POC ZINE PROJECT

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hey! i run the black feminist manifesto and i know you contacted me asking if you could have some copies of my zine, well i have some! i'm gonna be at the DC tour stop tomorrow, and I can give you some copies then! just tell me who to meet and where, and how many you want :) xoxo — Asked by senhoritaugly

Hi <3 Of COURSE we would still love some copies of the Black Feminist Manifesto! :) Thank you for checking in.

Here is the FB invite for tonight’s event and we’re also pasting the info here:

St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church 

1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC

6-10pm

+ Mary Christ (local toughs - marychrist.bandcamp.com)

and Hand Grenade Job (hysterical realism - facebook.com/handgrenadejob)

+ POC zine tabling, sales and swap (allies welcome!)

ALL AGES!

Please bring 6-10 copies of your zine for the archive. There’s a possibility we may be running late due to traffic so plan on arriving at 6pm, the start time. We’ll be setting up the Race Riot! mall (tabling area).

Looking forward to meeting you!

ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT

POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.

STAY INFORMED

poczineproject.tumblr.com

facebook.com/poczineproject

twitter.com/poczineproject

All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR

TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE

Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington

Oct 1: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign + UCIMC - Champaign

Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago

Sept 29: University of Michigan + 3rd Death Star - Ann Arbor

Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit

Sept 27: Ohio University + evening potluck with Cindy Crabb - Athens

Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh

Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly

Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn

Race Riot! Tour Recap: Columbus! @ Skylab on Oct 3, 2012 

Columbus, Ohio! We arrived a bit early so we decided to walk around and explore the downtown area.

juxtaposin'

- Anna Vo and Mimi Thi Nguyen: so many feelings.

Corner of High & Gay

- Cristy on the corner of High and Gay Street

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- Cristy and Mimi at sunset

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- Mimi Thi Nguyen and her pink purse

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- Daniela Capistrano

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Around 7pm we headed to Ryan’s, our event organizer for Columbus and host for the evening. This printmaking-art space/punk house has an amazing first floor filled with printing materials and equipment. The second flow is the living space for the three folks who work and reside there.

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- This looks interesting, right? makewavescolumbus.tumblr.com

We had an amazing vegan chili and cornbread dinner with Ryan and then headed to Skylab, which is on the fifth floor of a building in downtown Columbus.

We’re writing this from the van so we’ll just let the photos tell the rest of the story …

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- Alexis McCrimmon (l) and Osa Atoe (r)

Alexis is a filmmaker and screened two collage style experimental shorts last night. But we didn’t take any pictures because we were too enraptured.

By Cristy C. Road @croadcore

- Art by Cristy C. Road

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- Alexis and our host Ryan at Skylab

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- One of the posters for our show made by local organizers

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- Mariam Bastani shakes it

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- Anna Vo hoops

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- Mimi dances to freestyle near the Race Riot! mall

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- Nerve Wracking performs (Meghan on guitar)

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We’ll be updating this post with more photos later today, we just need to get them off of everyone’s phones ^_^

Tonight we have an evening event at the University of Pittsburgh. We can’t wait to see Heather Manning, who helped organized our previous Pittsburgh show at The Mr. Roboto Project, but who couldn’t attend because she had to work. 

If you’re in the area, come through and please help us signal boost. <3 Thanks fam.

More:

1) We’re doing a zine about this tour, so if you were part of any of the events, let us know if you want to contribute.

2) We’re doing a national conference in 2014.

3) We love you.

ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT

POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.

STAY INFORMED

poczineproject.tumblr.com

facebook.com/poczineproject

twitter.com/poczineproject

All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR

TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE

Oct 7: Death By Audio - Brooklyn

Oct 6: University of Maryland + Brickhaus - College Park and Baltimore

Oct 5: St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church - Washington, D.C.

