Interview by Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D.
Remember 90’s zine culture? Feminist Magazine contributor Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D. talks with Pati García, aka Chula Doula, on her role as wellness co-coordinator for the 2013 Race Riot Tour, an effort to make “zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share.”
After last year’s experience, organizers at the People of Color Zine Project decided to include different modalities of self-care for tour participants, marking a necessary new trend among activists of color who usually work towards the liberation of their communities at the expense of their own well-being.
Pati Garcia aka Chula Doula, is a full-spectrum doula, Sexological Bodyworker, and initiator of the Shodhini Institute — a self-help based research collective focused on sexual health liberation. As a queer, gender variant Latin@, Pati seeks to bridge the gap between body autonomy and traditional healing modalities so that an individual’s dignity and self-knowing is kept intact.
FemMag Contributor Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D. is a holistic health coach, food justice activist, raw food educator, author, radio host and blogger. She advocates for individual and community autonomy, sustainable, vibrant health, empowering self-reliance and nutritional sovereignty for all.
Take a listen to the beauty of zine self-expression and the need for wellness practices in people of color-led spaces.
Don’t forget to see if the POC Zine Project is coming to a city near you!!