Michfest (1981)

“Eight thousand women descended upon the wooded expanse of Hesperia, Michigan for the 6th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MWMF) on Auqust 13-16. Although the festival eschews “star” billings, the performers most familiar were Meg Christian, Alix Dobkin, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Terry Garthwaithe, and Alive! In all, 16 groups performed. Face the Music, who handled interpretation for the hearing-impaired, gave a graceful and sensitive performance that enhanced the
music.
The festival, which has grown steadily in attendance since its inception in 1976, was characterized by a spirit of cooperation
and respect for the property and its temporary inhabitants. A great deal of credit is due the eighty or more organizers for their smooth coordination of an undertaking of this magnitude.
To the uninitiated MWMF spectator (which I was)…”

Author(s): nancy fithian
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 11, No. 9 (October 1981), p. 15

Michfest (1981) (link)

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‘Michigan Moments’ – from Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (2000)

“This year’s coverage is a collection of women from around the country describing the profound ways the festival impacts their lives. The women’s words show the truth in Audrey’s words, “Michigan is a dream reality. It’s ancient, futuristic, and present-tense real all at the same time. ‘Every woman should experience this!'”

Author(s): audrey wells, karla mantilla, jennie ruby, carol comerford, janel brooks, susan dunn, madeline davidson, jenn smith, sherri umanski, kelly, anonymous and laura butterbaugh
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 9 (october 2000), pp. 10-12

Festival, Michigan Moments (link)

‘WE’VE COME A WRONG WAY BAY-BEE’ – by Alix Dobkin (1999)

“As I was saying, the phrase,
‘This may be politically incorrect, but…’, makes me reach for the “delete” key. Why? Because it almost always precedes, a mindless bit of racism or a snotty put-down of women. The cutesy idiom masquerades as disobedience but in fact dismisses consciousness and justifies meanspirited conformity. So-called “political correctness” didn’t weaken feminism, but fear of that label did. Excusing the perpetrator from taking on tough issues, this phobic umbrella shelters a multitude of retreats…”

Author(s): alix dobkin

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 29, No. 8 (august-september 1999), p. 15

We’ve Come a Wrong Way Bay-Bee – AD (link)

‘There Was a Dyke March?’ (1994)

“On June 25, over 20,000 lesbians marched down Fifth Avenue in the International Dyke March in New York City according to the Lesbian Avengers, the organizers of the event. The police estimated that between 5,000 and 6,000 people attended. On June 26, nine lines about the event appeared in the New York Times. Nothing was mentioned in the W ashington Post…or the Chicago Tribune…or the Los Angeles Times…”

Author(s): Amy C. Branner, Laura Butterbaugh, and April Jackson

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 24, No. 8 (august/september 1994), pp. 1-2, 16-17, 20

Lesbian Avengers Handbook cover – designed by Amy Walker, photograph by Caroline Kroon. Further designs created by Carrie Moyer.

There Was a Dyke March (1994) (link)