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Meet POC Zine Project and ‘Tenacious’ editor Vikki Law at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014!
[PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Vikki Law, 2014]
POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will be tabling with local NYC zinesters of color at this year’s Brooklyn Zine Fest. The purpose of POCZP tabling at the fest is to provide free tabling space to local POC zinesters, with the zinesters keeping all of their profits from sales.
This form of advocacy is a continuation of a practice/service POCZP has provided since 2010. Most recently, POCZP provided free tabling space at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest.
We will be announcing our other NYC tabling partners between now and the fest. We’re kicking things off with POCZP zine partner Vikki Law, who you can meet in person, by coming by the POCZP table on April 26, 2014!
ABOUT VIKKI LAW
Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, zinester and mother. She is the editor of the ‘zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison, the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements. She frequently writes about issues of incarceration, gender and resistance for various publications.

Here are the zines & books Vikki will have for sale at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014:

Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (limited quantity, so show up early if you want a copy!)
Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements (limited quantity, so show up early if you want a copy!)
Copies of Tenacious issue 30 (fall/winter 2013) & issue 31 (Spring 2014—hot off the copying machine!)
Copies of Enter the 90s: Punks & Poets at ABC No Rio

Support Vikki by purchasing her writing at this year’s fest, which in turn supports Tenacious, a resource for women and trans folks in prison.
We will announce our other tabling partners in the coming days!
WANT MORE? CHECK OUT THIS EVENT:
Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm
How can zines create new narratives and representations for mixed-heritage people, LGBTQ communities, and people of color who are stereotyped or ignored in mainstream media?
What is the role of zines, DIY and self-publishing within marginalized communities?
How can zine culture open up space for intersectional conversations about identity and cultural hybridity?
Come participate in a vibrant conversation about race, gender, sexuality and media with four zinesters, activists and media-makers. Multimedia panel presentations will touch on themes such as: telling inclusive and intersectional stories; DIY and self-publishing; zine creation, production, and distribution; leveraging zine culture for racial and LGBTQ justice and movement building, and more.
Panelists include:
Nia King, filmmaker, zinester and editor of MXD: True Stories by Mixed Race Writers
Daniela Capistrano, founder of the POC Zine Project and DCAP Media
Jenna Freedman, Barnard Zine Librarian and author of the zine Lower East Side Librarian
Moderated by: Anne Hays, founder of Brooklyn-based zine distro, Sleeping Creatures, and founding editor of Storyscape.
April 24th, 2014

7pm-9pm
Brooklyn Historical Society, Great Hall
Free

This event is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Zine Fest, a 2-day festival showcasing 150 writers, artists, publishers, a zine exposition and public talks on April 26th-27th, and ABC No Rio, a collectively-run center for arts and activism in the Lower East Side.

ABOUT BROOKLYN ZINE FEST


Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 26th & Sunday, April 27th (from 11am to 6pm each day) at Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights.
POCZP IS ONLY TABLING ON APRIL 26! <3 BE SURE TO COME BY ON SATURDAY TO SAY HELLO AND SUPPORT OUR TABLERS!

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. 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

Meet POC Zine Project and ‘Tenacious’ editor Vikki Law at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014!

[PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Vikki Law, 2014]

POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will be tabling with local NYC zinesters of color at this year’s Brooklyn Zine Fest. The purpose of POCZP tabling at the fest is to provide free tabling space to local POC zinesters, with the zinesters keeping all of their profits from sales.

This form of advocacy is a continuation of a practice/service POCZP has provided since 2010. Most recently, POCZP provided free tabling space at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest.

We will be announcing our other NYC tabling partners between now and the fest. We’re kicking things off with POCZP zine partner Vikki Law, who you can meet in person, by coming by the POCZP table on April 26, 2014!

ABOUT VIKKI LAW

Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, zinester and mother. She is the editor of the ‘zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison, the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements. She frequently writes about issues of incarceration, gender and resistance for various publications.

