MLK Day 2019: Community Workshops

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit with three of their four children in their Atlanta, Ga, home, on March 17, 1963. From left are: Martin Luther King III, 5, Dexter Scott, 2, and Yolanda Denise, 7.

We’re pleased to host a number of community workshops on MLK Day, January 21, 2019 in Northampton. All workshops are free and open to the public. No preregistration required.

Edwards Church: Edwards RoomEdwards Church: Heritage Room
Edwards Church: Addis Hall
Northampton Friends Meeting: Worship Room Unitarian Society: Great Hall First Churhces: Lyman Hall
2:30 – 3The Military in Our Schools: A Closer LookDrug User Health and Overdose EducationWhat would MLK today say about the Middle East?LBGQT Justice: What You Can DoThe Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization & Resistance in High Stakes TimesSocial Justice, Feminism, and the Bomb
3-3:30The Military in Our Schools: A Closer LookDrug User Health and Overdose EducationWhat would MLK today say about the Middle East?LBGQT Justice: What You Can DoThe Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization & Resistance in High Stakes TimesSocial Justice, Feminism, and the Bomb
3:30 – 4Myth of Sanctuary CitiesDrug User Health and Overdose EducationDIY #Podcasts: A “How To” For the Beginning Podcaster The Beloved Community: Shared EarthThe Climate Justice Movement: Solidarity, Mobilization & Resistance in High Stakes TimesMLK, Anticapitalism & Race
4-4:30Myth of Sanctuary CitiesBack from the BrinkDIY #Podcasts: A “How To” For the Beginning Podcaster The Beloved Community: Shared EarthJustice Choir: A National MovementMLK, Anticapitalism & Race
4:30 – 5Back from the BrinkDIY #Podcasts: A “How To” For the Beginning Podcaster The Beloved Community: Shared EarthJustice Choir: A National Movement

Workshops

  • The Military in Our Schools with The Resistance Center: It should be no secret that military recruiters are active in high schools. The Pentagon puts millions of dollars into recruiting our children for the US military. The Resistance Center’s program coordinator, Miranda Groux, will review years of research on military recruitment in Western Mass. Learn about the harmful practices of military recruiters, how we can encourage transparency from our schools, and how our community can build a movement for counter-recruitment in. This workshop will be 1 hour.
  • Drug User Health and Overdose Education with Tapestry: Tapestry’s Syringe Service Program in Northampton has been providing harm reduction education and services to the community for over twenty years. This workshop will provide information about Tapestry’s Drug User Health Programs and will include a short training on opioid overdose recognition and response. You will also learn how to administer narcan in the event you are present during an overdose, as well as how to access narcan in your community. Narcan will not be provided at this workshop. This workshop led by Jill Shanahan will be 1.5 hours.
  • What would MLK say about the Middle East today? with Middle East Peace and Justice Coalition of Western Mass: We will look at what Dr. Martin Luther King had to say about the “Middle East Problem” in 1967 and discuss what he might say about the Palestine/Israel and Middle East problem today. We will also discuss the connections between the long struggle of African Americans for freedom, equality and justice and the struggle for freedom, equality and justice in Palestine/Israel. This workshop led by Yoav Elinevsy will be 1 hour.
  • LGBTQ Justice: What You Can Do with The Truth School and NoHo Pride: J.M. Sorrell will give a brief overview of LGBT civil rights history. We will share experiences and questions and discuss the current state of rights and challenges, and we will design a list of simple actions–in our everyday personal lives and in our communities–that we can take to be LGBTQ justice advocates. This workshop will be 1 hour.
  • The Climate Justice Movement with Climate Action Now: The climate justice movement is rapidly growing as more and more people realize the urgency of this moment and the necessity of sustained mass action-our greatest source of power. We invite everyone who wants to help to build a vibrant, unstoppable climate justice movement to join us. Climate Action Now is bringing together a dynamic panel of organizers from Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, The Columbia Gas Resistance Campaign, Democratic Socialists of America, Sugar Shack Alliance, Mothers Out Front and more to lead an action focused conversation about climate justice organizing in Western Mass and beyond. This workshop led by Susan Theberge will be 1.5 hours.
  • Social Justice, Feminism, and the Bomb with NuclearBan.US: Lydia Wood, Campaign Coordinator, NuclearBan.US, will discuss how nuclear weapons are the ultimate symbol of injustice. Far from being the tool for national security that they are so often touted, nuclear weapons are products of imperialistic and patriarchal logic. They drain budgets, poison indigenous lands, and make a few people very rich. Lydia will discuss these connections and argues that grassroots activist that centers an anti-imperial and feminist perspectives is breathing new life into the nuclear weapon abolition movement. She’ll discuss concrete ways people can get involved in the revived movement working to eliminate these weapons once and for all. This workshop will be 1 hour.
  • The Myth of Sanctuary Cities with The Resistance Center: This workshop will be 1 hour.
  • Back from the Brink with Dr. Ira Helfand: Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War is a national grassroots initiative seeking to fundamentally change U.S. nuclear weapons policy and lead us away from the dangerous path we are on. The Call lays out five common-sense steps that the United States should take to reform its nuclear policy. We are asking individuals and organizations around the country to endorse The Call and build support for the U.S. government to adopt it as its highest national security priority. Join Dr. Ira Helfand and discuss what it takes to build a safer world for our children to inherit. This workshop will be 1 hour.
  • DIY #Podcasts with Kelsey Hall and Joshua Pearson: Podcasts are all the craze, nowadays. Podcast networks have popped up all over the place hosting shows of all kinds, while commonly known music apps like iTunes and Spotify have also jumped onto the bandwagon. You might listen to podcasts or have friends and family who have started one! So, how do you get started? Join us for a show-n-tell and discussion workshop geared toward getting you started with your own unique podcast. We’ll learn about audio and editing basics, hosting platforms, accessibility considerations to increase your listener base, and more. We are excited to welcome you to the #podcastcommunity. This workshop will be 1.5 hours.
  • The Beloved Community: How can we move ourselves, our community and the world towards more justice and less oppression and violence? How can we help create the “Beloved Community” as espoused by Martin Luther King Jr.? We’ll dialogue, write and move to explore these potent questions. Led by Maya Apfelbaum, Director and Multimedia Artist. 1.5 hours.
  • Justice Choir: A National Movement with Pioneer Valley Justice Choir: Learn how Justice Choir chapters coast-to-coast are leading community singing for positive social change using the newly-composed repertoire from the Justice Choir Songbook. Arianna Abela will talk about the ways the new songs can be used to spark dialogue on race, diversity, privilege, community, empathy, and social consciousness. We’ll sing together in Songbook selections, while learning how to teach the repertoire to singers and non-singers alike. This workshop will launch the first meeting of the official Pioneer Valley Justice Choir. This workshop will be 1 hour.
  • MLK, Anticapitalism and Race with the Democratic Socialists of America:  Sanjiv Gupta will give a short presentation on MLK’s lesser-known speeches and writings against imperialism, war and capitalism, on the relationship between race and class in the U.S., and their implications for us today. Followed by dialogue among audience members. This workshop will be 1 hour.