This passed Monday, Zine Instructor Shaun and two Zine Project graduates read Zine writing to city officials, including Seattle mayor, Mike McGinn.
The Zine reading at University Heights served as the opening entertainment for McGinn’s monthly Mayor’s Town Hall event, drawing members of the community to ask their mayor important questions.
Following the theme of public process, Ziners read selections from their
group zine Apocalypse Yesterday–a zine filled with youth’s imaginative responses to an apocalypse, which throughout the zine becomes a metaphor for the private catastrophies occuring in the lives of many homeless young people. In Apocalypse Yesterday, youth re-envision their approach to relationship, citizenship, leadership and group identity in the face of marginalization.
The youth were applauded by the mayor after their lively reading and thanked for their words. Mayor McGinn noted the theme of togetherness in the writing.
The zine youth sat through their first Town Hall event and left having their voices heard.