Invitation to Write for Special Issue on “Identity Politics, Class Politics, and Spiritual Politics”
Before you start writing your piece for our special issue on “Identity Politics, Class Politics, and Spiritual Politics,” please take the the time to download these three items:
Click here to download the introduction to the section.
Click here to download the article by Paul Von Blum.
Click here to download the article by Eli Zaretsky.
Once you read these three pieces, I think you’ll see that we are addressing a central issue about which liberals and progressives need to develop a deeper clarity and direction than they have now. If you’re not sure what we mean by “spiritual politics,” I invite you to read Tikkun’s call for a Spiritual Covenant with America, a Global Marshall Plan, and a plan to get money out of politics via an Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
I’m sharing Blum and Zaretsky’s pieces just to help get the conversation started, in case that’s useful to you – there’s no pressure for you to respond to them in your piece, though if you disagree sharply with either of them, or with the ideas in my intro, you are welcome to criticize them directly as part of your own discussion of the current state of “Identity Politics, Class Politics, and Spiritual Politics” and how we should be approaching these issues on the left right now.
At Tikkun, we are especially interested in broadening the base of both our writers and our readers. We have a deep commitment to a conversation that encompasses voices from all segments of our diverse multiracial and multiethnic communities. Because you have contributed in powerful ways to visions for social transformation, I’m approaching you in particular — I know that you have important insights on these topics and hope that you will consider sharing your own analysis and vision in this special issue of Tikkun.
We’d be interested in anything from a short 500-word take to a 2,000-word article.
We will be publishing some of these articles in our quarterly print edition (now published by Duke University Press) and some on our web magazine site at www.tikkun.org, which now attracts even more readers than the print magazine. Our production schedule now involves several months of lag time between when an article is written and when the quarterly print magazine comes out, so we now publish all the most time-sensitive pieces onto our web magazine site.
The rub is this: to consider your piece for the next print magazine issue, we need to see your first draft by May 1 at the very latest. If that deadline is too soon for you, we’d still be very interested in seeing a piece from you with the idea of publishing it on our web magazine site.
If timing is the problem, and you actually feel ready to address these issues but not till the middle of the summer, then please write something anyway: while it will be too late for the print edition, it will not be too late to be considered for prominent web-only placement.
Lastly, a few notes on our editorial policies during the approval and publication process:
* We have a lot of respect for your thinking and writing, so there’s a very high likelihood that your piece will be published, but our editorial committee’s policy is to review complete drafts only. This means we cannot promise publication until we have a draft in hand and our editorial committee has approved it. In addition, we can’t give any answers about print vs. web placement until we review your piece.
* As a cash-strapped nonprofit magazine, we are unable to pay any of our authors, but to express our thanks we offer complimentary copies of the magazine and a free one-year subscription to all contributors (a print subscription to print authors, a web subscription to web authors).
* I personally receive hundreds of emails every day, so it’s very easy to miss one. For this reason, if you are not receiving a response from me to an important question, or if you are wanting to make sure your piece doesn’t fall through the cracks, please send your draft to our managing editor, Alana Yu-lan Price, at email@example.com, as well as to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read the rough draft of the introduction pasted below and then let me know if you are willing to accept this invitation.
In any event, let me thank you for all that you do to contribute to the tikkun-ing (healing, repairing, transforming) of our world.
Rabbi Michael Lerner