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Race Riot! Tour Recap: Brooklyn! @ Death By Audio on Oct 7, 2012 

Ten days have passed since our Race Riot! tour finale event at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. Our last tour date had the most amount of people in attendance, and zine partner sales were higher than any other stop on our tour, so thank you NYC for your love and support!

We’re going to do a zine and art book about our first tour experience, (details coming soon) so for now, here are some beautiful moments from October 7, 2012:

Photo by @inzombia of @croadcore at Death By Audio on Oct 7, 2012 POC Zine Project Race Riot! Tour

- Cristy C. Road gets the crowd at Death By Audio to sing “Tell It to My Heart" by Taylor Dayne before she begins reading from Spit and Passion

Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen

B&W:Crowd for POCZP's Race Riot! tour finale at Death By Audio on Oct 7 2012

- POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Tour attendees at Death by Audio on Oct 7, 2012

8mm: Mimi reads for POCZP's race riot! tour finale at Death By Audio on Oct 7 2012

- Mimi Thi Nguyen reads at Death By Audio

tint: Attendee's listen to Mimi at POCZP's Race Riot! tour finale at Death By Audio on Oct 7

Leshaun lovell (l) Share roman (m) and Jade Fair (r) at POCZP's Race Riot! Tour stop at Death By Audio on Oct 7

Leshaun lovell (l) Share roman (m) and Jade Fair (r) at POCZP’s Race Riot! Tour stop at Death By Audio on Oct 7


rev: DJ Shomi Noise holding her zines Building Up Emotional Muscles #1-3 at Death By Audio on Oct 7

- DJ Shomi Noise holding her zines Building Up Emotional Muscles #1-3 at Death By Audio on Oct 7


Photo by @maryxmas - Shady Hawkins performing at DBA on Oct 7, 2012

Shady Hawkins perform at Death By Audio

Photo by Mary Christmas

rev: Mimi, Cristy and Suzy X from Shady Hawkins on Oct 7 2012 at Death By Audio #nyc

- Mimi (l), Cristy (m) and Suzy X (r) from the band Shady Hawkins chill on stage 


rev: Joan Chen who brought us #poczines from the Bay Area for the archive & tabled at Death By Audio on Oct 7

- Joan Chen came all the way from the west coast and brought Bay Area poc zines for the archive! <3 Thanks, Joan!


Photo by @inzombia - Anna Vo reads at DBA on Oct 7 2012

- Back of crowd during Anna Vo’s reading at Death By Audio

Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen

rev: Osa reads at DBA on Oct 7, 2012

- Osa Atoe, creator of the Shotgun Seamstress series (out now on Mend My Dress Press), reads at Death By Audio


Aye Nako performs at Race Riot! tour finale at DBA on Oct 7, 2012

- Aye Nako performs at Death By Audio

Photo by thetenderestheart

Photo by @inzombia - Part of the Race Riot! Mall at DBA on Oct 7, 2012

- Part of POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Mall at Death By Audio

Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen


MEMORIES FROM THE EVENT

By Daniela

The venue was PACKED and at a certain point (about halfway through the show) we had to ask everyone who was sitting to stand up so that a horde of folks waiting in line outside could get in. Like all of our other tour stops, the door cover was sliding scale/pay what you can with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Although DBA had a cash bar, people kept it together and the energy overall was amazing. Around 9pm, after I had made sure the projector was working, we kicked things off.

 Jamie Varriale Vélez, our local guest reader, did an amazing job and was super brave (she read first). Race Riot! crew Osa, Anna Vo, Mimi Thi Nguyen and Cristy C. Road followed. I played MC, worked at the Race Riot! mall, dealt with problems as they came up and took some of the photos you see in this post.

We’re still getting tons of positive feedback for Aye Nako and Shady Hawkins, the two fierce bands that held down the second half of the evening.

Jordan Alam tabled on behalf of the Barnard Zine Library (longtime ally entity), sharing some of the POC and feminist zines available in their collection. Thanks, Jordan and Jenna Freedman! <3

BIG THANKS to Cristy C. Road for coordinating our finale event logistics, Death By Audio for allowing us to use the venue and all the DBA folks who handled sound and door needs.

I’m probably forgetting to thank a million people but we’ll get it together for the zine and art book that we’re doing for the tour. 

We’ll have more candids and quotes from tour members and attendees in the weeks to come.

Thanks again, you reading this right now, for your interest and support. This is an experiment in community and activism through materiality. If you took any photos or video of this event and are willing to share so we can add it to our documentation, please email daniela@dcapmedia.com. <3

***ANNOUNCEMENT***

If you’re interested in developing your digital media and community organizing skills by interning for POC Zine Project, email daniela@dcapmedia.com.

We can provide college credit or, if you’re not enrolled at an accredited university, professional mentorship. Meatspace internships will take place at DCAP Media HQ in NYC. Telecommuting/remote production internships are also available.

