POC ZINE PROJECT

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: Food Thoughts Zine (2013)

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Hi POC Zine Project,

My name is Minh, and I’m writing to submit my zine for the community project.

Thanks for all you do!

TITLE: Food Thoughts

AUTHOR: Root Loop (Minh Nguyen)

RELEASE: Print: November 2013.  Digital: June 2014

ORIGIN: Seattle, WA

DESCRIPTION: Food Thoughts is a critique of the absence of race and class analyses in mainstream food-related movements, such as those calling for organic or animal-free consumption. The critiques are heavily supported by the scholarship of Dr. Breeze Harper. Many examples are specific to Seattle.

READ NOW:

http://issuu.com/minhrootloop/docs/foodthoughts

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: minhnguyen.co 

A large part of my motivation for making zines is to meet other POCs who are both interested in having conversations about race/class/gender dynamics and in maintaining/redefining DIY ethics. Please get in touch at minhnguyenplus at gmail dot com. 

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

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.

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ANANSASEM Zine (2013)

TITLE: ANANSASEM

CREATOR: Aida Amoako/KidisAlright

RELEASE: OCTOBER 2013

LOCATION: United Kingdom

DESCRIPTION: This zine has two short Ghanaian folk tales told by my mum and transcribed by me. They are stories of Anansi the Spider, an African and also Caribbean cultural phenom. I made it for Black History Month, which is October in the UK.

First ever proper zine!

Here’s my tumblr and my blog :)

Thanks!

BUY NOW: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/205893427/anansasem-a-story-zine

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

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.



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Motherlands is a new zine for POC artists and creators

Motherlands is a new independent arts zine for artists and writers of colour and will explore themes of dual identities, belonging and the nature and notion of home. Issue one which will be released in print in early November. If you’d like to find out more or get involved in some other way, then send an email to motherlandszine@gmail.com.

www.motherlandszine.com

Rather than set deadlines, submissions will always be open on a rolling basis.

While Motherlands will only be available in print, it will be free (though donations are always welcome) and they’ll be sending it out across the country and beyond to anyone who’s interested so they can pass it along. issues will be released every 1-2 months until their pocket money runs out.

Motherlands was born out of a desire to discover, hear, see and showcase young and emerging artists born in Britain though not of “British” heritage and will explore themes including dual identity, the notion and nature of ‘home’, nationalism and belonging. The zine will also be a platform to showcase emerging international artists outside of Britain and those from various diasporas because at the heart of Motherlands is the need to move against the continued under-representation of artists of colour who are automatically categorised as other and marginalised.

"If we don’t write ourselves into the future, we get written out of tomorrow as well." - Gabriel Teodros

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Motherlands is looking for emerging photographers and artists to include in volume 1 of the printed zine:

We are looking for work that is strong and engaging; while the over-running themes of the zine are personal identity, home, belonging and nationalism, submissions need not be limited to these. We are simply looking for interesting work that deserves to  be seen.

Please submit by sending 2-5 jpeg files along with your name, a link to your website (if applicable) and a short artist’s bio/statement to motherlandszine@gmail.com

Alongside visual artists we would like to hear from writers, essayists and poets to contribute written work for the zine. You don’t have to be a ‘professional’ just someone who has something to say and would like a space to be heard. If this sounds like you then please send an example of your writing or a piece you would like to be included to motherlandszine@gmail.com

Motherlands is edited by Camara.

h/t Rayanne Bushell

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

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

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! zine

TITLE: Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! An Anti-Copyright Zine Chronicling Xicana’s in Punk and Beyond

CREATOR: Brenda M. @ Sing Your Life Literature Projects

RELEASE: May 2013

ORIGIN: Oakland, Califas

BUY Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! (PRINT)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SingYourLifeProjects

READ Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! FOR FREE

DESCRIPTION BY BRENDA M.: Zine is 21 pages. Black and white Xeroxed copies.

This Zine was my submission, my final project for a Xican@ Studies course at SF State.My decision to submit a piece of work that is, for the most part, not considered appropriate work for an academic institution was a conscious, intentional one. I intend, now and forever, to create pieces of work that are available for all people. This is an anti-copyright, anti-privatization production. 

Property is theft.

The contents of this Zine focus on Xicanas in Punk. The term Xicana is defined as self-identified womyn of America who hold to their hearts and their consciousness the herstory and development of Xican@ socio-political culture. Xicanas have existed since 1848, when the United States of America created a border that divided Central and South America from North America. Xicanas refuse to have a hyphenated identity. 

