anonymous asked:

hi! just a heads up: that post you wrote about damen and laurent where laurent takes over the anti-slavery efforts casts laurent in a very white savior sort of role, which is kind of offensive.

Oh fuck I did not even think of that.  Thank you for pointing this out!  

When I wrote the post I was mostly thinking about the emotional effect on Damen to have to hear people defend a system that cause him great harm and, as for what Laurent did, I think of protecting people you love as something that comes with loving them.

To be completely clear, I imagined the effort to abolish slavery in Akielos coming mostly from Damen, because it is Damen’s country and culture, but it was not obvious in the post and does not excuse the fact that the way I wrote it ended up casting Laurent in the white savior role.  

To everyone who reblogged the other post: please reblog this one.  It’s very important to me that everyone recognizes my error.  

I love when people try to excuse founding fathers for owning slaves and trying to say they were really against slavery and weren’t all that bad when one of their contemporaries and “forgotten” founding father Robert Carter III manumitted all his slaves, gave them the land he felt he owed them as well as training and apprenticeships, and was promptly ostracized from Virginia and political society by the likes of Jefferson for making them look like assholes. Jefferson and Washington and all of them could have freed their slaves. They could have abolished slavery. They didn’t. Stop excusing them and the atrocities they committed. 

August 28th

Today is August 28th. 153 years ago today, on August 28th 1833, slavery was abolished in most of the British Empire.

29 years later, on August 28th 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Ran began in the American Civil War. Over the next three days, more than 17,000 people would be killed or wounded. The Union loss in this battle helped convince the American government that emancipating slaves was a military necessity. (Let’s not labor under the delusion that the South was racist and the North wasn’t. Both were racist.)

93 years later, on August 28th 1955, a 14-year-old black boy named Emmett Till was murdered for the crime of speaking to a white woman.

8 years later, on August 28th 1963, hundreds of thousands of Civil Rights activists marched on Washington and Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

August 28th is an unusual date only in that so many widely known moments in history occurred. The truth is, as writers from Ta-Nehisi Coates to Sonia Sanchez have pointed out, the history of race in America is the history of post-Columbus America. Race is not a sidebar or a footnote, and when we treat it as such, we further marginalize people who have been structurally marginalized since the moment Europeans arrived in the Americas.


“Most people don’t realize human trafficking happens here. In the US, in our backyards. Survivors of human trafficking often go unheard and unseen but every voice deserves to be heard. And donors like you, Beyonce… help survivors like me.

Your amazing generous donation allowed 35 children, women and men move off our waitlist and begin healing from their trauma… And for that and all the other amazing things you do, we say XO. ♥”

Find out more about CAST: The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking and watch the video in full!

Only rarely in U.S. history do writers transform us to become a more caring or less caring nation. In the 1850s, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was a strong force in making the United States a more humane nation, one that would abolish slavery of African Americans. A century later, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) helped make the United States into one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world, a neo-Dickensian society where healthcare is only for those who can afford it, and where young people are coerced into huge student-loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
While Harriet Beecher Stowe shamed Americans about the United States’ dehumanization of African Americans and slavery, Ayn Rand removed Americans’ guilt for being selfish and uncaring about anyone except themselves. Not only did Rand make it “moral” for the wealthy not to pay their fair share of taxes, she “liberated” millions of other Americans from caring about the suffering of others, even the suffering of their own children.

Amber Heard, born April 22nd, 1986

Badassness: Amber Heard is from Austin, Texas, and says she owes her tough personality to her Texan upbringing. She had a rough time in high school; after her best friend died in a car crash at 16, Amber dropped out altogether (though she later completed home study). She moved to Los Angeles and got her first movie role in Friday Night Lights. Amber went on to have bigger roles in Pineapple Express, North Country, and The Rum Diary. Amber plays a supporting role in The Danish Girl, and says, as “a major advocate for equality, and as a member of the LGBT community I am honored to be able to be a part of a story that represents a part of that struggle and that life.”

Amber is also an activist, and supports Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International, the Abolish Slavery Organization, and LGBT rights groups. 

Bisexuality: Amber came out in 2010 at a GLAAD event, when she was in a committed relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree. Amber has remained open about her orientation while dating people of various genders. 

Regarding her decision to come out as bi, Amber has said, “I didn’t want to look like I was hiding anything. I’m not, and wasn’t ever, ashamed.”

