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Meet Cihuatl Ce: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (2 of 5)

POC Zine Project is tabling and hosting a panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest! Meet one of our five collaborators, Cihuatl Ce, founder of the Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade:

Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)

[Photo credit: Steet Lenz Photography]

Cihuatl Ce (pronounced Seewhat Seh) has been spitting truth to power in the form of politically charged feminist inspired, urban indigenous hip-hop for the past decade.

Sharing the stage with underground hip hop heavies such as Dead Prez, Bambu, Broadcast Live, Olmeca, Invincible -to name a few- her high energy performances have won her dedicated support base across the globe. She currently tours in support of her latest album, FEMI9mm: The Fury of a Wombyn, released in early 2012.

POCZP NOTE: Cihuatl Ce will be doing a special live performance during our panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest! Stay tuned for more details.

Cihuatl’s reach is not confined solely to the lyrical realm of resistance. For the past 15 years she has been a fervent youth advocate and community organizer.

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[Visit Cihuatl Ce at cihuatlce.comtwitter.com/CihuatlCe]

In 2010 she founded the first all womyn of color cycling collective Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade and was the driving force behind landmark events such as LA’s first ever Clitoral Mass -attended by close to 300 womyn - as well as other initial rides addressing  the health disparities specific to womyn of color and at risk communities.

As a mother driven to reach young women with a message of hope, rebellion, and defiance against relics of tradition and patriarchy, Cihuatl Ce is committed to bringing consciousness beyond just the music, unapologetically creating change and leaving fans and casualties in her wake.

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BACKGROUND

POC Zine Project tabled at the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest and had a lot of fun. Read the recap here.

As part of our advocacy to support as many POC creators as possible, we’ve partnered with both new and past folks on this year’s events. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano put out a call for new tabling and speaking partners for the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, which resulted in our latest lineup. 

Cihuatl Ce hosted some 2013 #RaceRiotTour members during our California dates, which led to this latest collaboration.

MEET ALL OUR COLLABORATORS

Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)

Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)

Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)

Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)

Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans)

ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.

Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.

Helms Bakery District Parking Garage
(between La Dijonaise and Vitra)
8703 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Sistah to Sistah: A Road Trip Fundraiser to Support Ovarian Psycos

40 hours left to go!

NOLA Bike Project Ladies, Trans and Sissy volunteers gathering donations for the Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade to open a bike co-op in Boyle Heights.

Donation link: http://www.indiegogo.com/LTS2OPB

What’s the Deal

The Ovarian Psycos all-womyn of color bike collective is trying to open a community bike shop in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles next year. The Ladies, Trans, & Sissies contingent of the New Orleans Community Bike Project (Plan B) http://bikeproject.org/ is planning a cross-country road trip to raise additional funds, awareness, and support them as they prepare to open the shop. 

Short Summary

Tracey and Alisha, (the sissy contingent), two womyn bike mechanics, will be travelling cross-country in January 2013, visiting bike shops and collectives along the way to gather donations and generate support for the Ovarian Psycos. 

Contributors will receive nifty Ovarian Psycos swag! Buttons! Stickers! T-shirts! Awesomeness! Really! 

The Impact

The Ovarian Psycos are empowering underrepresented communities. By teaching women and trans individuals how to build and repair bikes, a field traditionally dominated by white males, they’re directly challenging racism and patriarchy, and encouraging women to gain autonomy and build community, and mentor other young women. This shop is absolutley necessary and long overdue.

If you can’t contribute money or supplies, you can still help by spreading the word about Ovarian Psycos.

http://www.facebook.com/ovarian.psycos

Message from Tracey Brown:

If 18 people give $10 (which come on we spend money all day on random shit that has the ability to support change i.e. buying booze, ciggs, comics, toys ;), and other randomness) we will have hit our goal! come my POC people, my Allies, my QPOC, my queers, and everything in between! DONATE! 

COMMUNITY: Help us signal boost and if you can make a donation, please do <3 POCZP founder Daniela will be making a donation as well.

Support POC creating culture and active forms of resistance.