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Phoolan Devi

Miriam Klein Stahl & Boff Whalley


“What others called a crime, I called justice.”

February 1981. A twenty-four-year-old village woman, born into poverty in India, is labeled “the bandit queen.” She is charged with a number of major offenses including murder, kidnapping for ransom, and looting villages. Most importantly, she is accused of killing twenty-two high-caste men in the village of Behmai, a massacre undertaken as revenge for the death of her lover and repeated gang rape against herself. The question was often asked how a poor, uneducated, and illiterate woman became a bandit. But Phoolan Devi’s life and the injustice she suffered because of her gender and her class only make us wonder why other low-caste women (for Phoolan’s experiences were not in any way unique) did not also become bandits.

Second printing, printed at the worker-owned and union Community Printers, Santa Cruz, CA.

This is #16 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.

Updates: Iran’s impending revolution

Updates: Iran’s impending revolution

October 26, 2022

October 26, 2022 marks forty days since the death of Mahsa Jina Amini by Iran’s morality police. From all around the country, thousands of people marched to her gravesite despite road blockades. Students in universities across the county and well as refinery workers continue their strikes against the current oppressive regime.