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10:00 am

Black Lives Matter Weekly Vigil

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 27, 2021

Greenfield Common, 14 Court Square
Greenfield, MA 01301 United States
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Every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. on the Greenfield Common, at least through December. According to a member of RJR’s coordinating committee, “Back in the last week of May 2020 when George Floyd was killed, Racial Justice Rising vigiled 5 times.  It was clear that this was not going to be pushed under the rug and […]

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2:00 pm

Study Group on the Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice

February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join a study group on As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, by Dina Gilio-Whitaker, 162 pp. Beacon Press (2019). This book examines environmental justice and injustice through the unique lens of indigenous struggles in the past and contemporary assaults. We encourage people concerned with linking racial justice, […]

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Study Group on the Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice

February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join a study group on As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, by Dina Gilio-Whitaker, 162 pp. Beacon Press (2019).

This book examines environmental justice and injustice through the unique lens of indigenous struggles in the past and contemporary assaults. We encourage people concerned with linking racial justice, peace and climate justice to take part to enhance their understanding and guide their political action but the study group is open to all. Anti-racist, peace and environmental activists will find this book especially important because “collapsing environmental discrimination against people of color into one monolithic group elided the experience of indigenous peoples …undergoing environmental devastation of a particular, genocidal kind.” (p. 17). The book shows how Native beliefs and practices challenge traditionally white environmentalism and points to a collaborative path forward.

The study group meets on two Saturdays, Feb. 6 and March 6, 2021 from 2-4 pm, by Zoom. The first meeting will cover Chapters 1-4 and the second meeting Chapters 5-8. Sponsored by the Racial Justice and Decolonization Working Group and the Climate and Peace Working Group of Massachusetts Peace Action. Register to attend.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and a consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. Her research interests focus on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. She is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans. Follow her on Twitter at @DinaGWhit and visit her website.

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7:30 pm

Denice Frohman Performance

February 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In addition, we have curated young rising Latinx poets from Western Massachusetts who will be given five minutes each to share their work, their poetic voice. This program is free and is 40 minutes in length. Only 200 tickets available.

Denice Frohman is a poet, performer and educator from New York City. A CantoMundo Fellow, she’s received residencies and awards from the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures, Leeway Foundation, Millay Colony and Blue Mountain Center.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The BreakBeat Poets: LatiNext, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, ESPNW and elsewhere. A former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, she’s featured on hundreds of stages from The White House to The Apollo, and co-organized #PoetsforPuertoRico. She lives in Philadelphia.

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