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How can I send you a victory?
Email me at SmallVictories@peaceisloud.org, and I’ll consider including it in the next issue.
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How do you choose your victories?
Victories generally fall into three categories: concrete wins, cultural changes, and mobilizations. You’ll find a mix of these in each newsletter.
It’s easy to understand why concrete wins, like policy changes or election results, are victories. But the other two categories are a little more ambiguous, so I’ll explain why I do consider them to be victories.
Any time I see increased support for ideas that recently seemed impossible, I want to celebrate it, even if it’s not connected to an immediate policy win. And I consider it a victory any time people take nonviolent direct action to support a better world.
We might not see immediate results, but this could inspire other people to get involved or set the stage for larger victories in the future. As Rebecca Solnit and Howard Zinn have written, concrete wins can take decades, but they’re only possible because of smaller steps along the way.
Why did you list something as a victory when it’s only partially good? Are all of these victories perfect?
Nope! Not every victory I list is perfect or goes far enough—and some are complicated and contradictory—but in many cases, I think they could be the first steps toward something better.
Why don’t you write about all of the bad things that are happening?
I'm deliberately choosing to write about only victories because I want this newsletter to serve a very specific purpose—to encourage and sustain people’s activism. In counteracting the onslaught of bad news, I'm trying to illuminate the possibilities about our shared future.
That said, I am not trying to minimize or ignore the reality of our current political situation, and I highly encourage you to stay informed. Here are some news sources I recommend: Democracy Now, Jacobin, The Intercept, Pro Publica.
Why should anyone be hopeful right now?
I know, it can feel impossible to be hopeful right now, but I believe in the power of the people to change our country in big ways and small. I like the way our friend Rebecca Solnit defines hope: “It navigates a way forward between the false certainties of optimism and of pessimism, and the complacency or passivity that goes with both. Optimism assumes that all will go well without our effort; pessimism assumes it’s all irredeemable; both let us stay home and do nothing. Hope for me has meant a sense that the future is unpredictable, and that we don’t actually know what will happen, but know we may be able write it ourselves.”
I don’t like the group / news source in one of your victories.
Tell me! I love feedback. I'm not perfect and appreciate the chance to learn and grow.
How did this newsletter get started? What is Peace is Loud?
We met while working together at Peace is Loud, a nonprofit that uses storytelling to advance social justice movement building. In January 2017, we started sending Small Victories to our coworkers as a way of lifting people’s spirits. At the time, we didn’t expect it to be anything more than that. But our coworkers started forwarding the emails to friends, and people we didn’t know began emailing us and asking to sign up. So we made it public—and were thrilled that thousands of people subscribed.
It became such a big project that we began sending it out independently later that year, but were grateful to have the continued and generous support of Peace is Loud as a sponsor. (Special shoutout to Codey Young, Joanna Hoffman, and Jamie Dobie for all of their help along the way!)
At the end of 2018, after collaborating on 86 issues, Stephanie stepped away from the newsletter and handed the reins over to Alison, who now writes and runs Small Victories on her own. But Stephanie is still cheering her on from the sidelines and loves reading all of the victories each week as a subscriber and fan!
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