Oct 4: University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh

Oct 3: Skylab - Columbus

Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington

Oct 1: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign + UCIMC - Champaign

Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago

Sept 29: University of Michigan + 3rd Death Star - Ann Arbor

Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit

Sept 27: Ohio University + evening potluck with Cindy Crabb - Athens

Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh

Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly

Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn

Sept 14 - Wellesley College pre-Race Riot! tour panel

Race Riot! Tour Recap: Bloomington! @ Rachael’s Cafe on Oct 2, 2012 

It began to rain during our drive through Indiana. The van grew quiet as Mariam expertly navigated all the blocked roads. It felt like we were meant to stay for a while, or at least being encouraged to enjoy the scenery for just a little longer.

Living in the moment.

We watched the fields of corn, stoic cows and farm equipment fly by in a series of colorful blurs as we raced to make our event at Rachael’s Cafe in Bloomington, IN, organized by Sparky Taylor.

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Lost in Indiana

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After a series of detours, we made it several minutes late to Rachael’s Cafe, where a sizable crowd already congregated with their coffee and lively chatter.

Doing our thing with very little time to prepare is something we are now experts at. We hooked up our projector, set up the Race Riot! mall and got things started.

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First up was Bella, a guest reader who is a writer from Bloomington. I don’t have a picture of her, sorry! 

After that, Osa read from her new Shotgun Seamstress compilation book, out now on Mend My Dress Press.

Osa reads at Rachael's Cafe for Race Riot! Tour in Bloomington, IN Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett. Thanks!

Osa in motion

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Anna Vo went next:

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Anna Vo reads for the Race Riot! tour stop at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

Part of the audience last night at Rachael’s Cafe. It was packed!

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Mariam Bastani holds (l to r) Slander, Shotgun Seamstress and Fix My Head

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Mimi Thi Nguyen listens intently to Anna Vo during her reading. Osa, behind her, does the same.

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Mariam tests the audience’s racist symbols knowledge.

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Osa and Anna watch Mariam in action.

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Mariam calls out white supremacy in her on point, in-your-face style:

Mariam reads for POC Zine Project Race Riot! tour at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

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Mimi breaks it down.

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Mimi reading for Race Riot! tour at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

Daniela shares examples of how poc and allies can collaborate in small but significant ways to create change.

Daniela Capistrano on the Race Riot! tour stop at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

Cristy was the last reader for the night.

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Cristy C. Road reads for Race Riot! tour at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington, IN on Oct 2, 2012

- The photo above this caption is by L. Garrett.

Eric, of the Liberation Frequency Media Collective based out of Louisville, Kentucky, is presently on a filming tour and will be in NYC very soon. Here he is with Mimi:

Eric and Mimi

Sparky Taylor shows Mimi her cat tattoo. Thanks for being such a great host and organizer, Sparky! <3

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Race Riot! attendees at Rachael’s Cafe discuss collaborating after the show.

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Tonight we have a show at Skylab Gallery in Columbus, OH! In addition to our multimedia readings, there will be music by Nerve Wracking and collage style experimental shorts by Alexis McCrimmon.

If you’re in the area, come through and please help us signal boost. <3 Thanks fam.

More:

1) We’re doing a zine about this tour, so if you were part of any of the events, let us know if you want to contribute.

2) We’re doing a national conference in 2014.

3) We love you.

ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT

POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.

STAY INFORMED

poczineproject.tumblr.com

facebook.com/poczineproject

twitter.com/poczineproject

All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR

TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE

Oct 7: Death By Audio - Brooklyn

Oct 6: University of Maryland + Brickhaus - College Park and Baltimore

Oct 5: St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church - Washington, D.C.

Oct 4: University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh

Oct 3: Skylab - Columbus

Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington

Oct 1: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign + UCIMC - Champaign

Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago

Sept 29: University of Michigan + 3rd Death Star - Ann Arbor

Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit

Sept 27: Ohio University + evening potluck with Cindy Crabb - Athens

Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh

Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly

Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn

Sept 14 - Wellesley College pre-Race Riot! tour panel

Race Riot! Tour Recap: Athens! @ Ohio University + potluck on Sept 27, 2012 

ISN’T THIS PAINTING AMAZING???

holy shit best painting ever #theprecious in Athens, OH

Just needed to start off this recap with an image of someone thinking about “the precious.” We encountered this glorious piece at a potluck organized by Cindy Crabb after the Ohio University panel. But now we’re going backwards, so let’s start at the beginning.

Osa, undaunted by the previous day’s five hour drive, drove us yesterday from Pittsburgh to Athens. It started raining a lot and the roads were precarious but she handled it all like a pro.

On the road from Pittsburgh to Athens to speak at Ohio University!

Here’s a cute shot of Anna and Mimi having fun at a gas station in West Virginia.

Anna and Mimi playing at a gas station in West Virginia

We took fancy, “good camera” pictures at Ohio University, so here is the only phone shot we have from campus: Mimi in motion.

Mimi in motion speaking at Ohio University

Big thanks again to Julie White, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Ohio University, for helping us make this panel happen. The sponsors for our event were:

HTC Journalism

Political Science

University College

Women’s and Gender Studies

African American Studies

We would like to continue supporting Ohio University in their efforts to create experiences and spaces that support students of color and allies.

After speaking on campus, we were starving so we took off to find food. We stopped at a diner that had amazing french fries. This photo is before the food came so we look pretty wiped.

Diner in Athens, OH

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We felt a lot better after we had eaten. Woo!

Cristy C. Road, Anna Vo, Daniela and Osa in Athens, OH

Cindy Crabb organized a potluck dinner and reading for us at her partner Miguel’s place (where we found the amazing painting), so we departed to read and eat some more <3

Here’s Cindy holding one of her zines! She’s rad.

Cindy Crabb of Doris zine in Athens, OH

We set up our “Race Riot! Mall” at the potluck. Here’s Anna Vo’s set up.

Anna Vo's zines

Cindy Crabb’s partner Miguel’s house has a large extra room that they use as a community cafe and art space. It is decorated with tons of zines, show posters and more DIY beautiful artifacts.

Zines in Athens, OH

Here’s a cute pic of Mimi chillin’ on the floor, preparing to read at the potluck.

Mimi chillin' at the potluck in Athens, OH

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Anna Vo reading first:

Anna Vo reading at the potluck in Athens, OH

Osa reading second:

Evening potluck & reading in Athens, Ohio

Cristy reading third:

Cristy C. Road reading at the potluck in Athens, OH

Mimi reading last:

Mimi reads at the potluck in Athens, OH

We appreciate everyone who showed up for the potluck!

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We spent the rest of the evening having a Race Riot! sleepover (Daniela’s dream come true) that consisted of wine, discussion, laughs, massages and plenty of zzzzz for the long drive ahead <3

BIG THANKS to Cindy Crabb and her partner Miguel for helping us organize our Athens, OH events and for hosting us overnight.

Here’s a photo of Miguel chillin’ in the morning and some beautiful chilies in his window.

Miguel, our host in Athens, OH Chilies in the window in Athens, OH

Our time in Athens was truly “the precious.” ;) :D

Next stop: Detroit, where we’re doing a show at the Trumbleplex! If you’re in the area today 7-11pm, come through!

ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT

POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.

STAY INFORMED

poczineproject.tumblr.com

facebook.com/poczineproject

twitter.com/poczineproject

All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR

TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE

Oct 7: Death By Audio - Brooklyn

Oct 6: University of Maryland + Brickhaus - College Park and Baltimore

Oct 5: St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church - Washington, D.C.

Oct 4: University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh

Oct 3: Skylab - Columbus

Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington

Oct 1: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign + UCIMC - Champaign

Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago

Sept 29: University of Michigan + 3rd Death Star - Ann Arbor

Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit

Sept 27: Ohio University + evening potluck with Cindy Crabb - Athens

Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh

Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly

Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn

Sept 14 - Wellesley College pre-Race Riot! tour panel

Notes from the road: Ways to support the Race Riot! Tour

From Daniela:

Hi y’all <3 We’re on our way to Athens, OH to speak at Ohio University and then after that we’ll be in Detroit. Thanks so much for all the positive messages and feedback on the past three tour dates in NYC, Philly and Pittsburgh! We’re having a lot of fun reading your responses from the road, thanks to the magic of mifi.

