POC ZINE PROJECT

Meet Dail Chambers: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (3 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, Dail Chambers, founder of Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, Missouri:

Dail Chambers: POCZP's tabler and panelist for the 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

Dail Chambers is a mother, artist and activist who exhibits and lectures nationally. She practices her studio art process in St. Louis Place, in north St. Louis, MO.

Her artwork is based in material meaning and women’s topics through an inquiry of history, self and family. The concept of place and time are integral components of her work.

Dail founded the Yeyo Arts collective, a group of five artists who opened Gya, a non profit community arts space that creates arts and culture experiences within the St. Louis region.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: Dail Chambers, one of the local coordinator for our event at Gya Community Gallery in #stlouis #poczines #zines #missouri

[DESCRIPTION: Dail during our event at Gya on November 2, 2013]

Dail has received numerous awards for her work, including the Visionary Award for Emerging Artist in 2011 and a Resolution from the City of St. Louis, Missouri in 2010. She is a 2010 Community Arts Training Institute graduate and 2011 Urban Bush Woman SLI fellow.

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[DESCRIPTION: Inside Dail’s studio]

ARTIST STATEMENT

As creative beings we are constantly moving, pushing, re-evaluating and growing as a process of reflection and progression. Creativity stirs inside of us all. The individual creates, yet it is the community it is gifted for. Our exchange is a vehicle for connecting to one another. We all share this divine urge to create, yet it manifests in beautifully diverse ways.
As a woman of African descent I am weighed on the thread thin division line of my autonomy and your govern. The objects and imagery in my work act as physical representations of this identity. They stand as a display of my presence and experience; and as that of my foremothers and ancestors. I see each work as an individual, engaged in conversation with the viewer. Through action implied in text of the titles, the objects request is made to the viewer…

Dail will be sharing POC Zine Project’s table at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest and will be selling the Yeyo collective zine and collective book, a personal zine, buttons, stickers and handmade items.

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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. 

Dail hosted 2013 #RaceRioTour members during our stop in St. Louis, as well as organized our event at Gaya. We are pleased to collaborate with her once again.

POCZP will announce L.A. Zine Fest 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)

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

Meet Cihuatl Ce: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (2 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, Cihuatl Ce, founder of the Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade:

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

[Photo credit: Steet Lenz Photography]

Cihuatl Ce (pronounced Seewhat Seh) has been spitting truth to power in the form of politically charged feminist inspired, urban indigenous hip-hop for the past decade.

Sharing the stage with underground hip hop heavies such as Dead Prez, Bambu, Broadcast Live, Olmeca, Invincible -to name a few- her high energy performances have won her dedicated support base across the globe. She currently tours in support of her latest album, FEMI9mm: The Fury of a Wombyn, released in early 2012.

POCZP NOTE: Cihuatl Ce will be doing a special live performance during our panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest! Stay tuned for more details.

Cihuatl’s reach is not confined solely to the lyrical realm of resistance. For the past 15 years she has been a fervent youth advocate and community organizer.

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[Visit Cihuatl Ce at cihuatlce.comtwitter.com/CihuatlCe]

In 2010 she founded the first all womyn of color cycling collective Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade and was the driving force behind landmark events such as LA’s first ever Clitoral Mass -attended by close to 300 womyn - as well as other initial rides addressing  the health disparities specific to womyn of color and at risk communities.

As a mother driven to reach young women with a message of hope, rebellion, and defiance against relics of tradition and patriarchy, Cihuatl Ce is committed to bringing consciousness beyond just the music, unapologetically creating change and leaving fans and casualties in her wake.

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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. 

Cihuatl Ce hosted some 2013 #RaceRiotTour members during our California dates, which led to this latest collaboration.

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)

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

Meet Ara Christina Jo: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (1 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, Ara Christina Jo:

Ara Christina Jo: POCZP tabler and speaker at 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

On behalf of public space and of public good, Ara Christina Jo is faceted as a community organizer, freelance graphic designer, illustrator and gallery preparator based in Oakland, CA.

Ara Christina Jo: POCZP tabler and speaker at 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

Since 2008, Ara has been a volunteering Member and Gallery Director at the all-volunteer-run non-profit Rock Paper Scissors Collective, organizing accessible exhibits, performances, readings and workshops (read POCZP’s 2013 RPSC tour recap here).

