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ALERT: See POC Zine Project #RaceRiotTour member QUESE IMC, TONIGHT in Chicago! 

If you’re in the Chicago area, you have TWO opportunities TONIGHT (July 20, 2013) to see QUESE IMC in action. Here are the details:

1) The 11th Annual Sound System Block Party

Energy Alley Stage @ The Silver Room

1442 N. Milwaukee

Chicago, IL

QUESE goes on at 8:15pm

The Sound System Block Party is a day long celebration of Music, Art and Dance. They bring diverse art to a diverse community with 3 Stages and over 50 performances of Music and Visual Artists. What started off as a small gathering of friends has become Chicago’s best homegrown Block Party, 5,000 strong!

After the block party, go support this rad event featuring QUESE IMC at multikulti, where POCZP held a #RaceRiotTour event last year:

2) Quennect 4 Gallery presents: E.M.P.A.C.T. (Everyone’s Music Politics Activist Community Throwdown)

A fundraising event for GIRL TALK!

July 20, 2013 

9p – ?? (QUESE IMC will go on at about 11:15 pm)

Q4/Multkulti

1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., 4th floor, Chicago IL

Girl Talk is a volunteer supported program for girls, ages 12-17, who are detained in the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center (JTDC). A survey of the girls, conducted by CFJC, found that they faced serious concerns on a daily basis, including sexual assault and other forms of violence, relationship and conflict resolution, education and employment, legal rights, and a wide range of health issues.

Programming and services related to these issues were almost non-existent through the detention center. Girl talk provides the girls in the detention center a space to be free from the jail they find themselves in.

Chicago Girl Talk Collective is a group of women who run a program for the girls and young women temporarily incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Project NIA is proud to be incubating the revived Girl Talk.  For more information about Project NIA, visit http://www.project-nia.org.

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QUESE IMC co-presented with POC Zine Project at the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest and is leading the indigenous solidarity strategy/coalition building for this year’s #RaceRiotTour. We will be sharing more details about this critical component of the tour in the coming weeks.

EDITOR’S NOTE [9/16/2013]: QUESE IMC is no longer the Indigenous Solidarity Coordinator for POCZP.

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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

ALERT: POC Zine Project is looking for more gender non-conforming tour members!
As we covered in our presi recounting the successes and mistakes from last year’s Race Riot! tour, we are making it a priority to involve more gender representations in this year’s tour. We want to make sure we’re helping to amplify as many voices as possible.
With that in mind, we already have several cis women confirmed as participants (tour roster announcement coming soon). We’re now looking for 1-2 more gender non-conforming folks to join us on the road.
Our tour route has evolved. We are now going to 20 cities and producing 30-40 events between Oct. 3 - Nov. 9, 2013. Yup! We’ve expanded the tour route to include more midwest tour dates (we’ll post an updated lineup very soon - here’s the original announcement).
REACH OUT
Email poczineproject@gmail.com for information on how to participate & help spread the word! 
APPLICANT CRITERIA 
You must ID as either trans and/or gender nonconforming or cis male. 
You must ID as a person of color.
You can commit to at least three of the tour dates between Oct 3 - Nov 9.
You have either made & released at least one zine or consistently operate a website/blog/digital presence that amplifies the voices of QTPOC.
You have at least some experience with public speaking.
You are either based in the U.S. or can cover the cost of your own travel outside the U.S.
That’s it! Email poczineproject@gmail.com with “QTPOC tour member” as the subject line and in your email make sure to include the following details:

- Your preferred name and a little about yourself (why you want to go on tour with POCZP, your relationship to zines/self publishing, etc.)
- the city and state you’re presently living in
- the name of the last zine you made/how to purchase it and/or the URLS for your digital platforms (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)
- a brief description of your public speaking history
- a brief description of any special needs (allergies, mobility issues, etc.)
- any initial questions you may have about tour date cities, budgeting, accessibility, etc.