Here are the zines & books Vikki will have for sale at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014:

  • Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (limited quantity, so show up early if you want a copy!)
  • Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements (limited quantity, so show up early if you want a copy!)
  • Copies of Tenacious issue 30 (fall/winter 2013) & issue 31 (Spring 2014—hot off the copying machine!)
  • Copies of Enter the 90s: Punks & Poets at ABC No Rio

Support Vikki by purchasing her writing at this year’s fest, which in turn supports Tenacious, a resource for women and trans folks in prison.

We will announce our other tabling partners in the coming days!

WANT MORE? CHECK OUT THIS EVENT:

Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

How can zines create new narratives and representations for mixed-heritage people, LGBTQ communities, and people of color who are stereotyped or ignored in mainstream media?

What is the role of zines, DIY and self-publishing within marginalized communities?

How can zine culture open up space for intersectional conversations about identity and cultural hybridity?

Come participate in a vibrant conversation about race, gender, sexuality and media with four zinesters, activists and media-makers. Multimedia panel presentations will touch on themes such as: telling inclusive and intersectional stories; DIY and self-publishing; zine creation, production, and distribution; leveraging zine culture for racial and LGBTQ justice and movement building, and more.

Panelists include:

April 24th, 2014
7pm-9pm
Free
This event is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Zine Fest, a 2-day festival showcasing 150 writers, artists, publishers, a zine exposition and public talks on April 26th-27th, and ABC No Rio, a collectively-run center for arts and activism in the Lower East Side.
ABOUT BROOKLYN ZINE FEST

Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 26th & Sunday, April 27th (from 11am to 6pm each day) at Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights.

POCZP IS ONLY TABLING ON APRIL 26! <3 BE SURE TO COME BY ON SATURDAY TO SAY HELLO AND SUPPORT OUR TABLERS!

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. 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

Hi! I'm a qwoc looking to start my own zine, but my zine most likely won't focus mainly on any issues pertaining to that. Would it still qualify here? — Asked by devitojpg

Hi there,

Thanks for your message. My opinion is that you should make a zine about whatever you want. If you don’t want this zine to be about QWOC issues, then write about whatever you’re interested in sharing through the zine medium. 

One of the great things about making a zine is that you have total control over your own voice, message and design/layout. You can look to sources of inspiration like other zines to inform your approach, or you can do it without factoring in anything other than your own imagination (although knowing how to format and assemble a zine certainly helps - there are plenty of tutorials online!).

In terms of you submitting this question to POCZP, I wanted to clear something up (and hope you don’t mind me utilizing your question as the basis for this statement):

POCZP doesn’t exist to police/control zine culture, especially zines created by POC. We don’t value one type of zine created by POC over the next (although many of the zines we have featured do focus on race, gender, immigration, etc.). There are zines covering a wide range of topics in our physical archive and in our digital collection.

There are many QWOC who make zines about what it means to be a QPOC/QTPOC, as well as QTPOC who don’t make zines that focus on that. You are free to make zines about anything, and as long as you aren’t speaking for others/an experience that isn’t yours, there shouldn’t be any problems.

I will clarify that statement by saying that something like a fanzine that celebrates people, places or things are rad. Writing ABOUT others can be done in a way that isn’t exploitative, but you should always try to get permission from the person if they are alive and not a public figure before you do that (not always possible, but it’s good to at least try).

Something like someone writing about black identity/what it “means” to be black who isn’t black, for example, would be problematic. Get what I’m saying? Just use your best judgement and if you have any questions or concerns, I’m happy to share what I know: poczineproject@gmail.com.

And don’t worry about what POCZP thinks about your zine or if we would feature it or not. As a grassroots entity with a rotating cast of volunteers, we do our best to feature ALL the zines people submit. We have a long que, which is a great problem to have! Right now I’m the only one reviewing submissions. We do the best we can with the available time that we have.

To be extra clear: there is no such thing as parameters to “qualify” to be featured on POCZP, other than that it’s a zine made by a person of color. That’s it! <3 

Also, although POCZP does function as a curating mechanism, we don’t exist to make zine celebrities or to elevate one zine over the next. Even if it took months for us to feature your zine (please submit it when you’re done! <3 We’d love to feature it), POCZP’s recognition doesn’t mean anything. We exist to share materiality created by POC and to connect people to resources.

POCZP does have cultural relevancy and social capital within overlapping networks, but that doesn’t mean we are an “authority” or that our opinion should be valued over the next person’s or group’s. We are here to serve.

You creating your own art/materiality is what matters. You feeling good about creating is what matters.

Without people like you having the courage to tell your own stories and share your words, photos, art and more, there would be no reason for POCZP to exist in the first place. So, thank you.

Love,

Daniela Capistrano

Founder, POCZP

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. 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

"One of the earliest moments that got me activated in DIY was meeting with the founder of POC Zine Project, Daniela Capistrano. She opened my mind to working across DIY POC creators and I was totally inspired by the scale of her mission." — Winston Scarlett, Slackgaze

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Winston Scarlett of Slackgaze

Read the full interview here.

Winston was the first person POCZP founder Daniela told about her idea to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. He was also the first person to volunteer at a POC Zine Project event, way back in early 2010 <3

Interview excerpt:

Black Congo: For those who are not familiar with the DIY scene, could you tell us a little about what you do and how your movement differs from those in and around Williamsburg?

Winston: I primarily consider myself a curator. I curate shows and artists that fit a slacker aesthetic that’s resurfaced in our generations fascination with 90′s kitsch. My showcases, studio, and zine are incubators and archives of these moments. I recently dropped out of graduate school in Library Sciences. I think that career path is very telling of my personality: it’s for those who are anti-capitalist, category & genre freak, and hardwired to share. Archiving and cultural heritage has always been a professional interest of mine.

In this way, I could say I’m different from what others in Williamsburg/Bushwick are doing. But I don’t like to put myself in a us/them dichotomy. It’s counterproductive to building community and getting really radical work accomplished. I grew up in a Jamaican household where the phrase “nuh watch nuh face” was thrown around a lot. It basically means don’t worry about what other people are doing, or how they perceive you” just keep doing. This mantra has provided solace on times where I feel disappointed in myself and accomplishments. It’s help me embrace slackerdom in a culture where failure is stigmatized and overachieving is lauded. I would never identify myself as show promoter/booker. Their concerns aren’t my own.

I could care less if Slackgaze packed a venue, made money at doors/bar, or became hyped as the next big thing in a PR fueled machine, or the elitism that follows. My concerns are artistic. When I put together shows, its because I believe in the artists and I think my audience will too…

…I’m guilty of seeking out bands that feature POC members on Facebook, blogs, even OKCupid. I don’t care if it sounds creepy, I’m intentional with my desires. I want to build a community of POC indie rockers so they don’t have to be pigeon-holed. I can’t think of a showcase that I booked without a POC playing in a band.

It may sound like I’m tokenizing them, but I’m not. I’m genuinely interested in seeing us become more prominent in the indie-rock world, especially queer women. A lot of this is coming from being politicized by bell hooks and Patricia Hill Collins, rather than The Sex Pistols. I think Slackgaze can be community for getting more POC-rockers in the spotlight.

Read more on blackcongolese.com.

Follow Winston on Tumblr: slackgaze.tumblr.com

Follow Slackgaze on Facebook for info on events and more: facebook.com/slackgazezine 

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. 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 SUBMISSION: ‘Please Tell Me More About Myself’

TITLE: Please Tell Me More About Myself 

AUTHORS: Jené Etheridge, Atoosa Moinzadeh, Imaan Ramezanzadeh, Alexandra Rawlings, Caleb Devillar-Fox, Eric Sanders, Chloe Kachscovsky, Daphne Hsu, Arista Burwell-Chen, Olivia Smiff

RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2013

ORIGIN: Seattle, WA 

Created in collaboration with the University of Washington’s UW Mixed Student Association, a ”multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted student group.”

DESCRIPTION (from the authors): This zine is for anyone who has ever wanted to have a conversation about race and was denied that opportunity. We wanted to create an accessible space where PoCs and friends of all backgrounds could voice their opinion on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, or any issues of self-definition without fear of being invalidated or ignored.

We hope that you find something that challenges your perspective or brings awareness to a new one. But most importantly, we want you to join us in discussion and action to create a community that is more aware and accepting of both the similarities and differences among us. 

"Please Tell Me More About Myself" is not only a critical outlet for people of color, but also a creative one. 