Amber married Johnny Depp in early 2015. In May 2016, she filed a restraining order against him for domestic violence. While the case is ongoing, false allegations are rare, and coming forward is often met with disbelief and victim-blaming, as seen in media coverage of Amber’s claims. Bi women experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence, with 61% of us experiencing rape, stalking, and/or physical abuse from a partner during our lifetime. This blog therefore stands in solidarity with Amber Heard and all bi survivors. 

EDIT: this post has been edited extensively to address Amber’s current abuse case against Johnny Depp

now, guys, i like daenerys and all … i’m just saying that Lady Sybil Vimes is my real queen and mother of dragons.

like if she were in danny’s place, she’d not only abolish slavery for real, but the former slavemasters would definitely be more polite, they’d sit up straighter and they’d eat all their vegetables. and her dragons would be much tamer.

she’d do it in record time too

Brazilian who turned 126 years old last week could be oldest living person

A Brazilian man whose parents were African slaves could be the oldest living person ever documented after receiving a birth certificate showing he turned 126 last week, it was reported on Tuesday.

Jose Aguinelo dos Santos was born on July 7 1888, just two months after slavery was abolished in Brazil - the last country in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw the trade.

Yet the batchelor, who never married or had children, still walks without a stick, eats four meals a day and has no health problems - despite smoking a packet of cigarettes a day for the last 50 years.

Jose - known simply as Ze - was apparently 26 when the First World War broke out, and already a pensioner at 65 when Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne.

If the birth certificate is genuine, he would have been 52 when Brazil football legend Pele was born - and 62 when Brazil first hosted the World Cup, in 1950. One of five children, Jose was born in a slave compound in the town of Pedra Branca in the state of Ceara, northeast Brazil.

He was among hundreds of slave families who continued to live there, even after being granted their freedom.

He later travelled south to the state of Sao Paulo, where he spent most of his life working on a coffee plantation in the town of Bauru.

Now a resident of an old people’s home in the same town, Jose likes to tell jokes and sing, hates having a bath, and never misses his daily plate of rice and beans.

And he told Brazil’s G1 website there is no secret to living a long life: “The truth is that you just keep getting older. You take each stage at a time.

"If I got to this age it’s because I’ve lived a lot, that’s all.”

Mariana Silva, psychologist at the Vila Vicentina home, said Jose has no health problems and is so lucid he still amuses other residents by cracking one-liners.

She said: “He’s one of our most with-it residents.

"He doesn’t have high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure. The only medicine he takes are vitamins and a tablet to give him an appetite, which you can lose with old age.

"When he’s on his own he likes to sing. None of us know the songs he sings. They’re from a time no-one else remembers.

"He doesn’t like to take a bath every day and it’s sometimes impossible to get him to the shower. When he puts his foot down, that’s it. No-one can get him in there.”

Jose, who arrived at the home in 2001, received his birth certificate last month after living his entire life without any documents.

A team of experts arrived on his birth date after researching his past and interviewing him about his earliest memories, during which he was able to describe the slave compound perfectly.

The old people’s home now hopes to provide conclusive evidence that he is the world’s oldest man through ‘Carbon-14’ dating.

Jose Roberto Pires, the president of the retirement home, said they are determined to do the test even though it costs around £13,000.

But he added: “We are trying to find a way to do it without having to pay. This is very important. We believe the world’s oldest ever person is living here with us, and this is the only way we can really prove it.”
6 Interesting Facts About Gaspar Yanga and the Revolt of 1570 - Atlanta Blackstar
Background There is very little known about the revolutionary Gaspar Yanga. From the available historic records, Yanga is said to have been a royal from the Bran, people in the country that would go on to be Gabon. Yanga was enslaved in New Spain or Mexico but he managed to free himself from bondage to create …


There is very little known about the revolutionary Gaspar Yanga. From the available historic records, Yanga is said to have been a royal from the Bran; people in the country that would go on to be Gabon. Yanga was enslaved in New Spain or Mexico but he managed to free himself from bondage to create one the first free towns for Black people in all of the Americas after the start of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Mexico Had a Large Population 0f Enslaved Africans

New Spain or modern day Mexico was home to some of the worst slavery in Latin America. Many scholars believe the colony had the second-highest number of enslaved Africans after Brazil and developed the largest free Black population in the Americas after slavery was abolished.

