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

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

1) The 11th Annual Sound System Block Party

Energy Alley Stage @ The Silver Room

1442 N. Milwaukee

Chicago, IL

QUESE goes on at 8:15pm

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

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

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

A fundraising event for GIRL TALK!

July 20, 2013 

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

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

Scene Report (POC Zine Project edition): L.A. Zine Fest 2013

Here are some moments from our first tabling and panel experience as invited guests at L.A. Zine Fest on February 17, 2013:

1. When we arrived at the Ukrainian Cultural Center and were impressed with the space

2013 L.A. Zine Fest exterior

2. L.A. collaborator Chula Doula posing with flowers before assisting us with POCZP tabling needs (Thanks, Pati!)

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

Pati Garcia is a Certified Sexological bodyworker/Somatic Sex Educator, self-identifies as genderqueer/fluid two spirit of Peruvian-Mexican descent, loves to dig feet in the earth and throw love into the cosmos. Pati holds space for life unraveling and unwinding as a birth doula. Pati follows only the spirit led path and refuses to compromise pleasure for any reason at all. Radical feminist doula bodyworker, workshop facilitator. Wanna see your cervix?? Ask her how.

3. When Cristy C. Road, Suzy X, Chula Doula and Mariam Bastani all tabled together at the same time <3

Cristy C. Road, Suzy X, Chula Doula and Mariam Bastani tabling at #poczines table at #lazinefest 2013

Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress) isn’t in this shot because she was reading during the Mend My Dress Press panel. Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad) was tabling elsewhere but joined us for the POCZP minutes after this photo was taken. POCZP founder Daniela was taking photos with her weird camera, which she will be replacing (sorry for the fuzz y’all).

Here is what Tomas had to say about his first experience collaborating with POCZP at an event:

Two and half hours is pushing it for a bad Hollywood movie; so when I realized the POC Zine Project workshop at this year’s L.A. Zine Fest lasted that long and the crowed remained attentive, invested, engaged throughout all six presentations, I was shocked.  But this fact demonstrates exactly how vital and important the event was!

I’ve attend and participated in many readings, but this one was special; this one was with people who have inspired me for years, Cristy C. Road and Mariam from MRR, as well as people who’s work is some of the best stuff out there today, Suzy X’s Malcriada and Osa Atoe’s Shotgun Seamstress; I also got the chance to thank the founder of the POC Zine Project organizer, Daniela, for keeping alive some of the zines that inspired me as I entered my own critical consciousness and keeping these important resources available for those who come after us.

4. Getting to know our tabling neighbors, such as Thi Bui and her son (who is also an artist!)

Meet our tabling neighbor Thi Bui and her son! thibui.com #poczines #lazinefest

Thi Bui was born in Saigon, raised in California and schooled in New York. She teaches high school and has a little boy and a husband. She have been hard at work, writing and drawing a graphic novel called THE BEST WE COULD DO. It is a 15-chapter immigration epic about her parents, their place in history, and her search for her place in her family.

5. When Mariam and other folks from Maximumrocknroll joined the POCZP table with more issues featuring punks and activists of color

POCZP founder @dcap and Mariam from MRR at #lazinefest #poczines

POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano (L) and Mariam Bastani (R)

Maximumrocknroll is a widely distributed monthly fanzine dedicated to supporting the underground punk rock scene. MRR’s 25-year plus history and large, obsessed all-volunteer staff has made its punk rock coverage the most consistently up-to-date and reliable around. Subscribe here or purchase individual issues here.


6. Quese IMC participating during our panel and speaking about #IdleNoMore (thanks again, Quese IMC! xoxoxo)

Quese IMC at the #poczines panel at #lazinefest discussing #idlenomore

Quese IMC had this to say immediately after the event:

I had a really good time. I enjoyed myself. Was good for me to see a different perspective and meet some cool people. Look forward to hearing from you and definitely keep me updated what you have in mind for the tour…

We are in the process of figuring out how Quese IMC can join us during the 2013 Race Riot! Tour to help share information about #IdleNoMore actions in the Canada, U.S., and around the world. Stay tuned for updates …

7. When our panel at the Moth Theatre quickly became over capacity, and we had to scramble to find additional seating/make space (all great problems to have!)

@shotgunseamstress Osa Atoe speaks during the #poczines panel at #lazinefest

 Osa Atoe reading at L.A. Zine Fest

Suzy X reading at #lazinefest #poczines photo by @raddadtomas Tomas Moniz

Suzy X reading at L.A. Zine Fest (C) while Osa (L) and Mariam (R) observe

This was Suzy’s second time reading as part of a POCZP event. Osa’s commentary afterward? “Suzy is hilarious.” We agree! Check out her latest zine, Malcriada. Suzy will also be joining us next month for Chicago Zine Fest, woo! <3

Here is what Suzy had to say about her time with POCZP at L.A. Zine Fest:

I was so honored to join the POC Zine Project last week at LA Zinefest! Our panel on Sunday afternoon brought up a lot of feelings for me, as the new girl in a scene of bad-ass POC in zines. It’s really mind-blowing how long it took for someone to finally initiate a project like this, a project that centers the voices of people of color in DIY publishing. I discussed my experience— a baby feminist living in a conservative household in the South, without access to any zines, much less zines by POC, until I attended college. And after hearing all these wonderful folks speak, I felt terribly late to the party, because they had been going at it for years! And doing a damn good job of it, too.

