The Green Zine is professionally laid out and features an interesting selection of stories about local issues and events. The articles are written in a standard journalistic style but provide information about how to become involved if you are so inspired. The lead story (front page, above the fold) is about the Public Power measure that has made it to the ballot for the November election. Inside, you can read stories about the possibility of pesticide being sprayed over Portland to prevent the West Nile Virus, an article criticizing the Indpendent Police Review board (which is not very independent at all), recent legislative activity in Oregon that has threatened civil liberties, and articles about what Greens have been up to both locally and around the world. |
The name "Green Zine" fits with the theme of "DIY (Do It Yourself) Democracy" that the editors espouse. The basic idea of DIY Democracy seems to be that you can't rely on major political parties to effect real change in the world, and that self-empowerment through alternative institutions like the Green Party are the way to go. "We have created the Green Zine to be a vehicle of that change," they write. "As in DIY Politics, sometimes you have to self-publish to get ethe word out." Right on. Or rather, "Write on". :-)
Publishing is still male dominated and it's important for me to find newspapers and magazines that are clearly making an effort to achieve gender equity. (The Nation and Z are both terrible in that department.) While the listed staff of the Green Zine is leaning male, there is an even split between male and female names when you look at the bylines, and that's important. Also the photographs that go with the stories are not all of men.
According to one of the editors (whom I ran into at the Red and Black a couple days later), the Greens are publishing 10,000 copies of this first issue and distributing them "all over the area", including the 'burbs. He also mentioned that the editors are seeking stories that provide coverage of local events, and that he hopes that people who write for Indymedia would like to contribute to the Green Zine. If you are interested, call the Green Party office at 503.235.0300.