What: Zine Release Party
When: October 28th 6 PM
Where: 10 Ward Street, Somerville
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1822911867989011/
To kick off Halloween weekend, join us at the Papercut Zine Library on Friday, October 28th at 6PM to celebrate the release of our zine Gaslighting! This will be a small and spooky gathering so please rsvp through our facebook event. We will be doing readings from the zine as well as encouraging any attendants to share their own writing, music, and art. Food and drinks will be provided!
What: Open Business Meeting
When: November 5th 11am-1Pm
Join BFL to discuss recent events, plan campaigns and take care of business. This meeting is open to non-members.
What: Consciousness Raising- Working From the Home
When: November 12th 10am-12PM
Where: Cambridge Women’s Center
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1857515541137734/
November marks the beginning of the holiday season and the beginning of an incredible uptick in the amount of unpaid domestic and emotional labour that women are required to perform. we will be exploring how the work we do outside the workplace impacts our lives and well being and we’ll discuss how to resist this pernicious kind of exploitation.
What: Book Club & Potluck
When: November 19th 6-8PM
We will be having a discussion on Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici. Silvia Federici is an Italian-American scholar who is most well know for her work in the Wages For Housework campaign in the 1970’s. Caliban and the Witch critiques Karl Marx’s claim that primitive accumulation is a precursor to capitalism. She investigates the transition from feudalism to capitalism to show how the exploitation of women’s bodies and labour are central to the creation and continuation of capitalism. You can read a summary of the book here.
If you are unfamiliar with the theory of primitive accumulation, you can read about it here and find a glossary of terms here. Marx is notoriously difficult to read, so if you are having any trouble understanding what these texts are saying or if you have general questions about the reading, please do not hesitate to email us! Many of our organizers learned about these concepts solely through conversations and questions with friends and fellow organizers, slowly over time and so we are hoping to continue that tradition within BFL.
What: Consciousness Raising- Psychiatric Oppression
When: December 10th 10 am-12 PM
Where: Cambridge Women’s Center
onsciousness Raising is a tool women started using in the 1960s during the Women’s Liberation Movement. During our CR sessions, we discuss personal experiences around a different topic each week, particularly as it relates to our position as women in society. In our discussions, we connect over our shared experiences living in the politically oppressed class of “women,” and also contrast where our experiences differ — including at intersections of race, sexual orientation, education, socio-economic background, and other statuses that interact with our experience of womanhood.
You’ll need to ring the doorbell to get in. We’re meeting in the art room, which is up the stairs to your left, then the first door on your right.