Defend Feminists recently learned of the case of Peggy Luhrs, lesbian feminist activist and scholar from Burlington, Vermont. Peggy attempted to hold a talk at the public library in her town about sex and gender and was called “hateful” by city council Continue reading Lesbian Feminist Peggy Luhrs
Vaishnavi Sundar is a young radical feminist filmmaker and writer from India. She just wrote this impressive piece about the implications of “social distancing” in her hometown and in many neighborhoods in her country as the world goes into lockdown. Continue reading The work of feminist filmmaker Vaishnavi Sundar
On Monday, March 16th from 7-8 PM CST, WORT 89.9 FM will air another one of Thistle’s Access Hour programs! But this time, things are a bit different. First, the show is not focused on interviewing lesbians and feminists about Continue reading WORT 89.9 FM Airs Thistle’s Music Hour!
Three years ago, on February 3rd, 2017, Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice & Sustainability (WNPJS), published a libelous statement about Thistle that caused a ripple effect that has led to her continued blacklisting and harassment to this day. The statement Continue reading WNPJS Removes Libelous Statement About Thistle After Three Years
The February 1 event Fighting the New Misogyny: A Feminist Critique of Gender Identity at the Seattle Public Library, was a victory over attempts to silence women once again. A victory over the witch hunt that has cost women jobs, Continue reading Women won free speech in Seattle! When will mainstream media get that?
The Defend Feminists campaign has received reports of a new physical threat/incitement to violence against Thistle Pettersen. At a meeting of an antiwar coalition in Madison, WI, January 28, 2020, an activist from the Party of Socialism and Liberation stated Continue reading Inciting Violence Has No Place on the Left
On Christmas Eve, Thistle received a message to her personal inbox from Wisconsin based environmental activist Cailie Kafura. Cailie’s message to Thistle included calling her “transphobic” and scolding her for celebrating J.K. Rowling’s recent tweet. Thistle posted Rowling’s tweet to Continue reading Christmas “cheer” sent to Thistle
We were reluctant to highlight this story coming from Madison about a former WORT 89.9 FM employee who was convicted of sexually assaulting a child, but the story merits examination and pause because this same man is responsible for defamatory comments about Thistle and Continue reading Madison Sex Offender Made Public Disparaging Comments About Thistle
Thistle finally published her side of the story recounting the many incidents that have happened to her in Madison after interviewing feminists on community radio station, WORT 89.9 FM, and holding up a sign at the Women’s March in 2017 that Continue reading Thistle publishes Her Side of the Story
We are unhappy to learn that Cindy Sheehan was de-platformed at an anti-war event in Carbondale Illinois but pleased to see that she has told her story on WLRN. This story was also picked up by this British media and Continue reading Cindy Sheehan De-platformed by Trans Activists