restricted access Wimmin’s Fire Brigade Communiqué (Canada, 1982)

The “Wimmin’s Fire Brigade” emerged in Vancouver, British Columbia, as an offshoot of the so-called Squamish Five, an anarchist, urban guerrilla group that went by the name Direct Action and undertook a series of bombings. The “Wimmin’s Fire Brigade” emerged in order to attack a chain of stores called Red Hot Video, which rented porn videos, many of which women’s groups considered exploitative; the stores were also accused of distributing “snuff” films. The group destroyed one store with firebombs and partially burned down another. These attacks greatly destabilized the chain, leaving only one outlet, which finally closed in Victoria, BC, in 2012.