May 5th, 2011


Thor's Day

39 days.

State of the 'Song
Pacing is the watchword for the month of May. I can get everything done that I need to get done if I watch myself and don't overload. Wiscon, while it'll be very busy, will actually be really good for me because I won't be able to multi-track myself with all the stuff I usually multi-track myself with.

State of the WTD
Today I swear. I had a Day yesterday and needed to fall right into bed.

Wiscon: Assistance Needed
I'll be staffing the Interstitial Arts Foundation's Coffee, Tea, and Subversion table at The Gathering, the Friday of Wiscon, 1-4pm. Iiiii need help!

Job entails handing out cookies and flyers, reassuring people that the drinks and cookies are totally free, and generally being friendly. You will be paid in cookies. Also hugs if you like hugs. Y'all, don't leave me alone behind the table.

Link Soup
* Roll a D6. Weird Al is gonna be so pissed that he didn't get here first.
* Article on Boston's Slutwalk. Slutwalk is this Saturday! And I will be the survivor speaker. I think I might be the first speaker. There will be a lot of people there. With cameras. Also, a counter-protest. Yes, this is a thing that is happening.

Daily Science
CERN scientists confine antihydrogen atoms for 1000 seconds.

Shower and write dammit. Work from 1 to whenever today... regular work til 5, but then the information/interview session for prospective volunteers. Yeah I run this.
One Person can Make a Difference

Call for participants!

This is for research by one of our amazing volunteers! Help if you can! (Not limited to locals; she can interview you over the phone. You can tell her Shira sent you.)

A graduate student researcher from Brandeis University invites survivors to participate in a study about the economic consequences of sexual assault.

o Survivors who have experienced rape or sexual assault are invited to take part in a 60-90 minute interview about the economic effects of sexual assault in their lives.

o Survivors can help others by sharing about the economic challenges they faced after the assault.

o We are interested in talking with survivors who have experienced rape, attempted rape, or other unwanted sexual contact or threats after the age of 12, which was not part of a pattern of abuse by an intimate partner.

o Participants must be over the age of 18, and at least one year must have passed since the most recent sexual assault.

o Confidentiality, privacy, and a respectful, safe environment are assured.

o A $10 giftcard to Amazon or Target will be provided.

If you are interested in participating in an interview, please contact Rebecca:

Roller-coaster wheee?

This morning: Stress over SlutWalk counterprotest (clearly) plus a bit of a tailspin on something that is not a public thing - related to which, I am in positions in a few areas of my life right now that are really awkward and difficult and the ones I can talk about, people wince and look horrified and sympathetic when I tell them about 'em. So just, y'know, keep in mind that I am walking several tightropes simultaneously. WHEEomg.

This afternoon:
* Found out that the counterprotest had been disbanded. Whut? Really? Awesome! So there could still be hecklers, and my speech will probably still end up on YouTube (note: I took this gig because I can be okay with not having confidentiality), but there's not an organized counterprotest. I feel a lot less stressy now.

* Fight Night BARCC fundraiser: In Massachusetts alone, 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted each year – that is 12 individuals each day and one every two hours. “Enough! Stand tall against sexual violence” is the message send out by a group of female fighters and REDLINE FIGHT SPORTS in Cambridge. On the 21st of May, proceeds from an all female-fight night will benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to help those who experienced sexual violence and their families. Boxing, Sanda and Muay Thai Kickboxing matches by female fighters from REDLINE FIGHT SPORTS and other gyms from the Boston area and beyond the state of MA will symbolize a fight for change.

Time and Date: On the 21st of May, doors open at 7pm with fights starting at 7:30pm ($10 donation). Refreshments, a raffle, and other goods will be available. Spectators will have a chance to make their own signs to cheer for these tough women and to shout out their own message against sexual violence. Get ready for some noise as this event will surely not be a quiet one!

Location Address and Description: REDLINE FIGHT SPORTS is located in Central Square at 614 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambrige, MA 02139 (right next to the liquor store and left to the Bank of America ATM & CVS). Look out for the REDLINE Fight Sports sign above the door.

Y'all, I get to give a speech from the ring! Not my survivor speech, just a general "here's what BARCC is and does and here's the awesome impact y'all are having and you ROCK" speech. To kick things off.

The office is selecting a fight name for me. SRS BIZNESS.

I did not get to WTD, clearly - that tailspin put me in a morose mood, and I did not want to inflict that on you. But I got started on the Shayara guide for People Who Want To Make Stuff for Blogathon. It will be long.

Now I go prep for tonight's info session!