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Upcoming Events

Backstage Book Club —November 9th
Taking Children, Taking the Land: Nick Estes with Rebecca Nagle — November 10th
Trans Poetry & Protest —November 12th
Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice and Art-Activism of Sins Invalid—November 13th
Boston Anarchist Bookfair —November 13th - 14th
Playing Your Part in Anti-Racist Community Building —November 16th - 18th
Are You On the List(s)?— November 17th
NEFA Idea Swap— November 17th - 18th
Anarchists Care About Books — November 21st
Kyle T. Mays: An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States — November 29th

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Community Care

Mutual aid, food and housing assistance, and more. Don't wait for intervention, take care of each other now!

Mutual Aid Bedford & Somerville
MAMAS is an initiative to provide resources and support to our Somerville & Medford neighbors through mutual aid praxis. THrouhg collective action and care, MAMAS aims to reduce the harmful impacts of COVID-19 in its community.

City Life/Vida Urbana
City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization committed to fighting racial, social, and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power. They promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders, and build collective power to effect systemic change and transform society.

Are you fighting to stay in your home? Join City Life/Vida Urbana at their weekly meetings, where you can speak with an organizer and lawyer, and meet others that are fighting the same battles.

Housing Navigator MA
Working with owners and public sector partners, Housing Navigator MA is developing a comprehensive database of income-restricted rentals from all over the state. Property owners and managers verify their listings—everywhere you see the “Verified” sign—ensuring that renters can trust the results. Follow the link to see how you can participate. 

Solidarity Supply Distro
A coalition of leftist and anti-capitalist organizers who are building community resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic. FREE GROCERIES every Monday at 4:30p at Make Shift Boston. FREE STORE monthly at Lucy Parsons Center in JP.

Community Fridges In and Around Boston
Community fridges help fill gaps for food-insecure neighbors that are not being addressed by the state. Take what you need, give what you can!


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We need your support to make change at the local, state, and federal level. Here's what you can do TODAY!

All Eyes on Fidelity
On November 12th, the Muslim Justice League is taking a stand against Fidelity Charitable’s role in financing white supremacy across the globe. Join at 3pm at the Fidelity offices in Boston to take action.

Arts & Culture Voter Week
We cannot thrive in a city without a creative sector that is not only supported, but celebrated. Help us celebrate during Arts and Culture Voter Week. Help us remind the Mayoral Candidates why we are arts and culture voters and what it is that we want and need from them!

Raise Up Massachusetts 
Raise Up MA is a grassroots coalition of community organizations, faith-based groups, and labor unions committed to building an economy that works for all of us. An economy that invests in families, gives everyone the opportunity to succeed, and creates broadly shared prosperity. Join Raise Up MA to build a more equitable Massachusetts economy! 

DONATE: City Life/Vida Urbana
The Out of Reach 2021 report is out, and the data shows that a $15 minimum wage isn't enough for workers to afford rent in any US state. Honing in on the details, in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment at fair market rate, Boston workers would need to make at least $37/hour. Providence workers $18.37, Hartford $20.98, New Haven $22.71, Portland $23.63. Massachusetts ranks third in highest housing costs, with the rest of New England claiming spots in the top 25.

With that news fresh in mind, this month's featured org is fighting for affordable housing, rent control, and other housing justice issues. Donate today!

Housing Is A Human Right
Demand eviction and foreclosure protections now! Reach out to key officials and legislators to support the COVID-19 Housing Equity bill. Follow the link to use the resources put together by Homes For All Mass.  

Power of Culture Advocacy Campaign 2021-2022
This 3-step plan calls for FY22 budget spending, bond authorizations, and bills to stabilize, rebuild, and provide COVID relief to the cultural sector. We need you—artists, teaching artists, cultural organizations—to contact your state legislators and Governor Baker to secure their support!


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Funding / Finances / Residencies

Financial assistance in the form of grants, residencies, and state, federal, and non-profit aid. 

BCA ACTivate Residency
Boston Center for the Arts' ACTivate Residency will award five-day residencies to individuals and small groups of artists to create site-responsive work in the historic Cyclorama. Work can be performative and/or visual in nature and is meant to activate artists and our spaces.The intention of this residency is to open up space for deep exploration of an idea or concept over the course of the residency. ACTivate is open to all Boston-based visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists with priority given to BIPOC, Immigrant, and New American artists and their collaborators. BCA provides a $1,000 stipend along with a daily travel stipend, access to the Cyclorama space during agreed upon hours, BCA staff support, film documentation of the process and work created, among other resources. Apply by November 21, 2021.

