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Activism & Karaoke: The International Edition (8/3)
At QWOC Boston, we understand the feeling of always wanting to do more but simply not having enough time or not knowing quite where to start, who to donate money etc… we’ve all been there! But look no further — Activism and Karaoke on a Wednesday night is the perfect antidote to your do-gooder paralysis. We’ve created the perfect combination — Sign before you Sing!
Back by popular demand… Activism and Karaoke: The International Edition. Join QWOC+ Boston, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Black and Pink, The Network/La Red, and SoulForce for a fun filled evening of activism and karaoke!
This year we’ll be highlighting international activism and raising awareness around issues impacting the rest of the world. As members of the LGBTQ community living in the United States, we enjoy a great deal of privilege. Although it is certainly not enough, we can find support and resources through community organizations and institutions dedicated to fighting for our representation and equality.
For instance, one of our feature organizations, Soulforce, a national agency that targets religious-based oppression impacting LGBTQ people, is organizing a two- month bus ride around the country (for folks 18-30) that stops at various religious universities and organizations that have anti-LGBTQ policies to host dialogues, trainings and information sessions on creating safer and more affirming spaces. (They’re still accepting applications by the way — pick one up at the event!)
But just as local advocacy is crucial to our safety here in the US — most of us enjoy the freedom of self-expression without fear of being in harms way –it is equally important to learn about, and learn from, those activists who have paved the way for LGBTQ communities around the world. Many have taken huge risks with the goal of achieving great strides. Activism and Karaoke will highlight some of this work and the great deal that still needs our support and attention.
There’ll also be an opportunity to donate items to a survivor kit drive for The Network/La Red! This is a wonderful organization dedicated to providing support services and addressing partner abuse in LGBTQ and polyamorous communities. TNLR seeks “to create a culture in which domination, coercion, and control are no longer accepted and operative social norms.” They do amazing work so please consider contributing one of the items listed below. Bring any of these items (roughly valued between $5-10 dollars) and you will be admitted to the event for free!
- Food Gift Card (Shaws/Stop& Shop/Star, $5-10)
- CVS/Rite Aid Gift Card ($5-10)
- Charlie Cards with stored value ($5-10)
- Movie Theater Pass (1)
- Deodorant (at least 2)
- Toothpaste (at least 3)
- Lotion (Small Bottles/Travel Size)
- Reusable water bottle
- Tote Bag
Once again, you will aso have the opportunity to check out the work of Black and Pink, an organization dedicated to the abolition of the prison industrial complex. Through Black and Pink’s Action Station at the event, you will have the opportunity to check out some great art created by members of the LGBTQ community in prison and to sign up for their pen-pal program. “ I am especially excited to see event attendees making connections with our LGBTQ family behind bars through the Black & Pink pen-pal program (www.blackandpink.org/prison-penpals)” said Dorsey, a member of the organization and QWOC Week collaborator. This is a great opportunity to learn about an important issue affecting our community and to make a tangible difference by establishing personal connections with individuals currently most affected by it.
And last but not least, learn how you can volunteer as an organizer for QWOC+ Boston in the Fall! We have lots of new events coming up and we need more hands. We are hosting several events in solidarity with Latino Pride this year as well as planning our 5th anniversary celebration and various projects to capture, document, and archive the herstory of QWOC+ Boston. As always, you can count on our continuing our Diversity Speaks discussion series, as well as our socials, movie nights, and much more. If you’d like to get more involved, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time and be sure to speak with an organizer at the event!
There’s so much do to and so much to sing! We are very excited to see you all there!
Wednesday August 3rd, 6PM-9PM
Admission: Donation Item or $10
209 Columbus Avenue, Boston MA