[DESCRIPTION: Anna Vo, POCZP Touring Member]
To our delight, she’s back! You can meet Anna at ALL 2013 #RaceRiotTour dates, as she is a full-time touring member <3
Anna will be providing mediation support as a grievance counsellor at all POCZP events and within our touring vehicle, as needs arise. Anna will function as part of the POCZP Wellness Team. We appreciate her service.
ABOUT ANNA VO
Anna works with different types of activist communities and sectors to address racism, power, privilege, gentrification, inclusive practices, squatting law (squashcampaign.org), community accountability and transformative justice. The most fun/rewarding part of it all is running empowerment workshops and programs for PoC only.
She also works for free on community consulted architectural projects in different cities/countries, and organizes free schools, fests, autonomous spaces, etc. She currently lives in Berlin where she works as a social worker, counsellor and mediator.
Anna has played music (hardcore, solo folk: annavo.bandcamp.com), etc.) for over 10 years, has run a black metal/noise/doom record label (An Out Recordings: anout.bandcamp.com) for 6 years, and is also forever making a comic, and finishing a novel about growing up Vietnamese in a government housing project in a white Australian beach town.
Her zines, posters, and other info can be downloaded here: annavo.wordpress.com. She currently plays guitar and sings in a xvx feminist dark hc band xfirstworldproblemx (xfirstworldproblemx.bandcamp.com) and screamo band broken ‘ships (brokenships.bandcamp.com); and drums in doom/improv/noise band Mourning Star.
She is seeking work/housing/hangout opportunities in the United States :-) So, say hi!
Here’s what Anna had to say about joining this year’s Race Riot! Tour experience:
I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to join the tour again this year. There were so many beautiful, challenging, reflective, strong moments during last year’s Race Riot! tour.
The power of intentional space-making was palpable, and we got emotional, we processed in different ways, and at different rates.
I’m looking forward to this tour, and a possible change in focus… Although I appreciate my DIY punk bubble, I’m excited about sharing with a broader cross-section of people, and working with inspiring PoC struggles from lots of different perspectives (especially around indigenous sovereignty in North America).
There’s lots of crappy dispiriting things going on in our shitty world (the ‘justice’ system, remorseless violence, exploitation, trafficking, abuses of power) and while we fight for small shifts or big changes, what keeps us going is making genuine, awesome connections with lovely people with common goals of social justice.
I’ll be finishing three zines especially for this tour, one of which reflects on the 6 years of the NT Intervention in Australia, my perzine The Swan the Vulture #4, and another is the latest issue of Fix My Head, now co-editted with Osa from Shotgun Seamstress.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all!
- Meet the first-ever #RaceRiotTour wellness team <3
- Meet Tracey Brown, 2013 #RaceRiotTour dedicated driver/mediator! <3
- Meet Nyky Gomez, POCZP distro partner & 2013 #RaceRiottour member
- Meet Nia King, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member
We will share more 2013 #RaceRiotTour member bios between now and our kickoff date, October 3, 2013 in NOLA. We have 19 confirmed touring members so far <3 Bookmark our #RaceRiotTour landing page, as we will update it with all bio links and other important information in the coming days.
SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $10, 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
Last year’s inaugural tour was amazing but that was just the beginning. 14 cities last year = 12 more cities this year <3
Dates may shift slightly before October and we are still accepting invites from academic and community spaces, collectives, orgs and individuals. If you haven’t contacted us already, please do: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you look at this list and think “Why the heck do they keep missing the full Midwest?” Don’t trip, chocolate chip. The 2015 NATIONAL Zinester Conference is going down in YOUR house! Yeah! Midwest all the way! And we’ll be bringing in FIVE international zinesters/activists to share their work! Yeah, buddy! If you want to help, reach out!
Thoughts become things. Be intentional with your thoughts.
2013 TOUR DETAILS: What we know so far
Native/Indigenous solidarity will be a core component of this tour. If you’re actively involved in local efforts in your city, please reach out. We want you to speak at our events & help you distribute your printed zines/materials nationwide. We hope our small platform helps to make a difference.