“A 1646 census enumerated 35,089 Africans and 116,529 persons of African descent in New Spain. With cessation of the slave trade, the enslaved population of New Spain steadily declined,” according to scholar of the African diaspora Herman L. Bennett.

The Establishment of a Free Black Society in  Veracruz

In 1570, Yanga freed himself from slavery and helped other enslaved Blacks to escape to the highlands near Veracruz, to create a free society there.  The terrain and geographical position offered natural protection for the colony for 30 years, until the Spanish slave masters embarked on a campaign to bring the territory under its control. According the Wall Street Journal,  the township still exists today, and in 1932, it was renamed Yanga in his honor.

The 1609 Attack

Yanga was allies with a former enslaved Black man from Angola named Francisco de la Matosa who also led a group of freed enslaved people. The two decided to work together to defend against Spanish aggression. Yanga sent peace terms to the Spanish promising to cease raids and helping other Africans escape slavery in return for autonomy.  The Spanish rejected his terms and in 1609, they invaded the area with 500 men carrying firearms.  Being too old by then to physically join the fight, Yanga had Matosa lead the charge of 100 freedom fighters armed with firearms, and about 400 more carrying machetes, bows and arrows, rocks and other crude weapons.  Although the maroons were out-gunned, they knew the land and used the terrain to out maneuver and cause significant casualties to the Spanish.

Aftermath of the 1609 Attack

The 1609 battle ended with no clear victor. The Spanish managed to burn down the town, but was unsuccessful in subduing the maroons who alluded them in the surrounding areas and later continued  raids and helping escaped slaves.  After two years, the Spanish were forced to sit down with Yanga to negotiate peace terms. The treaty was signed on Oct 3, 1618 and the  San Lorenzo de los Negros de Cerralvo was establish as an autonomous region for free Blacks. The town remained mostly undisturbed up until modern times when it was renamed Yanga.

Yanga’s Legacy

In 1871, Mexico City Mayor, writer and historian Vicente Riva Palacio proclaimed Yanga a “national hero of Mexico” and El Primer Libertador de las Americas or first American liberator.  The town is now composed of some 22,000 mixed or mestizo people who hold a yearly carnival held every Aug. 10 that celebrates Yanga’s victorious revolution. There is also a statue which was erected in the 1970s that commemorates Yanga’s victory.

things we learnt from c.s. pacat during the Q&A
  • laurent’s original name in the first captive prince draft was lucien
  • she hates whitewashing. not cool. dont do it.
  • she loves jokaste
  • lamen, as a ship name, was intentional
  • damen will abolish slavery, that might affect patras, too.
  • there will be three dvd commentaries 
  • nicaise is going to show up at laurent and damen’s wedding “definitely going to happen”
  • she comes up with the outcome she wants and turns it into a problem that needs to be solved
  • there was a bath scene that had been cut out from kings rising
  • the short stories are about 5-6000 words
  • she listens to one track on repeat when she writes.
  • she would love to do a uk tour
  • the short stories arent from laurent’s pov
  • she always knew aimeric was going to die
  • pallas and lazar spoke the universial language of love and managed to find a room
  • she never intended for the books to have separate titles but then she got a contract.
  • the title of prince’s gambit does come from chess, it literally means ‘to get what you want you have to know exactly what you’re willing to give up’
  • she always thought castle rising (uk) was an awesome name for a castle and the title of kings rising came to her instantly.
  • laurent and damen will continue their disguise tradition. if they want to get away from their responsibilities etc.
The emerging police state, and it's dangerous implications for black people.

