"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.

Hot off the presses, issue #2 is officially done! Here’s a recap of what they’re all about and where you can get them at Chicago Zine Fest this weekend! 
Issue #1: On Struggling IdentityCreated last fall just in time for the POC Zine Project’s Race Riot Tour stop in Chicago, this collaborative zine made by some Chicago folks of color is filled with short stories, poems and a random interview with my aging abuelita, all on the topic of POC identities and the complex politics that surround it. 
Issue #2: On Struggling Self-CareAfter an extremely rough year on many of us, we decided to explore the difficult world of self-care. Through more short stories, poems and artwork, we touch on the importance of taking care of ourselves, as well as challenging notions such as yoga being associated with white culture, the reality of “mental” illnesses, and the shortcomings of finding happiness in social institutions like marriage as queer folks of color. All covers are handmade/block printed. 
Find us at table 5 during Zine Fest this Saturday!
A few of us will also be reading at 826CHI tonight between 7-9pm as part of CZF’s Exhibitor Reading event!
We look forward to meeting you all! 
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