Socializing for Justice's Suggested Venues List (www.SoJust.org)
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Neighborhood (it is sorted by this column)Venue name:Address line 1:City:State:Zip Code:Contact First Name:Contact Last Name:Title:Phone:Email:Website:Venue Twitter Handle (e.g. http://www.twitter.com/sojust)Cost to rent space:Need to be a 501(c)(3)?Parking nearby?Is the venue physically accessible?Gender-neutral bathrooms or bathrooms built for single use?Age-restricted?Sell food?Sell alcohol? Is outside food allowed?Is outside alcohol allowed?How many people does the space hold?Is there a private meeting room? Separate from other events or patrons?Does the venue have a soundsystem (mic & speakers)?Does the venue have a powerpoint projector and screen?Does the venue have a podium? With built in mic?Additional Notes:Who is the contact in the audio/visual department?Does the house system have an audio out for recording? If so, what is it (eg: female xlr out, line level, mic level, RCA, 1/4 inch)? Where in the venue is the A/V output?Are photos of the gear and A/V setup available?issues affecting sound or video (e.g.: noisy AC, street noise, fluorescent lights)?
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AuburndaleWalker Center171 Grove StreetNewtonMA02466(617) 969-3919reservations@walkerctr.orgwalkerctr.org$75 per meeting, but also has space for retreats, etc.NoFree parking lot right outside, plus plenty of free on street parking within a block.Yes, fully accessibleYesNoYesNoYesMultiple roomsTwo large meeting spaces are very private, plus several private smaller meeting spaces
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Back BayLir903 Boylston StBostonMAhttp://www.lironboylston.comFree, they charge for a bartender if under 30 people in private spaceNoNot really.Yes, fully accessibleYes21+YesFull barNo, only food sold by venue is allowed.No, only alcohol sold by the venue is allowed.downstairs 100-120, upstairs 50-100Two private spaces. Downstairs is a large room with a full bar. Upstairs is decorated like a library and the layout isn't as open. If you can't guarantee over 100 people and are closer to 50, they may double-book either room. Only an issue if you plan to have a speaker.NoNoNoThey have a large selection of music and will make a playlist for your event - but they can't play your CDs or your iPod or transfer music to their computer. Also, it seems that the music played on one floor is played on all floors. They can play a DVD of photos on their flat screen tvs.
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Bay BayAIC Center38 Newbury Street, 7th FloorBostonMA2215LaurenMurphyProgram Manager617.266.0080lauren.murphy@aicongress.orgwww.aicongress.org/center$150-$200 per eventNoThere is metered parking. There are also three near back parking garages: the Boston Commons Garage, the 100 Clarendon Garage, and the 10 Saint James Street Garage. Yes, fully accessibleYesNoNoYesYes, contact us for detailed restrictions or requirements.1 room - 150 people for receptionYesYesNo
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BrightonCradles to Crayons155 North Beacon StBrightonMAboston.cradlestocrayons.orgNoYes, fully accessibleNoYesYes, a special liquor license is required from the city.Yes
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Cambridgemicrosoft NERD center1 memorial driveCambridgemaLeahBrunsonmarketing managerlbrunson@microsoft.commicrosoft.com0Noyes.Yes, fully accessibleYesNoNonoYesYes, contact us for detailed restrictions or requirements.yesYesYesPodium with mic
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ChinatownEncuentro 533 Harrison Ave, 5th FloorBostonMA02111CurtisFalzoihttp://www.encuentro5.org/home/NoNoNoNoYesYes
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Chinatown/Theater DistrictHosteling International (HI-Boston) Community Room19 Stuart StreetBostonMA02216PaulKuhneCommunity Engagement Manager617-556-5312community.boston@hiusa.orghttp://bostonhostel.orghttp://www.twitter.com/bostonhostelFreeNoThere is a 15 minute loading zone directly in front of the hostel, and several parking garages in the area. If you are vigilant enough, you can find on-street, metered parking nearby.Yes, fully accessibleYesNoYesNoYesNo, alcohol is not allowed in the venue.1 Room - 45 PeopleThe space can be made private, but there is not a separate private, breakout space.YesYesPodium but no micThis venue is a multipurpose space that can be arranged to the renting organization's preference. It is used by external organizations to host events such as meetings, trainings, and networking events, and is also leveraged by HI-Boston to host events like travel workshops, arts & cultural events and special speakers. The space is physically connected to the lobby of the hostel, with a large garage door that can be put down to ensure privacy and sound containment.Same contact who rents the room - Paul Kuhne.The house system is a portable fender unit with speakers and a small PA. It is possible to record from this system, but it is separate from the projector and computer.Connected to the receiver unit.We currently do not have photos, but will shortly!We do have fluorescent lights, and there will be occasional noise from guests in the lobby.
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Davis SquareFirst Church Somerville UCC89 College AvenueSomervilleMA02144-1904JamieThompsonChurch Administrator and Building Supervisor617-625-6485office@firstchurchsomerville.orghttp://www.firstchurchsomerville.orghttp://www.twitter.com/FCSomervilleCost varies and is per event.NoPartially accessible (some spaces are accessible, but not the whole venue)YesNoNonoYesNo, alcohol is not allowed in the venue.Varies per room.YesJust a screen or white wall.Podium but no micMore information is available at http://firstchurchsomerville.org/community/building-rentals/.
