Communique 017, the last on Boston Free Radio, airs today!

Good morning, Unsettlers. Apologies for the lack of updates here! A few weeks back, The Unsettler became a twice-monthly podcast, rather than a weekly podcast, as there was simply too much research, art-making, and prep work to be done between communiques. As of August, The Unsettler will be on hiatus from regular broadcasting, doing DIY communiques as inspiration strikes and time allows.

Don’t fret! The backlog will stay available via SoundCloud and iTunes, even as the show moves away from live material.

Please tune in for our final BostonFreeRadio installment this evening at 6 p.m. ET to hear a great interview with candidate for Somerville Ward 3 Alderman, Ben Ewen-Campen that covers radical and progressive battles in and outside of local mainstream politics.

Events & Actions: Monday 3/27-Sunday 4/2

Monday, March 27th

Tuesday, March 28th

  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Let’s Talk About It: Social Action in Boston hosted by Boston University at Room 545, 100 Bay State Road in Boston. “Come join us for a conversation with local organizers from ACLU Massachusetts (American Civil Liberties Union), Mass Trans Political Coalition (MTPC), Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC), Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group, and Resource Generation.” Food from Haley House Bakery Cafe will be served.
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m. – 350 (Boston Node) Meeting at First Church on Eliot Street in Jamaica Plain.
  • 9:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m. –  Arts Matter Advocacy Day at the Paramount Center, Boston. 9:00: Registration, breakfast, socializing / 10:00: Welcome / 10:30-12:30 “How to be an effective arts advocate, how to tell your story for social change,” policy briefings, performance: Conservatory Lab Charter School String Orchestra, sample role-play with legislator, prep for meeting with your legislators / 12:30: Arts Matter March from the Paramount Center to the MA State House (with street bands!) / 1:30: Meet with your legislators in the MA State House / 2:45: Debrief with Representative Chris Walsh (D-Framingham)

Wednesday, March 29th

  • 6:00-9:00 p.m. – Boston’s Herstory: Queer Feminist Movement at Fenway Health (1340 Boylston Street) in Boston. In commemoration of Women’s History Month, Fenway Health’s Women’s Health Team, The L.O.C.S. Collective, Flashback Sunday: Elders of Color, Older Lesbians Organizing for Change, and Rally present a screening of “A Moment in Her Story: Stories from the Boston Women’s Movement.” Light refreshments provided. The location is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms. Contact: Tanekwah Hinds.
  • 6:00-10:00 p.m. – Beers for BARCC at Night Shift Brewing (87 Santilli Highway) in Everett. Come learn more about Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, join a fundraising team for the Annual BARCC Walk for Change, or just have a few beers to support the cause! All funds from your ticket purchase go directly to BARCC. Tickets available here:
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Women for Stephanie Hirsch event at Brass Union in Somerville supporting Emerge alumna Stephanie Hirsch in her run for Somerville Alderman at Large. Lynda Tocci of the Dewey Square Group will be speaking.
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. – The City Talks: Coexistence at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for a free discussion inspired by themes in the exhibition “Political Intent,” with moderator Laura Weinstein, the MFA’s Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art and panelists Michael Dwan Singh, co-organizer, SubDrift Boston; Maryam Eskandari, principal, MIIM Designs; and Robb Johnson, associate vice president, Fenway Health.
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality at Lucy Parsons Center (358A Centre Street) in Jamaica Plain. A conversation with Black & Pink founder Rev. Jason M. Lydon and journalist and organizer Jordan Flaherty, author of the new AK Press book “No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality”.
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Boston Food Not Bombs has its weekly planning meeting during this time at Encuentro 5 (9 Hamilton Pl Suite 2a) in Boston. This is, of course, the long-running, non-sectarian, but definitely radical free food organizations that’s been serving in MA for decades now.
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Black & Pink has weekly volunteer drop-in hours on Wednesdays, as well. They’re at First Baptist Church (633 Centre St) in Jamaica Plain. “Bring a laptop, if you can. If not, you can help write birthday cards!”
  • 8:00-11:00 p.m. – Feminist Art Wednesday March at Koto in Salem featuring vendors Anna Ramm, Oliver with Ollie’s Lockets, RawleYoni Creations, Grace Ulrich’s Needlepoint; musicians Julie Cira, Joey Phoenix, Mantis Tobogan M.D.; and poets Shannon Murphy, Melissa Gilbert, Brenda Lee. They will be collecting donations for HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change).

