You Are Holding This: Abolition Zine

I am proud and honored to have been included in this first issue of You Are Holding This, a zine whose “only theme is abolition”. From the zine description:

This zine is an invitation for folks directly impacted by systems of family regulation, policing, and surveillance within the child welfare industrial complex to gather our creative expressions and to know one another.

In thinking about abolition we desire to be in relationship with, and draw connection to, other abolitionist movements: prison, police, border abolition, and more. The only theme is abolition.

My contribution was a print from my “Mothers’ Voices” series [link], which was started during an artist’s residency at the Newark Print Shop during the summer and fall of 2017. The print is based on a poem by Mahmoud Darwich entitled: “I am of that place” [link].

The zine is being sold for $5 a copy plus shipping to support printing, as well as future issues. Issue 001 features the expressions of kimura byol-nathalie lemoine, myself, X, BreAnne Carolina Vinchattle Huircán, Leah Nichols, and Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez on a two-sided, full-color broadsheet with cover art by Leah Nichols. A second edition of 200 zines is now available and can be ordered by emailing the zine collective at

About Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Adoptee, rematriated.
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