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ZINESTER SPOTLIGHT: Celina Williams, Zinester & Librarian in Virginia

Some of Celina Williams' zines: POC zinester and librarian in Richmond, VA

[DESCRIPTION: Some of Celina Williams’ own zines. Photo credit: Celina]

By Cata, POCZP East Coast Intern/Coordinator

Celina Williams is a zinester, a librarian of special collections and a Richmond Zine Fest organizer for 5+ years. You can visit Celina and a zine collection within the James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond, VA.

Check out Richmond Zine Fest, happening this year on October 5th! Find out more at richmondzinefest.org. Richmond Zine Fest has been going strong in Richmond, VA, since 2007.

From Celina:

Richmond Zine Fest registration for workshops and tablers is open… if you know of any folks who’d be available/interested to participate Saturday Oct. 5th, I’d be happy to answer any questions.

POCZP’S Q&A WITH CELINA

POCZP: How long have you been making zines?

CELINA: Consciously, for the past 6+ years. When I was a kid I would play around with the stapler and make little books—those are zines right!?

POCZP: Nice! What kind of zines do you make currently?

CELINA: I make poetry and photo zines. My latest issue is Mean Girls and it’s about being told I look mean because I don’t smile. So it got me thinking about the mean/nice binary. Also, being a black and Hispanic woman, I am used to people commenting about my demeanor and look, they often say “what are you?”

POCZP: Any ideas for future zines?

CELINA: Actually, yes!! A friend and I were walking and noticing how trees often have these beautiful designs that often look look like vaginas, so a collaboration zine soon to be made will be called In the Tree’s Vagina.

POCZP: Awesome. Man, I can think of a lot of trees that would be perfect for your zine haha! Switching gears a bit, why do you think making zines is important?

CELINA: Well, I am a librarian and I view zines as creating a kind of archive for yourself. I see zines like that. But it’s an archive that you share. For example my mom bought me a diary when I was younger; but it felt weird to write and not share.

POCZP: Wow!! I love that because it makes me think of one of my favorite quotes “an untold story is the greatest burden” by Alice Walker.

CELINA: Right! And self-publication in zines is cool because in academia there is this rigid way you have to be—and that just doesn’t exist in zines.

POCZP: Any other things your working on?

CELINA: Yes! I am reorganizing the zine collection at our library (yes we have a zine collection!) and after this interview I will be finding out a way to tag and measure POC representation in our collection.

POCZP: That’s awesome! Let POC Zine Project know if you need any support! Any last exciting things happening in your community?

CELINA: Thank-you! and yes…Shout out to Richmond Zine Fest Co-organizers!! Which I’ve been a part of for the past 5+ years. Also, it was just international zine month so don’t forget to check out new zines!!

POCZP: Thank you!

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CONTACT CELINA

celinanicoledoes.tumblr.com

Twitter.com/celinanicole

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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

"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

ALERT: POC Zine Project is looking for more gender non-conforming tour members!
As we covered in our presi recounting the successes and mistakes from last year&#8217;s Race Riot! tour, we are making it a priority to involve more gender representations in this year&#8217;s tour. We want to make sure we&#8217;re helping to amplify as many voices as possible.
With that in mind, we already have several cis women confirmed as participants (tour roster announcement coming soon). We&#8217;re now looking for 1-2 more gender non-conforming folks to join us on the road.
Our tour route has evolved. We are now going to 20 cities and producing 30-40 events between Oct. 3 - Nov. 9, 2013. Yup! We&#8217;ve expanded the tour route to include more midwest tour dates (we&#8217;ll post an updated lineup very soon - here&#8217;s the original announcement).
REACH OUT
Email poczineproject@gmail.com for information on how to participate &amp; help spread the word! 
APPLICANT CRITERIA 
You must ID as either trans and/or gender nonconforming or cis male. 
You must ID as a person of color.
You can commit to at least three of the tour dates between Oct 3 - Nov 9.
You have either made &amp; released at least one zine or consistently operate a website/blog/digital presence that amplifies the voices of QTPOC.
You have at least some experience with public speaking.
You are either based in the U.S. or can cover the cost of your own travel outside the U.S.
That&#8217;s it! Email poczineproject@gmail.com with &#8220;QTPOC tour member&#8221; as the subject line and in your email make sure to include the following details:

- Your preferred name and a little about yourself (why you want to go on tour with POCZP, your relationship to zines/self publishing, etc.)
- the city and state you&#8217;re presently living in
- the name of the last zine you made/how to purchase it and/or the URLS for your digital platforms (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)
- a brief description of your public speaking history
- a brief description of any special needs (allergies, mobility issues, etc.)
- any initial questions you may have about tour date cities, budgeting, accessibility, etc.


A POCZP representative will get back to you by July 15, 2015.
DEADLINE: July 10, 2013.
We are finalizing the touring roster by August 1, 2013.
ACCESSIBILITY DISCLOSURE: All our touring events will be wheelchair accessible and have a safer spaces policy. Unfortunately, our tour vehicle cannot accommodate wheelchairs — but it can be navigated with braces, crutches, etc. As a result of this finance-based limitation, all touring members must be able to navigate the tour vehicle and event spaces with minimal support.
Send all accessibility questions to poczineproject@gmail.com.
We will post an accessibility FAQ for this year&#8217;s tour as soon as it&#8217;s ready. 
- POCZP

ALERT: POC Zine Project is looking for more gender non-conforming tour members!

As we covered in our presi recounting the successes and mistakes from last year’s Race Riot! tour, we are making it a priority to involve more gender representations in this year’s tour. We want to make sure we’re helping to amplify as many voices as possible.

With that in mind, we already have several cis women confirmed as participants (tour roster announcement coming soon). We’re now looking for 1-2 more gender non-conforming folks to join us on the road.

Our tour route has evolved. We are now going to 20 cities and producing 30-40 events between Oct. 3 - Nov. 9, 2013. Yup! We’ve expanded the tour route to include more midwest tour dates (we’ll post an updated lineup very soon - here’s the original announcement).

REACH OUT

Email poczineproject@gmail.com for information on how to participate & help spread the word!

APPLICANT CRITERIA

  • You must ID as either trans and/or gender nonconforming or cis male. 
  • You must ID as a person of color.
  • You can commit to at least three of the tour dates between Oct 3 - Nov 9.
  • You have either made & released at least one zine or consistently operate a website/blog/digital presence that amplifies the voices of QTPOC.
  • You have at least some experience with public speaking.
  • You are either based in the U.S. or can cover the cost of your own travel outside the U.S.

That’s it! Email poczineproject@gmail.com with “QTPOC tour member” as the subject line and in your email make sure to include the following details:

- Your preferred name and a little about yourself (why you want to go on tour with POCZP, your relationship to zines/self publishing, etc.)

- the city and state you’re presently living in

- the name of the last zine you made/how to purchase it and/or the URLS for your digital platforms (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)

- a brief description of your public speaking history

- a brief description of any special needs (allergies, mobility issues, etc.)

- any initial questions you may have about tour date cities, budgeting, accessibility, etc.

A POCZP representative will get back to you by July 15, 2015.

DEADLINE: July 10, 2013.

We are finalizing the touring roster by August 1, 2013.

ACCESSIBILITY DISCLOSURE: All our touring events will be wheelchair accessible and have a safer spaces policy. Unfortunately, our tour vehicle cannot accommodate wheelchairs — but it can be navigated with braces, crutches, etc. As a result of this finance-based limitation, all touring members must be able to navigate the tour vehicle and event spaces with minimal support.

Send all accessibility questions to poczineproject@gmail.com.

We will post an accessibility FAQ for this year’s tour as soon as it’s ready. 

- POCZP

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: QUARREL The Zine (2013)

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TITLE: QUARREL The Zine

AUTHOR: Bay Area survivor led group QUARREL

REGION: Bay Area, California, USA

DATE: 2013

DESCRIPTION: Stories of survivor self determination, direct action, strategies for safer spaces and ripping patriarchy to shreds.  

QUARREL was a Bay Area affinity group that formed to take names and kick ass with an anti-colonial, queer, feminist, boot.  We support the Self-Determination of survivors and use harm reduction inspired techniques in survivor led actions to transform our communities into safer spaces.

