Wednesday, December 21, 2016
On January 21, the Women’s March will unite communities across our nation to rise up against hate, intolerance, and acts of violence affecting so many people. Survivors of sexual violence have been a specific target and especially affected. The words we live by here at BARCC—dedicated to healing, advocating for change—feel more potent now than ever. In that spirit, the BARCC community will come together in solidarity by joining the Boston Women’s March for America—a march for everyone—and we want you to join us!
Sexual violence is not a partisan issue, and it is not a women's issue alone. It is a reality for every person, family, and community. BARCC was founded in 1973 as a response to the sexual violence that people in the Greater Boston area were experiencing. Today, we are at another turning point in history, and we call on our community members to contribute their voices to this growing movement for change.
Throughout the past year, sexual violence was minimized, leaders were not held accountable, and survivors were exploited. We refuse to be silent. No matter who the political leaders are, BARCC is here, and we will continue to be. It is vitally important to show up now—for one another, for survivors, for our communities.
We are not only survivors and supporters but also immigrants, LGBTQIA+ people, people of color, people with disabilities, people of faith, and women. So many in BARCC’s community hold various identities targeted by the growing hate and intolerance we have witnessed in recent months. To support our community, promote continued healing for survivors, and advocate for progressive change, we invite you to join us at the following march-related events.
Be Hope: Activating Our Community
Going to the march in Boston or Washington, DC? Can’t make the marches but still want to be part of the movement? Either way, join us for an energizing evening of sign making and more.
When: Tuesday, January 17, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: BARCC offices at the Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
- Button making
- Sign making
- Survivor speaker
- Info on BARCC services
- Community connection
Light snacks and basic supplies for making buttons and signs will be provided. We welcome donations of poster board, sign sticks, heavy-duty tape, a staple gun, markers, table/drop cloths, and poster paints. Please let us know if you need any accommodations in order to join us, and feel free to contact community [at] barcc.org with any questions.
March with BARCC: Boston Women’s March for America
Join BARCC staffers, volunteers, and community members as we march for healing and change at the Boston Women’s March for America.
When: Saturday, January 21, 10:45 a.m. meetup; 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. march program
Where: Boston Common; meeting location TBD
We will gather as a group, join the rally, listen to speakers, march in community and solidarity, and circle back for the collective call to action.
If you have questions or need more information, e-mail community [at] barcc.org or call our offices at 617-492-8306.
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