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DorchesterSavin Hill Yoga11 Pearl StreetBostonMA02125Larrylarry@savinhillyoga.comhttp://savinhillyoga.com/variableNoThere is street parking on Pearl Street and the surrounding roads.Partially accessible (some spaces are accessible, but not the whole venue)NoThey have a large selection of music and will make a playlist for your event - but they can't play your CDs or your iPod or transfer music to their computer. Also, it seems that the music played on one floor is played on all floors. They can play a DVD of photos on their flat screen tvs.
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Downtown CrossingRealize Resources at JRI Health25 West Street, 3rd FloorBostonMA02111SarahPragerCommunications Coordinator617-988-2605, ext. 2302sprager@jri.orghttp://www.jri.org/realizeresourceshttp://www.twitter.com/realizejriFreeNoPaid lots close-by.Yes, fully accessibleYesNoNoNoYesNo, alcohol is not allowed in the venue.1 room that holds up to 25YesYesNo
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Harvard SquareThe Democracy Center45 Mount Auburn StCambridgeMA02138ErinWetherellCoordinator617.492.8855info@democracycenter.orgdemocracycenter.orgPer event NoThere is on-street metered parking right outside the building, and a parking garage a few blocks away. NoYesNoNoNo, and we have a no-alcohol policyYesNo, alcohol is not allowed in the venue.We have multiple rooms. It ranges from anywhere from 60 people/room to 10/room and the whole center can hold about 150Yes there are private rooms.NoJust a screen or white wall.Podium but no micOur rates are very reasonable so that we can support new groups, start-up non-profits and more!
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Innovation DistrictSpace With a Soul281 Summer StreetBostonMA02210StasGayshanCEO617-744-9336stas@spacewithasoul.orghttp://www.spacewithasoul.orghttp://www.twitter.com/spacewithasoul$100/hrNoMetered street parking available on Summer Street and adjacent streets. Also, paid garage and lot parking available nearby.Yes, fully accessibleNoNoNoNoYesYes, contact us for detailed restrictions or requirements1-275, depending on rooms chosenPlease see website or contact for more informationYesYesPodium with mic
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LeominsterDoyle Community Park & Center464 Abbott AveLeominsterMA01453AnneDeRoseEvent Coordinator978.840.4446 x1900aderose@ttor.orghttp://www.thetrustees.org/what-we-care-about/climate-change/green-buildings/doyle-conservation-center.htmlVaries (below market rates)NoYes, free parking on the premises, 40 paved spaces and approx. 15 spaces along driveways. Street parking is allowed but not ideal. Carpooling and public transit are encouraged.

By Train Take the Fitchburg line (from Boston) to North Leominster (see www.mbta.com for fares and schedule). You can ride your bicycle, walk or take a cab to the Doyle Conservation Center. Local taxi cab companies include Ken’s Taxi (978.534.5570) and Leominster Taxi (978.537.6331). Walking and bicycling directions from North Leominster Commuter Rail Station (approximately 2 miles or 35 minutes) are below. The route does not provide ideal walking conditions as sidewalks are not on every road.

Yes, fully accessibleYesNoNoNoYesYes, a special liquor license is required from the city.Max. 120Doors and shades may be closed to ensure privacy. A smaller, non-universally accessible meeting room in another building provides even further privacy away from the conference center and staff.YesYesPodium with micThe building was designed by HKT Architects out of Somerville, specialists in mission-driven green and preservation design, with landscaping provided by Hines Wasser & Associates, a company known for its strong ecological designs for native managed landscapes. Made possible by an anonymous $5 million donation, the Doyle Center is home to Trustees’ staff working in the areas of land conservation, ecology, resource protection and planning, environmental education, and mapping. The Doyle Center is also home to the Putnam Conservation Institute and the site of workshops and training seminars for conservationists around the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Doyle Center has been registered for gold certification with the U.S. Green Building Council through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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North End/Financial DistrictNorth Star222 Friend St.BostonMACodyPopePromotions and Media Director6179593818cjames@edgyorganizing.comwww.northstarboston.comhttp://www.twitter.com/northstarbostonnegotiableNoYes. Hourly paid lot next door. TD Garden AreaYes, fully accessibleNoYesFull BarNo, only food sold by venue is allowed.No, only alcohol sold by the venue is allowed.200YesJust a screen or white wall.No
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South Boston /Dorchester lineStill Harbor Center for Discernment & Action 666 Dorchester AvenueSouth BostonMA02474PerryDoughertyAssociate Directorinfo@stillharbor.orgwww.stillharbor.orgContact us for suggested contributionsNoYes - lot and free street.NoYesContact usNoNoYesNo, alcohol is not allowed in the venue.See websiteNoJust a screen or white wall.NoPlease read more about using our Center at www.stillharbor.org/center
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South EndUnited South End Settlements566 Columbus AvenueBostonMA02118ArnesseBrownManager617-536-8610abrown@uses.orgwww.uses.orgSee rate scheduleNoStreet, parking garage, close to green line, orange line, #1 bus.Yes, fully accessibleYesNoNonoYesYes, a special liquor license is required from the city.Depends on set-upThere are private meeting rooms.YesYesPodium but no mic
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South StationThe NonProfit Center89 South StreetBostonMA02111617-523-6565reservations@tsne.orgwww.nonprofitcenterboston.orghttp://twitter.com/npc_life$100 - $450/hourYesYes. See http://www.nonprofitcenterboston.org/directions for parking, directions and public transportation information.Yes, fully accessibleNoNoNoNoYesNo, alcohol is not allowed in the venue.10 - 70NoYes
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