We worked towards developing alternatives for addressing harm outside of the misogyny, racism, and classism of the police state. We support and value accountability processes, see them as critical to the practice of transformative justice, and believe they can take many forms. In this work we have found the tools of harm reduction useful for addressing people with patterns of abuse who are unwilling to be accountable. we have confronted perpetrators of assault, set boundaries, presented community demands  and shared information as an act of self defense.

READ NOW

QUARREL has made it possible to read the entire zine online and download it from their blog. A highlight for us was “insurrecto-eggers-esque” by Ralowe trinitrotoluene ampu (page 77).

POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano met Ralowe at the Anarchist People of Color Convergence in New Orleans in the summer of 2012, where we also met our first zine partner Xeryle of SlushPilePress!

 

DOWNLOAD

Booklet print layout: 

http://quarrelthezine.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/quarrel_zine_booklet_final1.pdf

POCZP will be making a read-only/web friendly layout available soon as an embed and download. Bookmark this page, as we’ll add the link here.

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Editor’s Note: A Community Submission post results from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured on the POC Zine Project Tumblr and other digital platforms. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

When you submit, feel free to add some background, a description of your work and art and your mission statement. If you just send us the name of your zine, we’ll simply link back to a source for purchasing it and use the language you already have on your site.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Students of Colour Collective&#8217;s &#8216;PULSE&#8217; ZINE 2013
From Jotika:

Hey poc zine project!My name is Jotika and I am doing some work with the Students of Colour Collective at the University of Victoria (B.C. Canada) on Lekwungen Territory.
We are currently accepting submissions for our zine called PULSE It would be rad if you could help circulate the callout :)
Please note the deadline has been extended to March 29!
I&#8217;ve attached a poster as well as a text version You all are doing such rad work!In solidarityJotika

Thanks for reaching out, Jotika! Let us know when the zine is ready for us to add to the archive and how to access it. xo
PULSE ZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS INFO
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS PULSE ZINE 2013
Many of us have experienced situations where we find ourselves suddenly present, in the moment. In that time and place, we are suddenly aware that we have gone through a type of metamorphosis. Whether changed through experience or finding that part of ourselves which we believed we lost or hid away, we become aware&#8230;we awaken.
We invite that you share with us what has been your experiences of awakening. Please consider submitting to PULSE, the Student’s of Colour Collective’s anti-racist zine. For 2013, the theme is awakening. We welcome any medium of expression, including but not limited to collage, poetry, silkscreens, photos, prose, paintings, and even audio/video!
Please submit by Friday March 29&#160;2013
They can be emailed to: pulse.socc@gmail.com or dropped off at the SOCC office, University of Victoria’s Student Union Building (Room B020)
Or mailed to: UVic Students of Colour CollectiveUVIC Students’ Society, University of VictoriaPO BOX 3035 STN SCS, V8W 3P3Lekwungen Territory, Canada
We recognize that not all folks who identify as people of colour are “visible” and that all racialized experiences are complicated, and we welcome submissions that highlight this reality. We are seeking to create a space and community where folks with racialized experiences are recognized, honoured and privileged. As such, we would love to hear a variety of voices and encourage all folks who identify as Indigenous people / people of colour including all identities and backgrounds of sexualities, genders, abilities, health and socioeconomic locations to submit!
ABOUT THE STUDENTS OF COLOUR COLLECTIVE 
The UVic Students of Colour Collective is a group of self identified students of  colour operating as an advocacy group out of the University of Victoria. We attempt to defy the mainstream to act from the margins placing issues of race, gender, and colonization into an anti-racist framework which builds our work, action, and political endeavours. Through Pulse and all of our work, we seek to challenge and oppose systems of racism, ableism, classism, sexism, colonization, cissexism and heterosexism.
Editor’s Note: A Community Submission post results from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured on the POC Zine Project Tumblr and other digital platforms. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.
When you submit, feel free to add some background, a description of your work and art and your mission statement. If you just send us the name of your zine, we’ll simply link back to a source for purchasing it and use the language you already have on your site.
As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!
POCZP accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Students of Colour Collective’s ‘PULSE’ ZINE 2013

From Jotika:

Hey poc zine project!

