From Imagination to Action: Speculative Fiction, Fantastical Arts and Social Change

If you have the means, please consider supporting organizations that confront the politics, policies and culture of hatred, racism, greed and abuse that plague our democracy, despoil our dreams, and destroy the lives of so many of our fellow human beings.

Many thanks to Rina Weisman and Tachyon Publications for their referrals to many of these links.

Notes and resources for protest

• If you participate in popular protest, you’ll want to review Amnesty International USA’s important PDF, “Safety During Protest.”

• There’s a pandemic going on; Vox has a good roundup on the health, safety and ethical considerations of protesting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Supporting social change

• Here’s an enormous list of social justice, direct action, and grassroots-policy organizations worthy of your financial support.

Common Cause is a leading, national, bipartisan advocacy group fighting for a fair, popular, accessible electoral system, an end to partisan gerrymandering, and the protection of voting rights.

Changing the culture

• The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarships enable writers of color to attend the Clarion Workshops for writers of science fiction, fantasy and speculative and fantastical literature.

• The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is an anti-censorship, First Amendment advocacy group for the creators of comics and graphic novels.

• The Speculative Literature Foundation offers six different grants supporting cultural, ethnic, class and generational diversity in science fiction, fantasy and fantastical literature.

• The Otherwise Award (formerly the James Tiptree Jr. Award) supports writers who explore and expand ideas of gender.

• PEN International is an organization that defends writers against censorship, and advocates for literature and the written arts as transformational social forces.

• Writing the Other is an important practice and study resource for authors who want to avoid stereotyping and create authentic characters who are different from themselves.

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