READ NOW & SHARE

GET MORE

POCZP was told that there are print copies available. Contact the creators through their Tumblr for more information.

TUMBLR: mixeduw.tumblr.com 

UW Mixed Student Association is the University of Washington’s multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted student group. They are “the first and only club on campus dedicated to celebrating mixed race experiences.” You do not have to identify as mixed to join, everyone is welcome!

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/uwmixed

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

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

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

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

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

POC Zine Project At 2014 L.A. Zine Fest: Everything You Need To Know

POC Zine Project is coming to L.A. Zine Fest for our second year in a row! We’re excited to be tabling and hosting a panel discussion at the third annual fest.

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POCZP’S PANEL DISCUSSION AT L.A. ZINE FEST

POC Zine Project presents … Cultivating Culture & Community: Strategies For Overcoming The Bullshit

Curated and moderated by POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano, this panel of community organizers and artists from across the country will share their strategies for organizing events, starting a distro and building community on both a local and national level. Hear solutions for solving problems that frequently come up in any grassroots/volunteer-based movement or project (not limited to zines).

Join the discussion by attending the panel, asking questions and contributing your ideas. Follow along and share online by accessing the panel hashtag on Twitter, which will be #LAZFCC.

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Panel Time: 1pm - 2pm PST

Panel Location: In the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.

MEET POCZP’S PANELISTS

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

We’re excited to announce that Cihuatl Ce will be performing during our panel discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her live! 

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, La)

Click on each panelist’s name to read their bios. Find out what they will be tabling with at the fest and learn more about their work. You can also speak with them throughout the day at the POC Zine Project table.

DISCLOSURE: To ensure intentionally safer spaces for POC, this event features primarily women of color speakers and is open to anyone, of any background, to attend and share stories. For those that give permission, your feedback will be compiled into a community/events organizing “how-to” zine by POCZP/L.A. Zine Fest that will be distributed widely in Fall of 2014.

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

Everyone participating is donating their time, with most folks traveling very long distances at their own expense. Please give what you can to support POC artists. Thanks!

Tabling Time: 10am - 5pm PST

#raceriottour fundraising mode for #atlantazinefest

SPOTLIGHTING BROWN RECLUSE ZINE DISTRO

For the hour immediately following our event, there will be a table set up nearby where Nyky Gomez will table with BRZD zines. Make sure to stop by after our panel to get a wide assortment of zines created by people of color!

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: Brown Recluse Zine Distro tabling at @ucla Powell Library #zines #poczines

You can also find Nyky tabling at the POC Zine Project dedicated table throughout the day (10am - 5pm). POCZP is giving Nyky access to two tables in order to accommodate BRZD’s large inventory.

COMMUNITY SHOUT-OUTS 

We don’t represent POC zinesters (we are a resource and advocacy platform). There will be plenty of other POC folks at L.A. Zine Fest and L.A. Zine Week doing their thing independent from POCZP. Show your support! Here are some ways to do that:

1) Come to Beyond Baroque Gallery on Saturday, February 15, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and enjoy zines & comix readings, presented by your emcee, Eryca Sender (“My Little Friend,” “Dear High School Boy”)!

Marya Erinn Jones (“Mocha Chocolata Momma Zine,” ABQ Zine Fest) will be one of the readers! Marya organized our ABQ #RaceRiotTour date in 2013.

Beyond Baroque is at 681 North Venice Blvd., Venice, California 90291.

2) We Are In Zine Love With You! A Zine / Novella Release Party Thursday, February 13, from 7-9pm PST

Zine store and art gallery &Pens (sister store to San Francisco’s storied Needles And Pens) is hosting readings from “LA’s amazing and diverse writers, performers and zinesters”–that means Yumi Sakugawa (“Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years”), Zoë Ruiz (The Rumpus; Trop), Lilliam Rivera (2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow), Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad; “Bellies and Buffalos”), Bianca Barragan (Trust Me: I Know What I’m Doing), and Jonas Cannon (Cheer the Eff Up)!

Get reader bios and more at the event page.

L..A. ZINE FEST Venue Information

Fest Date and Time: Sunday, February 16th, 10am - 5pm (tabling hours). Related events will run until approximately 7pm.

