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To the Left and Write Zine

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A collection of stories that were written during the "Freeing the Writer Within" workshop at CSTI 2010.

During Western States Center’s annual Community Strategic Training Initiative (CSTI) in 2010, we offered a workshop called ‘Freeing the Writer Within.’ Gary Delgado led our activist participants in creative writing exercises, to help them to uncover their voices in print. Because, as Delgado pointed out, “In order to do our best work we need to move forward with all that we are. Writing can give us the opportunity to explore our experiences and, sometimes, to discover wisdom that we’ve managed to hide –even from ourselves.”

We’ve compiled the writings into this zine, To the Left and Write, to share stories outside of campaigns and legislative sessions.

“This collection is a wonderful example of our other voices … the creativity, humor, and insight that lies just beneath the surface of our by-the-numbers organizing and heartfelt advocacy,” Delgado wrote.

Two printing formats are available:

(Note: You may have to position the printing as "landscape" or "rotate and center')

1. Click here to download the “ready-to-read” PDF version.

(This is the preferred version for readers who do not want a “zine” print out.)

2. Click here to download the “booklet” PDF version.

(It is formatted to be double-sided printed and folded down the center to read like a zine.)


CSTI, also fondly known as “activist summer camp” brings together hundreds of community activists from across the country to attend dozens of workshops, such as Organizing 101, Social Media for Social Justice, Beyond Diversity: Dismantling Racism and more.

 CSTI 2011 is July 29th- 31st in Portland, Oregon.

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