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Speaking of BARCC. 
7th-Oct-2009 08:28 am
One Person can Make a Difference
The meeting Monday night was about BARCC's Clothesline Project and how to make it even more awesome, and more of a proactive thing. There are five volunteers working on this, and everyone had really great ideas! And we all came away with tasks.

Mine?

Get new shirts.

BARCC has about 200 shirts in their Clothesline Project. Of those, about 50-75 probably need to be pulled just because they're ~15 years old and repeated handling has done them in; they may be made into a quilt for the office. The rest of the shirts, while not quite as old, have still been all over Boston many times over. And while the message is still the same, and still powerful - we need new shirts.

Whenever we take it out, people want to make shirts, so we expect to see shirt-making events popping up as we tell places that we now have storage space (which is what was stopping us before). But my coordinator wants to cycle some fresh new shirts in ASAP.

Which is where y'all come in.

If you are Boston-local and want to make a shirt, please comment below with your e-mail address! Comments are screened. Once I gather up some e-mail addresses, I'll e-mail the lot of you and see about nailing down a day and time for a shirt-making event at my house. We can have music and baked goods and support. The Clothesline Project is for survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest, domestic violence, any kind of sexual violence, but can also be for loved ones of survivors; there are shirts by parents, partners, and friends of survivors. (Note: I am hoping for shirts from male survivors and anyone else whose experience challenges people's assumptions of "the typical rape victim", but I will take any shirt you want to make.)

If you aren't local and want to do a shirt - we actually have something in the works for that, and I'll let you know as soon as it's all set up. For now, just please comment if you're local or can get here.

Thank you so much for your help. The Clothesline Project displays are one of the most visceral and powerful things we do. I have a shirt in Atlanta's Clothesline Project, and I'll be making one for BARCC's. It's a cathartic experience, and I am proud to be part of making this more visible, of helping to give permission for conversation. I hope you'll join me.
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