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December 24th, 2008

01:54 pm - Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete)
Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"

Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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October 30th, 2008

02:52 pm - mama/papa zinesters - wanna raise some hell?!
first off - I want to apologize for listing this here as this is not a specific anarchist endeavor, whatsoever, although anarchist parents are part in attendence - - - it is a very open ZINE project that has much diversity within it. But I thought there might perhaps be zinesters, lurking here, and am post crazy, getting this pre-unofficial-call for submissions out. so yea, sorry to interupt your scheduled topic and much love to all the a-parents out there, xoxoxo, china/the future generation

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I wanted to tell you about a project called Mamaphiles. Its started on the mamaphonic. com website, a site for writer and artist mamas, on the zine thread.

"What if we all did a zine together, kinda like a mama zine reader?" posted one zinester - Stacey of Fertile Ground - way back whenever (I think in 2000) and about 32 other zinesters jumped in excited. Since then we have put out 3 issues: "Birth", "Cutting the Cord", and 3 "Coming Home" is still available.
Now there is talk of 4 - with the possible theme being: "Raising Hell"!

The purpose of this project is also to be collaborative. In that, we are stronger, together - and all who participate (mothers or fathers, now with the last issue we are opened to papa zinesters) in writing an essay can participate as much or as little as they can/want. Jumping in with ideas, taking n a task: such as promotion, lay out, printing, editing, etc...

Which is great! I love to lay-out zines but am bad at promotion so my job was to lay it out. Another mama used to zerox on the sly at her office, now we have a new contributor whose collective owns a zeroxing machine, and she is going to do it and is interested in lay out.
I said I would write and do outreach, looking towards newer mama zine writers I have met this year - to see if they would like to participate!

Another beauty of this project, is that we pick a theme - a very loose open theme - and see how each one of us interprets that theme. It comes out pretty cool! And no one is turned away, you want to be in, your in (the only conditions being that you are a parent and you are the editor of a zine, a self-published independent publication)- but we have learned also, to have a word limit.

So we work together on this - and it becomes whatever those who make it, make it!

Interest, as well as general activity levels over at mamaphonic, is down - but some of the contributors that joined last year, are already ready to make another! Enthusiasm is re-emerging. . .

Brainstorming on a theme - has begun. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Would you like to join in? To each as they may- as little or as much as you can/want. I know many parents are busy. If you would like to only contribute an essay that too, would be so wonderful! I think there are more parent-zinesters to ask and reach out too.
The more the better!

Creating this kind of "reader" with bios in the back, also is a good networking tool and a good way a new parent or interested person can see many diverse and various publications at once.

The new theme idea that has the most interest level, so far, is "Raising Hell" I kind of like it. Might be just the ticket! We need something spicier, the last issue "coming home" was very nesty.

and please, if you may, spread the word to all parent zinesters you know - that they are invited (+ greatly happily welcome!) to participate

Organization takes place on mamaphonic. com. This is a good time to jump in, at the beginning! (but things are rolling along, so I am not sure where we will be if this has been forwarded to you and took a week or so ...so check in and see)

http://www. mamaphonic. com/node/1873

and for more info on this project: mamaphiles. com

thanx and best wishes,

- also all ideas on places to put the call for submissions up are welcome & please feel free to forward this!

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September 27th, 2008

08:40 pm
hello everyone, i am the mother of a 10 month old and found this community. wanted to say hello and i look forward to posting/sharing with @ll of you!


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September 20th, 2008

09:21 pm - hide the children!
This was too cute not to pass on. This is on the "blue highway" near my house:


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June 25th, 2008

11:26 pm - a complete social liberal group
I have created a group for social liberals, which covers all of the social liberty issues
(including youth rights) in which positions are strongly correlated. I have not found
any other such group on livejournal or elsewhere on the internet:

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June 8th, 2008

10:36 pm - Daddy Doll

... thoughts, anyone? the whole idea really saddens/scares me. 

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May 27th, 2008

09:10 am - From motivationquote
'Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.' --Wayne Dyer
Current Music: Virgin Radio

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May 17th, 2008

11:34 am - Parents as Organizers and Organizers as Parents

Hi Everyone,

I just joined this group and this is my first post. I'm a former teenage mom, now with a 12 year old and a 2 year old - both sons! I'm not only an anarcho-parent, but a lot of people might consider me a political anarchist as well! :)

I've been an organizer for social justice my entire adult life. My main inspiration has always been my children. What I found as I landed one *paid organizing job after the other, whether as a community or union organizer, was that the very two people that have inspired me to be a great, passionate, effective organizer were people I was unreasonably asked to abandon for "the cause," over and over again. This is problematic, but it is made even more so by another experience. I have simultaneously  volunteered in my community as an organizer, and in those *volunteer experiences I was not only more effective than in the paid work, but I actually worked less, and my children were an asset, not a liability. This raises some questions about how exactly “the cause” benefits from denying paid organizers the ability to be full parents.

This has agitated me for a long time. I have observed this as a phenomenon among organizers, as opposed to something I alone have experienced. As a result, I took a huge leap of faith this year and founded an organization to help organizers find balance in their lives: Services for Inspired Propinquity. The website is inspiredpropinquity.com.

We've got a survey for organizers going strong this month if anyone here is a paid or volunteer organizer that wants to talk about their experiences as parents and organizers. You can find it on the homepage. Please do pass it on. It's anonymous, by the way.

Otherwise, I'm just interested in starting a conversation here about what it is like to love your kids and love the world. It seems to me like our kids are a huge investment in this place.

Best to All,

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April 13th, 2008

02:55 pm - Author of New York Sun column starts her own blog titled 'Free Range Kids'
Lenore Skenazy, author of the awesome column "Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone" which got a lot of flack and even accusations of child abuse, has started her own blog called "FreeRangeKids" about parenting to give children the same amount of responsibility and freedom that she experienced growing up in New York. From the blog:

" Do you ever... ..let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk alone to school? Take a bus, solo? Or are you thinking about it? If so, you are raising a Free Range Kid! At Free Range, we believe in safe kids. We believe in helmets, car seats and safety belts. We do NOT believe that every time school age children go outside, they need a security detail. Most of us grew up Free Range and lived to tell the tale. Our kids deserve no less. This site dedicated to sane parenting. Share your stories, tell your tips and maybe one day I will try to collect them in a book. Meantime, let's try to help our kids embrace life! (And maybe even clear the table.)"

The original article about her son's subway ride.

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April 12th, 2008

02:53 pm - Anyone want to do some led discussions?
The SL Infoshop is looking for folks to do teach ins or led discussions. Discussions or teach ins should be about 1 hour in length and generally timing should be sometime after 6pm but before 11pm PST. If you are available for more than an hour it would be great if you could stay longer and help out with an Q and A session. You can feel free to suggest some kind of homework or reading that folks would want to do before coming in, and I'll make sure that they know about it preferably at least a week in advance. (please be aware that homework that is abelist will not be passed on, for example, "watch this movie on goggle video that has no subtitles").

We are very interested in talks on gender, anti-racism, anti-fascism, political activism, environmentalism, non-oppressive parenting, sexuality, polyamory, feminism, anti-ableism, intersex, organizing, labor rights, war, poverty, globalization, sex work, alternative media, or well just about anything interesting and political you can think of, hit me up and let me know about something you want to talk about and we can work it out from there.

Second Life is a free, 3 dimensional, fully interactive, social and chat space. If your computer is not compatible with second life but you would still like to do a talk I'm pretty sure I can work something out by copy and pasting into and out of AIM, Jabber, MSN, etc. Basically this is an opportunity to get to talk to folks about things that you are passionate about who don't get to come out to more standard teach ins, consultas, etc.

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