State of the 'Song
Still in a bit over overload, but the end of April is in sight. May will be better, though not much. May will be more focused.
And then in June I get sindrian back.
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Another work thing:
Please join us on on Tuesday, April 26th at 3:30pm at a rally at Boston City Hall to Break the Silence about sexual violence on college campuses. We need to get as many people as possible to this rally so please invite all your friends, family, and community to join us.
WHO: Survivors, friends and family, college students, and interested community members.
WHY: To break the silence about sexual violence on college campuses
WHEN: Tuesday, April 26 at 3:30pm
WHERE: Boston City Hall
The rally will include speakers and performers. If you are interested in being a speaker or performer please e-mail email@example.com
City Council Hearing
The rally will be followed by a City Council Hearing at 5:00pm on “Sexual Assault Prevention and Reporting on College Campuses”.
At the hearing, the City Council wants to hear from current and former students, friends and family members of survivors of college sexual violence, and concerned community members. They want to hear about:
* The official response to reports of sexual violence by the college.
* The support services that were provided to the survivor by the college.
* The response from the college community.
Speakers can testify in person. If you are interested in testifying, please e-mail BARCC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 617.492.8306 and ask to speak to Laura or Tierney.
You can also submit written testimony by mail to: Committee on Women and Healthy Communities, Staff Director Cora Montrond, Boston City Council, 5th Floor, Boston City Hall, One City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02201. You can also send it by e-mail to Cora.email@example.com or via fax to 617.635.4203. If you want the testimony to be anonymous, please send it to Peggy Barrett at BARCC, 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will remove all identifying information.
The rally is being sponsored by Boston City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Victim Rights Law Center, The Center for Violence Prevention & Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and BARCC.
Please pass that info on to all of your contacts, especially at local colleges and universities! Pressley and Arroyo's recent advocacy has been wonderful, and Joe Biden's recent speech on campus sexual violence has brought a lot of attention to the issue. Stand with us, and stand with survivors.
Since I'm on About Work
Look at all the cool stuff you can buy and support BARCC at the same time. LEELOO DALLAS MULTITASK. And let me tell you that fudge is awesome, and most of it is gluten-free. But also, flowers! Melting Pot! Bags! Pizza! Hit that.
I've Been Busy.
Because aside from that, all of our other survivor speakers are on leave or sick, so I've picked up all of those engagements. Five in three weeks. Plus the Clothesline Project going out in waves all month. Plus the stuff mentioned above, plus planning the June volunteer training. I can't often talk about the specifics of my job - confidentiality issues - but these things I can, and I can tell you BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE, and this is why I've been coming home and collapsing every day this week.
Can't happen today because I accidentally scheduled myself poorly, can hopefully happen Friday, will definitely happen Saturday.
* A positively Shakespearean "Who's on First".
* Weird Al's new song! Original story and update.
* Nnedi Okorafor writes about proprioception and all I can say is yes, yes, this, yes.
* My Little Pony concept art.
* Revolutions in sub-Saharan Africa, too.
* A Jem and the Holograms choose-your-own-adventure book! Paging ktempest!
* Love this and wish I'd been on that train.
Oh agh. Work. And the survivor speaker gig I'd assumed was tonight is apparently at 4pm. (Who holds a Take Back the Night at 4pm! That is Take Back the Afternoon you guys.) It doesn't make sense to come home between, so hopefully I can get a nice long lunch with someone to keep me busy (thewronghands? hammercock?). Otherwise, lunch alone and knitting at Diesel or Mind's Eye til heading over to campus to meet my accompaniment at 3:30. This also leaves me with an open evening that I hadn't thought I'd have, whee.