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3:00 pm

POC Healing & Wellness Workshop

June 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the Queer Activist Collective and Umoja: BU's Black Student Union for a POC Healing & Wellness Workshop led by IMPACT Boston!
This workshop will be an opportunity to:
• Discuss the various ways adrenaline can affect the body and behavior
• Gain skills to identify and understand different stress responses related to POC-specific disparities and social safety issues
• Learn a series of calming, grounding techniques to help positively provide yourself with support during uncomfortable or stressful situations
To register for FREE, please email BU's Queer Activist Collective at with your name, pronouns, and if you are comfortable, 1-2 sentences about why you would like to join. Open to the public.
*This session is intended specifically for people of color to collectively ground themselves in a safe space. LGBTQ-POC welcome and encouraged to attend!

This workshop will be led by IMPACT Boston's Program Coordinator and Coach Instructor, Adriana Li (she/they). Adriana teaches self-defense and promotes self-advocacy at IMPACT. She has worked at their affiliate agency, Triangle, Inc. since January 2017, serving adults with disabilities. Adriana comes from a background of arts & education, holding a bachelor’s degree in theater from Pine Manor College. She looks forward to helping others develop their empowerment.

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4:00 pm

The legacy of the Korean War on U.S. democracy, economy, and society

June 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Quincy Institute invites you to a Zoom webinar on the legacy of the Korean War on American democracy, economy, and society.

June 25 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, which technically is still ongoing. President Harry Truman defended U.S. participation in Korea as a "police action," setting the stage for future presidents to circumvent Congressional declarations of war when sending U.S. troops overseas. The Korean War also cemented the post WWII military-industrial complex, which has grown into a seemingly unbreakable iron triangle of federal budget appropriations, weapons procurement, and lobbying contributions to members of congress by the arms corporations. This panel will discuss how the United States became so heavily militarized, and what we might do to walk back the endless war preparation and footing.

The panel will feature Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and chief sponsor of H.Res.152 calling for a formal end to the Korean War; Mary Dudziak, QI Non-Resident Fellow and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law; and Nikhil Pal Singh, QI Non-Resident Fellow and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University. Quincy Institute CEO Lora Lumpe will moderate this discussion.

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6:30 pm

Ending the Silence: a Vigil for George Floyd and Black Lives

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Belchertown Common MA 01007 United States + Google Map

This is an event on the one month anniversary of the murder of George Floyd to remember him and start a local conversation about anti-racism.
1. To Honor the lives of black people, like George Floyd, murdered by Police.
2. To Raise up Voices of color in Belchertown.
3. To Break white silence about racism in Belchertown.
4. To Start a long term conversation about racial justice, accountability and community solidarity in Belchertown.
This will be a stationary vigil on the Belchertown Common from 6:30-8:30pm to honor the lives of George Floyd and the many other people of color who have been murdered at the hands of the police. We will be sharing the art, writing, and music of people affected by this in our community, and will honor their lives and his with a moment of silence. Proper social distance will be measured out and clearly marked on the common to provide a safe framework for where households can stand/sit while staying properly distant and safe. Please Bring a mask, water, and chairs/blanket if you’d like them. More information on the specifics of the event, what to expect, and how you can help will be posted on this page in the coming days!

Los objetivos de este evento son:
1. Honorar las vidas de las personas negras que, como George Floyd, fueron asesinadas por la Policía.
2. Alzar las voces de las personas de Color en Belchertown.
3. Romper el silencio blanco que acalla el racismo en Belchertown.
4. Empezar una conversación a largo plazo sobre justicia, responsabilidad, y solidaridad racial en la comunidad de Belchertown.
Una protesta pacífica tendrá lugar en la plaza común de Belchertown desde las 6:30pm hasta las 8:30pm para honorar las vidas de George Floyd y de todas aquellas personas de color que han sido asesinadas a manos de la policía. Compartiremos arte, literatura, y música creada por personas que se han visto afectadas por esta violencia en nuestra comunidad, y honoraremos sus vidas con un minuto de silencio. La distancia social adecuada se medirá y se marcará claramente en la plaza para proporcionar un espacio donde poder sentarse o quedarse de pie y permanecer distanciados al mismo tiempo de una forma segura. Por favor traiga una mascarilla, agua, y si lo prefiere, sillas o una manta donde sentarse. Subiremos a esta página más información específica sobre el evento, qué esperar, y cómo puede usted proporcionarnos su ayuda durante los próximos días.

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7:30 pm

Digital Town Hall on Removing Police from Springfield Schools

June 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Where's the evidence that having armed police officers in Springfield Public Schools keeps students and staff safe? Police in schools contributes to the over disciplining and criminalization of students of color, especially Black students. Join Springfield students as they demand an end to over policing of students of color in Springfield schools. Confirmed to attend- Mayor Domenic Sarno and Superintendent Daniel Warwick.
**Text 413-214-5100 for the link**

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