a thank you and an update / by Simone Jones

Protest Mag is grateful, and thankful, and still breathing.

We. Didn’t. Make. Our. Fundraiser. Goal. But Protest is still winning. The loss was a lesson and we’ll chalk it up to growing pains. We are growing. Recently, we were approved as a company to post calls for artists and writers in the career database of colleges in the country. Spots like The New School, Pratt, and Dillard are just a few of plenty. Calls for contributors went up on independent artist resource sites, too. You can find us on the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, Lambda Literary, and the Chicago Artists Resource sites for up and coming artists and writers.

Women are responding. Women are looking to protest oppressive social norms and provide commentary on society through creative work. Women are sending in their illustrations, poetry, essays and words of wisdom and we intend to work with them. We intend to share the fruits of our collabs so keep in touch and subscribe to our monthly newsletter here. We'll let you know about things like our interview with jewelry designer Dotun Abeshinbioke, she started SPOT last year and makes her heritage a part of her work. You can read our convo here.

We didn’t make the goal but we’re still able to use what was raised to pay contributors. Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor, is a non-profit charity empowering artistic and cultural projects and organizations. They’ve been a shoulder to lean on. They guide us, advise us, and offer helpful tools for us to keep moving. You can donate to Protest Mag through Fractured Atlas at any time- contributions are tax deductible to extent of the law. One time donations are much appreciated, recurring foundations are TREASURED.

Creatives have reached out to have their work featured on the site and/or first issue, we’re overwhelmed but more importantly, we’re grateful. The focus now is to raise compensation money for artists and writers. We estimate needing $2,500 more for Mercy Issue contributors and demonstration contributors combined.

special thanks to those who've been there since the beginning

You were apart of Protest’s beginning, your financial support is helpful, but I’m holding on to your words of encouragement to keep going, too. They are just as important, just as vital. Day Ones, Thank you.

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