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CoJourn for Racial Justice

June 30 @ 8:00 am - September 12 @ 5:00 pm

Announcing a 12-week pilot version of CoJourn specifically in support of Racial Justice!
Kick-off Event Sunday, June 28th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST

Whether you are a long-time Racial Justice activist, or brand new to thinking about race and racism, it is clear that NOW IS THE TIME to boldly move forward, and take our work to the next level.

CoJourn for Racial Justice will help you clarify your role, identify next steps, and set up a structure for success to be an ongoing part of the solution in a sustained way.

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The 12-week pilot program will include:

Video instructions and Guidebook on how to use the CoJourn framework for support and accountability in a compassionate, celebration-focused way

An opportunity to be matched with a CoJourn partner also interested in racial justice, or work with someone you choose

A CoJourn for Racial Justice Resource List including our favorite existing curated lists. This will include ideas for action, community-care, and education for folks from different racial identities, roles, and experiences with racial justice work
Monthly group meetings to check-in, get support, share successes and resources (meeting attendance is optional, and will be held on Zoom)
Group Kick-off session (Sunday June 28th, 7-9 pm)

On-call support from a diverse team of expert coaches along the way (coaches are all experienced social justice educators / change-makers and familiar with the CoJourn program)

CoJourn for Racial Justice Co-Collaborators and Coaches:
Angelica Castro, M.A., CPC, Social Justice Educator, Certified Professional Coach
Oscar Collins, M.Ed., Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant
Jessie Cooley, M.Ed., Nonprofit Leadership, Social Justice Educator and Mediator
Latrina Denson, M.Ed., Social Justice Educator, Higher Education Administration
Karl Henricksen, CoJourn Co-Founder
Molly Keehn, Ed.D., CoJourn Co-Founder
Elise Manning, M.S.W., LICSW, Trauma-Focused Psychotherapist and Collaborative Artist
Jen Matos, Ed.D., Higher Education Faculty and Certified Professional Coach
Emily Pritchard, M.Ed., Educator with Social Justice Focus, Performing Artist
Tanya O. Williams, Ed.D. Social Justice Educator, Certified Professional Coach

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7:00 pm

Resistance and Dissent in the Military, with Danny Sjursen and Dan Luker

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In the past several weeks, as large-scale protests against police brutality and racism have swept the country, many Americans have seen heavily-armed troops patrolling the streets. Police around the country cracked down with brutal methods, shooting unarmed protesters with rubber bullets, extensively using tear gas, and brutally attacking and beating protesters.

President Trump has incited this violence, and in a memorable incident sent police and the national guard to violently disperse protests around the White House so he could walk to the nearby St. John’s church for a photo op, bible in hand. These developments point to the possibility of the military being used increasingly to crack down on protests and dissent.

At the same time, there has recently been a lot of dissent and debate within the military itself, from objections to the Pentagon’s handling of the Covid19 pandemic to growing discomfort with Trump’s apparent willingness to unleash brutal repression on protesters.

Danny Sjursen and Dan Luker will talk about debates within the military in the present situation, and discuss their own experiences with dissent and debate, resistance and rebellion as active-duty soldiers.
Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. Army Major and regular contributor to, Truthdig, The Nation, Tom Dispatch, The Huffington Post, and The Hill. His work has also appeared in Harper’s, The LA Times, and Buzz Feed. He served combat tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at his alma mater, West Point. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge (2015). He co-hosts the progressive veterans’ podcast “Fortress on a Hill.” Follow him on Twitter at @SkepticalVet.
Dan Luker is a leading activist with Veterans For Peace, Boston Chapter 9 – the Smedley Butler Brigade, an organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. He is a Vietnam Combat veteran and a long time advocate for peace. He organizes against the privatization of the Veterans’ Administration, and advocates for a substantial cut to the Pentagon budget. The Smedley Butler Brigade is the yearly sponsor an antiwar rally each November 11th, to reclaim Veteran’s Day and return it to its original name, Armistice Day, a celebration of an end to war.
This Program is sponsored by the Raytheon Antiwar Campaign, a coalition of peace and justice groups dedicated to opposing the military industrial complex right here in Massachusetts.

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