We’re always looking for your contributions of art, poetry, writing, and resource guide listings for our next issue. Our focus is on bioregionalism and pathways to becoming a more ecologically sane, loving and just society.
Deadline for submissions is January 10th, 2014.
- Art should be submitted as a jpg or pdf
- Poetry should be limited to 500 words
- Writing should be limited to 1000 words. Shorter pieces of 500 words are encouraged. Please include a brief description of yourself as an introduction for readers. For more politically- inclined pieces, please read our narrative suggestions. (Exceptions can be made on length)
- To add a listing to the resource guide, visit our form
Submit your work to:
cascadiapdxquarterly AT gmail.com
and be sure to mention if your name should be included alongside your work or if you’d prefer to be anonymous.
All work will be released under Creative Commons
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|ISSUE #3 – AUTUMN 2013
Constructing a Solid Political Argument
Keep the target audience in mind when writing / articulating every argument:
This zine is trying to invite unaware or curious people into bioregional politics and possibly persuade some allies, uncertains and maybe even passively oppositional folks into supporting or active roles.
There are several spectrums which authors could use to locate their audiences and inform their pieces, but let’s look at just two.
The first is an awareness spectrum – a.k.a. how “politically educated” the audience is.
The second is a political affiliation spectrum – a.k.a where the audience’s political beliefs and behavior lies.
For the first spectrum, AWARENESS, make the piece as inclusive as possible to broad audiences. Authors can try to write each piece to at least 2 groups from the below list, and include one point of reference for the other groups so that they can relate to what is being said, even in a truncated way:
- The reader with no clue; explain like they’re a five year old. Articulate your value judgements. Connect specifics to larger structures for big-picture awareness. Don’t ASSUME they have any political language or historical references in common, and do define your terms. Appeal to basic values and needs.
- The reader has some liberal political ideas but lacks depth, particularly in larger-structure political analysis of capitalism. Why is Cascadia important as a political, and not just a social concept? What is an individual’s responsibility, or potential?
- Has a firm political position (possibly libertarian, democrat, socialist, whatever), but is unaware of bioregional politics and how to conceive of such a society.
- Bioregionalist who wants information on current movement, strategies, opportunities.
With the POLITICAL AFFILIATION spectrum, you can structure a piece to engage as many political groups as possible. on this 1-5 system, you want your position to stimulate a ‘shift up’ for any given number. for instance, a 2-3 shift might mean a rebuttal of a ‘right’ position that leaves the reader curious for alternatives. a 4-5 shift might be information that helps mobilize a sympathizer into action. A good piece will invite at least two positions on the political affiliation spectrum to shift—
1. Active opposition – actively supports oppression, exploitation, ecological destruction
2. Inactive opposition – votes conservatively, agrees with right-wing media, submits to system
3. Undecided – apathetic or not aware
4. Inactive Support – votes left, agrees with liberal media, submits to system
5. Active Support – activist