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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

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.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Totally Radical Muslims Zine - Volume 3

Click the link for more submission details and to access the original announcement. POCZP has been in touch with Totally Radical Muslims collective since Summer of 2013 and we’re looking forward to finding ways to partner in 2014.

About Totally Radical Muslims (TRM)

"a group of oakland based muslims have started a zine to confront, share, name and re-imagine experiences of islamophobia.

surviving and being a muslim in this political moment is a constant struggle and political act.

this zine is to lift up the perspectives of often untold muslims - the radicals, queers, fabulous and fierce folks - through adding narratives of navigating the spectrum of practice, belief, ideology, sect, gender and islamophobia.

this zine is about resistance and resilience, and us telling the stories for ourselves with all their edges, contradictions, beauties and gems. this is about saying no to islamophobia and being racialized and politiczed because of our muslim identity - regardless of how secular, radical, and culturally muslim we are.

this is about saying yes to the liberation of all people.

yes to being allied with, and an ally for others.

this is taking a step towards our collective healing.”

http://www.totallyradicalmuslims.com/

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

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

THIS ARTICLE IS PROBLEMATIC: Race Riot! zine tour touches down in Seattle

The Seattle Globalist didn’t accurately report on our 2013 #raceriottour event in Seattle at Black Coffee Co-op. Although we appreciate it when news sources share information about POCZP, it’s important to us that we’re documented correctly.

1. Sara Rene, poczp’s indigenous solidarity coordinator & touring member, was also in attendance and spoke for over 20 minutes in-depth about Native Punx Unite and why indigenous solidarity is so critical to any social justice movement. Her name was never mentioned in the piece.

Photo evidence:

2. Carey Fuller is a homeless activist. She is very artistic, but to not mention her advocacy at all or why she was partnering with POCZP that night as a speaker is negligent. She bravely shared her perspective as a homeless person in the Seattle area who is also an advocate for/with homeless people, and that shouldn’t go unrecognized.

It’s great that her name was included in the piece as a speaker, but it’s important to document why she was there.

3. Other participants in attendance that night were poczp transportation coordinator Tracey Brown, a community organizer from New Orleans, and poczp founder Daniela Capistrano.

We hope this publication does something about these omissions. Sara Rene made a request on The Seattle Globalist website in her own words a while ago, but as of January 8, 2014, nothing has changed.

Sara

Hey xxxxx

My name is Sara, I saw you at the Black Coffee Co-op during the POCZP event.
I’m actually from Seattle, but traveled about 6000 miles to be at the event and speak for about 20-30 minutes on my zine Native Punx Unite, Indigenous Solidarity and the large community of Native Punks across Turtle Island. I’m not sure if you remember me because I don’t seem to be mentioned in the article you wrote. Not as one of the touring members or speakers or artists or zine-makers or a coordinator for the event, all of which I was. I’d appreciate it if you’d amend the article to include Native Punx Unite.

Nice meeting you,
Sara Rene

Native Punx Unite was started to start giving a platform to the punks, artists and activist from across Turtle Island. Follow us on facebook and tumblr:

https://www.facebook.com/NativePunxUnite
http://nativepunxunite.tumblr.com/

The Seattle Globalist publishes a daily “hyperglobal” news site focused on international connections in the Pacific Northwest.

Please signal boost to encourage writers and publishers to not overlook the contributions of indigenous people at the events they cover. Sometimes it’s better to wait a few more days before publishing to make sure what you broadcast is accurate.

Editor’s Note: POCZP will be publishing detailed recaps from each 2013 #raceriottour date with photos in the coming weeks. We’ve been busy. Stay tuned for what’s in store for POCZP in 2014!

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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 in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

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

TABLE WITH POCZP AT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST (OPPORTUNITY FOR POC)

We will be at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest & have reserved a full table. If you are a local person of color interested in tabling for free with us, we will have space for three additional folks. This opportunity is open to anyone who has never tabled with us before.

