Why safer space venues matter / by Support Boston
The desire to make shows safer for survivors was a huge part of why Support Boston was formed. Many of the folks in our collective have dealt with seeing their own abusers at shows in the past, or have even experienced that abuse and harassment at the very shows we attend. We wanted to examine the ways in which we could confront this type of behavior, regardless of the venue we are at. We are used to talking about why it matters to us on a personal level, but we think it’s equally important to share these ideas in writing, as well as at our . . .
An interview with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center / by Isis Madrid
For the fourth year, all of the proceeds from Smash It Dead Fest will benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, a 41-year-old center providing free services and resources to survivors; the center is dedicated to healing, awareness, and social change. In advance of the festival, we spoke to Community Outreach Manager Meg Bossong about the services provided by BARCC, the importance of community activism, and what you can do in your everyday life to encourage mindfulness about the realities of rape culture and sexual . . .
RIYL inclusive feminist punk
Smash It Dead is an important fest for the local punk and DIY communities, but on a larger scale, it is also an integral part of a wide-spanning global community of punk musicians, writers, artists, and activists dedicated to opening up space for marginalized folks, and expanding the discourse about safer spaces and inclusion. Smash It Dead is just one of many weekend fests that will occur over the next year. Below, read up on three other upcoming festivals with similar goals: C.L.I.T. Fest . . .