IN THIS MOMENT: Revolution Reckoning Reparation

2020-2021, forthcoming from VSW Press

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  • In This Moment is a project for ten teams of Black writers and photographers to profile ten Black leaders from across the city of Rochester:

    • Samra Brouk, Non-Profit Leader
    • Luticha Doucette, Owner of Catalyst Consulting
    • Shawn Dunwoody, Artist
    • Gatekeeper Adrian Elim
    • Dorothy Simmons Hall & Dorian Hall, GrassRoots Community Builders
    • Debora McDell-Hernandez, Senior Director of Public & Community Affairs Planned Parenthood of Central & Western New York
    • Dr. Celia McIntosh, DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, SCRN, CEN, CCRN, CNRN, President of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking
    • Kathryn Mariner, Wilmot Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies
    • Danielle Ponder, Musician & Attorney
    • Herbert Smith, 3rd Trumpet Rochester Philharmonic Director of Jazz Bands RIT Composer, Recording Artist, Conductor

    The project demonstrates the breadth and scope of revolutionary work happening in the area. Each profile will become a chapbook published by VSW Press and each of the ten books will be available for free distribution as they are produced.

    The theme, In this Moment, is a challenge to a euphemism often used in lieu of talking about Revolution, Reckoning, and Reparations. We look to take the euphemism and ask it back to those most likely to use it: What is this moment? 

    See the Smitri Jacob’s article on the project in the Rochester Beacon here.

    In This Moment is created by Amanda Chestnut, Curator, and Jeanne Strazzabosco, Coordinator. VSW is the fiscal sponsor, publisher, and collaborator. Direct donations at the above levels can be made here:

    Or you may subscribe to VSW to give to the project on a monthly basis here:

  • This moment is a revolution, a reckoning, and a demand for reparations. 

    The intergenerational wound of racism in Rochester existed before the building of the Inner Loop and before the firebombing of Frederick Douglass’s home. Black people in this city have been working for freedom since before the city’s namesake, Nathaniel Rochester, financially invested in slave trading and brought the people he himself enslaved to the region.

    We acknowledge that this project capitalizes on the labor of Black leaders, writers, and photographers and we are raising funds to pay all of those involved in addition to printing and distributing books. Each contributor is innovative in their own right: photographers are vanguards in Black Lives Matter; writers are at the forefront of equitable funding for arts and education in the city; every person has a vested interest in a successful and vibrant Rochester and we wish for you to invest in them, directly.

    You can help to tell stories that show how this moment is just one in a series of events that Black people have been facing, fighting, and determinedly prevailing over for generations.

    You may make gifts at the following levels…

    Contributor, $10 guarantees you one of the chapbooks

    Backer, $25 guarantees you three different chapbooks

    Supporter, $100 guarantees you all the chapbooks as they are published

    Patron, $350 supports the honorarium of one contributor

    Team Builders, $1,050 supports an entire team’s honoraria

    Publishers, $3,000: produces an entire chapbook

  • We are very grateful to our donors:

    Publishers Jeanne Strazzabosco

    Team Builders Jeanne Strazzabosco, Rome Celli, Chris Caretta, Glenn Jackson x 2

    Patrons Ann Binstock, Jane Sutter Brandt, Tom Jacobs, Audrey James

    Supporters Megan DeFranco, Joel Burges, Jenna McDavid, Julie Fiske, Sean Dobbin, Patricia Uttaro, Megan Sullivan, Elizabeth Murray, Alison Feser, Rome Celli, Ginnie Maier, Kimberly Pier, Bleu Cease, University of Rochester Special Collections, Kathleen Braman, Kelly Cheatle, Beth Larter, Jesse Lanser, Sharon Hildebrand, Gwendolyn Davies, Mara Hazzard-Wollingford, Mona Seghatoleslami, Thomas Mitchell, Elizabeth Stauderman, Brian Murphy, Matthew DeTurck, Megan Borruso, Lindsey Brown, Tate DeCaro, Mike and Lynn Boucher, Adele Anderson and Evan Meccarello, Callie Babbitt, Margaret Joseph, Kristen Balliet, Meredith Davenport, Kristin Hocker, Anonymous, Harriet Gibbs, Kathleen Jordan, Deborah Ronnen, Carmel Merrill, Louie Palu, Jacklyn Das, Scott Barrows, Joyce Strazzabosco, Sejal Shah, Chris Fanning

    Backers Mark Watts, Hettie Barnhill, Jeremy Tjhung, Amanda Tucker, Lisa McCarty, Linda Maroney, Erica Neuberger, Mitch Gruber, Deborah Pierce, Quajay Donnell, Maya Abtahian, Jon Gary x 2, Benjamin Kieran x 2, Bethany Velante, Rachel Oatridge, Melissa Chinnock, Charles Goodman x 2, Cathy Sweet, Chris Nolan, Kitty Hubbard, Michael Darcy, Kathryn O’Brien, Jennifer Canning  x 2, Crystle Slavy, Melissa VanHeukelum, Carla Halstead, Holli Englerth x 2, Benjamin Kieran, Mary Jo Bonin, Nancy Kehoe, Mark Hartwig, Meg Colombo, Nick Marshall, Ann Rosen, Caitlin Meives, Sara Kozak, Meredith Smith, Hannah Lynch, Ustina Tawadros, Jennifer Strazzabosco, Chris Lindstrom, Melissa Milhalyov, Pia Cseri-Briones, Chris Gernon, Emily Robin Minerva, Annie Niederpruem, Kristen Dolan, Lee Nordhaus, Scott McCarney, Jeri Wilcox, Meghan Murphy, Laura Chekow, Susan Spencer, Kathleen Sweetman, Joan Hendrick, Dan Varenka, Mark Strong, Mark Denaci

    Contributors Kara Finnigan, Miranda Mims, Julia Maddox, Fran Broderick, Ngozi Udo, Rachel DeGuzman, Erica Englert, Michael Brisson, Steve Carter, Beth Larter, Michael Hunton, Maria Guzenko, Milo Obourn, Michael D’Avignon, Sarah Webb, Jenna Weintraub, Rachel Laber, Chelsea Flint, Rachel Barnhart, Karen Moses, Michelle Macirella, Renee Duquette, Kristy Mapes, Maryanna Mueller, Brian Halligan, Ty Gagnon, Eboni Jones, Sally Cohen