Submit your interest to poczineproject@gmail.com with “LA ZINE FEST TABLING” as the subject line, along with the following details in your email:

  • full name/name used to address you
  • preferred pronoun
  • contact # or alt way to reach you
  • related web links
  • list of items you think you want to table with (at least one of them must be an independent publication you made or someone you are supporting made who is a person of color, please give zine titles/descriptions if applicable)
  • background info (anything you want us to know)
  • indicate whether or not you’d like to donate a copy/copies of your zine to the poczp archive

MORE INFO & TRANSPARENCY ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY

  • AGES 18 - IMMORTAL WELCOME (A MINOR WITH PARENT/GUARDIAN PRESENT IS OK - NO UNACCOMPANIED MINORS)
  • GENDER NON-CONFORMING FOLKS ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT
  • PRIORITY FOR INDIGENOUS AND/OR BLACK IDENTIFIED FOLKS WILL BE GIVEN AS PART OF OUR ONGOING ADVOCACY EFFORTS

MANDATORY CRITERIA AS PART OF PARTICIPATION

  • Writing a recap of your experience for us to to archive & share of 500-1000 words (someone else can write it for you as long as it’s in your own words- due March 1, 2014)
  • Signing a digital or print waiver in person to give us permission to photograph and record video of you and incorporate the media into our advocacy materials
  • Conducting yourself at our table in a way that doesn’t harm anyone or yourself
  • If you have a documented history as an abuser, you are not welcome at our table

Feel free to submit on someone else’s behalf who doesn’t have access to a computer. 

We cannot help with transportation expenses or meals - we are offering a way for you to table at L.A. Zine Fest if you don’t have the funds to do so ♥ Check the L.A. Zine Fest website and contact them if you have questions about accessibility or a safer spaces policy. 

LA ZINE FEST IS FEB 16, 2014.

http://lazinefest.com/

We tabled and presented last year and it was rad. Read the recap and see photos here.

We will announce additional more details about our participation at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest in January.

We wish we could afford to book multiple tables for many POC to table for free - at all independent publishing events. We are a grassroots nonprofit without an operating budget and we do the best with what we have. <3

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

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

SAVE THE DATE: October 31, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Minneapolis!
Much love to Chaun Webster, POCZP Midwest Coordinator, who has also functioned as the local organizer for our Minneapolis date &lt;3
Message from Chaun: 

This October the POC Zine Project will be in Minneapolis for the Race Riot! Tour. Free Poet&#8217;s Press via CCLP (Cleveland Critical Literacy Project) will be hosting two events on October 31st that you won&#8217;t want to miss.
First, from 3-6pm, will be a family friendly event with candy, music and zine making at our house-so bring the whole fam!
After that, we will have a poetry reading at The Lowry Cafe from 7-10pm. Addresses are on the flyer. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!!!

Will some POCZP tour members be in costume??? WHO KNOWS&#8230; &lt;3 ;)
Both of these events are sliding-scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Please give what you can; all funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.
VENUES, TIMES &amp; ADDRESSES
HallowZine Event: 2400 Lowry Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN 5541
3-6pm
Lowry Cafe - 2207 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
7-10pm
Image and caption credit: Chaun Webster, POCZP West Coast Coordinator
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WANT MORE?
Meet the first-ever #RaceRiotTour wellness team &lt;3
Meet Tracey Brown, 2013 #RaceRiotTour dedicated driver/mediator! &lt;3
Meet Nyky Gomez, POCZP distro partner &amp; 2013 #RaceRiottour member
Meet Nia King, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member
Meet Anna Vo, 2013 #RaceRiotTour member
We will share more 2013 #RaceRiotTour member bios between now and our kickoff date, October 3, 2013 in NOLA. We have 19 confirmed touring members so far &lt;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

SAVE THE DATE: October 31, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Minneapolis!

Much love to Chaun Webster, POCZP Midwest Coordinator, who has also functioned as the local organizer for our Minneapolis date <3

Message from Chaun: 

This October the POC Zine Project will be in Minneapolis for the Race Riot! Tour. Free Poet’s Press via CCLP (Cleveland Critical Literacy Project) will be hosting two events on October 31st that you won’t want to miss.

First, from 3-6pm, will be a family friendly event with candy, music and zine making at our house-so bring the whole fam!

After that, we will have a poetry reading at The Lowry Cafe from 7-10pm. Addresses are on the flyer. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!!!

Will some POCZP tour members be in costume??? WHO KNOWS… <3 ;)

Both of these events are sliding-scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Please give what you can; all funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.

