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I'm Still Here Zine Release Event

  • Private Home 832 Findlay Avenue Montebello, CA, 90640 United States (map)

~I'M STILL HERE Zine Release~

Join us as we celebrate Queer POC who have survived sexual violence!
FREE ENTRY!
ALL AGES WELCOME!
THIS IS A SOBER SPACE!

Event Schedule:
4-8PM

4PM ~ SEXUAL ASSAULT & DREAMS/PLANTS
Workshop with Huixola*

5:30PM ~ FOR SURVIVORS, BY SURVIVORS
Vendor Market & Paru Delivers Pop~Up Bakery

6:30PM ~ I AM MY SACRED SPACE
Open Mic featuring NikoTiare & Xica Necia

PICK UP YOUR FREE COPY OF I'M STILL HERE ANYTIME FROM 5:30-8PM!

*Workshop sign up coming soon

Location:
HUMMINGBIRD'S NEST
832 Findlay Ave.,
Montebello, CA 90640
[This is a PRIVATE RESIDENCE so there is street parking only. DO NOT park in the driveway. Please respect our host, their home and the neighborhood ♥ ]

MORE DETAILS TBA!

This event is a product of the immense amount of love, energy and ancestral wisdom poured into this project by Queer survivors of color ♥ Thank you for existing. We see you, we hear you, we love you and we hope you join us soon!

TO FUND THIS COMMUNITY HEALING:
gofundme.com/imstillherezine

Why are we raising money?
Community we need your help to FULLY FUND THIS EVENT!

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach 1K! This project's growth continues to exceed our wildest dreams so we have also decided to increase our goal! WE ARE ONLY $335 AWAY FROM:
1. Hiring extra counseling, advocacy and healing support for those who may feel triggered during the event, 
2. Being able to MAIL FREE ZINES to folks who want a copy but are too far to make it out to our event (We've received submission from as far as NY!).

Please continue to make this dream come true by donating + sharing the link! 

[All funds raised are going towards printing copies of the zine, securing a space for the zine release event, and providing a stipend for each featured artist and workshop facilitator. The zine and it's release event are not intended for profit!]
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What is I'M STILL HERE?
I'M STILL HERE is a zine dedicated to sharing the stories of Queer People of Color (POC) who have survived sexual violence. For the past month I have been accepting submissions from Queer POC survivors from all over the world, and I feel that it is imperative to provide a space to honor their work. This is art that not only needs to be REPRESENTED, but needs to be SUSTAINABLE! Therefore, we are asking for donations to fund the physical and emotional labor that is being poured into this project by Queer POC Survivors.

Why was this project started?
Queer POC face alarming rates of violence including sexual assault, yet their stories are hardly represented in media, the courtrooms and our communities. In addition, fear of being outed often forces queer survivors to remain silent about their experiences. As a result, many of us feel utterly alone when really there are Queer POC all over the world surviving violence every day. This project was started to create a brave space for survivors to be able to feel connected to each other.

This event is being organized by Xica Necia in collaboration with the Pop Up Art Collective. Xica Necia is a Nica-Xapina, queer, femme poet and survivor of sexual assault. The Pop Up Art Collective was started in 2016 and hosts pop up art shows for local artists to be able to share their work.
You can find more information about both through IG: @xica_necia and @popupartcollective