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December 2018

The Iran Agenda Today: a Talk with Reese Erlich

December 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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TALK: The Real Story from Inside Iran DATE: Monday, December 3, 2018 TIME: 6:30PM PLACE: Unitarian Society, 234 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060 Reese Erlich, a longtime journalist who has covered the Middle East, will be speaking in Northampton on Monday, December 3rd at the Unitarian Society in downtown Northampton at 6:30pm. He will be discussing his recent book, The Real Story from Inside Iran and What's Wrong with US Policy, which came out last month from Routledge Press (https://www.routledge.com/)…

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Human In Common Presents: Ethical Upstander Training

December 4 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Coldwell Banker, 112 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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Learn skills for effectively interrupting and preventing harmful behavior. Join Deborah Cohen and Nialena Ali for a compassionate, experiential approach to active bystander intervention training. Tuesday, December 4th, 8:30am – Noon: Interrupting Racism Thursday, December 6th, 8:30am – Noon: Interrupting Sexual Harassment & Assault Workshops include: • Context and conditions in which harassment & assault proliferate • Ethical Upstander Toolkit with specific response strategies • Opportunities to practice skills using scenarios with feedback from our experts • Ethical Upstander template for difficult conversations…

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Anatomy of a Genocide: A Local History of the Holocaust

December 4 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UMass Amherst Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, 758 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA
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The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst presents "Anatomy of a Genocide: A Local History of the Holocaust". For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz—today part of Ukraine—was home to a highly diverse citizenry. It was here that Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews all lived side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and three years later the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian…

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Poetry: How Pain Becomes Beautiful Power

December 6 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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