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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

A Palestinian Perspective on Annexation with Lubnah Shomali of Badil

August 16, 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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1:00 pm

Campaigning for a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone

August 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Israel’s nuclear arsenal is dangerous in its own right and is a powerful force for nuclear weapons proliferation across the Middle East and North Africa. In 1995, as a condition for indefinitely extending the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the cornerstone of global nuclear arms control, the world’s nations committed to convening a conference for the creation of a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. Such a nuclear weapons free zone would be inclusive of Israel and Iran. In subsequent years, the U.S. and Israel have blocked the convening of the ME NWFZ conference, which in turn led to the failures of the 2005 and 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conferences, endangering the NPT itself.

Emad Kiyaei of Iran and Sharon Dolev of Israel have been leading efforts to promote the negotiation of the MENWFZ Treaty, including meetings with governments and give testimonies in numerous United Nations forums. Their work has included formation of the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) Project and creation of a draft text of the Treaty. As long as the United States blocks the convening of the Treaty conference, it will encourage nuclear weapons proliferation across the greater Middle East. It is thus critically important for peace and disarmament activists to learn about and press U.S. support for the MENWFZ.

Sharon DolevEmad KiyaeiSharon Dolev (left) is the founder and director of the Israeli Disarmament Movement (representing ICAN in Israel) and of the METO Project. In recent years, she presented a radio show called ‘according to foreign sources’, was the director of Greenpeace in Israel and in the past – the coordinator of the Meretz party in Israel.

Emad Kiyaei (right), formerly of the American Iranian Council and a researcher at Princeton University, is a director of METO Project and a principal at the international consulting firm IGD Group, where he provides political, business and civil society leaders with strategic advice in the intersection of political risk, disarmament and diplomacy.

Joseph Gerson, president of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, and member of MAPA’s board and Nuclear Disarmament Working Group, will moderate.

Register to attend. Sponsored by the Nuclear Disarmament, Middle East, and Palestine/Israel Working Groups of Massachusetts Peace Action and by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security.

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