When I first started the Angles of Reality project with the goal of advocacy and education, I focused on getting the book published, printed, launched and sold. With three out of those four tasks completed, I have never-endingly been asking myself what the next steps are and how to continue using this platform for positive social change. Of course, there is selling out all the copies of Angles of Reality to donate the proceeds to Oak Table—but what other opportunities are out there for this project?
In pondering this question, I have realized that my story is one that has yet to be fully shared. This project has always been to support the impoverished and/or unsheltered population in Winnipeg, but in pursuing this ambition, it has shown me that an undertaking like this for youth is not impossible. This entire experience has been one that I will forever hold closely to my heart—one that I would like to continue sharing with the people around me so that we may not falter in the face of difficulty when it comes to tackling large social injustices.
We are a society ruled by what we see, fixating on the physical aspects that meet our eyes, but “there is always more to these stories than what we would comfortably like to believe, and we are not as different as many would pride in.” (Justine Ramos from, Angles of Reality, Author’s Note). Further in the Author’s Note of Angles of Reality are thoughts shared of the way that reading, especially from first person perspective, transforms you into the person that you are reading about. Every story is unique and this makes every reader’s experience of every story unique—personal and powerful.
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Words From Syd Korsunsky
Prominent education and literature figure within the Winnipeg writing community
Maya Angelou also said, “I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” In the collection of stories you are about to read, I know that Justine Ramos and her story-tellers possess an abundance of that very courage, on display for us to learn from.