Zine Project Seattle–so f*cking awesome.

This zine is actually awesome. It’s organized by Catholic Community Services of King County and the U-District youth center. The zine is composed mainly of poetry and artwork, which is created by homeless youth who use the center. This zine also has links to other zines made by individual students! It’s SO awesome! It’s actually really really inspiring. I think part of the reason I’ve just become so obsessed with this is because it is so brilliant! Helping young adults face their fears and tell their stories, while also making a little bit of money to help support them. It is so genuine, and the topics are SO wide ranging, I can’t focus on just one thing. Here’s a snippit from the “about” section, “By following this blog, you’re becoming a listener directly helping marginalized youth re-integrate into their society.” While this is true, these zines are also helping society (or readers) expedite that re-integration process by recognizing what put these kids on the streets and helping these youth combat it through awareness and understanding–a couple recurring themes are sexual abuse and exploitation, drug addiction, and gender-identity issues. There is so much going on here, it’s incredible.

Each of the zines can be ordered for 7 dollars. I’m inclined to order several, as they are all so different. One individual writes about his aversions to the Republican party, despite being a member of it. Here’s a pic of the cover of “Broken”

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And then there are other zines, like I Never Thought. Part of this description reads, “‘I Never Thought…’ is a collection of poems by a young Ukrainian teenage girl who was sexually exploited in Seattle.”

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And no-nonsense titles like, “The Book of Life, From a Homeless Seattle Youth”.

Buying these zines means helping get kids off the street and support them while they try to change their lives by going to school, volunteering, etc. It also provides support for the young boys and girls who are sharing their powerful stories–ranging from stories of drug addiction and struggles with gender identity to romantic flings, and inspiring experiences. The wide array of struggles and experiences really opens your eyes–especially as someone living in seattle. This zine is truly awesome. Seriously. Take a look.

http://zineprojectseattle.wordpress.com/

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3 thoughts on “Zine Project Seattle–so f*cking awesome.

  1. THIS IS SO COOL. I explored it a bit, and you’re right there’s a lot of variety from issues like siblings, love from an African-American perspective to zines about a whole wheat piece of bread off to fight the evil Pop-tart. (Which might be a zines stressing the benefits of organic foods?) I didn’t know what a zine was up till now (in fact never heard of them) but I feel like I could spend hours reading them. They address pressing issues that (in my opinion) aren’t always surface level issues. (Like the young adult who is conflicted with his political party’s beliefs). I was also drawn to these zines because of the age group: young adults close to our age. It’s great to read media that has a younger and not as “professional” voice. (meaning authors who maybe haven’t had a Whitman education.) Thanks for sharing this!

  2. This is f*cking fantastic! It’s great to have zines that benefit causes like this.
    The great range of topic is fantastic for readability, and also increases the possibility of establishing connections with readers of varied interests and sensibilities. Giving these homeless youth a voice has so much potential to destigmatize homelessness. The homeless are so often ‘othered’ in society, so often blamed for their own situation, and giving these homeless youths a voice that readers can relate to has the potential to increase empathy and respect for the homeless.

  3. Not to piggyback on everyone else, these zines are awesome! I work with kids in town who aren’t homeless but who could really benefit from an outlet like this. I think this shows how zines and DIY culture in general can be an incredibly powerful way to spread the voices of those who are often silenced by dominant culture.

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