Lately, a lot of things have been harder to deal with in the DIY scene. A lot of our friends passed away, and because of this people are using this as an excuse to kick out other friends of their spaces. Our homes, our DIY spaces are in threat because people are using our pain against us.

There’s better ways to react to our pain than take away our safe spaces, like by making them safer. Actually caring for what we stand for. Caring for the fact that if it wasn’t for the artists and musicians, gentrifiers wouldn’t even feel safe to move into the spaces they’re taking away from us. For some of us, these spaces have always been home or are the only homes we’ve ever known.

On March 28, 2017 Thee Parkside will be the site of a fundraiser event for, where are all profits from door go to Safer DIY Spaces Oakland.

“The DIY Communities Safety Fund is a San Francisco Bay Area-based micro-grant program that provides direct financial assistance for critical upgrades to help make alternative spaces safer and, ultimately, code-compliant. The program provides funds for pre-inspections, remediative construction, legal costs, and other fees necessary to make core life-safety improvements. Donations to the DIY Communities Safety Fund are tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor Omni Commons, a 501(c)(3) organization.” Taken from their Facebook page. 

The Safer Spaces DIY Oakland fundraiser will have Sacramento sisters Dog Party, and local Bay Area bands, Dirty Denim, Composite and Los Sirenas.

If you’d like to donate directly you can go straight to their youcaring page.

Dog Party, Dirty Denim, Composite, Los Sirenas
Thee Parkside SF
March 28, 2017
8pm, $13 (21+)