Statement on Values

re:claim is a publication that works to center the voices, well-being, and liberation of Black people, workers, disabled and neurodivergent people, femme, queer, gender-non-conforming and trans people, migrants, people of color and all marginalized identities in both content and in leadership. Though we accept pieces regardless of identity, we will prioritize those narratives most often silenced by society. This looks like:

  • Ensuring that all decisions — editorial and otherwise — are made by majority people of color.
  • Doing active outreach to writers, artists, and musicians of color on campus, in New York City, and online.
  • Granting anonymity to any first-person writer whose work we accept, if they feel that their safety, integrity, or disciplinary standing may be threatened if their identity were disclosed.
  • Understanding the editing process as a collaboration between editor(s) and writer(s), always with the goal of supporting the writer’s wants and concerns.

Recognizing that objectivity is an arbitrarily-granted label most often used to privilege white, cisgender patriarchal voices and gazes, we are committed to publishing powerful journalism created by those people most affected by the story. We therefore prioritize the work of journalists who live and work within the communities and groups they are reporting on. This means that re:claim staff are often activists and organizers themselves, or maintain close relationships with and high stakes in the wellbeing of those they are reporting on.

We believe survivors of sexual and domestic violence. We value work that exposes violent dynamics with the goals of restorative and transformative justice as much as we respect each survivor’s right to seek justice in the way that they choose.

We prioritize the leadership of people of color. We believe that in order to accomplish our goals of being an anti-oppression, inherently-political publication that uplifts the voices of marginalized people, it is imperative that the majority of editorial decisions are led by those most directly harmed by racism, colonialism, and anti-Blackness.

Recognizing that academic or formal language is persistently used to discount marginalized voices, we do not tone-police. Though formally-written journalism & academic articles are the norm in mainstream discourse, we recognize and uphold emotionally and culturally charged perspectives as equally compelling, if not more revolutionary.

We embrace intersectional criticism, but utterly reject hate speech that would threaten or invalidate marginalized identities and experiences. We will not publish or consider prejudiced opinions that are based in hatred, systematic oppression, or ignorance. We are committed to working through privilege, but will not publish anything until the piece has fully developed an intersectional framework. The comments section is open for factual and theoretical critique, shows of solidarity, & affirmations, and encourages honest questioning, but will censor those opinions that emerge from blatant bigotry.

We are dedicated to reclaiming free speech for marginalized peoples. We recognize that this country and this institution have a long history of suppressing the free speech of marginalized people by threatening us, silencing our stories, and denying us our rights. We believe that the most powerful way we can uphold free speech is to provide a platform for those who are not able to express themselves through mainstream campus media channels.

This publication is anti-racist, anti-imperialist and anti-colonialist. We will work to stand in solidarity with oppressed peoples around the world in their struggles for liberation.

We are anti-capitalist, but are committed to the immediate survival of Black people, people of color, femmes under capitalism. We therefore support business endeavors of black folks, PoC, femmes, and all those marginalized by capitalism.

 

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