ON STRUGGLING

"I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spiritual struggle." - Assata Shakur : : : "On Struggling" is a collective zine project by people of color with the intent of sharing personal narratives of struggle with culture, identity, white supremacy, mental health in our communities, modes of self-care and more.

onstruggling:

Spread the word! Applications due April 4th! 

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 11TH!
Spread the word! It’s a small monetary gain in the end but we’re a small collective that relies on donations and the sales of our zines to fund anything. And we’ll get to work on great things together! We also hear the concerns of not having access to a vehicle - which is super hard/rare in the city as a struggling POC - so we can be flexible on that. Let’s talk! 

onstruggling:

Spread the word! Applications due April 4th! 

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 11TH!

Spread the word! It’s a small monetary gain in the end but we’re a small collective that relies on donations and the sales of our zines to fund anything. And we’ll get to work on great things together! We also hear the concerns of not having access to a vehicle - which is super hard/rare in the city as a struggling POC - so we can be flexible on that. Let’s talk! 

BLACK KID IN THE CANDY STORE: Call for Submissions

blackcandystorepress:

Hey! We’re two Black queer cis femmes putting together a zine archiving the experiences of Black queer and trans folks with non-monogamous and/or polyamorous relationships. In the past couple of years, both of us have had experiences with non-monogamy and found the vast majority of resources…

signal boost! 

Spread the word! Applications due April 4th! 

10 TIPS FOR MY NON-BLACK AND LIGHT-SKINNED OR WHITE-PASSING LATINO AND ASIAN BRETHREN

nicodacumos:

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I am a light-skinned person with a light-skinned/passing Latina mother and a brown-skinned Pinoy father. I do not pass as white. However, I am often seen as mixed Asian by other people, which means I am afforded the many privileges that come with that perception. It means, for instance, that…

strugglin' & carin'

zine-reviews:

On Struggling, Issue #2: Self-Care

Various contributors, ed. Monica T, Brown and Proud Press

28 pages at half-letter size

$5 from Brown Recluse Zine Distro

It seemed to me like self-care really came into its own in 2013, at least in a certain segment of the zine-writing, internet-reading…

Lily Pepper runs a zine review blog and took the time to review Issue #2: On Struggling Self-Care! Thanks, Lily! 

nativepunxunite:

Rough Cut!
POC Zine Reading + Workshop
Come check it out before you go off to Chicago Zine Fest!

Chicago folks, check it out!! Also folks coming from out of town for Chicago Zine Fest should also check it out! 

nativepunxunite:

Rough Cut!

POC Zine Reading + Workshop

Come check it out before you go off to Chicago Zine Fest!

Chicago folks, check it out!! Also folks coming from out of town for Chicago Zine Fest should also check it out! 

Students of Color at UIC’s Urban Elementary Education Program Speak

There’s something incredibly refreshing about being present in a room where people of color are expressing some of their deepest insecurities through testimonies while simultaneously calling all the shots, exposing truth to power, and making demands with not one sign of hesitation towards a room full of their academic faculty, staff and peers.



Last night, students of color at UIC led a public, student-led forum in the UIC Urban Elementary program to discuss unsettling experiences in their program surrounding racial dynamics, white privilege and accountability. The event began with reflections from several students of color that immediately moved me to tears as I could fully relate to many of the experiences expressed. The path to college (or any desired educational goal) for brown and black folks is a perilous, strenuous path, brimmed with self-doubt, anxiety, and systemic obstacles that make many folks run the opposite way, understandably so. You’re not alone if you’ve ever been told growing up that you’ll most likely turn out to be a “teen mom statistic” because you’re a young, working-class brown girl, or if you’ve felt like you weren’t suppose to be “here” anymore (as in alive) because you’re a young, brown boy in Pilsen. One powerpoint slide the students presented included the quote “You know people of color in this program don’t have to work as hard”, made by a UIC College of Education Cohort* Student. Another powerpoint slide included the quote “N***as are dumb”. This quote was found written on the third floor men’s bathroom in the College of Education just days prior to the forum. A few students shared their experiences with the “Privilege Walk”** in which they witnessed their white peers laughing and joking as they continuously hit the wall of the room because they had to step forward so much. One POC student, filled with visibly painful guilt as she spoke, expressed how she lied and stepped forward on a statement that wasn’t true out of sheer embarrassment, followed by her then witnessing another POC student rush out of the room in humiliation because he had to step backwards so much.
 

These experiences are raw and run deep. They are hard to articulate and once the words are finally excavated from the depths of our bellies, it is as if our worlds are laid bare but our ground made a little more secure. Testimony after testimony, I could feel the consensus in the audience; heads nodding, fingers snapping, noses sniffing, tears shedding. I could feel the indestructible strength growing larger between the students of color at the front of the room from my seat in the audience. 
Six demands were declared, directed towards the UIC College of Education, UIC Financial Assistance Office, UIC Admissions Office and the UIC Office of Diversity. Demands included meetings with previously-stated offices and departments, 8 Urban Elementary Education full-ride scholarships to black high school seniors or transfer students, a holistic mentorship program specifically for students of color in the Urban Elementary Education cohorts, and fully-funded monthly colloquiums, just to name a few. Students in the audience were then invited to speak out if they wished, and we heard even more shared experiences of feeling isolated, doubted, shamed, and longing for more accountability and transparency in the department. 

I tend to often find myself in spaces where white folks are organizing events around systematic oppression, getting angry or fired up in discussions over racism, or reading books by people of color and having study groups over them. While these are all really awesome things that should always be happening, I don’t always feel the most comfortable or content in those spaces. I feel like an observer, an outsider, nodding my head in agreement but knowing that my purpose or undertaking is not the same as theirs and so I am just present. And so last night, when this classroom space was transformed by people of color and I listened to their stirring testimonies, their urgent concerns for action, and the demands declared, I couldn’t help but just cry. The creation of these spaces are critical to our survival. 

Sarah Gonzalez ended with a poem by one of her former Spencer Elementary 8th grade students, Hakeem Fleming. It summarized the sentiment of the forum perfectly, questioning interpersonal and systemic oppression, privilege and the fears that come with living as a person of color in our racist society. It ends on the following quote:  

"The police want us bad, the judge hate us more,
The jury think we guilty before we walk thru the door
but our biggest fears we die before we turn 24
Now every law that’s passed is gonna sink us more
And every time we go to jail, ya’ll get paid tho
But when we ask for help, ya’ll just slam the door
They say our president is Black but we only got
ourselves & that’s real tho
I know ya’ll hate our guts, that’s how you feel tho
But ya’ll ain’t got to like us, just let us live tho, 
And cuz we black don’t mean we steal tho, 
and cuz we from the ghetto, don’t mean we dumb bro,
We just as smart as ya’ll 
but ya’ll don’t want the world to know” 

Much love and strength to Brown & Proud Press collective member Sarah Gonzalez and the other strong students of color that organized this forum. It has inspired and shifted the earth more than you can imagine. 
- Monica Trinidad 

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*A cohort is a core group of students that you will work and study with as a group for the entire course of your program of study. 
**Privilege Walk is an activity that examines unearned privilege and power. Statements are made and folks either take a step forward or backward depending on whether the statement pertains to them or not. Some examples of statements include “If there were more than 50 books in your house growing up, take one step forward” and “If you were ever stopped and questioned by the police because of your race, take one step back”

jaezbrainlint:

Ryan Young Fuses Culture, Pride and Fashion together with INDIGENEITY. 

View and read about Ryan Young’s photo project, INDIGENEITY, featuring native students attending UW-Madison.

http://nativemax.com/ryan-young-fuses-culture-pride-and-fashion-together-with-indigeneity/

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mijajaja:

On thursday 20 women of color gathered to share space, stories, tears, joy, frustration and erry thang else in a circle for the full moon. I had such an awful week I really didnt wanna go. But this right hur is resistance. This right hur is healing. This right hur is back to the basics of sitting in a circle. This right hur is liberatory because how often do we as women of color, in our day to day, in our work, in school, get the chance to share and truly be heard without interuption. Church.

mijajaja:

On thursday 20 women of color gathered to share space, stories, tears, joy, frustration and erry thang else in a circle for the full moon. I had such an awful week I really didnt wanna go. But this right hur is resistance. This right hur is healing. This right hur is back to the basics of sitting in a circle. This right hur is liberatory because how often do we as women of color, in our day to day, in our work, in school, get the chance to share and truly be heard without interuption. Church.