Marissa Alexander’s new address
If you’d like to write to Marissa Alexander and send her your support, here’s her most updated address now that she’s been released from prison on bond:
P. O. Box 23872
Jacksonville, FL 32257
We’ve never been happier to update Marissa’s mailing address!
Also, please don’t forget to donate to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund! We aim to raise $20,000 by Dec 31st. We have a new trial to help win, let’s do this!
3:12 pm • 2 December 2013 • 640 notes
MISSION STATEMENT, CORE VALUES, AND SHARED GOALS FOR HOAX ZINE
In order to ensure that all contributors are on a similar page, we have re-written Hoax's Mission Statement, in addition to creating the zine's Core Values and Shared Goals.
Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. People of all lived experiences are encouraged to submit! Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to Hoax. We ask that all potential collaborators, regardless of political and/or personal self-identities, actively agree to Hoax’s Core Values and Shared Goals before working on the project.
We aim to integrate the following core values into Hoax's written and visual material:
Accessibility: Circulating content that will be well-received by readers with various levels of reading comprehension skills and keeping the monetary price of the zine at a consistent and optimally affordable amount
Accountability: Reflecting upon our individual privileges and access to various forms of capital, holding ourselves accountable for participation (active or passive) in violence and exclusion perpetuated under the guise of feminism, and accepting constructive criticism to make gender liberation safer for people who are typically marginalized within feminist circles
Education: Taking discussions of feminisms and feminist-related material outside of academia through sharing personal stories and research-driven essays, calling attention to the past and present efforts of feminist-positive work, and learning together via the process of collaborative editing
Empowerment: Bearing witness to people whose voices are traditionally marginalized, erased, silenced, and/or devalued and engaging with the discomfort of having our viewpoints critically challenged
Safety: Prioritizing the safety of writers and artists by allowing them the option to use pen names and intentionally keeping Hoax’s material off the internet, and of readers by circulating a list of detailed topics of essays to allow them the ability to decide for themselves which material has the potential to be triggering/upsetting/uncomfortable to them
We attempt to accomplish the following for Hoax with our collaborators:
- To prioritize the narratives of those whom are commonly excluded within liberal feminism (including, but not limited to, people of color, non-western people, transgender individuals and transgender women specifically, undocumented people, people whom have been incarcerated, and people engaged in transactional sex trades)
- To present varied, dissimilar narratives together in one zine in an attempt to debunk binaries of “valid” and “invalid” experiences related to anti-oppression work
- To enable readers to bare witness to the experiences of others and be active listeners
- To conduct community organizing and consciousness raising work via the relational process of mutual collaboration and editing
- To decenter the narratives of our lived experiences as they relate to factors such as race, gender, sexuality, and disability
- To outwardly challenge gender essentialism, transphobia, white supremacy, classism, homophobia, ableism, and the Western-centric imperialist lens
- To lay the groundwork for critical discussions about hegemonic power and identity development outside academia and an academic lens
- To make marginalized voices, vital information, and independent artists accessible in a print format
- To carry over contemporary and relevant discussions from online and blog circles into the analog world
- To utilize a small-scale form of do-it-together education
- To allow readers autonomy, control, and freedom in deciding what enclosed material has the potential to be triggering to them
- To keep print culture alive through active engagement with local, USian, and international independent publishing circles
- To lend critical analyses to the means of zine distribution and promotion and only work in solidarity with distros, groups, and organizations that subscribe to anti-capitalist and feminist-positive politics
- To provide space for information about current feminist-centered and -friendly efforts, groups, and organizations
- To invest all procured funds to the continuation and sustainability of the project, and at times, to donate the finalized material to community-based efforts in need when the editors establish that doing so is fiscally responsible and possible
1:39 pm • 2 December 2013 • 28 notes
Chicago Zine Fest Comp Zine: Call for Submissions!
The Chicago Zine Fest is celebrating its fifth year of existence this year! We’re blown away by the massive zine love that takes place in Chicago each spring, and we’re thankful that you’ve been a part of making that happen. To celebrate this five year milestone, we are putting together a comp zine of CZF stories. Do you have a memorable CZF experience, anecdote, or adventure? We’d love it if you could be a part of this project!
- Submissions should be 1-3 pages
- Submissions should be half size (5.5” x 8.5”)
- New or previously published work accepted
- Submissions should be about something related to the Chicago Zine Fest
- A high resolution (at least 300 dpi) JPEG or PDF of the submission can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Along with your submission, please send a contributor bio (featuring your name, the title of your zine, contact info, and a few sentences about yourself) to be listed in the back of the zine.
We reserve the right not to include every submission. Contributors will receive a copy of the zine, so please include your mailing address with your submission.
Submissions are due by January 15, 2014. The zine will be sold at CZF 2014 & online, with all proceeds going towards CZF.
Thank you for being a part of the Chicago Zine Fest! CZF loves you!
hoax zine <3s chicago zine fest
11:35 am • 2 December 2013 • 42 notes
One of the most troubling things about the AIDS epidemic is that it could have been stopped so easily by rolling out life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on. Not only do ARVs prevent HIV from developing into AIDS, they also reduce transmission rates and increase people’s willingness to get tested.
But Western pharmaceutical corporations have colluded in pricing these essential drugs way out of reach of the poor. When they were first introduced, patented ARVs cost up to $15,000 per yearly regimen. Generic producers were able to manufacture the same drugs for a mere fraction of the price, but the WTO outlawed this through the 1995 TRIPS agreement to protect Big Pharma’s monopoly.
It was not until 2003 that the WTO bowed to activist pressure and allowed southern Africa to import generics, but by then it was too late – HIV prevalence had already reached devastating proportions. In other words, much of the region’s AIDS burden can be directly attributed to the WTO’s rules and the corporations that defended them. And they are set to strike again: the WTO will cut patent exemptions for poor countries after 2016.
This dearth of basic drugs has gone hand in hand with the general collapse of public health institutions. Structural adjustment and WTO trade policies have forced states to cut spending on hospitals and staff in order to repay odious debts to the West. Swaziland, ground-zero in the world of AIDS, has been hit hard by these cuts. When I last visited I found that many once-bustling clinics are now empty and dilapidated. Neoliberalism has systematically destroyed the first line of defence against AIDS.
The point I want to drive home is that the policies that deny poor people access to life-saving drugs and destroy public healthcare come from the same institutions and interests that helped create the conditions for HIV transmission in the first place.
— Neoliberal plague: AIDS and global capitalism (via sociolab)
(Source: rs620, via 2ndversesameasthe1st)
6:30 pm • 1 December 2013 • 8,350 notes
On world AIDS day let us remember that the Canadian government made it illegal to import safer sex materials and literature targeted towards queer and trans people in the 80s and the laws that enabled that repression are still largely in place today.
2:53 pm • 1 December 2013 • 245 notes
“As long as women are using class or race power to dominate other women, feminist sisterhood cannot be fully realized”
— Bell Hooks, Feminism is for Everybody p16 (via kadjaj)
7:12 pm • 29 November 2013 • 22,311 notes
“When trans women are told that they need to stop being assertive and strong because it is a sign of male privilege - invariably by “feminists” who, of course, encourage cis women to be assertive and strong - that’s transmisogyny.
When trans women are pressured into being silent, rarely offering their opinion, and refusing leadership roles for fear of being seen as male or accused of having male privilege, that’s transmisogyny.
When trans women are afraid to analyze or discuss the role of male privilege in their life because of the way accusations of male privilege have been used as weapons to silence, shame, and misgender trans women, that’s transmisogyny.
When trans women do analyze and discuss the role of male privilege in their lives and come to different conclusions than the dominant cis feminist perspective and are told it is because they simply don’t understand privilege or are ignorant of feminism, that’s transmisogyny.”
— Tobi Hill-Meyer, “What Transmisogyny Looks Like” (via outxofxstepx)
(Source: metapianycist, via birlybir)
6:20 pm • 29 November 2013 • 19,924 notes
I made this flyer for this thing that is happening in July! Come out! have your band play! put on a workshop! hold someones hand! distro a zine!
You drew yourself on the flyer this is flagrancy and I love it
6:06 pm • 29 November 2013 • 221 notes
Trailblazing Women You May Not Know (But Should): Ellen Ochoa
Each week, the Lean In tumblr will spotlight women who made a lasting mark on the world — yet didn’t always end up in the history books. This week we celebrate Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut.
Ellen Ochoa was 11 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Years later, she would become the first Latina to head into space — but she would never have believed that at the time. There were no female astronauts when she was growing up; at the University of San Diego, where she attended college, a professor told her to steer clear of engineering because the classes would be too difficult. "I never considered being an astronaut as an option because when I was growing up there were no female astronauts," she said.
1:32 am • 29 November 2013 • 705 notes
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Collide #2: Passing
PLEASE REPOST WIDELY!
Collide is a compilation zine on the intersection of physical and mental illness.
Issue #1 covered these topics in a broad sense, and how they relate to the intertwining issues of the contributors, including deafness, chronic pain, traumatic brain injuries,…
6:16 pm • 23 November 2013 • 109 notes
Quiet Reflections: Why I Chose Silence on Trans Day of Remembrance
I made the decision to be silent on Trans Day of Remembrance to take care of myself and gather thoughts about the framing of trans womanhood in relation to violence, death and tragedy. Here’s the essay I wrote during that time of personal solitude and reflection.
3:53 pm • 23 November 2013 • 301 notes
JUST A QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT:
Starting summer 2014, Chicago will be hosting a queercore festival, celebrating queer and trans* voices in punk communities! SAVE THE DATE JULY 26-27! More details coming soon!!! Spread this shit like wildfire!
11:24 pm • 20 November 2013 • 824 notes
Trans women take steps to 'TWIRL' freely - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times
"We want to open to everyone that needs help and has issues or they want to transition," said Fernandez. "If you want to transition and you need advice of doing it, we want to help. I want to let the youth know, it’s okay to be different. We made it, so they can too. I want everybody to know we’re there and we exist."
Check out TWIRL in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, a new group for trans women. Please signal boost—this is an important resource.
2:52 pm • 20 November 2013 • 123 notes
“It’s well and good that Joss Whedon has a hard on for sexy looking ladies who can enact violence but you’re not a feminist just because you wrote a female character who can handle a sword.”
Sex Work & Serenity | Maggie Mayhem Speaks
Excellent dissection of Whedon’s depiction of sex work in Firefly and Serenity. Now I have the words to describe why it bothered me so much and why I cringe every time Whedon is hailed as some feminist icon. Prohint: he’s not.
It’s totally possible to enjoy his shows while remaining critical of them, but he hasn’t impressed me lately.
Though all of us at RedUP are total Buffy-heads, it is important to critique what we or do not call feminist.
2:48 pm • 20 November 2013 • 25 notes