Meet POCZP’s Midwest Coordinator Joyce Hatton!
Part of POC Zine Project’s advocacy is empowering new and seasoned zinesters of color in the U.S. (and soon worldwide) to share their stories while supporting other POC. Joyce is the first regional coordinator for POCZP and we are excited to share developments as this part of our experiment in activism and community through materiality unfolds.
JOYCE, IN HER OWN WORDS
I was raised in South Dakota. Being a black person raised in South Dakota is a big old can of worms.
I currently live in Moorhead, MN, border city of the better known Fargo, ND. I lived in Philadelphia for a bit, but then the drugs got the better of me, also the fact that I didn’t get every job I applied for (the low unemployment rates of the Dakotas spoiled her) so I returned to Moorhead. I spent time on an organic vegetable farm in California until I got cancer and returned to Moorhead.
Cancer did what my ongoing mental health issues couldn’t do: it forced me to get sober and confront the trauma in my life, some of which began with being raised black in South Dakota.
Growing up as a black, non-heteronormative, radical female in small town South Dakota, I experienced some difficulties. In addition to the overt racism, many of my (almost exclusively white) friends said and did racist things out of ignorance. I had no idea how to handle it. Since my mother grew up in Jim Crow-era South her advice was for me to keep my mouth shut. For her, that was the way to stay safe. On top of that, my family wasn’t a very safe space because they let me know there would be hell to pay if I wasn’t straight. And I constantly argued with my mother about feminism and other ideas that I felt defined who I was.
Last fall I was fairly distraught. For various reasons I felt disillusioned and aimless. I ended up in the psych hospital, and while I was there I made a zine. It felt so self-validating, empowering, and uplifting. Shortly after making it, I discovered POCZP. It kept me interested in zines because I found so many connections that validated what I was experiencing, and helped me learn about myself, and ideas I cared about. I felt like I was part of a community, and I felt re-radicalized.
My goals for working with POCZP are to:
1) to build community in Fargo-Moorhead, share POC zines, and create safe spaces for POC and allies to have an honest, open sharing of ideas and experiences.
2) find ways effectively and easily share the POCZP’s mission and zine making with physically, emotionally, or ideologically isolated POC in rural areas and small towns in the Midwest.
CONNECT WITH JOYCE:
COMMUNITY: Join us in welcoming Joyce. We are excited to support zine culture and POC storytelling in the Midwest! Although our 2013 Race Riot! tour does not have a tour date in this region, our National POC Zinester & Ally Conference/Convergence will be held in the Midwest. Stay tuned for details …
DO YOU WANT TO BE A COORDINATOR LIKE JOYCE?
If you are in the Midwest and want to support POCZP with Joyce, let us know! We are also looking for representatives in every state, as well as regional support, as we build toward the National POC Zinester & Ally Conference/Convergence. Ideally you have some experience with organizing events and building community, but experience is not required. All are welcome. Priority will be given to people of color who apply but allies are definitely welcome.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details with “regional coordinator” as the subject line.
If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email email@example.com as well to stay informed as opportunities arise.
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