I’m incredibly thankful for the initiative Daniela has taken in bringing us all together. But in going forward, I think a conversation should happen in which we discuss access to those who don’t belong to punk scenes or those who don’t live in urban or densely-populated areas. This project was started to shed light on the history of POC in zines; but I am interested in working on ways to make this history available and accessible to more people. This could mean partnering up with existing distros or starting one by and for POC! Whatever works you know? And I’m excited to continue these conversations during the zine tour in Fall 2013.

Suzy X was delighted to find out after sending this recap that POCZP has been engaging in this conversation with folks for years. POCZP’s first zine partner, SlushPilePress, is located in a remote area of Eugene, Oregon (no longer operating) and our present zine distro partner is Brown Recluse Zine Distro. We also support zine partners who aren’t a part of our touring.

Our poverty zine partner Carey Fuller is based in Kent, WA, which is also an undeserved area. Our Legacy Series initiative (ongoing) is all about making independent publications by POC from decades past accessible. We don’t organize to center punk experiences, although we do have some collaborators who ID as punk. We have a lot going on <3.

COMMUNITY: If you are located in the midwest and/or rural areas without much support for independent publishers, email poczineproject@gmail.com we can discuss ways to partner. <3

Just some of the over capacity crowd at #poczines panel during #lazinefest 2013 <3

Just one section of our over capacity audience - it was so great to meet many of the attendees afterward!

Cristy C. Road speaks at #lazinefest during the #poczines panel

 Cristy C. Road reading at L.A. Zine Fest

8. Reconnecting with POCZP West Coast collaborators like Liz Mayorga

Pati aka Chula Doula (L.A.) and Liz Mayorga, zinester and artist (Bay Area) #lazinefest #poczines

Chula Doula (L) and Liz Mayorga (R) at dinner after L.A. Zine Fest

Liz  is a writer / illustrator from Southeast LA.  She grew up watching old, Black and White, Mexican films and selling burritos with her family.  The films were her inspiration.  The tacos and burritos paid for college.  She used to work with teenagers, and they taught her what it means to be brave.  Their energy and fearlessness inspired her to write and draw for herself, but she ends up creating for them too. 

Liz is now an MFA Writing Student at CCA, where she writes both fiction and nonfiction, milks the Illustration department for all they’re worth, and experiences an existential crisis every day.  Despite the hard work and many sleepless nights, she is extremely grateful to read, write, and draw. She thanks you for your support.

Liz is helping us with tour fundraiser events on the West Coast between now and October. If you’re interested in supporting POCZP West Coast initiatives, send us a message: poczineproject@gmail.com.

9. Helping more folks discover zines by people of color

#lazinefest 2013

We met so many rad people at L.A. Zine Fest and will be reaching out to everyone who signed our mailing list in the coming weeks. <3

10. Meeting (in person!) & collaborating with more inspiring zinesters of color like Tomas Moniz 

Tomas Moniz and Suzy X from #poczines POCZP at #lazinefest

Tomas Moniz (L) and Suzy X (R) at the POC Zine Project table at L.A. Zine Fest on February 17, 2013

Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine Rad Dad. Looking for radical parenting community, he created Rad Dad to provide the space for parents (particularly fathers) to share, commiserate and plan with each other, and to support each other in challenging patriarchy one diaper at a time. As China Martens has said, “Tomas has been the most vocal voice within zines, trying to start and keep a discussion within this aspect of radical politics and parenthood.” His writing has been included in many zines about parenting as well as in the books My Mother Wears Combat Boots and Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind.

This event marks the first time Tomas participated in a POCZP panel. We’re looking forward to connecting with him at Chicago Zine Fest next month and discussing ongoing collaborations!

A HUGE thank you to L.A. Zine Fest organizers Meredith Wallace and  Rhea Tepplim for all their help, as well as to everyone who volunteered at the fest. <3

Our panel was recorded and we are in the process of tracking down video so we can share it with you all.

COMMUNITY: Did we meet you in person at L.A. Zine Fest? Tell us about your experience exploring our tabling area or what you thought about our panel discussion. Submit your thoughts here or email poczineproject@gmail.com (all voices welcome, including white folks <3). 

We’ll update this recap with more reactions and photos from POCZP members and L.A. Zine Fest attendees in the coming days.

L.A. Zine Fest Update: Quese IMC will join POC Zine Project panel to discuss Idle No More


Our core priority through the rest of 2013 and beyond is to stand and act in solidarity with Idle No More. We cannot abide the present U.S. media blackout and will do everything in our power to spread the word about Idle No More actions worldwide.

