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Just some sweet and simple anon love: thank you for existing. — Asked by Anonymous

Hi Anon,

Thanks so much for the love. We have been busy! In 2013 (among other initiatives) POCZP led multiple free workshops across the country, presented at Allied Media Conference, Chicago Zine Fest and L.A. Zine Fest to share knowledge, tabled at multiple zine fests in solidarity with local POC, curated & wrote a list of 50 zines by QTPOC, organized & executed a national #RaceRiotTour traveling community experiment, coordinated a massive donation of zines by POC to multiple libraries, continued our Legacy Series work to share influential materiality by POC, provided mini-grants to 20 creators of color, and worked with over 50 volunteers across the country - all as a volunteer entity.

As the recipient of this year’s Long Arm Stapler Award and with our name being dropped in mainstream publications (thanks, Kathleen Hanna!), we are doing our best to graciously navigate public recognition.

Endorsements are great, but what we really need is the resources to be able to continue our important work in 2014 and beyond as a grassroots nonprofit. We consider our work important because we exist to empower people of color to share their stories and to build community. 

We also collaborate with - and disrupt - academic spaces with the intention of being a third space resource.

If you are reading this and believe in POCZP, please donate what you can so that we can continue operations. We aren’t supported by a fiscal sponsor and don’t have an operating budget, and yet we were about to achieve so much this year because we are people-powered. We defy limitations by daring to believe in community.

But we need your help — now more than ever. If you would like to be a part of POCZP’s restructuring phase in 2014, email poczineproject@gmail.com. Help us create a sustainable funding model and access resources.

Please reblog this post and share the donation link with friends. Thank you <3

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

P.S. We are nothing without you, so thank YOU for existing.

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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

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ‘Korea: The Queer Edition’

Korea: The Queer Edition (June 2013)

[DESCRIPTION: original cover of Korea: The Queer Edition]

TITLE: Korea: The Queer Edition 

AUTHOR: EstellaMiyuki Baker//Queer Scribe Productions

RELEASE: June 30, 2013 (6th zine in a series)

ORIGIN: Seoul, South Korea (author is presently based in Philadelphia, PA)

DESCRIPTION FROM MIYUKI: 

During my stay in Seoul, I participated in many ‘obvious’ gay activities but my goal was to meet as many different types of queer artists and activists inside and outside of the so-called Seoul gay scene, and highlight their varied and unique approaches and thoughts in doing LGBTQ activism in South Korea.  

Many queer Korean activists I spoke to were a part of labor rights and/or disability related movements, advocating strongly for intersectional work which emphasized ally-building and finding common causes. Larger LGBTQ organizations like Donginryun were member-supported, so rather than being subjeted to governmental or institutional demands that often accompany grant money, membership fees gave organizations more freedom and a democratic form of accountability.

The zine is filled with documentation of the many rallies and events I participated in as well as the art of queer Korean/expat artists.

READ NOW:  

HOW TO BUY:

Queer Scribe Productions has published eight zines so far. You can purchase them at the following link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QueerScribe

Queer Scribe Productions is the result of Miyuki’s 14 month journey around the world to join the movement in creating a worldwide network of queer artists. 

ABOUT MIYUKI 

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist, she is happiest when working with people who embrace intersectionality. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where she was involved in queer Asian activism and making art, she received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what she learned under her publishing house Queer Scribe Productions.

She is a freelance artist, journalist, barber, translator, seamstress, lecturer and performer. Visit The Queer Barbershop to get a rad haircut on the cheap. Contact her at heymiyuki (at) gmail (dot) com for further inquiries, project ideas and pricing.

estellamiyukibaker.com

heymiyuki.wordpress.com

twitter.com/miyukibaker

facebook.com/abcdefghijklmiyuki

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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

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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.

SAVE THE DATE: October 14, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Tucson, AZ!
Much love to Adela, Sarita, Lizeth and everyone else in Tucson who has helped to coordinate our AZ date &lt;3 Please support these folks by clicking on their names and learning more about what they do. They are amazing.
Both of our Tucson events are free and we do accept donations. Please give what you can-funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.
VENUES, TIMES &amp; ADDRESSES
Both events are on October 14, 2013
ON CAMPUS: University of Arizona - SIRLS department - 1515 East First Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
NOON - 2:30pm (there will be tabling space! bring yr materiality &lt;3)
IN COMMUNITY: Skrappy’s Youth Collective - 191&#160;E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

 7pm-9:30pm (Bring yr materiality, we&#8217;ll have free tabling space &lt;3 and the venue is wheelchair accessible)
- Featuring a performance by Shining Soul, plus other special guests!
Here is the Facebook invite for both events. RSVP if yr coming - it gives us an approximate sense of what to expect &lt;3
COMMUNITY: We were invited to table at the Punk Swap Event at Skrappy&#8217;s from 5-10pm on October 12, 2013. We&#8217;re in! Hope to see you there too to support Skrappy&#8217;s, who donated their space to us. Free tabling for POC. 
Punk Swap event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/522666497807562
#RaceRiotTour Image credit: Adela C. Licona, author of Zines In Third Space.
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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 14, 2013 #RaceRiotTour in Tucson, AZ!

Much love to Adela, SaritaLizeth and everyone else in Tucson who has helped to coordinate our AZ date <3 Please support these folks by clicking on their names and learning more about what they do. They are amazing.

Both of our Tucson events are free and we do accept donations. Please give what you can-funds go toward gas and other essential tour costs.

VENUES, TIMES & ADDRESSES

Both events are on October 14, 2013

ON CAMPUS: University of Arizona - SIRLS department - 1515 East First Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

NOON - 2:30pm (there will be tabling space! bring yr materiality <3)

IN COMMUNITY: Skrappy’s Youth Collective - 191 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

October 14, 2013 flier for our community #raceriottour event in Tucson, AZ

 7pm-9:30pm (Bring yr materiality, we’ll have free tabling space <3 and the venue is wheelchair accessible)

- Featuring a performance by Shining Soul, plus other special guests!

Here is the Facebook invite for both events. RSVP if yr coming - it gives us an approximate sense of what to expect <3

COMMUNITY: We were invited to table at the Punk Swap Event at Skrappy’s from 5-10pm on October 12, 2013. We’re in! Hope to see you there too to support Skrappy’s, who donated their space to us. Free tabling for POC.

Punk Swap event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/522666497807562

#RaceRiotTour Image credit: Adela C. Licona, author of Zines In Third Space.

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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

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Meet POCZP’s 2013 #RACERIOTTOUR Driver Tracey Brown <3

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, POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano 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. Tracey Brown is one of several #RaceRiotTour support team members we’ll be announcing in the coming days …

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

[DESCRIPTION: Tracey Brown. Photo credit: Tracey Brown]

ABOUT TRACEY BROWN, 2013 #RACERIOTTOUR DRIVER & MEDIATION SUPPORT

Tracey’s role on the #raceriottour is critical. In partnership with POCZP founder Daniela, Tracey is managing travel logistics/vehicle operations through our journey to 20 cities across the US. She will be the dedicated tour driver for the duration of the entire tour (with routine breaks from the POCZP support team).

Tracey will also provide (along with others on tour) mediation support as conflicts arise (they do! and it’s OK). 

POCZP founder Daniela met Tracey at the 2012 Anarchist People of Color convergence in New Orleans and was impressed with her organizational skills and her coalition building with the Ovarian Psyco-Cycles. This is the origin of the collaboration.

Without Tracey’s support coordinating rental logistics, this tour would not be happening.

Tracey, in her own words:

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

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

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

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

We’re so excited to collaborate with you, Tracey! <3 - POCZP

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

[DESCRIPTION: Tracey Brown. Photo credit: Tracey Brown]

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We will be sharing the full #raceriottour lineup of cities and dates on September 1, 2013, and will be rolling out more tour member announcements in the coming days.

