Richeson hopes festival-goers will leave with a heightened awareness of the issues at stake, as well as with information about BARCC, and about a newly established group.
"Something we're trying to start up is Support Boston, an alternative way to support survivors within punk and DIY," she said. "So Smash It Dead is going to have info about Support Boston. I hope people get involved in the long-term idea of Smash It Dead."
In a way, Smash It Dead contributes to the larger local and national discourse regarding dismantling rape culture that's been going on as of late: from the recent feminist BU student responses to two high-profile hockey players being arrested on separate charges of rape and sexual assault, to the Knockout Barstool campaign launched by Northeastern students in response to the attitudes promulgated by website Barstool Sports (including "jokes" about women who deserve to be raped), as well as the debates about the safety of spaces at Occupy Boston (where there were recent accusations of a rape) and Occupy everywhere. With its direct-action grassroots outreach and activism in the punk community, Smash it Dead is making the case that political and social awareness starts at home.
: Music Features
, Music, Cambridge, Arts, More