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ZINESTER SPOTLIGHT: Anna Vo, 2013 #RaceRiotTour Member

2013 #RaceRiotTour member Anna Vo

[DESCRIPTION: Anna Vo, POCZP Touring Member]

Anna Vo was the first person to travel from outside the U.S. to volunteer with POCZP, as a touring member on last year’s #RaceRiotTour. <3

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 hereannavo.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!

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WANT MORE?

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.

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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

Meet POC Zine Project tour member Anna Vo!

Anna Vo, POC Zine Project tour member

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

and blogs: 
http://mellowyellow-aotearoa.blogspot.com.au/
http://debunkingwhite.livejournal.com/
http://www.peopleofcolororganize.com/
http://harshbrowns.wordpress.com/

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 

Twitter: twitter.com/ibeannavo 

Anna also sings and plays guitar for a feminist hardcore band based in Berlin, xFirstWorldProblemxhttp://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***