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Call for Blogs: Letters to a Young Activist

January 23, 2017

Do you remember the first time you attended a workshop, the magic and beauty of that moment? Do you remember being inspired? Being activated? Do you remember falling in love with the movement? Do you remember the first workshop you led? First panel you sat on?

Your first movement crush? Entering movement work can be an exhilarating if not a transformative experience. Often in these spaces we develop "political homes," with allies and comrades that in some cases become like a family. Through these experiences we develop our voice. On the other side we might find ourselves feeling disappointed or betrayed. We might find ourselves in intense interpersonal conflict. We may even get our hearts broken. Political work can be complex. However, even in the most difficult moments, there can still be beauty, there can still be magic, there can still be love. It is in these moments that we become the best versions of ourselves.

The Counter Narrative Project is seeking blogs and videos related to the theme of "letters to a young activist." What would you say to yourself when you were a young activist? What would you say to young activists today? What do you wish someone had told you?

What advice would you like to provide? For the purposes of this call, "young" can be relative. Also, "activist" is self-defined. We recognize that activism can mean a range of things and have multiple expressions.

Anyone can submit, including allies, but we are particularly interested in stories from black gay activists.

Some of the ways you may engage this topic include:

  • How did you survive?
  • How did you sustain yourself emotionally and financially?
  • Aspects of personal and collective movement history
  • Your best and worst moments
  • How do you deal with inner community conflict?
  • How did you get involved in activism?

Please submit your work by January 31, 2017

Blog submissions should be between 600-750 words

Video submissions should be no more than 5 minutes

Submit your blogs to:

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