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Friday, June 16 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meme On: BIPOC Punk Fest Organizing In The Age of Dinosaurs

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In 2009, two friends started a small DIY punk fest as an alternative to the corporatization of punk and alternative music. In 2017, organizers based in three cities – New Orleans, Oakland, and Chicago – utilized similar tactics. With organizers from Nola's Deep Cuts, Oakland's The Universe Is Lit and Chicago's Black & Brown Punk Show, let's explore collective fest organizing as a tool of collective resistance, re-memory, and money redistribution in communities of color. Bring data for an interactive timeline where participants and panels trace the diverse timelines of punk/alt musicians-of-color organizing in the U.S.


Andres Alvarez

The Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Andres Alvarez is a queer brown femme DIY artist who as a part of Chicago's DIY queer punk scene helps to organize benefit events that raise thousands for different orgs serving black and PoC trans and queer communities . A featured writer in Brown & Proud Press' "Deconstructing Anti-Blackness... Read More →

Shanna Collins

Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Shanna Collins is a graffiti artist, journalist, and hood futurist. She has written for VIBE magazine, penning articles pertaining to police abolition, colonialism, mass incarceration, queerness, hip-hop, and punk rock. She believes in the radical power of the pen, D-I-Y culture... Read More →

Aba Essel

aba. baaba. baaba blacksheep. a blacksheep. bitch. abusive. toxic. self-destructive. misunderstood. trauma survivor. bag lady. life long student. here to learn. daydreamer. community organizer. listener. dissociating alien. self-aware. mover. shaker. musician. lover. squishy empath... Read More →

Abraham (Token) Martinez

Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Token is a brown artist, organizer, self taught musician, & urban farmer based in Chicago. Token has been involved with Chi's Black and Brown Punk Show since the beginning. either as a performer or its chief visual artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Midwest... Read More →
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Donté Oxun

Black & Brown Punk Show Collective
Donté Oxun was a founding member of the original Black & Brown Punk Show Collective in 2009, is currently a (inter)nationally acclaimed Fest Curator, Tarot Wiz, Porn Star, DJ, who is currently based in New Orleans. Named "30 LGBTQs Under 30" by WIndy City Media Group, Donté is preparing... Read More →

Shawna Shawnté

the Universe is Lit: A Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Fest
Shawna Shawnté is a queer DJ and multi-media artist based in Oakland, CA. She has appeared in the film TattleTale Heart and in the Hanky Code Series. A self-taught musician, she's played in many bands in the Bay Area. Most currently she drums in the gospel inspired no-wave trio... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Student Center: Hilberry A