Home Blog

Hiring: Program Coordinator for our Military Recruitment Report!

0

We’re hiring! We’re looking for a part-time staff member to oversee our Military Recruitment Report, as well as help out with other staff tasks. If you are interested in applying to the position, please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@theresistancecenter.org. Applications are preferred by the morning of May 29, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


Program Coordinator

Job Description

Summary:
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice is a new nonprofit based upon the legacy of the Western Massachusetts Program of the American Friends Service Committee. We are a peace center with a history of social justice work.

We are seeking a 25-hour per week Program Coordinator position to work in our office at 2 Conz Street, Suite 2B in Northampton, Massachusetts. Our work is strengthened through a diversity of background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. Applications are encouraged from folks of color, women, and the LGBTQIA community.

Applications are preferred by the morning of May 29, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Producing the Military Recruitment Report (MRR). The MRR is a regularly published report, based upon the collection of public records requests of the 53 public high schools in Western Massachusetts regarding the state of military recruiters visiting those schools, as well as the climate of militarism within those schools.
    • Working with interns
    • Collection of data into spreadsheets/databases
    • Overseeing correspondence with school administration
    • Collaborating with organizational partners
    • Formatting and publication
    • Press scheduling and coverage of the publication and distribution
  • Community organizational assistance. We assist community organizations, groups, coalitions, and other forms of activism with logistical support, in the form of advice, provision of sound and video equipment, and in other forms.
  • Fundraising assistance. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator shall assist in fundraising efforts, including (drafting grant applications, house parties, benefits, etc.)
  • Monthly reports and collaboration on the annual report.

Responsibilities & Duties may include:

  • Helps post to office calendar and website
  • Data entry for our constituent management database (CRM)
  • Other clerical duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • A valid drivers license and reliable independent transportation
  • Professionalism and passion for social justice
  • Proficient on either Mac or PC, preferably both
  • Familiar with various software systems (Microsoft Office, Google Suite)
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills

Compensation:

$20/hour for 25 hours per week.

Two weeks vacation, no carry-over (annually).

Ten (10) days personal/sick days (annually.)

To apply:

Please send an email with your resume and a letter of interest attached to jobs@theresistancecenter.org with the subject line “Program Coordinator.”

Support Conway’s Safe Community By-Law!

0

On Monday, May 14 at 7:30pm, Conway will be having a Town Meeting at the Grammar School (24 Fournier Rd) with a number of articles, including a very important proposed By-Law: “Declaring Conway to be a Safe Community.” This By-Law would affirm the following:

The citizens of Conway would like you to know that no matter where you’re from, if you are a resident, or visitor, or are just passing through town, you are welcome here. Conway police shall not act as immigration officers and will not honor non-criminal, civil immigration detainer requests. In all interactions with Conway law enforcement and town employees you will be treated with respect.

The full proposed By-Law can be found here: Conway Town Meeting Safe Community By-Law

Residents of Conway can vote at this Town Meeting – so if you are a resident of Conway, or know a resident of Conway please call them and tell them – be at the Grammar School Monday (5/14) at 7:30!

Ann Wright: The Freedom Flotilla Monday, May 7 at 7pm

0

Ann Wright: The Freedom Flotilla Coalition
Monday, May 7 at 7pm
Unitarian Society, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Wright, who resigned from the military in protest against the Iraq war, was a co-founder in 2008 of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Her presentation will focus on the upcoming flotilla against the Israeli blockage of Gaza.

“In 2018, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will sail once more against the continued illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza, for freedom of movement and the right to a decent future for all Palestinians”

Her presentation will include news of her upcoming trip on May 15 with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition – a nonviolent, international effort to break the blockade of Gaza. Four boats will begin their 75 day voyage from Scandinavia, with a couple coming down the rivers, canals and waterways of Central Europe and the other two sailing in the Atlantic around Europe, making 8 stops in Denmark, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain before going into the Mediterranean where they will make another 5 port visits. All as educational events to heighten awareness of the horrific conditions in Gaza as a result of the illegal blockade, and to join the ongoing international efforts to challenge Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Wright said, “Israel has maintained an inhumane and destructive blockade for Gaza for over a decade. The United Nations now says that Gaza will become uninhabitable by the year 2020 because of the blockade.”

Ann Wright is a retired Army Reserve colonel and a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. She was a US diplomat for 16 years. She resigned from the US government in 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She is active in peace and social justice issues with Veterans for Peace and CODEPINK and is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.

The local event is sponsored by the Western MA Code Pink Women for Peace and The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice

Shazam! Celebrating Arts in Resistance

0

The perfect combination comes together at Shazam – the arts in resistance featuring  performances Ben Grosscup (also the Master of Ceremonies), Pamela Means, Blackappella, Maya Apfelbaum, and Court Dorsey.

During the intermission we will feature an art exhibit by local artists, including Erin Long, Bruce Hawkins, Cara Moser,  Maggie Nowinski and others. Some of the art will be for sale. We will have a silent auction featuring a piece of work by Barry Moser.

