2015 Call for Contributions
bozalta is an online publication that brings together artists, activists, and scholars into a collaborative space where decolonial ways of knowing and innovative forms of knowledge production are shared as image, sound, and text. “#bozalta4BlackLives” is the 2nd edition of bozalta.
“If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
— Lilla Watson
We are the bozalta collective and we write from the lens of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, in what we understand as a time of crisis, but not a time of despair. We write as Black UCLA Bruins and their allies protest in anger and pain over a recent “Kanye Western”-themed party, co-hosted by Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority, at which undergraduate students donned blackface and performed minstrelsy. We write as the “Justice Or Else!” 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March convenes in Washington, DC. This Call for Contributions is intended as an act of solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and the struggle — ongoing since the inception of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century — for the liberation of all Black peoples. We respond to the call, “No Justice, No Peace!”
Over the past few years, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has brought national attention to the ways in which our Black familia are harassed, gunned down, tear gassed, tasered, ticketed, and otherwise targeted in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools — silenced, abused, and assassinated in for-profit prisons. Black artists, activists, and scholars have called residents of the U.S. and beyond to consider what they are doing to demand justice for Black lives. We have witnessed the radical responses of trans, queer, student, Palestinian, Asian, Native, Latin@, Jewish, and Arab groups to the call of #BlackLivesMatter, and the formation of emergent and re-emergent alliances with Black activism.
We offer #bozalta4BlackLives as a site of continued conversations across differences. We are guided by the work of womxn of color and (U.S.) third world feminists who came before us, who walked and talked solidarity — who were brave enough to organize coalitions, who celebrated emancipation and love.
We recognize, though, that there are inherent risks to this work — for instance, How do we act as allies without engaging in appropriation? How do we collaborate without perpetuating the commodification of Black culture and Black pain? How do we collectively move toward liberation without decentering Blackness? With utmost respect, we take these risks, knowing that systems of oppression are interdependent, and that the Movement for Black Lives is deeply connected with justice for migrants, refugees, & asylum-seekers; indigenous, First Nations, & aboriginal peoples; Palestinians; queer & trans communities; womxn; workers; students & youth; folks who are differently abled; those without homes; and all people of color.
Seeking radical transformation on our campus, in our neighborhoods, throughout the Americas, and around the globe, we are calling for contributions that generate new visions of what this world can and should be. We invite dangerous works that incite the dismantling of White supremacy and bring us closer to collective healing. We encourage collaborations which traverse disciplines, genres, spaces/places, and/or languages. We imagine some of the contributions might speak to:
- Processes of Dehumanization
- Solidarities Across Difference
- Afro-heritage within Latina/o Communities
- Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Enslavement
- Law Enforcement Violence, Prison Industrial Complex, Deportation & Detention
- Racial Dynamics of Climate Justice (i.e. Hurricane Katrina)
- Multifacetedness of Black Experiences (i.e. queer & trans identities, diasporic identities, linguistic identities, differently abled identities)
- Media Representations of Blackness and Narratives of Criminality
- Processes of Healing
- Visions of a Liberated World
If you have work you want to share that doesn’t fit into these categories, let us know! We’re interested.
Please send contributions for consideration along with a brief bio (30-50 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org between November 10, 2015 - January 1, 2016. We accept contributions in multiple forms:
IMAGES: Photography, short films & video, digital reproductions of artworks (sculptures, installations, paintings), etc.
SOUNDS: Songs, speeches, mix tapes, dj sets, interviews, spoken word, etc.
TEXTS: Poetry, fiction & flash-fiction, articles, essays, interviews, translations, reviews, rants & raves, manifestos, how-tos, recipes, dichos, etc.
Please see bozalta.org for formatting, copyright and review process guidelines.
The bozalta Collective
Isabel Durón | Carissa Garcia | Alana de Hinojosa | Joseph Rios | Kaelyn Rodríguez | Rose Simons | Rafa Solórzano
*Thank you to community members who reviewed this call prior to its posting.