Thanks for your patience! We are a 100% volunteer entity and are producing a national tour in our spare time.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals 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

ZINE SPOTLIGHT: ‘Hidden Expressions Vol. 1’ (2012), feat. voices of presently or formerly encarcerated transgender & gender non-conforming creators

Hidden Expressions Vol. 1 (2012) - COVER

[DESCRIPTION: Cover of ‘Hidden Expressions Vol .1’] Hidden Expressions Vol. 1 (2012) _ DEDICATION

[DESCRIPTION: Dedication page for ‘Hidden Expressions Vol .1’]

Hidden Expressions Vol. 1 (2012) - EXCERPT[DESCRIPTION: Excerpt ‘Hidden Expressions Vol .1’]

ZINE TITLE: Hidden Expressions Vol .1 

AUTHOR(S): Contributions, wisdom, and creativity of transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been or are currently incarcerated (supported by Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois

RELEASE DATE: January 31, 2012

ORIGIN: Chicago,Illinois, USA

DESCRIPTION: 

The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination.

Hidden Expressions is an annual ‘zine publication created exclusively with the contributions, wisdom, and creativity of transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been or are currently incarcerated. Submissions can include stories, drawings, “how-to” guides, poetry, guides to surviving prison as a trans person, erotica, recipes, treats, hobbies, writing and art tips, comic strips, and any other expression of resilience and talent.

A digital copy is available for free download on our website, and hard copies are distributed nationally to TJLP’s clients, other incarcerated trans and gender-nonconforming folks, archives, libraries, and organizations that work with trans people and people on the inside. This ‘zine is a tangible expression of our organization’s mission to connect incarcerated trans and gender non-conforming people to their peers, friends, family, allies, and the larger Prison Abolition movement, both inside and outside of prisons and jails. TJLP provides the resources (paper, printing, layout, etc.) and the people-power on the outside to put it together, but the content of the ‘zine is entirely created by transgender and gender non-conforming folks who are currently locked up in facilities across the United States.

This ‘zine is an expression of what is really happening for trans and gender non-conforming folks who are currently imprisoned – including thoughts and strategies for survival. We hope this publication can combat the isolation and silence that the prison-industrial complex inflicts by creating a sense of community through the voices on the page. - tjlp.org

READ NOW

Part of POCZP’s advocacy is helping to make public domain zines such as Hidden Expressions Vol. 1 easy to find, distribute and share. You can now read this zine in our digital library of scanned and e-zines.

Consider making a donation to TJLP

Point of reference: @prisonculture (thank you!)

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WANT MORE?

Read our interview with Tenacious zine editor and prison abolitionist Vikki Law.

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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

ZINE EVENT: Apply to table at the Toronto Queer Zine Fair!

torontoqueerzinefair:

A reminder that applications are available on our tumblr for the Toronto Queer Zine Fair! Thank you to everyone who has applied so far. We are super excited about this event! Also, venue information is coming real soon! -TQZF 

Link to the application: http://torontoqueerzinefair.tumblr.com/tabling

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#solidarity <3

"Daniela Capistrano, founder of the POC Zine Project, contacted me in 2010 about digitizing and distributing for free the Race Riot compilation zines, which I made in 1997 and 2002. Her goals are numerous, but among them is to support and distribute independent publications by people of color, and to reclaim histories of people of color in publishing cultures, from FIRE! to Race Riot and more. I hadn’t thought about these zines for a while until Osa Atoe from Shotgun Seamstress (a zine for Black punks, feminists, queers, misfits, and freaks) wrote a Maximum Rocknroll column the year previous asking, “Where did all the black and brown punk foremothers go?” and naming me and some others specifically as missing persons. This resonated with me, since I was motivated at the time by a passionate desire to claim the fact of history –that we were here, black and brown punks, feminists, queers, misfits, and freaks—and acknowledge those who came before us and laid the foundations for our becoming punk, and those who were with us when we went through this (or that) moment together, and those who came after us who wonder where we are now.

So when I was scheduled in November 2011 to present an academic paper at the University of Pennsylvania, I contacted Jenna Freedman at the Barnard Zine Library (Jenna has focused that zine collection on women of color zines specifically) about doing an event there, at Barnard. In short order, she organized the first “Meet Me at the Race Riot” panel with Kate Wadkins of For the Birds Feminist Collective and Distro and Daniela of POC Zine Project. We had an in-depth dialogue with seventy-something people in this small windowless room, and Daniela thought, We should take this show on the road. The first POC Zine Project/Race Riot! Tour happened in September and October 2012 – 5 and sometimes 6 women of color in a van, hitting 14 cities and 20 events in 2 weeks. Every night –and sometimes twice in one day— we would read from our zines and facilitate these often super-intense conversations about structures of race and racism, punk activism, feminist art, anarchist politics, consent and accountability, violence, family histories and queer becoming. It was exhausting, but also exhilarating, to be a part of these conversations and to be able to facilitate and funnel some of what I know and do as a feminist scholar trained in comparative race studies and transnational cultural studies into these spaces – not just college classrooms, but also cafes, art collectives, living rooms, punk venues, independent bookstores, and more. One of the more significant consequences to growing up punk, for me, is an understanding that politics can and should be found and unfolded anywhere – and that one does not need to be an expert to be curious, outraged, or outspoken about the conditions that structure our everyday lives.

Until now, my punk history hasn’t been the subject of my scholarship, which is in the main concerned with liberal war, and liberal empire. But recent flurries of academic and popular inquiry into punk and riot grrrl have pulled me into their orbit. I’m somewhat conflicted about becoming an object of study, but I am coping by co-organizing an upcoming symposium with my amazing colleagues Ruth Nicole Brown, Karen Flynn, and Fiona I.B. Ngô, called “Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms: Theory, Genealogy, Performance.”

- Excerpt from POCZP touring member Mimi Thi Nguyen's interview with The Feminist Wire!

Thanks for the shout out, Mimi! <3

Learn more about the upcoming symposium “Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms: Theory, Genealogy, Performance.”

If you haven’t already, be sure to read Race Riot #1 & #2 <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 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

POC Zine Project wants to see YOUR #POCZINES Collection

What does your ‪#‎poczines‬ collection look like? Send us a photo of your shelf/drawer/area under your pillow/etc. & we’ll feature it in our ‪#‎izm2013‬ reactions post first week of August.

If you only have two zines created by POC, it’s still a collection - even if you made both of them!  

Deadline: August 28, 2013

PLEASE EMAIL: poczineproject@gmail.com (we are only accepting submissions through email, thanks!)

Please be sure to include the following:

- 1-3 max photos of your #poczines collection (please make sure they are as clear as possible) with photo credit info (the higher resolution the better, thanks!)

- your bio

- any links/contact info you want to share

- info about your own zines that YOU make (optional)

- any of your upcoming/current projects that need some signal boost love. We gotchu boo. 

We know many folks collect zines by authors of diverse backgrounds, so it’s 100% OK/common if you have a mix of POC and non-POC authored zines in your collection. However, for the purposes of this visibility exercise, we only want to see the zines made by POC in your collection (co-authored with non-POC is fine, as long as editor was/is POC).

WHITE FOLKS: Send photos & info about your #poczines collection as well! We wants to see the #poczines on your shelves too.

Please be sure to also include what POC solidarity looks like in your life, both in theory and in practice. 

<3,

POCZP

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: ‘The Life and Times of Butch Dykes’ zine series

The Life and Times of Butch Dykes by Eloisa Aquino (B&D Press) 2009 - present

[DESCRIPTION: Cover of ‘The Life and Times of Butch Dykes: Chavela Vargas,’ Issue 1 Vol. 1 (2009)]

TITLE: The Life and Times of Butch Dykes

AUTHOR: Eloisa Aquino 

RELEASE: 2009 - present

ORIGIN: Montreal, Canada

DESCRIPTION FROM ELOISA: The Life and Times of Butch Dykes is a series of fanzines about the lives and times of amazing women who could be considered icons against heteronormativity, in their very personal and unique ways. They’re from different places/spaces and yet have as a common ground the fact that they’re all accomplished creators, in work and life. They were and are brave people who tried to be authentic and faithful to what they perceived as their true identity.

I self-publish through my micro press in Montreal. Some of the dykes portrayed in the zine are POC, and I am a queer POC.