On the road from Pittsburgh to Athens to speak at Ohio University!

We’ve received some messages from folks asking how they can help support the tour, so we’re sharing this post today to clarify a few points and offer some ways to help that would make a big difference for us through Oct 7.

Point #1: This tour is 100% volunteer and DIY.

We do not have a sponsor and we didn’t want one to begin with. We are all donating our time and have spent our own funds on this tour.

Point #2: The university gigs help pay for tour member travel costs ONLY.

We’re speaking at six universities as part of this tour and each academic space is paying us varying amounts after the tour is over. Those funds will go to reimburse tour members who have paid for flights and other costs to be a part of this tour. Mariam came from SF, Anna came all the way from Australia, etc.

Additionally, what that means right now is that everything, including gas money, is coming out of our pockets when door covers don’t cut it.

And since we aren’t turning anyone away for lack of funds, and gas each day for the tour vehicle is 60-100 dollars, every donation dollar counts for a lot.

Point #3: Money isn’t the only way to support the tour.

We are looking for overnight hosts in each city, so if you have room for 6 rad folks or can split us up between friends, let us know! We’re great company ;)

We love to eat (and we need to for survival purposes)! If you can offer to bring us meals or snacks at events, or open up your home to provide a meal, we will eat whatever you offer. We love to eat (did I say that already?)!!! If you are down to bring us food, just give us a heads up so we know who to look for.

If you want to offer a place to stay and/or food, at this point it’s faster to email me: daniela@dcapmedia.com and I will respond from the road on behalf of the group.

$$$$ Thoughts

Gas money continues to be a major focus so if you are interested in making a donation to help with that, the two options for doing that are:

1) PayPal us funds by using the email daniela@dcapmedia.com

2) Bring cash to any of the events (we’ll thank you with hugs and a tour poster and buttons!)

Thanks again to everyone who has asked how to help us while we’re on the road! <3 We can’t wait to hit up all these cities and connect with awesome poc and allies!

ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT

POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.

STAY INFORMED

poczineproject.tumblr.com

facebook.com/poczineproject

twitter.com/poczineproject

All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR

TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE

Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh

Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly

Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn

anniemok:

Report by Annie Mok: PoC Zine Project’s “Race Riot!” Tour (click for dates & info) at the Wooden Shoe, Philly, 9.25

last night stood clear to me as the best zine reading i’ve seen. i felt an urgency from the performances, which seems like a clear byproduct from any marginalized artist’s voice, especially when the erasure occurs in a community whose main talking point is its supposed supportive, radical atmosphere. but to reduce the reading’s success to the identities of its readers would be reductive. though any time you hear voices that are pushed to the margins of a community, it stands out, what struck me this morning as i reflected on it was the naturalness and ease of the performances. most of the readers were conversational in tone whether they discussed their own experiences or their research on punk history, except mimi nguyen who speaks specifically in an academic way. this is no slight as nguyen is a gripping speaker, and i’m sure students fight for spots in her class.

the philly stop’s lineup:

let me know if i get any pronouns wrong; no one mentioned theirs. i paraphrapsed all accounts and quotes. the drawings are out of reading order since i liked the “montage” one being in the big spot in the middle.

