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Heartbeats: Voices of Oppression was created as a collaboration between
M. Kate Allen, Jax Goss of Solarwyrm Press, and Kristen Duval of Fey
Publishing. We wanted to create something that would speak powerfully for the
many thousands of men, women and children worldwide who live enslaved and
oppressed, while simultaneously raising funds for those who fight trafficking
and slavery. In this book are stories of oppression and liberation, of
empowerment and the stripping away of power, of enslavement and escape. Many
are hard to read, many will break your hearts or make them soar, all are united
in the idea that the use and abuse by some humans of other humans must stop.
Every person who worked on this project did it for free, so that absolutely all
the profits made from the book can go tonotforsalecampaign.org,
and the excellent work they do. By buying it, you are helping that work
continue. May we someday live in a world where such work is not needed.
I’m incredibly proud to be part of this initiative, and the
important work it supports at Not For Sale. It’s not news to anyone that I am
powerfully opposed to all forms of oppression and othering, and I think that
this sort of slavery and trafficking is something we as a species need to stamp
out. Every person who worked on this book, from the writers, to the editor, to
the publisher, to the cover designer, did it for free, so that every single
cent we make from the sale of the book can go to this very important cause. The
stories are difficult to read in many cases, touching, and haunting and
profoundly moving. Some are heart-breaking, some are empowering, all are worth
So buy it. Because it’s good.
Because the stories are incredible and should be read. And buy it to support
the Not For Sale Campaign.
Let’s prove the power of story, of
narrative, of our voices, can make a difference in the world.
Caddy Rowland is a novelist and painter. Her social media