Upcoming Events

People’s Inauguration Potluck

This is the follow up event to the People’s Inauguration March. We will be joining dozens of other organizations and activists to resist Trump and build a liberated future.

Thursday, February 2nd.
5:30-7:30
26 West St
Boston MA

Older Lesbians Organizing For Change Intergenerational Panel

Boston OLOC will be hosting a cross-generational conversation between our older, primarily lesbian identified, audience and a panel of members of a younger generation. Panelist will discuss such topics as what LGBTQQIA life is like today for a younger and more inclusive generation, identities and how they refer to themselves (and why), same-sex relationships and what’s same-gender dating like today, sexual norms and values, opinions on same-sex marriage, parents’ reactions to identity and/or coming-out, community and community issues, feminism today, and current concerns as well as questions on why a lesbian identity and what life is like for our generation of old lesbians.
Sunday, February 5th
2-4PM
Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester St
Brookline, MA

Open Business Meeting

Join BFL to discuss recent events, plan campaigns and take care of business. This meeting is open to non-members.

Monday, February 6th
6:30-8:00 PM
Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA

Conciousness Raising:

Consciousness 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.

Saturday, February 11th
10-12PM
Cambridge Women’s Center
46 Plesant St
Cambridge MA

 

Upcoming Events

Open Business Meeting

When: December 10th 10-12 PM
Where: Somerville Public Library
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1754330631559840/

Join BFL to discuss recent events, plan campaigns and take care of business. This meeting is open to non-members.


Consciousness Raising: Working From the Home

When: December 10th 10am-12PM
Where: Cambridge Women’s Center
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1363966573627631/

December marks the height 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.
Suggested Readings:
Metafilter Thread on Emotional Labour: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0UUYL6kaNeBTDBRbkJkeUtabEk/view?pref=2&pli=1


Book Club & Potluck

When:  December 18th 1:30-3:00 PM
Where: Somerville Public Library
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/659125494269814/

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.


Addressing Crisis Pregnancy Centers

When: January 7th, 2017 1:30-3:30
Where: Somerville Public Library
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/707077402801899/
In 2017, BFL will be launching a campaign to stop reproductive violence and address the presence of crisis pregnancy centers in our communities.

We will be hosting an informational meeting for anyone who may want to get involved or support this campaign. This meeting will cover what crisis pregnancies are, why we are targeting them, and how we see this campaign building.

For all non-women, there will be a meeting happening at the same time to discuss how allies can support. More details TBA.

Please take note of our gender policy: https://bostonfeministsforliberation.com/women-only-policy/

Note: The Somerville Public Library is wheelchair accessible and this is a child-friendly event.

Upcoming Events

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
Where: TBA

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.
Suggested Readings:

What: Book Club & Potluck
When:  November 19th 6-8PM
Where: TBA

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.

“I am done being a ‘chill girl’ and think I will become a spectral misandrist banshee instead”

One of our members heard this poem being performed by Cassandra de Alba at an open mic night. This is a powerful piece that really speaks to what we as an organization are exploring this month so please check it out!

I am done being a “chill girl”
and think I will become a spectral misandrist banshee instead

instead of watching another football game

I am going to open my mouth and start shrieking

and maybe I will never stop

I will start taking up seats

on trains I’m not even on

shredding the underwear ads

with my hideously pointed nails

I am going to flap around in a great cloak

that trails behind me for several feet

and if it happens to trip any men

that is Just Too Bad

I am going to haunt all kinds of things

but mostly Xboxes that bored teenage girls

are forced to watch their boyfriends play

and also every frat house where a woman

has ever been raped

so, all of them

and also I am going to haunt

every man who told me my art wasn’t serious enough

or my research wasn’t serious enough

or my no wasn’t serious enough

I am going to haunt all of them

until they die of fright

like the stupid little animals they are

I hope that is serious enough for them

Cassandra de Alba

Support Workers and End Male Violence!

Boston Feminists for Liberation stands in solidarity with all women and individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace and we support all efforts of workers to build power in their workplace. Male violence in the workplace is not inevitable and can be abolished if we as a society make it our priority.

Today, fast food workers with the Fight for $15 from around the country are speaking out about the sexual harassment they face on the job, whether from management or customers. 40% of women in the fast food industry has faced sexual harassment, greater than any other industry.

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To support this effort, we would like to encourage our supporters to share their own stories of sexual harassment in the fast food industry, which will be featured here and on our facebook. If you would like to be anonymous, you can email us at bostonfeministsforliberation@gmail.com.

We will also be hosting a facilitated discussion at 1 PM today on this topic which you can find here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/701000646722208/713696012119338/?notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1475767495070781

ACTION ALERT: Free Bresha! 

Bresha Meadows is now 15. When she was 14 she allegedly killed her abusive father after years of abuse of her and her family. She’s being held and could be charged as an adult. She is a young girl of color, and this teach-in will highlight her case as well as the history of criminalization of girls and women of color here in the U.S. 

There have been a call for national days of action on October 5&6. On October 6, Bresha will be back in court where it will be decided if she’ll be charged as an adult.

Please sign the petition: https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/free-bresha-meadows

You can also write to her: 

Bresha Meadows

c/o Ian Friedman

1360 E 9th St., Suite 650

Cleveland, OH 44114

And you can donate to her legal fund: https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM

Join Us At Honk on October 9th!

It’s fall in Boston and that means it is time for the Honk! Festival. Honk is a celebration of our communities and our activism, featuring leftist marching bands from around the world. It’s a fun event filled with music, dancing, food and is very family friendly!

This year BFL will be showcasing our spooky side and marching as the women from society’s nightmares. The fact is so many women (in BFL and our greater community) are considered freaks for being disabled, trans, and refusing to confine ourselves to the white patriarchal ideal of what a women should be. Hell, women are considered terrifying just for aging naturally!

I know I can’t be the only one who starts the day by taking a wonderful, weird bit of myself and telling her “I’m so sorry, not today. It isn’t safe.”  I know I can’t be the only one who is so damned tired of knowing there is nothing shameful about who I am and yet, having to hide it anyways.

Women’s Liberation is a political struggle for material change, but we cannot engage in this struggle while hiding the parts of our humanity that terrify others. This is not about loving ourselves or having an easy relationship with our bodies. Personal empowerment is amazing when it can be achieved but it is neither a requirement or a necessity.  Rather, we want to play with, amplify and find a little humor & fun in all the parts of ourselves that gets us labeled weird, freaky, crazy, and monstrous. Resistance lives in our ability to be strong within ourselves and in carrying each others weirdness and all the complicated, painful, and joyous moments that comes with no longer denying our humanity.

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The theme is yours to interpret so please come in costume, just as yourself or as whatever moves you! Our banners and materials will be purple, black and orange and we’ll be bringing some spooky Halloween materials.

After the march, join us in Harvard Square for feminist pumpkin carving and activities for children!

If you have any question about accessibility, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are in the process of obtaining mobility devices and will do as much as we can to make sure everyone who wants to participate can in a way that is safe and sustainable for them.

RSVP on  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/302933343416227/?active_tab=highlights