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March 2019

NVDA training

March 23 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Churches at Island Pond, 455 Island Pond Road
Springfield, 01118
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Free

Special NVDA Training * Save the Date & Register March 23, 2019 / 9:30 am - 5:00 pm / The Churches at Island Pond, 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA The Truth School is thrilled to have Dr. David Ragland joining the trainer team of Cate Woolner and Mary Link for our full-day Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) training. Dr. Ragland is Co-Founder and Co-director for the Truth Telling project of Ferguson, is a Visiting Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and…

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Creative Writing for Social Change

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mason Square Library, 765 State St.
Springfield, MA 01109 United States
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Sometimes we all need to “talk about things.” Writing is a way to “talk” to yourself. Sharing your writing is a way to “talk” to others. This workshop introduces the benefits of “talking” through writing, particularly as a tool for grappling with social issues. “Creative writing” is broader than poetry and fiction; it also includes brainstorming, journaling, free writes, reflections, and creative nonfiction. While those who enjoy writing will gain new ideas, the workshop will also benefit those who don’t…

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Speak up! Speak Out!

March 23 @ 2:00 pm
Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street
Springfield, MA United States
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Springfield Medicare for All, a Hub of Western Mass. Medicare for All (www.wmMedicareforall.org), invites you to join with others in the greater Springfield community to speak out about your health care concerns. - What barriers do you face in getting the health care you need? - How well does your insurance work? - How do racism and other kinds of oppression affect the care you receive? We have invited elected officials to listen to what their constituents have to say.…

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Senator Edward Markey Town Hall on the Green New Deal

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Northampton High School, 380 Elm St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Free

Senator Ed Markey to host a Town Hall discussion in Northampton on the Green New Deal Resolution

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Forum on the Crisis in Venezuela

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
ILC Building, UMass Amherst, 650 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Forum at UMass sponsored by the History Department, Philosophy Department, and The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice at 6:30 Tuesday March 26 in ILC Building Rm 151 with local Venezuelan-American solidarity activist Hector Figarella and sanctions expert Marc Weisbrot.

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Film Screening: “Naila and the Uprising,” women leading the First Intifada

March 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Smith College Campus Center, 100 Elm Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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Free

JOIN US for a group of viewing "Naila and the Uprising," a film on women leading the First Intifada. A discussion will follow. The video premieres in the PBS series Women, War, and Peace II. The PBS series is Mar. 25-26, 9-11pm and includes three additional films on women in Ireland and Egypt, and Bangladeshi women peacekeepers in Haiti. More info: pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace/about Smith College Campus Center lower level TV lounge Free and open to the public Co-sponsors: Smith College Students…

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Municipal Socialism: A Conference on Curbing Corporate Power & Expanding Democracy in Our Towns

March 30 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr.
Greenfield, 01301
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$15

At the workshops, experts will help activists and town officials explore the creation of publicly owned & non-profit solar power, hydro power, affordable housing, broadband, public banking, expanded school services, and incentives for forming worker coops. Each workshop will address one of these topics with ample time for discussion.

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Grassroots Fundraising: Raising Money for Our Movements!

March 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street
Greenfield, MA
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Free

Struggling to find funding for your awesome project? Don’t want to let foundations or corporate donors dictate your organizational priorities? Looking for new, creative ways to engage donors or find new ones? Want your fundraising strategies to reflect your values? Then this training is for you! This interactive workshop will discuss why grassroots fundraising matters, dispel myths about who gives, help us get over our fears in fundraising, and lay out the components of a grassroots fundraising plan. Trainer: Sonia…

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April 2019

How Direct Action Campaigns Can Build Transformational Movements

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA United States
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Free

George Lakey, recently retired from Swarthmore College, started a life of activist campaigning six decades ago. His first book was a manual for the Civil Rights Movement. His most recent book, Viking Economics,shares the results of nonviolent direct action campaigning in achieving the world’s most free and most just societies: Scandinavia. He co-founded the spiritual activist Earth Quaker Action Team which forced the 7th-largest bank in American to give up financing mountain top removal coal minding. His new book is…

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Showing Up Whole in Racial Justice Work

April 6 @ 9:30 am - April 7 @ 4:00 pm
Free

A 2-day Anti-Racism Workshop The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership in partnership with Re-Center, Race & Equity in Education; and the Smith College Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, are offering a 2-day Anti-Racism Workshop. Saturday April 6, 2019, 9:30am - 5:00pm &
 Sunday, April 7, 2019, 9:30am - 4:00pm Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Community Room, 123 Elm Street, Northampton, MA Noticing how and understanding why we show up to work for racial justice is essential…

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