Thursday, May 11, 2006

Doing it in strange places

A commonly asked question at social justice events is, ‘What can I do to get more involved?’ This question is usually answered in one of three ways: send money, call politicians, and volunteer. Unfortunately, none of these fosters a sense of personal investment in an issue; neither does it offer a solution for how to be personally involved in solving injustices around the world. It also doesn't account for the lack of time, money and resources that voluntary organisations face, and which these three solutions require. What if we could just incorporate our politics into our every day lives, particularly into our seemingly apolitical careers?
In fact, that's exactly what most activists do.

Call for Submissions - Young Women's Anthology

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

In this anthology, young women from all walks of life who have found creative ways to use their job/career/talent/passion (from writing to banking to computer programming to being a homemaker) as an outlet for social justice activism, are encouraged to write in.

The end result will be an anthology that makes activism more accessible and inspiring for others to use the resources they already 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.

Writers of all experience levels are encouraged to submit work. All work must be original and should not be published elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines

* "Young" is about how you self-identify. There are no age limits.
* Submissions should be sent via email in a Word or Rich Text Format document to mandy_vandevenATyahooDOTcom
with "Doing it in Strange Places" in the subject line.

Submissions can also be mailed to:
Mandy Van Deven
955 Metropolitan Ave, #4R
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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

Send your submissions by May 15, 2006.