READ NOW: The magazine No More Potlucks has Chavela Vargas and Claude Cahun online. 

HOW TO BUY: Explore and purchase all print issues on B&D Press’ Etsy shop

ABOUT ELOISA AQUINO

The Life and Times of Butch Dykes by Eloisa Aquino (B&D Press) 2009 - present

[DESCRIPTION: Eloisa Aquino in 2009, at work on the JD Samson issue of ‘The Life and Times of Butch Dykes.’ Source: butchdykes.blogspot.com]

Learn more about Eloisa in this interview from 2012. Here’s an excerpt:

Eloisa Aquino: I used to be a journalist for many years. Then, I moved to Canada to study. I was already in my 30’s. Then, three years ago I decided to make something for an Expozine (an exposition of zines in Montreal). That was super fun and really nice. And I had made zines like twenty years ago, but they were basically like fictional and poetry zines, more like literature zines. When I decided to come back to zines I decided to draw. That’s it! So I don’t really have a background in art.

SAY HI TO ELOISA: eloaquino at gmail dot com

For more great pics, click here to search all Tumblr posts tagged with “Eloisa Aquino.”

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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.

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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, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

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

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: AQSAzine, By & For Muslim Women And Transpeople

AQSAzine #1 (2009)

TITLE: AQSAzine

RELEASE: 2009 - 2010 (four issues)

AUTHOR: AQSAZINE collective (no longer active)

ORIGIN: Toronto, Canada

DESCRIPTION:

AQSAZINE is a grassroots, award-winning zine open to 16-35 year old people who self-identify as Muslim that was produced between 2009 - 2010. The collective published four issues of the internationally-distributed magazine celebrating Muslim women and trans people’s writing and art.  

Farrah Khan (who we met as a result of participating at this year’s Allied Media Conference and submitted this zine) co-founded AQSAzine collective. As described on the AQSAZINE blog:

It is a creative avenue for us to express ourselves, share our experiences, and connect with others. In Arabic, “aqsa” implies the furthermost, as in reaching out to the furthest possible point. AQSAZINE aims to motivate the utmost resistance to violence in all its forms. 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered on December 10th, 2007, also inspires this zine. It is to honour her and other Muslims who experience and resist violence. We strive to work from a feminist, anti-oppressive framework.

AQSAzine provided a creative platform for young Muslim women and transpeople to tell their own stories, share their art, and connect with each other. The production of their own media was a reactionary and crucial element in countering the often biased, oversimplistic, and stereotypical portrayal of Muslims in mainstream Occidental media.

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[DESCRIPTION: Part of the intro from AQSAzine #1 (2009)]

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[DESCRIPTION: Excerpt from AQSAzine #1 (2009)]

Each issue was celebrated with a launch at various locations including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, and Ryerson University.

The audience for these publications is absolutely anyone with an open heart and mind. The zines were produced by a collective of dedicated volunteers. Though based in Canada, submissions to callouts came from all over the world.

AQSAZINE’s last public call for submissions for issue #4 was in 2010

READ AQSA ZINE NOW

We can’t embed the files because the code isn’t presently available, but you can read issues #1 - 3 through this account. We’ve contacted the group for information on how to embed and if the zines are available to archive and share.

WANT MORE?

There are several zines by and for Muslim identified folks available around the world. Here are some examples: Islam BookOOMK and Islamophobia: A Bitchin’ Zine (volume 1)

ABOUT FARRAH KHAN

At the age of 16, Farrah Khan picked up a microphone to speak out about sexual assault and has not put it down since. She has spent the last sixteen years working diligently to raise awareness of gender-based violence through art creation, education, counseling and community development. Farrah is a nationally recognized public speaker and educator on violence against women including forced marriage and “honour” related violence. 

Farrah is also an artist who uses prose, video and craft to explore the intersections of migration, faith and community. She is the editor of  the  “Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project” a graphic novella by South Asian young women about resiliency in the face of  family violence. Farrah is currently working on a stop motion video short “ Five Things” and a  play with the Beekeepers Collective.

Learn more about Farrah: farrahkhan.ca

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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.

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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, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

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