A POCZP representative will get back to you by July 15, 2015.
DEADLINE: July 10, 2013.
We are finalizing the touring roster by August 1, 2013.
ACCESSIBILITY DISCLOSURE: All our touring events will be wheelchair accessible and have a safer spaces policy. Unfortunately, our tour vehicle cannot accommodate wheelchairs — but it can be navigated with braces, crutches, etc. As a result of this finance-based limitation, all touring members must be able to navigate the tour vehicle and event spaces with minimal support.
Send all accessibility questions to poczineproject@gmail.com.
We will post an accessibility FAQ for this year’s tour as soon as it’s ready. 
- POCZP

ALERT: POC Zine Project is looking for more gender non-conforming tour members!

As we covered in our presi recounting the successes and mistakes from last year’s Race Riot! tour, we are making it a priority to involve more gender representations in this year’s tour. We want to make sure we’re helping to amplify as many voices as possible.

With that in mind, we already have several cis women confirmed as participants (tour roster announcement coming soon). We’re now looking for 1-2 more gender non-conforming folks to join us on the road.

Our tour route has evolved. We are now going to 20 cities and producing 30-40 events between Oct. 3 - Nov. 9, 2013. Yup! We’ve expanded the tour route to include more midwest tour dates (we’ll post an updated lineup very soon - here’s the original announcement).

REACH OUT

Email poczineproject@gmail.com for information on how to participate & help spread the word!

APPLICANT CRITERIA

  • You must ID as either trans and/or gender nonconforming or cis male. 
  • You must ID as a person of color.
  • You can commit to at least three of the tour dates between Oct 3 - Nov 9.
  • You have either made & released at least one zine or consistently operate a website/blog/digital presence that amplifies the voices of QTPOC.
  • You have at least some experience with public speaking.
  • You are either based in the U.S. or can cover the cost of your own travel outside the U.S.

That’s it! Email poczineproject@gmail.com with “QTPOC tour member” as the subject line and in your email make sure to include the following details:

- Your preferred name and a little about yourself (why you want to go on tour with POCZP, your relationship to zines/self publishing, etc.)

- the city and state you’re presently living in

- the name of the last zine you made/how to purchase it and/or the URLS for your digital platforms (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)

- a brief description of your public speaking history

- a brief description of any special needs (allergies, mobility issues, etc.)

- any initial questions you may have about tour date cities, budgeting, accessibility, etc.

A POCZP representative will get back to you by July 15, 2015.

DEADLINE: July 10, 2013.

We are finalizing the touring roster by August 1, 2013.

ACCESSIBILITY DISCLOSURE: All our touring events will be wheelchair accessible and have a safer spaces policy. Unfortunately, our tour vehicle cannot accommodate wheelchairs — but it can be navigated with braces, crutches, etc. As a result of this finance-based limitation, all touring members must be able to navigate the tour vehicle and event spaces with minimal support.

Send all accessibility questions to poczineproject@gmail.com.

We will post an accessibility FAQ for this year’s tour as soon as it’s ready. 

- POCZP

Let’s Talk About: ‘The Truth Tour and how to be an ally at POC and Native events’

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By Cata, POCZP East Coast Intern

The Truth Tour consists of folks from the Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota and allies, traveling to different cities in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic to tell their stories, advocating for a return to matriarchal leadership and raising awareness of the ongoing genocide of their people. The event I attended was a film screening of the documentary “Red Cry,” held in Washington, DC, on April 16th.

Below is an entry point into a continuous conversation, not a rule book. 

A big question that surrounds POC (people of color) events from those outside of the community holding the event is "how can I be an ally?"

A simple answer to these questions is to put your self in service to the community and don’t take up space. 

DC ‘TRUTH TOUR' EVENT RECAP

April 16 – Washington, DC – Metropolitan Community Church of DC – 6:30pm

When the Lakota Grandmothers came to DC in April, my partner and I cooked a meal for an event as an act of support/solidarity. What follows here are my reflections as an audience member/participant in the film screening event.

