Social Justice Calendar of Western Massachusetts

Loading Events

Events for September 30, 2020

Events Search and Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation

All Day

Climate Preparedness Week 2020

September 24 - September 30

During September 24–30* each year, we mark Climate Preparedness Week, dedicated to learning, service, and actions that better prepare our communities for extreme weather events. By coming together to host events, we provide the resources and space to think about the ways that climate change disadvantages some communities more than others.

*Sundown Sun 9/27 through sundown Mon 9/28 are Yom Kippur, and we advise hosts to avoid scheduling events during this holy time of year for our friends of the Jewish tradition.

This Year – We’re Virtual!

Last year, we were excited to count over 134+ events as part of Climate Prep Week. Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, we have decided to transition Climate Prep Week to a virtual setting to ensure the safety of our community members. We realize that many of us are still getting adjusted to this new normal so, in order to ease the workload, CREW will be hosting some centralized virtual events that any organization can co-opt and participate in.

Our Theme this Year is: Social Resilience is Climate Resilience

In light of the recent critical conversations around racial justice in society, we will be focusing several of our central events around the intersections of climate resilience, racial justice and social resilience and encourage Climate Prep Week hosts to consider doing the same.

See below for the full calendar of events hosted by partners.

Resilient Agriculture: Climate Impacts on Our Foods Systems and How We Can Respond: Lessons from the frontlines in Zimbabwe

A panel discussion led by Enet Mukurazita and hosted by the Yale School of Forrestry’s Library with women farmers in Zimbabwe on their experiences dealing with climate impacts
September 24th at 1pm – Register in advance for this webinar:
Palaces for the People: A Community Discussion with Eric Klinenberg

A virtual discussion with acclaimed writer Eric Klinenberg with CREW Founder Craig Altemose on the role of social infrastructure in building climate resilience. Eric Klinenberg is an internationally renowned scholar known for his novel Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago and his more recent book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.
September 24th at 7pm – Register in advance for this webinar:
Neighborhood by Neighborhood: Mapping Our Resilience

Which neighborhoods of Boston are most vulnerable to climate change? How do we leverage social infrastructure in these neighborhoods to enhance their resilience? Join to hear an overview of a mapping project between the Conservation Law Foundation, the city of Boston, and CREW to explore the community assets that exist within the city of Boston and how they can be leveraged to create a more climate-resilient future, with a particular focus on how we can serve communities of color and other marginalized neighborhoods.
September 25th at 10am – Register in advance for this webinar:
The Economics of Climate Change with Madhavi Venkatesan, PhD

Our economic system has fostered individualism over community and competition over collaboration, because simply, these are the channels that promote economic growth as we measure it in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We sell more when everyone has to have their own. But, individualism and competition results in unequal distribution that mimics the inequitable distribution of access to resources in our country. In many cases, inequity is a moral issue because the basis of it is exploitation of the vulnerable in a myriad of forms across historical time. In our discussion we will focus on the relationship between economics and sustainability: social justice, environmental justice and economic equity and also how our focus on economic growth has facilitated the speed of global Climate Change and exacerbated social justice issues along with the other two components of sustainability.
September 26th at 7pm Register in advance for this webinar:
How Repair Events Can Transform Our Throwaway Culture

A conversation on How Repair Events Can Transform Our Throwaway Culture with Elizabeth Knight and John Wackman, authors of Repair Revolution. This event will look at how repair events in libraries and other spaces are helping bring people together around common goals of sustainability, stewardship, community resilience, as well as social and climate justice. This conversation will be led by Blue Marble Librarian, Gabrielle Griffis.
September 29 at 6:30pm – Register in advance for this webinar:
The Linked Fight for Racial Justice and Climate Justice

Join us for a conversation with CREW Program Manager Reverend Vernon K. Walker as he speaks to Reverends Karlene Griffiths Sekou and Hajar Logan of Alternatives for Community and Environment about how there is no climate justice without racial justice and how the fight for equality has to be led by those who have been most impacted.
September 30 at 6:30pm – Register in advance for this webinar:
Join us as a Partner, and help advertise the centrally organized events
This would include advertising the events to your membership over email and social media.
Partners will be recognized on our website and at the start of our events
Partners can share graphics, publicity, and resources from the Social Media Toolkit.
To sign up as a partner, please fill out this form.
Join us as Host and host your own event with and for your community!
We will advertise your events on our central website, and are happy to support you with suggestions for content or speakers if that is helpful
To sign up to host an event, please fill out this form.

Find out more »

12:00 pm

Nonviolent Resistance beyond the Single Story: Webinar with Madhuresh Kumar

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

September 30, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm Zoom webinar Madhuresh Kumar is a Resistance Studies Fellow and activist-researcher, currently National Convener of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), India. Abstract: India is fast changing. It's democratic and secular fabric is being torn apart by the ruling party in power. The existing caste and religious divide, […]

Find out more »

3:00 pm

National Expungement Week – Western Massachusetts Virtual Clinic

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A National Expungement Week virtual event, including criminal record expungement and record sealing services, education, and wrap around services.
Services to be provided include:
*Pro bono legal aid
*Wrap around services
And more!
If you plan on attending the Virtual Clinic please fill out this form.

See for more information.

Find out more »

7:00 pm

Stop the Campaign of Terror Against Honduras’ Garifuna People by the Coup Regime

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras OFRANEH, and Garifuna communities In Honduras are doing amazing work to build community to support one another, protect the environment, strengthen traditional healing practices, and use of natural medicines.

At the same time, the Honduran coup regime is using the Covid-19 crisis to increase its power through militarization, corruption, violence, and the criminalization of the population suffering from extreme levels of poverty and inequality.


Adrienne Pine is a militant medical anthropologist who teaches at the American University in DC. She has worked in Honduras, Mexico, Egypt, and Cuba. She is one of the four Venezuelan Ambassy protectors, in WDC, who were arrested and put on trial for defending the embassy from falling to hands of right-wing thugs. ?

Rony L. Castillo is a native, member, and activist of the Garifuna community. For over a decade, he worked under the Secretary of Education in Honduras, overseeing bilingual intercultural education for indigenous and Black people. He is currently a PhD candidate in Latin American studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Karen Spring is a human rights defender, researcher and currently, the Honduras-based Coordinator for the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN).

Join us on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 7 PM

Sponsored by the Latin America Working Group of Massachusetts Peace Action and the Latin America Solidarity of Western Massachusetts

Find out more »

7:30 pm

How to beat an election-related power grab by Donald Trump

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 30, 2020

September 23, 2020 - 7:30pm to September 24, 2020 - 9:30pm Zoom Webinar CHOOSE DEMOCRACY presents a two-session national workshop led by George Lakey, with Zein Nakhoda Part 1 of 2: Wednesday, September 23, 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET Part 2 of 2: Wednesday, September 30, 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT / […]

Find out more »
+ Export Events

To submit an event via email, email
If you have any suggestions, questions, or problems with this calendar, please email us or call us at (413) 584-8975