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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

Addiction

Women relying on public assistance

Sex work

Justice system involved women

Immigration reform, the effect of current immigration policy and practices

Submit your work and pitch your ideas to inquire@protestmagazine.com

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

Organizing: The Submission Guide by Protest Magazine

Protest Magazine Submission Guide

Today I told myself I had no business moving across country on my own, no business considering a career in writing and definitely none in starting a magazine. Self-doubt and impostor syndrome have told me to play it safe, but I’ve done that and it hasn’t lead me anywhere I want to be. I have no business playing it safe- the image above offers guidelines to keep in mind when submitting work but in no way does it mean to take a safe route. Protest Magazine is a platform for femme/women of color to detail their experiences in, whether they are the cherished or the haunting ones, they are moments that need to be told. These experiences make up stories you may not have gotten the chance to tell. Our personal stories may resonate with our sisters living miles away, our words and images have the power to validate and comfort each other.  Protest is a welcoming platform for black and brown women to express themselves, it is space for us to exist in when we’ve felt excluded from everywhere else. The community of Protest Magazine cannot exist until we create it, If you’re ready to submit or pitch ideas, you can email us at  i nquire@protestmagazine.com. Keep in mind the theme of the first issue is healing and forgiveness in women, take this idea and explore it the way you see fit. If you’re interested in being apart of the first issue and issues to come but have more questions, we’d love to hear from you, too.

Today I told myself I had no business moving across country on my own, no business considering a career in writing and definitely none in starting a magazine. Self-doubt and impostor syndrome have told me to play it safe, but I’ve done that and it hasn’t lead me anywhere I want to be. I have no business playing it safe- the image above offers guidelines to keep in mind when submitting work but in no way does it mean to take a safe route. Protest Magazine is a platform for femme/women of color to detail their experiences in, whether they are the cherished or the haunting ones, they are moments that need to be told. These experiences make up stories you may not have gotten the chance to tell. Our personal stories may resonate with our sisters living miles away, our words and images have the power to validate and comfort each other.

Protest is a welcoming platform for black and brown women to express themselves, it is space for us to exist in when we’ve felt excluded from everywhere else. The community of Protest Magazine cannot exist until we create it, If you’re ready to submit or pitch ideas, you can email us at inquire@protestmagazine.com. Keep in mind the theme of the first issue is healing and forgiveness in women, take this idea and explore it the way you see fit. If you’re interested in being apart of the first issue and issues to come but have more questions, we’d love to hear from you, too.

People Supporting Women by Simone Jones

Protest Magazine will survive with the help of the readers, contributors and friends. Protest’s goal is to create and maintain a community sustained publication company. The formation and work presented in the each issue will be the outcome of the collaborative effort between us, the organizers of Protest, and the public, the supporters of Protest.    Protest Magazine is not a non profit, but a low-profit limited liability company. Meaning our main goal for the creation and continuance of the magazine is to fill a cultural, educational and social need. We value having the freedom to publish whatever we feel needs to be seen and heard without the restriction of a huge corporation. It’s vital that we remain completely independent, this magazine is for us women of color who are vulnerable to silencing, we will not work with a capitalist corporation that would rather censor us.  With this in mind, most of the funding for the magazine will come from donations and sales. Right now, donations and submitted work are our main focus. We’re are looking for submissions from creatives from our communities and money to compensate them for their work. While we will graciously accept donated written and artistic work, we also recognize art as labor. In this capitalist world, money acts as fuel to help them along their artistic journey and aids daily survival. We welcome you to donate what you can to us through our PayPal account, button located under the  demonstration  header, top right.     Reach out with any ideas, pitches and questions and to find out ways you can help Protest Magazine launch and thrive.

Protest Magazine will survive with the help of the readers, contributors and friends. Protest’s goal is to create and maintain a community sustained publication company. The formation and work presented in the each issue will be the outcome of the collaborative effort between us, the organizers of Protest, and the public, the supporters of Protest.  

Protest Magazine is not a non profit, but a low-profit limited liability company. Meaning our main goal for the creation and continuance of the magazine is to fill a cultural, educational and social need. We value having the freedom to publish whatever we feel needs to be seen and heard without the restriction of a huge corporation. It’s vital that we remain completely independent, this magazine is for us women of color who are vulnerable to silencing, we will not work with a capitalist corporation that would rather censor us.

With this in mind, most of the funding for the magazine will come from donations and sales. Right now, donations and submitted work are our main focus. We’re are looking for submissions from creatives from our communities and money to compensate them for their work. While we will graciously accept donated written and artistic work, we also recognize art as labor. In this capitalist world, money acts as fuel to help them along their artistic journey and aids daily survival. We welcome you to donate what you can to us through our PayPal account, button located under the demonstration header, top right. 

 Reach out with any ideas, pitches and questions and to find out ways you can help Protest Magazine launch and thrive.