I write with a strong desire to contribute to a (hopefully) ongoing conversation of allyship. The night of the event in DC there were many important voices and stories shared. The group had come a long way to spread their voices. I am thankful for their journey. I felt blessed to be among these strong travelers and hope to meet them again one day.

However, among the powerful stories offered there were important voices and stories that were missed. Here are some things I observed as I watched the evening pass with a complex interplay of isms and unchecked privileges.

For days afterward I couldn’t get out of my head the Q&A session after the “Red Cry” screening. 

The white anarchist/activist who stood up and said “I don’t know about the rest of the room, but me and my house mates on THIS side of the room- we’re REALLY in SOLIDARITY with you all! REALLY!”

This wasn’t a question; it was a comment offered perhaps to receive an ego stroke from the audience/caravaners and it was distracting.

Then, there was an African-American woman who stood up asking to be part of the Lakota people, referencing her own Native heritage. It was refreshing to see a person of color seeking to honor their indigenous heritage— but the word use: “Can I be a part of you?” made my face scrunch.

Again, this was not a question pertaining to their journey or to the film.

Then, three or four folks raised their hands… again without questions… but instead with gifts. Literally folks were walking up to an elder with shells, books and bags of what? I don’t know.

Weird? Yes. Distracting? Yes. Ego strokes? Yes and yes.

Three-quarters of the way through the event, the main Native male speaker who had been speaking the most and facilitating, acknowledged that the others on his caravan, including most of the women, had not spoken. He suggested that they go down the line and share something.

"Yes, finally!" I thought, time to hear everyones voice. But, wait. One more person in the audience needs the spot light and asks a question/comment…then POOF! Our time is done.

A song is sung and things are wrapped up. There is never time to hear the voices of the other Native folks, most of them women, from the caravan.

NEXT STEPS

As POC organizers we need to reflect:

  • On this Truth Tour designed to advocate a return to matriarchy, how did the Native man facilitating (and the crew as a whole) not realize that his voice was filling the time available at the expense of other (female) voices from the caravan?
  • How do we as POC organizers/activists let inter-communities privileges distract or disappear an important layer in our events or projects? 
  • How did the audience continue on unaware of their distracting behavior?
  • Why did certain audience members(and why do some folks) think it was/is ok to deconstruct their internal conflicts on some one else’s time?

This brings me back to allyship. Here are some ways to be an ally:

1) Be aware of your layers (gender, colourism, class, race, orientation, shyness etc).

2) Take your OWN time to process privilege, settlers guilt etc.

3) Do your service, go home and process in your journal or with other allies about your experience and how to be a better ally next time.

It’s all good. We are all learning here, but to distract from someone else’s event/or project with your own internal conflicts is unchecked privilege. To disappear someone else’s voice or story with your own, no matter if you’re an ally or a member of the community is rude. These patterns disrupt progress.

Privileges unchecked and unprocessed hurt ourselves and our communities. Until we learn as how to beware of our layers and hold one another accountable the biggest thing that will come of our events and projects in the eyes of others (and maybe ourselves) is debriefing the distractions.

Distractions are annoying. And, distractions are NOT solidarity. Lets move the focus back.

NYC ‘TRUTH TOUR’ EVENT RECAP

April 8, 2013 – New York City, NY, Judson Memorial Church- 239 Thompson St. (Solidarity/Decolonization Training) – 7:00pm

By Anonymous contributor to POCZP

I attended the Indigenous Solidarity and Decolonizing Training at Judson Memorial Church in hopes of learning more about the Lakota people, their struggles, and what it means to be in solidarity with indigenous communities. I was looking forward to participating in conversations about the meaning of decolonization and how one develops and sustains a political praxis around decolonizing the self in relation to community.

These days I have been thinking a lot about what it means for me, a women of color to challenge the mindset of settler colonialism that is part of my privilege and my immigrant histories. I believe that the complexities of communities of color engaging with native and indigenous communities should not be limited to understand through reading books and watching documentaries, so I went to this event to listen, to learn, to say hello.

I have deep respect the leaders of this training, for their histories and communities, and for the ways in which they walk through this world. However what I experienced last night was triggering, frustrating, and very confusing.