I know seeing the length of this post, your gut reaction will be to ignore it or only read part of it, but it is something every single individual needs to be aware of. Police have reportedly killed 290 civilians so far in 2015. It is only April. And the reason I put emphasis on reportedly is because even the FBI and DOJ say that the numbers they receive of civilian fatalities are grossly inaccurate, due to failures by police departments to not only fill out incident reports, but to provide that information to the correct agencies. Cops can murder anyone they want, anytime they want, with impunity. The saying “Not all cops are bad” is inherently flawed, because in our country, law enforcement is a bad job. It is a corrupt job. It is a job that teaches by policy the act of racial profiling and aggressively targeting minorities. It is a job that heavily relies on extortion by enforcing egregious fines for petty traffic violations. The police even fought a case, going to the Supreme Court, to support their assertion that their job is not to /prevent/ crime. It does not mean all cops are bad people when they are off duty. It means that there cannot be a good, morally outstanding cop, because the rules and regulations in place are unjust, immoral, and disproportionately enforced. So what is their necessity? Why do they need to be militarized? Why are they trained to constantly be on edge and treat citizens as if they are all guilty or constantly posing some danger, those they swore to serve and protect, the very same citizens who fund their salaries. Since when did “I feared for my life” become the get out of jail free card for police officers; professionals who are trained to disarm assailants, to never draw your weapon, especially point it, unless it is going to be used, to try and calm a potentially aggressive, dangerous situation down before it escalates, who have many nonlethal tools at their disposal, whose prime directive is not to be the judge, jury and executioner, but to simply make the arrest. People /chose/ the job, knowing that an element of danger exists - yet, officers get to kill at will when there is a perceived presence of danger or even no threat at all. That would be like a firefighter deciding that instead of putting out a fire, they’d rather demolish the building because there’s too much danger involved in doing their fucking job. I think the entire police force in the entire country needs to be disbanded and then completely overhaul how the system operates before hiring brand new officers. We also need a massive overhaul in our justice system that keeps allowing these cops to go free when they needlessly murder us. The mentality of the cop apologist needs to change as well, because nobody is infallible, and to believe that a cop can do no wrong is a farfetched, delusional, dangerous way of thinking. Our country rebelled for far less during the revolution, and we specifically established safeguards in place should any institution overstep their boundaries and violate the rights of the citizens. Yet we condemn people who protest peacefully, we act appalled and disgusted when people protest violently, yet we celebrate Independence Day every year, as if that was not a violent protest that started a war. You cannot fight peacefully against an aggressor who does not know peace. Why should we allow ourselves to keep being slaughtered without reason and with full impunity for the killers, simply because they have a badge? The most important part to understand about these deaths is that they are disproportionately affecting black people far more than anyone else in the country. Why? Because since the inception of our nation, black people have been seen as less than human. We were considered closer to a monkey than to a human. The abolition of slavery did not end slavery. Systemic oppression founded this country. Slavery continued on in the form of laws being created that targeted blacks specifically, and in the legislation that allegedly abolished slavery, there was a neat little clause that said “except in instances of punishment.” We gave the illusion of freedom, not the de facto state of it. Whites segregated us, deprived us of education, jobs, nourishment, our rightful piece of the American Dream, and when we had bold leaders step up to demand equality, not supremacy, the government founded the CIA to target these leaders and their affiliates. And they murdered them. Martin, Malcolm, Bobby, and Huey. They killed them. And then they told us we were equal, Jim Crow was gone, which was another illusion. Instead, Jim Crow era tactics just transfered to the penal system a la the prison industrial complex. But it’s not enough to confine and incarcerate us, hold us back educationally and economically, deprive us of representation, demean us for our culture all the while appropriating it yourselves; no, this isn’t enough-now you want us dead, and your means of genocide are the shiny badges instead of the white hoods.

But his blood spills red

Three years ago I believed whites and blacks were equal in the United States. I believed that slavery was abolished and racism went both ways. I disagreed with affirmative action and I thought black people who didn’t make it out didn’t want to make it out.

I was so very wrong.

Today my heart is breaking over what is happening in St. Louis. As I write this, tears flow down my cheeks in waves of grief and anger.

Living in North County for two years and becoming a social worker completely changed my life. It changed my beliefs, my ideals, my goals, and my future. It opened my eyes to the things I never knew existed as a middle class white girl.

Our first month in Normandy, we were talking to a 9-year-old girl in our apartment complex one night. She was smart, sweet, and beautiful. While we were chatting, a police officer drove through the complex, which we soon learned was a very regular occurrence. The sweet countenance of this little girl changed and she said, “I hate the police.” At the time, Doug and I were flabbergasted. Hate the police?? Why would anyone hate the police…especially a child? We tried to explain that the police are good and are here to keep her safe. But she stood her ground. “I hate them.”

Talking afterward, Doug and I figured maybe her father got put in jail for dealing drugs or her mother got caught in prostitution…so her idea of the police is just that they stole her parent away.

I am now ashamed of our small-minded and completely judgmental assumptions about her situation.