As always, everyone is welcome, no one will be turned away, and suggested donations are $10-$20.

34th Annual MLK Day Celebration

0

We are happy to announce the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Northampton on Monday, January 15 by The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice!

The schedule for the day is:

10AM : Afro-American Heritage Walking Tour with Steve Strimer of the David Ruggles Center. This tour will begin at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue in Florence, at the intersection of Park and Pine Streets.

1pm: Celebration Assembly: Our main convocation, bringing everyone together for music (featuring Prone to Mischief and Pamela Means), the unveiling of the work of The Resistance Center, including our recent trip to the Nobel Peace Prize Conference in Oslo, Norway, and a keynote by Dr. John Bracey,of Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

2-5pm: Community Organization-led Workshops: At several locations in downtown Northampton, individuals and leaders of community organizations will be hosting a number of workshops, ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Some of the organizations hosting workshops on MLK Day (you do NOT have to register to attend, just show up!) include:

MLK Day Workshop Schedule

 Edwards Church -
Addis Hall
Edwards Church - The Edwards RoomFirst Churches - Lyman HallUnitarian Society
Basement
Northampton Friends
Meeting
2:00-
2:30

How to Get Rid of Nuclear WeaponsSocial Justice Song
Swap
The Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization & Resistance in High Stakes TimesPoor People's Campaign Workshop (and Women's March Knit-In!)Peaceful Dialogue in Unpeaceful Times
2:30-
3:00
How to Get Rid of Nuclear WeaponsSocial Justice Song
Swap
The Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization & Resistance in High Stakes TimesWomen's March Knit-InPeaceful Dialogue in Unpeaceful Times
3:00-
3:30
How to Get Rid of Nuclear WeaponsSocial Justice Song
Swap
The Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization & Resistance in High Stakes TimesWomen's March Knit-InPeaceful Dialogue in Unpeaceful Times
3:30-
4:00
How to Get Rid of Nuclear WeaponsThe Women's March Year One: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our VoteBack from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear WarWomen's March Knit-InMoving to build The Beloved Community
4:00-
4:30
How to Get Rid of Nuclear WeaponsThe DREAM Act and DACA YouthBack from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear WarWomen's March Knit-InMoving to build The Beloved Community
4:30-5Getting Military Recruiters Out of Our High SchoolsBack from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear WarWomen's March Knit-InMoving to build The Beloved Community

How to Get Rid of Nuclear Weapons | 2pm – 4:30pm
Edwards Church – Addis Hall (297 Main Street)
Presenters: Vicki Elson and Timmon Wallis
This year, a Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons was passed at the United Nations. We have a lot of work to do in the United States to make this a reality – Learn how you can help get rid of nuclear weapons before they get rid of us! We can do it!

Common Threads: Social Justice Song Swap | 2pm – 3:30pm
Edwards Church – The Edwards Room
Presenter: Sarah Pirtle, Director of Traprock Center’s Common Threads project
All styles of music and spoken word about social change are welcome as all ages come together for multi-generational singing and sharing about solidarity. We’ll give a chance for participants to suggest a song, lead a song, or be there to listen and sing-along. Sarah will also tell the story of Claudette Colvin, who at age 16 in Montgomery refused to move to the back of the bus six months before Rosa Parks and helped launch the bus boycott.

The Women’s March Year One: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote | 3:30pm – 4pm
Edwards Church – The Edwards Room
Presenters: Rachel Maiore and Lindsay Sabadosa, Pioneer Valley Women’s March
Come learn about the upcoming Women’s March, what’s planned, and how you can be involved!

The DREAM Act and DACA Youth | 4pm – 4:30pm
Edwards Church – The Edwards Room
Presenter: Eduardo Samaniego, Youth Organizer, Pioneer Valley Worker Center (PVWC)
Learn about the DREAM Act and how you can be part of the urgent movement to ensure permanent protection for DACA students and immigrant youth consider this country their only home. (If you can’t come to the workshop, join the PVWC in New Hampshire Tuesday: http://bit.ly/pvwc2nh )

Getting Military Recruiters Out of Our High Schools | 4:30pm – 5pm
Edwards Church – The Edwards Room
Presenter: Jeff Napolitano, The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
Since 2001, military recruiters have had increased access to children in high schools, and are regularly given their personal information in order to solicit them. Learn how it’s going on, learn how well (or badly) your high school is doing, and learn how to stop it.

The Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization & Resistance in High Stakes Times | 2pm – 3:30pm
First Churches – Lyman Hall
Presenters: Irvine Sobelman and Susan Theberge, Climate Action Now
The climate justice movement is rapidly growing as more and more people realize that sustained mass action is our greatest source of power. We invite everyone who wants to help to build a vibrant, unstoppable climate justice movement to join us for this interactive workshop. Climate Action Now is a dynamic, grass roots organization. We work closely with Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Sugar Shack Alliance, Mothers Out Front and Mass Power Forward along with many other groups. Feel the warmth of community and the power of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history.

Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War | 3:30pm – 5pm
First Churches – Lyman Hall
Presenter: Dr. Ira Helfand, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Many local and national organizations have endorsed the “Back from the Brink” resolution. Are you associated with a group that might support this? Come learn about this campaign, and how to introduce this resolution at your church, synagogue, civic group, medical association, university, or municipality.

Poor People’s Campaign Workshop | 2 – 2:30pm
Unitarian Society Basement
Presenter: Rev. Kelly Gallagher, United Church of Christ
Tens of thousands of people are uniting in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. But to succeed, we need people like you to be on board. Come to this brief workshop to find out how you can be involved here in Western Massachusetts. (Knitters welcome to this workshop!)

Women’s March Knit-In | 2pm – 5pm
Unitarian Society Basement
Convener: Lindsay Sabadosa, Pioneer Valley Women’s March
Come join us before the 2018 Women’s March in Northampton for a community knit-in! Bring a project, finish up a hat and knit in the company of your fellow marchers. Stop in to join us for all or part of the time! No knitting lessons provided but lots of tips and secrets will be shared. Political discussions optional but always encouraged.

Peaceful Dialogue in Unpeaceful Times | 2pm – 3:30pm
Northampton Friends Meeting
Presenter: Mary McCarthy, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
How can we effectively talk to one another when the divide seems too deep and tempers are flaring? In this workshop, we will share personal experiences, role-play different scenarios, and provide some techniques to help navigate difficult conversations.

Moving to build The Beloved Community | 3:30pm – 5pm
Northampton Friends Meeting
Presenter: Maya Apfelbaum, Director, Artist and Educator
How can we move ourselves, our community and the world towards less violence and war and more justice and love, 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. sought to build “the Beloved Community?” Let’s explore!
We’ll check in, do a short writing exercise to prime our creative juices and center our focus and then use embodied movement work to investigate and express how we think of and feel war and peace; injustice and justice. We will see how we might transform violence, brutality and domination to kindness, care and connection. We will share our movement, findings, questions and inspirations at a closing circle.

 

Please contact us with any questions or comments – (413) 584-8975

MLK Day Workshop Registration

0

34th Annual MLK Day Workshops

NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER TO *ATTEND* A WORKSHOP. The below form is if you wish to host a workshop!

At 1pm, we will host the convocation at Edwards Church, with music, a keynote speaker, and more – family friendly and everyone is welcome!

From 2 to 5pm, we will have hosting a number of workshops in downtown Northampton by community organizations (listed below). To submit a workshop, please fill out this form:

TRC goes to the Nobel Peace Prize conference!

0

Local peace activists are taking their work on banning nuclear weapons global, heading to the Nobel Peace Prize conference in Oslo, Norway for a week, starting on December 7. Jeff Napolitano (Executive Director) and Sabine Merz (Board of Directors) from The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice will represent the goals and efforts of a campaign to push for the implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (https://www.un.org/disarmament/ptnw/). This Treaty was is the result of over 10 years of work by a diverse coalition of non-governmental organizations in over one hundred countries, headed by ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN, http://www.icanw.org/), which subsequently was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in this work.

This brand-new campaign is using very concrete steps for individuals, cities, states, countries and organizations to become treaty compliant. To make this work happen, NuclearBan.US has teamed up with The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice

In July 2017, 122 countries voted to adopt the Treaty; since then 53 countries have signed the treaty (with four having ratified the Treaty). The Prize will be given out on December 10th in Oslo, Norway (Napolitano and Merz will be in attendance of the observation of the ceremony.) It is expected that at least 146 countries will sign the Treaty at some point. The United States of America has not signed the Treaty and the U.S. ambassador has even declined to attend the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony.

For Mr. Napolitano going to Oslo “means an elevation of the work we’ve been doing, started decades ago by Frances Crowe, and an opportunity to make ridding the world of nuclear weapons the priority for humanity it deserves to be.” For Ms. Merz it also represents “an amazing opportunity to engage with other activists from around the world but also to share how to comply with the Treaty in a global forum.” Their work will focus on coordinating international activists in pushing their governments to implement the Treaty.

Long-time activist and Northampton resident Dr. Timmon Wallis first got interested in nuclear disarmament working with Frances Crowe while a student at Northampton High School in the 1970s. During his many years in the United Kingdom Dr. Wallis was deeply involved as the Peace and Disarmament Programme Manager for Quakers in the U.K. Now back in Western Massachusetts he is “more determined than ever to get rid of these weapons, once and for all!” He and Northampton resident Vicki Elson founded a Treaty Compliance Campaign: NuclearBan.US (http://NuclearBan.US).This brand-new campaign is using very concrete steps for individuals, cities, states, countries and organizations to become treaty compliant. To make this work happen, NuclearBan.US has teamed up with The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice (known formerly as the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts). A report on the Peace Prize conference will be the focal point of this year’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemoration on January 15, hosted by The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice.