by: Alana Yu-lan Price on December 6th, 2013 | 4 Comments »
From efforts to counter homophobia to campaigns for more caring immigration policies, social justice struggles all rely on a similar leap of faith – the idea that, on a mass scale, we can shift our collective sense of what is possible and transform the world around us.
In this unsettling era of drone strikes, mass shootings, and impending climate disaster, it’s not hard to find information in the progressive mediascape about everything we are doing wrong. What’s harder to find is an analysis that combines an uncompromising commitment to exposing injustice with an insistent faith in our power to create empathy where hatred once festered, to heal from trauma, and to find meaningful ways to resist the crushing transnational economic forces that shape our lives.
That’s why Tikkun‘s fierce and full-hearted critiques are so urgently needed right now. Our authors reject despair. Instead, they actively articulate a vision of the world we want to live in, even as they offer unflinching analyses of human rights abuses against Palestinians, mass incarceration in the United States, and the violence of deportation.
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During my five years on Tikkun‘s editorial staff thus far, I’ve led the magazine in dynamic new directions, redesigning our website, putting together a special interfaith issue on Queer Spirituality and Politics, working with former managing editor David Belden to produce a powerful introduction to Restorative Justice practices, commissioning articles for a special issue on Embracing Immigration and Ending Deportation, and shaping the direction of our recent Identity Politics, Class Politics, Spiritual Politics issue to center the voices of younger writers, queer writers, and writers of color.
This work is energizing. It’s a wonderful feeling to put together these special issues and then hear activists, organizers, and congregations talk about how much they learned from reading them and how they are using the magazine as a resource in their activist efforts. My mind is racing with ideas for all of the future special issues I’d like to put together – issues on topics like disability activism and spirituality, regimes of debt (and how spiritual texts can inspire efforts to resist and abolish debt), radical parenting in an age of climate disaster, and much more.
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Alana Yu-lan Price
Managing Editor, Tikkun