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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

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

MEET POCZP’s FIRST EAST COAST INTERN: Cata!
Part of POC Zine Project’s advocacy is empowering new and seasoned zinesters of color in the U.S. (and soon worldwide) to share their stories while supporting other POC. Cata is the first East Coast Intern for POCZP—we are excited to share developments as this part of our experiment in activism and community through materiality unfolds. 
CATA, IN HER OWN WORDS
Cata is a mixed race two-spirit/many spirit writer/yogi/graphic novel reader/zine lover in Washington, D.C. originally from the LBC (Long Beach, CA). She teaches swimming to youngsters, yoga to queers in DC.  When she’s not doing that she is organizing in her community or reading and writing about graphic novels in her blog and tumblr. You can find her here: 
http://agraphiclens.wordpress.com/
http://uchueca.tumblr.com/
She also writes mini plays for youth and adults, but you won’t find those on the internet—you have to come out and experience one for yourself! 
Here’s what Cata had to say about POC Zine Project and why it’s important to her:

POCZP provides a space for zinesters of color to find one another and one another’s media. This exchange is also documentation. Documenting/archiving the history of POC communities is necessary, beautiful and will give fruit to even more magical and creative future generations. This is a community engine! I am honored to offer my contributions here.

Some mediums that have grown her love fierce are: The Queer God by Marcella Althaus-Reid, Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind- by Victoria Law and China Martens, the rhythms of Chavela Vargas, the art of Laya Monarez and the story telling abilities of James Baldwin, Gloria Anzaldúa, Craig Thompson, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjane Satrapi, Little Crow and the elders in her world.
She is constantly working to live whole in a conflicted world and love well the complicated people in the world. Keep on, move strong and hustle till it’s done.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing will change if it is not faced" - James Baldwin
If you missed it, here are some poc zine reviews Cata did for POCZP a while back.
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DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT?
We are looking for representatives in every state, as well as regional  support, as we build toward the National POC Zinester & Ally Conference/Convergence. Ideally you have some experience with organizing events and building community, but experience is not required. All are welcome. Priority will be given to people of color who apply but allies are definitely welcome.
Contact poczineproject@gmail.com for more details with “regional coordinator and internship info” as the subject line.
If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email poczineproject@gmail.com as well to stay informed as opportunities arise.
SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

MEET POCZP’s FIRST EAST COAST INTERN: Cata!

Part of POC Zine Project’s advocacy is empowering new and seasoned zinesters of color in the U.S. (and soon worldwide) to share their stories while supporting other POC. Cata is the first East Coast Intern for POCZP—we are excited to share developments as this part of our experiment in activism and community through materiality unfolds. 

CATA, IN HER OWN WORDS

Cata is a mixed race two-spirit/many spirit writer/yogi/graphic novel reader/zine lover in Washington, D.C. originally from the LBC (Long Beach, CA). She teaches swimming to youngsters, yoga to queers in DC.  When she’s not doing that she is organizing in her community or reading and writing about graphic novels in her blog and tumblr. You can find her here: 

http://agraphiclens.wordpress.com/

http://uchueca.tumblr.com/

She also writes mini plays for youth and adults, but you won’t find those on the internet—you have to come out and experience one for yourself! 

Here’s what Cata had to say about POC Zine Project and why it’s important to her:

POCZP provides a space for zinesters of color to find one another and one another’s media. This exchange is also documentation. Documenting/archiving the history of POC communities is necessary, beautiful and will give fruit to even more magical and creative future generations. This is a community engine! I am honored to offer my contributions here.

Some mediums that have grown her love fierce are: The Queer God by Marcella Althaus-Reid, Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind- by Victoria Law and China Martens, the rhythms of Chavela Vargas, the art of Laya Monarez and the story telling abilities of James Baldwin, Gloria Anzaldúa, Craig Thompson, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjane SatrapiLittle Crow and the elders in her world.

She is constantly working to live whole in a conflicted world and love well the complicated people in the world. Keep on, move strong and hustle till it’s done.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing will change if it is not faced" - James Baldwin

If you missed it, here are some poc zine reviews Cata did for POCZP a while back.

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DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT?

We are looking for representatives in every state, as well as regional  support, as we build toward the National POC Zinester & Ally Conference/Convergence. Ideally you have some experience with organizing events and building community, but experience is not required. All are welcome. Priority will be given to people of color who apply but allies are definitely welcome.

Contact poczineproject@gmail.com for more details with “regional coordinator and internship info” as the subject line.

If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email poczineproject@gmail.com as well to stay informed as opportunities arise.

SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

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

VIDEO: POC Zine Project member Pati Garcia aka Chula Doula at 2013 L.A. Zine Fest, interview with XGames.com 

[Jump to 1:48 in if you just want Pati’s part]

XGames.com was at L.A. Zine Fest interviewing folks about not only the intersection of skate culture and zine culture, but also about DIY culture in general. 

They stopped by the POCZP table during our panel time, and caught Chula Doula who agreed to be interviewed. We didn’t know this was going to make it into their recap video but it did! Awesome!

This is the message that Alxis, who made this video for XGames.com, sent us after the fest:

I hope you like it, I put all my favorite artist and zines. I think what you all are doing is great, important and inspired work, I hope this turns some young minds on to what you’re doing. 
Thanks,
Alxis

We also hope that through this video more folks from all backgrounds discover POCZP and zines by people of color, more info about zine culture and are inspired to be creators in ways that make sense for them.

ABOUT CHULA DOULA

Pati Garcia is a Certified Sexological bodyworker/Somatic Sex Educator, self-identifies as genderqueer/fluid two spirit of Peruvian-Mexican descent, loves to dig feet in the earth and throw love into the cosmos. Pati holds space for life unraveling and unwinding as a birth doula. Pati follows only the spirit led path and refuses to compromise pleasure for any reason at all. Radical feminist doula bodyworker, workshop facilitator. Wanna see your cervix?? Ask them how.

DISCLAIMER

POCZP is not affiliated in any way with XGames.com and did not benefit financially by participating in their video. We were not obligated to share this clip and do not endorse all statements made in this video.

POC Zine Project’s 2013 ‘Race Riot! Tour’ Dates & Cities

Community,

Last year’s inaugural tour was amazing but that was just the beginning. 14 cities last year = 12 more cities this year <3 

Dates may shift slightly before October and we are still accepting invites from academic and community spaces, collectives, orgs and individuals. If you haven’t contacted us already, please do: poczineproject@gmail.com.

If you look at this list and think “Why the heck do they keep missing the full Midwest?” Don’t trip, chocolate chip. The 2015 NATIONAL Zinester Conference is going down in YOUR house! Yeah! Midwest all the way! And we’ll be bringing in FIVE international zinesters/activists to share their work! Yeah, buddy! If you want to help, reach out! 

Thoughts become things. Be intentional with your thoughts.

2013 TOUR DETAILS: What we know so far

Native/Indigenous solidarity will be a core component of this tour. If you’re actively involved in local efforts in your city, please reach out. We want you to speak at our events & help you distribute your printed zines/materials nationwide. We hope our small platform helps to make a difference.

We will be doing TWO events in each city, just like last year's tour. There will be an academic event at a participating university in the daytime and one DIY/community show in the evening. The academic events will be free and open to the public, while the evening DIY shows will be a sliding scale cover. NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS <3

The DIY show covers pay for our gas and food, so give what you can.

We will be able to share accessibility/child care details for each city once we have more information.

The Race Riot! touring member lineup will be revealed in the coming weeks. HINT: Think more people, rotating members and lots of guest readers in each city.

Self-care and caregiving resources will be a significant aspect of this tour for participating readers/performers.

OK, enough context. Here are the dates & cities (all subject to change)!

[SEE UPDATED LIST ON OUR #RACERIOTTOUR PAGE]

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All details subject to change. We will share specifics about each city as we finalize tour logistics.

MICHIGAN FOLKS: Wow, such love! We’ve received a few requests from y’all to come out this year. We did two events there in 2012 and cannot return in 2013 (we are not a funded entity - we rely on donations and have day jobs/other obligations <3). If you’re in Michigan and want to support this tour in other ways, contact us, thanks.

We can only do so much, and we do a lot with very little. Richmond, VA and other cities: We wish we could be everywhere for this tour, but we can’t. Let’s figure out ways to partner that will yield long term outcomes for local POC orgs and collectives. Thanks for understanding.

OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

We are looking for the following:

  • Guest readers in every city (you must be a person of color)
  • Rotating tour buddies: Join us on the road and participate in 1-3 tour events as a panelist/reader/tabler
  • POC (or POC fronted) bands to perform at each #raceriottour event!
  • More POC & ally tablers for each city: come to a POCZP event in your town and table for your zine/org/collective/creative project (check out some of the POC artists/merchants who tabled last year) <3

We’re also looking for folks to help us produce #raceriottour fundraiser events between now and September. This might be a good solution for you if you are unable to travel.

Contact poczineproject@gmail.com for more details. Make sure to use “2013 RACE RIOT TOUR” as the email subject.

ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR

POC Zine Project held its first Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 U.S. cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Click here to view photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps.

We will be taking the Race Riot! Tour through 12 more U.S. cities in 2013. Stay tuned for updates as we work on partnering with POC-affirming orgs overseas. If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email poczineproject@gmail.com. 

SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

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

Community,
The second #raceriottour is going down in October of 2013 through twelve more U.S. cities and we want YOU to come with us.
We are looking for the following:
Guest readers in every city* (you must be a person of color)
Rotating tour buddies: Join us on the road and participate in 1-3 tour events as a panelist/reader/tabler
POC (or POC fronted) bands to perform at each #raceriottour event!
More POC &amp; ally tablers for each city: come to a POCZP event in your town and table for your zine/org/collective/creative project (check out some of the POC artists/merchants who tabled last year) &lt;3
We&#8217;re also looking for folks to help us produce #raceriottour fundraiser events between now and September. This might be a good solution for you if you are unable to travel.
Contact poczineproject@gmail.com for more details. Make sure to use &#8220;2013 RACE RIOT TOUR&#8221; as the email subject.
COMMUNITY QUESTIONS
We’re connecting with people and holding events through the Southwest and West Coast, including (but not limited to) Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Seattle.
If we were to come to your town, what are the POC run/led spaces that have a history of serving communities of color? We are committed to to holding every event on this tour in a POC-affirming space. Tell us in the reblog note or send us a message.
If you’re down to help us organize an event as part of our second Race Riot! tour in YOUR city, let us know!
&lt;3
POC Zine Project
*We will announce the full list of confirmed 2013 #raceriottour cities on February 14 15, 2013.
ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR
POC Zine Project held its first Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 U.S. cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Click here to view photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps.
We will be taking the Race Riot! Tour through 12 more U.S. cities in 2013. Stay tuned for updates as we work on partnering with POC-affirming orgs overseas. If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email poczineproject@gmail.com. 
SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Community,

The second #raceriottour is going down in October of 2013 through twelve more U.S. cities and we want YOU to come with us.

We are looking for the following:

  • Guest readers in every city* (you must be a person of color)
  • Rotating tour buddies: Join us on the road and participate in 1-3 tour events as a panelist/reader/tabler
  • POC (or POC fronted) bands to perform at each #raceriottour event!
  • More POC & ally tablers for each city: come to a POCZP event in your town and table for your zine/org/collective/creative project (check out some of the POC artists/merchants who tabled last year) <3

We’re also looking for folks to help us produce #raceriottour fundraiser events between now and September. This might be a good solution for you if you are unable to travel.

Contact poczineproject@gmail.com for more details. Make sure to use “2013 RACE RIOT TOUR” as the email subject.

COMMUNITY QUESTIONS

We’re connecting with people and holding events through the Southwest and West Coast, including (but not limited to) Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Seattle.

If we were to come to your town, what are the POC run/led spaces that have a history of serving communities of color? We are committed to to holding every event on this tour in a POC-affirming space. Tell us in the reblog note or send us a message.

If you’re down to help us organize an event as part of our second Race Riot! tour in YOUR city, let us know!

<3

POC Zine Project

*We will announce the full list of confirmed 2013 #raceriottour cities on February 14 15, 2013.

ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR

POC Zine Project held its first Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 U.S. cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Click here to view photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps.

We will be taking the Race Riot! Tour through 12 more U.S. cities in 2013. Stay tuned for updates as we work on partnering with POC-affirming orgs overseas. If you are outside the U.S. and want to be a part of our emerging POCZP Global Ambassadors program, email poczineproject@gmail.com. 

SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

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

FIND US ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER!
After three years, we&#8217;ve finally set up a dedicated @POCZineProject IG account. It will be connected to our existing Twitter with the same handle.
Here are some helpful ways to engage with POC Zine Project on IG and Twitter:
* Use the hashtag #poczines when you share information/photos/links about zines by people of color (or featuring work by POC).
* Give our photos &#8220;&lt;3&#8221; on IG to help surface POCZP news and resources to more people.
* RT and reply to our tweets on Twitter so that more people find out about our upcoming events and services.
Some of the benefits of following @POCZineProject on IG and Twitter:
* Get photo and text updates in real-time during our live events. This will be especially useful when we are on tour.
* Get behind the scenes images from our advocacy work.
* See photos of the latest zine donations for our archive, images of poc zinesters and allies, and more!
Thanks y&#8217;all &lt;3
- POC Zine Project
Editor&#8217;s Note: If you use #poczines as a hashtag on your Flickr uploads, or any content that has a tag field (YouTube videos, blog posts, Tumblr posts, etc.), that will help us find your content and incorporate it into our research, advocacy and outreach. We will always credit sources. Thanks!

FIND US ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER!

After three years, we’ve finally set up a dedicated @POCZineProject IG account. It will be connected to our existing Twitter with the same handle.

Here are some helpful ways to engage with POC Zine Project on IG and Twitter:

* Use the hashtag #poczines when you share information/photos/links about zines by people of color (or featuring work by POC).

* Give our photos “<3” on IG to help surface POCZP news and resources to more people.

* RT and reply to our tweets on Twitter so that more people find out about our upcoming events and services.

Some of the benefits of following @POCZineProject on IG and Twitter:

* Get photo and text updates in real-time during our live events. This will be especially useful when we are on tour.

* Get behind the scenes images from our advocacy work.

* See photos of the latest zine donations for our archive, images of poc zinesters and allies, and more!

Thanks y’all <3

- POC Zine Project

Editor’s Note: If you use #poczines as a hashtag on your Flickr uploads, or any content that has a tag field (YouTube videos, blog posts, Tumblr posts, etc.), that will help us find your content and incorporate it into our research, advocacy and outreach. We will always credit sources. Thanks!

Meet POCZP’s first Legacy Series intern: Itoro Udofia!

EDIT: Itoro Udofia: First dedicated intern for POCZP's Legacy Series (Spring 2013)

NAME: Itoro Udofia

ROLE: First dedicated intern for the POC Zine Project’s Legacy Series

REGION: West Coast, USA

COMMUNITY: Join us in welcoming Itoro! You’ll be seeing her contributions manifest on this Tumblr and in other digital and physical spaces very soon …. <3

Bio: Itoro is a first generation writer, artist, and educator of Nigerian origin living in the Bay Area. She develops programs for youth of color (Youth Programs Associate at the Museum of the African Diasporawhere they have a space to honor their histories and thrive. You can find her writings on Your World News, People of Color Organize, Rain and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal, Womanist Musings, and her own blog Thoughts of my Mind. Her writings focus on the intersections and dynamics of race, class, gender, power, survival/healing and education.

She also teaches an African History course and when she is not doing that, she works closely with a community organization dear to her heart, working to abolish the school to prison pipeline and hearing the youth speak their truth to move to action. She is happy to be a Bay Area resident and feels like here, she has found a bit of peace and a bit of home!

Itoro’s excited to be an intern with the POC Zine Project because it is a collective that uplifts and cares about what people of color have to say and acknowledges what they have always said.

Some texts that furthered her political consciousness and commitment to uplifting the voices of POC and their struggles are The Revolution Starts at Home, This Bridge Called My Back and Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like: Selected Writings. All these zines and texts named what it means to speak out from the margins and hold to ones principle in building a world that includes us all, and calls for a life of love and continued struggle in ALL our spaces, seen and unseen. Moreover, with many people coming out from the margins, she did not feel alone.

Ultimately, Itoro hopes to be a part of a larger community committed to making our written word available, accessible and visible. Other perks to the internship are gaining more knowledge and organizing with radical zinesters. As an intern, she hopes to further her knowledge about zine culture and help get our Voices out. She is excited and ready to begin this journey and is happy to call the POC Zine Project her media home.

COMMUNITY: Learn more about POCZP internship & volunteer opportunities here. We are still accepting applications for the Summer and Fall sessions. 

IN ITORO’S OWN WORDS

Here are some excerpt from her application that are important to share:

Zine culture, specifically the material production of our knowledge is important to me because our voices are often co-opted, misused or completely erased in the literary canon. I have experienced this dangerous and painful trend most profoundly as an educator within the context of radical and progressive education. Save for bell hooks, Sonia nieto, Michele Foster and a few other people of color directly explaining the intricacies of power and privilege as a teacher of color, outlining a liberatory pedagogy through navigating a hostile terrain and offering something invaluable to the field through articulating underlying race, class and gender dynamics, it was difficult to fully relate to radical literature. I found that much of its thought and analysis was filtered through a white liberal/radical context. Even the class analysis was lacking because the white elephant in the room, white supremacy, was not directly dealt with. These power dynamics alone, the dynamics of who gets listened to, who controls the written word, who controls the publishing house, the way information gets told is what fuels my commitment to writing and working with people of color to have complete autonomy over their material.

… The POC Zine project is necessary at this particular time where knowledge and overall experiences are actively ignored.  Centering people of color’s material contributions as a source of  is important, and is a part of honoring a larger history of people who kept going in spite of these hurdles.  

SOME OF ITORO’S WRITING

In a Quiet Place, A Radical Profeminist (Fall 2012)  

In a Quiet Place, The Black Feminist Manifesto (Fall 2012)

In a Quiet Place, Your World News (Fall 2012)  

Missy Anne’s on the lookout for me, Your World News (Summer 2012)  

And When You Leave, Take your Pictures with you, Your World News (Spring 2012) 

Black Power, Leadership and Privilege, Your World News (Winter 2012)

Shedding the Tears, Looking Back, Moving Forward, People of Color Organize (Winter 2012) 

Conversations with a Student Teacher of Color, Womanist Musings (Fall 2010) 

ABOUT THE LEGACY SERIES

Kicking off with FIRE!!, POC Zine Project will make zines by people of color created from the 1700s-1990s available to read and share.

Every Friday (Editor’s note: date pushed to February), you will find a legacy zine by a person of color on poczineproject.tumblr.com. We will share more details in 2013.

WHY WE ARE FOCUSING ON LEGACY ZINES

People of color in the U.S. have produced independent publications (zines) for decades. Many of these zines were political in nature, creating cracks in the lens of white supremacy that shaped (and continues to inform) popular culture and legislation.

These zines were new maps to our liberation, countering the negative propaganda of what people of color looked like, thought and were capable of achieving.

We want the world to know about these legacy zines, so we are going to archive and share them to the best of our ability.

We look forward to partnering with distros, academic spaces, libraries, anti-authoritarian collectives, literary journals, bloggers and more to share the Legacy Series.

"NEW" ZINESTERS: We will still share information about new and upcoming zines by people of color :) Please continue to submit your zines to the archive.

ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR

POC Zine Project held its first Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Click here to view photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps.

We will be taking the Race Riot! Tour through 14 more cities in 2013. Stay tuned!

SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

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

You can also send well-concealed cash or a check! Email daniela@dcapmedia.com for details or if you have questions.

Info about the poverty zine series: http://bit.ly/RLVTVt