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Do-It-Ourselves, Do-It-Now: Zines & Aloha ʻĀina

June 28, 2015

I met No’u Revilla, an incredible, fierce and passionate activist at the CESA York U Conference back in May for a #WritingWhileBlack lecture I put on. Part of From the Root Zine, the lecture sparked a fire in this incredible young woman and her blog post is a testament to how zines can be used as a site of social change to propel political and social issues.

Please take a moment to read her swan song.

Keep fighting the good fight, No’u. In solidarity.
Over and out

KE KAUPU HEHI ALE

Do-It-Ourselves, Do-It-Now: Zines & Aloha ʻĀina

by Noʻu Revilla

Materials: paper, color pencils, sharpie, needle, red thread, glue, swann song

Define Swann Song: 

On April 2, 31 Kiaʻi Mauna were arrested for peacefully protecting Mauna Kea from desecration by development. Less than three weeks later, Hawaiʻi’s largest go-to daily newspaper published two political cartoons in favor of the TMT, the first cropping up in the editorial section “Views & Voices” while the second appears in the features section “Today.” Dave Swann, a graphic artist at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser since 1994 and creator of the “Trouble in Paradise” cartoon series, is behind both.

Materials: nerve

Swann Song, continued:

Cartoon one features two panels: “The Past” and “The Future.”

Two tidy squares.

Like, two = them vs. us or

two = natives vs. settlers or

two = tradition vs. science.

And tidy, of course. Like time should be. Like time in its vastness and transformative potential should…

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