VENUES, TIMES & ADDRESSES

HallowZine Event: 2400 Lowry Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN 5541

3-6pm

Lowry Cafe - 2207 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

7-10pm

Image and caption credit: Chaun Webster, POCZP West Coast Coordinator

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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

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

ZINESTER SPOTLIGHT: Nia King, 2013 #RaceRiotTour Member

2013 #RaceRiotTour member Nia King

[DESCRIPTION: Nia King & her LOVE & ROCKETS shirt <3]

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Nia King on POCZP’s digital platforms but it’s definitely one of the most exciting announcements so far: 

Nia’s joining the 2013 #RaceRiotTour caravan! Look out for her during the following dates/cities:

10/19/2013 - San Francisco, CA

10/21/2013 - Davis, CA

10/23/2013 - Portland, OR

10/25/2013 - Seattle, WA

Nia will be documenting the NorCal/Northwest leg of the tour through photography and video. She will also be selling two new zines on tour, one tentatively titled Ain’t No One Paying Your Ass to Be There: Words of Wisdom from Queer and Trans Artists of Color, and another called Art School is Hell. Her old zines will also be available, either through her, or through Brown Recluse Distro.

Here’s what Nia had to say about joining this year’s Race Riot! Tour experience: 

The POC Zine Project’s work is SO important! When I was growing up, it was really hard to find zines by people of color. Zines gave me a place to process what it meant to be mixed when I didn’t have a mixed community, and allowed me to connect with other writers from multiracial families like Shannon Perez-Darby (From Here to There and Back Again), Aidan Aberrant (Ataxia), and Claudia Leung (MOONROOT). Lauren Jade Martin’s zine Quantify was particularly influential in helping my understand myself as a mixed-queer person. 

As a largely unregulated and uncensored form of media, I think zines are a really powerful tool for self-expression and community-building in communities that are historically excluded from having their voices heard and their faces seen. Zines offer us the opportunity to “become the media,” which allows us to shape the way our stories are told, a crucial step in self-determination.

ABOUT NIA KING

Nia King is a queer mixed-race art activist from Boston, MA living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of zines such as Angry Black-White Girl, MXD: True Stories by Mixed-Race Writers, the Borderlands series, and The First 7-Inch Was Better: How I Became an Ex-Punk.

She is also the creator of the short film The Craigslist Chronicles, QTPOC Comics, and the podcastWe Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on the Rise. While much of her older work focuses on mixed-race identity, her new work focuses on the lives of queer and trans people of color and the power of art as a tool for social change.

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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

RECAP: POC Zine Project & Girls Rock Camp collaboration in 2013

We appreciate the love:

"Working with the POC Zine Project was a total pleasure. The workshops that they presented at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls were inspiring, engaging, radical and fun (a perfect combo), and the youth were psyched about the ‘zines they created with POCZP.

Also, Daniela is wicked organized, which made the planning process a dream. Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is excited to continue working with and supporting POC Zine Project!”—Emmet Moeller, Program Director, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

How did we end up collaborating with folks who are part of Girls Rock Camp Alliance? Find out below! <3

POCZP's workshop at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp 2013: Savannah_Cheesing

[DESCRIPTION: Savannah smiles at POCZP’s zine workshop during Bay Area Girls Rock Camp's Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) in January of 2013. Photo credit: Gabby Miller]

2013 was POCZP’s first year collaborating with two Girls Rock Camps on POC Zine Project-led youth zine-making workshops that also incorporated accessible histories of POC creators from the 1700s-today. 

[DESCRIPTION: Watch this video to learn more about The Girls Rock Camp Alliance]

POCZP wanted to experiment with partnering with GRCA because several of our touring members have had positive experiences volunteering & teaching through GRCA across the country. Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress zine series) and Suzy X (Shady Hawkins) are just a few zinesters/musicians of color who have supported GRCA with their time, energy and talents. 