Location: The tabling portion of the Fest will be held in the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.

Events will take place in what is known as the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage. When you arrive, you’ll most likely walk through the L.A. Zine Fest Zine Library to get there.

Parking: Street Parking is available on Washington Blvd. (the meters don’t run on Sunday). The fine people at Culver City Hall have asked us to tell you not to park on residential streets. 

A complete list of event programming can be found HERE.

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.

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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

Meet Tracey Brown: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (5 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, Tracey Brown:

POCZP'S 2013 #RACERIOTTOUR DRIVER TRACEY BROWN 1 of 2

Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Tracey is a community organizer
and survivor. With her love for the New Orleans POC community guiding her, she graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009 with a dual degree in Psychology and American Studies.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: @animaldyke69 and @inzombia in #Oakland

[DESCRIPTION: Tracey Brown with 2013 #RaceRiotTour member Mimi Thi Nguyen in Oakland, CA during last year’s tour]

Upon returning to her hometown, she became involved in various social justice endeavors such as bike accessibility, food justice, anti-racism work, housing justice, and anything else she could get involved in to help create accountability to and visibility of the local POC community. Among these undertakings was the collective organization of the 2012 Anarchist People of Color convergence in New Orleans.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: Joyce Hatton and @animaldyke69 bonding at Gya Community Gallery over 'Think About The Bubbles' zine at our event at Gya Community Gallery #poczines #zines

[DESCRIPTION: POCZP midwest coordinator Joyce Hatton and Tracey Brown during the 2013 #RaceRiotTour event in St. Louis, MO]

Tracey currently supports STAND With Dignity while she prepares to apply to graduate school in order to obtain her Master’s degree in Community and Clinical Psychology. She also works with NOLA to Angola, an anti-PIC organization that provides a long-distance, solidarity bike ride to raise funds for the Cornerstone Builders’ Bus Project, the only bus service that provides free monthly rides to low-income families who have loved ones in one of the five Louisiana detention facilities. 

Tracey intends to use her experience organizing with various groups and her time with POCZP to create accountable, accessible, multidimensional community building, and POC driven community mental and spiritual health healing.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: @animaldyke69 Tracey Brown, poczp transpo coordinator, at #grandoleopry in #nashville

POC Zine Project is sharing tabling space with Tracey Brown during the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest. Come by to say hi and to ask her how to support New Orleans-based initiatives.

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. 

Tracey Brown was transportation coordinator and touring member during the 2013 #RaceRiotTour. She continues to organize with POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano, who is also one of her partners.

POCZP will announce panel discussion details on February 12, 2014.

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, La)

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

Meet Nyky Gomez: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (4 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 and zine distro partner, Nyky Gomez, founder of Brown Recluse Zine Distro:

Nyky Gomez, POCZP zine distro partner & #raceriottour member[Description: Nyky Gomez, founder of Brown Recluse Zine Distro and 2013 #RaceRiotTour member. Photo credit: Nyky Gomez]

Nyky Gomez is a fourth generation Mexican-american of Apache and Comanche descent. Nyky writes Skinned Heart Zine, connecting her personal experiences in life to political and social themes in hopes of creating conversation that will lead to big and small change.

Zines have been a vital component of my life for the past 13 years of my life. On more than one occasion reading a zine that was relevant to my experience as a Queer Woman of Color saved me from the depths of despair. The POCZP is such an important component in archiving our very meaningful histories and making them accessible to those of us who need them the most.

I wanted to table with POCZP to continue meeting awesome and inspirational POC zinesters and writers. Traveling with POCZP in October was an experience that triggered a lot of growth, reflection and change. It re-affirmed my belief in POC punks and D.I.Y. Ethics and inspired me to continue on this path that I have chosen.

I met and got to travel with a group of fierce group of Queer People of Color that feel like family to me. There were a lot of challenges on tour as there always will be when getting together a group of fierce people trying to make the world more tolerable. I wanted to table with POCZP at L.A. Zine Fest because I love engaging with challenge and am looking forward to the many challenges and victories that will inevitably be apart of creating a radical network of POC zine writers. - Nyky Gomez

Her writing focuses on her experiences as a Brown women involved in punk and activist sub-culture, relationships, healing from abuse, family, resistance culture, assimilation and feminism. 