Boston Rental Relief Fund 
The RRF Rental will provide up to $17,000 in assistance for income eligible households for up to 18 months for arrears, current rent, future rent, utility arrears, and moving related expenses. Applying for rental assistance may "stop the clock" on eviction processes if you currently have a case in Housing Court. Check your eligibility online.

Public Art Learning Fund
The Public Art Learning Fund provides grants of $500 to $2,000 to support professional development opportunities for New England artists to strengthen their public art practices. Through this fund, BEFA intends to foster the continued development of more equitable, inclusive, and vibrant public spaces and public life throughout New England. Accepting applications from artists who reside full-time and make work in New England, whose practices engage the public realm. Apply by December 13. 

Theatre Community Benevolent Fund 
TCBF provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual theatre practitioners and non-profit theatre organizations of Greater Boston and the surround areas, facing occurrences of catastrophic nature including but not limited to extreme illness, devastating acts of nature, housing emergencies, vandalism, and theft, and who have limited or no resources with which to handle such events.


For Individuals

Call for Artists-In-Residence: Democracy
Urbano Project is inviting applications for their Artists-in-Residence program from artists working in a range of media whose creative practices resonate with the 2021-2022 curatorial theme, Democracy. Seeking artists for Fall 2021 (September-December), Winter 2022 (January-March), and Spring 2022 (April-June). Artists will receive a $5000 stipend to complete the residency's contacted responsibilities. Deadline to apply is August 10th.

COVID Recovery Scholarships
The COVID Recovery High School/GED Scholarship will provide 2020 high school graduates or GED recipients who did not attend college within the Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 semesters the opportunity to attend Community College of Rhode Island tuition-free over the next two years. CCRI expects to aware approximately 325 scholarships.

The COVID Recover Finish Scholarship will provide students that have completed at least 50% of an undergraduate certificate or associate degree from an accredited college, but who have no been enrolled in college within the Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 semesters, the opportunity to attend CCRI tuition-free over the next two years. CCRI expects to award approximately 810 scholarships.

For Organizations

Projects Grants
Part of the Cultural Investment Portfolio, Projects grants are one-year grants for specific, eligible, public programming to provide access, excellence, diversity, or education in the arts, humanities, or sciences, and are not for general operating support. These grants provide a point of entry for smaller organizations, many of whom provide unique opportunities for MA residents to participate with cultural events in their own communities.

Local Cultural Council Program
The largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, the Local Cultural Council Program are led by municipally appointed volunteers and award over $4 million every year. Funded programs include everything from field trips to lectures, festivals, and dance performances. Deadline to apply is November 1st.

UP Designation
As part of the Universal Participation (UP) Initiative, Mass Cultural Council supports a growing network of UP Designated organizations through technical resources, best practices, innovative solutions, and professional development. The deadline to apply is November 15th. 

UP Innovation and Learning Network
As part of the Universal Participation Initiative, MCC supports the Innovation and Learning Network -  a series of professional development workshops on Universal Design and accessibility practices aimed to increase public participation in the creative sector. The deadline to apply is November 15th. 

Finding the Keys: Antiracist Approaches to Radical Recruitment in the Arts
Finding the Keys is a workshop experience designed to give you real life recruitment and hiring solutions that can be applied across industries. Hosted by Sharifa Johka, former Director of Equity at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and radical inclusion activist, this workshop is designed to give attendees actionable steps to successfully operationalize equity values in recruiting and hiring practices. Next workshop: December 9th.


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Other Resources


Gender 101 in 20 minutes (podcast) 
Topics include: Is biological sex, like, real? How closely related are sex and gender? What steps fo kids and adults take to transition? What does colonialism have to do with any of this? 

Free Queer Children's Book Distribution
The Theater Offensive and Frugal Bookstore will mail free copies of Worm Loves Worm by Mike Curato, The Boy and The B
indi by Vivek Shraya, and Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope by Jodie Patterson while supplies last.

COVID-19 Vaccine Forum for Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Expansive Community
GLAD, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and the MA Trans Health Coalition's free virtual information session on the COVID-19 vaccine. Recorded panel.


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