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News :: DNC
RADICAL CHEERLEADERS FOR THE DNC 2004!
13 Jan 2004
Leading leftist cheers, with black DIY pom-poms made from trash bags, in pig tails, and combat boots, Radical Cheerleaders educate their audience while focusing the energy, as their performances deescalate fear and tension at protests. We need DNC RAD CHEERS right away!
RADICAL CHEERLEADING AND THE DNC!
by Kirsten Anderberg 2004

With the coming of the DNC 2004 to Boston, and the upcoming election year, which should be full of protests all over, there has never been a greater need for Radical Cheerleading. Radical cheerleader squads are popping up all over America, from Massachusetts, to Arizona, from
New York City, to Seattle, as well as Canada. Radical Cheerleader squads come to political events and demonstrations, to cheer on protesters in solidarity. They stir up excitement, and help to make any political demonstration more colorful and fun. Leading leftist cheers, with black DIY pom-poms made from trash bags, in pig tails, and combat boots, Radical Cheerleaders serve several purposes. Their straightforward cheers educate their audience while focusing the energy, as their performances deescalate fear and tension at protests. When surrounded by angry riot police who will not smile or talk, but just keep beating their clubs into their palms, it can be quite a relief to all of a sudden find a silly, but radical, cheerleading squad in your midst.

Traditional cheerleaders may shudder at the sloppiness of moves, the disheveled DIY outfits, the dreadlocks and tattoos, and the anti-authoritarian cheers themselves, but by taking the cheerleader concept to an opposite extreme, Radical Cheerleaders have found an ideal satirical format. Traditionally, cheerleaders have been intertwined with the systems of authority, and were slaves to the status quo. The stereotypic cheerleader is characterized as a snobby consumer, that caters to her school, male sports teams, and popularity contests, in a passive sexually-objectified manner. So, for Radical Cheerleaders to steal the moves and mannerisms of cheerleaders, while twisting the messages to be feminist, strong, and angry, is humorous, indeed. One Radical Cheerleader sums it up well, “We might wear skirts and we might jump around, but with hairy armpits, and a whole new sound!” Or as Sonya, another radical cheerleader, says, "I shake my ass to smash the state, not to make you sal-i-vate."

Safety in silliness is wise. Street theater is very powerful. And it is an important job, this Radical Cheerleading. As Rob Brezsny says, “Screaming is good exercise.” And there is the old concept of several voices together being stronger than their separate parts. More than anything, the Radical Cheerleader spirit of levity is greatly needed at this point in our world crisis. We need to lighten up and laugh as we protest, and Radical Cheerleaders show us how to do that. Catchy slogans such as “No War, No Hate, No Cops, No State,” “Cheer Bad Things Away,” and “Pom Poms, Not Bombs” endear these women to our hearts! Memphis Radical Cheerleaders say “Radical Cheerleading is protest and performance. It’s activism with pom poms and middle fingers extended. It’s screaming FUCK CAPITALISM while doing a split.” Radical Cheerleaders are leading cheers like, “We're sexy, we're cute, we're radical to boot! We're angry, we're tough, and we have had enough!” If you do not have a local chapter of Radical Cheerleaders to join, you know where the need lies within your own community!
See also:
http://www.kirstenanderberg.com

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Not surprised the fake IMC hid this article.
15 Jan 2004
Can't have an individualist posting here, can we?

Boston IndyMedia is the pits.
Glad to see the link restored.
15 Jan 2004
Any explanation as to why it was hidden in the first place?
cheer fodder?
16 Jan 2004
hello,
perhaps you could do something with this little ditty i've penned...thanks.

WANKER NEO-LIBERAL BLUE-BLOODED LAZY AMERICAN


got a Starbucks cappucino and a Harvard law degree
and you say that doing the right thing has become a luxury
the lesser of two evils now is what we must abide
go stand on a street in Baghdad and say "Noone died when Clinton lied"...(see how far you'll get)

cuz you're a wanker neo-liberal
got no ideas of your own
so sit back, wash your hands
and say goodbye to your backbone
sit at your master's table
begging all the scraps you can
you're a wanker neo-liberal
blue-blooded lazy American

you were naive to vote for Nader, you've been kicking yourself since
now you got no time for Howard Zinn and Chomsky makes you wince
you say that Bush is evil, but that Howard Dean's o.k.
even thought you don't condone the Patriot Act or FTAA
(or the War on Terror, or the death penalty or the current defense budget...)

Cuz you're a wanker neo-liberal
got no ideas of your own
so sit back, wash your hands
and say goodbye to your backbone
sit at your master's table,
begging all the scraps you can
cuz you're a wanker neo-liberal
blue-blooded lazy American

you want to trade our unilateral foreighn policy
for a watered-down world order to keep us safe in hypocricy
you used to quote Phil Ochs and now your hero is Al Gore
thus proving you've become the evil that you once deplored


you're a wanker neo-liberal
got no ideas of your own
so sit back, wash your hands
and say goodbye to your back-bone
sit at your master's table
begging all the scraps you can
cuz you're a wanker neo-liberal
blue-blooded lazy American
I hid it by accident
16 Jan 2004
I hid the article by accident when I was actually try to make it more prominent--moving it from the general newswire to the local interest section. Now how did I manage to hide it while doing that that? Put it down to still being unfamiliar with the new system--I stopped mid-way through the process thinking I had completed it, and the system apparently took that as a hide command. It took me a couple of days to realize what had happened, but when I did, I promptly unhid it.

Now I would love to know why you think this is a fake IMC. Do you disagree with our editorial policies or something? Every IMC does things a little differently but our are not that different from many other cities.
Re: RADICAL CHEERLEADERS FOR THE DNC 2004!
04 Jun 2004
Hi,
I just moved into Boston and I'm looking for a Radical Cheerleading group to join. Does anyone know of one?
Thanks,
Jennifer