Rock Paper Scissors Collective

To celebrate literary and visual fashion, Ara also is a co-organizer of the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) hosted at Berkeley City College for the last two years alongside Tomas Moniz (RAD DAD), dedicated to reciprocating the needs of the creative community in the Bay Area.

East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest in Berkeley

In addition to participating in POCZP’s panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, Ara will be sharing our tabling space with us. Here’s a preview of what you can buy and/or do a trade for:

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: "Diez Digitz"

"Diez Digitz" - 17"x11" xerox bond (2011)

Bringing out an oldie but a goodie! “Diez Digitz” is a contemporary coloring book of four life-size center-spreads of hands in several varieties of nail shapes and themed settings, illustrated to redefine the expressive personality relative to the fantasies and harsh realities women face, sans faces. This coloring zine was drawn in attempt to make friends and exchange goods and services with those that honored bartering in Mexico DF.

Purchase is available in-person or by request via e-mail (arachristinajo AT gmail DOT com).

Ara will also be tabling with the East Bay Alternative book & Zine Fest official program/zine, “You Turn My Pages” how to make a zine-zine, “Um Ma” zine about Korean moms, shrinky dink & toy pins, and more! 

ARA, IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Here is what Ara shared about being a POCZP collaborator this year:

As a native to Los Angeles, I am ashamed of never having attended, let alone participated in LA Zine Fest. Some cuties representing LAZF tabled for two days next to the RPSC booth I was sitting (granted gratis annually from SFZF) and couldn’t help become impressed that they had come to The Bay to spread the good word about their baby zine fest in-the-making. Out of all California has to offer exhibiting book arts and independent publishing, I am proud to witness (from afar) an event that invests so much effort into juggling events year-round.
I find the same grade of tenacious energy when I started following the POCZP tour thru the POCZP Instagram, all smiles uploaded. Working with Tomas of RAD DAD, I was introduced to the project, scouring over the website in gratitude. Inspiration is inevitable, grown from the miles of sweat and gas and bad fast food that the contributors of POCZP trailed to share stories, facts, hopes and disappointments.
Ideas are pouring from all sides, making new fronts to defend and decorate. Let it be known: I’m holding a banner up alongside you.

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. 

We 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)

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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Totally Radical Muslims Zine - Volume 3

Click the link for more submission details and to access the original announcement. POCZP has been in touch with Totally Radical Muslims collective since Summer of 2013 and we’re looking forward to finding ways to partner in 2014.

About Totally Radical Muslims (TRM)

"a group of oakland based muslims have started a zine to confront, share, name and re-imagine experiences of islamophobia.

surviving and being a muslim in this political moment is a constant struggle and political act.

this zine is to lift up the perspectives of often untold muslims - the radicals, queers, fabulous and fierce folks - through adding narratives of navigating the spectrum of practice, belief, ideology, sect, gender and islamophobia.

this zine is about resistance and resilience, and us telling the stories for ourselves with all their edges, contradictions, beauties and gems. this is about saying no to islamophobia and being racialized and politiczed because of our muslim identity - regardless of how secular, radical, and culturally muslim we are.

this is about saying yes to the liberation of all people.

yes to being allied with, and an ally for others.

this is taking a step towards our collective healing.”

http://www.totallyradicalmuslims.com/

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

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

TABLE WITH POCZP AT 2014 PORTLAND ZINE SYMPOSIUM (OPPORTUNITY FOR POC)

We will be at the 2014 Portland Zine Symposium & have reserved a full table. If you are a local person of color interested in tabling for free with us, we will have space for three additional folks. This opportunity is open to anyone who has never tabled with us before.

Submit your interest to poczineproject@gmail.com with “PORTLAND ZINE SYMPOSIUM TABLING” as the subject line, along with the following details in your email:

  • full name/name used to address you
  • preferred pronoun
  • contact # or alt way to reach you
  • related web links
  • list of items you think you want to table with (at least one of them must be an independent publication you made or someone you are supporting made who is a person of color, please give zine titles/descriptions if applicable)
  • background info (anything you want us to know)
  • indicate whether or not you’d like to donate a copy/copies of your zine to the poczp archive

MORE INFO & TRANSPARENCY ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY

  • AGES 18 - IMMORTAL WELCOME (A MINOR WITH PARENT/GUARDIAN PRESENT IS OK - NO UNACCOMPANIED MINORS)
  • GENDER NON-CONFORMING FOLKS ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT
  • PRIORITY FOR INDIGENOUS AND/OR BLACK IDENTIFIED FOLKS WILL BE GIVEN AS PART OF OUR ONGOING ADVOCACY EFFORTS

MANDATORY CRITERIA AS PART OF PARTICIPATION

  • Writing a recap of your experience for us to to archive & share of 500-1000 words (someone else can write it for you as long as it’s in your own words- due March 1, 2014)
  • Signing a digital or print waiver in person to give us permission to photograph and record video of you and incorporate the media into our advocacy materials
  • Conducting yourself at our table in a way that doesn’t harm anyone or yourself
  • If you have a documented history as an abuser, you are not welcome at our table

Feel free to submit on someone else’s behalf who doesn’t have access to a computer. 

We cannot help with transportation expenses or meals - we are offering a way for you to table at Portland Zine Symposium if you don’t have the funds to do so ♥ Check the Portland Zine Symposium website and contact them if you have questions about accessibility or a safer spaces policy. 

PORTLAND ZINE SYMPOSIUM IS JULY 12TH & 13TH, 2014.
portlandzinesymposium.org

We will announce additional more details about our participation at the 2014 Portland Zine Symposium in May.

We wish we could afford to book multiple tables for many POC to table for free - at all independent publishing events. We are a grassroots nonprofit without an operating budget and we do the best with what we have. <3

MORE OF THIS IN 2014: Check out our (now closed, thanks for applying) call for participants for the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest. We will be offering opportunities at zine fests & independent publishing events across the country throughout 2014.

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

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

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: BDGRMMR Zine

BDGRMMR founders recently contacted us to let us know that their sixth issue, titled EXECUTION, is available to read online.

TITLE: BDGRMMR

AUTHOR(S): Yulan Grant, Justin Allen and Brandon Owens

RELEASE: Summer 2013/Winter 2014

ORIGIN: New York, NY

DESCRIPTION: “BDGRMMR is a zine about and by queer artists of color. We’re both a zine and artist collective creating both tangible and digital records of QPOC culture in NYC.

EXECUTION evokes energy, desire and purpose, three themes that are prevalent throughout the narratives of both artists Jay Boogie & Tigga Calore.”

TUMBLR: bdgrmmr.tumblr.com

READ NOW:

Taking its name from assumptions and stereotypes of inarticulacy surrounding Black English and culture, BDGRMMR (pronounced Bad Grammar) is a zine, platform and collective of and for queer artists of color to document and discuss their work on their own terms, with their own language and in relation to their own culture. 

BDGRMMR was started in the summer of 2012 by Yulan Grant, Justin Allen and Brandon Owens.

GET MORE: issuu.com/badgrammar | BDGRMMR@gmail.com

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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 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.

Thank you for that response to the researcher's question. As a QWOC and aspiring-researcher myself, I hope to serve my community as humbly as possible and remember that everything, even labors of love, are still labors to begin with. Thank you for always grounding me. — Asked by Anonymous

Thank you for your support, Anon. We’re publishing your comment re: our response instead of the hate mail from cowardly people who think we should just be grateful that researchers contact us to begin with and that we should go out of our way to protect the reputations of people who perpetuate colonial behavior. 

We’ve received messages like this:

I have thoroughly reviewed your website and I can say that the very same racist behavior you claim exists towards POC, exists towards people of non color. I find it disheartening.

ALERT: There is a new category of humans who have no color! And POCZP’s Tumblr apparently contributes to their very real oppression as transparent people!* You heard it here first! 

That lil’ joke was to help everyone understand why we will archive the rest of the hate mail but we won’t spread it. There will be no more space given to problematic white folks on POCZP’s platforms who are so quick to cry “reverse racism” (not a thing that exists in reality - something people in the academy should know, right?) as a way to detract from what is really bothering them:

1) POCZP doesn’t exist to make white people feel safe.

2) People of color supporting other POC and standing up for POC isn’t reverse racism, as much as some white folks wish that were true … because how convenient would that be as a tool of oppression, right? 