the surprise startup reader was chris from the gossip. the presenter (daniela capistrano?) brought him up first because they had to play the TLA down the street. i tried to look him up so i could get his last name, but the band’s bio doesn’t list him, so  must’ve joined after the last record was recorded. he was the first of a number of speakers to talk on taking back the history of punk music from white revisionists. i was so pleased to hear about this, because i love 20th century pop music & its history, especially the 30s-80s, and post-punk in particular. he spoke on the forgotten blues roots of rock (big mama thornton, et al), the invention of rock by artists like chuck berry, how black people coined the terms “rock ‘n’ roll” and “punk” as euphemisms for sex, the effect of black disco on post-punk, and how many founding 70s and on punk bands comprised of people of color (such as bad brains) and often outside of the storied hotspots of new york, l.a., and london. he talked on personal struggles from his youth: he felt like he could only be only a part of himself in both black circles and in punk circles. splits in identity through different communities made for one major theme of the night. as he grew older, he realized how helpful in his personal development it had been to move through different communities that as a general rule don’t interact with one another.

anna vo spoke on the common theme of being the only person of color within a wide radius, in her past home of (new zealand? australia? forgetting) and current home of berlin. i wish i could speak more on her entertaining and enlightening talk but she requested not to be recorded by the audience.

sonrisa rodriguez-harrison read a piece detailing a common encounter with a passerby who tried to guess her race, who “expected to be rewarded” for his ‘consideration.’ she read a funny and sad story about feeling pressure as a child to straighten her hair, and her unsuccessful attempt with a hot press straightener. finally she showed unseen tour photos from her time as a roadie through europe with some friends, and talked about the rich experience of having that trip with her friends, an all-female, partly-PoC band.

osa atoe spoke about her feeling a disconnect in her youth between the mostly white but gay-accepting punk community she was involved in in olympia, and her nigerian family where her gayness was not understood. she encountered trouble in trying to date in olympia, and she saw in retrospect that the racism she encountered affected her self-esteem badly, which made it even harder. later on, she found support from other PoC punks and began to feel more secure.

she then delved deep into punk history with a look at don letts, the british punk that brought reggae to the london punk scene at the roxy, “where every british punk band played, except the pistols, cuz their manager [malcolm mclaren] sucked.” since there were no punk records at the time, it opened the opportunity for don letts to spin reggae and dub in-between punk sets, which had a huge influence on joe strummer, john lydon with his post-pistols project public image ltd, and a wave of other bands. don letts’ own band, basement 5, “were the only reggae band to be influenced by punk, and not the other way around.”

mimi thi nguyen spoke largely about her and other PoC writers’ frustrations with the recent white revisionist punk history book, white riot. her own writing was used in the book without her consent, besides a request for permission only a few months before its release, well into production of the book. the editors used another PoC writer who was never contacted at all. the book pushed the majority of the PoC writers into one chapter, which tied up the issue of racism in punk with a neat bow. the sentiment of the chapter implied or stated that there was racism in punk, so the punks dealt with it, so “it’s better now.” nguyen alluded to her frustration, expressed more in depth in her own words here, at how riot grrl feminists blamed “violent” PoC for the demise of riot grrl, when racism and classism within riot grrl communities caused its collapse. she spoke on pioneering punk bands comprised of PoCs, such as alien culture, los crudos, and japan’s the s.s..

finally, cristy c. road read from her upcoming illustrated memoir*, spit and passion, and spoke on the struggles that brought her to write it. she opened up with an encounter with a punk acquaintance who told her, “you look different. you look browner,” after she let her hair go from pink to black, and switched from vintage glasses to contacts. she then started from her beginnings in miami, split between her cuban family and culture, and the apolitical punk scene that surrounded her at the time. she began to feel a split in her cuban community, especially during “the elian years, around 1999,” over the embargo, between cubans whose families had been settled in miami for a long time and recent immigrants. cuban classmates who supported the embargo and george bush “because he doesn’t like that thing where you kill unborn babies” distressed her. in both punk and cuban worlds, she felt a lack of support for her being “weird and gay,” and found outlets in musicals and the image of the virgin mary. she recognized a Queen tape at a relative’s house, from seeing “bohemian rhapsody” in wayne’s world, and she said freddie mercury “gave me wings.” she moved to philadelphia where she spent a lot of time crying in clark park with friends about how alone she felt in a mostly white punk scene. she would get requests from tokenizing punk show organizers who said, “it’s all white people! we need a latina person!” to which she thought, “i’m gonna be playing the same pop-punk music on guitar that everyone else is, i’m not gonna be playing salsas!” she later fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to new york, and she now feels comfort that when sometimes she’s one of only a few PoCs in a space, it’s no longer as big a deal for her, and she recalls the PoC-centric shows and readings she plans to attend.