POCZP’S RECAPS FOR 2013 GIRLS ROCK ZINE-MAKING WORKSHOPS

POCZP's workshop at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp 2013

[DESCRIPTION: A mini-zine/pocket zine made at our Oakland workshop by a young anon <3]

POCZP’s first step in our ongoing, collaborative process was doing a workshop with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp in Oakland, California, USA, the last week of January. This came about because POCZP founder Daniela attended an LGBTQ pride event in Oakland in September of 2012, where she met Bay Area Girls Rock Camp organizer Gabby Miller. After they connected, Gabby invited POCZP to lead youth zine-making workshops during their next Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) session in 2013.

Daniela coordinated with POCZP west coast coordinator/touring member Mariam Bastani, who donated her time to lead the workshops at no cost. She also brought Kat, a volunteer (thanks Kat!). The sessions happened through GRASP in Oakland, CA, on 1/19 and 1/21, 2013. 

Here’s a peek at one of the workshops in real-time:

[DESCRIPTION: ENDLESS YUM from Bay Area Girls Rock Camp on Vimeo]

Mariam’s recap, in her own words:

I was coming at it through music, since we were at rock camp. The younger kids were really into it. The teen workshop was attended by a ton of workers and we played some punk and showed a video of the aABC No Rio Zine Library.
Punks and activists are the ones who have had zine libraries for years and those are the examples I used to focus on the DIY nature of zines. Presenting punk as another of many DIY options is just where I come from. I was showing commonalities within groups that want to express themselves and that zines are accessible/ another DIY option.
Here are some more photos from both sessions, provided by Gabby (thanks!):

BAY AREA GIRLS ROCK CAMP TESTIMONIAL

Each day there were 30 participants in the workshop. Tuesday was 3rd through 6th graders, and thursday was 7th to 12th graders. GRASP is the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp's “Girls Rock After School Program”. They were an hour long each. Very short, but the beginnings of something! 

Each day Mariam and Kat brought a ton of examples of different ways to make zines (big fold-out art zines, itty bitty zines, one page zines), and then showed us how to make a one-page zines. The students then got to make their own and spent the majority of the hour working steadily on their zines while Mariam and Cat helped them learn the folding and cutting techniques, and showing them more examples.

At the end of the hour we were lucky to have the time for a AWESOME zine readings where a wide range of zines were introduced to the world - titles included:

- “Endless Yum” 
- “Everyone can be a family” 
- “Eyes Understand” 
- “Cute Animals” 
-” Where’s Oprah?”

it ruled! - Gabby Miller, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

NEXT STEPS: POCZP founder Daniela and west coast coordinators will be meeting with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp organizers this month to discuss ongoing collaborations for during & after #RaceRiotTour.

About Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and collaboration. It is part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. 

Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program for girls 8-18 years old. Students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in exciting workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase. All ability levels are welcome; no musical experience is necessary. Applications in Spanish are available upon request.  

To sign up, go to www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org and fill out an online application, or call to request a paper application: (510) 267-1808.  Applications in Spanish are available upon request.

GRASP is located at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in downtown Oakland @ 1428 Alice Street.

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We <3 Brooklyn  

Leah is 8 1/2 years old at our #poczines session at @williemaerockcamp #zines

[DESCRIPTION: Leah is ‘8 1/2’ years old and made a mini-zine in homage to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls at our #poczines session on August 21, 2013. Photo credit: POCZP]

We love it when all the stars seem to align in support of POCZP being a part of young people finding their voice in fun and transformative ways…

Your workshops were some of our campers’ favorites, and we were thrilled to have you and your co-presenters there talking about ‘zine making in communities of color. 

It was a pleasure working with you, and I hope that Willie Mae Rock Camp can support POC Zine Project in other ways going forward - let me know if there’s anything we can do to help!—Emmet Moeller, Program Director, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls via email to POCZP

On August 20 and 21, 2013, POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano and facilitators Suzy X (POCZP touring member), Patricia Rogers (masConsumption) and POCZP’s longtime ally Kate Wadkins led four zine-making workshops with young people ranging in ages from 8 - 17. These sessions took place at this year’s Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ Girls Rock! Camp. Session 2 was held at Cathedral High School in Midtown Manhattan, and the showcase was held at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn. 

