Wednesday, 20 February 2013

remembering who we are zine

Remembering Who We Are zine -- Deadline extended
We’re looking for contributors to 'Remembering Who We Are' zine.

 We'd love for as many people as possible, from all over the world to contribute. We already have a number of submissions, but are seeking more.

The zine has links to the memory and history work that Melanie’s 'Shape & Situate' zine has been doing, as well as the art work that Lindsay has been part of with 'Caged Bird Club', and beyond. This time, however, we want to look at our own individual, personal histories to see how we come to be the ...people that we are, with the politics that we have.

It's about who we are and how it links with what we do.

We want participants to share a unique story of a formative event or influential person in their life. We want to hear, see and share examples of moments that have shaped or are shaping people's political values and have made them into who they are today.
We’re looking for examples of social and political history on a personal level; things that you have experienced in your lifetime that have influenced and activated you, or formative events that have made you think about the world in a different way.
This may be as simple as a conversation that you had with someone that made you think critically about things. Or, it may be an example of actions/activisms that have buoyed your own interest in, and your knowledge/awareness of, politics and political action, and/or led you to engage in your own everyday activism, action or activity.

Please see the flier for more information, as we'd love to collect as many contributions as possible, to show how much of a broad church 'activism' is, and how broad and unique all of our inlets to it are.

We want to show how individual’s experiences create interesting and interested activists, and challenge the daunting myth that all activists must and do come-to-be by knowing it all from the get-go, and knowing all the same things. We’re all human, and we’ve all seen and done a lot to get to the points that we’re at. The zine aims to remember some of this, and to show how our unique experiences have led us to work to create change in the ways that we do.

Please feel free to share this with friends who may also be interested.

Submissions or questions should be sent to: by the end of March 2013.


To view the fliers up close, see:

The fliers say:

Nobody is born a fully formed anarchist, eco warrior, militant worker or radical feminist. We want to pull together stories that reflect the inspiration, the disappointments, and the naiveté that everyone goes through when trying to figure out how to live in a world they want to change.

Have you had an amazing conversation with someone that made you think critically about things and see the world differently?

Have you had a direct experience of activism where the outcome made you think about or engage in activism in a new way?

What was it about this moment in your life that made you want to keep going?

We want to hear, see, and share examples of personal moments that have shaped your political values and made you who you are today.

By ‘remembering who we are’ we can create something to inspire and encourage people who are new to activism or maybe just feeling burnt out.

The finished zine, featuring highlights of what is produced for this project, will be available as a free/copyleft downloadable PDF later in 2013.

Contributions can be words, drawings, handmade, computer generated, or any combination of these. But they must be A4, portrait, black & white jpegs or pdfs.

Send your submission to: by the end of March 2013 (deadline has been extended)


To paraphrase a recent conversation artist Melanie Cervantes had on her FB wall:

“I didn't know what social justice was back then but these experiences left deep impressions on my heart and memory. #TheThingsThatShapeWhoWeAre
This is why every thing I do I do with that in mind.
Political discourse in the present day stimulates the memories and the gut feeling that I recall throughout my adolescence of situations I thought were not fair. I didn't have the vocabulary then to talk about oppression, labor, and exploitation. May we continue to bring memory forward, to full view, it is one of the strongest tools we have to shape our visions of what may be.”

(Hope you don’t mind me sharing this, Melanie, but it’s helping me further to put all of this into relatable terms, and I think your words are really important and useful)


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