Happy Summer!!

The Women of Color Zine blog will be on summer break starting today until early September.

We will be attending the Portland Zine Symposium on Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ the Ambridge Event Center. Come out and say hi as well as pick up our latest zine.

Learn more about the Portland Zine Symposium.

We hope you have a fabulous summer :)






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July Vigil for Keaton Otis

Saturday, July 12, 2014


NE 6th and NE Halsey

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police three years ago. The police admitted they stopped him for “looking like a gangster.”

His father, Fred Bryant, held a monthly vigil every month on the 12 since his son’s murder in his struggle for justice for three years, on the spot where Keaton’s life was taken. Fred Bryant passed away October 29, 2013. His family and community have committed to continuing the vigils every month, until justice is achieved for Keaton and for Fred.

Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Keaton-Otis/127054844033835?ref=ts&fref=ts

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PZS: 6th Annual 24 Hour Zine Challenge

July 5th & 6th

Starting at 12pm

Calling all ambitious zinesters! You are invited to the 6th Annual 24hr Zine Challenge presented by the Portland Zine Symposium and the Independent Publishing Resource Center…

Click to register as a CHALLENGER.

There is a $5 registration fee to cover supplies and some basic snacks! REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Click here if you want to SPONSOR a challenger!

All proceeds go to support the Portland Zine Symposium. If you donate $10 or more, you will receive a copy of your challenger’s completed zine!

In order to meet the challenge: the PZS 24hr Zine Challengers MUST make a 24-page zine of an original conception straight up to the final product in 24 hours straight. The zine should be of suitable size and technical difficulty so that this truly is a challenge for individual zinesters.

The 2014 Challengers

Katie Ash
Cheyenne McClain
KatMeow Garcia
Liz Yerby
Sonia Ali

Information for challengers:

We will have supplies (paper, glue, scissors, typewriters, etc.) available, along with some snacks.

We encourage you to reach out to friends and family to sponsor your challenge! Their pledges go to help supporting the Portland Zine Symposium. They can sign up to sponsor you here.

To bring: $5 registration fee, any zine materials you’d like to have, pillows/blankets/sleeping gear, any extra snacks/drinks you want

The IPRC has two copy machines (one is now in color!) on hand to help you create your fabulous zine black and white copies are 7 cents per side for members (trial membership is $35) and 10 cents per side for nonmembers. Color copies are 45 cents per side for members and 55 cents per side for nonmembers.

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WOC Zine Collective Reading-June 2014

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Black Girl in Suburbia Documentary Screening and Discussion

Sunday, June 29, 2014

@ 2pm

Multnomah County Library – North Portland, 512 N Killingsworth St

Purchase (free tickets) or first come, first served.


“Filmed in Oregon, Black Girl In Suburbia is the feature debut documentary from Melissa Lowery that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities.

Black Girl In Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people. In hopes that these discussions will allow us to look at perceptions of ourselves, others and the community we live in as a whole.”–http://www.blackgirlinsuburbia.com/

Please join us for the N/NE Portland Premiere of the film and contribute to the community discussion to occur afterwards.

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Portland WOC Zine Collective: Issue #7 Launch Party

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Glyph Cafe & Arts Space

804 NW Couch St.

The WOC Zine Collective is happy to announce its latest issue, Around Portland. Join us for a night of reading and celebrating with our lovely host, Glyph Cafe & Arts Space.

Reading Includes local writers Tonya L Jones, Cathy Camper, and Olivia Olivia.

About the writers:

Cathy Camper is Arab-American and her graphic novel Lowriders in Space will be published by Chronicle Books in November. 2014. She’s also written Bugs Before Time; Prehistoric Insects and Their Relatives, and co-edits the zine Sugar Needle. She currently works as a librarian at Multnomah County Library. She’s also reading earlier this month at the Queer Lit Happy Hour <> PRIDE KICKOFF <>. You can reach her at www.cathycamper.com.

Tonya Jones loves to read, write, and cook soul food. She is a student at Portland State University and founder of the WOC Zine Workshops (club). She learned about zines in a Women’s Studies class. Check out her work with the Women of Color Zine Workshops at http://wocpdxzines.com/

Olivia Olivia is a Salvadoran American writer and editor of the Notable Portland column at The Rumpus. Her personal essays and fiction have appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, SPARK, and the Portland Observer, and she is currently working on her first book, Everything That Never Happened To Me. You can learn more about Olivia at www.OliviaWrites.com.


Thanks again to Glyph owners Sandra and Hugo for sponsoring this event!

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National Newspaper Publishers Association visits Portland

The National Newspaper Publishers Association will be in Portland!

June 25-June 28

The Nines Hotel

“National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA): The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 73-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States.

Since World War II, it has also served as the industry’s news service, a position that it has held without peer or competitor since the Associated Negro Press dissolved by 1970. In 2000, the NNPA launched NNPA Media Services– a print and web advertising-placement and press release distribution service. In 2001, the NNPA, in association with the NNPA Foundation, it began building the BlackPressUSA Network– the nation’s premier network of local Black community news and information portals. The BlackPressUSA Network is anchored by BlackPressUSA.com– the national web portal for the Black Press of America.” http://nnpa.org/about-us/

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“In Other Words presents Reel Feminism” is a monthly film series hosted at the Clinton Street Theater!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @ 7pm

Tickets are sliding scale, starting at $5. Anything over $5 directly benefits In Other Words Feminist Community Center.


Meet Georgina Beyer, the latest “it” girl of New Zealand politics. A one-time sex worker of Maori descent turned public official, Georgina stunned the world in 1999 by becoming the first transgendered person to hold national office. This unlikely politician grew up on a small Tarankai farm and later became a small-time celebrity on the cabaret circuit in Auckland. With charisma, humor and charm, Beyer unapologetically recounts her fascinating life story, shares how she overcame adversity and discloses the reasons she decided to run for office in a mostly all white, conservative electorate. Incorporating an unbelievable montage of colorful archival images dug up from Georgina’s days as an exotic dancer, theatre and television performer, this absorbing documentary breaks down stereotypes and promotes greater understanding of transgendered people. (wmm.com)

Director: Annie Goldson and Peter Wells
Country: New Zealand
Year: 2001
Runtime: 70 minutes

For more information: http://cstpdx.com/show/reel-feminism-georgie-girl

Stick around afterwards for a debriefing discussion.


REEL FEMINISM is a film series highlighting movies directed by women and genderqueer individuals that have a feminist perspective or address feminist topics.

Join the Facebook group to stay in the loop about upcoming Reel Feminism screenings and share your ideas for films you would like to see included https://www.facebook.com/groups/reelfeminism/

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