Letter from the Editor, Sarah Sandman

My partner and I stood in line in the middle of a parking lot, in the northeast corner of a very red state. Behind us was what seemed to be a nice, older man, but likely one not voting for Hillary Clinton. As we overheard him speak, we became self-conscious. We are a same-sex, bi-racial couple. We decided not to let his political vigor over-come us though. We were getting ready to vote in one of the most historical elections of our time. Of course a woman could become elected, we said to each other. Of course. As we walked out of the polling place, we high-fived, and then we walked back to our home, hand-in-hand. My partner stayed up nearly all night waiting on the returns. I tried to sleep, praying to a God I don’t know if I believe in. But you know this story. This story that has been circulating since those fateful election results.

The next night, Anna called me. I knew of her commitment to HRC, and to the Democratic party. I knew of her nearly lifelong engagement with activism. All day before her call I had been thinking: I must do something. I must. What it will be, I’m not sure, but it must be something.

And then Anna said: “What will it take for me to get you to edit a magazine in response to Trump’s election–starting on inauguration day?”

This, my friends, is when Roar was born.

Roar: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People is our effort to create a space for intersectional feminism to exist, out loud, every day. The magazine is continually evolving even as I write this note.

Here’s what I know now:

  1. We will publish two pieces every day ranging from a variety of columns to essays to fiction and poetry to an advice column for these times to information about how to become more active in the fight.
  2. We will also publish a first person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day, for 365 days.
  3. We will take submissions for various sections and for ideas for new columns via our submissions page starting Monday, January 23.

And what I also know is that we are here–right here, in this space, ready to support each other.

I will end this first note with Anna’s words:

We are at war.  We do not mean this metaphorically. We believe that we the people must rise up and be extremists for love, as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged us to be. We must fight against hate in tangible ways. This is not a time for silence.  Roar is our offering for the fierce urgency of now.

Come with us, stand with us, be in this fight, now.

Sarah Sandman

Executive Editor