My name is Jotika and I am doing some work with the Students of Colour Collective at the University of Victoria (B.C. Canada) on Lekwungen Territory.

We are currently accepting submissions for our zine called PULSE It would be rad if you could help circulate the callout :)

Please note the deadline has been extended to March 29!

I’ve attached a poster as well as a text version 

You all are doing such rad work!
In solidarity

Jotika

Thanks for reaching out, Jotika! Let us know when the zine is ready for us to add to the archive and how to access it. xo

PULSE ZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS INFO

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS PULSE ZINE 2013

Many of us have experienced situations where we find ourselves suddenly present, in the moment. In that time and place, we are suddenly aware that we have gone through a type of metamorphosis. Whether changed through experience or finding that part of ourselves which we believed we lost or hid away, we become aware…we awaken.

We invite that you share with us what has been your experiences of awakening. Please consider submitting to PULSE, the Student’s of Colour Collective’s anti-racist zine. For 2013, the theme is awakening. We welcome any medium of expression, including but not limited to collage, poetry, silkscreens, photos, prose, paintings, and even audio/video!

Please submit by Friday March 29 2013

They can be emailed to: pulse.socc@gmail.com or dropped off at the SOCC office, University of Victoria’s Student Union Building (Room B020)

Or mailed to: 
UVic Students of Colour Collective
UVIC Students’ Society, University of Victoria
PO BOX 3035 STN SCS, V8W 3P3
Lekwungen Territory, Canada

We recognize that not all folks who identify as people of colour are “visible” and that all racialized experiences are complicated, and we welcome submissions that highlight this reality. We are seeking to create a space and community where folks with racialized experiences are recognized, honoured and privileged. As such, we would love to hear a variety of voices and encourage all folks who identify as Indigenous people / people of colour including all identities and backgrounds of sexualities, genders, abilities, health and socioeconomic locations to submit!

ABOUT THE STUDENTS OF COLOUR COLLECTIVE 

The UVic Students of Colour Collective is a group of self identified students of  colour operating as an advocacy group out of the University of Victoria. We attempt to defy the mainstream to act from the margins placing issues of race, gender, and colonization into an anti-racist framework which builds our work, action, and political endeavours. Through Pulse and all of our work, we seek to challenge and oppose systems of racism, ableism, classism, sexism, colonization, cissexism and heterosexism.

Editor’s Note: A Community Submission post results from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured on the POC Zine Project Tumblr and other digital platforms. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

When you submit, feel free to add some background, a description of your work and art and your mission statement. If you just send us the name of your zine, we’ll simply link back to a source for purchasing it and use the language you already have on your site.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

L.A. Zine Fest Update: Quese IMC will join POC Zine Project panel to discuss Idle No More

Community,

Our core priority through the rest of 2013 and beyond is to stand and act in solidarity with Idle No More. We cannot abide the present U.S. media blackout and will do everything in our power to spread the word about Idle No More actions worldwide.

To that end, Quese IMC (pronounced like “peace” with a K) will be joining us during our 2/17 panel at L.A. Zine Fest (get details here). Due to our time limit, POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will not be presenting - Quese IMC will speak in her place and the other POCZP members will follow. At a later date, Daniela will share her presi & notes as a video on this Tumblr.

It’s more important right now, at L.A. Zine Fest, for us to give time to talk about Idle No More than to talk about last year’s tour. We can always do that in other ways.

Zines are great but we can talk about zines and revolution at the same time. If you weren’t at the Idle No More protest at The Grove in January, here is a recap. Solidarity actions are taking place all over the world but mainstream media is not telling this story.

ABOUT QUESE IMC

Quese Imc

Marcus “Quese IMC” Frejo is an award winning indigenous hiphop artist. His music has been in film and animation, both major and independent. He has performed with the likes of Run DMC, Ludacris, Knarles Barkley, Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, Kumbia Kings, DJ Grandmasterflash, Petey Pablo, Clipse, Poor Righteous Teachers, Mos Def and Tinariwen, just to name a few. Quese IMC is one of the founding members of the world-famous group, Culture Shock Camp. He truly loves the artform of hip-hop expression and uses this instrument to bring forth awareness, consciousness and change within people and communities, not by force but by invitation. This invite consists of building bridges with the people and aligning ones ideas and spirit so that true spiritual change can be moved about through the power of word, music, art and connection.

