Gardenwall Publications

Gardenwall Publications GWP LLC provides freelance/boutique communications, media and writing services focusing on Latino topics, education, health, social justice and more.
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Follow me on Twitter: @AllenaT. GWP LLC provides freelance/boutique communications, media and writing services focusing on Latino topics, education, health, social justice and more. Owner Allena Tapia is also a writing/small business Expert with About.com and contributes to blogs at Huffington Post and Eve's Tree of Knowledge. GWP LLC offers Spanish translation using ONLY native Spanish speakers in the correct dialect, editorial work from the managing level all the way down to proofreading, writing which has been picked up by NATIONAL publications such as Huffington Post, and local marketing and publicity that can only be provided by a Lansing native who knows the city inside & out. GardenWallPublications.com.

Mission: “Respond to the political in all its ambiguity because you know the people who died, not because you caught the highlights on the news.” (Reginald Betts)

Sometimes working at home is sad. Example: no cake.
04/14/2019

Sometimes working at home is sad. Example: no cake.

Every day!
04/12/2019

Every day!

02/22/2019
National Writers Union

National Writers Union

Writing Wrongs: Call-Outs, Correctness, and Culture Wars

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 7-9PM
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 1745 BROADWAY, NYC
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Amid polarized politics, heightened awareness of the entrenched legacies of sexism, racism, and other forms of intolerance, and the rise of digital platforms where norms and boundaries are constantly renegotiated, writers and artists have been prompted to reconsider their roles. Writing can inform, entertain, question conventional wisdom, correct societal wrongs, but not necessarily accomplish all of the above. In this panel of diverse writers and thinkers we explore the moral and creative imperatives of writing in an era when call-outs, competing definitions of political correctness, and the unpacking of buried legacies of exclusion have all come to the foreground.

This event will begin with remarks from PEN America President Jennifer Egan, who will announce the results of PEN America's annual Trustee election and reflect on the organization's progress and goals. PEN America Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Nossel, will moderate a panel which includes: playwright Ayad Ahktar, historian and former New York Review of Books Editor Ian Buruma, Slate's Inkoo Kang, The New York Times' Wesley Morris, and novelist Francine Prose. A discussion with the audience will follow.
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This Town Hall will take place as part of PEN America’s Annual General Meeting and attendance is limited to PEN America Members in good standing. If you are not already a PEN America Member, now is the perfect time to join! When you become a member of PEN America, you commit to the work of celebrating literary excellence, defending free expression, and protecting persecuted writers. We are pleased to offer 20% off your membership dues when you JOIN TODAY to attend Writing Wrongs: Call-outs, Correctness, and Culture Wars. Be sure to use the discount code AGM2019 for 20% off your membership dues today!

07/18/2018

Writers/ readers: Help me remember the title of this story. It was a short story surrounding the events of the Kristallnacht, male main character was a firefighter. I read it in a workshop about 8 years ago at MSU for a master's program, and my memory says it was recent to then. ????? Thanks for any help. All my searches have been fruitless.

Automate Your Quarterly Tax Payments With This App
04/17/2018
Automate Your Quarterly Tax Payments With This App

Automate Your Quarterly Tax Payments With This App

For many first-time freelancers (and some seasoned vets), quarterly taxes are a nightmare. Either you don’t know you have to pay them and you’re caught off guard, or you withhold too little.

03/11/2018

1/25: Staying in one's echo chamber is a sign of intellectual laziness. However, there are many ways to expand your sphere & YOU can choose whats best for you. For example, block ignorance on personal social media, but subscribe to a magazine that represents "the other side." Turn off MSNBC, but read some Ta-Nahisi Coates, etc. #CriticalThinking25

Webinar today introduced this new research/publication from the Center for Social Impact Communication ... Highlights in...
01/31/2018
Altruism, Empathy and Efficacy - Center for Social Impact Communication

Webinar today introduced this new research/publication from the Center for Social Impact Communication ... Highlights include language that triggers empathy and how to motivate supporters for your cause *without* appealing to universal values. Need help crafting a message with the latest science behind it? Message GWP today--I have openings for one or two new projects up until May 2018, and then not again until Fall!

Every day, social impact practitioners trying to do good in the world work to activate audiences based on assumptions they have about what drives people to support causes.

Webinar - Altruism, Empathy and Efficacy: The Science Behind Engaging Your Supporters
01/17/2018
Webinar - Altruism, Empathy and Efficacy: The Science Behind Engaging Your Supporters

Webinar - Altruism, Empathy and Efficacy: The Science Behind Engaging Your Supporters

Join Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication on January 31, 2018 for a free webinar to launch our new applied research study about how to engage supporters on behalf of social impact organizations through the use of brain science. About the Webinar: Every day, social impact ...

Social Movement Technologies
01/11/2018
Social Movement Technologies

Social Movement Technologies

"In my organizing, it’s been important for me to step back sometimes, reflect, and take in guidance from experienced colleagues." - Erin Malone, SMT Board President and 2018 Author Talk MC.

