AN OPEN LETTER TO MYSELF, AT AGE 14, REGARDING THE MICHIGAN WOMYN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL by Cat Caperello

ssml Community Letters and Statements

Hey there. It’s 1994, and there are a few things I think you oughta know: Things are hard right now, and they will be for a little while, but things will get better. It will take some time. Do not be afraid of the nagging feeling that knowing you are different brings. You don’t even have to hide it. You …

An Open Letter Regarding the End of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival by Sara St. Martin Lynne

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival, Community Letters and Statements

An Open Letter to the Advocate (and other LGBT mainstream press) Regarding the End of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, “Patriarchal Poetry makes no mistake… Patriarchal poetry is the same as Patriotic poetry is the same as patriarchal poetry is the same as Patriotic poetry is the same as patriarchal poetry is the same. Patriarchal poetry is the same.” – …

Response to Kate Kendall and NCLR by SSML

Voices From the Land Community Letters and Statements

Dear Kate Kendall and NCLR, I received the NCLR form letter that you sent in response to my letter to you. I’m heartened to hear that the amount of feedback you have received from the Michfest community has given you pause about your public action against Michfest. I’m sincerely glad to hear that Equality Michigan is now dropping the demand for …

Letter to NCLR Board of Directors by R

Voices From the Land Community Letters and Statements

NCLR Attn: Board of Directors 870 Market Street, Suite 370 San Francisco, CA 94102 August 30, 2014 Dear NCLR Board Member, Attached is a letter I have sent Kate Kendell. I ask that you, as a NCLR Board member support and/or direct Kate to publically withdraw NCLR’s support of the Equality Michigan’s boycott and publically apologize for the damaging and …

A Burden Lifted

Voices From the Land Community Letters and Statements

While this is a letter in protest of the NCLR’s boycott, it is also my story: I bear a burden. The burden of being born and raised female in our society. A society that subtly makes that burden invisible, even to the majority of women who bear the weight. Women who carry pepper spray, who know how to hold their …

Myths and Truths about Michfest

Voices From the Land Community Letters and Statements

Myths and The Truth About the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival* Read the complete text of the Festival Statements HERE. The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (often referred to as “the Festival,” “Fest,” “MichFest,” “the Land” or “MWMF”) is an international feminist music festival that has taken place on private land near Hart, Michigan since 1976. Since the late 1970s — when …

August 2003 “Recruitment Letter” by Michele Chapais

Voices From the Land Community Letters and Statements

This email is a shameless ploy to pull your heartstrings and get them aimed properly so that, when released, they propel the arrow of your body straight to the 2004 Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival next August.  I don’t usually try to pursuade anyone to go to Michigan; I figure most of you know it’s there and will get there someday. …

A Letter to NCLR by Lisa Millet

Voices From the Land Community Letters and Statements

September 1, 2014 Dear NCLR BOARD MEMBER (NAME OMITTED) : My name is Lisa Millet. I write to express my anger and disappointment and to hold NCLR accountable for supporting Equality Michigan’s boycott of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (“MWMF”). I acknowledge that NCLR has taken the lead in getting two specific demands removed from Equality Michigan’s petition and boycott of the …