POC ZINE PROJECT

RECAP: Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 Part 1 of 2: Kaos Blac’s Experience

By POCZP volunteer Kaos Bac

Brooklyn Zine Fest went well based on the day, Saturday, April 26, that I helped table for POC Zine Project. I arrived at the Brooklyn Historical Society a little after 10am. All the tables on the main floor were snatched up, so I found a table downstairs.

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I made my way over to an available space, set up the table cloth and waited for the other POCZP tablers to arrive.

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I noticed other tables had elaborate signage and tons of zines, while I had a sign up sheet, a few copies of my zine Basic Blac and my laptop open to the POC Zine Project Tumblr.

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I felt like I stood out a little — like a sore thumb: a Queer, Black Male in a majority Female and White setting.

Things turned around when Vikki Law arrived with her zine Tenacious and a few copies of her books. IMG_3612 Not only did the POCZP table now have something more to offer, but I had somebody to chat with.

Vikki is a ray of sunshine and her zine work presenting women in prison offered me insight into a world that I have no concept of.

IMG_3613 The traffic to the table was slow at first; I think most of the early crowd were mostly into comic zines and art zines. As Shawn, of Lesbian Herstory Archives, arrived with the zines she was presenting featuring work of Black lesbian’s from archives, the foot traffic picked up (as did the nature of the attendees).

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IMG_3617 [DESCRIPTION: Shawn and Vikki]

  IMG_3619 It appeared to be more of a socially conscious crowd later in the day, as some of the other tables with artsy zines didn’t seem as busy (in my opinion).

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By the end of the day, I was at ease. I wasn’t as tense presenting my work while representing a POC zine resource in a majority white space. Vikki and Shawn deserve major shout outs for tabling along with me.

I also want to give thanks to Daniela Capistrano, founder of POC Zine Project, for having a free/sponsored table for POC available to share zines like the ones we presented at Brooklyn Zine Fest. Not everyone can afford the cost to table at an event like this and there is a lot of competition to secure a table there, so thanks a bunch.

From Animal New York’s recap by Marina Galperina [DESCRIPTION: Left to right:  Kaos Blac, Shawn and Vikki. From Animal New York’s recap by Marina Galperina]

Editor’s Note: Kaos Blac was modest and didn’t send us a solo selfie, so here’s a cute photo of him: image

Kaos Blac, thanks so much for supporting POCZP’s sponsored table initiative! <3 You rock so much, we’re sharing this AIDS Walk 2014 promo video of you right now:

Donate to Team Rocket #8817. The Team’s page is here.
…stay tuned for Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 Part 2: Vikki and Shawn’s recap!
Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 was held on Saturday, April 26th & Sunday, April 27th at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. By BHS’ official count, this year 2,763 zine fest attendees browsed self-published magazines and chatted with their makers throughout the weekend. 
… and POC Zine Project was there!
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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Hi:) I'm Armenian (currently living in the US, born in Armenia), and I'm not sure whether to call myself a POC or white? I don't identify with whites at all, but I do identify somewhat with POCs. I have light skin but dark hair and features that aren't nearly as delicate as most white people. Most people can tell I'm from somewhere else. I understand that my light skin gives me a privilege over darker POC. Can I call myself a WOC, though? :/ — Asked by Anonymous

Hi Anon,

Thanks for your question. I received a similar question from someone who IDs as Armenian in 2013. You can read that thread here (I hope it helps!).

For the record, I’m not Armenian. I identify as Chicana. I know people who are Armenian who identify as POC and those who ID as white. I even know some Armenians who consider themselves “ethnic white" and actively involve themselves in POC orgs/events. I know that there are many factors involved in their decisions, including geography, where they were raised, their own coloring/features, their relationship to their neighborhoods/communities/local POC, etc.

How do you define POC? As the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper noted in November 1912:

"The statutes of Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas assert that ‘a person of color’ is one who is descended from a Negro to the third generation, inclusive, though one ancestor in each generation may have been white. According to the law of Alabama one is ‘a person of color’ who has had any Negro blood in his ancestry for five generations. … In Arkansas ‘persons of color’ include all who have a visible and distinct admixture of African blood. … Thus it would seem that a Negro in one state is not always a Negro in another."

However, today many people who don’t identify as black or mixed still identify as a person of color.

