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Veterans for Peace 2020 Online Convention

August 2, 2020 - August 9, 2020

We are excited to announce Veterans For Peace’s first Online Convention! We know that many of us will miss being able to greet each other in person but we also know that each and every one of us wants to make sure all of our members are safe and healthy. Convention will take place from August 2nd-9th, with the theme “Human Rights over Nuclear Might”. Since our founding, Veterans For Peace has had it in our goals “to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons” and the week will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion of all time at the Trinity Site, New Mexico, which occurred on July 16, 1945).

There are presentations and sessions every day from August 2 through August 9. See the detailed Schedule of Events. To register go to For full convention details, go to

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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.

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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10:00 am

A Palestinian Perspective on Annexation with Lubnah Shomali of Badil

August 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, repeating until August 16, 2020

July 26th, August 2nd, 9th, & 16th, 10-11AM
Jewish Voice for Peace Boston’s upcoming four-part webinar series on Israeli Annexation entitled “A Palestinian Perspective on Annexation” will take place over the course of four Sunday mornings throughout July and August. We are happy to partner with the Palestine Community of Boston to have Lubneh Shomali, the executive director of BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, with us to discuss the impending annexation of Palestine. Lubneh is a Palestinian-American activist based in Bethlehem with much to share. Below are descriptions of each session and there is a link to RSVP. There are links to further reading below each event.
1. July 26th: The first session of our four part webinar series will focus on Israeli annexation of the West Bank more broadly. It will explore the histories and realities of annexation as well as delve into the issue through a legal lens.
2. August 2nd: The second session will focus on Trump’s foreign policy in regard to Israel, namely the supposed “Deal of the Century” and his policy’s consequences for Palestinian refugees’ rights and realities.
3. August 9th: The third session will focus specifically on three key ideas: Segregation, Fragmentation and Isolation. It will explore how Israel has entrenched its Apartheid regime over the Palestinian people throughout decades of duplicitous policies and actions.
4. August 16th: The final session will address the developments in and the escalation of conditional funding for Palestinian NGOs – particularly the new conditions applied by the European Union.
We hope that this series will be enlightening and will give you the knowledge to discuss this issue with your family. We hope it will inspire you to learn more and to take action in standing in solidarity with Palestinians.

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1:30 pm

Picnic for the People! Defund413 Teach-In & Community Art

August 2, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Amherst has been hearing a lot about Defunding the Police budget over the last month. But, what does that actually mean for our town and for our communities? Join us for an afternoon (social distanced) picnic where you will hear knowledgeable speakers address this question and share their visions for a more just and safer […]

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