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TABLE WITH POCZP AT 2014 PORTLAND ZINE SYMPOSIUM (OPPORTUNITY FOR POC)

We will be at the 2014 Portland Zine Symposium & have reserved a full table. If you are a local person of color interested in tabling for free with us, we will have space for three additional folks. This opportunity is open to anyone who has never tabled with us before.

Submit your interest to poczineproject@gmail.com with “PORTLAND ZINE SYMPOSIUM TABLING” as the subject line, along with the following details in your email:

  • full name/name used to address you
  • preferred pronoun
  • contact # or alt way to reach you
  • related web links
  • list of items you think you want to table with (at least one of them must be an independent publication you made or someone you are supporting made who is a person of color, please give zine titles/descriptions if applicable)
  • background info (anything you want us to know)
  • indicate whether or not you’d like to donate a copy/copies of your zine to the poczp archive

MORE INFO & TRANSPARENCY ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY

  • AGES 18 - IMMORTAL WELCOME (A MINOR WITH PARENT/GUARDIAN PRESENT IS OK - NO UNACCOMPANIED MINORS)
  • GENDER NON-CONFORMING FOLKS ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT
  • PRIORITY FOR INDIGENOUS AND/OR BLACK IDENTIFIED FOLKS WILL BE GIVEN AS PART OF OUR ONGOING ADVOCACY EFFORTS

MANDATORY CRITERIA AS PART OF PARTICIPATION

  • Writing a recap of your experience for us to to archive & share of 500-1000 words (someone else can write it for you as long as it’s in your own words- due March 1, 2014)
  • Signing a digital or print waiver in person to give us permission to photograph and record video of you and incorporate the media into our advocacy materials
  • Conducting yourself at our table in a way that doesn’t harm anyone or yourself
  • If you have a documented history as an abuser, you are not welcome at our table

Feel free to submit on someone else’s behalf who doesn’t have access to a computer. 

We cannot help with transportation expenses or meals - we are offering a way for you to table at Portland Zine Symposium if you don’t have the funds to do so ♥ Check the Portland Zine Symposium website and contact them if you have questions about accessibility or a safer spaces policy. 

PORTLAND ZINE SYMPOSIUM IS JULY 12TH & 13TH, 2014.
portlandzinesymposium.org

We will announce additional more details about our participation at the 2014 Portland Zine Symposium in May.

We wish we could afford to book multiple tables for many POC to table for free - at all independent publishing events. We are a grassroots nonprofit without an operating budget and we do the best with what we have. <3

MORE OF THIS IN 2014: Check out our (now closed, thanks for applying) call for participants for the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest. We will be offering opportunities at zine fests & independent publishing events across the country throughout 2014.

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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

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

ZINESTER SPOTLIGHT: Nyky Gomez, 2013 #RaceRiotTour Member and Zine Partner

Nyky Gomez, POCZP zine distro partner & #raceriottour member [Description: Nyky Gomez, founder of Brown Recluse Zine Distro and 2013 #RaceRiotTour member. Photo credit: Nyky Gomez]

What would we do without Nyky Gomez? Not only is she coordinating our 10/25/13 Seattle tour date for #RaceRiotTour, she is taking time away from her life needs to tour with POCZP from Tucson to Seattle! 

ABOUT NYKY

Nyky Gomez is a fourth generation Mexican-american of Apache and Comanche descent. Nyky writes Skinned Heart Zine, connecting her personal experiences in life to political and social themes in hopes of creating conversation that will lead to big and small change.

Her writing focuses on her experiences as a Brown women involved in punk and activist sub-culture, relationships, healing from abuse,family, resistance culture, assimilation and feminism. Nyky also currently operates Brown Recluse Zine Distro, a project dedicated to centering zines written by People of Color started in the spirit of visibility.

Nyky spends her days making her dreams and visions into mixed media collages, writing Skinned Heart Zine, gardening, spending time in the woods, learning the fine magical art of reading tarot and weaving spells with her water family. Dominatrix and social worker for pay, creative spirit, warrior, bruja, punkera and feminista by nature.

