Featuring: Heartspark Press
Dear Resister,

In the midst of this global pandemic, many people have lost their jobs, are facing housing and food insecurity, and are being forced to work at great risk to their health. While the national conversation is geared towards protecting essential workers, Resist grantees know that justice is also essential and they're responding to this moment with urgency and care.

To get you closer to the frontlines of the radical community organizing that's happening across the country, we're bringing you the #JusticeIsEssential edition of our Amplify series. This series will highlight the work and members of one Resist grantee, up close and personal, who is responding to the needs of communities most impacted by COVID-19.

Today, we're amplifying the work of Heartspark Press . They nurture and publish books, anthologies, and short stories made by and for the (C)AMAB trans and non-binary community ( young and old). Heartspark’s programming includes an online audio and video storytelling archive, workshops centered on trans writers of color, quarterly performances, and in the age of COVID-19, a collaborative mobile food pantry for trans and non-binary people in need.

Luna and Amy,
Heartspark Press Co-Executive Directors

Luna Merbruja is the author of Heal Your Love , a board member of Mirror Memoirs, and a co-executive director of Heartspark Press.

Amy Eleanor Heart is a magical queer princess/storyteller from another dimension. She makes books for trans and non-binary children looking for roadmaps to liberation. Amy is co-executive director of Heartspark Press with Luna and resides in her chosen hometown of Olympia, Washington.
AMY: When I was growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, there were no positive portrayals of trans and non-binary people in the media (i.e. print, film, television), and don’t get me started about how trans women were depicted. Everything around me made it very clear that, by living this life, by being a girl who was assigned-male-at-birth, I was “choosing” to never have any power in this world. I was “destined” to live a life where having access to basic needs was not a right that I would ever experience at any point in my existence.

But by working with Heartspark, I have been unlearning all of that. I am not saying it is easy peasy and that those old scripts don’t take over my life anymore ( they do! All the time! ). I am saying, though, that it is possible to make change, however small, for our sisters, for our children, for each other. When I am given the opportunity to collaborate with other trans and non-binary people, especially to take care of our community, it feels a whole lot like following in the footsteps of my transcestors. Trans women of color (like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson) have paved so many roadmaps for us to follow, to look after one another when nobody else might. If I am truly honest, about everything, I think this work and the family I’ve made along the way is what makes staying alive possible against all odds.
What narratives do you want to shift and why,
especially in a moment like this?
Heartspark Staff and and GJL executive director. 
Clementine (left),  Scarlett (center), and Tobi (right) getting food out to our community
LUNA : We have a national effort for the first time in living memory where we are urged to protect one another. We must not forget that organizing communities taught us how to care for one another long before COVID-19 became a pandemic. We have freed prisoners, released immigrant detainees, fed hungry children, and built homes for houseless people. Our creativity did not stop when the pandemic began; it simply evolved. For example, we’ve seen a huge spike of relief funds from individual donations weeks before Trump talked about a stimulus check. We have a network of people making masks for those at the front lines every day. Heartspark partnered with Thurston County Food Bank , UNITE Olmypia , and Gender Justice League to deliver groceries and toiletries to families in need. What’s most important is that it’s never too late to get involved and take action. You can start by finding local resources you can donate to (in our case, us, too!]. Let this pandemic be the wake-up call you need to see that acting in solidarity will outlive any crisis we face.
What’s happening to trans and non-binary people during this pandemic?
LUNA : They are facing financial scarcity. It’s a well-known struggle that trans folks are barred from entering the workforce due to systemic transphobia and transmisogyny. A real tangible way to support your local trans community is to donate to trans-led organizations like Gender Justice League , Black Trans Task Force , Heartspark Press , and UNITE Olympia . They are on the ground creating new systems of liberation for trans and non-binary people.
How can people get involved with your work? 
Grey background and text that reads: "When you support Heartspark Press, you are standing up for the voices of all transgender girls, women, and (C)AMAB non-binary folks across the entire planet. You are screaming that our voices are important and that..."
AMY and LUNA : The best way to get involved in our work right now is a monetary donation! Heartspark has re-directed a lot of our operations towards creating COVID-19 support systems for trans and non-binary people in Washington, but we’re still a community arts organization at the heart. You can make a donation here .
Learn more about the work of Heartspark Press here .
In solidarity,

Director of Communications and Storytelling

p.s. For those of us who are able to survive (and even thrive) during this time, your gift (no matter the size) helps support organizations who are power-building and imagining their world anew.  Invest in the new world today.


Read our last Amplify Series installation here .

#JusticeIsEssential Social Media Series

Over the next couple of months, we'll be highlighting on social media how grantees are using Resist's rapid response funding to not only advocate for the basic needs and protections of communities hardest hit by COVID-19, but also to build resiliency and reimagine alternatives that work for the many and not just the few in a post-pandemic world.

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