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December 2018

Poetry: How Pain Becomes Beautiful Power

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street
Springfield, MA
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Free
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In this class Michaelann Bewsee and Jennifer Ladd will share poems we know and will have time to write our own poems as well. We encourage each person to bring a poem that has moved them deeply, that has helped them name something. We will share those poems and then take time to write our own poems that we will read to one another (if people wish to do that), without critique. The focus of the gathering is on hearing…

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Forum of Inclusion and Access to the Arts (2nd of 2)

December 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk
Amherst,
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The Rainbow Players, a Western Mass., improv theatre troupe, invites you to the second of 2 Forums of Inclusion and Access to the Arts at The Bangs Community Center, South Meeting Room #101, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA. The 1st forum is on Fri., Nov. 30th is at same time and location. Please come to: o share your thoughts o express your Own Story through song, dance, theater, poetry, or other channels — through Open Mic o watch others share…

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Publish or Perish: How to Write for and Get Published in the Mass Media

December 8, 2018 @ 4:00 am - 5:30 pm
Community Room at 40 Center Street, 40 Center Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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In this class, we will explore how to write short opinion articles for newspapers, magazines, and online sites. The focus of our work together will be on developing useful skills for composing articles that will attract the interest of editors and express a strong point of view. Trainer: Dr. Michael Klare, Former Director, Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, currently Senior Research Fellow, Arms Control Association, Washington DC. Dr. Klare is also the Defense Correspondent for The…

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Re-Imagining the Practice of Social Justice: Bringing Head, Heart, and Hands to Our Work

December 8, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA
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Free
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The influence of the dominant culture in the U.S. on social justice activism and organizing often goes unnoticed. In our culture, busyness, mind over heart, getting immediate results, and overestimating one’s individual power to produce and control are valued more than BEING. In this experiential workshop, participants are invited to explore the principles of evolutionary leadership and the implications for enduring social action. Through a combination of exercises and dialogue, participants will consider and make meaning of taking action from…

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U.S. Policy in the Middle East: No Justice, No Peace

December 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
in front of the Courthouse on Main St., Northampton, Main St.
Northampton, 01060
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We will rally for Human Rights in front of the courthouse in Northampton from 11-12 noon, with signs and leaflets about the ongoing struggle in Palestine, and the U.S. role in that struggle.

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Rise Up for Irida: A Musical Revue

December 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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$10 – $25

Rise Up for Irida: A Musical Revue is a cabaret-style performance by Rise Up Productions of music from “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Rent.” Proceeds support Irida Kakhtiranova, an immigrant who has been in sanctuary  in Northampton since April as she fights deportation and family separation. $25 supporters; $10 students. Wine, beer and homemade goodies available by donation.

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Human Rights Day with Jo Comerford

December 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Jones Library, 43 Amity St.
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Celebrate the anniversary of Human Rights Day with a talk by our newly elected State Senator Jo Comerford, hard-working advocate for human rights. She follows in the footsteps of such human rights activists as Eleanor Roosevelt -- who with the newly formed United Nations in 1948 -- created the thirty articles that comprise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which we honor this day. To be held in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library in Amherst.  

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Activists Greet the Light: Celebrating with Freedom Songs

December 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle
Easthampton, MA
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Working and living for justice can be nourishing in our best moments, yet we’re sometimes drained when struggles get hard. Come learn and sing freedom songs from around the world that will brighten spirits, welcome returning light, and recharge batteries so we can keep going in movements that bring justice. Group singing is well-proven to achieve these goals! Trainer: Eveline MacDougall, Founder and Director, Amandla Chorus  

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What Do You Stand For?

December 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street
Greenfield, MA
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When: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Location: Greenfield Public Library, Knowing the deepest truth of what you truly stand for empowers you to embody and work towards the biggest dreams you have for the world. And, when you show up as the powerful change maker you are, others are drawn and inspired to collaborate and join with you. Bring to this workshop a written description of a project or campaign you are working on and, if possible,…

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January 2019

FULL! Building a Youth-led RJ Program From the Ground Up

January 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Holyoke, High School, 500 Beach St
Holyoke, MA 01040
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$20

Workshop with Pa'lante Restorative Justice. REGISTRATION REQUIRED and space is limited. A workshop with Pa'lante Restorative Justice, a youth-led transformative justice program at Holyoke High School that is working to build youth power and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Geared toward K-12 educators and community-based organizations, morning session participants will experience being in circle and learn about Pa'lante's model. Those staying for the full day will have the opportunity to apply ideas to their own setting with the support and consultation…

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