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A multi-day virtual conference that will propel you into civic and political leadership

March 29 - March 31

Young Women Run will feature speakers, program-specific tracks with smaller group breakout sessions, policy-related plenary conversations and networking opportunities. Each day will be fast-paced and exciting, featuring speakers in government, public affairs, and business who can inspire young women to flex their political power.

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12:00 pm

Nicola Pratt – Book Launch – Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women’s Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon

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

Cohosted by Nadje Al-Ali, CMES director, and Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Joint Editor-in-Chief of Gender, Work & Organization.

When women took to the streets during the mass protests of the Arab Spring, the subject of feminism in the Middle East and North Africa returned to the international spotlight. In the subsequent years, countless commentators treated the region’s gender inequality as a consequence of fundamentally cultural or religious problems. In so doing, they overlooked the specifically political nature of these women’s activism. Moving beyond such culturalist accounts, this book turns to the relations of power in regional and international politics to understand women’s struggles for their rights.

Based on over a hundred extensive personal narratives from women of different generations in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, Nicola Pratt traces women’s activism from national independence through to the Arab uprisings, arguing that activist women are critical geopolitical actors. Weaving together these personal accounts with the ongoing legacies of colonialism, Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women’s Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon demonstrates how the production and regulation of gender is integrally bound up with the exercise and organization of geopolitical power, with consequences for women’s activism and its effects.

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6:00 pm

Northampton Policing Review Commission and City Council Joint Meeting

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

* The Northampton Policing Review Commission will present its final report, "Reimagining Safety", to City Council. *

* Please join us to make your voices heard. Show your support for divesting from policing and investing in community in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives!

* We learned there is no public comment for this meeting. We still need your supportive presence to show the City Council and Mayor that the public is watching how they respond to the report.
*Upload supportive profile pics and log on (we'll post the zoom pics here by Monday night!), and please come to Thursday, April 1st's City Council meeting at 7pm to make public comment there!

* This is a pivotal moment for reimagining community safety in Northampton. Please help spread the word!

*** Your presence and voice is important event if you don't live in Northampton - Northampton is a regional hub that relies on business from non-Northampton residents.

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8:00 pm

The Enduring Nuclear Threat; A Deeper Look

March 30 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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The recent entry into force of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons brought a welcome positive moment to a bleak disarmament landscape. But none of the nuclear armed states have joined the Treaty, and all are expanding or modernizing their nuclear arsenals. This webinar, hosted by UFPJ, will provide an update on nuclear weapons policies and programs and an overview of relevant developments in international law. It also will suggest the need to rethink familiar approaches to disarmament, and to shift the focus of disarmament advocacy from recognizing the effects of nuclear weapons to analyzing the causes of nuclear arms racing and of the risks of war among nuclear-armed countries – the same root causes driving many of our other most pressing crises.

UFPJ is pleased to host this webinar featuring three internationally recognized advocates for nuclear abolition. Click here to register.

Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, based in Oakland, California, since 1984. In 1995 she was a “founding mother” of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, and she continues to serve on its Coordinating Committee. Since 2007 she has served as an Executive Advisor to Mayors for Peace. She is a National Co-convener of UFPJ. Jackie was the 2008 recipient of the International Peace Bureau’s Sean MacBride Peace Award.

John Burroughs, Senior Analyst for the New York City-based Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP). He has represented LCNP in Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meetings and negotiations on the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. His articles and op-eds have appeared in publications including Fordham International Law Journal, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, Newsweek, and Newsday.

Andrew Lichterman, policy analyst and lawyer with the Oakland, California-based Western States Legal Foundation. He has represented peace and environmental activists in a variety of settings, and also taught at alternative law schools for many years. He is a member of the United for Peace and Justice Coordinating Committee.

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