She is a lizard-hearted desert born Tejana currently living in Seattle, Washington with her husband and dog.

IN NYKY’S OWN WORDS

Zines have been a vital component of my life for the past 13 years. On more than one occasion reading a zine that was relevant to my experience as a Queer Woman of Color saved me from the depths of despair. The POCZP is such an important component in documenting our very meaningful histories and making them accessible to those of us who need them the most.

I really wanted to be apart of this tour for a variety of reasons, the number one reason being a selfish reason, getting to connect with so many talented and inspirational POC writers and artists. Supporting one another and encouraging other POC folks to document their histories is a form of resistance to assimilation and oppression in all it’s forms.

We’re also excited to announce that Nyky/Brown Recluse Zine Distro is POC Zine Project’s official #poczines partner for 2014! BRZD will soon begin carrying zines archived through POCZP. We will share more about what this means after #RaceRiotTour.

If you have anything to spare, please join us in making a donation to help BRZD succeedBRZD is sister distro with No Shame Distro, an East Coast POC zine distro. <3

Brown Recluse Zine Distro (September 2013)

[DESCRIPTION: Brown Recluse Zine Distro store homepage (September 2013)]  

Brown Recluse Zine Distro homepage (September 2013)

[DESCRIPTION: Brown Recluse Zine Distro website homepage (September 2013)]

About Brown Recluse Zine Distro

Brown Recluse Zine Distro was created to support and center zines written predominantly by POC folks of all identities. This project was born out of passion for zines and frustration at the lack of representation and meaningful zine material for People of Color. I scoured through zine distros with a fine tooth comb and found that just like everywhere else in the dominant culture there was a serious lack of material written by POC folks in these distros. This is not because there is a lack of zines written by People of Color, because there are hundreds of self-published works written by People of Color.

My personal zine collection is full of POC zines and zines that are of interest to us. So after many years of reading zines, writing zines and observing zine culture I decided to start a zine distro that centers our voices and presents our large contribution to zine and DIY culture. BRZD is dedicated to our struggles, our projects and our zines. Brown Recluse Zine Distro was born in the spirit of visibility and in the spirit of celebrating our cultures and inter-sectionality.

BRZD exists to strengthen our ties and highlight out inter-sectional relateable experiences. BRZD is here to offer a place to locate POC zines without spending hours browsing the internet. BRZD is currently owned and operated by me, Nyky Gomez; Mexicana, Tejana, Feminista, Writer, Mixed Media/Collage Artist, Punkera, Bruja, Warrior.

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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

ALERT: POC Zine Project 'Race Riot!' Tour Benefit Show In NOLA on September 12, 2013

Facebook Invite

Much love to POCZP touring member Osa Atoe for organizing a POCZP benefit show in New Orleans through No More Fiction. Much love to everyone in NOLA and beyond who are coming out tomorrow to support POCZP through this event… <3

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

+All Ages

+Zine Reading by Osa Atoe of Shotgun Seamstress zine!

+Bands: Bitchface + Future Glue + Glish

+Zine tabling by Iron Rail, Alisha Rae & more

+DJ Senora Grayson before the show and between sets

+Paula Anne Socco Anicete will be serving Filipino food at the event, so bring your appetite! All proceeds from food sales will go to the POC Zine Project!

+Aboveground ZineLibrary will be speaking about the zine library

Statement from Osa:

I made a fanzine called Shotgun Seamstress about black punk/queer/feminist stuff from 2006-2011. I’ll be doing a reading at the event, I’ll talk about my experience touring with the POC Zine Project last fall and I’ll have zines and books for sale (all proceeds will go to POC Zine Project!)

If you want to support the #RaceRiotTour but aren’t in NOLA, you can send funds through PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

ALL funds go to cover the following:

1) tour vehicle rental cost ($6,500 for 6 weeks on the road housing rotating lineup of 20+ tour members)

2) housing & food for tour members for 6 weeks (all meals, beverages & snacks)

3) tour vehicle gas for 6 weeks (expensive!)

