Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Feminist Anthology

Doing it in Strange Places... And Making Change: Young Women Fighting for Social Justice

A commonly asked question at social justice events is, "What can I do to get more involved?" This question is usually answered, according to third wave feminist writers Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, in one of three ways: send money, call politicians, and volunteer. Unfortunately,
none of these foster a sense of investment in an issue or offer solutions for how to solve the injustices in the world. It also doesn't account for the lack of time, money and resources that these three answers require. What if we could just incorporate our politics into our every day lives? In fact, that is just what most activists do.

In this anthology, we want to hear from young women from all walks of life who have found creative ways to use their passion (from writing to banking to being a homemaker) as an outlet for social justice activism. We seek to make activism accessible and inspire others to use the resources that they have to contribute to social justice. Changing the world won't happen over
night, so let's share our daily successes and strategies for making all of our visions of a better world possible. Tell us what worked and what didn't because all experiences are valuable. We want to be sure multiple voices and perspectives are represented in the anthology. Writers of all experience levels are encouraged to submit work. All work must be original and should not be published elsewhere.

Editor:
Mandy Van Deven is the editor and publisher of Altar Magazine, a social justice publication focusing on art, music, culture, politics, and activism. She also works as the Director of Community Organizing at Girls for Gender Equity, a grassroots organization in Brooklyn, NY working to create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives. Mandy believes that all opinions are valuable and because her voice is loud, she works to help others raise their own voices.

Submission Guidelines

* We prefer to have submissions sent via email in a Word or Rich Text Format document to mandy_vandeven@yahoo.com with "Doing it in Strange Places" in the subject line. Otherwise, submissions can be mailed to:

Mandy Van Deven
955 Metropolitan Ave, #4R
Brooklyn, NY 11211

* If you would like your submission returned to you, please include a SASE. * Word count: 2,500 - 5,000
* All submissions require your name, address, phone number, email address, and a short bio.

Submissions should be received (not postmarked) by May 1, 2006.

Please direct any questions you may have to mandy_vandeven@yahoo.com

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