12/14/2012

GRATITUDE DAY 1: P.O.C. ZINE PROJECT

Race Riot tour banner by Cristy C. Road

POC Zine Project's mission is to make all zines by (People of Color) easy to find, distribute and share. We are an experiment in activism and community though materiality.

POC Zine Project produces community-building experiences, curates a traveling POC zine exhibition, is establishing an archive, and produces a website that shares POC zines while providing grants, tools and events for zinesters.
I've had the pleasure of collaborating with founder Daniela Capistrano and People of Color (POC) Zine Project since 2010. In the past 2 years, POCZP has grown from a nascent group of zine enthusiasts with a mission, to an absurdly well-organized, determined group of artists, makers, historians & theorists. They are changing the ways we write, tell, and make history--from zines, to the academy, to the culture at large.

Earlier this Fall, POC Zine Project took the Race Riot! Tour through 14 American cities, bringing people of color-authored zines to populations all over the country. POCZP also partnered with homeless activist Carey Fuller to release a zine series in Spring of 2013 by and for people living at/below the poverty line, as a community-building tool and training resource for agencies, academic programs, grassroots collectives and anyone else interested in ending poverty. Follow POCZP's social channels to stay informed about new and legacy zines by people of color, the 2013 Race Riot! tour through the Southwest/West Coast, and more:

poczineproject.tumblr.com
facebook.com/poczineproject
twitter.com/poczineproject


Jenna Freedman of Barnard Zine Library, Daniela Capistrano of POC Zine Project, & myself
@ "Meet Me at the Race Riot," Barnard College

Working with POC Zine Project has helped me better understand coalition-building between people of color-led movements and white allies. The depth of knowledge, experience, and partnership that Daniela and POCZP have brought into my own life is immeasurable. Thank you for all that you have done, and all that you continue to do!