Earlier this morning, Occupy Philly and Occupy LA were forcibly evicted from their encampments in a scene that is becoming commonplace at Occupy sites across the country. Earlier this month the 99% Declaration began to circulate across progressive/activist social networks calling for a National Assembly of all the Occupy groups in Philadelphia on July 4, 2012. A dynamic and powerful effort to recall Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker collected in its first twelve days 300,000 of the necessary 540,208 signatures necessary to force a recall election in 2012. Earlier this month voters in Ohio repealed that state’s anti-collective bargaining bill SB5 by a 2 to 1 margin after a successful signature campaign. We’ve also seen repeated images of police violence against peaceful protesters in Oakland, Berkeley, University of California-Davis, and New York to name just a few. In short, we live in “interesting times” and there is little doubt that with the onset of the 2012 Presidential Election campaign, our times will only get more interesting.
December always seems like a time to reflect. Holidays offer time to reconnect with family and friends and New Years Eve always seems to engender a spirit of reflection – as well as the proliferation of lists recounting the “best of” or the “most important moments” of the past year. Raging Chicken Press would like to encourage submissions for our December issue that pick up on the spirit of reflection and renewed commitments for the new year. Conversations both within and about the Occupy movement have tended to focus on what the next step will be…we’re interested in that question as well. As usual, we do not restrict submissions to a theme, but are especially interested in reflective pieces this month.
We welcome all submissions that seek to give voice to progressive, activist communities of resistance. Become a Raging Chicken.
If you are interested in submitting your work, you can do so by sending an email to [email protected]. Please take a few minutes to review our Submission Guidelines to familiarize yourself with the kind of work we publish and the purpose of our publication.
Deadline for the November issue is Friday, December 9, 2011.
As always, the earlier you get us your submission the better. We look forward to hearing from you!
Kevin Mahoney | Editor Zero, Raging Chicken Press