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Mayor Walsh proclaims April 9 ‘Riot Grrrl Day’

Whatever you think of his politics, Mayor Marty Walsh does have decent taste in music. First, he sponsored a bill to make the Modern Lovers’ classic song, “Roadrunner,” the official rock song of the Commonwealth. (It didn’t succeed, but it’s the thought that counts, right?) Now, the mayor is proclaiming April 9 “Riot Grrrl Day” in Boston in honor of original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna, who performs at the Wilbur Theatre Thursday. (Hanna, for the uninitiated, is a musician/activist who was in Bikini Kill and Le Tigre.) The proclamation, which will be presented by Walsh’s chief of policy Joyce Linehan, makes a compelling case for recognizing Hanna and what she has tried to do on behalf of grrrls everywhere. It reads in part: “Our young women can’t be what they can’t see. Girls need to see other girls picking up drumsticks, basses, and microphones. They need to see other girls picking up paintbrushes and pens, and telling their stories. Loudly.”