NO TO: Mexican-American, Salvadorean-American, Nicaraguensa-Americana.

Punk is the cultural movement that manifested in loud expressions of dissent as was visible in both the style and dress of punks, but also in the politically driven lyrics and expressions of punk music. Xicanas existed in the punk movement, as did a number of bad ass womyn of color. For the purpose of the assignment, I only speak of the Xicana experience. But I believe the experience is universal for all womyn of color, who for so long have been pushed on the sideline as angry, cute figures, not worthy of being placed in the books.

WE ARE ANGRY AND HELL YEAH WE ARE REALLY FUCKING CUTE AND OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD FROM THE SUBURBS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO LOS PUEBLOS IN CHIAPAS. 
This is her story.

The guts of the Zine include:

  * A Love Note To The Reader: a miniature piece on the importance of transparency

  * La Inspiracion: how Poly Styrene saved me from Suburbia

  * Xicanistas Son Punkeristas: reclaiming our identity, Teresa Covarubbias spits truth, and Alice Bag talks about assimilation

  *The Xicana Way: Rasquachismo & Musical Fusion: the original DIY culture

  * A Brief, Brief Timeline: Bad Ass Mujeres in Herstory: from 1848 to present day, bad ass mujeres doing bad ass work in bad ass musical endeavors 

  * La Mala Pulga: Star Clouds And The Ramones Rejection: the biography of the 22-year old lead singer of Richmond, Califas’ Las Malas Pulgas

  * That 20 Track List That’ll DO IT: a mixed tape/CD/playlist that you all need to make.

FOLLOW SING YOUR LIFE LITERATURE PROJECTS

http://singyourlifeprojects.tumblr.com/

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

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.

Is it too late to get you guys to tour through our city this October? Our feminist art collective, (w)OMEN (f)ART, would LOVE to host you! Shreveport, LA. We're a great pit stop between NOLA and Austin... : ) — Asked by chrissyhasnoidea

Hi there! Thanks for your message. We’re not touring in October, but we ARE tabling at the first-ever New Orleans Comics & Zine Fest 2014 on November 15!

Let’s talk about collaborating in November or December! Send us a message: poczineproject AT gmail DOT com

<3

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: HELVETIKA BOLD NO. 1

"She’s strong, she’s foxy, and she uses the power of words to combat the evil Dominant Narrative. And she rocks a hot afro."

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Meet Helvetika Bold, a new kind of superhero. The Opportunity Agenda worked with New York Times bestselling author and artist Gan Golan and Betsy Richards, Senior Creative Fellow at The Opportunity Agenda, to create Helvetika Bold, who represents an alignment between a traditional advocacy approach and creative social justice strategies.  

"Helvetika’s story begins at a time where people’s minds are blocked by Mindset, a powerful and shadowy figure who delights in closing and locking people’s minds. 

His weapon:  the dominant narrative, which focuses people away from the true causes of inequality by laying blame on the people most affected by it.  

We first meet Helvetika’s alter ego, Ariel Black, a passionate and hardworking social justice advocate.  Ariel’s work is continually thwarted by the dominant narrative - and the media’s complicity in advancing it. 

Her frustration leads her on an adventure that culminates with the unleashing of Helvetika Bold, a new kind of super hero who battles Mindset and the dominant narrative with stories of inspiration and hope.”

The Opportunity Agenda states that Helvetika actually resides in everyone who wants progressive change.  She stands for each of our powers to inspire hope, amplify voices, and uphold the values we all share and cherish.

READ NOW FOR FREE:

You can download it here, thanks to The Opportunity Agenda, or you can flip through it now via POCZP founder Daniela’s ISSUU page:

Go behind the scenes on AFROPUNK.COM - our point of awareness for this comic.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY AGENDA

Through active partnerships, The Opportunity Agenda synthesizes and translates research on barriers to opportunity and corresponding solutions; uses communications and media to understand and influence public opinion; and identifies and advocates for policies that improve people’s lives. To achieve their mission, they focus on racial equity, immigration, economic opportunity, reproductive health and rights, and African-American men and boys.

"We have it in our power as a nation to expand opportunity for all.  Doing so requires working to turn our beliefs and aspirations into public support for fundamental change. Read our newest brochure to learn more about us.”

The Opportunity Agenda is a project of Tides Center

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

POCZP hopes you had a great summer! We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing #selfcare. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

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

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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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.

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