Here are some rad photos from our sessions, which our followers on Instagram (@poczineproject) saw in real-time: 

[Description: 31 photos taken by POCZP founder Daniela at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ 2013 Girls Rock! Camp with her smartphone]

How did this collaboration come about? Simple! Emmet Moeller, Program Director, attended our zine workshop (in collaboration with MOONROOT and Dr. Adela C. Licona) at this year’s Allied Media Festival in Detroit. Emmet then quickly reached out to Daniela about POCZP doing PAID sessions, in support of our #RaceRiotTour fundraising efforts (it makes a huge difference when people include/make space for us in their programming budgets!). Because we were offered payment, we were able to temporarily devote resources away from #RaceRiotTour planning to workshop logistics. We had so much fun with the young folks as part of this year’s Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls events!

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[DESCRIPTION: One of the many creative zines made during POCZP’s sessions at the 2013 Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls]

Here’s Daniela’s recap, in her own words:

I’m looking forward to exploring what long term collaboration will look like between Girls Rock Camp Alliance and POCZP. The workshops were a lot of fun; I always enjoy helping young people find their voice through their own materiality and sharing knowledge.

I liked the diverse mix of young people and voices; none of the white youth reported that they felt excluded or silenced because we celebrated zines by POC (it’s white ADULTS largely who react this way) and were very respectful and open to what was being discussed. Their positive participation and energy was an important factor in the success of the workshops. I’m keeping this brief so you’ll read the other recaps below! <3

Here’s Suzy X’s recap, in her own words:

This was my 5th summer volunteering at Willie Mae—and it was an excellent one, because I had the opportunity to teach kids about zines! As a group that’s never lived in a time without the Internet, some campers were skeptical of using zines as a medium of expression. “I have a blog,” some said, “I can just type in it from my phone!” 

In remembering my own first websites—hosted on the now defunct Geocities and Angelfire—Daniela and I discussed the value of keeping physical versions of our work, as our favorite blogs and hosting sites are always under the threat of turning over. While blogs are great for putting your ideas out into the world, journals, sketchbooks, and zines make great personal and cultural artifacts. 

That said, many campers took really well to the idea of the zine, crafting their own mini-zines about topics like gender, body image, and corporate greed—or just plain positive write-ups about their own bands. Some even took a more experimental angle, such as the class of 9-year olds who competed with each other to make The World’s Smallest Zine, the kids who made zines within zines and a girl who made an “abstract” zine with nothing in it. Some of the best, most inspiring work comes from total noobs with little experience, and that’s what makes self-publishing such an important tradition to sustain.

[Description: 41 photos taken by Kate Wadkins at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls’ 2013 Girls Rock! Camp]

Here’s Patricia Rogers’ recap, in her own words:

I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to co-lead the zine workshops. I started the zine because I wanted to do something that called for collaboration and I wanted to help give young artists and creators a voice.

Ever since starting masConsumption, early this year, I have been able to work with such amazing people, put on amazing events and learned a lot. However, I haven’t felt the kind of fulfillment I felt after working with the girls at the Willie Mae Camp.

Sometimes I forget why I got into this in the first place and working with them reminded me. Seeing these ladies express themselves, learning and collaborating. The excitement they had to just be able to learn a skill that can help them for the rest of their lives.

I know they won’t all grow up to become zine editors but teaching them how to make a mini zine with just one piece if paper will be so rewarding for them. These young girls are growing up in such a technology based world and I think being able to be crafty and write or physically draw their feelings and imagination.

I am really excited about future mentorship and being a resource for those young creative and artistic ladies.

Here’s Kate Wadkins’ recap, in her own words:

When Daniela Capistrano approached me to collaborate on a workshop at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic in my reply—POC Zine Project and Willie Mae are two of my favorite organizations in New York and I felt honored to be a part of it. Daniela and I have been collaborating on events since 2010, and I’ve also worked with Suzy X before: I invited her to show some of her comics in an art show I co-curated in 2011, called BIG MOUTH: Contemporary Feminist Voices in Art + Illustration. Patricia Rogers of masConsumption Zine was new to me and I was really excited to see what we’d come up with all together.
We approached this workshop with a free-form attitude: Daniela would lead us in with a history of people of color in zines, offering knowledge we lack both in school AND in zine culture, one example being that Black women like Ida B. Wells used this format for years to combat oppression. Then, she’d tell each group a bit about why POC Zine Project exists, and how the kids individually could access the media that POC Zine Project makes available. Then, we make zines. 
As a white woman, a good portion of this workshop was listening, for me. Daniela, Suzy and Patricia all shared their stories as women of color media-makers and discussed the various institutional structures they’ve come up against in their personal, scholarly, artistic AND political lives. While these women are collaborators (and friends) of mine, I was offered a chance to learn more about why they do what they do, and why zines are so crucial to their own artistic processes.
As I was only able to co-lead the morning sessions, I worked with campers ages 10-16 (younger girls attended the afternoon sessions). What I witnessed was amazing! I wasn’t surprised, though, because every time I watch youngsters given the opportunity to make zines, they do something incredible. These 10-16-year-olds bore their hearts out on paper, with markers, pens, Sharpies and collage. They wrote about heartbreak, identity politics, racism, and sexism. Some of them wrote about roller derby or how they just don’t like people. Many of them came up with their own fun and innovative ways to creatively bind their finished zines.
One thing struck me while watching these girls cut up newspapers and magazines to create their own art: this workshop empowered them to literally and physically subvert mainstream media. A lot of us in the zine community see this as a primary function of zines, but it was extra powerful to watch young girls engage in this process in a tangible way.

How did we feel after collaborating with folks from Girls Rock Camp Alliance? Judge for yourself in the photos below…<3

Photo by @kwadkins: POCZP after our first #poczines workshop at @williemaerockcamp NYC #zines

[DESCRIPTION: (L to R) Daniela Capistrano, Patricia Rogers, Suzy X and Kate Wadkins. Photo by Jamie]

Happy #poczines facilitators at @williemaerockcamp: (l to r) @msmalcriada @kwadkins and poczp founder Daniela

[DESCRIPTION: (L to R) Suzy X, Kate Wadkins & POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls 2013]

COMMUNITY: Interested in incorporating POCZP into your programming schedule? We are open to discussing possible collaborations after #RaceRiotTour.

Please send us an email with “POCZP collaboration” to poczineproject@gmail.com, which we’ll categorize as a general inquiry and follow up by December 1, 2013. Please note “URGENT” in the subject line as well if you are interested in partnering in January of 2014.

We offer free services to grassroots orgs who don’t have operating budgets. We require payment from orgs with funding. Thank you for your support. You can learn more about our services on the #RaceRiotTour page.

ABOUT THE GIRLS ROCK CAMP ALLIANCE

The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international 501(c)3 coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music education to foster self-esteem and confidence. To this end, the GRCA promotes, strengthens, and expands services provided by its affiliated camps. GRCA provides resources and networking opportunities for its member camps, and promotes the establishment of like-minded institutions worldwide.

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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

RELEASE: POC Zine Project’s 2013 #RaceRiotTour Wellness Plan Statement

Edited* by Pati Garcia, POCZP Wellness Team Lead

POC Zine Project is taking #RaceRiotTour to 20 cities between October 3 - November 9 , 2013 (full list of cities & touring members to be announced September 1, 2013)

Since this is POCZP’s first national tour and it will involve over 20 rotating tour members, it was critical for #raceriottour organizers to make self-care and caregiving resources available as part of the tour experience.

We have created a wellness team as POCZP’s pre-emptive response to individual and communal needs that may come up around emotional, spiritual and physical health for the members who are present for the tour duration. Rotating tour members will also be provided with care that will be scaled to their presence on the tour.

WHY IS A WELLNESS STRATEGY A CRITICAL COMPONENT FOR THIS YEAR’S #RACERIOTTOUR?

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In the absence of a wellness team in our first year, POCZP found that there was a negative impact on the performance, the interpersonal relationships between tour members as well as individual’s health.

The first tour resulted in many positive outcomes, but our own self-care practices suffered to varying degrees and that did affect how we experienced the tour. - Daniela Capistrano, founder of POCZP

Decisions around self-care would also invariably impact relationships with audiences and broader community. In addition, the absence of intentional spaces to debrief the experiences of systemic violence that we sustained; including racism, sexism and ableism, negatively affects the capacity to engage in sustained coalition and movement building. The wellness plan is POCZP’s ongoing transformative process that works to acknowledge & address these issues.

As part of our commitment to creating movements in solidarity with and as Indigenous folks that are more humane and in conscious symbiosis with all life, our practice of wellness is inseparable from our work and organizing.

