"When the well runs dry, we know the worth of water." Ben Franklin
In 2013, after several conversations with friends about activist burnout, mental health, and self-care The Worth of Water was born. It's something I've given out to friends, distributed with small press publishers and distros, and sold or traded at events. It's one of the projects that I'm most proud of because it's one of the most universally useful projects I've ever been involved with. That's never been more true than right now, during daily tire fire of the Trump administration.
There's always something to be done. An elected official to call, a protest to attend, a petition to sign. At the end of the day, it's tough to gather the strength to go out and do the things that make communities stronger. There's a dwindling of potlucks, a lag in show attendance, a dearth of movie nights. And that stuff is important, too.
Who will staff the infoshop or run the workshops or put together the fundraisers when survival seems like a struggle? This zine is about sharing our experiences, about the ways in which we balance our personal, professional, and political lives. The Worth of Water needs your perspective on what activism means to you and the ways in which you care for yourself and your community when capitalism and patriarchy are slowly eroding your sense of well-being.
The Worth of Water will be open to personal opinion, creative non-fic, tips, suggestions, advice, and art. There might be a place for poetry or fiction, and I'll certainly read whatever anyone sends but my priority in this compilation will be in doing the most good to the most people so keep that in mind.
This zine is open to previously published work and will be distributed for free online and as inexpensively as possible in print to make it affordable and accessible to people of all means. That means that like me, you won't be paid for this work, but are free to distribute it at cost of printing.
We are a community of artists and writers, free-thinkers and hard workers. It's what makes the work we do so strong and the things we believe so passionately in so vibrant. I hope you'll consider submitting something. Your voice is important.
E-mail submissions by 4/30/18 to firstname.lastname@example.org