All but one of the Lakota grandmothers was present and the reason for this was never clearly explained or discussed. We began by asking those in the room who have any European ancestry, to stand up. As expected nearly eighty plus percent of the room were of European descent; I was one of few women of color, and perhaps South Asian in the room who did not stand up.

I have a vague understand of the purpose of this exercise, to call attention to the active realities of colonization as part of people’s being, and that as privilege that you cannot erase. However the presenters did not once ask any questions or specifically engage with the people of color in the room to ask why there were present, what it means for people of color to experience colonialism, and how the displacement of communities of color can reinforce colonial oppressions that native peoples face.

Once again white people became the center focus of the discussion, a conversation that I am sick in tired of having.

How can we destroy the constructs of whiteness if we continually reify them in our political spaces through reliving trauma and shaming one another?

There were several instances where the main “teacher” of this “training” used disparaging language against biracial and multiracial people. They outlined the role of elderly women, or the grandmothers in the struggle without giving the elderly women in the room a chance to speak out on their own and share their stories.

There was a moment where a white man was being disruptive and the presenter challenged him on his behavior, but did not ask him to leave the room. Of course this man continued to be disruptive and my friend, a women of color, had to ask him to leave.

I could give further specifics and in detail but I am not interested in calling out the presenter or the organizers of this event. Rather, I write this to raise the question of how can we build solidarity and decolonize together when so many of our political spaces are dominated by the politics of whiteness and by those whom I gender as being male-identified and male-bodied?

What is it going to take for men to recognize their male-privilege and to step down, work together on building true allyship with women in the struggle, and to call each other out?

There is a lot to say about this training. I am vested in having these conversations in person, and with people I hope to build my politics and community with.

However, in sharing this, I hope we can have a more open and honest dialogue about how to challenge spaces that are political defunct in the moment, and how to create something new that has a liberating direction.

Editor’s Note: POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano attended the NYC Truth Tour date and put a call for feedback on the POCZP Facebook page. Subsequently, Daniela spoke with this anonymous contributor, who gave POCZP permission to publish their thoughts under the condition that they remain anonymous. POCZP respects their choice to remain anonymous, as often it can be very difficult and triggering as a POC to question POC-led movements/actions.

MORE ON THE APRIL 8 NYC TRUTH TOUR EVENT

Below are POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano’s thoughts on the NYC Truth Tour event, originally published on the POCZP Facebook page. She also recorded this positive moment at the end of the evening:

[DESCRIPTION: The event leaders asked attendees to participate in a round dance at the end of the event. Couples were placed in the middle circle, while the elders were in another circle around it. After a while, others who weren’t necessarily elders were encouraged to join the outer circle. Native and non-native folks participated in the dance. This video captures about 80% of the round dance duration.]

By Daniela Capistrano, POCZP founder

The event overall was (for folks we spoke to) very triggering and complex. I wish that more female elders spoke, since that is what the tour is about. However, I also understand that there is another related event where female elders will be speaking.

This event wasn’t an “easy” experience. Some folks said there wasn’t enough actual training and that it was more of a blame game. Others did not agree with this assessment at all and said they got a lot out of it.

The event leaders asked everyone at the start of the experience “to listen with your heart.” Some people in attendance had a very had time just listening and there were many privilege issues at play. One white male would not stop interjecting and made it all about him until he was asked to stop. He could not handle that feedback and left.

Another white male took up way too much time singing a “spiritual” song, making the focus about him instead of the elders. A white female spoke on behalf of a black male in attendance without his consent. Many interesting and triggering actions went down last night at this event, a microcosm of bigger issues at play …

Some participants had issues with being put on the spot based on race, class and gender. Another controversial facet of the training was when attendees were challenged to cut up their government IDs as a symbol of their commitment to decolonize. Clearly there are many factors that would inform someone’s decision to participate or not, such as citizenship status in the U.S. and the dangerous ramifications of not having ID while experiencing racial profiling or worse. Race, class and gender were also factors.