In a 1988 New York Times column about the phrase, William Safire pointed out that Martin Luther King Jr. referred to “citizens of color” in his speech at the 1963 March on Washington and wrote:

"People of color, on the other hand, is a phrase encompassing all nonwhites. … When used by whites, people of color usually carries a friendly and respectful connotation, but should not be used as a synonym for black; it refers to all racial groups that are not white."

Professor Salvador Vidal-Ortiz had this to say in the Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society:

"People of color explicitly suggests a social relationship among racial and ethnic minority groups. … [It is] is a term most often used outside of traditional academic circles, often infused by activist frameworks, but it is slowly replacing terms such as racial and ethnic minorities. … In the United States in particular, there is a trajectory to the term — from more derogatory terms such as negroes, to colored, to people of color. … People of color is, however it is viewed, a political term, but it is also a term that allows for a more complex set of identity for the individual — a relational one that is in constant flux."

I am Latina and I identify as POC. I also benefit from white privilege without seeking it out, because I have light skin.

Do many Armenians benefit from white privilege? Yes. What we do know is that in 1925, in United States v. Cartozian, the court decided that, for naturalization purposes, Armenians are white and are therefore eligible for citizenship. According to the court in Cartozian, Armenians are white because they are “predominately Christian, readily intermarry with whites and the common understanding is that they are white.”

But those are gross generalizations and that case doesn’t represent all Armenian people. I wouldn’t use the case to claim that all Armenians are white or that someone who is Armenian can’t ID as POC. Again - racial identity is complex. Armenians experience discrimination too. For example, in Glendale, California, where there is a sizable Armenian-American community, Armenians have been targeted by white supremacists.

In “AM I WHITE?: THE STORY OF AN ARMENIAN AMERICAN” by Nazareth Markarian, the author posits that Armenians were classified as white because “we pose no threat to the dominant Anglo-Saxon culture.”

I don’t know what it’s like to be Armenian and I’m not an “expert” on ethnic studies. I am not informed enough about your life and other factors to advise you on how to identify, but I can share some contextual information about the previous inquiry that I hope helps you …

If you check the thread I linked to, you will see that the Armenian individual who reached out to POCZP said that “as an Armenian I am stuck in-between being ‘white’ and brown and therefore don’t know if I will be accepted in the POC community.”

I’m happy to share that at L.A. Zine Fest 2013, the person who sent the question was in attendance and we spoke at length. This person appreciated my response and was feeling better about their identity and ways to connect with other POC communities. I am not taking credit for how they felt then or today, but what I am saying is that it was valuable for this person to reach out and to think about what identifying as a person of color means for them. The last time we spoke, they identify as POC, West Asian and Armenian. Identities are complex.

What was interesting about our exchange (on top of sharing a great hug!) is that we have similar coloring: light olive/fair-skin and dark hair/eyes. Some people might have even mistaken us for relatives, even though I am Latina.

What I have in common with some Armenian folks is that sometimes people don’t identify me or see me as a person of color. It’s understandable - they don’t know my story. They don’t know my family history. They see what they see (fair skin) and they make a set of assumptions. They don’t know that I have Mexican, Black, White, Japanese, Jewish, etc. blood relatives. They don’t know I was raised bilingual. They don’t know that my native ancestors are buried at the Mission of Capistrano. They don’t know me.

So, who are you? Are you a person of color? I don’t know. But I am glad you recognize that your light skin does affect how people treat you and how you can move in the world. What you and I have in common is that there are times when people don’t know “what” we “are” but yet we still benefit from problematic power structures because of our fair skin.

My experience of being a person of color who is Chicana is very different from my partner’s, who is a black woman. We don’t share the same experience and she has to deal with way more bullshit than I do, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a person of color.

The reason why - in part - POC is a complex term is that there are many “people of color” who don’t identify with it - some choose to identify specifically with their country of origin. Some black folks don’t identify as POC at all, while others do. Often this has to do with resistance to a monolithic, ethnic identity that assumes a shared experience. Racial identity is complex.

People confuse nationality with race and how culture translates throughout the multitudes of diasporas. I’ve met people browner than me in New Orleans who identify as white. I’ve met mixed folks who bristle at being identified as white. If you were to tell my fair-skinned, blonde niece in L.A. that she is white, she would be offended. Identity is complex.

I can’t tell you how to identify. But I do think a great place to start in your journey of figuring out if you will ID as POC is to recognize that having light skin makes your journey as a POC very different from that of someone who is always read as POC because of how they look.

