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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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9:00 am

Activate CT July 4th 2020

What is #ACTIVATE CT 2020
Activate CT 2020 is a call to action for all black men and women to unite to activate the necessary changes needed to improve the lives of the black community.
The call to action will be held 4th of July. Until all black people are free mentally, socially, economically, sexually, and spiritually, we cannot declare independence.
This will consist of black men and women from diverse sectors who are ready to provide black people with the skills, tools, and knowledge needed to combat systemic racism, specifically racial disparities in the criminal justice, health, and housing systems. This event aims to advocate for the overall quality of life of black families.
This is an inclusive event. All are welcome.
This rally is just a step towards creating both strategic and systematic change for black people in CT. We hope you join us because “When we fight, we win”.

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12:00 pm

This isn’t a Fourth of July Party

July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“This isn’t a Fourth of July Party” Party is happening this Saturday from 12pm - 2pm at the mural spot. When I say party, I mean we’re gonna have some performances, a march, and then simply let loose with some music! Come join!
We’re honoring those who have come before us and giving ourselves a moment to let loose. This isn’t a Fourth of July party because I cannot celebrate my country’s “Independence Day” until all of our citizens are free!

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2:00 pm


July 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mill River Recreation Park, 95 Montague Rd
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Youth For BLM Event @youthofblm
The black youth of Amherst Massachusetts want to celebrate, honor, and recognize the achievements and talents of the black and brown youth of Amherst and surrounding towns because Black Lives Always Matter.
We are honoring graduates of Amherst from the 12th, 8th, 6th, and kindergarten grades. We will also be honoring black athletes, student leaders, Minority Student Achievement Award winners, black artists (including vendors selling art and food), black owned businesses and other black and brown excellence.
This event is being led by and for black and brown youth of Western Mass who are needing to share their experiences and stories but also are in need of celebration and recognition.
Join the movement, show up, and be a support for our youth.
The event will be held at Mill River Recreation Area on
July 4th, 2020 at 2 PM in Amherst, MA
For more information contact us at
Follow us on Instagram: @youthofblm
& Twitter: @ofBLM
If you are interested in donating to this event please find us on Venmo. @Youth-BLM.

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4:00 pm

Black Lives Matter Rally

July 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This rally is to show our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the black and people of color in our area! Face masks are required to attend. This event will also be child-friendly!

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