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Theme: Systems Change

At the intersections of our individual and group experiences, we have different relationships with the state and how the system impacts us. 

For the 3rd issue of CATALYST, we will accept submissions on the theme of systems change. The goal is to raise awareness of the root causes of social problems that are embedded in local, state-wide, regional, and national agencies. 

We hope to address concerns regarding policy change and moving past the reform framework of systems change, to systems creation. 

A system is a set of things — people, cells, molecules, or whatever — interconnected in such a way that they produce their pattern of behavior over time' (Meadows, 2010). 

We are interested in submissions that address concerns of complicity and defiance against the systematic oppression people face. We want submissions that will bring light to the intractable networks of oppression that mar the lives of people at the margins.

"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time."

― Angela Davis

"Never in history has violence been initiated by the oppressed. How could they be the initiators, if they themselves are the result of violence?"

― Paolo Freire

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."

― Desmond Tutu 

Spring 2021

Issue 3 Vol. 1.

Submission Deadline - Friday, April 2, 2021

Acceptance Date - Friday, April 30, 2021

Publication Date - Monday, May 17, 2021

*Early submissions are appreciated.

Types of submissions we accept.

  • Academic Articles
  • Commentaries
  • Poetry
  • Short stories (fiction/nonfiction)
  • Case Studies
  • Testimonials (inspired by personal experience)
  • Notes from the life of an organizer
  • Photography (with 50-100 word captions @ minimum) (high-resolution photos)
  • Videos (1-8 minutes) (with 50-100 word captions @ minimum) (.mov files only)
  • Audio files (1-8 minutes)  (with 50-100 word captions @ minimum) (prefer mp4 or mp3 files)

Text Requirements

  • 11-12 point font (Times, Arial, Helvetica)
  • Double spaced
  • MLA or APA citations
  • Hyperlinks also accepted

All submissions will only be accepted on submittable. See this link: submittable.com to create an account.  Email preventionagenda [at] protonmail.com with any questions. 72-hour standard wait time for responses.  Editor Crystallee Crain, Ph.D.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.