While you figure out if identifying as POC makes sense for you, one of the most healing things you can do is to act in solidarity with POC in your community. Affect change where you live: volunteer with a local POC-led org, share information about POC-led initiatives IRL and online, etc. 

You will find community and acceptance with POC if you demonstrate love, care, empathy and the ability to actively listen.

And remember: whether someone identifies as POC or not, if they aren’t there for you when you need them and don’t reciprocate love/care/support, then they are not worth your time and you should seek out more accountable people.

Good luck!

Love,

Daniela Capistrano

Founder, POCZP

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Hi, are you taking interns for this year (2014)? The information on the "internships" is from 2013. — Asked by Anonymous

Hi Anon,

Thanks for your question. POCZP accepts internship applications on a rolling basis. The next session runs from November 2014 - January 2015. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano is currently reviewing candidate submissions.

Click here for internship application instructions.

POCZP Interns work with Daniela to create their own program and define the scope and parameters. Most POCZP Interns help table at events, support workshop needs and contribute to daily operations whenever possible. Some POCZP Interns work on specific initiatives.

Here’s some of what to expect:

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[PHOTO DESCRIPTION: The POC Zine Project table at our #RaceRiotTour event at UCLA in October, 2013]

Legacy Series Internship

POC Zine Project is looking for energetic and self-driven individuals to support the Legacy Series through research, writing, event coordinating, web editing and social media support.

Telecommuting and in-person opportunities are available. 

Legacy Series internship experiences will be tailored to each individual’s strengths and experiences.

All Legacy Series interns are expected to assist with research, produce two finished pieces per week for poczineproject.tumblr.com, assist with publishing and moderating on our social media platforms and support outreach and advocacy efforts locally.

The estimated time commitment per week is 10-15 hours — less hours if you’re great at multi-tasking. 

Responsibilities

1. Write articles that provide insightful analysis of publications in the Legacy Series and practical steps that help people better understand and address the topics addressed in the zines.

2. Conduct research as assigned by POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano.

3. Attend ongoing team meetings (via Google Hangout) and other team events (all virtual).

4. Support POCZP advocacy and outreach efforts locally.

5. Support planning, outreach and promotion needs for ongoing POCZP events (telecommuting and in-person).

Qualifications

- You are passionate about making zines (independent publications) by POC easy to find, distribute and share.

- You demonstrate the ability to understand and explain the transformative nature of self-publishing.

- You have experience with writing for publications, blogs, magazines, newspapers, etc. If it’s your own blog/website, that’s great!

- You have excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

- You are interested in learning from the POCZP organizational model for your own activist/community-building/creative goals.

- You have moderate to strong social media skills: You’re active on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.

- You have experience using content management systems and creating content for the web. Alternatively, you’re a faster learner and are committed to acquiring these skills during your internship.

- You have a strong sense of empathy and ability to connect with others.

- You have experience with - and confidence in - community outreach efforts. Alternatively, you have a strong desire to learn.

- You have strong online research skills. Alternatively, you have a strong desire to learn.

- You are curious, innovative, ask questions, generate new ideas and solutions.

- You are eager to learn, willing to try experiments knowing they might fail, and able to admit mistakes or inexperience.

- You have a strong ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Thanks for your interest! POCZP receives applications all the time. As a 100% volunteer entity, we do our best to review and respond as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Totally Radical Muslims Volume 3 DEADLINE is May 1, 2014!

We received this message in our in-box, so we’re passing it along <3

There are just two weeks left to get your queer muslim love story into volume three of the Totally Radical Muslim Zine!  
See call below, spread the word and get in touch if you need an extension on the deadline.  
xx, 
a TRM
FINAL CALL OUT! 
Totally Radical Muslims Volume 3 – Call for Submissions! 

Hubb: Queer Muslim Love Stories

For volume three of the Totally Radical Muslim Zine, we’re exploring love, lust, trust and vulnerability.

The Totally Radical Muslim Zine is about telling our stories and reclaiming our truths. This project is about resisting Islamophobia, homophobia, imperialism and so many more systems of oppression, and we’re tackling that racist bullshit, one love story at a time! By telling our stories, with all their edges, contradictions, beauties and gems – we are taking back the power to create our narratives and imagine another present, and another history.

For Volume 3, we are seeking submissions that share experiences on: falling in love, falling out of love, finding queer love, feeling loved by family, erotica, heartache, loneliness, critical thoughts on relationships, friendship, platonic love, and stories on self-love.

Tell us about the ways you’ve opened and closed your heart. Count the times you’ve heard it break. Describe the love you’ve asked for, prayed for, waited for, cherished, embraced, feared, denied, chased, flirted with or fled. Name the feelings that visit you by night. Send us your love letters. Talk dirty to us.

Submission invited from all self-identified Muslims – queer, trans, straight, questioning, and more… We especially welcome submissions from voices often left out of Muslim discourse: queer and trans, black, youth, disabled, Shia, Ahmadi, poor, working class, folks incarcerated and recently released.

Formats: written, drawing, photography, video.

Deadline: Thursday May 1, 2014 (goal is to print for the Hot Summer of 2014).  

Send submissions to 

islamophobia.zine@gmail.com or mail to 

P.O. Box 29843 Oakland CA 94604

More Info at www.TotallyRadicalMuslims.com

 Expectations we have and values we want upheld in submissions: 

  • intersectional and anti-oppression lens (this is not the time to play oppression olympics, folks) 
  • speak your truths, take care of your safety, be creative (pseudo names are useful, if needed) 
  • work towards community building and breaking isolation
  • our stories are penned within a context of islamophobia - air your laundry, and be mindful of how the piece will be read 
  • islamophobia falls within a continuum of oppression, honor the histories of other oppressed peoples

Specifics

We do not edit your work.  This is our commitment to honoring individual voice and storytelling.  We are however, discerning in maintaining a political frame and may decide that your piece does not fit within our projects vision and intent.  
* all submissions must be UNDER 800 words 
* blog posts can be audio/video files (talk to us about your idea before submitting)

Can’t wait to add this to the archive!

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Meet POC Zine Project and &#8216;Tenacious&#8217; editor Vikki Law at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014!
[PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Vikki Law, 2014]
POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will be tabling with local NYC zinesters of color at this year&#8217;s Brooklyn Zine Fest. The purpose of POCZP tabling at the fest is to provide free tabling space to local POC zinesters, with the zinesters keeping all of their profits from sales.
This form of advocacy is a continuation of a practice/service POCZP has provided since 2010. Most recently, POCZP provided free tabling space at the 2014&#160;L.A. Zine Fest.
We will be announcing our other NYC tabling partners between now and the fest. We&#8217;re kicking things off with POCZP zine partner Vikki Law, who you can meet in person, by coming by the POCZP table on April 26, 2014!
ABOUT VIKKI LAW
Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, zinester and mother. She is the editor of the ‘zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison, the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and the co-editor of Don&#8217;t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements. She frequently writes about issues of incarceration, gender and resistance for various publications.

Here are the zines &amp; books Vikki will have for sale at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014:

Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (limited quantity, so show up early if you want a copy!)
Don&#8217;t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements (limited quantity, so show up early if you want a copy!)
Copies of Tenacious issue 30 (fall/winter 2013) &amp; issue 31 (Spring 2014&#8212;hot off the copying machine!)
Copies of Enter the 90s: Punks &amp; Poets at ABC No Rio

Support Vikki by purchasing her writing at this year&#8217;s fest, which in turn supports Tenacious, a resource for women and trans folks in prison.
We will announce our other tabling partners in the coming days!
WANT MORE? CHECK OUT THIS EVENT:
Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm
How can zines create new narratives and representations for mixed-heritage people, LGBTQ communities, and people of color who are stereotyped or ignored in mainstream media?
What is the role of zines, DIY and self-publishing within marginalized communities?
How can zine culture open up space for intersectional conversations about identity and cultural hybridity?
Come participate in a vibrant conversation about race, gender, sexuality and media with four zinesters, activists and media-makers. Multimedia panel presentations will touch on themes such as: telling inclusive and intersectional stories; DIY and self-publishing; zine creation, production, and distribution; leveraging zine culture for racial and LGBTQ justice and movement building, and more.
Panelists include:
Nia King, filmmaker, zinester and editor of MXD: True Stories by Mixed Race Writers
Daniela Capistrano, founder of the POC Zine Project and DCAP Media
Jenna Freedman, Barnard Zine Librarian and author of the zine Lower East Side Librarian
Moderated by: Anne Hays, founder of Brooklyn-based zine distro, Sleeping Creatures, and founding editor of Storyscape.
April 24th, 2014

7pm-9pm
Brooklyn Historical Society, Great Hall
Free

This event is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Zine Fest, a 2-day festival showcasing 150 writers, artists, publishers, a zine exposition and public talks on April 26th-27th, and ABC No Rio, a collectively-run center for arts and activism in the Lower East Side.

ABOUT BROOKLYN ZINE FEST


Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 26th &amp; Sunday, April 27th (from 11am to 6pm each day) at Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights.
POCZP IS ONLY TABLING ON APRIL 26! &lt;3 BE SURE TO COME BY ON SATURDAY TO SAY HELLO AND SUPPORT OUR TABLERS!

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Meet POC Zine Project and ‘Tenacious’ editor Vikki Law at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014!

[PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Vikki Law, 2014]

POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will be tabling with local NYC zinesters of color at this year’s Brooklyn Zine Fest. The purpose of POCZP tabling at the fest is to provide free tabling space to local POC zinesters, with the zinesters keeping all of their profits from sales.

This form of advocacy is a continuation of a practice/service POCZP has provided since 2010. Most recently, POCZP provided free tabling space at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest.

We will be announcing our other NYC tabling partners between now and the fest. We’re kicking things off with POCZP zine partner Vikki Law, who you can meet in person, by coming by the POCZP table on April 26, 2014!

ABOUT VIKKI LAW

Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, zinester and mother. She is the editor of the ‘zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison, the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements. She frequently writes about issues of incarceration, gender and resistance for various publications.

Here are the zines & books Vikki will have for sale at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014:

  • Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (limited quantity, so show up early if you want a copy!)
  • Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements (limited quantity, so show up early if you want a copy!)
  • Copies of Tenacious issue 30 (fall/winter 2013) & issue 31 (Spring 2014—hot off the copying machine!)
  • Copies of Enter the 90s: Punks & Poets at ABC No Rio

Support Vikki by purchasing her writing at this year’s fest, which in turn supports Tenacious, a resource for women and trans folks in prison.

We will announce our other tabling partners in the coming days!

WANT MORE? CHECK OUT THIS EVENT:

Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

How can zines create new narratives and representations for mixed-heritage people, LGBTQ communities, and people of color who are stereotyped or ignored in mainstream media?

What is the role of zines, DIY and self-publishing within marginalized communities?

How can zine culture open up space for intersectional conversations about identity and cultural hybridity?

Come participate in a vibrant conversation about race, gender, sexuality and media with four zinesters, activists and media-makers. Multimedia panel presentations will touch on themes such as: telling inclusive and intersectional stories; DIY and self-publishing; zine creation, production, and distribution; leveraging zine culture for racial and LGBTQ justice and movement building, and more.

Panelists include:

April 24th, 2014
7pm-9pm
Free
This event is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Zine Fest, a 2-day festival showcasing 150 writers, artists, publishers, a zine exposition and public talks on April 26th-27th, and ABC No Rio, a collectively-run center for arts and activism in the Lower East Side.
ABOUT BROOKLYN ZINE FEST

Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 26th & Sunday, April 27th (from 11am to 6pm each day) at Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights.

POCZP IS ONLY TABLING ON APRIL 26! <3 BE SURE TO COME BY ON SATURDAY TO SAY HELLO AND SUPPORT OUR TABLERS!

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Hi! I'm a qwoc looking to start my own zine, but my zine most likely won't focus mainly on any issues pertaining to that. Would it still qualify here? — Asked by eyebaglady

Hi there,

Thanks for your message. My opinion is that you should make a zine about whatever you want. If you don’t want this zine to be about QWOC issues, then write about whatever you’re interested in sharing through the zine medium. 

One of the great things about making a zine is that you have total control over your own voice, message and design/layout. You can look to sources of inspiration like other zines to inform your approach, or you can do it without factoring in anything other than your own imagination (although knowing how to format and assemble a zine certainly helps - there are plenty of tutorials online!).

In terms of you submitting this question to POCZP, I wanted to clear something up (and hope you don’t mind me utilizing your question as the basis for this statement):

POCZP doesn’t exist to police/control zine culture, especially zines created by POC. We don’t value one type of zine created by POC over the next (although many of the zines we have featured do focus on race, gender, immigration, etc.). There are zines covering a wide range of topics in our physical archive and in our digital collection.

