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QWOC Media Wire seeks submissions from queer women, trans people, and gender non-conforming people of color who inhabit multiple “in between spaces.” We’re offering you a space to talk about how you navigate “life in the gray,” and how the experiences of these multiple identities converge or share territory.
We are open to original visual art, poetry, music, and mixed media)*, but we’re particularly interested in personal narratives/essays, creative non-fiction, social commentary submissions in the following categories:
- Romantic Relationships
- (Bio and Chosen) Family experiences
- Single-Issue Identity Politics and Community Organizing
- Creating Community with Other “In-Betweeners”
- Diaspora Borderlands; Geograpny and Migration (queer folk who grapple with “life in the gray” across cultures and continents)
- “In Betweener” Odes, Homage, and Manifestos: Ideal for rants, “truth” prose, interviews with notable leaders that inspire or historical icons.
This call for submissions will culminate in a special editorial series to be released in June 2013.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS APRIL 30TH, 2013.
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Back in 1954, the CIA overthrew the reformist government of President Jacobo Arbenz, whose land reform measures had angered the United Fruit Company. The U.S. termination with extreme prejudice of Guatemalan democracy ultimately led to a 36-year rebellion and civil war, with the Americans backing a succession of dictators. General Montt was the most monstrous. In the 1980s, his regime declared total war on the Mayan people of the country’s highlands. Whole villages were massacred and entire regions laid waste as the military attempted to drain the human sea in which the guerilla movement swam. Army documents show clearly that the native Maya were targeted for extermination because of their ethnicity; that all Maya – a majority of Guatemala’s population – were considered enemies of the state. Rios Montt is the first Latin American former head of state to be charged with genocide in his own country.
However, this crime is not Rios Montt’s, alone. The genocide would have been impossible without the United States, which had run the show in Guatemala since 1954 and had armed the general to the teeth. The U.S. corporate media like to call President Ronald Reagan the “Great Communicator” but, in Guatemala, he was the Great Exterminator, encouraging and financing General Rios Montt’s orgy of mass murder. Reagan described the racist butcher as “a man of great personal integrity and commitment” who was “getting a bum rap.” All told, a quarter million or more Guatemalans died in the 40 years since the CIA robbed them of their democracy and independence. —
Glen Ford, U.S.-Sponsored Genocides: From Guatemala to Congo
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