4) reimbursement for some touring members for travel costs 

All touring members are volunteers who are sacrificing a lot, including their own income/day job obligations, to be on this tour.

We are a grassroots nonprofit with no operating budget. The only reason we are able to do a national tour is with the support of POCZP volunteers, academic partners and community members like you who appreciate our efforts and contribute what they can.

Thank you.

If you want to organize a fundraiser in your town in solidarity with POCZP between now and end of 2013, email poczineproject@gmail.com with “FUNDRAISER” as the subject line and we’ll send you pertinent info. <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

RELEASE: POC Zine Project’s 2013 #RaceRiotTour Wellness Plan Statement

Edited* by Pati Garcia, POCZP Wellness Team Lead

POC Zine Project is taking #RaceRiotTour to 20 cities between October 3 - November 9 , 2013 (full list of cities & touring members to be announced September 1, 2013)

Since this is POCZP’s first national tour and it will involve over 20 rotating tour members, it was critical for #raceriottour organizers to make self-care and caregiving resources available as part of the tour experience.

We have created a wellness team as POCZP’s pre-emptive response to individual and communal needs that may come up around emotional, spiritual and physical health for the members who are present for the tour duration. Rotating tour members will also be provided with care that will be scaled to their presence on the tour.

WHY IS A WELLNESS STRATEGY A CRITICAL COMPONENT FOR THIS YEAR’S #RACERIOTTOUR?

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In the absence of a wellness team in our first year, POCZP found that there was a negative impact on the performance, the interpersonal relationships between tour members as well as individual’s health.

The first tour resulted in many positive outcomes, but our own self-care practices suffered to varying degrees and that did affect how we experienced the tour. - Daniela Capistrano, founder of POCZP

Decisions around self-care would also invariably impact relationships with audiences and broader community. In addition, the absence of intentional spaces to debrief the experiences of systemic violence that we sustained; including racism, sexism and ableism, negatively affects the capacity to engage in sustained coalition and movement building. The wellness plan is POCZP’s ongoing transformative process that works to acknowledge & address these issues.

As part of our commitment to creating movements in solidarity with and as Indigenous folks that are more humane and in conscious symbiosis with all life, our practice of wellness is inseparable from our work and organizing.

As holistic health care practitioners, we are bringing resources including knowledge, herbs, tinctures and embodied practices to contribute to our individual practices of health and care as well as the communal.

ABOUT THE #RACERIOTTOUR WELLNESS TEAM

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

[DESCRIPTION: POCZP #RaceRiotTour Wellness Team member Pati Garcia during POCZP’s speaking engagement at the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest.]

My role  [Pati Garcia] as a wellness person on this tour is to offer emotional support and presence for the tour members to be able to unwind, and chill. I’ve been trained as a shiatsu/acupressure massage therapist, birth attendant and Sexological Bodyworker/Somatic Sex Educator.

I’ve found that there are many ways to bring peace to chaotic situations and want to offer these tools as ways to cope with the rigorous schedule of a tour like this one. I want to make sure that the touring members have what they need at any given time, and that they feel supported as we trek the USA speaking on difficult subjects such as race.

The POCZP #RaceRiotTour Wellness Team are here as guides to support—with your consent.

We recognize health and safety are relative concepts that are deeply affected by social location, including ability, race and gender as examples, for the purpose of the space we share together, we are proposing these agreements:

• These are offerings, not obligations.

We are here to offer you resources and support, you don’t have to take anything.

• Practice with consent.

Both with us and others, remembering that consent is an ongoing negotiation.