i fear my drawing of her looks like a stereotypical “call to revolutionary action” cry. i aimed to make her look anxious, as anxiety over her identity seemed to be the central theme of the stories she was telling.

the theme of looking for a home and a family where one can feel the wholeness of their identity came up again and again. as a queer trans* girl cartoonist, i identified with that feeling, as i often feel out of step in both the trans*/queer community and the mostly-straight comics community. how one integrates oneself into a comfortable, whole identity no matter which space one decides to run in seems it’ll always be a central concern for marginalized people and artists.

in short, what a treat! a total pleasure. go see it!

*p.s. road didn’t call her book a graphic novel, but i have seen so many journalists and copywriters call books with illustrated text “graphic novels,” so please, people: don’t call it a graphic novel. a prose story with pictures is not a graphic novel. a graphic novel is a long comic book comprised of a continuous story (can be broken into short story/chapters) that’s too long to staple. just a long comic book. it’s kind of a dumb term… but so is “comic book” when you get down to it, so what are you gonna do. point being, if you call cristy’s book “a graphic novel,” you have to start calling blake’s songs of innocence and experience “a graphic novel.”

Thanks for this excellent recap!! <3 We really appreciate it. Awesome drawings!

- Daniela Capistrano

NYC: POC Zine Project RACE RIOT! tour kicks off Sept 24 at 538 Johnson!

POC Zine Project's Race Riot! Tour logo by Cristy C. Road

Multi-media zine readings by Mimi Nguyen (Race Riot zine), Anna Vo (Fix My Head zine), Cristy Road (Greenzine) & Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress). POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will be there as well, probably by the zines ^_^

Here is the FB invite:

538 Johnson Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11237

Starts at 8pm!

+ music by: Matana Roberts (solo experimental jazz) & In School (hc)

+ POC zine tabling, sales and swap (allies welcome!)

$5-7 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds!

ALL AGES!

COMMUNITY: We’ll be selling poc zines on this tour! Our zine partners and white allies who supported this tour are also tabling at 538 Johnson.

If you’re a person of color and would like to table/put out your zines as giveaways or to sell, come prepared and be there by 7:30pm to get set up! Please confirm that you want to table by emailing daniela@dcapmedia.com.

If you’re not prepared to table but want to donate your existing and/or in-progress/upcoming zines to the archive in the future/after the tour, email daniela@dcapmedia.com. <3

ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT

POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.

STAY INFORMED

poczineproject.tumblr.com

facebook.com/poczineproject

twitter.com/poczineproject

All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR

Meet POC Zine Project tour member Mimi Thi Nguyen!

POC Zine Project tour member Mimi Thi Nguyen

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first book, called The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages, focuses on the promise of “giving” freedom concurrent and contingent with waging war and its afterlife (Duke University Press, 2012). She is also co-editor with Fiona I.B. Ngo and Mariam Lam of a special issue of positions on Southeast Asians in diaspora (20:3, Winter 2012).

With her second project on the obligations proposed by beauty, she continues to pursue her scholarship through the frame of transnational feminist cultural studies, and in particular as an untangling of the liberal way of war that pledges aid, freedom, rights, movement, and other social goods. Nguyen is also co-editor with Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu of Alien Encounters: Pop Culture in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2007), and publishes on queer subcultures and punk feminisms.

More information can be found at mimithinguyen.com.

