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Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" High School Winner Charlotte Wagner
Read Charlotte's letter to Mary Magdalene about how she's working to make sure the stories and struggles of women like her will be truthfully told and recognized.
Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" University Winner Carly Nelson
Read Carly's letter to her friend Peach about the paradox of support systems and finding hope from those who share struggles of being disabled and fighting bureaucracy.
Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" Powerful Voice Winner Malena Vargas Sáez
Read Malena's essay, "The Righteous Path of María the Sage," a letter to her grandmother that seeks to harness her strength and resilience in order to overcome today's corrupt and turbulent times.
Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" Literary Gems
We received many outstanding essays for the Spring 2018 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Carolina De Robertis Response to "Letters of Hope" Essay Winners
Carolina De Robertis responds to the winners of our Spring 2018 Student Writing Competition.
Bye, Spotify: Musicians Take Back Ownership With This Cooperative
by Isabelle Morrison
There is a streaming service that can benefit both artists and listeners.
An Unusual Way to Rescue a City From Blight—Bees
by J. Gabriel Ware
As the city removes thousands of blighted properties, this couple saw an opportunity to support a cooperative economy.
Kids Say #MeToo After Each Performance of This Play
by Meera Vijayann
As sex education steadily loses federal funding, this program teaches kids about personal body safety—and that abuse is never their fault.
Indigenous Women Built These Tiny Houses to Block a Pipeline—and Reclaim Nomadic Traditions
by Janice Cantieri
The houses are affordable and energy-efficient, and are bringing back elements of the Secwepemc’s hunter-gatherer culture.
Where You Can Still Hear Stories of the Palestinian Expulsions 70 Years Ago
by Shaima Shamdeen
On Twitter, #MyNakbaStory allows descendants of the 700,000 exiled during the formation of Israel to honor their past—and continue their protests.
If a Queer Woman of Color Can Check Her Wealth Privilege, So Can You
by Iimay Ho
Wealth accumulation has its roots in stolen land, stolen labor, and stolen lives. But you can organize other privileged people with compassion.
After Centuries of Housing Racism, a Southern City Gets Innovative
by Adam Lynch
In Jackson, Mississippi, community land trusts are key to fair and affordable development.
Beyond Fasting: What We Can All Learn From Ramadan
by Shaima Shamdeen
It’s a holiday intended for introspection and community, something Muslims and non-Muslims alike can benefit from.
How Cuba’s Women Farmers Kept Everyone Fed
by Trina Moyles
“I wake up early, I spend all day on the farm, working hard, managing the workers, planting, harvesting, selling, teaching—I do all of this out of love.”
Twelve Years Old and Out of Time
by Patrisse Khan-Cullers, Asha bandele
Childhood ends when a black child is criminalized.