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March 2019

A Listening Session with Local Legislators

March 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Amherst’s Jones Library, 43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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  A Listening Session with local legislators Sen. Comerford and Reps. Blais, Carey, Domb and Sabadosa. Several Western Mass. Medicare for All folks will share personal experiences demonstrating the failure of our current healthcare system from different perspectives. Open to the public. (The full session is 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; WMM4A is scheduled to present 2:00 p.m. - 2.45 p.m.)

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PVP Youth Voices United: Students Taking Action on Gun Violence

March 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Smith and Wesson, 2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA United States
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Much has happened in the campaigns to end gun violence over the last year and people of faith and young people have played a key role in moving the conversation forward. Last year also saw the addition of shareholder organizing as a tactic to put public pressure on gun manufacturers. We know that we are uniquely situated with Smith and Wesson in our own backyard. Our young people know that they can make an impact in the fight to end…

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100 Signs for 100 Years: A Celebration of Frances Crowe and the Struggle for Peace and Justice

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA (The Arts Trust), 33 Hawley Street
Northampton, 01060
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Free

We invite people to bring a sign about an issue that concerns them/they are working on. We will meet at 33 Hawley Street (The Arts Trust) in Northampton at 1:00 p.m. and walk, led by the Expandable Brass Band, to City Hall and back to Hawley Street where we will go inside for a proper tribute and celebration.

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When Self-Care is Not Enough

March 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street
Holyoke, MA, 01040
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Free

This class will delve into the intersection between spirituality and social justice. Through discussion, reflection and various activities, we will explore together what this intersection is, why it is important and what it could look like in our own lives. This class is for anyone who struggles with despair; anyone who struggles with burnout; anyone who is spiritual and anyone who has never been spiritual. This class is for anyone trying to build a just world but unsure how to…

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Atomic Energy and Human Arrogance: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

March 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith College, 10 Elm St
Northampton, MA 01063 United States
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“Atomic Energy and Human Arrogance: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster” by Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University.  On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In his talk based on the award-winning book, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, Plokhii draws on new sources to lay…

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Indigenous Resistance, Environmental Struggle & 21st Century Survival

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UMasss, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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This PUBLIC Inter-tribal, International Forum follows a weekend of private meetings of Native leaders from throughout the hemisphere. Join us for music, poetry, and presentations. Local and regional attendees will include PennElyz Droz (Anishinaabe/Wyandot), Gizelxanath Rodriguez (Yaqui, Afro-Yaqui Music Collective), Nia Holley (Nipmuc) and solidary activist and ally Matt Meyer (International Peace Research Association). Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Resistance Studies Initiative and the Gathering for the Revilatization of Native American Resistance Movements, with support by the W.E.B. DuBois Department…

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White Nationalism, BLM, and Irish America

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UMass Amherst, Integrated Science Building (ISB) Room 145
Amherst, MA United States
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Professor Aileen Dillane (University of Limerick) is a world-renowned ethnomusicologist, Irish music specialist, and popular music scholar. Her research includes ethnicity, identity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism in the traditional and popular musics of Ireland, UK, North America, and Australia; protest song/music; music and migration; and urban soundscapes and critical citizenship. South College Room: E470 UMass Amherst Campus Handicap access available

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Indigenous Resistance, Environmental Struggle & 21st Century Survival

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Michelle Cardinal is a 1989 UMass graduate in Communication and Founder & CEO of the R2C Group, one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the country. Also a prominent voice in the movement to address homelessness in Portland, OR, she'll be on campus sharing the story of her journey from successful business owner to homeless advocate — and how they’re connected. More information on Why I Give a Sh*t: How homelessness landed on my doorstep and transformed my business and…

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Amy Goodman of ‘Democracy Now!’ Will Speak at Event Honoring Frances Crowe

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John M. Greene Hall, 60 Elm Street.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Amy Goodman, host of the independent global news program “Democracy Now!,” will speak about activism and democracy at Smith College on Thursday, March 21. The talk, which honors activist Frances Crowe’s 100th birthday, will be held in John M. Greene Hall starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge, and no tickets are required. The Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History is sponsoring the talk; an archive of Frances Crowe’s…

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College Student Night at the Resistance Center

March 22 @ 7:00 pm
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, 2 Conz St, Ste 2B
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Looking for an internship? A local volunteer opportunity related to nonprofits and/or public policy? Or are you just curious about activism and local issues in Western Massachusetts communities like Amherst, South Hadley, Northampton, and Springfield? Come to The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice’s College Student Night on March 22, at 7 p.m. complete with Miyazaki anti-war films, free snacks and pizza (vegan and g.f. options included). Let’s discuss your potential involvement in three of our largest statewide campaigns. Join us!…

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