Field Notes

Field Notes celebrates the creativity, perspectives, and strategies of everyday organizers who are pushing us toward a world where a truly just, multiracial democracy is possible. 

Protesters from Coal Action Network prepare for a march

Field Notes

We are looking for deep dives into organizing efforts or arts & cultural initiatives, interviews, and essays, including photo essays. These three content themes are our current focus:

Care is the Antidote to Violence

The carceral system is frequently presented as the only solution to myriad social challenges. This theme, inspired by a quote from Saidiya Hartman, highlights projects, initiatives, or ideas that shift how we imagine harm and its consequences. What efforts are underway to move us towards repair, healing, and accountability and away from punishment?

Surviving Supremacy

Movements that advance supremacist and exclusionary views have gained momentum globally. How are organizers, cultural workers, thinkers, and advocates disrupting supremacy ideologies and their influence on democratic institutions?

democracy, tbd

The U.S. has a long way to go before becoming a true multiracial democracy. How are organizers, cultural workers, and advocates creating opportunities for civic engagement beyond voting? We would be excited to read pieces that show us what democracy looks like and challenges the limits of our political imagination. 

Call for Submissions

Liberty Mutual Trans Mountain Pipeline Protest

Our next call for submissions is live.

We're looking for stories that showcase care, resilience, and ingenuity in addressing the biggest issues of today.

Click our submission form to get started.

Pitches accepted until December 22nd, local time.

How Oral Histories Bring Justice to Families Separated at the Border

Illustration by Narrative Initiative

Providing Disability Justice Advocates with Media Tools Changes The Game

Illustration by Narrative Initiative

On Record: The Rise of Citizen Journalism in the United States

Illustration by Narrative Initiative

When Rhodes Fell: The Many Freedom Struggles of Trans South Africans

Illustration by Narrative Initiative

How Language Preservation is Key to Indigenous Resistance

Illustration by Narrative Initiative

Life on the Inside: Building Community and Connection Across Prison Walls

Illustration by Narrative Initiative

The Moorat March: Amid Setbacks, Trans Activists March on

Illustration by Narrative Initiative

Incarcerated Artists Find Success Through Empowerment Avenue

Illustration by Daniel R. Longan via Empowerment Avenue