“When whites talk about reverse discrimination, I feel that they are making a silly argument, because what they really want to say is that we, people of color, have the power to do to them what they have done to us from the 13th century,” said Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology at Duke University and author of Racism Without Racists, a book which examines how racism has evolved since the collapse of the Jim Crow era.

….“We do not control the economy,” Silva added, “we do not control politics — despite the election of Obama. We don’t control much of this country.” - TheGrio

Thankfully, our white supporters with a history of being in our corner aren’t offended when we speak out against problematic behavior perpetuated by other white people and don’t make it about them.

And it’s interesting how some white folks will come for POCZP (anonymously) when there is a discussion about colonial behaviors in the academy or in community spaces, but have nothing to say when we need support … yet claim to be supporters.

Here it is again for anyone reading this: We aren’t here for white people. We have white supporters/collaborators who we love, yes, but we are not here for white people.

We are here for people of color.

It’s OK to say that. 

Anon who sent us the message we are responding to now: Please let us know when you have projects to share so we can help signal boost.

Love,

POCZP

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

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

*sarcasm

Hello, I am a researcher from Wichita, KS. I am researching and writing my master's thesis about DIY Feminism and Zines in the Midwest. I am looking for collections that represent Midwest issues and activism as opposed to the plethora available on coastal affairs and activism. Do you believe you have anything that might help me please let me know! Thank you so much! Lorelei Lockner, lorelei.lockner@gmail — Asked by Anonymous

Dear Lorelei,

We’re confused as to why you are asking POC Zine Project to help you with your research for your master’s thesis - specifically, why you are contacting an advocacy platform for people of color and asking people who aren’t presently being paid to do this advocacy … to take on additional free labor for you.

Yes, asking POCZP to suggest zine collections that represent Midwest issues and activism for you IS labor. It involves research, curation and emailing you a detailed response. But the bigger problem with your question is that it’s entirely self-serving … at our expense.

Your request doesn’t include any offer of mutual support. It is a perfect example of the problematic requests we receive from grad students (usually white folks) all the time: ”Please research something for me for free or give me access to your institutional knowledge so that I can use it in my master’s thesis. I’m not going to offer you anything in return, but would be really grateful if you took on additional labor to help me with this thing I’m working on that doesn’t center POC. okbai!”

Since we’re taking the time to respond to this publicly, and others will see this response, we will also take the time to mention how easy it would have been to Google “midwest zines by people of color.” One of the top results is Joyce Hatton. You didn’t specify you were looking for zines by POC anyway, but since that is who we serve, we’ll recommend two POC zinesters from the midwest who collaborate with POCZP:

1) Joyce Hatton, POCZP Midwest Coordinator (yup, same person you would have found through a simple web search)

2) Chaun Webster, POCZP Midwest Coordinator & founder of Free Poet’s Press 

If you want to contact them directly, they can decide for themselves if they want to help you. We can’t and won’t speak for them. If you are serious about finding zines that represent Midwest issues and if you care about including POC voices (you didn’t indicate if you did), these are two people you should feature.

It’s important for us to state this publicly: It’s incredibly problematic that you didn’t mention Joyce or Chaun in your message (clearly a generic copy/paste inquiry you sent to multiple sources), which implies you didn’t do any real research on POCZP before contacting us. It would have been as simple as checking our TEAM page.

At this point we’re unfortunately used to grad students like you assuming we have the time to do the work you should be doing on your own.

We understand that in responding to you, we are helping you. But hopefully we are also sharing more evidence of how people in the academy are often completely oblivious to how their “innocent” requests for help are actually a form of colonial behavior.

Instead of just looking for collections - a pile of data to sift through - you should also be looking for PEOPLE in the midwest: zine librarians, zine fest organizers, and people like Joyce and Chaun. PEOPLE can help you find the zines you are looking for. 

You could have found Joyce and Chaun (midwest folks who make zines) on your own if you had taken two seconds to do your own research on POCZP before contacting us. 

This question was submitted over a month ago, so perhaps you already found what you are looking for. But hopefully this response helps you think first before you contact a POC-led org to do free labor for you without any offer of support in return.