Scemes from #RaceRiotTour: Nyky Gomez, Brown Recluse Zine Distro #Arizona #Tucson #zines #poczines

[DESCRIPTION: Nyky tabling with BRZD at the 2013 #RaceRiotTour date at Skrappy’s Youth Collective in Tucson, AZ]

Nyky also currently operates Brown Recluse Zine Distro, a project dedicated to centering zines written by People of Color started in the spirit of visibility.

NOW on #RaceRiotTour: Anna Vo, Nyky Gomez, @inzombia and @animaldyke69 before we depart for #sanfrancisco #zines #poczines

[DESCRIPTION: Nyky Gomez (flower tights) with other 2013 #RaceRiotTour members (left to right) Anna Vo, Mimi Thi Nguyen and Tracey Brown in Los Angeles, CA]

Nyky spends her days making her dreams and visions into mixed media collages, writing Skinned Heart Zine, gardening, spending time in the woods, learning the fine magical art of reading tarot and weaving spells with her water family.

Dominatrix and social worker for pay, creative spirit, warrior, bruja, punkera and feminista by nature. She is a lizard-hearted desert born Tejana currently living in Seattle, Washington with her husband and spirit dog, Wilson.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: Nyky Gomez reading at @somarts in #sanfrancisco (founder of Brown Recluse Zine Distro) #zines #poczines

[DESCRIPTION: Nyky Gomez reading at SOMArts in San Francisco, CA, during the 2013 national #RaceRiottour]

Outside of writing zines and running Brown Recluse Zine Distro, Nyky also helps organize the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair with other rad POC folks.

POC Zine Project is sharing tabling space with Nyky/Brown Recluse Zine Distro during the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest. Here is one of the many titles that will be available at the fest through BRZD:

Xicanistas y Punkeristas Say It Loud!: $3.00 Shipping $0.46

This zine is absolutely amazing and inspiring. It is the first I have ever read that exclusively focuses on Xicanas contributions to punk. Written for a college class with the intention of the zine not being appropriate but instead being an accessible text for all people, this zine is floats way above the academy, giving a voice to an often forgotten experience. Brenda writes about her introduction to punk and the impact that those experiences have had on her life. In these collage heavy pages you will find the history of Xicanas in rock ‘n’ roll music as well as several beautifully written pieces about the Punkera experience.

Brenda Montano currently is my favorite zine writer. I met her in Oakland when we both attended “This is Not a Step Fest.” She gave me her zines and I devoured them on the drive home from Oakland. I felt immediately inspired about being a WOC who navigates punk spaces and the fact that hey we have been apart of this since the beginning. A solid zine and lady! You can order this online through the Brown Recluse website, through snail mail or at LAZF! - Nyky Gomez

Come by to say hi to Nyky and to purchase a wide variety of zines created by people of color. If you’d like to help BRZD meet their fundraising goal, click here to donate.

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. 

Nyky Gomez was a touring member during the 2013 #RaceRiotTour. Her distro, Brown Recluse, is POCZP’s official zine distro partner for 2014.

We will announce panel discussion details on February 12, 2014.

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

Meet Dail Chambers: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (3 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, Dail Chambers, founder of Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, Missouri:

Dail Chambers: POCZP's tabler and panelist for the 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

Dail Chambers is a mother, artist and activist who exhibits and lectures nationally. She practices her studio art process in St. Louis Place, in north St. Louis, MO.

Her artwork is based in material meaning and women’s topics through an inquiry of history, self and family. The concept of place and time are integral components of her work.

Dail founded the Yeyo Arts collective, a group of five artists who opened Gya, a non profit community arts space that creates arts and culture experiences within the St. Louis region.

Scenes from #RaceRiotTour: Dail Chambers, one of the local coordinator for our event at Gya Community Gallery in #stlouis #poczines #zines #missouri

[DESCRIPTION: Dail during our event at Gya on November 2, 2013]

Dail has received numerous awards for her work, including the Visionary Award for Emerging Artist in 2011 and a Resolution from the City of St. Louis, Missouri in 2010. She is a 2010 Community Arts Training Institute graduate and 2011 Urban Bush Woman SLI fellow.

