Who we are

Mission

We exist to ignite conversations that inform, inspire, and shift public consciousness.

Vision

A racial, economic, and gender just world.

Who we are

Launched in 2015, Justice Matters Press is a movement press birthed from Justice Matters, a racial justice education policy organization founded in 1994. Justice Matters Press is a multi-issue effort that builds on its founding organization’s two decades of racial justice organizing, training, arts integration, and policy analysis in the field of public education. Amalgamating policy research, publishing, cultural arts, and grassroots organizing traditions, we aim to lift movement-based visions and analyses, ideas, and solutions that shift consciousness and expand the boundaries of the progressive imagination.

We envision more inclusive and more powerful movements by centering those most often excluded from idea-generating and decision-making tables (women of color, queer and trans people, poor and working class people, immigrants, Disabled people, people from the global south) and facilitating modes of knowledge production that offer nuanced understandings of systemic ills, bolster propulsive strategies, and articulate values-driven solutions. We exist to ask critical questions of progressives and the movement-left and to invite us to grapple with the complexities and contradictions of social change strategies through an intersectional framework. We are ready to respond to today’s cultural and political backlash to social progress by insisting on a movement that centers the voices and experiences of the excluded.

We choose the vehicle of publishing inspired by the legacies of social justice presses that emerged toward the last quarter of the 20th century. Presses that brought forth texts that forever impacted movements for social change, such as South End Press, which published the likes of Cherríe L. Moraga, bell hooks, and Howard Zinn, and Kitchen Table: A Woman of Color Press, whose second edition of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, set a new blueprint for multi-racial coalitions and has educated and inspired generations of movement leaders for nearly four decades. Specifically, Kitchen Table Press is the driving inspiration for us as a movement press as it was an activist, arts, and advocacy effort also committed to the struggles of all oppressed peoples.