Three-year anniversary statement
Imagine that your path to self actualization is like crossing a rushing, dangerous river — and the only way to get across is by accessing stepping stones in the water.
Now, pretend that each of those stones is a form of media you reference in your daily life. You will see that certain people are drawn to certain stones. Different variables create inequality, which informs progress (or lack of).
You’ll see how some people, particularly white people invested in keeping people of color from moving forward, prevent a lot of self actualizing from happening. You’ll see it in real time and in the history of this river (life).
POC Zine Project is about cultivating stepping stones — points of cultural reference — for people of color to utilize and draw strength & healing from on their path.
We are here to disrupt.
We’re connecting people to life lines.
We’re empowering people of color to create new maps for self actualization, while identifying existing ones.
We’re both educating and learning from allies, who evolve along with us.
From this paradigm, you will begin to understand why POCZP is an experiment in activism and community through materiality, and why we are committed to being a space of healing for people of color.
Through the duration of this project, we will change all the time, because our community is changing all the time. We are growing, learning, collaborating and thriving — all the time. We are constantly observing, assessing, reflecting, revising and evolving.
We both live inside academia and in direct opposition to it.
We embrace our existence as a blessed bundle of contradictions devoted to supporting self actualization and liberation for POC.
After three years at this, we are proud to declare it:
We are POC Zine Project and our mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share.
We are an experiment in activism and community through materiality, and function as an advocacy platform and incubator for liberation.
Thank you for your support.
ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR
POC Zine Project held its first Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Click here to view photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps.
We will be taking the Race Riot! Tour through 14 more cities in 2013. Stay tuned!
SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
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 and the poverty zine series.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh
You can also send well-concealed cash or a check! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or if you have questions.
Info about the poverty zine series: http://bit.ly/RLVTVt
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