POC ZINE PROJECT — Race Riot! Tour Recap: Bloomington! @ Rachael's Cafe on Oct 2, 2012

Race Riot! Tour Recap: Bloomington! @ Rachael’s Cafe on Oct 2, 2012 

It began to rain during our drive through Indiana. The van grew quiet as Mariam expertly navigated all the blocked roads. It felt like we were meant to stay for a while, or at least being encouraged to enjoy the scenery for just a little longer.

Living in the moment.

We watched the fields of corn, stoic cows and farm equipment fly by in a series of colorful blurs as we raced to make our event at Rachael’s Cafe in Bloomington, IN, organized by Sparky Taylor.

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Lost in Indiana

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After a series of detours, we made it several minutes late to Rachael’s Cafe, where a sizable crowd already congregated with their coffee and lively chatter.

Doing our thing with very little time to prepare is something we are now experts at. We hooked up our projector, set up the Race Riot! mall and got things started.

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First up was Bella, a guest reader who is a writer from Bloomington. I don’t have a picture of her, sorry! 

After that, Osa read from her new Shotgun Seamstress compilation book, out now on Mend My Dress Press.

Osa reads at Rachael's Cafe for Race Riot! Tour in Bloomington, IN Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett. Thanks!

Osa in motion

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Anna Vo went next:

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Anna Vo reads for the Race Riot! tour stop at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

Part of the audience last night at Rachael’s Cafe. It was packed!

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Mariam Bastani holds (l to r) Slander, Shotgun Seamstress and Fix My Head

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Mimi Thi Nguyen listens intently to Anna Vo during her reading. Osa, behind her, does the same.

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Mariam tests the audience’s racist symbols knowledge.

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Osa and Anna watch Mariam in action.

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Mariam calls out white supremacy in her on point, in-your-face style:

Mariam reads for POC Zine Project Race Riot! tour at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

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Mimi breaks it down.

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Mimi reading for Race Riot! tour at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

Daniela shares examples of how poc and allies can collaborate in small but significant ways to create change.

Daniela Capistrano on the Race Riot! tour stop at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

Cristy was the last reader for the night.

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Cristy C. Road reads for Race Riot! tour at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

Eric, of the Liberation Frequency Media Collective based out of Louisville, Kentucky, is presently on a filming tour and will be in NYC very soon. Here he is with Mimi:

Eric and Mimi

Sparky Taylor shows Mimi her cat tattoo. Thanks for being such a great host and organizer, Sparky! <3

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Race Riot! attendees at Rachael’s Cafe discuss collaborating after the show.

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Tonight we have a show at Skylab Gallery in Columbus, OH! In addition to our multimedia readings, there will be music by Nerve Wracking and collage style experimental shorts by Alexis McCrimmon.

If you’re in the area, come through and please help us signal boost. <3 Thanks fam.

More:

1) We’re doing a zine about this tour, so if you were part of any of the events, let us know if you want to contribute.

2) We’re doing a national conference in 2014.

3) We love you.

ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT

POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.

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TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE

Oct 7: Death By Audio - Brooklyn

Oct 6: University of Maryland + Brickhaus - College Park and Baltimore

Oct 5: St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church - Washington, D.C.

Oct 4: University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh

Oct 3: Skylab - Columbus

Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington

Oct 1: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign + UCIMC - Champaign

Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago

Sept 29: University of Michigan + 3rd Death Star - Ann Arbor

Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit

Sept 27: Ohio University + evening potluck with Cindy Crabb - Athens

Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh

Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly

Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn

Sept 14 - Wellesley College pre-Race Riot! tour panel

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