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10:00 am

2021 WOMEN OF COLOR TRAILBLAZERS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (WOCTLC) BUSINESS EXPO

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the 2021 WOCTLC Business Expo to celebrate POC entrepreneurs and learn more about building, sustaining, and supporting POC-owned businesses with our keynote speaker, Tayllor Johnson '15, Mount Holyoke Alum and Founder of Sisterhood(VERB).
Sponsored by the Student Government Association Students of Color Committee (SOCC), Community and Belonging, and the Division of Student Life, this will be a gender-inclusive business expo that provides a space to celebrate the accomplishments of women, transgender, and non-conforming students of color while additionally opening dialogues and raising consciousness on issues relating to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.
This event is open to the Five Colleges, Pioneer Valley, and beyond, including faculty, staff, and community members.
Accommodations:
To request accessibility accommodations, please contact woctlc-g@mtholyoke.edu at least two weeks in advance.
https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqdeGgqDIjGtdNek8XkyRKV3aZasZIS868?fbclid=IwAR0ZBlCbqNWhLp1CJIdhsTawnyODhclDaJO4nDMY5oifIjTzoaCKyiyIUag

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1:30 pm

Climate & Militarism: Underlying Structure

April 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The 2nd of a 4-part teach-in series on Climate and Militarism: Nick Rabb of Sunrise Boston and the Mass Peace Action Peace & Climate Working Group will lead a discussion about the societal structures that lead to the issues, including the military-industrial complex, the history of policing, and post-war global politics.. Though the climate crisis has […]

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2:00 pm

Study/Action Group: Authoritarianism and Right-wing Nationalism

April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

An armed insurrection in Washington on January 6 threatened our democracy, with open encouragement from Donald Trump. While Trump was defeated in November due to his bungling of the COVID pandemic and his general incompetence, he assaulted the rule of law, whipping up his reactionary, racist base with ever more explicit threats and falsehoods.

Trump was defeated, but a portion of the electorate is refusing to accept his defeat. Is the United States threatened by fascism and right-wing nationalism, and if so what should the peace and progressive movement do to answer the threat? What are the international dimensions of the situation and what historical precedents are applicable?

RegisterThe Authoritarianism and Right-wing Nationalism Study/Action Group, initiated by Massachusetts Peace Action, invites you to join our group. We meet on Zoom on the second Saturday of each month to study and discuss authoritarianism and the US far right and how progressives should deal with these issues. Register to attend.

At our next meeting on April 10, we will discuss sociologist Arlie Hochschild’s Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. Hochschild made 10 trips to southwestern Louisiana from 2011 to 2016 to delve into her “keen interest in how life feels to people on the right — that is, in the emotion that underlies politics. To understand their emotions,” she writes, “I had to imagine myself in their shoes.” She interviewed some 60 people, including 40 professed tea party supporters, visiting their homes, communities and workplaces.

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3:00 pm

Making Science Work for Social Justice

April 10 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In this class we will explore the principles of ‘solidarity science’ and what it means for our community. We will present a few examples that illustrate how solidarity science solves problems by recognizing the significance of social, political, economic, and cultural contexts and by inviting many people and types of knowledge to the table. Participants will workshop how we can use solidarity science to address the issues we identify in the community, and how we can make science a public good. Our workshop is intended for a wide audience with diverse perspectives. At the core of solidarity science is a focus on reaching multiple experiences and understandings to solve problems. Our audience is asking how to demand more from the scientific community, how to create coalition, how to listen to each other better, how to critique the role of science in our lives, and rather than asking, “how do we fix this?”, asking, “who do we need at the table to fix this?” Everyone is warmly welcome at this lively, exciting, and provocative workshop – join us!

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Trainers:

Western Mass Science for the People
Science for the People takes a radical understanding of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) that acknowledges the intersections of power systems. Here in Western Mass, our chapter looks into how we can use social justice concepts in STEMM classrooms and enact solidarity science by working with grassroots organizers to address environmental justice issues in our community.

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7:00 pm

Together, We Rise

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our 18th Annual Celebration- An evening to celebrate ordinary people caring for our community in extraordinary ways.
Join us as we honor some of our neighbors and support Pioneer Valley Project and Black-owned restaurants in Springfield, MA!

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7:30 pm

Notes from the Field: Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series presents Anna Deavere Smith’s play, “Notes from the Field” on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Watch the film and join us April 10th, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm for a panel discussion with activists in transformative justice including:

– Janet Connors, a Circle Keeper in Juvenile Justice
-Valleria Miranda-Ferrick, Transformative and Restorative Justice practitioner, educator and trainer
-Sadia Segal-Wright, a student participant in the Transformative Justice Practitioner Program
-Ashley-Rose Salomon, artist-educator, organizer, and award-winning poet

About Notes From The Field:
Launched in 2012, The Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project is a call to action. It draws attention to youth who, as a consequence of racism and lack of resources, are vulnerable to becoming embroiled in cycles of incarceration. When Smith was made aware of what is described as “the school to prison pipeline,” she set out to conduct more than 250 interviews about race, inequality, and disciplinary practices across the U.S. and wrote a one-woman play, Notes From The Field.

RegisterRegister at: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/3142275

Please Note: You only need to register one time. You will receive a ‘ticket’ at time of registration, but the link to attend the panel discussion will be sent in the days before April 10th.

Please watch the film and then join us for the panel discussion. A trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-k0OGWho9c

The link for the film is: https://youtu.be/SWNhC4eSzQU. Unfortunately there is a charge of $2.99(SD) or $3.99(HD) to see the film, even on Youtube.

It is free on HBO for those who have a subscription. The link for HBO: https://www.hbo.com/movies/notes-from-the-field

The DWS film series operates on a gift economy basis – no person will be excluded based upon ability to pay. All net proceeds from this event will go to the organizations represented on the panel.

The Acting for Racial and Economic Justice Committee of Boston Workers’ Circle served as primary organizers for this event. The DWS film series is sponsored by:

-Social Justice Action Committee, First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist
-Racial Justice Task Force, Theodore Parker Church
-Racial Justice Action Committee, First Parish Brookline
-Acting for Racial and Economic Justice Committee, Boston Workers’ Circle
-Racial Justice Committee, Friends Meeting at Cambridge
-Mass Peace Action
-North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB)
-United American Indians of New England (UAINE)
-Boston Ujima Project
-Jamaica Plain Forum

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