These are the initiatives and movements that I am currently working on!
The History of BLM Cambridge
Black Lives Matter Cambridge began with three Cambridge, MA based activists who had been angered by how removed the movement had been from Cambridge and other liberal cities like Cambridge, as if to say that racism does not exist here. On January 21, 2015, lead organizers Toni Bee and Stephanie Guirand with support from Abe Lateiner, a white accomplice, a march and die-in took place in the streets of Cambridge. Many Cantabrigians relished that this was the first time an anti-racism protest took place in Cambridge.
Since the January protest, Black Lives Matter Cambridge has become an official chapter of the national #BlackLivesMatter movement. BLM Cambridge has organized a number of events and have begun campaigns to challenge structural racism in Cambridge.
The mission of the Society of Urban Poetry (S.O.U.P.) is to unite literary poets and spoken word artists across the Boston area. S.O.U.P. recognizes the diversity among creative individuals and groups across gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith, ability, and age.
We seek to do dope poetry with dope people; to shed light on poetry and spoken word as integral pieces of the Boston Creative Arts community; and to foster an inclusive network that embraces all forms of diversity, and aims to bridge divisions that still exist within the poetic community.
How to fix the world festival
In conjunctioin with the Somerville Arts Council, Greg Cook, Deidra Montgomery and Marissa Molinar, DiDi will be co-curating her second festival. Stay tuned for more information!