WHAT #RACERIOTTOUR MEMBERS CAN EXPECT

Excerpt from mini #zine 'Mapping Grief' by anon (2013) from our #amc2013 #poczines workshop with @moonrootzine. #archive

[DESCRIPTION: Excerpt from mini #zine ‘Mapping Grief’ by anon (2013) from POCZP’s #amc2013 #poczines workshop with @moonrootzine]

The wellness team aims to provide ease with the ongoing movement of the tour. This means having primary needs covered: water, food, comfort, privacy, time alone, and time together.

Beyond the primary needs, we will provide essential and simple remedies for common ailments. Teas for stress, belly aches, head aches, colds, and menstruation.

Another element that will be available is transitioning rituals in order to properly welcome tour members and integrate them into the tour, and at the same time a ritual to ease them out when they move on from the tour.

We are aiming to make transitions smooth and intentional. In essence, we are bringing a sense of reprieve amidst a giant effort to be seen and heard as POC across the USA.

The wellness team will also do orientation calls in September with touring members who will be with us for three tour dates or more. The purpose of these calls is to compile critical information on specific needs, allergies, triggers, etc. and to help facilitate agency around defining what needs are (some people aren’t used to practicing self-care! We’re here to help).

MESSAGE FROM DANIELA, POCZP FOUNDER

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, I 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.

With that in mind, the self-care practices of those donating their time to POCZP are just as important to nurture, so we are being proactive to address these needs to the best of our ability, as a 100% volunteer touring group.

#RaceRiotTour’s first-ever wellness team is comprised of Pati Garcia and two more TBD members(with support from volunteers). 

We look forward to sharing more updates in the coming weeks.

- @DCAP

WHERE IS THE NATIVE/INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY STATEMENT?

Thank you for your enthusiasm! We have been working on the strategy, and that language informs the statement’s language. Our next step is to share our statement & strategy with Native individuals and orgs to get feedback. 

Based on that feedback, we will modify both the statement and strategy & then share all that info by November 15. Thanks for your patience! If you are Native and/or support a Native organization and want to be involved, email poczineproject@gmail.com.

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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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DISCLAIMER: Since we are a fluid project that is constantly changing, this statement may be altered between now and the October 3, 2013 kickoff tour date in New Orleans. We will announce updates.

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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

*Kim Crosby contributed to this statement’s language. She is no longer a part of the 2013 #RaceRioTour due to scheduling conflicts. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano also contributed to the statement.

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

FROM OUR IN-BOX: Mini-Comics As A Way Of Rethinking Pedagogy

"I loved your last note about POC zines and the academy. I’m a Cuban-American mini-comics cartoonist, and I’m finishing my dissertation on using mini-comics as a way of rethinking pedagogy.

I’m going to be serializing my dissertation in the form of mini-comics as I finish each chapter. I don’t know if you get a lot of emails or requests for help from POC doing academic work, but I’d be happy to help in any way (well, in non-exploitative ways).

It’s been a lonely academic experience for me with few (if any) resources for Latin@s in academia, if I could ever be a resource for anyone (in a capacity other than an object of study), please let me know. I’d also love to donate my dissertation to a digital archive for POC students and scholars when I’m finished with it.” — jarodrosello.com

Thanks so much, Jarod! We’ll be in touch.

- POCZP

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

Read a F*cking Zine: 50 Zines by Queer People of Color

[Description: page 4 of 4 of our article on Autostraddle.com]

As we noted at the top of this pieces we intentionally released on Autostraddle.com (thanks for your support!), the list is not meant to represent all zines created by QTPOC. Use it as a rabbit hole of sorts on your path toward discovering more queer zines by people of color.

Check the bottom of the last page of the piece for information on how we came up with this list, plus feel free to submit suggestions for the updated list we’ll launch with our official POCZP website in Spring of 2014!

This list would not have been possible without the contributions from - and collaboration with - the following folks:

- Queer Zine Archive Project

- Barnard Zine Library

- POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano & artist/activist Nia King

If you have any questions/concerns/love you want to share via email regarding this piece, send away! —> poczineproject [at] gmail dot com

Please help us fulfill our mission to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share by sharing this curated list. Thank you. <3 - POCZP

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