After just a few months in an all black neighborhood, an all black town…we started to see it. Really see it. White cop. White cop. Another white cop. In a community with a vast majority of black residents…where are the black cops? Then we started to notice how many black people we saw sitting on curbs while white cops pilfered through their possessions. Doug was pulled over because the only reason a white person could ever possibly want to come into our neighborhood would be to buy drugs, right? Running at night, cops would pull up beside us to fill us in on what neighborhood we were in…as if we had happened upon North County on accident and needed a police escort out of our all-black apartment complex. Doug got a speeding ticket in one of the many speed traps near our home and went to court. There was a black line down the block. Doug asked the woman behind him what she was there for. She had gotten a $200 fine because her garbage can was not in the correct spot on the curb. She was an older woman and said her landlord put out the garbage…but the cop who cited her didn’t care. Doug got pulled over going to UPS one night at 3a.m. It was cold and he was wearing a hoodie. The police officer stopped him on some bogus charge, but when he saw him he said he could go. Would he have been so lucky if his skin had more pigment? Another time a cop stopped Doug outside our house and said, “What are you doing here?” Doug told him that this is where we live. The cop said, “Why??”

This is only a sampling of what we’ve witnessed. If you were black, you could probably recount stories like this for hours.

I have seen this #YesAllWomen campaign going around. It speaks to the fact that no, all men aren’t rapists, but yes, all women have to deal with sexism and fear. I want to say #YesAllBlacks. Because no, all white people aren’t racist, but yes, all black people have to deal with racism and fear. I don’t think the guillotine should come down on white people. I don’t think there should be guilt and shame thrust upon them. But I do think that white people need to take a stand to acknowledge their white privilege and do something to stop this continued negligence for the black community.

I was really emotionally moved and broken hearted this morning when I read an article about the new trending #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. It is addressing the media’s use of photographs when young black people are killed. It compares a photo of different teens looking gangster or sexy or badass to photos of them at graduation or with babies or at their jobs.

When a white person shoots up a school or bombs a building, you see pictures of them with their families or eating ice cream cones or playing sports…with captions about how no one would have suspected it, he was quiet but such a good kid, and he had so much potential! But when an unarmed black kid gets shot in the back repeatedly by a police officer, they show a picture of him looking like a thug.

I can just hear people saying, “Well they shouldn’t take pictures like that!” But is that really a valid excuse? If you look at a sampling of white college kids’ Facebooks, you will see skanky girls doing vodka shots, you will see guys grabbing their balls and flipping off the camera, you will see half naked girls showing off their latest weight loss selfies. But those won’t make it on the news.

Michael Brown was supposed to start college yesterday. But instead his body lay on the asphalt for four hours, uncovered, while bystanders took photos and video of his corpse. It’s a complete disgrace to the St. Louis community and to human kind. I don’t care what the kid did or said…there is no excuse for what happened.

I am seeing pictures of my neighborhood, the street that I called home for two years. The place that made me want to be a better person. The place that taught me who I really am and what God put me on this earth to do. And it’s full of tear gas and rubber bullets. Glass is shattered and tears are spilled. It’s a tragedy to the greatest degree.

I don’t support the vandalism and looting. Violence and theft are not the answer. But I understand that these people have to pour their outrage and despair into something. They are terrified and broken. And if I were in St. Louis today I would be out on that street with them. They deserve more than what our society has ever offered them.

But instead I am here. In Africa. Feeling the heavy weight of my whiteness in a different way. I am gawked at and treated differently. Things are more expensive for me, and people steal my things. I am looked at as more important, more valued. More intelligent and worldly. People are in awe of me, children want to touch me. “Muzungu” is not an insult, but a word of reverence and wonder. A breath of your majesty.

It is challenging and strange. But it is nothing. It doesn’t undermine my ability to succeed. It doesn’t place me in a category of inferiority. It doesn’t cause my blood to spill in the streets.

God gave me white skin. He placed me delicately inside an American woman’s womb. And much like the grace and mercy He gives that I don’t deserve…He gave me a body I don’t deserve, with privilege I don’t deserve.

So I just have to keep asking myself: what am I going to do with it?

Freedom is apparently bad for business 

That’s the message from the private prison industry which is threatening to sue states if they don’t start locking more people up. {Please REBLOG this!}

The private prison companies, well-known for profiting off of incarceration and crime, is now saying that the state’s they have contracted with aren’t keeping up their end of the bargain. The private prisons rely on a certain number of inmates for free and virtually-free slave labor.

That labor is used for a variety of trades, including making uniforms for popular restaurants like McDonalds and Applebee’s. But if the private prisons don’t have enough inmates locked up then production goes down correlative with the decrease in free labor (i.e. slavery).

