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Aishah Shahidah Simmons writes herself whole in memoir on sexual violence and healing

Aishah Shahidah Simmons talks to us about her memoir, “Love, Justice and Dharma,” and her work on helping people of color heal and build a better world.

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Gender is a story we tell ourselves

The first time I read Yoon Ha Lee’s Ninefox Gambit, I was captivated by the worldbuilding and the story’s overarching military conflict. Ninefox Gambit is a space opera about a female soldier and the undead male general whose spirit possesses her and, although the author is trans, the story has no explicitly nonbinary or trans…

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Moving Beyond “Making The Case”: How We Build Narrative Power For Reparations

(This is part 1 of a 2 part series between Liberation Ventures and Narrative Initiative on narrative change and reparations.)   “The world has never seen any people turned loose to such destitution as were the four million slaves of the South. They were free without roofs to cover them, or bread to eat, or…

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Building relationships: How to capitalize on the momentum of your op-ed

You have your argument, you’ve identified your audience, and you’ve pitched your op-ed with successful results. Now what? How do you keep the momentum going? How do you continue the conversation with your audience? How do you consistently access large platforms where your audience gathers without the possibility of being blocked by gate keepers? The answer to all of these questions is: build relationships.

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A photo of a New York City Chinatown street. There are cars on the street and signs along the buildings. Photo by Mauricio Chavez on Unsplash.

Recognition and invisibility: A conversation with Panthea Lee about AAPI narratives

A conversation with Panthea Lee about empire, anti-Asian hate and the narratives that surround the AAPI community in America.

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A sign held at demonstration in front of the US Supreme Court on May 3 2022. The sign says Abortion Bans are Racist Classist Sexist Dangerous. Photo by Janni Rye via Wikimedia Commons.

The voices missing from the abortion debate

The imminent repeal of Roe v. Wade has brought public narratives of motherhood and reproductive justice into stark relief. We spoke to We Testify abortion storyteller Jeana Nam. A Texan of Korean descent, Jeana has strong Christian beliefs about her experience with abortion, reproductive care and why she values a future in which abortion and reproductive care are openly available to all.

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Pitch Perfect: How to place your op-ed and get it published

A guide to hook, book, cook and developing an op-ed pitch that’s clear, concise and helps you get your op-ed used by editors.

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Who are you talking to? The audience of an op-ed

Audience identification and communication are essential to narrative change projects. Here we dig into finding and reaching an audience for op-eds.

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We all have narrative power

Narrative is shaped in conversations. Here’s how a meeting with a Ukrainian cab driver in New York clarified one person’s identity.

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What listening to Rusty Mae Moore taught me about narrative change

The story of Rusty Mae Moore and Chelsea Goodwin shows us how the strongest narratives are complex and woven through the richness of life.

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