Punk in the African Diaspora

Feb 01

Punk Storm by sikartist
Jan 10

THIS ARTICLE IS PROBLEMATIC: Race Riot! zine tour touches down in Seattle →


The Seattle Globalist didn’t accurately report on our 2013 #raceriottour event in Seattle at Black Coffee Co-op. Although we appreciate it when news sources share information about POCZP, it’s important to us that we’re documented correctly.

1. Sara Rene, poczp’s indigenous solidarity coordinator & touring member, was also in attendance and spoke for over 20 minutes in-depth about Native Punx Unite and why indigenous solidarity is so critical to any social justice movement. Her name was never mentioned in the piece.

Photo evidence:

2. Carey Fuller is a homeless activist. She is very artistic, but to not mention her advocacy at all or why she was partnering with POCZP that night as a speaker is negligent. She bravely shared her perspective as a homeless person in the Seattle area who is also an advocate for/with homeless people, and that shouldn’t go unrecognized.

It’s great that her name was included in the piece as a speaker, but it’s important to document why she was there.

3. Other participants in attendance that night were poczp transportation coordinator Tracey Brown, a community organizer from New Orleans, and poczp founder Daniela Capistrano.

We hope this publication does something about these omissions. Sara Rene made a request on The Seattle Globalist website in her own words a while ago, but as of January 8, 2014, nothing has changed.


Hey xxxxx

My name is Sara, I saw you at the Black Coffee Co-op during the POCZP event.
I’m actually from Seattle, but traveled about 6000 miles to be at the event and speak for about 20-30 minutes on my zine Native Punx Unite, Indigenous Solidarity and the large community of Native Punks across Turtle Island. I’m not sure if you remember me because I don’t seem to be mentioned in the article you wrote. Not as one of the touring members or speakers or artists or zine-makers or a coordinator for the event, all of which I was. I’d appreciate it if you’d amend the article to include Native Punx Unite.

Nice meeting you,
Sara Rene

Native Punx Unite was started to start giving a platform to the punks, artists and activist from across Turtle Island. Follow us on facebook and tumblr:


The Seattle Globalist publishes a daily “hyperglobal” news site focused on international connections in the Pacific Northwest.

Please signal boost to encourage writers and publishers to not overlook the contributions of indigenous people at the events they cover. Sometimes it’s better to wait a few more days before publishing to make sure what you broadcast is accurate.

Editor’s Note: POCZP will be publishing detailed recaps from each 2013 #raceriottour date with photos in the coming weeks. We’ve been busy. Stay tuned for what’s in store for POCZP in 2014!



If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

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Jan 09

Reclaiming History: An Archive of Black Hardcore and Punk →

awesome site with posters, photos, letters. Get into it!

Jan 09

Joyce Rooks, Guitarist, San Diego Punk, San Diego, California- Reed was in San Diego’s first punk band- The Penetrators. From there she played lead guitar in bands such as the Cockpits, Dinettes, and The Trowsers- she is also an acclaimed cellist and glass jewelry designer- check out this dope interview with her here- http://marcoonthebass.blogspot.com/2010/12/interview-with-joyce-rooks-of-trowsers.html

Jan 09

Jingo De Lunch, Female Fronted Hardcore Punk Band, Kreuzberg, Berlin Germany 

Jan 09

Jingo De Lunch, Hardcore Punk - Kreuzberg, Berlin Germany

Jan 01

Os Basicantes- Luanda Angola Africa 

Punk Psych Rock

Jan 01

Os Basicantes- Punk Rock/ Psych from Luanda, Angola

Jan 01

BOTSWANA Black Metal featuring Gunsmoke 

Video was dope, but it was interesting to hear the narrator’s shock about this whole situation as if there has not been any black people in metal, or if metal is a western construction meant to stay in the west. One band in the video talked about reclaiming theories of metal by centering it around african mythology in their songs, just to make African metal distinct. Another interesting aspect of this video was their way of dress- very cowboy metal, almost like if Pantera were into their style of dress from their homeland! Country music was really popular in Africa in the 60’s and 70’s so I wonder if the fashion continued and manifested into a Black Metal existence!

Dec 31


It Is What It Is (The Breathing Light Documentary)