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[DESCRIPTION: Inside Dail’s studio]

ARTIST STATEMENT

As creative beings we are constantly moving, pushing, re-evaluating and growing as a process of reflection and progression. Creativity stirs inside of us all. The individual creates, yet it is the community it is gifted for. Our exchange is a vehicle for connecting to one another. We all share this divine urge to create, yet it manifests in beautifully diverse ways.
As a woman of African descent I am weighed on the thread thin division line of my autonomy and your govern. The objects and imagery in my work act as physical representations of this identity. They stand as a display of my presence and experience; and as that of my foremothers and ancestors. I see each work as an individual, engaged in conversation with the viewer. Through action implied in text of the titles, the objects request is made to the viewer…

Dail will be sharing POC Zine Project’s table at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest and will be selling the Yeyo collective zine and collective book, a personal zine, buttons, stickers and handmade items.

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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. 

Dail hosted 2013 #RaceRioTour members during our stop in St. Louis, as well as organized our event at Gaya. We are pleased to collaborate with her once again.

POCZP will announce L.A. Zine Fest panel discussion details on February 12, 2014. 

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

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

______________

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

Meet Ara Christina Jo: POCZP’s 2014 L.A. Zine Fest Tabler and Panelist (1 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, Ara Christina Jo:

Ara Christina Jo: POCZP tabler and speaker at 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

On behalf of public space and of public good, Ara Christina Jo is faceted as a community organizer, freelance graphic designer, illustrator and gallery preparator based in Oakland, CA.

Ara Christina Jo: POCZP tabler and speaker at 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

Since 2008, Ara has been a volunteering Member and Gallery Director at the all-volunteer-run non-profit Rock Paper Scissors Collective, organizing accessible exhibits, performances, readings and workshops (read POCZP’s 2013 RPSC tour recap here).

Rock Paper Scissors Collective

To celebrate literary and visual fashion, Ara also is a co-organizer of the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) hosted at Berkeley City College for the last two years alongside Tomas Moniz (RAD DAD), dedicated to reciprocating the needs of the creative community in the Bay Area.

East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest in Berkeley

In addition to participating in POCZP’s panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, Ara will be sharing our tabling space with us. Here’s a preview of what you can buy and/or do a trade for:

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: "Diez Digitz"

"Diez Digitz" - 17"x11" xerox bond (2011)

Bringing out an oldie but a goodie! “Diez Digitz” is a contemporary coloring book of four life-size center-spreads of hands in several varieties of nail shapes and themed settings, illustrated to redefine the expressive personality relative to the fantasies and harsh realities women face, sans faces. This coloring zine was drawn in attempt to make friends and exchange goods and services with those that honored bartering in Mexico DF.

Purchase is available in-person or by request via e-mail (arachristinajo AT gmail DOT com).

Ara will also be tabling with the East Bay Alternative book & Zine Fest official program/zine, “You Turn My Pages” how to make a zine-zine, “Um Ma” zine about Korean moms, shrinky dink & toy pins, and more! 

ARA, IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Here is what Ara shared about being a POCZP collaborator this year:

As a native to Los Angeles, I am ashamed of never having attended, let alone participated in LA Zine Fest. Some cuties representing LAZF tabled for two days next to the RPSC booth I was sitting (granted gratis annually from SFZF) and couldn’t help become impressed that they had come to The Bay to spread the good word about their baby zine fest in-the-making. Out of all California has to offer exhibiting book arts and independent publishing, I am proud to witness (from afar) an event that invests so much effort into juggling events year-round.
I find the same grade of tenacious energy when I started following the POCZP tour thru the POCZP Instagram, all smiles uploaded. Working with Tomas of RAD DAD, I was introduced to the project, scouring over the website in gratitude. Inspiration is inevitable, grown from the miles of sweat and gas and bad fast food that the contributors of POCZP trailed to share stories, facts, hopes and disappointments.
Ideas are pouring from all sides, making new fronts to defend and decorate. Let it be known: I’m holding a banner up alongside you.

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. 

We will announce panel discussion details on February 12, 2014.

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

______________

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