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CoJourn for Racial Justice

June 30 @ 8:00 am - September 12 @ 5:00 pm
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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
https://forms.gle/PHxAJ5EpcuYpwriJA

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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7:30 am

FAMILIES FOR BLACK LIVES

This moment in the Black Lives Matter movement is teaching me that I need to educate myself and my children more regularly and more deeply on white privilege and the racial inequalities in our community and our country. The other thing I have learned is that I am not DOING enough. However, with the pandemic and the possibility of uncertain violence (a.k.a. tear gas), I don’t yet feel safe bringing my small children to a large in-person protest. This is when a caravan protest with a live educational radio show about race came to mind. Thankfully, Monte from 93.9 The River was also into the idea!
Below you'll find a link to the event details:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tiU-LVGSFzCG0qsDn-fNK91j8Fl1_2xZTI47W2fhSlw/edit?usp=sharing
Please share this event page with everyone you think might be interested!

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1:00 pm

Take The Mic-Reading of July 4th speech ; Frederick Douglass

July 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Take the mic public speaking program for girls invites you & family to be a virtual reader for the famous speech Frederick Douglass famous speech of July 5th 1852
What to the slave is 4th of July?
This will take place on July 3rd at 1pm EST. Via Zoom!
Hi there,
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jul 3, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Take the Mic
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IzsZwCprR6O46nmU__ZDIQ
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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3:00 pm

BIO’s Community-Police Action Meeting

July 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

It's the moment you've all been waiting for... BIO's first Community-Police Action Meeting!
In a follow-up to the June 14th Together We Breathe Processional, we are coming to the table to start our journey of consistency, mutual accountability, and change in policing our community.
We'll hear powerful stories from the community, learn about the different ways to make change, and offer our visions for the future of policing.

If you were at the march, you should have received the Zoom link via email.
If you didn't sign in at the march, or you did and you haven't gotten the link, email us at office@biorganizing.org and we will make sure you get the link.
See you soon!

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4:00 pm

Climate Action Now Invites Everyone to Join a Weekly Standout: DEFEND BLACK LIVES

July 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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every week until further notice

This post contains the words of Dominique Thomas, a black climate organizer, about how racial justice & climate justice are connected & offers specific ways climate activists can show up for Black Lives.
Dominique Thomas invites all of us to join in the movement to defend Black lives & Black communities. This post also raises a tantalizing possibility - that this may be the moment when history turns and we begin to create a society which is truly just, equitable, and sustainable.

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5:00 pm

Unite Against Racism: Weekly Vigil supporting Black Lives Matter

July 3 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 30, 2020

Field Park, Williamstown, Field Park
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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You are invited to join in a weekly gathering to mourn and deepen our collective resolve to promote justice.
We will gather weekly on Fridays at 5 pm, starting this Friday, June 12, at Field Park in Williamstown (the green on the rotary). Together, we will join in respectful silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in honor of George Floyd and the countless other Black people killed by police brutality and other forms of white supremacist violence. We aspire to practice this every week until the November election.
All are welcome. We hope that this weekly gathering may serve to deepen our commitment as a community to dismantle systemic racism. We recognize that Williamstown, too, must uproot white supremacy. Williamstown, too, must change so that those of us who are Black can breathe. We gather on Fridays to recognize these truths and recommit ourselves to the work.
Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and invite your friends and family.
You are invited to bring signs or works of art if you are so moved. Anger is welcome. Rage is welcome. Grief is welcome. Exhaustion is welcome. We welcome all heartfelt expressions in honor of Black liberation and ending white supremacy.
Parking is available at the Williamstown Public Library and the Old Williams Inn.
Please spread the word!
Questions? Contact Rachel Payne at 617-309-0186 or rachel.r.payne@gmail.com

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Black Lives Matter Standouts

July 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating indefinitely

Hilltowns Black Lives Matter Solidarity Standouts - Come join your Hilltown neighbors in showing solidarity for Black Lives Matter and the fight against inequality and police brutality. Join us in support of Black Lives Matter every week.
PLAINFIELD - FRIDAYS 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Spread out up the hill from Town Hall.
Bells will ring at 5 pm to a silent vigil for 8:46. We will stand out in support of Black Lives Matter. Please keep social distance and wear a mask. Please stand off the road (on the "sidewalk", as it were. Please walk to this or park behind the Church/Town Hall or in a friend's driveway. Bring water to drink.
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CUMMINGTON - SATURDAYS 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Safe & socially distant standout on Rte. 9, near the corner of Packard Rd. Please wear a mask and maintain six ft. distance from anyone who's outside of your family or "pod". There's a wide shoulder for a long stretch of the road here, so there should be plenty of space to spread out. Bring a sign or banner - get creative!
Parking on the shoulder of Rte. 9 isn't allowed, so carpool if you're in the same household, have someone drop you off, or bike in; or park where there's space off the side of the road and walk in (i.e. flat area beyond shoulder, cemetery nearby, Packard Rd. or W. Main Street).
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GOSHEN - 42 Main St.
Biweekly for now. Check with Jennifer for date & time.
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6:30 pm

A Musical Vigil in Honor or Elijah McClain

July 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This Friday, on the Common in Greenfield, a group of string players from around the valley present a musical vigil to honor the life of Elijah McClain. We untie you to join us.
Elijah McClain, a sensitive young man who frequently played his violin for sheltered animals, was killed last August, a Black victim of police brutality. We feel the deep loss and we are outraged.
By raising our bows in solidarity, we hope to align ourselves with his gentle soul and with the movement underway to redress the systematic illness of racial hatred that permeates our society. We would like to affirm in a loud voice that his life mattered to us and that Black Lives Matter.
Extra parts will be available (violin, viola, cello) for any who would like to join in playing. We will also improvise as we go, observing socially distancing, playing with masks, six feet apart.

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7:00 pm

No One is Free Until Everyone is Free July 4th Rally

July 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Today we honor the lives of people incarcerated in Massachusetts and beyond. Mass incarceration disproportionately harms Black and Latinx people and people of color, their families and communities. We cannot be free while 2.3 million of our loved ones and friends remain in cages.
We cannot celebrate 4th of July when we know that none of us are free until we are ALL free. That means we need to defund, disarm and disband the Northampton Police Department, NOT next year, not tomorrow but RIGHT NOW and the role they play in mass incarceration!
Our demands were created by organizers in Northampton, including folks most impacted by police in our community.
See our full list of Working Demands here:
https://bit.ly/abolishNPD-demands
Highlights include:
1. Cut the police budget by 50% immediately
2. Remove officers with histories of complaints, excessive use of force, or misconduct
3. Permanently eliminate School Resource Officers
4. No City Commissions studying police unless their aim is getting Northampton on a path towards complete abolition
5. Create a community oversight board with LEGAL power
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DETAILS:
Date: THIS Saturday, July 4th
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where: Pulaski Park, Downtown Northampton
SAFETY
1. This is a socially distanced event. You must wear a facemask.
2. We will have water, food, and first aid supplies available.
3. It will be hot! Please bring water + dress for the weather!
ORGANIZERS / ACCOUNTABILITY
This event will center Black voices and the voices of those most deeply affected by police brutality in our community. We are not affiliated with a particular group but have individual relationships with activist organizations in Northampton, throughout the valley, and throughout the US. We are a multi-racial, multi-age group with our own experiences with police brutality. We are united by a demand for POLICE ABOLITION (https://www.8toabolition.com/) and a commitment to bringing this work to Northampton.
Questions? POST BELOW! More info coming!!!!!
You can also follow this link to easily share this facebook page with others: https://bit.ly/abolishNPD-July4-action

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