Oh the infinite wisdom of radical zines. Get your own copy for free right now!
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Resistance is Fertile!!! Click here to print your shareable copy of Moral Revolution, a brilliant zine by Kriti Sharma about creating an ethics of love, a livable world, a yes in creation response with each other (based on Sarah Lucia Hoagland’s Lesbian Ethics).
(Printing specifications: Landscape orientation, Double-sided, Flip on the short edge)
Also see this political education agenda for an idea of how to use this magic in your community!
In 1979 in response to 12 murders of black women in Boston in the space of three months, the Combahee River Collective (mission statement exerpted here…email email@example.com for an educational full copy) created and self-published a document about violence against black women and created a series of creative artistic public demonstrations affirming the right of all women to live. In 2006 in response to verbal, physical and ideological violence against women of color and sex workers and people who have survived sexual assault in Durham North Carolina, UBUNTU in partnership with Men Against Rape Culture (MARC) created and self-published a document on how to support survivors of sexual violence.
Download it here and use it in your communities! (Printing specifications: Landscape orientation, Double-sided, Flip on the short edge)
Voices from the Friction Lines
As part of the DIY series at Charis Books and More, the oldest feminist bookstore in the Southeast, a half-dozen brilliant activists, thinkers and artists created a zine to respond to the literal and metaphorical drought that our planet, progressive movements, and our bodies are suffering. This zine provides resources towards wholeness, a spell, a word-search, do it yourself interviews for elders and young folks, poetry, a recipie and beautiful artwork. Defying the stories about scarcity all around us, this abundance of joy was created in only 2 hours. Click friction-lines.pdf
for your free copy. Use it in your life, your community, your classroom, etc.
OutLaw Vision: Reclaiming, Truth, Power and Justice For Ourselves
Click here to download OutLaw Vision, a zine about responding to violence without reaffirming the biases of the law created in ONE HOUR (!!!!) by participants in an UBUNTU workshop at the Allied Media Conference. This zine includes strategies for response, examples of how people are organizing for transformative justice, a review of a one woman show, vision maps, an interactive advice column and more!
The Watermelanin Remix
This zine is a compilation of student poems and prose pieces in conversation with Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle. Remixing the poems in main character Gunnar Kaufman’s poetry collection Watermelanin, the students examined their own relationships to racism, gender, family, class, oppression and freedom. This edition also includes literary readings of each poem by fellow students and photos of the poets performing their pieces for an unsuspecting audience of bus-riders. This zine is highly recommended as a teaching tool for any class reading Beatty’s important work.
Such A F**king Problem
This poetry ‘zine created by POMK is a prelude to the website of the same name suchafuckingproblem.blogspot.com. Full of irony, rage and social critique this zine calls out assimilationist pressure, a culture of silence around sexual violence and apathy of all kinds. Download your free copy here:
S.exual E.xperience X.posed
This ‘zine presents a diverse array of sexual experiences from the point of view of female and women-identified individuals. The content of this ‘zine is specifically for grown folks, and the author hopes that this publication will find its way to women’s organizations, rape crisis centers and women’s shelters to send the message that we should all be able to tell our sexual stories without shame! Download your free full color copy to share here:
This ‘zine by Michelle Oyeka provides a contemporary exercise in “double-consciousness” a term coined by W.E.B. DuBois’s in 1903 to explain the difficult, but important position of people of african descent in the Americas. Oyeka uses this concept to embrace her experience as the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, immersed in African-American culture and to create an aesthetic in which multiple views are valued. Oyeka’s zine features guest pages by Elisabeth Michel and Stephanie Darand. Download your full color copy here:
Black Leaders: Misleading the Black Community
This ‘zine by Jade Miller critiques the tactics of conservative black leaders and uses the work of figures as varied as Aaron McGruder and Barack Obama to imagine what effective black leadership could look like. This is a useful conversation starter for conversations about the 2008 national and local elections. Download your free copy in full color here!
This ‘zine created by a team of pre-medical students of color seeks to examine and uncover the health disparities experienced by people of color in the United States. Including pieces on the significance of race and genomics in contemporary healthcare, the immigrant heathcare debate as well as disturbing facts and useful remedies, this publication seeks to infect the minds of its readers towards a transformation of the medical field.
Download this handy-dandy self-explanatory zine by Jaime Danehey to learn or teach someone to write in cursive. Hear tell they’re not teaching this in school anymore. Keep writing!
“My Name is Me” and “Keeping It Real” were both created by a multicultural group of women who respond to sexual violence in their everyday work in communities of color in consecutive 90 minute workshops at the CARE Annual Multicultural Gathering. Download these publications and open yourself to the range of knowledge and energy these nurses, rape crisis responders, teachers, filmakers, advocates, students, counselors and activists have shared!
created at the Miami Workers Center, Miami FL
(Click the title for free download. Printing instructions- Legal sized paper, double-sided, flip on the longedge)
Created at University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Created in Pensacola, FL at University of Western Florida