Hey, Mercy! by Simone Jones

Mercy is here! Digital only for now but we’ll let everyone know when physical copies become available. See below to purchase a copy.

A BIG, WARM, LOVING thank you to everyone who helped, supported and wished us well! From strangers, to friends and family, anyone who send uplifting energy- thank you!

Creative Jenny Oh

Our beloved Jenny Oh created the cover and magazine art for the Mercy Issue. Jenny is an artist who centers her work on the health, movement, and beauty of the woman’s body. As someone who lives with endometriosis, Jenny has become an advocate for other people who live with these ailments, too. She’s also used her work support people involved in the justice system, mental health, and other social matters. She’s teamed up with organizations like the Bronx Freedom Fund, Endometriosis Foundation of America, and Monthly Gift.

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Sustainability by Simone Jones

Women of color have the ability to create political and historical commentary through art and written work; their interpretation of culture, femininity and the many other intersections they exist in provides a glimpse into how these factors affect them as they navigate society. It's important that we're free to tell our stories without the threat of censorship. This is the reason Protest Magazine lives as a community sustained, independent company, this gives us the freedom to publish whatever we feel is necessary. This also means that a majority of our funding will come from the members of the community and those who support our agenda. In today's world, energy is converted to currency and money acts as fuel. We will be able to pay artists what they deserve with the donations we receive, more money raised means better compensation for contributors. Money goes to the artists as well as any expenses accrued during production so we can operate seamlessly as a company.

If you understand the importance of women’s well-being and artistic expression, we humbly ask you to consider making a donation to Protest Magazine. Protest Magazine is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501 (c) (3) public charity and non-profit arts service organization. You can make a tax deductible contribution through them today by following the link below.

*There are more ways to help, gather up those who believe in seeing more work from femme people, tell women of color about our mission. Get conversations going, support one another.Outreach plays a critical role in ensuring Protest Magazine serves its purpose.*

Donate to Protest to help the Mercy issue and support the artists.


For You, For Us by Kimberly Bowen by Protest Magazine

Poetry by Kimberly Bowen: In this piece, Kimberly lets us listen in on a conversation with Self. It's the conversation you have during Self reflection, asking questions and giving answers. Remembering sweet moments and the sour ones, too. Remembering the old You. This conversation reminds You that the journey to loving Self can be messy, painful and gradual, but the girl You once were did the best she could with what she had. Forgive her. She deserves a second chance, too. 

Share Your Remedies by Simone Jones

Feminine people

Are natural born healers.

The medicine woman and the spiritual doctor.

Issue one is the Mercy issue, in this issue we’re going to discuss forgiving ourselves and finding freedom in the process. It’s the issue where we speak out against all the ways we are punished and vilified for existing as femme people of color. We accept truthful, thoughtful and poetic expression from people of the community in the form of written work, photography and illustration. 

Here are some points to meditate on:

Black women and girls and hyper-sexualization and fetishization

Women who are victims of domestic abuse/sexual assault

Women with mental and physical illness

Planned and unplanned pregnancies, birth control and abortions


Women relying on public assistance

Sex work

Justice system involved women

Immigration reform, the effect of current immigration policy and practices

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Tell us the ways women have helped heal you, how have you done that for others?