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10:00 am

Black Lives Matter Weekly Vigil

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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12:00 pm

The Need for Asian American Studies

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE “JUSTICE WORKSHOPS” BREAKOUT SESSION : Some workshops have limited capacity. People will be placed into workshops on a first-come first-serve basis. You will receive the workshop registration link after registering for the conference—make sure to check your ticket email so you can sign up for your favorite workshop!

No one will be turned away, but if you do not register for the event, you will be placed into a workshop based on space availabilities.

THE CONFERENCE

Theme: "Solidarity, Community, and Justice for All."

This one-day conference platforms the 3 As — ACADEMICS, ACTIVISTS, & ARTISTS — to showcase AND push the boundaries of “Asian American Studies."

Join us to build community and power toward the project of building a better, more just world!

The conference is made up of two acts:

ACT I:

Just Futures Keynote (Janani Balasubramanian, graphically recorded by Sara Yukimoto-Saltman)

Justice Workshops -

Immigration Justice: Southeast Asian Americans & the Law
Racial Justice: Music & Afro-Asian Solidarity
Environmental Justice: Anti-Colonialism & Solidarity
Housing Justice & Cultural Resistance
Guam Decolonization & Refugee Justice
INTERMISSION/OPEN MIC

ACT II:

Queer Life and Love Panel

Cross-Racial Solidarity Panel

Ethnic Studies Organizing Closing Statements (Dr. Shireen Roshanravan, Professor of Ethnic Studies at KSU)

For schedule updates, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/asianamericanstudiescollective

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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Missed our book giveaway? Be sure to check out our giveaway partnership with Gujarati American and Indigenous beading artist Hema Patel, for your chance to win a custom-made flower necklace or beaded earrings!

Says Hema: "The flower necklace is based off of the marigold chains often decorating Hindu weddings, and the earrings are based on the edge patterning of one of my Dadi’s kurtas."

Minimum eligibility requirements = 1 raffle entry

Follow @beadworkbyhema and @asamstudies_collective on Instagram.
Comment something you are looking forward to about the conference on Hema's instagram post.
Register and attend the conference.
Other ways to get more raffle entries:

Referring another person = 2 raffle entries/person
Share posts by @asamstudies_collective about the conference & tag them = 1 raffle entry

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THE COLLECTIVE

The Collective is a justice-oriented group, composed of Asian American undergraduate and graduate students from multiple universities, primarily based in the American South.

We aim to uplift the voices of the most marginalized in our diverse Asian American community. We stand in solidarity with Black and Brown communities toward a project of collective liberation for all peoples against white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and colonization.

https://asianamericanstudiescollective.com/

TICKET PRICING

As a youth-led, grassroots organization, we are committed to building out accessible resources for our communities. As such, we want to minimize any financial barriers to entry. The full value of a ticket to this event is $25; however, we are able to reduce the cost for attendees through generous sponsorships and the hard work of our fundraising team. We are thus offering a sliding scale option for ticket payments with 3 options — $1, $5, and $10. (If all the options are financially burdensome for you, please contact executive director Sarah Lee at sarah.lee@alumni.emory.edu.)

We’d like for folks to have the option to invest into community resources based on their means, and we believe a sliding scale is the optimal way to enable self-accountability and demonstrate trust in our attendees. At the end of the day, you know your financial situation best, so we trust our attendees to make the best call for themselves—but if you'd like any help, you can refer to the following graphic for broad guidance on determining where you may fall on the sliding scale based on your financial background:

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OUR BOOK GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED—BUT YOU CAN STILL WIN CUSTOM-MADE BEADWORK BY HEMA PATEL!

If you register by JANUARY 27, 2021 you'll be eligible to win:

Asian American Feminisms & Women of Color Politics, co-edited by Dr. Shireen Roshanravan (our closing speaker) and Dr. Lynn Fujiwara, and contributed to by Dr. Tamsin Kimoto (one of our panelists), OR
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee!
Minimum eligibility requirements = 1 raffle entry

Register before Sunday, Jan. 27.
Attend the event.
Other ways to get more raffle entries:

Referring another person = 2 raffle entries/person
Share a post from us about the conference & tag us = 1 raffle entry

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