As holistic health care practitioners, we are bringing resources including knowledge, herbs, tinctures and embodied practices to contribute to our individual practices of health and care as well as the communal.

ABOUT THE #RACERIOTTOUR WELLNESS TEAM

Chula Doula will be at our table today #lazinefest #poczines

[DESCRIPTION: POCZP #RaceRiotTour Wellness Team member Pati Garcia during POCZP’s speaking engagement at the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest.]

My role  [Pati Garcia] as a wellness person on this tour is to offer emotional support and presence for the tour members to be able to unwind, and chill. I’ve been trained as a shiatsu/acupressure massage therapist, birth attendant and Sexological Bodyworker/Somatic Sex Educator.

I’ve found that there are many ways to bring peace to chaotic situations and want to offer these tools as ways to cope with the rigorous schedule of a tour like this one. I want to make sure that the touring members have what they need at any given time, and that they feel supported as we trek the USA speaking on difficult subjects such as race.

The POCZP #RaceRiotTour Wellness Team are here as guides to support—with your consent.

We recognize health and safety are relative concepts that are deeply affected by social location, including ability, race and gender as examples, for the purpose of the space we share together, we are proposing these agreements:

• These are offerings, not obligations.

We are here to offer you resources and support, you don’t have to take anything.

• Practice with consent.

Both with us and others, remembering that consent is an ongoing negotiation.

WHAT #RACERIOTTOUR MEMBERS CAN EXPECT

Excerpt from mini #zine 'Mapping Grief' by anon (2013) from our #amc2013 #poczines workshop with @moonrootzine. #archive

[DESCRIPTION: Excerpt from mini #zine ‘Mapping Grief’ by anon (2013) from POCZP’s #amc2013 #poczines workshop with @moonrootzine]

The wellness team aims to provide ease with the ongoing movement of the tour. This means having primary needs covered: water, food, comfort, privacy, time alone, and time together.

Beyond the primary needs, we will provide essential and simple remedies for common ailments. Teas for stress, belly aches, head aches, colds, and menstruation.

Another element that will be available is transitioning rituals in order to properly welcome tour members and integrate them into the tour, and at the same time a ritual to ease them out when they move on from the tour.

We are aiming to make transitions smooth and intentional. In essence, we are bringing a sense of reprieve amidst a giant effort to be seen and heard as POC across the USA.

The wellness team will also do orientation calls in September with touring members who will be with us for three tour dates or more. The purpose of these calls is to compile critical information on specific needs, allergies, triggers, etc. and to help facilitate agency around defining what needs are (some people aren’t used to practicing self-care! We’re here to help).

MESSAGE FROM DANIELA, POCZP FOUNDER

Community,

We shared the mistakes we made during last year’s #raceriottour (view prezi) so that we would set a new standard for this year’s tour. In response to feedback, I prioritized Native/Indigenous Solidarity, self-care and caregiving for this year’s tour planning process.

Mainstream artists tour with their own wellness teams. People who plan corporate-sponsored tours understand the importance of having such a team in place.

With that in mind, the self-care practices of those donating their time to POCZP are just as important to nurture, so we are being proactive to address these needs to the best of our ability, as a 100% volunteer touring group.

#RaceRiotTour’s first-ever wellness team is comprised of Pati Garcia and two more TBD members(with support from volunteers). 

We look forward to sharing more updates in the coming weeks.

- @DCAP

WHERE IS THE NATIVE/INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY STATEMENT?

Thank you for your enthusiasm! We have been working on the strategy, and that language informs the statement’s language. Our next step is to share our statement & strategy with Native individuals and orgs to get feedback. 

Based on that feedback, we will modify both the statement and strategy & then share all that info by November 15. Thanks for your patience! If you are Native and/or support a Native organization and want to be involved, email poczineproject@gmail.com.

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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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DISCLAIMER: Since we are a fluid project that is constantly changing, this statement may be altered between now and the October 3, 2013 kickoff tour date in New Orleans. We will announce updates.

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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

*Kim Crosby contributed to this statement’s language. She is no longer a part of the 2013 #RaceRioTour due to scheduling conflicts. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano also contributed to the statement.