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WEDNESDAY 1/9: Hurricane Sandy Zine Benefit

RSVP: http://bit.ly/sandyzinebenefit

This event will be both a zine reading and zine sale to benefit The Ali Forney Center, a Manhattan-based organization which provides housing to homeless LGBT youth. Part of the Center’s facility is located near the Hudson River and was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The event will include readings by zinesters as well as the sale of zines generously donated by many zinesters. 100% of proceeds will go to this important community resource.

We are aware of recent critiques of the Ali Forney Center*, and we concur with TransRadical blog** that it is crucial to rebuild AFC in order to continue creating safe and welcoming communities for LGBTQ youth everywhere.


Kate Angell (My Feminist Friends, A Thousand Times Yes)
Jamie Varriale Vélez (Sinvergüenza)
Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian, Barnard Zine Library)
+ more!


Stranger Danger Zine Distro, Kathleen McIntyre (The Worst), Lauren Denitzio (Get it Together), Kate Wadkins (International Girl Gang Underground), For the Birds Collective, Kate Angell, Amber Dearest (Fight Boredom Distro, The Triumph of our Tired Eyes), Maranda Elizabeth (Telegram), PonyBoy Press, Aimee Lusty (Booklyn, Pen15 Press), Amanda Stefanski, Jami Sailor (Your Secretary), Jordan Alam (The Cowation), Alycia Sellie (Brooklyn College Zine Library), Cindy Crabb (Doris), Natty Koper & Sivan Sabach (Bangarang This), Chella Quint (Adventures in Menstruating), Shawn Smith (Black Lesbians in the 70s Zine), Elvis Bakaitis (Homos in Herstory), Sarah Rose (Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric, Once Upon a Distro), Maud Pryor (Marmalade Umlaut), Jenna Freedman

Zinesters are welcome to contact us with zines to donate! 100% of event proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief.

Kate Angell at myfeministfriends@gmail.com
Kate Wadkins at mskatherinewadkins@gmail.com

(more info to be updated on the Facebook event page)

** http://lizvseverything.tumblr.com/post/35113227079/please-reblog-ali-forney-drop-in-center-of-homeless

Spread the word: Occupy SMS to give + receive aid

Occupy SMS

This just in from Talisa Chang of Her Girl Friday:

I’ve been working with a few folks over the past week to launch occupysms.org, and we need help getting the word out, specifically to people and organizations on the ground who are canvassing neighborhoods for needs (like pumping, supplies, cleanup, etc). Read more…


OCCUPYSMS.org is a way for people to request and provide aid via an automated text message system—without having to rely on internet access. We hope that this can be a great resource for community organizations that may be overloaded with volunteers by lessening bottleneck and expediting efforts.


People in need (or volunteers on their behalf) text SANDY to 69866 and indicate their location and need —pumping, cleanup, supplies, food, etc. This need is entered into our database.

People providing aid text MUTUAL AID to 69866 and indicate their location and resource. The system will find the address of someone in the area who needs their particular resource. If the volunteer chooses to accept responsibility for this need request, it will be taken out of the SMS database. Contact information between the volunteer and person in need will be shared so they can communicate further.


In order for this to work, we need people reporting need requests so that the database can be populated for the volunteers providing help. Please spread the word to volunteers you have canvassing neighborhoods, civilians in need who come to your distribution centers for help, and to potential volunteers on social media.

Questions? occupysms.org or occupysms@gmail.com.

Goals, FAQ, and more details are listed on the Occupy SMS site.


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Brief description:
Occupy SMS is an automated text message system that expedites mutual aid by directly connecting people who are seeking and offering aid on the ground.