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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... 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 →
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Raven Crane

Collective Member, Deep Cuts
Raven Crane is a black, queer, organizer, educator and artist. Raven's work focuses on curation and representation of folx who are harmed the most by capitalist- white- cis- hetero- patriarchy. They are the founder of the Coffy Film Collective: A Womyn of Color Film Collective, a... 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 empa... 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... 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
Student Center: Hilberry A

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