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March 2019

Invocation to James Baldwin: Contemplating the Heart of the Matter

March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street
Springfield, MA
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Powerful literature highlighting the question of Black Americans for justice, equal rights and citizenship serves as a tool to create open and honest dialogue and new ways of thinking about our nation’s history, the enslavement of Black Americans, and the role racism places in our national discourse. In this class, using contemplative (mindful) attentiveness, participants will communally read and reflect on selected writings by James Baldwin. Through a facilitated dialogue, the significance of these writings given the current political and…

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The Crisis in Venezuela And the Role of the US

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St, Ste 202
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Join us with speakers Hector Figarella and Vijay Prashad! What is at issue: Democracy or oil? The role of US sanctions in the economic crisis? Who has the right to choose a President? How can we counter Washington’s disinformation? Vijay Prashad is Executive Director of Tricontinental Institute for Social Research and Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, just back from Caracas. Hector Figarella is Local Venezuelan-American social justice activist.

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Responsible Whiteness

March 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
170 Main Street, Greenfield, MA, 170 Main Street
Greenfield, MA
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This is a 3-part series. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions in the series. All classes meet on Thursdays, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm @ 170 Main Street, Greenfield March 7, 2019 March 14, 2019 April 4, 2019 Are you a well-intentioned white person and find yourself being frustrated at still being criticized for whiteness? Do you want to learn skills to translate your care and concern into productive action instead of getting caught up in feelings of frustration? Do you have questions about whiteness and white fragility? In this three-part series we will explore, in a collaborative environment, the growth we need to do to move…

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CODE PINK CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA United States
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Understanding the Challenges  /  Renewing our Commitment   Saturday, March 9th   - 5:30 – 9:00                         Begins at 5:30 with a potluck supper;  Program begins at 6:45                                        Lyman Hall at First Churches, Northampton                        At the corner of Center & Main Street   (Center…

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Support and Activist Discussion Group for Men of Color

March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Churches at Island Pond, 455 Island Pond Road
Springfield, 01118
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Free

This workshop will bring together men of color to explore participants’ dreams, choices, fears and questions both in our individual lives and as fathers. During the two sessions, we will decide together which of these questions we will focus on to guide our discussions: What joys, fantasies and nightmares do you have as a man and as a father? The only thing I need is a job? I am more than my job. Who do I talk to about being…

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On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change

March 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the FCWSRC and the Population & Development Program at Hampshire College on Monday, March 25th, 6-8pm, for a book salon with Jade Sasser on her new book On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women's Rights in the Era of Climate Change.   Dinner provided - RSVP requested  ** Share our Facebook event page 

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Demilitarization Committee Meeting

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, 2 Conz St, Ste 2B
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Join The Resistance Center at 6pm on Wednesday March 13th to learn about the work of our Demilitarization Committee. Together, we can demilitarize Western Mass!

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Confronting Our Past: The Role of Memorials and Memorialization

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Church, 297 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Public monuments and memorials reflect the values and attitudes of communities that build them, and shape the way societies choose to remember particular moments in their history. How should a country memorialize aspects of its past that are shameful and regrettable? What should be done with public symbols of slavery? What lessons can we draw from other countries that have addressed injustices of the past through memorializations that heal? Please join Critical Connections and the Karuna Center Wednesday, March 13,…

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Workers’ Rights 101

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave Suite 200
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Can my boss do that? Should I get overtime? Is there a different minimum wage for waitresses? Do the laws apply to me if I am undocumented? If I speak up can I be fired? Join us for this interactive workshop which will answer these questions. In this workers rights workshop, we will cover basic wage and hour laws along with protections for organizing or taking collective action. Knowledge is power and learning can be fun!   Trainer: Rose Bookbinder, Lead…

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Pollinators: Silent Spring and Rachel Carson’s Legacy

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jon Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
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Pat Hynes, An environmental engineer, former EPA employee, author, and director of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, will share Rachel Carson’s story in a talk entitled, Pollinators: Silent Spring and Rachel Carson’s Legacy. Her talk will be followed by experts from the Western Massachusetts Pollinators Network  and the  Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners about what their organizations can offer. In addition to introducing its campaign, Greening Greenfield will offer an action we can all do this spring as we purchase…

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