Thursday, March 30th

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Undocumented Knowledge: A Transnational Immigration Conversation at Emerson Hall (19 Quincy Street) in Cambridge. Join moderator Lorgia Garcia-Peña, professor at Harvard University, and a panel of scholars, activists, artists, attorneys, and educators including Keish Kim, Prerna Lal, Lisa Lowe, Medhin Paolos, and Maurice Stierl for a transnational, interdisciplinary, and intersectional conversation about immigration. Co-sponsored by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Weatherhead Center for International Affiars, Harvard University Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights, Deparment of History and Literature, and Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Benefit for the Mass Bail Fund at Gallery X (169 Williams Street) in New Bedford
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Art and the Making of “Citizen”: An Evening with Claudia Rankine at the Northeastern University Office of Undergraduate Research (450 Dodge Hall, 360 Huntington Ave) in Boston. MacArthur “Genius” and one of our finest living poets, Claudia Rankine will join Northeastern to discuss her poetry, as well as her provocative new “Racial Imaginary Institute.” The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, please plan to arrive early.
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Women for Tito event for Tito Jackson at Harborside Lounge (185 State Street) in Boston
  • 6:30-9:00 p.m. – Ovarian Psychos film screening at Design Studio for Social Intervention (1946 Washington Street, 2nd floor) in Roxbury. Ovarian Psycos is a radical bicycle brigade for women of color started in East LA with the a social justice, community-centric and celebratory mission. IT IS AMAZING. The screening will begin at 7 PM! Light snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring dinner! You can enter the building at the door on Thorndike Street.

Friday, March 31st

Saturday, April 1st

  • 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – BESJ 2017 at Fenway High School in Boston. Teacher Activist Group-Boston invites you to join us for the 7th annual Boston-area Education for Social Justice Conference! Our theme for 2017 is Unafraid and Rising: Student Voice, Youth Power. More info at
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Food Not Bombs cooks for its Saturday Central Square Meal in Cambridge. E-mail us for details.
  • 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – City Live/Vida Urbana volunteer canvassing.
  • 12:00-3:00 p.m. – Black & Pink holds drop-in volunteer hours at this time each week at Swissbakers (168 Western Ave) in Allston.
  • 12:00-3:00 p.m. – Strike, Resist, Win – Organizing Training at UNITE HERE Local 26 (33 Harrison Ave, Fl 4) in Boston with Workers from Harvard University and Northeastern University are former strikers and protesters. Email for more info!
  • 12:30-4:00 p.m. – Food Not Bombs’ Central Square Meal is served at this time each week.
  • 5:00 p.m.-Midnight – Deadline for entries for #Resist, a show featuring art in all mediums that addresses the current political climate in the so-called United States, curated by Susan Berstler and Greg Cook. #Resist will be exhibited from 4/27-5/27 at the Nave Gallery Annex in Somerville.
  • 6:00-11:00 p.m. – Food Not Bombs’ Haymarket Produce Rescue happens during these hours each Saturday. Volunteers meet up near Faneuil Hall at Haymarket (corner of Blackstone and North, across the street from a Hard Rock Cafe) to rescue and sort produce destined for the compost heap or landfill and deliver it, by car, to shelters in the Boston/Cambridge area to stock them with food. Volunteers with cars are especially needed.
  • 7:30-10:30 p.m. – Women’s Short Films, hosted by Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival at the Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center (Emerson College) in Boston

Sunday, April 2nd

  • 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – The Boston Hassle and Ignore Rock’n’Roll Heroes present Black Market, their joint effort, one-day flea market featuring handmade artwork, prints, patches, records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, macrame; vintage clothing, accessories, books, as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings, and more at the Cambridge Elks Lodge. All Ages, $1 for entry.
  • 12:00-1:30 p.m – Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee weekly meeting at Encuentro 5 (9A Hamilton Pl in Boston). All are welcome, including people who are currently experiencing or have experienced homelessness. For an idea of what will be discussed, including the proposed agenda, or to be added to their mailing list, please contact
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Our Revolution kickoff at East Somerville Community School (50 Cross Street)
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m. – More Than This at the Democracy Center (45 Mount Auburn Street) in Cambridge. “Come join a community of survivors dedicated to taking healing into their own hands. More Than This is an evening of solidarity, healing and creative expression. We are inviting you to be a part of a safe environment which, we hope, will spark an open conversation addressing the problem of domestic and sexual violence in our community, as well as support its survivors. This event is open to featuring live music, poetry, prose, photography, art and other creative expressions of healing from trauma.”

Communique 002: All Beverly Hills Cops Are Bastards

Communique 002 is up for streaming/downloading!

Elias interviews Matt, Kathryn, and Maddie, three local activists who have organized their friends into groups working toward positive change in their community and beyond. We touch on theory vs praxis, unionizing, the division of labor, public services, and more.

Talking points: the frozen Grapes Leap Forward of Wrath, ABHCAB, Semi-Aquatic Tent Theory, pizza de resistance, remember remember, public helipads for all!, 3 lbs of rigatoni, riding in your zeppelin.