In addition to the multi-venue exhibition and event programming, Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements, includes a publication series edited by Anthony Romero and designed by Josh MacPhee. This included exhibit guides, this website and a catalog published by Soberscove Press. The catalog went into two printings and is now out of print. You can download it here in full. Details:

OYO_bookcover_draft3Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements

Published by Sobsercove Press (2016)

247 Pages

Edited by Anthony Romero, based on the project curated by Daniel Tucker

Designed by Josh MacPhee

The book, Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements, features new work by contemporary artists, poets, and writers that relates to the Black Power movement’s mandate to “organize your own” community against racism. Exploring the question of what “your own” might mean, this book connects some of the concerns dealt with in the 1960s and ’70s to the conversations and social movements around racial justice happening today.

With contributions by: Amber Art & Design, Rashayla Marie Brown, Emily Chow Bluck, Billy “Che” Brooks, Salem Collo-Julin, Irina Contreras, Brad Duncan, Bettina Escauriza, Eric J. Garcia, Maria Gaspar, Thomas Graves, Robby Herbst, Jen Hofer, Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin, Mike James, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Jennifer Kidwell, Antonio Lopez, Nicole Marroquin, Fred Moten, Matt Neff, Mark Nowak, Edward Onaci, Dave Pabellon, Mary Patten, Rasheedah Phillips, Anthony Romero, Frank Sherlock, Amy Sonnie, Hy Thurman, Thread Makes Blanket, James Tracy, Daniel Tucker, the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Dan S. Wang, Jakobi Williams, Mariam Williams, Rosten Woo, Wooden Leg Print & Press, Works Progress with Jayanthi Kyle, and Rebecca Zorach.


Major support for Organize Your Own has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from collaborating venues including The Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, Kelly Writers House’s Brodsky Gallery at University of Pennsylvania, Slought, Asian Arts Initiative, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and others.

Table of Contents

● Acknowledgements 5

● Gathering Ourselves – A note from the editor – Anthony Romero 7


● OYO: A Conclusion Daniel Tucker 10

● Panthers, Patriots, and Poetries in Revolution Mark Nowak 26

● Organize Your Own Temporality Rasheedah Phillips 48

● Categorical Meditations Mariam Williams 55

● On Amber Art Bettina Escauriza 59

● Conditions Jen Hofer 64

● Bobby Lee’s Hands Fred Moten 69


● Organize Your Own? Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia 74

● Organize Your Own? The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 93

● Original Rainbow Coalition Slought Foundation, Philadelphia 107

● Original Rainbow Coalition Columbia College, Chicago 129

● Artists Talk The Leviton Gallery at Columbia College, Chicago 152


● Amber Art and Design 170

● Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research 172

● Dan S. Wang 174

● Dave Pabellon 178

● Frank Sherlock 182

● Irina Contreras 185

● Keep Strong Magazine 188

● Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela 192

● Mary Patten 200

● Matt Neff 204

● Rashayla Marie Brown 206

● Red76, Society Editions, and Hy Thurman 208

● Robby Herbst 210

● Rosten Woo 214

● Salem Collo-Julin 218

● The R. F. Kampfer Revolutionary Literature Archive 223

● Thomas Graves and Jennifer Kidwell 225

● Thread Makes Blanket 228

● Works Progress with Jayanthi Kyle 230

CONTRIBUTORS, STAFF, ADVISORS (Biographical notes) 234