There are many QWOC who make zines about what it means to be a QPOC/QTPOC, as well as QTPOC who don’t make zines that focus on that. You are free to make zines about anything, and as long as you aren’t speaking for others/an experience that isn’t yours, there shouldn’t be any problems.

I will clarify that statement by saying that something like a fanzine that celebrates people, places or things are rad. Writing ABOUT others can be done in a way that isn’t exploitative, but you should always try to get permission from the person if they are alive and not a public figure before you do that (not always possible, but it’s good to at least try).

Something like someone writing about black identity/what it “means” to be black who isn’t black, for example, would be problematic. Get what I’m saying? Just use your best judgement and if you have any questions or concerns, I’m happy to share what I know: poczineproject@gmail.com.

And don’t worry about what POCZP thinks about your zine or if we would feature it or not. As a grassroots entity with a rotating cast of volunteers, we do our best to feature ALL the zines people submit. We have a long que, which is a great problem to have! Right now I’m the only one reviewing submissions. We do the best we can with the available time that we have.

To be extra clear: there is no such thing as parameters to “qualify” to be featured on POCZP, other than that it’s a zine made by a person of color. That’s it! <3 

Also, although POCZP does function as a curating mechanism, we don’t exist to make zine celebrities or to elevate one zine over the next. Even if it took months for us to feature your zine (please submit it when you’re done! <3 We’d love to feature it), POCZP’s recognition doesn’t mean anything. We exist to share materiality created by POC and to connect people to resources.

POCZP does have cultural relevancy and social capital within overlapping networks, but that doesn’t mean we are an “authority” or that our opinion should be valued over the next person’s or group’s. We are here to serve.

You creating your own art/materiality is what matters. You feeling good about creating is what matters.

Without people like you having the courage to tell your own stories and share your words, photos, art and more, there would be no reason for POCZP to exist in the first place. So, thank you.

Love,

Daniela Capistrano

Founder, POCZP

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

"One of the earliest moments that got me activated in DIY was meeting with the founder of POC Zine Project, Daniela Capistrano. She opened my mind to working across DIY POC creators and I was totally inspired by the scale of her mission." — Winston Scarlett, Slackgaze

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Winston Scarlett of Slackgaze

Read the full interview here.

Winston was the first person POCZP founder Daniela told about her idea to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. He was also the first person to volunteer at a POC Zine Project event, way back in early 2010 <3

Interview excerpt:

Black Congo: For those who are not familiar with the DIY scene, could you tell us a little about what you do and how your movement differs from those in and around Williamsburg?

Winston: I primarily consider myself a curator. I curate shows and artists that fit a slacker aesthetic that’s resurfaced in our generations fascination with 90′s kitsch. My showcases, studio, and zine are incubators and archives of these moments. I recently dropped out of graduate school in Library Sciences. I think that career path is very telling of my personality: it’s for those who are anti-capitalist, category & genre freak, and hardwired to share. Archiving and cultural heritage has always been a professional interest of mine.

In this way, I could say I’m different from what others in Williamsburg/Bushwick are doing. But I don’t like to put myself in a us/them dichotomy. It’s counterproductive to building community and getting really radical work accomplished. I grew up in a Jamaican household where the phrase “nuh watch nuh face” was thrown around a lot. It basically means don’t worry about what other people are doing, or how they perceive you” just keep doing. This mantra has provided solace on times where I feel disappointed in myself and accomplishments. It’s help me embrace slackerdom in a culture where failure is stigmatized and overachieving is lauded. I would never identify myself as show promoter/booker. Their concerns aren’t my own.

I could care less if Slackgaze packed a venue, made money at doors/bar, or became hyped as the next big thing in a PR fueled machine, or the elitism that follows. My concerns are artistic. When I put together shows, its because I believe in the artists and I think my audience will too…

…I’m guilty of seeking out bands that feature POC members on Facebook, blogs, even OKCupid. I don’t care if it sounds creepy, I’m intentional with my desires. I want to build a community of POC indie rockers so they don’t have to be pigeon-holed. I can’t think of a showcase that I booked without a POC playing in a band.

It may sound like I’m tokenizing them, but I’m not. I’m genuinely interested in seeing us become more prominent in the indie-rock world, especially queer women. A lot of this is coming from being politicized by bell hooks and Patricia Hill Collins, rather than The Sex Pistols. I think Slackgaze can be community for getting more POC-rockers in the spotlight.

Read more on blackcongolese.com.

Follow Winston on Tumblr: slackgaze.tumblr.com

Follow Slackgaze on Facebook for info on events and more: facebook.com/slackgazezine 

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ‘Please Tell Me More About Myself’

TITLE: Please Tell Me More About Myself 

AUTHORS: Jené Etheridge, Atoosa Moinzadeh, Imaan Ramezanzadeh, Alexandra Rawlings, Caleb Devillar-Fox, Eric Sanders, Chloe Kachscovsky, Daphne Hsu, Arista Burwell-Chen, Olivia Smiff

RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2013

ORIGIN: Seattle, WA 

Created in collaboration with the University of Washington’s UW Mixed Student Association, a ”multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted student group.”

DESCRIPTION (from the authors): This zine is for anyone who has ever wanted to have a conversation about race and was denied that opportunity. We wanted to create an accessible space where PoCs and friends of all backgrounds could voice their opinion on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, or any issues of self-definition without fear of being invalidated or ignored.

We hope that you find something that challenges your perspective or brings awareness to a new one. But most importantly, we want you to join us in discussion and action to create a community that is more aware and accepting of both the similarities and differences among us. 

"Please Tell Me More About Myself" is not only a critical outlet for people of color, but also a creative one. 

READ NOW & SHARE

GET MORE

POCZP was told that there are print copies available. Contact the creators through their Tumblr for more information.

TUMBLR: mixeduw.tumblr.com 

UW Mixed Student Association is the University of Washington’s multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted student group. They are “the first and only club on campus dedicated to celebrating mixed race experiences.” You do not have to identify as mixed to join, everyone is welcome!

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/uwmixed

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooted our org structure in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

POC Zine Project At 2014 L.A. Zine Fest: Everything You Need To Know

POC Zine Project is coming to L.A. Zine Fest for our second year in a row! We’re excited to be tabling and hosting a panel discussion at the third annual fest.

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POCZP’S PANEL DISCUSSION AT L.A. ZINE FEST

POC Zine Project presents … Cultivating Culture & Community: Strategies For Overcoming The Bullshit

Curated and moderated by POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano, this panel of community organizers and artists from across the country will share their strategies for organizing events, starting a distro and building community on both a local and national level. Hear solutions for solving problems that frequently come up in any grassroots/volunteer-based movement or project (not limited to zines).

Join the discussion by attending the panel, asking questions and contributing your ideas. Follow along and share online by accessing the panel hashtag on Twitter, which will be #LAZFCC.

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Panel Time: 1pm - 2pm PST

Panel Location: In the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.

MEET POCZP’S PANELISTS

Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)

We’re excited to announce that Cihuatl Ce will be performing during our panel discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her live! 

Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)

Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)

Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)

Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans, La)

Click on each panelist’s name to read their bios. Find out what they will be tabling with at the fest and learn more about their work. You can also speak with them throughout the day at the POC Zine Project table.

DISCLOSURE: To ensure intentionally safer spaces for POC, this event features primarily women of color speakers and is open to anyone, of any background, to attend and share stories. For those that give permission, your feedback will be compiled into a community/events organizing “how-to” zine by POCZP/L.A. Zine Fest that will be distributed widely in Fall of 2014.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Everyone participating is donating their time, with most folks traveling very long distances at their own expense. Please give what you can to support POC artists. Thanks!

Tabling Time: 10am - 5pm PST

#raceriottour fundraising mode for #atlantazinefest

SPOTLIGHTING BROWN RECLUSE ZINE DISTRO

For the hour immediately following our event, there will be a table set up nearby where Nyky Gomez will table with BRZD zines. Make sure to stop by after our panel to get a wide assortment of zines created by people of color!

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: Brown Recluse Zine Distro tabling at @ucla Powell Library #zines #poczines

You can also find Nyky tabling at the POC Zine Project dedicated table throughout the day (10am - 5pm). POCZP is giving Nyky access to two tables in order to accommodate BRZD’s large inventory.

COMMUNITY SHOUT-OUTS 

We don’t represent POC zinesters (we are a resource and advocacy platform). There will be plenty of other POC folks at L.A. Zine Fest and L.A. Zine Week doing their thing independent from POCZP. Show your support! Here are some ways to do that:

1) Come to Beyond Baroque Gallery on Saturday, February 15, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and enjoy zines & comix readings, presented by your emcee, Eryca Sender (“My Little Friend,” “Dear High School Boy”)!

Marya Erinn Jones (“Mocha Chocolata Momma Zine,” ABQ Zine Fest) will be one of the readers! Marya organized our ABQ #RaceRiotTour date in 2013.

Beyond Baroque is at 681 North Venice Blvd., Venice, California 90291.

2) We Are In Zine Love With You! A Zine / Novella Release Party Thursday, February 13, from 7-9pm PST

Zine store and art gallery &Pens (sister store to San Francisco’s storied Needles And Pens) is hosting readings from “LA’s amazing and diverse writers, performers and zinesters”–that means Yumi Sakugawa (“Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years”), Zoë Ruiz (The Rumpus; Trop), Lilliam Rivera (2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow), Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad; “Bellies and Buffalos”), Bianca Barragan (Trust Me: I Know What I’m Doing), and Jonas Cannon (Cheer the Eff Up)!

Get reader bios and more at the event page.

L..A. ZINE FEST Venue Information

Fest Date and Time: Sunday, February 16th, 10am - 5pm (tabling hours). Related events will run until approximately 7pm.

Location: The tabling portion of the Fest will be held in the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.

Events will take place in what is known as the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage. When you arrive, you’ll most likely walk through the L.A. Zine Fest Zine Library to get there.

Parking: Street Parking is available on Washington Blvd. (the meters don’t run on Sunday). The fine people at Culver City Hall have asked us to tell you not to park on residential streets. 

A complete list of event programming can be found HERE.

ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.

Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Meet Tracey Brown: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (5 of 5)

POC Zine Project is tabling and hosting a panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest! Meet one of our five collaborators, Tracey Brown:

POCZP'S 2013 #RACERIOTTOUR DRIVER TRACEY BROWN 1 of 2

Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Tracey is a community organizer
and survivor. With her love for the New Orleans POC community guiding her, she graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009 with a dual degree in Psychology and American Studies.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: @animaldyke69 and @inzombia in #Oakland

[DESCRIPTION: Tracey Brown with 2013 #RaceRiotTour member Mimi Thi Nguyen in Oakland, CA during last year’s tour]

Upon returning to her hometown, she became involved in various social justice endeavors such as bike accessibility, food justice, anti-racism work, housing justice, and anything else she could get involved in to help create accountability to and visibility of the local POC community. Among these undertakings was the collective organization of the 2012 Anarchist People of Color convergence in New Orleans.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: Joyce Hatton and @animaldyke69 bonding at Gya Community Gallery over 'Think About The Bubbles' zine at our event at Gya Community Gallery #poczines #zines

[DESCRIPTION: POCZP midwest coordinator Joyce Hatton and Tracey Brown during the 2013 #RaceRiotTour event in St. Louis, MO]

Tracey currently supports STAND With Dignity while she prepares to apply to graduate school in order to obtain her Master’s degree in Community and Clinical Psychology. She also works with NOLA to Angola, an anti-PIC organization that provides a long-distance, solidarity bike ride to raise funds for the Cornerstone Builders’ Bus Project, the only bus service that provides free monthly rides to low-income families who have loved ones in one of the five Louisiana detention facilities. 

Tracey intends to use her experience organizing with various groups and her time with POCZP to create accountable, accessible, multidimensional community building, and POC driven community mental and spiritual health healing.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: @animaldyke69 Tracey Brown, poczp transpo coordinator, at #grandoleopry in #nashville

POC Zine Project is sharing tabling space with Tracey Brown during the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest. Come by to say hi and to ask her how to support New Orleans-based initiatives.

BACKGROUND

POC Zine Project tabled at the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest and had a lot of fun. Read the recap here.

As part of our advocacy to support as many POC creators as possible, we’ve partnered with both new and past folks on this year’s events. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano put out a call for new tabling and speaking partners for the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, which resulted in our latest lineup. 

Tracey Brown was transportation coordinator and touring member during the 2013 #RaceRiotTour. She continues to organize with POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano, who is also one of her partners.

POCZP will announce panel discussion details on February 12, 2014.

MEET ALL OUR COLLABORATORS

Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)

Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)

Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)

Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)

Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans, La)

ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.

Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.

Helms Bakery District Parking Garage
(between La Dijonaise and Vitra)
8703 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh