This call for submissions is for original essays, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, and visual art. The authors will retain the copyrights of their work. We accept work in all languages. We do not accept previously published works, including social media, personal blogs, or any other news sources. Please pay attention to our guidelines before submitting. Submit by March 1, 2019!
By Carly Riley
“By understanding the causes, effects, and restorative responses to toxic and traumatic stress, we adults have not only the ability but the obligation to buffer its long-term impact on the children in our lives. To truly reimagine our schools as spaces for radical healing, we must be exceptionally intentional in the preparation of both ourselves and our environments.”
By Britt Hawthorne
Part 1: 3-minute read
If you identify as being poor, this is for you.
Part 2: 4 minute read
If you identity as someone committed to economic justice, this is for you.
“We invite each person to take inventory of their financial resources and look deeper at their levels of privilege or systemic barriers. This is a way to challenge the classist and capitalistic society we live in and work towards economic justice as a community. The goal is to create an organization where everyone is able to fully participate and the organizers are compensated fairly.
If it feels uncomfortable, it should. Our discomfort is required for justice.”
Written by Andrew Greenia
Edited by Daisy Han
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
“Social justice work necessitates being in partnership with and yielding to the leadership of People of Color through solidarity, accountability, and dialogue. As I engage in racial justice work, I frequently encounter a dilemma where white people center whiteness by continually directing attention to their own experiences or minimizing the contributions of People of Color, even as we seek to decenter whiteness. By centering our own involvement and obscuring the voices of People of Color, white people often approach social justice work in ways that mirror the histories of colonialism and domination that anti-racist work seeks to subvert. Does this mean that white people do not have a role to play in dismantling systems of oppression? No. But, the ways in which we approach this work is critical.”
By Britt Hawthorne, Director of Communications
“The summer of 2016 was painful. I locked myself in our home and didn’t leave for two weeks. Struck with grief, anger, and fear, I started reading everything I could about equity, race, and structural racism to understand and dismantle white supremacy. Fast forward to 2017, I found myself leading conversations with social justice folxs, but I still hadn’t healed from the killings that happened in 2016: Keith Lamont Scott, Terence Crutcher, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and many more. The mainstream antidotes of bubble baths, chocolate, and Baptiste yoga didn’t seem to do the trick. My Western diet of self-care resulted in consumerism, saviorism, and my right to comfort. So, I continued doing what I knew, seeking more education.”
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