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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.

Read more and Sign up HERE

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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1:00 pm

America’s endless wars come home: the militarization of the police

July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The use of military equipment against Americans protesting police brutality demonstrates the link between militarization abroad and at home. The War on Drugs, the War on Terror, the bloated Pentagon budget, pork barrel politics of Members of Congress, have all led to systematic militarized violence against Americans. If police see themselves as soldiers, and the neighborhoods they patrol as battle space, then ordinary American citizens are the enemy.

This panel will discuss how we got to this point, and how to reduce the militarization of the police moving forward.

Andrew Bacevich, President of the Quincy Institute, will discuss the implications of militarized police for the civil-military relationship, and the impact of endless war on our domestic situation.

Bill Hartung, of the Center for International Policy, will discuss why the Pentagon has so much excess military equipment that ends up in the hands of police departments, and whether reform must begin with the Department of Defense or Congress.

Wayne McElrath, of the Project on Government Oversight, will explain the vulnerabilities of the 1033 program, and efforts to curtail the flow of equipment.

Sara DuBois, of the Pentagon Budget Campaign, will serve as moderator.

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7:00 pm

Iraq: Occupation, Governance, Protests

July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq by U.S. and British forces was a momentous event for Iraq, the region, and the world. Iraq has experienced political instability, corruption, deteriorating public services, economic decline, ISIS terrorism, and several protest waves. A new government was formed in May 2020 but protests continued, and the country now faces health challenges on top of economic, environmental, and security threats. This webinar will examine the structural and institutional defects that have generated citizen frustration as well as civil society initiatives. Introduced and moderated by MAPA Board member Val Moghadam, the webinar’s speakers will be political scientist Shamiran Mako and documentary filmmaker Terry Kay Rockefeller.

Shamiran Mako will speak about:
• Iraq’s political and institutional set-up since 2003
• Challenges of the complex power-sharing arrangement
• Iraq’s regional and international relations
• US economic and military interests in Iraq

Terry Rockefeller will talk about:
She will speak about:
• The protest movement in Iraq, from 2011 to the present, and especially the mass uprising that began in October 2019—the goals of the protests and the repression they have experienced.
• How Covid-19 is influencing the protests.
• Major initiatives of civil society in Iraq today: accountability for human rights violations of the protester, women’s rights, and environmental issues.
• Recent civil society efforts to build regional civil society solidarity on water issues.
• The need and potential for international solidarity with Iraqi civil society.

Moderated by Valentine Moghadam, professor of international relations, Northeastern University.

Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action's Middle East Working Group

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