Melissa Chadburn is a contributing editor for the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and an editor-at-large for Dame Magazine. Her first novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming. (February 2018)

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Counting to a Hundred

Workers picketing a farm in Imperial Valley, California, 1968

I met a woman with a petition. This was something I could do. Get people to sign her petition. Her petition to get money from the government to build more schools and parks. I went to El Superior, the market on Figueroa in LA, and stood out in the hot sun. I drank pink and white and green Agua Frescas, and had folks sign my petition. One hundred. I wanted to get one hundred signatures a day, I decided. That would be magnificent.