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March 16th, 1991

Latasha Harlins was a student at Westchester High School and was murdered by Soon Ja Du just thirteen days after the videotaped beating of Rodney King became public.

On March 16, 1991, Du saw Harlins putting a bottle of orange juice in her backpack and thought Harlins was stealing, even though Harlin was holding the money for the juice. Du attempted to grab Harlins by the sweater and snatched her backpack. Harlins hit Du with her fist three times, knocking Du to the ground. After Harlins backed away Du then threw a stool at her. Harlins then picked up the orange juice that dropped during the scuffle, threw it on the counter and turned to leave. Du reached under the counter to retrieve a handgun. Du then fired at Harlins from behind and shot her in the back of her head, then fainted. Du’s husband, Billy Heung Ki Du, heard the shot and rushed into the store. After speaking to his wife, who falsely claimed having been robbed, he dialed 9-1-1 to report the shooting. Paramedics soon arrived, but Harlins was dead, her two dollars still in her left hand.

Du testified on her own behalf, stating that it was self-defense and that her life was in danger, but her words were contradicted by the statements of the two witnesses present at the time and the security camera footage, which showed her shooting Harlins in the back of the head as Harlins was attempting to leave the store. However, the Los Angeles police department ballistics expert report also found that the handgun Du used was altered in such a way that, compared to an ordinary handgun, much less pressure on the trigger was necessary to result in firing.

The jury found Du guilty of voluntary manslaughter with a 16-year prison sentence recommendation, believing that Du’s shooting was fully within her control and she fired the gun voluntarily. The presiding judge, Joyce Karlin reduced the sentence to probation of five years, four hundred hours of community service, and a $500.00 fine.

(via Dominqiue DePrima)

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history meme || {1/3} inventions riots
T H E  1 9 9 2  L A  R I O T S 

For those of us who grew up with Sublime, Dr. Dre and 2Pac singing about “April 29, 1992,” the six-day riots that tore through downtown Los Angeles in the early ‘90s can seem almost mythical. But with widespread looting, arson and murder resulting in fifty-three deaths and more than $1 billion in damage, they were all too real. The riots began the day a jury acquitted four white L.A. police officers of beating a black man named Rodney King—an incident that was famously caught on videotape.

The ultra-violent riots later inspired several documentaries, scenes in feature films, references in television shows, and scores of hit singles by, it seems, basically anyone with access to an instrument. Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, Tom Petty, Billy Idol, Tori Amos, Bad Religion, Rancid, Machine Head, Offspring, Garth Brooks, M.I.A., Lil Wayne, Ben Harper, The Black Eyed Peas and Rage Against the Machine, among many others, have all written songs about the riots.

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This was for a project in my photography class. We had to choose historical photos from our culture and then find text to go with the picture and put everything together in the style of Carrie Mae Weems. The text of each photo is either directly quoted from an actual person, modified from a primary source, or created entirely by me.

Theme of the entire piece: “Even if my fingernails [tear] out, my nose and ears rip apart, and my legs and arms crush, the pain of losing my nation is more brutal.” - Yu Gwansun

This piece explores the painful history of Korea and Koreans - Japanese occupation, Korean War, Korean Diaspora, and the L.A. Riots - and how in each case, our nation lost bits of itself (dead student protesters, dead soldiers, orphan children sent overseas, and loss of a purely Korean identity in exchange for a Korean American identity).

1) Dark purple. Mothers grieve for their sons killed in a demonstration, 1960. I solely created the text. While I am not sure if this picture is connected to the Japanese occupation of Korean from 1910-1945 and the consequent student demonstrations reacting against it, I interpreted the picture to represent the sorrow of Korean mothers who have lost their sons and daughters to the struggle against Japanese occupation.

2) Olive green. The color of peace is contrasted jarringly with the image of a machinery behind a young Korean girl and what it seems to be her baby brother. The word “South Korea” is on the baby and “North Korea” is placed on the young girl to show how families were split by the civil war. Text is based on a NY Times article that quoted Ri Kyong, a North Korean refugee. I modified it slightly.

3) Blue. A photo of a young Korean orphan. He represents the nearly 200,000 children who have been adopted overseas [often into white families] since the Korean War. This connects to the broader Korean Diaspora. Text is directly from adoptee Andy Marra’s wonderful and heartfelt article on going to Korea to meet her biological mother for the first time.

4) Red. My least favorite aesthetically because I had to really contrast the picture in order to highlight the redness so the picture is unclear. It is a photograph of Korean storeowners on rooftops, guarding their livelihoods. Text is a merging of two quotes from this NY Times article of April 1992. While this photograph is not of Korea directly, it is about immigrant Koreans in America and the long history of emigration from Korea. The L.A. Riots showed how isolated Koreans were from other people of color who resented their so-called “model minority” success and isolated from the police forces that abandoned the Koreans in their time of need. After the L.A. Riots, Koreans realized the importance of structuring a Korean American identity and getting involved in politics and activism, especially working closely with other communities of color.

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An Essay I wrote on Racial Profiling, Gangsta Rap and the Black Experience. Please Read to educate yourself, as I did researching and writing this. Directly relevant to the Trayvon Martin Case and issues of disproportionate media and a jaded system.

POC Zine Project At 2014 L.A. Zine Fest: Everything You Need To Know

POC Zine Project is coming to L.A. Zine Fest for our second year in a row! We’re excited to be tabling and hosting a panel discussion at the third annual fest.

POCZP’S PANEL DISCUSSION AT L.A. ZINE FEST

POC Zine Project presents … Cultivating Culture & Community: Strategies For Overcoming The Bullshit

Curated and moderated by POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano, this panel of community organizers and artists from across the country will share their strategies for organizing events, starting a distro and building community on both a local and national level. Hear solutions for solving problems that frequently come up in any grassroots/volunteer-based movement or project (not limited to zines).

Join the discussion by attending the panel, asking questions and contributing your ideas. Follow along and share online by accessing the panel hashtag on Twitter, which will be #LAZFCC.

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Panel Time: 1pm - 2pm PST

Panel Location: In the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.

MEET POCZP’S PANELISTS

Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)

We’re excited to announce that Cihuatl Ce will be performing during our panel discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her live! 

Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)

Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)

Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)

Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans, La)

Click on each panelist’s name to read their bios. Find out what they will be tabling with at the fest and learn more about their work. You can also speak with them throughout the day at the POC Zine Project table.

DISCLOSURE: To ensure intentionally safer spaces for POC, this event features primarily women of color speakers and is open to anyone, of any background, to attend and share stories. For those that give permission, your feedback will be compiled into a community/events organizing “how-to” zine by POCZP/L.A. Zine Fest that will be distributed widely in Fall of 2014.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Everyone participating is donating their time, with most folks traveling very long distances at their own expense. Please give what you can to support POC artists. Thanks!

Tabling Time: 10am - 5pm PST

SPOTLIGHTING BROWN RECLUSE ZINE DISTRO

For the hour immediately following our event, there will be a table set up nearby where Nyky Gomez will table with BRZD zines. Make sure to stop by after our panel to get a wide assortment of zines created by people of color!

You can also find Nyky tabling at the POC Zine Project dedicated table throughout the day (10am - 5pm). POCZP is giving Nyky access to two tables in order to accommodate BRZD’s large inventory.

COMMUNITY SHOUT-OUTS 

We don’t represent POC zinesters (we are a resource and advocacy platform). There will be plenty of other POC folks at L.A. Zine Fest and L.A. Zine Week doing their thing independent from POCZP. Show your support! Here are some ways to do that:

1) Come to Beyond Baroque Gallery on Saturday, February 15, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and enjoy zines & comix readings, presented by your emcee, Eryca Sender (“My Little Friend,” “Dear High School Boy”)!

Marya Erinn Jones (“Mocha Chocolata Momma Zine,” ABQ Zine Fest) will be one of the readers! Marya organized our ABQ #RaceRiotTour date in 2013.

Beyond Baroque is at 681 North Venice Blvd., Venice, California 90291.

2) We Are In Zine Love With You! A Zine / Novella Release Party Thursday, February 13, from 7-9pm PST

Zine store and art gallery &Pens (sister store to San Francisco’s storied Needles And Pens) is hosting readings from “LA’s amazing and diverse writers, performers and zinesters”–that means Yumi Sakugawa (“Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years”), Zoë Ruiz (The Rumpus; Trop), Lilliam Rivera (2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow), Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad; “Bellies and Buffalos”), Bianca Barragan (Trust Me: I Know What I’m Doing), and Jonas Cannon (Cheer the Eff Up)!

Get reader bios and more at the event page.

L..A. ZINE FEST Venue Information

Fest Date and Time: Sunday, February 16th, 10am - 5pm (tabling hours). Related events will run until approximately 7pm.

Location: The tabling portion of the Fest will be held in the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.

Events will take place in what is known as the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage. When you arrive, you’ll most likely walk through the L.A. Zine Fest Zine Library to get there.

Parking: Street Parking is available on Washington Blvd. (the meters don’t run on Sunday). The fine people at Culver City Hall have asked us to tell you not to park on residential streets. 

A complete list of event programming can be found HERE.

ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST

L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.

Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh