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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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10:00 am

Saturday Vigils for Racial Justice

August 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 29, 2020

We will hold a regular vigil for racial justice on Saturdays from 10-10:30 AM. All are welcome. Please wear a mask and prepare to social distance. Bring a sign if you like.

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11:00 am

Yemen is a Massachusetts/ Raytheon War. It’s Time to End It!

August 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Davis Sq. (Statue Park, 4 College Ave, Somerville 02144)
Americans don’t support the war in Yemen. They don’t support arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Yet the war goes on and on. Why? We think it has something to do with the billions in profit being made by the weapons makers like Raytheon, based right here in Massachusetts. Since the profits from this war are lining the pockets of Raytheon executives, we feel that it’s the responsibility of the people of Massachusetts to raise their voices in opposition to the genocide in Yemen.

For five years, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE has been bombing the country of Yemen, routinely striking hospitals, schools, food-storage facilities and water-treatment plants.

The coalition is also using man-made famine as a weapon of war. Over 14 million people, half the population, now live on the brink of starvation. The war in Yemen, which the United Nations calls “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” has caused the death of at least 85,000 children under the age of 5 from starvation. One million people have contracted cholera.

Waltham-based Raytheon Technologies is a major arms supplier for Saudi Arabia and has actively lobbied against Congressional curbs on weapons sales to the Saudis. U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is a former Raytheon lobbyist.

We call on Raytheon Technologies to immediately cease selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and to use its vast brain power and facilities to meet human needs instead.

Please join us at the corner in Statue Park at Davis Sq. in Somerville. Bring a sign or borrow one of ours. Masks and physical distancing required.

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2:00 pm

Black Wall Street Protest Part 2

August 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This protest we are striving to invest in big changes! With all that is going on within our city there is a call for immediate action. We are hoping to raise $1,000,000 to help purchase property to create a black and brown owned shopping center. Vendor and sponsor fees have increased to $10 to help with fundraising. Springfield is so beautiful, its time for us to SHINE!

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3:00 pm

Black Writers Read: The Series

August 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for the first episode of Black Writers Read. Continuing what was started during this year's Juneteenth virtual reading, we will feature a different author each month. For the first episode, members of Valley Society will be in conversation about Writing While Black in today's America. Facebook live Event:

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