Monthly Archives: March 2011

Goodbye MySpace, Hello Newsletter

After three years of social networking with MySpace, For the Birds has called it quits — no big loss, we were crumbling under the weight of spam and ads.  Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook instead!

This month, we re-launched our newsletter, which is now distributed on a monthly basis, and includes For the Birds events, member updates, an ‘Upcoming Events’ section of fun feminist happenings in New York, and even a curated list of ‘Staff Picks’ (this month’s included Kathleen Hanna’s speech at the Planned Parenthood rally and online women’s history publication RE/VISIONIST‘s one year anniversary issue).

If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter, e-mail us at!

This Sunday – Brunch through Bars

There is a new chapter of ABCF meeting in Brooklyn on Sundays. Contact information is included below for inquiries or to be added to their email list.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
March 20th
1 – 4 pm
Brooklyn Free School
372 Clinton Ave btw Lafayette & Clinton (G or A/C to Clinton-Washington)

South Brooklyn ABCF cordially invites you to ‘Brunch Through Bars,’ a free brunch where we write to Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War at the Brooklyn Free School!

We’re doing this in solidarity and tribute to the bi monthly NYC ABCF Political-Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner running for the past four years and counting– also with a salute to the letter-writing crew operating out of the Morales-Shakur Center in Harlem!

No experience corresponding with prisoners is necessary! We’ll briefly discuss a few prisoners to help inspire and prepare each other to write a letter, whether it’s a first-time introduction or part of a long-term correspondence between comrades.*

Brunch food and letter-writing materials will be provided, but anyone who is so moved is welcome to bring additional vegan or vegetarian food. That said, food-bringing is STRICTLY OPTIONAL. We aim to create an inclusive, welcoming space for building community and resistance. This event is open to all ages and there will be basic drawing and card-making supplies available for children.

*We’ll generally focus on long-term, class-struggle, anti-imperialist Prisoners of War & Political Prisoners while making connections with other prisoners as well. Briefly, Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POWs) are, “those persons incarcerated as a result of political beliefs or actions consciously undertaken and intended to resist exploitation and oppression, and/or hasten the implementation of an egalitarian, sustainable, ethical, classless society, predicated on self determination and maximization of all people’s freedom (Bill Dunne). Our chapter of the ABC Federation also shares affinity with prisoners from the LGBTQ community and those imprisoned for acts of self defense.

South Brooklyn ABCF
PO Box 132
Brooklyn, NY 11218
sbrooklynabcf [at] riseup [dot] net

International Girl Gang Underground Zine Release Party

For the Birds is happy to say that our very own Kate Wadkins, along with Stacy Konkiel of Soul Ponies have teamed up to create a fantastic new zine – International Girl Gang Underground. Check out the announcement about this zine and the release party happening this Saturday, March 12th at Death By Audio in Brooklyn, NY. Hope to see you there!

Check it:

In light of this week’s 100th International Women’s Day, Kate Wadkins (of For the Birds Collective, Brain Waves) and Stacy Konkiel (of Soul Ponies) announce the International Girl Gang Underground (IGGU) zine, which is now available in print and online. In an effort to highlight contemporary D.I.Y. feminist cultural production, twenty years after the riot grrrl movement, and in the wake of its legacy, the editors collected stories, artwork, and critical work on the subject.

The print zine features contributions from Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress), Hadass Ben-Ari (Fallopian Falafel – אשת חיל), Carla Duarte (Histérica), Billy Cheer (This is Fag City), Katie Crutchfield (P.S. Eliot, Bad Banana), Lo (HEARTSREVOLUTION), Mimi Thi Nguyen (Evolution of a Race Riot, Punk Planet), and thirteen other writers, activists, musicians, and artists from ten US states and five countries; with original cover art by Philadelphia-based artist Sonrisa Rodriguez-Harrison.

Online, International Girl Gang Underground has published exclusive articles not available in the print zine. In the interest of relevance, information-sharing, and community-building, IGGU online has created a directory of feminist cultural projects; all are welcome to submit new or recent additions to the directory. Further, the editors encourage submissions of music reviews and content related to the zine to be released on the IGGU website periodically. We hope to continue these conversations online.

In Brooklyn, New York, the zine will be released on Saturday, March 12th, 2011 at Death by Audio:

$6 | 8PM | ALL AGES





+ readings from contributors of the International Girl Gang Underground zine & tabling by FOR THE BIRDS and SUPPORT NEW YORK. This event will be a safer space, with support from NYC Coalition for Safer Spaces.

@ Death by Audio
49 S. 2nd Street, b/w Kent & Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L to Bedford | JMZ to Marcy | G to Broadway

RSVP on Facebook.

The print zine is now available for purchase through the IGGU website. For further information, see GIRLGANGUNDERGROUND.ORG or contact the editors at GIRLGANGUNDERGROUND@GMAIL.COM.

twelveohtwo distro on These Things That People Make radio

Big thanks to our friend Amy Leigh of the twelveohtwo zine distro for talking about For the Birds and our efforts on These Things That People Make radio show. Leigh discusses the need for DIY information sharing, community building, and especially, this work in a feminist context.

Twelveohtwo, which has been around for seven years, operates similarly to For the Birds distro, in that Leigh focuses on tabling and does not do mailorder. Leigh says this choice was motivated by the community-building act of physically bringing zines to a space, sharing, and connecting with people; as well as in her own interest not to burn out.

Leigh mentions other really exciting things that occurred from the ’90s onward, girl zine projects, networks, and even zine-making parties. These Things That People Make, a Canadian interview-based radio program, also seems really great judging by its past and upcoming shows. Check it out here! And follow twelveohtwo on Facebook and Twitter.

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen This Saturday March 5th!!

Check out this amazing annual FREE event that showcases female hip hop artists, with a special focus on women of color.
Saturday: 2:00-5:00pm
450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St.) Bronx, NY (Main Theater @ Hostos Community College)
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen Volume 4, “Let’s Get Active!” will be honoring International Women’s Month by addressing some of the health disparities that affect women of color. Our goal this year is to use hip hop to initiate dialogue and inspire action in supporting healthier nutrition, more physical activity, and increased community involvement among women and their families.
Read more about this year’s theme and event here:

Talent Line Up:

La Bruja
Maria Isa
Ne Ne Ali
Ladies of the Flow
Xclusive Step Team
A-FIG MC & Skyler Figueroa
La PiXie
Akua Naru
Fly Vida
DJ Jasmine Solano
DJ Bonnie Danger
DJ Chela