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Winnipeg zine collective's next issue to fund 'Trump resistance'

Proceeds from rip/torn's January issue will be donated to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Members of a Winnipeg art and literary collective put together an issue of rip/torn zine.

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Members of a Winnipeg art and literary collective put together an issue of rip/torn zine.

A Winnipeg-based art and literary collective is casting a global net for submissions about political turmoil, in light of the shocking American election results.

The proceeds from the next rip/torn zine will “represent Trump resistance” and be donated to Planned Parenthood, said Natasha Havrilenko, co-founder of rip/torn collective.

Havrilenko was in Minneapolis the weekend before the U.S. election and said she was shocked by the anti-Hillary Clinton sentiments she saw.

“My jaw dropped when I overheard a mother tell her young son that she would rather blow her own brains out than have a female president. It wasn’t even that it was Hillary Clinton she didn’t want in, it was the fact it was a female,” Havrilenko said in an email. “The shock has materialized to worry and bouts of disgust, especially with how individuals reacted upon hearing Trump won.”

Havrilenko teamed up with Gabrielle Funk in 2013 to create magazines, zines and events encouraging emotional vulnerability. So rather than venting their frustrations about the election outcome online, the pair decided to make an apt contribution to the political discourse.

“I know people find it very easy to just respond over social media or text about it. It seems like no one’s having any trouble talking about it,” said Funk by phone. “For me, the idea (was) creating a platform to constructively talk about it, creatively talk about it and not allow it to just become this normalized thing that has happened.”

The collective encourages any kind of creative submissions fit to print — from writing to artwork, photography, poetry and more. They accept submissions via email at riptorncollective@gmail.com and information on where to buy the zines can be found at riptorncollective.com.

Past issues have included submissions from Australia, the U.K., the U.S., Thailand and all over Canada, said Funk. The January issue will be a nod to their friends and family south of the border.

“The level of devastation from some of the people that I know and love who live there, it’s intense. There’s a lot of fear and confusion and grief about it, which also adds to our motivation,” Funk said.

“The election hashtags and posts on social media are dying down and press coverage is shifting. However, Trump’s impact is far from over,” said Havrilenko. “This printed, tangible zine will serve as a reminder of what has and will happen, that this issue shouldn’t fade because it isn’t topical. It is just beginning.”

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