POC ZINE PROJECT

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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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 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

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ‘Korea: The Queer Edition’

Korea: The Queer Edition (June 2013)

[DESCRIPTION: original cover of Korea: The Queer Edition]

TITLE: Korea: The Queer Edition 

AUTHOR: EstellaMiyuki Baker//Queer Scribe Productions

RELEASE: June 30, 2013 (6th zine in a series)

ORIGIN: Seoul, South Korea (author is presently based in Philadelphia, PA)

DESCRIPTION FROM MIYUKI: 

During my stay in Seoul, I participated in many ‘obvious’ gay activities but my goal was to meet as many different types of queer artists and activists inside and outside of the so-called Seoul gay scene, and highlight their varied and unique approaches and thoughts in doing LGBTQ activism in South Korea.  

Many queer Korean activists I spoke to were a part of labor rights and/or disability related movements, advocating strongly for intersectional work which emphasized ally-building and finding common causes. Larger LGBTQ organizations like Donginryun were member-supported, so rather than being subjeted to governmental or institutional demands that often accompany grant money, membership fees gave organizations more freedom and a democratic form of accountability.

The zine is filled with documentation of the many rallies and events I participated in as well as the art of queer Korean/expat artists.

READ NOW:  

HOW TO BUY:

Queer Scribe Productions has published eight zines so far. You can purchase them at the following link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QueerScribe

Queer Scribe Productions is the result of Miyuki’s 14 month journey around the world to join the movement in creating a worldwide network of queer artists. 

ABOUT MIYUKI 

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist, she is happiest when working with people who embrace intersectionality. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where she was involved in queer Asian activism and making art, she received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what she learned under her publishing house Queer Scribe Productions.

She is a freelance artist, journalist, barber, translator, seamstress, lecturer and performer. Visit The Queer Barbershop to get a rad haircut on the cheap. Contact her at heymiyuki (at) gmail (dot) com for further inquiries, project ideas and pricing.

estellamiyukibaker.com

heymiyuki.wordpress.com

twitter.com/miyukibaker

facebook.com/abcdefghijklmiyuki

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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.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Selfie Zine (December 28, 2013 deadline)

selfiezine:

CLICK THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE (or open the image in a new tab).

Selfie Zine is accepting submissions for it’s first issue!

Submit: selfies/selfie art, photography, and written works about selfies and selfie culture.

guidelines:

- 18 years or older to submit.

- must be your own original work.

- submit all works to selfiezine@gmail.com with

the subject line :selfie zine submission.

- include your name &/or online handle in the email body if you want.

- include what medium/materials you used. (ex:instagram+iphone, acrylic on canvas, canon t3i, etc.)

- if you want to, feel free to add why selfies are meaningful to you or why your specific submission is meaningful, or something similar in a few sentences.

Selfie Zine is primarily run by Ekari, a POC <3

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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

Hi! First of all - this project is awesome. I just wanted to ask: do you have any zines written by South Asian/desi authors? — Asked by Anonymous

Hi Anon,

Thanks for your question. We aren’t a distro but we can recommend checking out Gaysi Zine and MOONROOT - the folk who run these projects can certainly recommend more zines by South Asian/desi authors.

Additionally, Jordan Alam, creator of As[I]Am, is a zinester we know of through the Barnard Zine Library in NYC. She tabled at one of our #RaceRiotTour events in 2012 and has supported POCZP through her work with Jenna Freedman, one of our allies. 

TextaQueen makes the zine harshbrowns and is based in Australia.

Check out this thread on We Make Zines, which has a focus on non-US South Asian punk zines.

Please let us know what you find elsewhere so we can help spotlight.

HELP US HELP YOU <3

If this information was helpful, please consider making a donation to support our online & IRL advocacy efforts. We are a grassroots nonprofit without an operating budget.

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