We will be doing TWO events in each city, just like last year's tour. There will be an academic event at a participating university in the daytime and one DIY/community show in the evening. The academic events will be free and open to the public, while the evening DIY shows will be a sliding scale cover. NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS <3
The DIY show covers pay for our gas and food, so give what you can.
We will be able to share accessibility/child care details for each city once we have more information.
The Race Riot! touring member lineup will be revealed in the coming weeks. HINT: Think more people, rotating members and lots of guest readers in each city.
Self-care and caregiving resources will be a significant aspect of this tour for participating readers/performers.
OK, enough context. Here are the dates & cities (all subject to change)!
[SEE UPDATED LIST ON OUR #RACERIOTTOUR PAGE]
All details subject to change. We will share specifics about each city as we finalize tour logistics.
MICHIGAN FOLKS: Wow, such love! We’ve received a few requests from y’all to come out this year. We did two events there in 2012 and cannot return in 2013 (we are not a funded entity - we rely on donations and have day jobs/other obligations <3). If you’re in Michigan and want to support this tour in other ways, contact us, thanks.
We can only do so much, and we do a lot with very little. Richmond, VA and other cities: We wish we could be everywhere for this tour, but we can’t. Let’s figure out ways to partner that will yield long term outcomes for local POC orgs and collectives. Thanks for understanding.
OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
We are looking for the following:
- Guest readers in every city (you must be a person of color)
- Rotating tour buddies: Join us on the road and participate in 1-3 tour events as a panelist/reader/tabler
- POC (or POC fronted) bands to perform at each #raceriottour event!
- More POC & ally tablers for each city: come to a POCZP event in your town and table for your zine/org/collective/creative project (check out some of the POC artists/merchants who tabled last year) <3
We’re also looking for folks to help us produce #raceriottour fundraiser events between now and September. This might be a good solution for you if you are unable to travel.
Contact email@example.com for more details. Make sure to use “2013 RACE RIOT TOUR” as the email subject.
ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR
POC Zine Project held its first Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 U.S. cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Click here to view photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps.
We will be taking the Race Riot! Tour through 12 more U.S. cities in 2013. Stay tuned for updates as we work on partnering with POC-affirming orgs overseas. If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Ten days have passed since our Race Riot! tour finale event at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. Our last tour date had the most amount of people in attendance, and zine partner sales were higher than any other stop on our tour, so thank you NYC for your love and support!
We’re going to do a zine and art book about our first tour experience, (details coming soon) so for now, here are some beautiful moments from October 7, 2012:
Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen
- POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Tour attendees at Death by Audio on Oct 7, 2012
- Mimi Thi Nguyen reads at Death By Audio
- Leshaun lovell (l) Share roman (m) and Jade Fair (r) at POCZP’s Race Riot! Tour stop at Death By Audio on Oct 7
- DJ Shomi Noise holding her zines Building Up Emotional Muscles #1-3 at Death By Audio on Oct 7
- Shady Hawkins perform at Death By Audio
Photo by Mary Christmas
- Joan Chen came all the way from the west coast and brought Bay Area poc zines for the archive! <3 Thanks, Joan!
- Back of crowd during Anna Vo’s reading at Death By Audio
Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen
- Osa Atoe, creator of the Shotgun Seamstress series (out now on Mend My Dress Press), reads at Death By Audio
- Aye Nako performs at Death By Audio
Photo by thetenderestheart
- Part of POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Mall at Death By Audio
Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen
MEMORIES FROM THE EVENT
The venue was PACKED and at a certain point (about halfway through the show) we had to ask everyone who was sitting to stand up so that a horde of folks waiting in line outside could get in. Like all of our other tour stops, the door cover was sliding scale/pay what you can with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Although DBA had a cash bar, people kept it together and the energy overall was amazing. Around 9pm, after I had made sure the projector was working, we kicked things off.
