Statement on Equality

June 6, 2020

 

We believe that there is a significant responsibility in having a voice in the literary landscape. Our journal is committed to giving a platform to the literary work of marginalized people. Given the recent events—the murders of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery,  Atatiana Jefferson, Markeis McGlockton, Korryn Gaines, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and many many others who have lost their lives from institutionalized racism and police brutality—we want to cement what we continue, and what we will always, stand by.

 

Insidious anti-protest rhetoric conflates “protest” with “lawlessness” in an attempt to protect systemic racism and a militarized police force at the expense of Black lives. As a journal of free expression, we stand with the protesters and their First Amendment freedoms. We stand with the voices who condemn racial injustices and seek change. We stand by those who vocalize injustices and condemn those who ignore them. We stand with those who challenge systems of oppression and marginalized-focused violence. And we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

These deaths have instigated further discourse surrounding police brutality. For anyone who doesn’t understand that this is a pandemic in our nation, we encourage them to read this investigative article from The Washington Post. At least 1,023 people have been shot and killed by police in the past year (as of June 4, 2020), and half of the deaths of people by the police are under-reported by police departments. “Black Americans account for less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of white Americans.” The world is watching us face these injustices, and we must live up to our ideas of freedom, even if it means changing the fundamental laws and systems upon which we have relied. Police reform is a necessary step in moving forward toward equality.

 

We are also left emotionally wounded by the statements made by the President of the United States. Our leaders, not only limited to government officials, have a responsibility to give justice and equality, under no uncertain terms, to Black lives, and they have failed to do so. We cannot erase the damage done from our lack of leadership, but we can focus on what we can do now as a community to ensure the change we make in the coming weeks permanently creates a safe environment for Black bodies. We urge you to contact your local representatives—to call, e-mail, or write letters—to demand police reform for the benefit of the community.

 

As a journal that broadcasts near the border, we have a responsibility to provide virtual asylum for the voices of Black and Brown bodies. In the Black Voices Series, Black writers and multi-modal artists discuss their work with editor Naima Yael Tokunow, contextualizing their experience and resistance to white supremacist history and barbarity. In the Voz series, Latinx authors and artists combat institutionalized silence, both in public and private spheres. We refuse to contribute to the systemic racism that has plagued our country. We will not turn a blind eye to these atrocities. Instead, we will share the voices that these injustices have affected and support those very same voices in their endeavors.

 

To stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other publications who are lowering their volume of work to listen, to create space, and to honor those who have died, we have decided to postpone all pending publications for the rest of June. Doing so will create more space for Black voices to emerge and share their work, and we want to support that. We will continue to highlight our Black contributors and other Black writers on our social media.

 

We want to thank our current readers and contributors for your continued support of our journal, and we hope that you all strive to seek some form of justice in support of the protesters.

 

Sincerely,

Puerto del Sol

 


 

Below, you will find a small catalog of recent literature by Black bodies with additional resources after to support marginalized people.

Literature:

 

Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker, 2018, Short Story Collection

 

A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib, 2019, Poetry

 

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, 2018, Short Story Collection

 

Sky Raining Fists by JK Anowe, 2019, Poetry

 

The Sellout by Paul Beatty, 2015, Fiction

 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, 2020, Fiction

 

Owed by Joshua Bennett, 2020, Poetry

 

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom, 2019, Non-Fiction

 

The Tradition by Jericho Brown, 2019, Poetry

 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015, Non-Fiction

 

When Rap Spoke Straight to God by Erica Dawson, 2018, Poetry

 

Cardinal by Tyree Daye, 2020, Poetry

 

Evicted by Matthew Desmond, 2016, Non-Fiction

 

Fairview by Jackie Siblies Dury, 2019, Play

 

Lakewood by Megan Giddings, 2020, Fiction

 

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles, 2020, Fiction

 

Nobody by Marc Lamont Hill, 2017, Non-Fiction

 

henceforce: A Travel Poetic by Kamden Ishmael Hilliard, 2019, Poetry

 

Any Psalm You Want by Khary Jackson, 2013, Poetry

 

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, 2020, Fiction

 

Stamped from Beginning by Ibran X. Kendi, 2016, Philosophy

 

Night Animals by Yusef Komunyakaa, 2020, Poetry

 

Blue Fasa by Nathaniel Mackey, 2015, Poetry

 

Blood at the Root by Dominique Morisseau, 2017, Play

 

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow, 2020, Fiction

 

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi, 2020, Fiction

 

White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia by Kiki Petrosino, 2020, Poetry

 

Refuse: Poems by Julian Randall, 2018, Poetry

 

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, 2019, Fiction

 

The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed, 2020, Poetry

 

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, 2017, Non-Fiction

 

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, 2019, Fiction

 

Counting Descent by Clint Smith, 2020, Poetry

 

Homie by Danez Smith, 2020, Poetry

 

Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith, 2008, Poetry

 

Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith, 2019, Poetry

 

Real Life by Brandon Taylor, 2020, Fiction

 

Heed the Hollow by Malcom Tariq, 2019, Poetry

 

The Burning House by Anders Walker, 2018, Fiction

 

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, 2017, Fiction

 

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, 2010, Non-Fiction

 

The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, 2019, Fiction

 

Az iZ by Tyrone Williams, 2018, Poetry

Additional Resources:

 

How to Contact Your Local Representative

 

El Paso Victims Relief Fund

 

Your Time Donates Money to the Cause

 

New Mexico's Racial Justice Czar

 

Support Black-owned bookstores

 

COVID-19 Borderland Mutual Assistance Fund

 

Voices for the Navajo Nation

 

Poetry of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment

 

John Keene's "Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness"

 

Alternative Media Resource

 

LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund

 

Split Bail Fund Donations

 

National Center for Transgender Equality

 

La Unión del Pueblo Entero

 

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

 

Minnesota Freedom Fund

 

More than 5,400 Children Split at the Border

 

Women’s Refugee Commission

 

Kaleidoscope International Trust

 

The Bail Project

 

Project Corazón Travel Fund

 

RAICES - The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

 

The Premier Legal Organization Fighting for Racial Justice

 

Communities Against United Police Brutality

 

American Civil Liberties Union

 

Human Rights First

 

Equal Justice Initiative

 

U.S. Border Crisis Children’s Relief Fund

 

Chicago Small Business Relief Fund

 

The Love Land Foundation : Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls

 

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

 

North Star Health Collective

 

KIND - Kids in Need of Defense

 

Texas Civil Rights Project

 

 

 

 


 

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