Quese IMC was born in Oklahoma and is from the Wolf band of Pawnee and Bear clan of Seminole Indigenous People. He also has roots from Silao, Guanajuato. Quese IMC has been writing, performing hiphop since the age of 7. He continues to work with and within indigenous communities across the country, as well as inner-city youth programs, high schools, universities, youth conferences, multi-cultural impact building and cultural exchanges. Quese IMC also works with programs geared towards suicide prevention on and off reservation communities.

Quese IMC says:

“In our creation story we come from the stars and even the star people had to make long journeys in order to create the truth and sometimes even up there sacred beings didn’t believe, but when the beauty and light shined through the creation of what they did, it was then we realized that we are that same instrument here on sacred mother earth. We have the ability to change the world within the actions and movements of using our gifts. So I operate in my gift and I love living the dream.”

Quese IMC has worked with Jody Kechego, author and senior policy analyst for Anishinabek Nation, who is very involved in the Idle No More movement up north.

Quese IMC has also worked with N.A.R.F (Native American Rights Fund) on a successful campaign to raise over $200,000 for Indigenous rights within the legal system.

www.queseimcmusic.com

www.reverbnation.com/queseimc

http:/queseimc.shorturl.com/

www.earthlodgemovement.com

IMPORTANT: When you are in attendance at our panel, please give Quese IMC the same love and support - and respectful attention - you would give to Mimi Thi Nguyen (if she was in attendance), or Osa Atoe (who will be), or anyone else from POCZP you admire. This is very important to us. Thank you.

The panel is going to be a lot of fun and also full of useful info you can apply in your own life, as you see fit. We can’t wait to meet you all. And please remember: no movement is perfect. POCZP isn’t perfect. We are learning and growing all the time. Don’t feed into lies about what Idle No More is or is not. Think for yourself and do the research.

ABOUT IDLE NO MORE

All text is from the idlenomore.com

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water.

Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth. On December 10th,  Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous  sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development.

All people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future.

There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.

Idle No More calls on all people to continue to oppose and reject all  imposed legislation originating from the federal government.  The unilateral imposition of these Bills is in direct violation of the Treaties and the Treaty relationship that the Original peoples of Turtle Island made with the British Crown. 

Indigenous peoples and nations have not been consulted and therefore, the actions taken by the federal government does not reflect the international standard of Free Prior and Informed consent.  The continued imposition of federal legislation on Indigenous peoples and governments’ is not in line with the legal principles of “acting in good faith” and maintaining the “honour of the Crown.”

There are many nations taking action(s) to reflect acts of Indigenous nationhood, sovereignty and jurisdiction in response to the passing of  legislation such as Bill C-45 and we must continue on this path.  When we stand strong and believe in our ways and assert acts of Nationhood, it does not matter what amount of legislation the federal government introduces or passes because it is not with our consent and therefore, is not applicable.  Stand strong and believe in the spirit and intent of our Treaties as that’s what our ancestors are calling us to do.   

We must continue to assert acts of nationhood premised on ancient ways and teachings that were given to us in our original instructions by Creator when we were placed here on Turtle Island.  We encourage people to advocate for our Mother (the land), the Water (giver of life) and those generations that have yet to come.  We must keep that warrior spirit alive and continue the advocacy efforts as there are other Bills in parliament and our energies must be directed towards fighting against them.  We will continue to rise up and make our presence known across Turtle Island, the land that is rightfully ours as Creator put us here. Stand Up and Rise UP - this Fight is NOT Over. We need you all in this - we shall PERSEVERE!

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The Idle No More Facebook group says its purpose is “to support and encourage grassroots to create their own forums to learn more about Indigenous rights and our responsibilities to our Nationhood via teach-ins, rallies and social media.”

http://idlenomore.ca/ (also try idlenomore.com).

