Over 150 feminist activists gathered at the Boston Common gazebo on Saturday, October 13, to march against gender inequality and rape culture. Organized by Boston Feminists for Liberation (BFFL), the march began with one woman sharing her story of sexual assault, and concluded with a speak out at Dewey Square where marchers were encouraged to share their stories and their outrage.
Along the way, protesters stopped at the State House to speak out against the prison-industrial complex and at Downtown Crossing, where speakers decried the “diet culture” that has emerged in the United States during the last several decades.
While there was a strong police presence, the rally remained non-violent. A small group of protesters took to the streets and for a short time blocked traffic at the intersection of Congress Street and Atlantic Avenue. They soon returned to the sidewalk with the arrival of a police van.
BFFL was born earlier this summer out of a contingency of organizers previously involved with SlutWalk, a march against rape culture that took place in May of 2011.
For more information on Boston Feminists for Liberation, visit their Facebook page. The group’s next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. at the City Place Food Court near the Boylston T station.
(Photos: Chase Carter)