Jamie Varriale Vélez, our local guest reader, did an amazing job and was super brave (she read first). Race Riot! crew Osa, Anna Vo, Mimi Thi Nguyen and Cristy C. Road followed. I played MC, worked at the Race Riot! mall, dealt with problems as they came up and took some of the photos you see in this post.
BIG THANKS to Cristy C. Road for coordinating our finale event logistics, Death By Audio for allowing us to use the venue and all the DBA folks who handled sound and door needs.
I’m probably forgetting to thank a million people but we’ll get it together for the zine and art book that we’re doing for the tour.
We’ll have more candids and quotes from tour members and attendees in the weeks to come.
Thanks again, you reading this right now, for your interest and support. This is an experiment in community and activism through materiality. If you took any photos or video of this event and are willing to share so we can add it to our documentation, please email email@example.com. <3
If you’re interested in developing your digital media and community organizing skills by interning for POC Zine Project, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can provide college credit or, if you’re not enrolled at an accredited university, professional mentorship. Meatspace internships will take place at DCAP Media HQ in NYC. Telecommuting/remote production internships are also available.
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 by emailing email@example.com.
2) We’re doing a national conference in 2014.
3) We’re doing a west coast tour in 2013.
4) If you want to be a part of any upcoming POCZP events, let us know.
5) 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 took the Race Riot! tour through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7, 2012.
All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR
TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE
Oct 7: Death By Audio - Brooklyn
Oct 3: Skylab - Columbus
Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington
Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago
Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit
Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh
Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly
Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn
All photos should be credited to Daniela Capistrano/POC Zine Project unless otherwise noted. Please be sure to credit and link to poczineproject.tumblr.com if you reblog individual pics. Tx! <3
ZINE SPOTLIGHT: Fix My Head Issue 3
Author: Anna Vo (POC Zine Project’s Race! Riot tour member)
Publish Date: Sept 2012
Description: Featuring interviews with RAD POCs
Format: Not A3 - they are in US paper sizes
FMH interview excerpts with some of the POC Zine Project Race Riot! tour members (not all fit into this Tumblr post, read the zine for all the interviews!):
"This issue is fucking rad. I’m stoked. There used to be another editor for this zine, but now it’s just me. And that means the focus has shifted, from a zine that was mostly catered for white punk dudes, etc, to a zine aimed at people like me. Hooray! No more apologising, pandering or over-explaining. I don’t want to justify to any more punks why racism or sexism sucks. Or why women/trans* or POC -only spaces exist. I’m looking forward to communicating with and hanging out with more people who get it. Yesssss!" - Anna Vo
"My favorite new zine is MALCRIADA by this awesome queer latina, Suzy X. Shes also in a fierce band called SHADY HAWKINS, here in brooklyn. Theres a shit-ton of rad queer punk in NYC such as GLTR PNCH, PENGUIN, GIRL CRUSH, and AYE NAKO. Non local new bands Im excited about are LIPSTICK HOMICIDE, CITY MOUSE, & RVIVR (Homewreckers are releasing a split 7" with City Mouse soon, who are also latina-fronted pop punk) Some rad organizations that are worth investigating are Audre Lorde Project’s SAFE OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM, SUPPORT NY, RITE RIDES, and SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT……… Im so proud of NYC!!! As for websites to check out, I like prettyqueer.com, colorlines.com. My tumblr newsfeed is full of pictures of animals." - Cristy C. Road
"Well, it’s just something I’ve noticed while reading the writings of other POCs in and outside of punk. From calling out white folks on their racism to the very academic task of ‘deconstructing whiteness,’ the focus remains white people. I think of it in terms of energy. Who are you giving your energy to? I think that most people of color are at least subconsciously aware of this conundrum. Radical brown folks, women and queers love to tell straight, white, male, het folks that it’s not our job to educate them and that if they’d really care, they’d figure it out themselves. So why do we keep doing it? I think the answer is that we just can’t shake the feeling that they’re always watching. You know how feminists talk about the male gaze? Well, in punk we got the white gaze. For instance, even though I write a zine expressly for black folks, I am aware that the majority of my audience is probably white. When I sit down to write that zine, I consciously have to push them out of my mind and focus on telling other black folks & pocs what I want to tell them. It’s a challenge, but it’s important. Otherwise, white people and their issues and shortcomings will always be at the center of our work. I encourage all brown people to just try and shake off the white gaze when you’re producing your creative or political work. It’s called psychic liberation." - Osa Atoe
