August 30, 2022

Jobs With Justice Announces Release of the Second Issue of Its Zine, “Paid Time Off”

New issue is a collaboration with Android Press’s “Solarpunk Magazine.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 30, 2022

Contact: Joel Mendelson, joel@jwj.org

Washington, D.C.—In celebration of Labor Day, Jobs With Justice will release the long-awaited second issue of its zine “Paid Time Off” (PTO) in partnership with Solarpunk Magazine. PTO is a literary magazine which celebrates the radical imagination of the labor movement, while Solarpunk uses futuristic and punk fiction to explore sustainable, healthy ecosystems working in harmony with technology. In the joint issue, the two work together to envision a role for the labor movement in creating solutions to the climate crisis.

PTO x Solarpunk weaves together the voices of workers and organizers fighting the climate crisis and combating white supremacy as they strive to demand an economy and democracy that works for all. Both magazines center the stories of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ cultural workers continuing the legacy of radical labor literature around the globe.

“Octavia Butler says that there is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns. With this zine, especially in collaboration with the team at Solarpunk, it feels like we’re just starting to feel the warmth of another sun in the labor movement,” said Jobs With Justice Creative Content Producer and PTO Editor-in-Chief MacKenzie River Foy. “What an amazing example of the power that literature has to connect us to each other and build power for people under the shoe of corporate America, people stuck in the wake of centuries of colonialism. I’m proud to do this with so many ancestors and living visionaries.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate with Jobs with Justice and PTO on such an important issue for our magazines,” said Solarpunk Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Justine Norton-Kertson. “The future of labor and labor relations is vital to the solarpunk vision of a more utopian future led by those who are most marginalized within the capitalist system. Jobs with Justice has been fighting for that vision for over 35 years, and we’re honored to be working with them to bring that vision to the pages of this issue.”

Subscribers to Solarpunk Magazine will receive a physical copy of PTO x Solarpunk this fall. Sustainers of Jobs With Justice – those who sign up to contribute $5.00 or more per month between September 1 and September 30, 2022, or who are already contributors at this level – will also receive a physical copy of PTO.

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Jobs With Justice is leading the fight for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits everyone. We are the only nonprofit of our kind leading strategic campaigns and shaping the public discourse on every front to build power for working people. Jobs With Justice is committed to working nationally and locally, on the ground and online. We win real change for workers by combining innovative communications strategies and solid research and policy advocacy with grassroots action and mobilization.

Solarpunk is a prefigurative, utopian artistic movement that envisions what the future might look like if humanity solved major modern challenges like climate change, and created more sustainable and balanced societies. As a genre and cultural aesthetic, it encompasses literature, visual art, fashion, video games, architecture, and more. Solarpunk carries many aspects of punk ideologies such as rebelliousness, humanitarianism, egalitarianism, animal rights, decolonization, anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-authoritarianism, anti-corporatism, and anti-consumerism. Similar to the cyberpunk genre, the big difference between the two is that in solarpunk technology and nature are in harmony with one another rather than in conflict.

Paid Time Off (PTO) launched in September 2021, collaborating with Village X on its debut issue. PTO is a project of Jobs With Justice.

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