It comes as a surprise to many Americans, but slavery was never actually abolished in the United States. That’s not a metaphor, it’s a matter of careful reading of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. That amendment – often lauded for abolishing slavery – actually makes an exception for prisons. Slavery is still completely legal as “punishment for a crime.”

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Happy Juneteenth!

Hey black people guess what?! TODAY is your Independence Day! Whiles whites had centuries of celebrating July 4th as their Independence Day WE were PROPERTY that had NO BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. WE celebrate Juneteenth because our freedom was hidden from us for years. Slaves were not aware of their freedom until years after slavery was abolished. White history will tell you the delay was due to “news traveling slowly” but we all know it doesn’t take two years to let everyone know that slavery had been outlawed. On June 19th, 1865 Over 250,000 slaves were freed in Texas alone, this day is reserved as the official Independence Day for blacks in America. HAPPY JUNETEENTH! Oh an SN: on the 4th of July, the BBQ’s whites would have were LYNCHINGS they would BBQ young black men and castrate them as celebration. You can google post cards from lynchings that read “here’s the nigger from the BBQ we just had last Sunday” and you fools will STILL celebrate the 4th SMH #wakeup

Summary of the psat:

middle eastern people are actually white
666 different ways of saying Christian
putting 420 for ur college major
sometimes plants aren’t plants
shipping Hermania and Thad
when everyone getting turnt on the 4th but you’re Fredrick Douglass
triceratops 2.0: now even hornier
ok no calculators but u gotta take a % of a % and then divide that by the %
spending $45 on water and cookies at the farmers’ market but it’s OK because you’re willing to pay for better quality
America needs to abolish AMERICAN SLAVERY and get more potatoes
graphs in the English section
a bunch of people strapped wolves to their chests and called it science
soft cover textbooks make me hard
dinosaurs make me wetter than the Mississippi Delta
Italian: ladies love it
everything is tilapia

Abolition Journal’s Inaugural Issue – Call for Submissions

Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics is seeking submissions for the journal’s inaugural issue. Abolition is a collectively run project supporting radical scholarly and activist research, publishing and disseminating work that encourages us to make the impossible possible, to seek transformation well beyond policy changes and toward revolutionary abolitionism. In that spirit, the journal invites submissions that engage with the meaning, practices, and politics of abolitionism in any historical and geographical context. This means that we are interested in a wide interpretation of abolitionism, including topics such as (but in no way limited to): prison and police abolitionism, decolonization, slavery abolitionism, anti-statism, anti-racism, labor organizing, anti-capitalism, radical feminism, queer and trans* politics, Indigenous people’s politics, migrant activism, social ecology, animal rights and liberation, and radical pedagogy. Recognizing that the best movement-relevant intellectual work is happening both in the movements themselves and in the communities with whom they organize, the journal aims to support activists, artists, and scholars whose work amplifies such grassroots activity. We encourage submissions across a range of formats and approaches – scholarly essays, art, poetry, multi-media, interviews, field notes, documentary, etc. – that are presented in an accessible manner.

Abolition seeks to publish a wide variety of work and this call is open to various forms of writing and creative material. While strict word limits will not be enforced, we suggest the following ranges for submissions:

  • Short Interventions (1000-2000 words);
  • Scholarly Papers (5000-10000 words);
  • Interviews (3000-5000 words);
  • Creative Works (open).

All submissions will be reviewed in a manner consistent with the journal’s mission. We are building relationships for a new kind of peer review that can serve as an insurgent tool to work across and even subvert the academic-activist divide and reject hierarchical definitions of “peers.” Thus, our Collective and Editorial Review Board are comprised of individuals who approach abolitionism from varied personal, political, and structural positions. Unlike most journals, our review process includes non-academic activists and artists in addition to academics. Editorial decisions will be made according to principles of anti-hierarchical power, democratic consensus, and with a preference for work produced by members of under-represented groups in the academy and publishing. For more information about the journal, please see our website, All of our publications will be accessible, free, and open access, rejecting the paywalls of the publishing industry. We will also produce hard-copy versions for circulation to communities lacking internet access and actively work to make copies available to persons incarcerated and detained by the state.

To be considered for Issue One, please submit completed work (including papers, interviews, works of art, etc.) by January 15, 2016. Submissions and inquiries can be sent to

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When your fandom is being attacked by bigoted people who've never read the damn books and want to say it's racist

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