"I just wrote a book called The Gift of Freedom, and the basic argument is that a liberal empire like the United States acts through violence to grant the gift of freedom to those who are perceived to lack it, and this is no gift at all but the imposition of debt and more rule. A recurring theme in my own life then is being ungrateful! I came with my parents in April 1975, when the North Vietnamese were close to capturing the South Vietnamese capital. We were ‘processed’ through the temporary refugee camp at Marine Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, and sponsored by a Catholic family in Minnesota. I lived there until I was twelve, when we moved to San Diego. We were refugee poor, which meant that much of what we had in those first years was donated by our sponsors and their church; at the same time, my parents had social capital from their lives as middle-class, educated Vietnamese that did not translate evenly in the United States. This meant that I learned to be proud, or otherwise stubborn, and to embrace being the odd one out – which not only meant I was ready for punk, but also that my becoming punk had everything to do with being a refugee, growing up queer.” - Mimi Thy Nguyen
POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Tour is Sept 24 - Oct 7 through twelve cities. We can’t wait to meet you in person.
READING NOTE: If you want to read the zine two pages at a time, look at the single page icon at the top in full screen mode and click on it. That will take the visual to two pages at a time, and you scroll through by clicking the arrow at the bottom (instead of left to right).
Anna Vo, who lives in Berlin, has played music (hardcore, folk, etc.) for about 15 years (check out their DIY record label). Anna currently works with different types of activist communities and sectors to address racism, power, privilege, gentrification, and inclusive practices.
Anna also works for free on community consulted architectural projects in different cities/countries. Additionally, they organize free schools, fests, autonomous spaces, and more!
More from Anna:
I decided to join the [POC Zine Project] tour because I thought it was an awesome opportunity to hang out with women of colour who I could hopefully talk to about things that I think about alot, but don’t necessarily get to talk about that much in the communities and cities that I live in!
I’m working on the third issue of my punk zine Fix My Head, which is a collection of interviews with “Punx of Colour,” mostly women who have been playing in hardcore/punk bands for some time, and their experiences of racism/fetishisation/exclusion/etc.
I’m also working on the third issue of my zine, The Universal Vs Specific, which is a perzine about being a survivor, and crappy power dynamics in a longterm relationship, and racism within friendships/relationships/anarcho-collectives.
I hope to meet some awesome people, have some killer conversation, and learn a whole bunch of stuff!
Favourite POC zines:
rooftops and roadrage, from London
Mellow Yellow from Aotearoa
Unsewing My Lips, from London
Here is where you can find out more about Anna:
Zines and stories: annavo.wordpress.com
Folk and noise music: annavo.bandcamp.com
DIY record label: anout.bandcamp.com
Anna also sings and plays guitar for a feminist hardcore band based in Berlin, xFirstWorldProblemx: http://soundcloud.com/xfwpx. Below is an xfwpx band practice recording. Anna also plays in five other bands.
Anna has made and contributed to several zines. For this introduction, Anna requested that we include The Swan The Vulture zine (2011). This zine is about racialisation and consent and “wanting to be loved, but wanting to be loved in a respectful way. And feeling guilty for that. And where this fits into being a non-white ‘anarchist’ female.”
The Swan The Vulture includes information on how to navigate abuse. TRIGGER WARNING.
The third issue of The Swan The Vulture will be up online this week. POC Zine Project will share it as soon as it’s available.
Community: Anna Vo will be participating in ALL of our tour dates! Please help Anna offset the cost of participating in this tour by purchasing their zines, music and spreading the word about the tour.
Thanks again Anna, for going on tour with us and supporting POC Zine Project! <3
***Meet POC Zine Project tour member Cristy C. Road***