Hawaiʻi Review seeks submissions of writing in all genres and audio/visual and performance art in all media from Black and / or Indigenous writers and artists on the theme of Indigenous & Black Connected Resistence. Send us your poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, translation and multilingual work, drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, music, spoken word, film, multimedia works.
On her website, Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson offers the following:
"my liberation as an Indigenous women is linked to the liberation of Black women, and the Two Spirit and Queer community, and I’ve learned by listening to Black feminists like Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Angela Davis, Luam Kidane and Hawa Y. Mire that resurgent Indigenous and Black feminisms are the spine of our collective liberation. #BlackLivesMatter, is “an online platform developed after the murder of Trayvon Martin, designed to connect people interested in learning more about and fighting back against anti-Black racism” created in 2013 by three Black Queer women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tomet. ... To me, Ferguson is a call not only to indict the system but to decolonize the systems that create and maintain the forces of Indigenous genocide and anti-Blackness. I have a responsibility to make space on my land for those communities of struggles, to centre and amplify Black voices and to co-resist. We both come from vibrant, proud histories of mobilization and protest, and it is the sacrifices of our Elders and our Ancestors that ensured that our communities of struggle continue to exist today. They believed in their hearts that there is no justice and no peace until we are all free, and so must we."
In an interview with the Hawaiʻi Independent, Alice Walker relates,
"I love Hawaii because it’s one of the places on the earth where people even if they are not indigenous genetically have a respect for the indigenous wisdom. Indigenous wisdom around the world is always about the earth and about the sacredness of where we are. We are in the most sacred place – the earth is so incredibly dear. And it is painful to see how few people realize or even think about it. ... It’s so incredible to think that people, once they lose their language they can’t even complain sufficiently because they don’t have the words from their own language to say what it is they don’t like. So the work that’s required to reconnect us to our real selves involves having your own language. So this is a place where Hawai’i is a very good teacher. Because it’s daunting to think about re-learning a language you never knew, where people have forced you not to know your own tongue. It’s horrible, it’s what happened to you. So this is something that can go out among indigenous people around the world. Yes you cannot even relearn, you can learn your original language. And if you can do that, there are nuances of thought, of feeling that you are then able to use to help the world."