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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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12:00 pm

Yanis Varoufakis with Daniel Denvir

August 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

With capitalism in crisis, is lasting global political and economic change possible in a post-pandemic world? What lessons can economists learn from art production in this era of permanent crisis?

Join member of Hellenic Parliament, former Greek Finance Minister and founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement 25 (DiEM25) Yanis Varoufakis and The Dig's Daniel Denvir for a conversation on the view from Europe today and what the future might hold in a post-pandemic and post-capitalist world.

Yanis Varoufakis considers himself a politician by necessity, not by choice. An economist and academic by training, he is a member of the Hellenic Parliament, Secretary-General of MeRA25, co-founder of DiEM25, and the former finance minister of Greece. Yanis has taught economics at the Universities of East Anglia, Cambridge, and Sydney, as well as at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of several books, including Adults in the Room, And the Weak Suffer What They Must, and The Global Minotaur.

Daniel Denvir is the host of The Dig, a Jacobin magazine podcast featuring in-depth left analysis and interviews. He is the author of All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It, which explains how decades, and even centuries, of American immigration politics helped make President Donald Trump a reality. His most recent project is a three-part narrative series on life and politics under Covid called "Antibody."


This event is a partnership between Lannan Foundation and Haymarket Books.

Lannan Foundation's Readings & Conversations series features inspired writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as cultural freedom advocates with a social, political, and environmental justice focus. We are excited to offer these programs online to a global audience. Video and audio recordings of all events are available at

Haymarket Books is a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher based in Chicago. Our mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. We strive to make our books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, international left.

Lannan Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity, and creativity through projects that support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, inspired Native activists in rural communities, and social justice advocates.

***Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the video conference the day before the event. This event will also be recorded. Live captioning will be available via the webcast.***

Live captioning will be available for this event in order for it to be more accessible to our attendees.

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6:00 pm

Peace Phone Bank for Robbie Goldstein

August 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mass. Peace Action supports Robbie Goldstein for Congress in District 8. He is challenging incumbent Stephen Lynch. Dr. Goldstein is an internist and infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where for the past five years, he has been the medical director of the Transgender Health Program. He cites healthcare as his primary issue, drawing contrast with Lynch, who was the only member of the Mass. delegation to vote against the Affordable Care Act.

At this event, join other peace supporters as we gather virtually to reach out to Mass. Peace Action members and enlist their support for Robbie Goldstein’s campaign.

How can they help? We’ll ask them to commit to vote for Robbie, volunteer, and organize a house party!

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7:00 pm

5th Hampden District Candidates Forum

August 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Food for Thought: Food Justice & Health Equity 5th Hampden District Candidates Forum Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:00 - 8:00 PM Streaming live on Zoom, Facebook, & airing on Holyoke Media (channel 15) You are invited to join candidates for the 5th Hampden District seat for a discussion focusing on our region’s food insecurity and […]

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