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CoJourn for Racial Justice

June 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am - September 12, 2020 @ 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

100 Seconds to Midnight – What does this mean? What can we do?

July 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

In January 2020, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock to ‘100 seconds to Midnight’ indicating that humanity is the closest we have ever been to a potential catastrophe from climate change or nuclear weapons use that could have a devastating impact on civilisation.

Since then, COVID-19 has impacted on nuclear security, tensions between nuclear-armed States have deteriorated, the US Senate has authorised funding for resumed nuclear tests and the few nuclear arms controls that still exist are being further eroded.

This group of experts will explore the risks of nuclear weapons use by accident, miscalculation or intent, and the initiatives at national and international levels to reduce these risks, and which need support from legislators, civil society and like-minded governments.
Chair: Marc Finaud (Switzerland), Head of Arms Proliferation, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Abolition 2000 host: Marzhan Nurzhan (Kazakhstan), Abolition 2000 Coordinating Committee member
Dr Rachel Bronson (United States), President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
John Hallam (Australia), People for Nuclear Disarmament, Abolition 2000 working group on nuclear risk-reduction
Aaron Tovish (Mexico), Zona Libre
Dr Manpreet Sethi (India), Distinguised Fellow and head of the Nuclear Security Project at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi

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3:00 pm

Technology as Political Resistance

July 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The graduate students from nine universities of the Boston-area Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality originally organized an interdisciplinary symposium titled "Technologies of resistance: towards feminist futures" to be held at MIT on April 4, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and campus closures, this event was reimagined as four separate panels to be held remotely.
This panel will discuss how media and technology is deployed, negotiated and redressed in activism. Engaging technologies such as hackathon, civic media, data and computation, the panelists will share their stories of making technology work for feminism, freedom, and justice.
Speakers include:
Alexis Hope, Designer and Researcher, MIT Media Lab
Lü Pin, Feminist Voices
Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning, MIT

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3:30 pm


July 30, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1550 Main Street, 1550 Main Street
Springfield, MA United States
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John Lewis

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7:00 pm

Wars Upon Us: Black Lives Matter’s Challenge to White Supremacy and Empire

July 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

As the nationwide uprising for racial justice takes center stage in the United States, we examine the connection between white supremacy and empire and ask how to build a durable movement for liberation, nationally and internationally.

Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou organizes with Black Lives Matter Boston. She is an international public speaker, preacher, scholar, and has over twenty-years of experience working in grassroots community organizing and development, human rights advocacy, health equity, and cultural regeneration. She holds an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, an MTS from Vanderbilt Divinity School, an MDIV from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently a PhD student in Religion, Gender, and Culture at Harvard University. Her research intersects gender, ritual, performance aesthetics, and political identity formation through and within social movements.

Jared Hicks is a board member of Massachusetts Peace Action. A lifelong resident of Dorchester, he was a national Bernie Sanders delegate in 2016 and 2020 and a former staffer and is a member of Boston Democratic Socialists of America.

Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and Black Lives Matter Boston.

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8:00 pm

National Peace Action Webinar with Ed Markey!

July 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Despite all the unpredictability this year has presented us with, one thing remains certain: this election will be most important in our lifetime. Please join Peace Action in the launching of our virtual “Meet the Candidates” series to hear from, engage with, and ask questions of the pro-peace champions we are supporting this cycle.

Thursday, July 30th at 8pm Eastern, Peace Action is honored to kick off our new series of Zoom webinars with Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA). Register now to join him in conversation.

Senator Markey has provided steadfast leadership on issues of peace and justice, and has been one of our strongest allies in Congress. Thursday July 30th at 8pm Eastern, you will get a chance to hear from him and pose your questions as he joins us live.

A long-time advocate for nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, Senator Markey has stepped up to introduce countless pieces of legislation over the years to change the dangerous nuclear policies of the U.S. and cut funding from an unnecessary new arms race — including his Smarter Approaches to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act, which seeks to make substantial cuts to the bloated nuclear weapons upgrade program set to cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion. We’re also rather fond of it as it’s named after our founding organization Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy. You can donate to his campaign here.

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