I had the incredible opportunity to join Care2's Activist University at BabeFest 2017 in Provincetown, Massachusettes just days after my 28th birthday. BabeFest is Ani DiFranco's gift to feminists - a night of music, storytelling, poetry, and comedy in the spirit of activism to rejuvenate the spirit and keep us moving forward.
The Activist University panel was held in the beautiful, old high school auditorium. Miranda Becker, an organizer with Care2, shared tips and tools for activism before beginning her interviews. Kelly, Karen, and I shared stories and lessons from our experience as activists and answered questions from an enthusiastic crowd.
BabeFest was full of incredible talent, including my long-time favorite spoken word poet Andrea Gibson. Some clips below to capture the awe-inspiring vibes.
And beyond the event, Provincetown itself was an incredible place to be! Provincetown is a seaside town at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Provincetown is also the site of the Mayflower’s landing in 1620. And I must say that it felt totally insane to be standing in the shadow of the Pilgrim Monument, overlooking Plymouth Rock on Colombus Day! That's some serious high-level colonialist shit, right there. Getting beyond that, there are old colonial style buildings and red brick everywhere PLUS sex-positivity, community-affirming messaging, gender-neutral bathrooms, and delicious coffee!! I even had the most lovely experience with the hotel staff who treated me to not one, but TWO oversized fudge brownies coated with coconut flakes and almonds. Delicious. It was my first time ever visiting this queer-haven and I cannot wait for my return. I am seriously envisioning a future writing or strategic planning retreat in one of the cozy little cape homes. Tell me your dreaming of the same thing?