There are many resources online. Look up “Idle No More” and teach yourself about the movement. <3

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EDITOR’S NOTE [9/16/2013]: QUESE IMC is no longer the Indigenous Solidarity Coordinator for POCZP.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: '1 IN 3: THESE ARE OUR STORIES'

40 stories of women’s experiences with abortion for the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade!

You can read a preview here:

Click here to order the paperback edition. This is available as an ebook from the Kindle store too. Nook and iBookstore availability coming soon.

1 in 3 women in the United States will have an abortion in her lifetime. The 1 in 3 Campaign is about ending the cultural stigma and shame women are made to feel around abortion. By sharing stories, we can empower others to end their silence and encourage all supporters of abortion access to publicly take a stand.

Read these stories and more on the 1 in 3 Campaign website.

The 1 in 3 Campaign is a project of Advocates for Youth.

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Having the legal right to make decisions about how and when we reproduce is a critical component of our liberation as POC.

Community: If you found this publication inspiring and informative, please signal boost!

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: [NYC] A FREE symposium to discuss how to end global sexualized violence THIS FRIDAY 1/25/13
DATE: January 25, 2013
TIME: 8:30 am to 5:00&#160;pm EST
LOCATION: Columbia University Medical Center Bard Hall 50 Haven Avenue
REGISTER: here.
Contact Info: For further information regarding this event, please contact Gerald Govia by sending email to gg2431@mail.cumc.columbia.edu or by calling 2123424542.
***pre-registration is required to attend***
EVENT DETAILS
New York—The Women’s Media Center and Columbia University&#8217;s Mailman School of Public Health on Friday are sponsoring a free symposium to discuss how to end global sexualized violence.
“Global sexualized violence: From epidemiology to action” will bring together scientists, journalists, and policy makers. Robin Morgan, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, will give the plenary address. Lauren Wolfe, director of WMC’s Women Under Siege project, will moderate two of the sessions. The project has been a leader in bringing attention to sexualized violence against women in war-torn areas.
Speakers will include award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa;Cristina Finch, director of the women&#8217;s human rights program at Amnesty International USA; Cara Hoffman, author of the critically acclaimed So Much Pretty; and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control, the Peace Corps, and Physicians for Human Rights, among other organizations.
The symposium is one of a series of sessions hosted by Columbia University’s Epidemiology Scientific Symposia (CUESS) to look closely at epidemiology and population health.Pre-registration is required.
More details are available at CUESS.org.
The Women&#8217;s Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs aimed at transforming the media landscape including media training, media monitoring and activism, original media content, media reports, and media programs and initiatives. The organization was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.
CONTACT: Cristal Williams Chancellor, Media Relations Manager, cristal@womensmediacenter.com or 202-587-1636.
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Point of awareness: womenundersiegeproject.org

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: [NYC] A FREE symposium to discuss how to end global sexualized violence THIS FRIDAY 1/25/13

DATE: January 25, 2013

TIME: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST

LOCATION: Columbia University Medical Center Bard Hall 50 Haven Avenue

REGISTER: here.

Contact Info: For further information regarding this event, please contact Gerald Govia by sending email to gg2431@mail.cumc.columbia.edu or by calling 2123424542.

***pre-registration is required to attend***

EVENT DETAILS

New York—The Women’s Media Center and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health on Friday are sponsoring a free symposium to discuss how to end global sexualized violence.

“Global sexualized violence: From epidemiology to action” will bring together scientists, journalists, and policy makers. Robin Morgan, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, will give the plenary address. Lauren Wolfe, director of WMC’s Women Under Siege project, will moderate two of the sessions. The project has been a leader in bringing attention to sexualized violence against women in war-torn areas.

Speakers will include award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa;Cristina Finch, director of the women’s human rights program at Amnesty International USA; Cara Hoffman, author of the critically acclaimed So Much Pretty; and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control, the Peace Corps, and Physicians for Human Rights, among other organizations.

The symposium is one of a series of sessions hosted by Columbia University’s Epidemiology Scientific Symposia (CUESS) to look closely at epidemiology and population health.Pre-registration is required.

More details are available at CUESS.org.

The Women’s Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs aimed at transforming the media landscape including media training, media monitoring and activism, original media content, media reports, and media programs and initiatives. The organization was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.

CONTACT: Cristal Williams Chancellor, Media Relations Manager, cristal@womensmediacenter.com or 202-587-1636.

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Point of awareness: womenundersiegeproject.org

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Join the Crunk Feminist Collective Google Hangout on December 11th!

Time to get crunk!

Message from CFC:

Do u wanna come kick it with the CFs? Well, we wanna kick it with you! So please join us for our first Google Hangout next Tuesday, December 11th, at 8pm.

It will stream live on our CFC YouTube channel.

You’ll be able to meet all the CFs AND we’ll be answering YOUR questions! So tweet us your questions @crunkfeminists with hashtag #thecfc or leave a comment here. We can’t wait to meet you! #GETCRUNK

ABOUT CFC

A Women-and-Men-of-Color Scholar Activist Group that gets Crunk, feminist style.

http://crunkfeministcollective.wordpress.com/

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Help us signal boost this event! <3

SIGNAL BOOST: Picture the Homeless press conference in NYC, TOMORROW 11/16

From Picture the Homeless:

Since Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen the best of New York on display: people coming together to help their neighbors out, volunteering time and food and money and clothes and manual labor, and collectively creating solutions to our problems.

Today, President Obama is visiting Staten Island to announce a new relief package. Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced his intent to ask the federal government for $30 billion in recovery aid. And Mayor Bloomberg has vowed to find housing for the 40,000 people made homeless by Hurricane Sandy.
 
But what about the almost 60,000 who were homeless beforehand? 46,000 living in city shelters, thousands on the streets, thousands more locked up or aging out of foster care or sleeping on the floors of friends and family.
 
Last year, Picture the Homeless found enough housing in vacant property for 199,000 people.

This is data that the city does not have - because they refuse to count vacant property.

We’re happy to share our data with the city - but only if they agree to a recovery plan that includes prevailing-wage jobs and very-low-income housing for folks who were housing-and-employment-challenged BEFORE the storm.

We need your help to make them do the right thing.


If the political will to adopt bold solutions and house 40,000 people made homeless by the storm exists, we are confident that these solutions can also help the people who were homeless before the storm. But so far, all we’re seeing is more of the same old story: the poorest and most vulnerable New Yorkers get the least out of the deal.

According to today’s Daily News, the Feds “are hiring an army of private contractors to do basic repairs” - will those be union jobs? Will low-income people get them, and will they pay a decent wage?

Please join us tomorrow morning, Friday. November 16th at 9:30AM, 116 West 129th Street (between Lenox & Adam Clayton Powell)

City officials and bureaucrats might be in charge of how all that money gets spent, but we run this city. After the storm, small community-based organizations like our heroes CAAAV and FUREE were leading the fight… while the Red Cross, who has raised well over $90 million since the storm hit, has been calling those same groups for guidance (Red Cross workers have even been calling Picture the Homeless because they’re so baffled by how the city’s shelter bureaucracy works). Members of Occupy Sandy have been training FEMA workers and the National Guard… and feeding them too!

This is our city. We have the knowledge and the power to make sure the city leverages storm relief wisely, benefiting all New Yorkers and building us up stronger than we were before.

Please join us tomorrow morning, in Harlem, outside a row of vacant city-owned property on 129th Street, as a way to highlight how the city’s not effectively using the resources it already has.

REBUILD STRONGER RALLY AND PRESS CONFERENCE
Friday. November 16th at 9:30AM
116 West 129th Street
(between Lenox & Adam Clayton Powell)

Call Sam at 646-314-6423 or email sam@picturethehomeless.org with any questions!

PS: Check out this new article about NYC’s recovery efforts, which says “While the city has made noises about a “shortage” of vacant apartments to house the displaced, the scarcity has nothing to do with a lack of space.A recent survey by Picture the Homeless found that New York City currently has more than 3,500 vacant buildings, enough to house nearly 72,000 people as well as enough vacant lots that if developed could house another 128,000.”

POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano will be at this press conference tomorrow, in solidarity with Picture the Homeless.

For more information about POCZP and Carey Fuller’s upcoming zine series by and for people living at or below the poverty line, and how you can help with production and distribution, click here.