This Friday, Grub Street has organized a Write-In to surface stories from recent immigrants and refugees, and build empathy with marginalized populations. If you don’t know Grub Street, they’re a fantastic creative writing center in Boston. I’ll let them explain what their Write-In is all about:
Much like sit-ins, where people take up public space to protest and make the case for change, the Boston Write-In will bring together people of all backgrounds for an afternoon of writing and storytelling in support of recent immigrants and refugees. Sharing stories is a uniquely powerful way to see and feel from different perspectives, to build empathy and connection – and stories from those who have been marginalized and who are under attack are crucially important to ensure safety and dignity for all people.
The event is Friday at noon, at the Boston Public Library. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it; I’ll be counting herring for the Mystic River Watershed Association. But, today, I supported the Write-In by signing up through their Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap will post to social media simultaneously on behalf of all the people who sign up, at the appointed hour of 12:30pm on Friday. As of now, there are 103 supporters in the campaign, with a social reach 166,480. Not sure if that’ll vault #BostonWriteIn to trending, but it’ll be interesting to see.