"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.

An Update from the “On Struggling” Crew

Hey ya’ll! We had a little hiatus catchin’ up with life and whatnot, but we’re back in action and ready to flood your tumblr feed with major POC love. 

- We’ll be tabling/reading at the American Library Association Annual Conference on Sunday, June 30th. The reading is part of the “Zine Pavillion” and hopes to connect librarians with zines and self-publishing resources. Wish us luck! 

- If you know of any zine distros/stores/online stores that would like to add some POC zines to their archives, please send them our way! 

- Issue #2 is finally available at Quimby’s Bookstore. Get it!


- We are brainstorming Issue #3 at the moment…how exciting! If you have any input or want to get involved, hit us up! 

We’ll leave ya’ll for now with a lil’ excerpt from our very own Pidgeon Pagonis. In Issue #2 on the struggle of self-care as people of color, she wrote a piece called “White People Will No Longer Dominate Self-Care”, in which she gives a raw and humorous narrative of her developing relationship with yoga.  

"Self care is sometimes understanding that to partake in the things that white people have colonized in this country like running, therapy, eating healthy, massages, acupuncture, flossing and yoga, to name a few, are not inherent and exclusive to white folks with money. There shouldn’t be any shame in POCs self care game. As long as we feel shame, embarrassment, or like hellnawfuckdatewhitepeopleshit - we potentially miss out on some really cool subversive ways of taking care of ourselves, building community, and staying the fuck out of the medical industrial complex (as much as we can)" 

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