Here is a free series of online talks January - June 2018 by authors of some of the most important recently-published movement-building books. Read the book before the talk, or not. Ask questions and join the discussion, or just listen in. ⠀

PEN America
01/05/2018
PEN America

PEN America

"When the most powerful man in the world threatens a writer and a publisher, these are flimsy pretexts for what is at best an act of intimidation, and at worst a notice to the world at large aimed at chilling the free expression of opinions contrary to the whims and interests of the Leader"

Communications as the New Nonprofit Core Competency
11/20/2017
Communications as the New Nonprofit Core Competency

Communications as the New Nonprofit Core Competency

Today, NPQ announces an exciting new partnership with the FrameWorks Institute to illuminate the art and science of framing contested social issues in public discourse.

If you asked me what one resource has driven my career, I would tell you unambiguously "The Frameworks Institute." Frame...
11/17/2017

If you asked me what one resource has driven my career, I would tell you unambiguously "The Frameworks Institute." Frameworks teaches activists how to talk about issues in a way that WORKS FOR CHANGE. I weave lessons from them into all my client's publications/writing/social campaign needs. They just released this new report that I think many of my friends, colleagues and co-workers will find useful: "Framing Race and Immigration."http://frameworksinstitute.org/assets/files/Immigration/integrating_issues_11_14_17.pdf

10/03/2017

Proud to be a member of the National Writers Union! From the newsletter: "NWU is endorsing and co-sponsoring the 'Stomp Out the Muslim Travel Ban' rally in response to Trump’s third attempt at an anti-Muslim Travel Ban, which is about to be heard by the US Supreme Court. The rally will be at Borough Hall in Brooklyn on October 16. I encourage every member to participate in these events wherever you are."

09/06/2017

Check it out: WritersResist.org ... Writers Resist is a national network of writers driven to #WriteOurDemocracy by defending the ideals of a free, just and compassionate democratic society. #WritersResist

I receive many, many advanced reading copies even though I don't do as much book reviewing lately, other than maybe a fe...
07/14/2017

I receive many, many advanced reading copies even though I don't do as much book reviewing lately, other than maybe a few frrebies for HuffPo blog here and there. Most of them stay within my range of expert topics, but this one is out of my wheelhouse. First impression: What do you think? "Fierce agreement" huh? 🤔🤔 I might be game.

Whether it's festivals, travel, family get-togethers or just plain relaxation, GWP hopes those in the USA are enjoying t...
07/13/2017

Whether it's festivals, travel, family get-togethers or just plain relaxation, GWP hopes those in the USA are enjoying the summer break! I've been MIA for this very reason, myself :) I'll be returning to regular scheduling and accepting new clients starting August 28, though, and I look forward to ramping up then.

Was happy to support the media needs of Action of Greater Lansing yesterday as they made their sanctuary congregations a...
05/26/2017
E.L. church will shelter at-risk immigrants from feds

Was happy to support the media needs of Action of Greater Lansing yesterday as they made their sanctuary congregations announcement. We got great turnout from the media, despite a quick turnaround: Michigan Radio WUOM, local FOX, local NBC, Lansing State Journal, Mlive, City Pulse and a couple of other local news outlets.

Movimiento Cosecha
04/27/2017

Movimiento Cosecha

Just 5 days until the largest immigrant-led strike since the 2006 mega marches! Be part of this movement-- text STRIKE to 41411.

Photos from Gardenwall Publications's post
04/22/2017

Photos from Gardenwall Publications's post

Story behind the story
04/06/2017
Story behind the story

Story behind the story

On March 20, a 36-year-old undocumented woman from Mexico was pulled over by Lansing Police Officer Matthew Meaton for improper lane use. He asked for her driver’s license. She produced an expired one. Her asked her if it was a fake, which is a crim

Just a lil something I've been working on. Came in late to the game, found a functioning coalition in place, aided them ...
04/04/2017

Just a lil something I've been working on. Came in late to the game, found a functioning coalition in place, aided them and my organizations in communications and press work... And a victory! Love it.
Joint Statement from: ACTION of Greater Lansing,
MI Latinx Info Cluster and Michigan United
Contact:
Oscar Castañeda, 517-980-4141, [email protected]
Ed Montemayor, 517-881-9829, [email protected]
Ryan Bates, 877-507-7774, [email protected]

Advocates Laud Lansing Sanctuary City Status
Mayoral EO and Council Resolution Combine to Protect Residents from Administrative Overreach

LANSING- ACTION of Greater Lansing, Michigan United and MI Latinx Info Cluster join to praise the cooperative work of several organizations, public servants and individuals in the victory of designating Lansing, Michigan as a sanctuary city, in defiance of the empty threats of the US administrative branch.

In a surprise executive order, Mayor Virg Bernero cemented the city’s status by releasing a resounding and comprehensive list of directions for city and police employees, echoing language groups like By Any Means Necessary and Black Lives Matter – Lansing, along with elected officials like Councilperson Kathie Dunbar, repeatedly presented as necessary for the protection of undocumented residents in the city. In addition, Lansing City Council heeded numerous and repeated demands from the people of Lansing, and added two amendments to an otherwise weak resolution which strengthened it and aligned the council with the mayor’s EO.