IMPORTANT THINGS

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 by emailing daniela@dcapmedia.com.

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

3) We’re doing a west coast tour in 2013.

4) If you want to be a part of any upcoming POCZP events, let us know.

5) 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 took the Race Riot! tour through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7, 2012.

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

All photos should be credited to Daniela Capistrano/POC Zine Project unless otherwise noted. Please be sure to credit and link to poczineproject.tumblr.com if you reblog individual pics. Tx! <3

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: Detroit! @ The Trumbullplex on Sept 28, 2012 

By Daniela Capistrano

Weeks ago, when Osa emailed me to confirm that “we’re going to do our Detroit event at The Trumbullplex,” the first thing that popped into my head was the movie Mad Max. TRUMBLE.PLEX. I rolled the word around in my head for days, imagining what the space would be like.

My imagination is usually pretty awesome, but this time it couldn’t hold a candle to the incredible reality that was the venue, the organizers and the attendees.

I loved our time in Detroit and I will be coming back soon to build with some of the folks I met last night. It’s my birthday today and I want to go for a swim before we head to Ann Arbor, so I’m going to mostly let these photos tell the story and will simply caption the bands and key folks. Enjoy!

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J. Rae, our contact at The Trumbullplex, helps us set up. Untitled

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Cristy C. Road and Osa Atoe check out the zine library.

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The space was huge! We had plenty of room to set up our Race Riot! mall.

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This note in the bathroom cracked me up.

I'm in Detroit!

Cristy and J. Rae cuddle for a pic.

Cristy and J. Rae at the Trumbleplex

Kytara, one of our volunteers, showed up in this lovely scarf. Anna Vo is behind her, photobomb style.

Kytara at Trumbleplex

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Self portrait: excited and nervous. Mimi deviously photobombs from behind. no makeup & excited/nervous

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Anna Vo!!!

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Cristy C. Road was our finale reader <3 She had everyone laughing (and thinking). Untitled

After the reading portion, there was some tabling and good times before the bands went on.

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The first artist: Pancho Villa’s Skull. Incredible performance! I recorded a clip and will put it online when I have access to more secure Internet.

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After that, the CRAYCRAYS ended the night with several songs that had me dancing around like I ate too much candy. This is why the photos are so shitty (sorry!).

Imagine you’re dancing around too ^_^

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Big thanks to everyone who helped us organize this event and to the great crowd that showed up, asked questions, cheered the bands and made us feel welcome in Detroit!

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At the end of the show, Anna Vo surprised me by calling for everyone to sing me Happy Birthday. As I stood there, bathed in the warm glow of the house lights and surrounded by friends and allies, I was reminded of something that my mother once told me: we create our own reality. Some things are out of our control but we create our own reality.

Before I founded the POC Zine Project in 2010, I was simply reading zines by Mimi, Cristy and Osa (I just met Anna this week! <3) and imagining what it would be like to collaborate with them. Now, I am touring with them and get to watch them in action everyday until Oct 7. I’m in the front row at all the shows, basking in their brilliance and strength, and sharing information about what POC Zine Project is up to next year and beyond.

My reality is fucking awesome and I made it that way. It took me years to have the courage to do this, but it’s here now and it’s transforming my life, and in the process, the lives of others.

I hope that if you’re reading this and thinking about a dream that seems far fetched, that you’ll take the leap and go for it anyway. Because life is fragile, things change all the time, and you never know how sending one email can transform your life. Let me know how I can help you achieve your dream!

Take the risk and pursue your goals. Ask for help. Support others. Make art, write, document your events - these are all steps in your own and our collective liberation.

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Next stop: Ann Arbor, MI, where we’re doing a daytime event at the University of Michigan AND an evening celebration at The 3rd Death Star! We go hard for you, so come through y’all <3

POC Zine Project flyer by our University of Michican organizers

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

Hey, I'm in Chicago. What time is the event going to be around? I would love to help — Asked by irazanl-deactivated20130113

Hi there! We’ve been sharing all tour information on this post.

The Chicago event is from 7pm-midnight. You can find additional details on the Facebook invite.

Thanks for offering to help. At this time we have enough volunteers so just show up and enjoy! <3

What would also help, if you are able to, is to pay the full cover $ for the show and to purchase zines from the panelists. This helps us to offset the cost of this DIY, 100% volunteer tour.

Thank you all so much for coming to little Athens yesterday! We don't always get to interact with awesome stuff coming out of the cities since we're small and out of the way, so it was a treat to have this happening in our own corner of the world. It was really powerful to hear so many personal stories, and I was moved that everyone felt comfortable sharing them. I was especially affected by MiMi's story of her first break-up with punk, and Cristy's art and talks about food. Thanks again-Darcy — Asked by darcyoh

Hi darcyoh,

We appreciate your support! Here’s our recap for Athens, OH if you haven’t read it already <3

We want to continue working with Ohio University to help create safe spaces for students of color and allies to have honest and productive conversations about race, class, gender, etc. Stay in touch!

I would love to attend one of your events on the Race Riot Tour. Are these events open for white allies? I've heard great things about the tour and readings, plus there are a few zines that I'd like to pick up. I just don't want to assume and intrude. — Asked by Anonymous

Hi Anon,

Yes - our Race Riot! tour events are all open to white allies. Thank you for being so considerate and double-checking.

If you haven’t already, please read our FAQ for white allies before attending any of the events. We appreciate your support.

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

Race Riot! Tour Recap: Pittsburgh! @ The Mr. Roboto Project on Sept 26, 2012 

It was a five hour drive from Philly to Pittsburgh, but Osa made it go by quickly by driving the entire way and playing a bunch of music. We arrive ahead of schedule and- just for fun - drove up an enormous hill in Pittsburgh that made us feel like we were in San Francisco.

POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano at the top of the hill on Winebiddle Street.

Oh a hill in Pittsburgh

We drove down the hill, singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in unison until we arrived at Meghan’s home.

This is Mimi (left) and Anna (right) after we just finished having an amazing vegan meal cooked by Meghan, who is one of our Pittsburgh volunteers & allies.

Pittsburgh dinner host Meghan's house

Meghan (who you’ll see further down in this post) and her partner were refinishing their  floors but that didn’t prevent Meghan from being a gracious host. She brewed us big pots of tea. We sat on the porch and talked about the rest of the tour, getting tattoos, relationships, gender complexities, travel and more. <3

We soon realized it was time to head to the venue, The Mr. Roboto Project, an all ages, Do It Yourself (DIY), non-profit volunteer run cooperative venue and show space in Pittsburgh, PA.

Where we did our show in Pittsburgh: Mr. Roboto Project

Meghan (pictured below on the left) gave additional support by covering the door to handle donations AND played drums in her band at the end of the night! Awesome! Osa and Anna are being silly in this pic.

Meghan (right) our Pittsburgh host covers the door while Osa and Anna have some fun at Mr. Roboto Project

Margaret from City Paper dropped by just to give us copies of the paper that had our write-up in it. We really appreciate her support!

Margaret from City Paper in Pittsburgh dropped off copies with our write-up!

We started setting up our merch table. We arranged special places for our zine partners for this tour, SlushPilePress, For the Birds Collective, Maximumrocknroll and the free poc zine giveaways from IOH Collective.

For the Birds collective, our zine partner

SlushPilePress, our zone partner for the tour

Issues of Maximumrocknroll are part of the merch table on the Race Riot! tour

Some of the zines we're giving away for free thanks to In Our Hearts Collective

Jude Vachon from Carnegie Library tabled at our event last night as well. Jude has been a terrific ally for both of our Pittsburgh tour dates. Read Jude’s interview with Daniela Capistrano about POC Zine Project.

Carnegie Library tabling at our event

An attendee at The Mr. Roboto Project took photos and we’ll share those (probably much better) ones at a later date.

For now, here are some shots of the readers, in the order that they presented: Osa, Anna, Cristy and Mimi. We used our projector and it was pretty dark, so enjoy the mysterious quality of these fuzzy images.

Osa read “Black Punk Scene That Never Happened” from Shotgun Seamstress issue #2, which is part of the compilation you can get now from Mend My Dress Press. You can also read issue #2 here for free.

Osa reads at the Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh on Sept 26

We’ll be uploading our first VIDEO (of many) very soon, which will feature Anna reading in Pittsburgh. For now, here’s a peak of her in action at Mr. Roboto.

She read excerpts from THE SWAN THE VULTURE.

Anna Vo reads at Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh on Sept 26

During Cristy’s portion, she read excerpts from her upcoming book SPIT AND PASSION and joked that our merch table was the “Race Riot! mall” for all your shopping needs.

Cristy C. Road reads at the Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh on Sept 26

Mimi recommended Punkademics during her reading.

Mimi wows the crowd in Pittsburgh

Attendees asked a lot of questions, which we love. It’s why we’re on tour - to encourage discussion and share ideas.

Part of the audience at Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh

Here’s a photo of one of the attendees, Bekezela Mguni (left), and Osa (right). We are taking at least one photo of an attendee at every event because we want to document who we’re meeting! <3 

Attendee Bekezela Mguni and Osa at our tour date in Pittsburgh

Some of our projected images at Mr. Roboto Project

We want to end this post by giving a very special THANK YOU to Heather Manning, who helped us with booking (along with Meghan) our event in Pittsburgh. Heather had to work and couldn’t attend last night. We can’t wait to see her on Oct 4!

Meghan also gave us beds and a lovely couch to sleep on last night, which we really appreciated. <3

Next stop: Athens, Ohio, where we’re doing our first of five academic tour events at Ohio University! If you’re in the area today from 4-6pm, 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

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