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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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3:00 pm

Peace and Gender: A Discussion about International Inequality

August 10, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Issues of peace impact everyone. At the same time, all peace issues are feminist issues. Threats to peace such as sanctions and climate change distinctly hurt women by deepening preexisting social, health, and financial inequalities.

This presentation, based on the series Unpacking International Inequality: A Series on Women’s Peace Issues, will highlight several of the most pressing crises that impact women across the world. Additionally, we will unpack some of the underlying inequalities that disadvantage women across various sectors of society.

Juliana DeSimone
Juliana DeSimone
Massachusetts Peace Action is committed to achieving a peaceful world. This means advocating for all people, especially those who lack a voice. Join us to learn more about these issues, discuss, and most importantly, discover what actions you can take to help women across the globe.

Presentation by Juliana DeSimone, who is a MAPA intern, undergraduate at Hamilton College, and author of the series.

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7:00 pm

Our Neighbor, L3 Harris: the War Machine

August 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Did you know that the 6th largest weapons contractor in the world has a branch in Northampton? Under the guise of innovation, L3 Harris is creating weapons and surveillance technology used locally and globally to target, demonize, incarcerate, and kill people. From Boston to Palestine, L3 Harris has its hands covered in blood.
We’re launching a series of webinars to unpack the atrocities L3 Harris is wrapped up in and strategize what it will take to confront the racist and destructive military industrial complex in our community. Join us on August 10th at 7PM as we kick off with a crash course, “Our Neighbor, L3 Harris.”
Members of our Demilitarization Team will be providing an overview of the military industrial complex, exposing L3 Harris for what it is, and providing space to take action! Register here:
Cover artwork by Grace Rountree! ❤

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The End of Policing

August 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Locally, In Boston, the vast majority of the highest paid public employees are part of law enforcement, with 530 officers having higher salaries than Mayor Walsh. At the state level, the comprehensive Reform- Shift- Build Act is being pushed through the state legislature to take on the power of the police. But with budgets so large, will these reforms help?

The problem is not overpolicing, it is policing itself. Why we need to defund the police and how we get there.
Recent weeks have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression towards black and brown Americans. Among activists, journalists and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve racist policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself.
Alex S. Vitale is an author and professor of sociology at Brooklyn College. He is also the coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, The Appeal, USA Today, Vice News, and other media outlets. His critically acclaimed 2017 book The End of Policing argues for the eventual abolition of the police, to be replaced variously by decriminalization or with non-law enforcement approaches, depending on the crime.

Rev Vernon K. Walker
Rev Vernon K. Walker
Rev. Vernon K. Walker will moderate. He is Program Director for Climate CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather), a MAPA Board member, and an advocate for racial, social, and economic

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