Attention Muslim Young Women & Trans People!!

25Nov08

Call for Submissions for AQSA Zine Issue #1

This Issue’s Theme: Resistance and Self-Defense
Because you spend your life fighting back with a smile or fist

Deadline: December 1, 2008

About Us: AQSA Zine is a grassroots print zine, as well as an on-line community (aqsazine.blogspot.com) that is open to all women and trans people who self-identify as Muslim (13 to 35 years old). It is a creative avenue for us to express ourselves, share our own experiences, and connect with others. In Arabic, “aqsa” implies the furthermost, as in reaching out to furthest possible. Aqsa zine aims to inspire struggling to the utmost that we can. “Aqsa” is also the first name of the 16-year-old Muslim woman, Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered by her family members on December 16, 2007. We recognize her murder as physical form of patriarchal violence, and the response to her murder from public institutions as Islamophobic, racist, and patriarchal. This zine is also inspired by Muslim young women and trans people who experience and resist violence. We work within an anti-racist, anti-Islamophobic, anti-imperialist, pro-choice, queer and trans positive framework.
Our aim is to organize and document grassroots movements of Muslim young women and trans people working to end violence in all its forms.

Why Submit: Because you’re tired of feeling fragmented and you know your body shouldn’t be anyone’s battleground. Because you don’t like being told who is Muslim and who isn’t. Because you know you aren’t anybody’s erotic exotic. Because you’re
frustrated with people speaking slowly to you just because you are wearing a hijab. Because you’re sick of people asking “why don’t you wear hijab?” OR telling you you’re not Muslim enough because you don’t wear hijab. Because you’re bored by the question “you’re gay and Muslim?” Because you don’t want to see anymore of your family members profiled and harassed by the police. Because you hate being part of the “random” check at airports. Because you spend your life fighting back with a smile or fist. AQSA Zine is a safe space to tell our stories, and to share and learn our herstories. Because WE SPEAK FOR OURSELVES.

Types of Submissions: Anything goes! Send us your stories (fiction or non-fiction), poetry, artwork, photography, comics, graphic designs, recipes, open letters to your past or futureself or anyone else, ideas, opinions, rants, book/music/art/TV or movie reviews, essays, articles, and/or profiles of or interviews with Muslim women and trans people. We want to learn about your dreams, hopes, fears, strategies for self-care, forms of resistance, and the grassroots movements against violence that occurs within and against our communities.

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