#WritingWhileBlack Workshop at HFZF

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We are so excited to have Whitney French facilitating her workshop Writing While Black at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair!

***Writing While Black – 1pm at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair. This workshop is drop in and open to all, but BIPOC are prioritized***

black_brown_fierce_wwb_edmontonPart group discussion, part reading salon, part creation lab, #WritingWhileBlack engages participants in a discussion on zines by people of colour and specifically the means in which indie print-culture can galvanize movements for racialized people. Anchored by two game-changing zines – FIRE!! Devoted to Younger Negro Artists (Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston, 1926) and Evolution of a Race Riot (Mimi Nguyen, 1997) – this workshop seeks to: analyze zines culture from the lens of a zinester of colour (Whitney French founder of From the Root zine), to offer space for people to read political zines written by zinesters of colour from Canada and around the world, and to participate in the creation of their own zine if they so desire. Continue reading

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BIPOC Zine Making Grant!

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Guest post by e.war, coordinator of the Arrow Archive and Look Mum! Distro

The Arrow Archive has the goal to educate the communities around us about zine making and about zines general.

We started the Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) zine marking grant because we want to send the message that zinester BIPOC voices are important and invaluable to the zine making community. Also we want more folks to make zines, or try out making a zine for the first time. grant web color We started with the question: why don’t people make zines?

Our answers are these: they don’t know what they are, they don’t know how to make them, or they don’t have the time. We  also asked the question: whose voices are rarely heard in zine making communities?

We know there are BIPOC zine makers out there! What a better way to connect with and encourage marginalized voices then for them to self publish their thoughts and ideas then making that sphere more accessible with funding. Now, it’s a teeny tiny amount of money ($100) but it could be enough to pay for an hour or two of work and a few photocopies.

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African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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By Nomvelo Nkomo

Canada’s first ever African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will take place this February 7th, 2015.

This day will help raise awareness of HIV and contribute to addressing HIV-related stigma in Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black communities.

This commemorative Day is inspired by the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day that has been observed in the U.S. on February 7 every year since 1999.

To celebrate the first ever Canadian African Caribbean and Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the ACB education and outreach program at The Aids Network will be screening the film 12 Years a Slave.

When: Saturday, February 7th from 1pm-4pm
Where: The AIDS Network – 140 King St East, Suite 101

Light refreshments will be served!

Contact: Nnkomo @aidsnetwork.ca or 905-528-0854 ext. 230 Continue reading

Zine Making Grant!

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Guest post by e.war, Coordinator of the Arrow Archive and Look Mum Distro.

The Arrow Archive has the goal to educate the communities around us about zine making and about zines general. We started the Black Indigenous Person of Colour (BIPOC) zine marking grant because we want to send the message that zinester BIPOC voices are important and invaluable to the zine making community. Also we want more folks to make zines, or try out making a zine for the first time.

We started with the question: Why don’t people make zines?

Our answers are these: They don’t know what they are, they don’t know how to make them, or they don’t have the time. We  also asked the question: Whose voices are rarely heard in zine making communities? Continue reading