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Silent Auction for Peace and Justice

April 11 - April 23

About Our Auction
The Resistance Center needs your help! For a small nonprofit, this year hasn't been easy. As The Resistance Center moved to remote organizing, grappling with the uncertainty of the pandemic and its socioeconomic effects, we realized that the only way to keep up with our vital work is by growing - which we can only do with YOUR support. We are raising funds to hire a full-time organizer, continue our youth internship program, anti-war organizing, host informative webinars, and expand our programmatic work. Browse our lots and bid on your favorites in the name of growing peacework throughout the Valley and beyond!

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12:30 pm

Spring into Abolition Festival!

April 11 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The uprising in defense of Black Lives last summer demanded a radical reimagining of public safety—one that divests from violent and racist policing and invests in community initiatives for helping, healing, and sustaining people. A growing number of cities across the United States are transforming their municipal budgets to reduce their reliance on police and […]

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2:00 pm

Healing, Helping and Building Resilience

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2021 Interfaith Climate Summit

We may not be able to be together, but we can heal together!

Cosponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action. Contact vernon@climatecrew.org

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6:30 pm

The Occupation of the American Mind

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This class will focus on a discussion of the film The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s PR War in the United States. Polling shows global opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, while public sympathy and support for Israel within the US continues to hold strong. The Occupation of the American Mind breaks down the effective public relations effort that Israel and pro-Israel advocacy groups have used for decades in the US. Narrated by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film offers a perspective on how the Israeli government, the US government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives and interests, to shape American media coverage of the conflict. Participants will receive access to the film via email prior to the class and will be asked to watch the film with a discerning eye before the class meets. During the class, Dr. Jhally will discuss the film’s salient issues and themes and will lead a discussion of questions that this important piece of work might raise for participants. Both the viewing of the film prior to the class gathering and Dr. Jhally’s teaching and leading of the discussion that the film inspires will open your mind and change your thinking. Come prepared to learn, to be informed and to be challenged.

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Dr. Sut Jhally
Dr. Sut Jhally, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communications at UMass-Amherst, and the founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation. Dr. Jhally’s work revolves around the ways in which media and culture impact our understanding of issues connected to race, gender, politics, international relations and hyper-commercialism. Dr. Jhally is the author and editor of a number of books and has been involved in the production of over 70 films and videos.

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