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Deadline: February 11, 2021

Max. word length: 4,000 words as a rough guideline. 

We do make exceptions.     

If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum.

As I write this, for five months straight Americans have been gathering and marching to protest state violence against black people. Protests of some shape or form have taken place in every American state, from small towns to major cities. The protests have not stopped at the doors of these states; they’ve taken place across Europe, to as far away as New Zealand. Big brands are falling over themselves to vocalize via social media their support for the Black Lives Matter movement or against racism. Some posts, like Ben and Jerry’s, felt more explicit and powerful than others, like Amazon’s, who have been accused of hypocrisy – their track record on things like representation and diversity do not line up with their statements. The Star Wars actor John Boyega gave an emotional speech at a protest in London. The premier league when it resumed in July declared that for the opening games of the season “Black Lives will matter”, after several of the club captains pushed for it the phrase “Black Lives Matter” to be allowed on players’ shirts in place of their names. Whether Black lives will matter for the rest of the season remains to be seen. Pessimism aside, this is the biggest collective demonstration of civil unrest around state violence in our generation’s memory. This is no overnight occurrence – remember Trayvon Martin in 2012, when the movement was actually formed with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter in protest of his killer’s acquittal. Though there is a sense that the unifying theme, for the first time in America’s history, and globally, is at last: Black Lives Matter. 

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