Nguyen has published zines since 1991, including Slander (formerly known by other titles) and the compilation zine Race Riot (1997 and 2002). Race Riot is the first zine to comprehensively address race and racisms in punk and riot grrrl. Her zines are the objects of much academic study, which is an odd situation she addresses in her “Afterward” for the collection Punkademics: The Basement Show in the Ivory Tower (edited by Zack Furness), and in the latest issue of Slander.

She is a former Punk Planet columnist and a Maximumrocknroll shitworker. She blogs about music, politics, and more at thread & circuits (threadandcircuits.wordpress.com). She is also co-author of the research blog on dress and beauty threadbared (iheartthreadbared.wordpress.com). 

Here is what Mimi had to say about joining the POC Zine Project tour:

I wanted to be a part of these events and this tour for two reasons. The first has to do with the retrospective turn in academic and popular monographs about punk and riot grrrl, and in particular the publication (within a year of each other) of Sara Marcus’s Girls to the Front and the edited collection White Riot (which republished an old Punk Planet column of mine).

As I wrote elsewhere, this retrospective turn with its subsequent institutionalization of some stories about punk and riot grrrl and not others had been troubling me: What does it mean, for instance, to define punk feminisms through riot grrrl without a memory of other punk feminisms? What falls out when women of color feminisms are observed to be a frequent citation in grrrl zines (bell hooks being perhaps the most popular), but not an ongoing contestation within the movement? How do we critique the narrativization of punk as a white phenomenon, which is both true and false?

How can we trouble the usual story of punk as a white riot through a recognition that people of color (around the world) and have always been integral to punk musics, punk aesthetics, punk histories and punk politics – a recognition that would disrupt our echoing absence from the archives, but also disavowing our appropriation into those archives as an uncomplicated presence?

So I want to be able to respond to the institutionalization of some stories and not others, and as well some storytellers and not others. This leads me full circle to the second reason I wanted to go on this tour, which is the same reason I did the Race Riot zines in the first place (which I started to compile way back in 1995) – to connect with other punks of color about this thing we love and sometimes hate, to present something –a zine, a tour— that might make sense of that push and pull and give it a history, and then to create something new between us.  

Oh, and a third reason — because I am not a musician (and never a roadie), I’ve never been on tour. I’m excited to finally get my chance to drive for hours on end in a van with a bunch of rad punk girls of color!

Mimi has been involved with POC Zine Project since late 2010. Here is what she shared about how that relationship evolved:

I first got involved with The POC Zine Project when Daniela approached me, asking if she might be able to get copies and scans of the original Race Riot compilation zines to archive and distribute freely (editor’s note: you can read and download RR #1 here!). As a punk and a scholar whose intellectual and political genealogies include women of color feminisms, I thought this was such a brilliant idea (I have long loved the Queer Zine Archive Project), and I immediately said “Of course!”
Then last fall, I was due to be on the East Coast for a lecture at a Philadelphia university, and I approached Jenna Freedman at the Barnard Zine Library about possibly doing a free gig while I was there on the other university’s dime. In no time at all, she contacted The POC Zine Project and For the Birds Collective, and together with Daniela Capistrano and Kate Wadkins, these amazing persons brought together the first Meet Me At The Race Riot event in November 2011.

The response to the event was so moving (despite the windowless basement in which we found ourselves) that we brought another version of the event together for the Chicago Zine Fest the following spring. Again the response was incredible, and solidified my support for The POC Zine Project.

Community: Mimi will be participating in ALL of our tour dates! Please help her offset the cost of participating in this tour by making a donation and spreading the word about the tour.

Thanks again Mimi, for going on tour with us and supporting POC Zine Project! <3 

***Meet POC Zine Project tour members Anna Vo and Cristy C. Road!***

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CALL TO CREATIVES: We’re looking for folks to make iconic, Tumblr-friendly images that incorporate some of Mimi’s quotes provided in this post. If you’d like specific instructions, send us a message. Otherwise, feel free to let your creative juices flow and make your own! Just tag the post with “POC Zine Project” and we’ll reblog. We want to help spread Mimi’s comments! <3