Our good readers! I hope you had spectacular weekends, all! I, for one, most certainly did! As a result of the goodness of my weekend, I am a bit tired, but in a good way! I do not have particularly deep thoughts on the nature of rape culture this morning, but do not fret, for I have other exciting things to send your direction, courtesy of the magic of the intertubes.
One of the regular themes we’ve explored on this blog so far is the importance of a concerted push against rape culture, and the systems in society that support it. The hardest part of that work is trying to do it alone without getting burnt out, crushed, or miserable. It’s pretty hard for me to overstate the value of community in doing both sexual violence prevention, and good progressive work in general. I’m incredibly lucky that I have the friends and support network I do, but I’m also really lucky that I’ve found a place for myself in a couple of great groups of like-minded folks who want to make the world better. And since Summer is a good time to explore new things and meet new people, and Bostonians tend to be in better-than-average moods because it isn’t winder anymore, I thought I’d throw out some cool events coming up from a bunch of different awesome organizations working on sexual violence prevention, gender issues, progressive issues, and rocking the house issues.
Regularly occurring things that you might want to check out:
Feminism and Dessert, run by BostonNOW and the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, is hosted the first Thursday of each month at the Cambridge City Hall Annex. Come for great discussions and free donuts!
Perestroika, at Jacques Cabaret, the first Monday of every month. There is no reason you shouldn’t be there right now, except that it isn’t the first Monday.
While it is about to close out its Spring season, the Ford Hall Forum does have a couple more public discussions coming your way, Thursday nights at the McLaughlin Moot Court Room in the Suffolk University Law School. If you like smart people talking about issues of public importance, check it out!
Also check out the awesome community calendars at both SoJust and QWOC (Queer Women of Color) to find some cool, grassroots stuff going on this summer!
Stuff coming up sooner rather than later:
The Close to Home Network is presenting its first Monologue Project tomorrow, Tuesday 5/18, in the Vietnamese Community Center at Fields Corner. Inspired by the Vagina Monologues, the project is designed to showcase the power of community to end sexual violence.
Socializing for Justice is running one of its largest events of the year, Connecting for Justice, this Thursday at Lir Pub downtown on Boylston Street. Connecting for Justice is a great opportunity to network with other progressive professionals, and now there’s a dance party, too!
May 21st is the second US Social Forum happy hour, dedicated to raising money to send a delegation from Boston to the US Social Forum in Detroit in June. The fundraiser is a big party shindig at Encuentro 5 on Harrison Avenue at 6:30 pm. Only $5 to get in!
Stuff Coming up a little later, but not that far in the future:
June 5th is the annual NOMAS-Boston supply drive to support local domestic violence shelters. NOMAS is always looking for more volunteers to help out; if you want to help shelters and meet cool people, contact email@example.com.
June 5th is also Recess for Justice, hosted by SoJust, in the Southwest Corridor Park at 1pm.
June 11th is Dyke March! Held annually the Friday night before Pride, Dyke March is a non-commercial grassroots alternative to Pride. Also, it is awesome.
June 12th is the Pride Parade! The entire week is Pride, really, but the parade is a spectacle of a special sort. Check it out!
June 12 is also perhaps the single most important rematch in the history of soccer: US vs England in the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Not really related to social justice per se; but it is going to be the greatest thing that ever happens on this Earth.
June 16 is the Boston Center for Community and Justice’s Opening Boston Awards, and graduation for the LeadBoston class of 2010. Support a great organization, and get to know the socially-conscious business and non-profit leaders of the city!
Stuff Coming up in a while:
NOMAS-Boston’s Dating While Feminist (date TBA, but sometime in July). We’re all about positive sexuality! Come hang out and talk (and maybe flirt a little) with folks who want to connect their social lives and their justice work.
July 28th kicks off the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Othello on the Common. It runs until August 15th. Free, public art: what could be more refreshing or necessary for the soul?
July 31st is GLAD’s Summer Party in P-Town. This should be enough to make you want to go.
Doing sexual violence prevention work is tough, but our dance parties are pretty hot. Enjoy the summer!