Thursday, January 20, 2011

call for submissions: Don't Leave Your Friends Behind--the book!!

Don't Leave Your Friends Behind - a Handbook for Radical Parenting Allies

Deadline: March 15, 2011

Don't Leave Your Friends Behind is a book geared towards the non-parent radical community on ways to be an ally to the parent(s) in their midst.

Over the past five years, we have been collecting stories, how-to lists and words of advice on how to support caretakers and children in the radical and activist community for the zine series Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind. Now we are taking those experiences--plus more-- and turning them into a book!

Let's make a better world WITHOUT leaving out the mamas, papas, partners, child-care providers & children!

We're looking for tips, suggestions, and essays from activists, organizers, allies and radical parents. We want to know how you support children and their caretakers in your collectives, organizations or communities. Send us your stories, fliers, photos and experiences. Tell us what works, what doesn’t and your reflections on how to make it better for next time.

Parents and Youth: What can those around you do to support you and your family? Send us your list of suggestions!

Family, Friends, and Allies: What are your experiences and concrete tips for supporting parents and children?

We are especially interested in submissions that also consider intersections such as race, class, gender, single parenthood, immigration, disability, and/or mental health issues.

Word limit is from one sentence suggestions to 5.000 word essays.

Contact us with questions and submissions!

China Martens
PO Box 4803 Baltimore, MD 21211

Vikki Law
PO Box 20388 New York, NY 10009

For more information about Don't Leave Your Friends Behind, including links to download past issues, go to

Deadline: March 15, 2011

About the Editors:

Vikki Law is a writer, photographer, prison abolitionist and mother of color. She is also the editor of the zine Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison and the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (PM Press 2009).

China Martens raised her daughter as a single mother on welfare and working poor while continuing to put out The Future Generation, the longest-running parenting zine in the history of the Western world. Her daughter is now grown and her zine has been anthologized into the book The Future Generation: The Zine-book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others (Atomic Book Company 2007).

Don't Leave Your Friends Behind #4 is here!

Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind #4

The latest issue of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind is ready for your wintertime reading! Featuring over 70 pages of stories, experiences and tips on how to support families in your movement or community, including:

* Experiencing Critical Resistance 10 through the Children’s Program
* Organizing from within an Anarcha-Feminist Childrearing Collective
* Mothers Among Us: The Prison Birth Project
* A Mother’s Day of action with Young Women United and Mamas of Color Rising
* On Fear & Commitments: A father’s reflects on his own childhood in England, Baghdad and the U.S. and the challenges of raising a biracial child in the anti-Muslim and xenophobic climate of the United States today.
* Call to Destiny: how even an early morning wake-up call can support students with special needs
* Radical childrearing with a queer and sex-positive angle
* Tips on supporting pregnant friends
* Tips on supporting parents who have lost a newborn infant
* Radical Childcare Weather Report: a centerfold from the “Building an Intergenerational Movement for Collective Liberation” workshop at the 2010 US Social Forum

and much, much more

A pdf of these exciting 70+ pages is available here:
Please note that the centerfold is a separate file:

If you prefer a paper copy, please send $3 (or $5 for two and give the second to an ally in your life!) to:

V. Law
PO Box 20388
Tompkins Square Station
New York, NY 10009

Sad to have missed the chance to contribute your experiences and words of wisdom?
Fear not! We are turning this exciting zine series into a book!

Final Call for submissions: March 15, 2011.

See our blogspot for more details: