Zines Rasquache aims to challenge the stifling of creativity evident in the mainstream media by pushing forth the Xicanista experience in both a herstorical and current narrative. ZR’s zines range in topics from lesson plans for feminist educators to a celebration of the pussy to the story of 9 martyrs of the Chican@ movement in Colorado.
- Feminist/Riot Grrrl
My work focuses mostly on the Xican@ experience, living in the United States, being of Mexican/Central American descent. I tell stories of resistance to government oppression, social inequities, misogyny and capitalism. I am brown and proud, mujer y xingona.
I've been making zines as alternatives to typical forms of literature/compiled written documents: school projects, short stories, interviews, historical non fiction, civil disobedience. I don't rely on someone to publish the work I choose to put out into the world. I am therefore not edited, censored or silenced by an outsider, though I greatly take into consideration the safety of the people whose voices carry over the pages.
The first zine I helped make was born out of a sit-in I helped organize with student activists at SF State. We took over the administration building sometime in 2010 to bring focus to the ridiculous fee hikes in tuition, on going since 2008. Folks wrote their grievances on sticky notes and hung them all around the wall. Rather then letting the custodian throw them away, a friend and I gathered them and put them into a zine, which we then delivered to the SF State president at the time. I hope he read it.
ZR challenges the stifling of creativity evident in mainstream media by pushing forth the Xicanista experience in both a herstorical and current narrative. The goal is always to tell the stories that are not being told and to shed light on the realities that have purposely been silenced and destroyed. Zines range in topics from lesson plans for feminist educators to a celebration of the pussy to the story of 9 martyrs of the Chican@ movement in Colorado. All with the exception of 3 are done “old school” style, cut, glued and copied in black and white. Two of them are blessed with the work of WOC artists. My work is personal, political & carries the resilient energy of my ancestors.