MEET POCZP’s FIRST EAST COAST INTERN: Cata!
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. Cata is the first East Coast Intern for POCZP—we are excited to share developments as this part of our experiment in activism and community through materiality unfolds.
CATA, IN HER OWN WORDS
Cata is a mixed race two-spirit/many spirit writer/yogi/graphic novel reader/zine lover in Washington, D.C. originally from the LBC (Long Beach, CA). She teaches swimming to youngsters, yoga to queers in DC. When she’s not doing that she is organizing in her community or reading and writing about graphic novels in her blog and tumblr. You can find her here:
She also writes mini plays for youth and adults, but you won’t find those on the internet—you have to come out and experience one for yourself!
Here’s what Cata had to say about POC Zine Project and why it’s important to her:
POCZP provides a space for zinesters of color to find one another and one another’s media. This exchange is also documentation. Documenting/archiving the history of POC communities is necessary, beautiful and will give fruit to even more magical and creative future generations. This is a community engine! I am honored to offer my contributions here.
Some mediums that have grown her love fierce are: The Queer God by Marcella Althaus-Reid, Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind- by Victoria Law and China Martens, the rhythms of Chavela Vargas, the art of Laya Monarez and the story telling abilities of James Baldwin, Gloria Anzaldúa, Craig Thompson, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjane Satrapi, Little Crow and the elders in her world.
She is constantly working to live whole in a conflicted world and love well the complicated people in the world. Keep on, move strong and hustle till it’s done.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing will change if it is not faced" - James Baldwin
If you missed it, here are some poc zine reviews Cata did for POCZP a while back.
DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT?
We are 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 and internship info” 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.
SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh