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By now you’ve probably already heard that our friends at the POC (People of Color) Zine Project are leaving for a 14-day tour starting today. We couldn’t be more excited.

In November 2011, we partnered with POC Zine Project and Barnard Zine Library to produce “Meet Me at the Race Riot: People of Color in Zines from 1990-Today,” a panel and corresponding zine show at Barnard College. After the event, Daniela Capistrano, founder of POC Zine Project, immediately started planning their 2012 tour, Race Riot!, with fellow Meet Me at the Race Riot participants Mimi Thi Nguyen and Osa Atoe. The tour kicks off tonight at 538 Johnson and returns to Brooklyn on October 7th to close the tour at Death by Audio.

The tour will consist of “DIY” events (like the kickoff this evening) featuring bands, music, and readers, as well as school-sponsored panels, bringing POC zines into the university. For a preview, see a video of our Meet Me at the Race Riot event produced by Barnard.

We at For the Birds have been busy making copies of Mimi Nguyen’s Race Riot zines to accompany the zinesters on their tour, and we’ll be sending copies of our own zine So You Want to Start a Feminist Collective… and International Girl Gang Underground to join them!

POC Zine Project has been spotlighting all of the members of the tour on their tumblr. Here are some of our favorite quotes:

Osa Atoe:

I think that being able to tour & travel has helped me deal with how white punk can be because I’ve been able to make connections with black & brown punks all over the country and even internationally.

Mariam Bastani:

Even though zines are largely seen as either a literary art form or as a “music thing,” imagine the transformative nature that zines could have in all aspects of our lives? The power of narratives being read straight from the pens of those living them with out fear of persecution within and outside of their own community, or, inversely, the recognition of a POC voice within their community and power lying in the ease in which a zine can be created—we don’t need anyone’s publishing money, we don’t need anyone’s approval.

 Mimi Nguyen:

I wanted to go on this tour… to connect with other punks of color about this thing we love and sometimes hate, to present something –a zine, a tour— that might make sense of that push and pull and give it a history, and then to create something new between us.

Cristy C. Road:

Emphasizing the voices of POC in Zine culture (and any media) is imperative to revolutionizing any “alternative” space. If diversity isn’t present we aren’t moving forward.

Anna Vo:

I decided to join the [POC Zine Project] tour because I thought it was an awesome opportunity to hang out with women of colour who I could hopefully talk to about things that I think about alot, but don’t necessarily get to talk about that much in the communities and cities that I live in! I’m working on the third issue of my punk zine Fix My Head, which is a collection of interviews with “Punx of Colour,” mostly women who have been playing in hardcore/punk bands for some time, and their experiences of racism/fetishisation/exclusion/etc.

For all of the Race Riot tour dates and details, check this link and be sure to follow along with the POC Zine Project tumblr.

“WINGING IT” AT C.L.I.T. FEST

FOR THE BIRDS is excited to announce that we will be presenting a workshop titled “Winging It: Nurturing Authentic Communication in Feminist Organizing” at this weekend’s Combating Latent Inequality Together Fest, being held in Highland Park / New Brunswick, NJ.

SUNDAY, JULY 15
11AM-12:15PM

@ Reformed Church of Highland Park
19 S. 2nd Ave. Highland Park, New Jersey

Winging It: Nurturing Authentic Communication in Feminist Organizing

In this workshop, For the Birds (a New York-based feminist collective and distro) will guide a community discussion about internal and external struggles in feminist cultural and social justice organizing, creating feminist spaces, and coalition building. The Collective maintains that it is imperative to communicate authentically in order to bridge gaps, and to grow, both interpersonally and between groups. The workshop will discuss commonalities, such as the way that the efforts of many marginalized groups coalesce around issues like safer spaces, grassroots modes of organizing, and artistic and political visibility. For the Birds invites questions about their own processes, and seeks to find out how other feminists work through these issues and towards similar goals in their own groups and communities. This is a participatory workshop.

For additional C.L.I.T. Fest details visit their website. The entire schedule is posted here. I (Kate) am also curating a zine reading Friday night and speaking on a panel entitled “Art Labor: A Discussion of Art Practice, Presence, Preservation and Perseverance,” but I wrote a fairly lengthy blog post about that on my personal blog. For the Birds will be tabling Sunday as well.

To pump you up for the Fest, listen to this “once-in-a-lifetime” podcast with the C.L.I.T. Fest organizers, in which they discuss their process planning the Fest, their own experiences in activism and D.I.Y. communities, and why conversations like these are so vital.

And, while you’re at it, check out these C.L.I.T. Fest mixes!

COMBATING LATENT INEQUALITY TOGETHER FEST PT. 1 from devalina on 8tracks.

COMBATING LATENT INEQUALITY TOGETHER FEST PT 2 from devalina on 8tracks.

Can’t wait to see you there! Please do come say hi.

Sign up for the Lower Eastside Girls Club Walk-a-thon!


From the Lower Eastside Girls Club website:

Time and Place: The Walk-a-thon will take place on Saturday May 12th, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and will end with a finish line Block Party and health fair sponsored by Beth Israel Health Center at 1st Street Park, East 1st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. The walk will kick off at the PS 20 playground on Essex Street between Houston and Stanton Streets. Registration is from 9:00am to 10:00am.

Why walk? 100% of funds raised through the event will support Girls Club health and nutrition programs. Each $2,500 raised supports a full year of programming for one girl; $1,500 supports school year programming; and $1,000 supports intensive summer programming. Girls Club health programs include community health workshops, nutrition and cooking classes, body image and women’s health counseling, running a Farmer’s Market, yoga and dance classes, free summer camp for girls and more!

Cindy Crabb zine reading w/ Cynthia Schemmer and Max Steele!

We’re sponsoring a zine reading next Monday at The New School with Cindy Crabb, Cynthia Schemmer and Max Steele!

We’ve been carrying Cindy’s “Support” zine (on preventing sexual assault and supporting survivors) as well as “Learning Good Consent”.  Her well-known autobiographical feminist zine “Doris” is really worth checking out, if you haven’t already.

See below for more info and we hope to see you there!

For The Birds Collective & MFA Collective Works present:
a zine reading w/
Cindy Crabb (Doris and Support zines)
Cynthia Schemmer (Habits of Being)
Max Steele (Scorcher)

Tuesday, December 6
@ The New School – 6 E 16th St, Room 1107
8pm // open to the public

Find out more about the readers after the jump!

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Cindy Crabb reading – December 6th!

Save the date! We are co-sponsoring a zine reading by Cindy Crabb and more TBA!

December 6 @ The New School
6 E 16th St, Room 1107
8PM // Open to the Public // Donations!
brought to you by MFA Collective Works and The For The Birds Collective

Cindy Crabb is the author of the long running, autobiographical feminist zine Doris, Her new book The Encyclopedia of Doris has just been released. She has written for numerous books and magazines, including We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists, the Utne Reader, Experiencing Abortion: A Weaving of Women’s Words, A Girls Guide to Taking Over the World: Writing From the Girl Zine Revolution, and is featured in the new academic book Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, by Alison Piepmeier. She is the editor of the zines Support, and Learning Good Consent, and is a sexual assault survivor advocate.

 

MEET ME AT THE RACE RIOT: People of Color in Zines from 1990 – Today

Flier by Daniela Capistrano

We’re so excited for our next event, co-organized with POC Zine Project & Barnard Zine Library on Wednesday, November 16th. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 16 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Barnard College
307 Milbank Hall (3rd floor)
North end of campus
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

The People of Color (POC) Zine Project, Barnard Zine Library and For The Birds Collective are excited to announce a zine reading/community event featuring poc zinesters with diverse backgrounds in zine culture and activism. This is an ALL AGES event, so spread widely!

We’ll be adding more details to this event listing, but here are the confirmed readers and details:

MIMI THI NGUYEN (EVOLUTION OF A RACE RIOT)
http://mimithinguyen.com/home.html

OSA ATOE (SHOTGUN SEAMSTRESS)
http://wemakezines.ning.com/profile/ShotgunSeamstress

JAMIE VARRIALE VELEZ (ROCK AND THE SINGLE GIRL)
http://rockandthesinglegirl.blogspot.com/

DANIELA CAPISTRANO (BAD MEXICAN)
http://www.danielacapistrano.com/

MARIAM BASTANI (MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL)
http://maximumrocknroll.com/

JORDAN ALAM
http://thecowation.blogspot.com/

BRING YOUR ZINES!
We are encouraging folks to bring any zines they want to share, sell or trade. We’ll have space to do that.

LIVETWEET: #poczines
We’ll be sharing details in real time on Twitter @poczineproject, so feel free to follow along and send us your questions and comments with #poczines!

VENUE INFORMATION

Milkbank Hall is on the north end of the Barnard College campus. There
will be signs posted to guide you to the 3rd floor location.

Barnard College information:
http://www.diigo.com/user/barnardlibjenna/barnard%20directions

RELATED LINKS

Barnard Zine Libary: http://zines.barnard.edu/
Barnard’s zines are written by women (cis- and transgender) with an emphasis on zines by women of color. We collect zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. The zines are personal and political publications on activism, anarchism, body image, third wave feminism, gender, parenting, queer community, riot grrrl, sexual assault, trans experience, and other topics.

FOR THE BIRDS: http://forthebirdscollective.org/
FOR THE BIRDS is a New York City-based feminist collective. We work towards establishing alternative spaces that promote the creative interests of women-identified community members. For the Birds is a collaborative group of organizers with backgrounds in feminism, social justice work, and various artistic pursuits. Through DIY feminist cultural activism, For The Birds aims to empower and support radical women of action.

POC ZINE PROJECT: https://www.facebook.com/pages/POC-Zine-Project/304152466201
We want to make it easier for POC (People of Color) zine fans and their supporters to find a diverse selection of zines made by POC. Zines are a vital component in the long tradition of self-publication. They share knowledge and experiences that supplement (and often contradict) the information that other sources distribute, encouraging free thought. There are many valuable zine collections in the United States (many accessible online) but none that are devoted to curating POC zines. POC Zine Project’s mission is to makes ALL zines by POC easy to find, share, and distribute.

ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS
info@poczineproject.org

BIG MOUTH: contemporary feminist voices in art + illustration

OPENING AUGUST 9 @ BROOKLYN FIREPROOF

a group show featuring
Suzy Exposito / Molly Fair / Kim Funk / Kathleen Hanna
J. Morrison / Adee Roberson / Gabby Schulz

Curated by Kate Wadkins + Lauren Denitzio, BIG MOUTH: contemporary voices in feminist art + illustration is a platform for unpopular visual opinions. Feminist movements have historically grown out of interventions within radical communities in the face of silence, anger, and often, violence. Still, these conflicts and contentions are fought with the utmost passion and humor in hopes for a radical resolution. BIG MOUTH illustrates the ever-evolving search for feminist/queer identities and communities. This group show places feminist narratives at the center of radical art-making, where often our voices are poorly represented or left out altogether. BIG MOUTH is a celebration of our pluralism, our goofiness, and a proclamation of defiant love.

@ Brooklyn Fireproof
119 Ingraham St (at Porter Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11237

with open hours throughout

OPENING TUESDAY  AUG 9 6p-9p
Opening party
& participatory feminist art workshop
Bring your favorite art supplies (some will be provided)
Limited materials so register here!

THURSDAY  AUG 11 12p-6p
Open hours: drop by and visit with curators Kate Wadkins + Lauren Denitzio

FRIDAY  AUG 12
12p-6p Open hours
7p Panel discussion with Suzy Exposito, Kim Funk & more
9p Closing DANCE PARTY!

BIG MOUTH is part of the Birds of Summer event series hosted by For the Birds.
A map of all events can be found here.

GIRL GANG GIG VOLUME #009

photo courtesy On the Dot Collective

In a last minute endeavor, For the Birds is joining up with New Brunswick, NJ’s On the Dot Collective to present GIRL GANG GIG VOLUME #009. GGGV is an extension of the International Girl Gang Underground zine and seeks to document and promote women and queer spaces within D.I.Y. music/art scenes. This is For the Birds’ first official out-of-state organizational effort, and our first collaboration with On the Dot.

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

6:30PM-10:30PM

CO-CURATED BY
FOR THE BIRDS COLLECTIVE &
ON THE DOT COLLECTIVE

— NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ BASEMENT SHOW —
— LOCATION TBA —

:::::::::: BIKINI KILL COVER SET
Featuring bad-ass members of Lost Weekend, 3Jane, Sparkle Shit
& maybe a guest appearance

:::::::: WHISTLIN’ DIXIE SCREENING
“Whistlin’ Dixie: Queer Sounds, New South”
A documentary film about queer music from the American South
by Meredith Heil
http://queersouth.com/

:::::: BARBECUE
Cuz it’s summer and we can!

:::: FOR MORE INFO
http://forthebirdscollecti​ve.org/
http://onthedotcollective.​blogspot.com/
http://girlganggigvolume.t​umblr.com/

:: MORE TBA!

» RSVP ON FACEBOOK «

ANNOUNCING: BIRDS OF SUMMER, a feminist event series

Since 2008, For the Birds has presented THE BIG SHE-BANG, a feminist conference and festival, every summer.  This year we decided to try something new and exciting.

FOR THE BIRDS is pleased to announce BIRDS OF SUMMER, a series of feminist events in August and September.

As always, check our website for updates. We’ll be posting info on our Facebook invite, too, where you can RSVP.

TUES. AUG 9 – FRI. AUG 12: BIG MOUTH
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contemporary feminist voices in art + illustration
@ Brooklyn Fireproof with open hours throughout

TUESDAY 6p-9p Opening party & participatory feminist art workshop
THURSDAY 12p-6p Open hours, meet the curators
FRIDAY 12p-6p Open hours // 7p Panel discussion with the artists // 9p CLOSING DANCE PARTY!
119 Ingraham St (at Porter Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11237

SAT. AUG. 20: PROTECT YOURSELF ‘CAUSE YOU’LL WRECK YOURSELF
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12pm-3pm @ Launchpad // A skill share on how to take care of ourselves while
we try to fix the world.  Topics to include yoga, massage, and more.
721 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238

SAT. AUG 27 + SUN. AUG 28 THE WRITTEN BIRD
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Two day event featuring women writers and organizers giving workshops and
readings. Also included will be tables of literature by local writers and a bookswap!
Workshops Sat. Aug. 27 @ WORD Brooklyn.
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Readings Sun. Aug 28 @ Bluestockings NYC
172 Allen Street, NY 10002
SAT. SEPT. 3: “THE WORST” COMPILATION ZINE BENEFIT SHOW
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8pm @ Death by Audio // “Who’d Ya Lose and How Ya Dealin’?” A benefit show to raise money for The Worst Compilation Zine on grief and loss, featuring: music from Bridge and Tunnel, Worriers, and Very Okay, Readings by Cynthia Schemmer, Tommy Pico, and more, Puppetry by Geppetta Puppet Theater, and Tabling by For the Birds and Birdsong Collective. $6-10 sliding scale, all ages, no BYOB.
RSVP // 49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY, 11222

FOR THE BIRDS COMPILATION
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For the Birds will be curating our annual music compilation featuring women-fronted and feminist-positive bands from all over the country. RVIVR, Small Bones, CAT VET, Big Eyes and No Statik are just a few bands that will be on this year’s comp, titled “FLOCK ROCK.” Past years have included Grass Widow, Fleabag, Slingshot Dakota, P.S. Eliot, Brilliant Colors, Cheeky, Arctic Flowers, Nuclear Family, and Carnal Knowledge. Our compilations are exclusively available at every event and our online store!