Speaking For Ourselves

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Speaking For Ourselves

By: Lorena German and Daisy Han

 

Dear friends,

We write to you with a heartfelt desire to speak for ourselves.

As women of color living and operating in a racist society, we are often faced with the challenge of being marginalized and silenced. Our voices are neglected. Sometimes, when we do speak, we find ourselves speaking to the white audience, ensuring they are following along and learning. We do this in hopes of enacting change and bringing about social justice, but this is exhausting. We are seeking asylum as a community of activists dedicated to uplifting and amplifying the identities and voices of those too often violently excluded.

Personally, we have found that self-expression is both healing and validating work. Unfortunately, this work is often edited and sidelined in a way that mirrors the racism and marginalization we encounter in America.

We are engaging in a process to resist the dominant culture and center our narratives through the project of publishing “Speaking for Ourselves,” an anthology of our individual and collective experiences. This project will be a partnership between Embracing Equity and Montessori for Social Justice; we aim to release the book on June 20, 2019 at the MSJ conference.

We are requesting submissions now and have included the Call for Submissions information below.

In solidarity and with deep love and appreciation,

Lorena German and Daisy Han

  

Call for Submissions: Speaking for Ourselves

People of color living and operating in this racist society are often silenced. Sometimes, when we do speak, we end up having to explain much of ourselves because of the white gaze. Even when done in hopes of enacting change and bringing about social justice, it is exhausting labor. Speaking for Ourselves is born out of the desire to be in a different space. We want to uplift and amplify the identities and voices of those too often violently excluded. We are seeking asylum as a community of activists; as dreamers of change; as people full of hope and love. Self-expression is both healing and validating, and it is time to Speak for Ourselves.

Speaking for Ourselves is an anthology self-published by Embracing Equity and Montessori for Social Justice. All submissions will be considered, but preference will be given to People of the Global Majority, women, non-binary, and LGBTQIA writers. We aim to feature works that speak on the theme "Speaking for Ourselves". We welcome stories by people whose identities are historically and contemporarily marginalized - particularly in education settings when dealing with assimilation, covering, defining identity, immigration, cross-cultural experiences, and those of liberation and solidarity.

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!

Guidelines:

  • Submitted works must fall into the "Speaking for Ourselves" theme.

  • Write your name and title of works in the header of the document (First Name-Last Name-Title)

  • All work should be submitted along with a short bio and social media links.

  • 1500 word limit/2 pages on all submissions

  • Please indicate the end of the submission by writing “End” on the final page.

  • All submissions should be sent (in Google Doc format) to SpeakingForOurselves@EmbracingEquity.org

The selected authors will be informed via email. The writings will be published on the Embracing Equity website (www.embracingequity.org) and Montessori for Social Justice website (www.montessoriforsocialjustice.org) and in an anthology with the title of the subject. The writers will also receive a free copy of the printed anthology that will be sold during the Montessori for Social Justice Conference in June 2019.