To that end, Quese IMC (pronounced like “peace” with a K) will be joining us during our 2/17 panel at L.A. Zine Fest (get details here). Due to our time limit, POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will not be presenting - Quese IMC will speak in her place and the other POCZP members will follow. At a later date, Daniela will share her presi & notes as a video on this Tumblr.

It’s more important right now, at L.A. Zine Fest, for us to give time to talk about Idle No More than to talk about last year’s tour. We can always do that in other ways.

Zines are great but we can talk about zines and revolution at the same time. If you weren’t at the Idle No More protest at The Grove in January, here is a recap. Solidarity actions are taking place all over the world but mainstream media is not telling this story.


Quese Imc

Marcus “Quese IMC” Frejo is an award winning indigenous hiphop artist. His music has been in film and animation, both major and independent. He has performed with the likes of Run DMC, Ludacris, Knarles Barkley, Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, Kumbia Kings, DJ Grandmasterflash, Petey Pablo, Clipse, Poor Righteous Teachers, Mos Def and Tinariwen, just to name a few. Quese IMC is one of the founding members of the world-famous group, Culture Shock Camp. He truly loves the artform of hip-hop expression and uses this instrument to bring forth awareness, consciousness and change within people and communities, not by force but by invitation. This invite consists of building bridges with the people and aligning ones ideas and spirit so that true spiritual change can be moved about through the power of word, music, art and connection.

Quese IMC was born in Oklahoma and is from the Wolf band of Pawnee and Bear clan of Seminole Indigenous People. He also has roots from Silao, Guanajuato. Quese IMC has been writing, performing hiphop since the age of 7. He continues to work with and within indigenous communities across the country, as well as inner-city youth programs, high schools, universities, youth conferences, multi-cultural impact building and cultural exchanges. Quese IMC also works with programs geared towards suicide prevention on and off reservation communities.

Quese IMC says:

“In our creation story we come from the stars and even the star people had to make long journeys in order to create the truth and sometimes even up there sacred beings didn’t believe, but when the beauty and light shined through the creation of what they did, it was then we realized that we are that same instrument here on sacred mother earth. We have the ability to change the world within the actions and movements of using our gifts. So I operate in my gift and I love living the dream.”

Quese IMC has worked with Jody Kechego, author and senior policy analyst for Anishinabek Nation, who is very involved in the Idle No More movement up north.

Quese IMC has also worked with N.A.R.F (Native American Rights Fund) on a successful campaign to raise over $200,000 for Indigenous rights within the legal system.





IMPORTANT: When you are in attendance at our panel, please give Quese IMC the same love and support - and respectful attention - you would give to Mimi Thi Nguyen (if she was in attendance), or Osa Atoe (who will be), or anyone else from POCZP you admire. This is very important to us. Thank you.

The panel is going to be a lot of fun and also full of useful info you can apply in your own life, as you see fit. We can’t wait to meet you all. And please remember: no movement is perfect. POCZP isn’t perfect. We are learning and growing all the time. Don’t feed into lies about what Idle No More is or is not. Think for yourself and do the research.


All text is from the idlenomore.com

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water.

Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth. On December 10th,  Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous  sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development.

All people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future.

There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.

Idle No More calls on all people to continue to oppose and reject all  imposed legislation originating from the federal government.  The unilateral imposition of these Bills is in direct violation of the Treaties and the Treaty relationship that the Original peoples of Turtle Island made with the British Crown. 

Indigenous peoples and nations have not been consulted and therefore, the actions taken by the federal government does not reflect the international standard of Free Prior and Informed consent.  The continued imposition of federal legislation on Indigenous peoples and governments’ is not in line with the legal principles of “acting in good faith” and maintaining the “honour of the Crown.”

There are many nations taking action(s) to reflect acts of Indigenous nationhood, sovereignty and jurisdiction in response to the passing of  legislation such as Bill C-45 and we must continue on this path.  When we stand strong and believe in our ways and assert acts of Nationhood, it does not matter what amount of legislation the federal government introduces or passes because it is not with our consent and therefore, is not applicable.  Stand strong and believe in the spirit and intent of our Treaties as that’s what our ancestors are calling us to do.   

We must continue to assert acts of nationhood premised on ancient ways and teachings that were given to us in our original instructions by Creator when we were placed here on Turtle Island.  We encourage people to advocate for our Mother (the land), the Water (giver of life) and those generations that have yet to come.  We must keep that warrior spirit alive and continue the advocacy efforts as there are other Bills in parliament and our energies must be directed towards fighting against them.  We will continue to rise up and make our presence known across Turtle Island, the land that is rightfully ours as Creator put us here. Stand Up and Rise UP - this Fight is NOT Over. We need you all in this - we shall PERSEVERE!


The Idle No More Facebook group says its purpose is “to support and encourage grassroots to create their own forums to learn more about Indigenous rights and our responsibilities to our Nationhood via teach-ins, rallies and social media.”

http://idlenomore.ca/ (also try idlenomore.com).

There are many resources online. Look up “Idle No More” and teach yourself about the movement. <3


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