- POCZP

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

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

THIS ARTICLE IS PROBLEMATIC: Race Riot! zine tour touches down in Seattle

The Seattle Globalist didn’t accurately report on our 2013 #raceriottour event in Seattle at Black Coffee Co-op. Although we appreciate it when news sources share information about POCZP, it’s important to us that we’re documented correctly.

1. Sara Rene, poczp’s indigenous solidarity coordinator & touring member, was also in attendance and spoke for over 20 minutes in-depth about Native Punx Unite and why indigenous solidarity is so critical to any social justice movement. Her name was never mentioned in the piece.

Photo evidence:

2. Carey Fuller is a homeless activist. She is very artistic, but to not mention her advocacy at all or why she was partnering with POCZP that night as a speaker is negligent. She bravely shared her perspective as a homeless person in the Seattle area who is also an advocate for/with homeless people, and that shouldn’t go unrecognized.

It’s great that her name was included in the piece as a speaker, but it’s important to document why she was there.

3. Other participants in attendance that night were poczp transportation coordinator Tracey Brown, a community organizer from New Orleans, and poczp founder Daniela Capistrano.

We hope this publication does something about these omissions. Sara Rene made a request on The Seattle Globalist website in her own words a while ago, but as of January 8, 2014, nothing has changed.

Sara

Hey xxxxx

My name is Sara, I saw you at the Black Coffee Co-op during the POCZP event.
I’m actually from Seattle, but traveled about 6000 miles to be at the event and speak for about 20-30 minutes on my zine Native Punx Unite, Indigenous Solidarity and the large community of Native Punks across Turtle Island. I’m not sure if you remember me because I don’t seem to be mentioned in the article you wrote. Not as one of the touring members or speakers or artists or zine-makers or a coordinator for the event, all of which I was. I’d appreciate it if you’d amend the article to include Native Punx Unite.

Nice meeting you,
Sara Rene

Native Punx Unite was started to start giving a platform to the punks, artists and activist from across Turtle Island. Follow us on facebook and tumblr:

https://www.facebook.com/NativePunxUnite
http://nativepunxunite.tumblr.com/

The Seattle Globalist publishes a daily “hyperglobal” news site focused on international connections in the Pacific Northwest.

Please signal boost to encourage writers and publishers to not overlook the contributions of indigenous people at the events they cover. Sometimes it’s better to wait a few more days before publishing to make sure what you broadcast is accurate.

Editor’s Note: POCZP will be publishing detailed recaps from each 2013 #raceriottour date with photos in the coming weeks. We’ve been busy. Stay tuned for what’s in store for POCZP in 2014!

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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 in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

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

Just some sweet and simple anon love: thank you for existing. — Asked by Anonymous

Hi Anon,

Thanks so much for the love. We have been busy! In 2013 (among other initiatives) POCZP led multiple free workshops across the country, presented at Allied Media Conference, Chicago Zine Fest and L.A. Zine Fest to share knowledge, tabled at multiple zine fests in solidarity with local POC, curated & wrote a list of 50 zines by QTPOC, organized & executed a national #RaceRiotTour traveling community experiment, coordinated a massive donation of zines by POC to multiple libraries, continued our Legacy Series work to share influential materiality by POC, provided mini-grants to 20 creators of color, and worked with over 50 volunteers across the country - all as a volunteer entity.

As the recipient of this year’s Long Arm Stapler Award and with our name being dropped in mainstream publications (thanks, Kathleen Hanna!), we are doing our best to graciously navigate public recognition.

Endorsements are great, but what we really need is the resources to be able to continue our important work in 2014 and beyond as a grassroots nonprofit. We consider our work important because we exist to empower people of color to share their stories and to build community. 

We also collaborate with - and disrupt - academic spaces with the intention of being a third space resource.

If you are reading this and believe in POCZP, please donate what you can so that we can continue operations. We aren’t supported by a fiscal sponsor and don’t have an operating budget, and yet we were about to achieve so much this year because we are people-powered. We defy limitations by daring to believe in community.

But we need your help — now more than ever. If you would like to be a part of POCZP’s restructuring phase in 2014, email poczineproject@gmail.com. Help us create a sustainable funding model and access resources.

Please reblog this post and share the donation link with friends. Thank you <3

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

P.S. We are nothing without you, so thank YOU for existing.

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

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