WHO WE ARE

Reclamation Magazine is a digital publication committed to amplifying the voices of the marginalized. We attempt to give the communities and the people whose perspectives have been cast off in the mainstream a platform to express themselves — to showcase their vulnerability, to stand tall in the face of adversity, and to reclaim their identity. We are dedicated to featuring the creativity, intellect, and opinions of our contributors as authentically as possible; urging them to stick with their truth in a time where the world needs it more than ever.

We recognize that there are voices in the social and political climate that have been sidelined for far too long, voices that haven’t been given the validity they deserve, voices that through it all have remained persistent.

There is power in words. In art. In stories. They have the ability to change the very foundations of our world, the institutions that have sought to oppress us, the borders that have attempted to divide us. They have the power to free us from the walls built to contain us so that we are diminished to nothing but labels and stereotypes.

But we are so much more than that. We are intellectuals. We are creatives. We are leaders, and thinkers, and doers. We are revolutionaries. And we are, in essence, hope. The spokespeople of our generation.

Here at Reclamation Magazine, your voice matters.

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MEET THE FOUNDER

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My name is Simra Mariam and I am the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Reclamation Magazine. 

I am a full-time student, journalist, and artist based just outside of Philadelphia, and I’ve been writing about politics and social justice since the startup of my blog in 2015. 

Originally from India, my family moved to the United States when I was around seven-years-old. As a little girl just old enough to call both the bustling city of Bangalore and unique, historic Philadelphia home, I’ve struggled with balancing and coming to terms with my identity as an Indian-American Muslim woman.

I come from a line of medical professionals, but also from a lineage of unwavering creatives. For as long as I can remember, I’ve used art as an outlet to express how I feel — about myself, the world, and everything in it. Writing and storytelling, from personal experience, have allowed me the opportunity to tell my stories authentically.

Rooted in the concept of using various mediums of art to express individuality, experiences, and critiques about the world, my hope for this magazine is that it’s accessible to anyone who feels the need for a representative voice in the mainstream media. I am hopeful that as the platform continues to grow in both readership and contributions, it will serve as a statement that marginalized voices cannot be erased, and are all the more powerful when they come together.