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WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?
The aim of this Crowd Funding page is to gain support for electronically publishing & printing the inaugural edition of 'Swift' a protest publication (and gain support for subsequent editions). This will be an arts & politics based magazine created to help voice opinions and opposition to the rise of fascism in the UK. The magazine does not represent any political party, though it is pro-EU and takes a stance that it is strongly opposed to populist Governments & Brexit.
Swift will be available electronically every four to six months. The magazine is not for profit and will be FREE electronically but I would love to see a version in print too, so I need your help!
WHY ARE YOU STARTING THIS PROJECT?
There is a mood of hopelessness and despair among pro-EU supporters on Twitter. I collated thousands of views from my pro-EU Twitter community asking how people feel about a looming no deal Brexit - I asked them to summarise their feelings in one word. This word cloud art represents those voices, the larger the word appears, the more frequently that word was used.
Despite petitions and peaceful protests, EU supporters and anti-fascists feel ignored, overlooked and conned. Many people in this community are concerned that this populist Gov & Brexit will be devastating for the UK, and are worried when seeing a surge in right wing behaviour, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and intolerance. Worryingly there are many parallels between the UK in 2020 and the rise of fascism from throughout history.
WHAT WILL BE IN SWIFT?
The first edition of the magazine will include history, literature, opinion pieces, poetry and art. The aim is to achieve a good balance between images and articles, a beautiful celebration of all anti-fascist / pro-EU voices but also an informative, proactive read that brings hope. All contributors have generously volunteered their time to make this happen. I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved so far - it has been a pleasure meeting and working with so many like minded people. I'd like to give a special mention to published historians Paddy Docherty & Dr Louise Raw for their involvement & support for this project. Special thanks also to composer Dr Richard Norris who has agreed to co-edit the zine with me and Activist & Researcher Katherine Cary, assistant editor.
Examples of what the zine will include:
With your support you can help make this happen. I'm offering a number of special rewards for project supporters and patrons...
I'm looking for any support you can offer, no matter how small... as well as supporters to buy a printed version for the zine. I'm also looking for magazine patrons to help secure future editions. Rewards include a printed copy, enamel pins and special signed artwork from the zine. Patrons will also have their name included in special 'thank you' artwork published in the zine.
WHAT IS THE FUNDING FOR?
Funding will help pay for future editions: the time taken to edit & pull the magazine together, for printing costs & ideally in future editions we would love to offer support to academics, writers & artists to help pay for their contributions & time, as well as commissioning special pieces.
CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THE ZINE?
You are welcome to submit art, photography, poetry, cartoons, short stories, opinion pieces, academic papers & research - they are all considered for inclusion. If you have a petition or organised protest then feel free to drop me a line with details for inclusion in the zine. Please feel free to contact co-editor Leanne Warren at email@example.com if you would like to discuss further or submit something for consideration. Although the zine will not contain paid advertisements, published contributors are welcome to promote their work & social media in the zine.
You can follow my Twitter account @leapup1 to stay updated as this project progresses.
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.