One could argue that this act of cutting up an ID meant nothing and was in fact hurtful to undocumented folks in attendance or others in tenuous circumstances. Lots to think about. But I aired on the side of listening with an open mind and staying until the end. I chose to cut up my ID to confront my privileges; to know what it felt like to destroy government issued materiality; and to think about all the privileges that made it so “easy” for me to cut up my ID without any real consequences. I did it for myself, didn’t judge those who didn’t and also doesn’t think that cutting an ID automatically “decolonized” my existence and mental state. For me, it was an act of undoing mental damage tied to identity politics.

I am glad that I did stay until the end of the event, because I was able to meet one of the female elders, who I hope will collaborate with POCZP on the Race Riot tour this fall, as #IdleNoMore is our core focus. 

Because I stayed until the end, I was able to capture the round dance on video, which had a very peaceful and healing affect for many who participated.

In closing, it’s 100% OK to not agree with all facets of a decolonizing event. It’s OK to not agree with the leaders and to walk out when you feel triggered. Several people did walk out. But I am glad that I stayed.

NOTICE: POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano reached out to Truth Tour organizers in April to share feedback and to discuss a possible collaboration for the Race Riot! tour. She also reached out again upon publishing this piece. We are patiently awaiting a response.

COMMUNITY: Help make this a productive conversation by adding your thoughts in your reblog.

RESOURCES

Educate yourself on what the Truth Tour is all about:

"Red Cry" information:

"Red Cry" premiered on April 1, 2013, at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City, SD in Lakota Territory.  It was shown on consecutive nights in other cities as part of the Lakota Truth Tour.

Limited quantities of the Red Cry DVD are available for free.  If you would like a DVD sent to you, Truth Tour organizers request that you give a donation of $5 or more to cover the costs of shipping and materials.

Please mail your address and a check made payable to “Lakota Solidarity Project” to:

Lakota Solidarity Project
PO Box 881
Asheville, NC 28801

If you would like to show the film in your area, they ask that you download the Organizer Toolkit and use this as a model for how to organize the screening. Contact them if you are interested in screening “Red Cry.”

DONATE to the Lakota Solidarity Project/Truth Tour via PayPal by clicking here.

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“Let’s Talk About…” is an experimental series by POCZP created to share communal knowledge, resources and reflections on a wide range of topics affecting communities of color.

If you are a person of color—or a white person with a history of supporting POC Zine Project— who wants to contribute to “Let’s Talk About…” submit to poczineproject@gmail.com with “Let’s Talk About” in the subject line. 

All submissions to “Let’s Talk About…” will be compiled into a zine (print & digital) that will be released by POCZP in December of 2013.

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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

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: NRN Zine: Mother Earth – Manna-hata – A Native Perspective
This zine (second printing) was created by the Native Resistance Network for a Teach-In they did at the Free University at Madison Square Park in New York City on May Day, 2012.
In this edition, ‘From Resources to Relations’ and ‘Decolonizing Environmentalism’ have been updated.
In solidarity, POC Zine Project has made it possible to read this online without downloading, as well as to share as an embed:

You can also Click here to download a .pdf of the zine. Feel free to print and distribute it.
Native Resistance Network is a direct action organization of Indigenous individuals and Non-Indigenous allies dedicated to informing and educating the public, and supporting and empowering Native peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere and around the world.

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: NRN Zine: Mother Earth – Manna-hata – A Native Perspective

This zine (second printing) was created by the Native Resistance Network for a Teach-In they did at the Free University at Madison Square Park in New York City on May Day, 2012.

In this edition, ‘From Resources to Relations’ and ‘Decolonizing Environmentalism’ have been updated.

In solidarity, POC Zine Project has made it possible to read this online without downloading, as well as to share as an embed:

You can also Click here to download a .pdf of the zine. Feel free to print and distribute it.

Native Resistance Network is a direct action organization of Indigenous individuals and Non-Indigenous allies dedicated to informing and educating the public, and supporting and empowering Native peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere and around the world.