skits, Video and image analysis, Power Point
Other creative formats might also be accepted, previous consultation with facilitators

Presentation Guidelines

Your presentation needs to have an introduction, a body where you draw your argument and present evidence or examples, and a conclusion. We need to hear from all the students in your group.


Thoroughly explain the concepts that will help you present your vision.


Be creative! Here is where you can use pictures, videos, poems, spoken word, or other forms to illustrate, analyze, and share your thoughts. Remember to tie your examples with your author’s concepts or ideas.


Bring it all together. Briefly recap concepts and examples or illustrations to explain how all of the above ties in with your life and vision for a better world.

Grading Rubric

Group Graded: Total
Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary
Quotes from text No quotes used Quotes with little analysis Quotes with some analysis Quotes with full analysis
Clarity of ideas Almost impossible to understand Difficult to understand Failry easy to understand Clear and easy to understand
Quality of Presentation Poor use of resources, boring. Few students present Some use of resources, somewhat boring. Some students present Good use of resources, entertaining. Many students present Great use of resources, impressive. Most to all students present
Length of Presentation Shorter 3 mins, longer 11 mins Between 3-5 mins Between 5-6 Between 6-11


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