Councilperson Dunbar, who worked in concert with the mayor on Monday prior to his release of EO language, highlighted the cooperation necessary to bring the issue to fruition, after months of coordination on her part finally culminated in the victory.

“I've been so inspired by my work with people representing local, state and national organizations who spent countless hours researching federal immigration policies, analyzing case law, participating in conference calls, meeting with immigrants and crafting sanctuary policy. Their collective efforts resulted in a clear, strong and meaningful policy that protects our undocumented neighbors.”

Oscar Castaneda of ACTION of Greater Lansing (a Gamaliel affiliate) agreed.

“The mayor’s action and the council’s work are an unequivocal victory for the people of Lansing. Once again, we are constantly working to turn the vitriol we’ve encountered since November into a stronger and more cohesive community that resists hatred and division. When the people unite, they cannot be defeated.”
Among others, key efforts and support came from Black Lives Matter of Lansing, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) of Lansing, ACLU, National Immigrant Justice Center, Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.
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National Press Call: How Safe Are DACA Recipients?
03/19/2017
National Press Call: How Safe Are DACA Recipients?

National Press Call: How Safe Are DACA Recipients?

Hosted by New America Media and Ready CaliforniaDial-in Number: 1-800-247-5110Passcode: NAMAmid reports of stepped up deportation efforts, how safe are DACA recipients and what's next for Dreamers? Can DACA recipients be deported? And will DACA remain in place, be eliminated entirely or be replaced…

03/15/2017

Busy. Good. Work.

"Friends - I'm so happy to share that today we launched our interfaith sanctuary network in Detroit and Kalamazoo.

8 congregations announced themselves as full or solidarity congregations and press conferences, and we expect to have 12 by the end of the week.

They include:
Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist - Detroit
Hope United Methodist Church - Southfield
Ferndale First United Methodist Church
Central United Methodist Church - Detroit
Birmingham Temple - Farmington Hills
Metro Zion AME Church - Detroit
Sunnyside United Methodist Church - Portage
Kalamazoo 1st Congregational Church

They are supported by the Michigan Muslim Community Council.

This first announcement comes after 3 statewide trainings attended by more than 200 volunteers.

Special thanks to those who helped staff, organize and train the sanctuary teams, including Adonis Flores, Diego Bonesatti, Caitlin Homrich, Alex Pulido, Christine Lewis, Erik Shelley, Kim Hunter, Allena Tapia and Nelly Fuentes.

Extra special thanks to our hosts for both events, Rev. Jill Zundell at Central Methodist and Rev. Nathan Dannison at Kalamazoo 1st Congregational.

As you can see, we got great coverage. Hopefully more will read the news and join us!"

"Her work is infused with the very subversive idea that words, especially when one chooses them oneself—i, i, i—can be s...
03/08/2017
Joan Didion's New Book Is a Story Without a Story

"Her work is infused with the very subversive idea that words, especially when one chooses them oneself—i, i, i—can be softly weaponized. If one cares enough to find the right ones, words are capable at once of taking the measure of things and of cutting them down to size."

"South and West: From a Notebook" is a 1970s-era artifact that has found its proper home in the anxious world of 2017.

03/02/2017

UGH!! SEE?? Was just talking to a former client whose dissertation I edited. He was looking at a couple post-doc programs, including MSU, and HE CHOSE TO GO TO CANADA because of "climate." Fairly wealthy individual, multilingual family of 5 (!!!) kids, wife is an accomplished researcher in her own right, potential asset to the Lansing region, but NOPES.

I love this woman! Wow. Read read read
03/01/2017
Young Black Voters, You Got This

I love this woman! Wow. Read read read

My vision for Black futures looks like Black youth voter education and young Black voters everywhere.

02/28/2017
#Resistencia (Training Notes) - LatinoVictory.us

Listened in on this great webinar on Latino organizing-- here is a list of 10 easy takeaways. Listened in on this great webinar on Latino organizing-- here is a list of 10 easy takeaways. http://latinovictory.us/resistencia

Lesson One: 10 take-aways on building coalitions and uniting your community. Link to training video HERE. The Experts: Carmen Perez, Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice Nelini Stamp, National Membership Director at the Working Families Party Andrea Gompf, Editor-in-chief, Remezcla Jess T...

02/22/2017

From Resource Media: "Instead of making your initiative or campaign a reaction to Trump and what he stands for, build your message and strategy from a position of strength, grounded in the shared values and concerns of your audience and decision-makers. There may be situations where framing an initiative in response to Trump makes sense—maybe it is just the thing to inspire local leaders to step up, or is a great way to rally your base. But don’t assume that’s the case."

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Proud to be a member of the National Writers Union: "NWU is endorsing and co-sponsoring the Stomp Out the Muslim Travel Ban rally in response to Trump’s third attempt at an anti-Muslim Travel Ban, which is about to be heard by the US Supreme Court. The rally will be at Borough Hall in Brooklyn on October 16. I encourage every member to participate in these events wherever you are."
Thank you for your funny and informative article on Freelance Writer Fees!
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