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May 2019

Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center, University Museum of Contemporary Art / Fine Arts Center / UMass Amherst / 151 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Free

“Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech & the Battle for Palestinian Rights” will address recent attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar and other progressives who have spoken out against Israel’s 50-year military occupation of Palestinian land and criticized pro-Israel pressure groups for conflating legitimate criticism of Israeli government policies with “anti-Semitism.” The panel will feature prominent activists and journalists who have themselves been attacked, smeared, and branded “anti-Semitic” for speaking up on behalf of Palestinian rights. Panelists include: Legendary rocker Roger…

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ABOLITION AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: PRESENT DAY

May 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Springfield Central Library,  220 State Street
Springfield,
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Join together for a panel and discussion of the legacy of the Abolition Movement in the U.S.A. and how we continue that legacy today. We will focus on the question: how does restorative justice give us alternatives to mass incarceration and offer pathways to community safety and healing? Trainer, Mallory Hanora Mallory Hanora is a prison abolitionist, organizer, and co-director of Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH). Families for Justice as Healing is committed to ending the incarceration of women and…

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Dawnland Documentary Screen

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St
Amherst, MA 01060 United States
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Join Critical Connections and the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding for a screening of the acclaimed documentary Dawnland, a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children and the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans. Purchase tickets online here.  For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding…

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Civics 101: Your Government, Your Leaders, Your Laws

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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This class will use our state government as a vehicle for understanding how government works. How do laws get made through the legislature and the ballot? How do we inform and influence our Massachusetts legislators? How do these principles apply to our national advocacy as well? Feel empowered to hold your elected officials accountable to you and your values at every step and every level. Led by Trainer Shelly Abend Zimbalist who has directed advocacy and organizing campaigns both locally…

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Writing With Fire: Using Narrative for Advocacy and Change

May 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room at 40 Center Street, 40 Center Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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In this workshop, participants will learn to write bold, compelling narratives that instigate change and social advocacy in both the digital sphere as well as in our communities. Together, we will create a safe space where we will learn how to mobilize the most effective aspects of our unique voices in the service of those who are not heard.   Trainer: Epi Arias, Writer and Researcher

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Healthcare is a Human Right: Effective Advocacy for Single Payer in Massachusetts

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
170 Main Street, Greenfield, 170 Main Street
Greenfield, MA United States
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This workshop will provide an overview of Single Payer health care (sometimes called “Medicare for All”). We will discuss how it works and how it addresses the problems we currently face in our fragmented, profit-driven health care system. Participants will have the opportunity to use their own health care experiences as a way to explore and understand these problems. We will also examine the main arguments against Single Payer, the ideology that drives that opposition, and ways to respond. Finally,…

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Take a Walk in Sojourner Truth’s Shoes

May 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sojourner Truth Statue, corner of Park and Pine Streets
Florence, MA, MA United States
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Trainers Wendy, Carlie and Diane are all members of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee which honors Sojourner Truth’s legacy through high school scholarships and educational outreach. This special offering is a guided tour via the Florence African American Heritage Trail, which provides an opportunity to see the homes and historic places where a rich legacy of abolition and women’s rights resides. This Trail commemorates the Florence of the mid-1800s, when Sojourner Truth lived in this small Massachusetts community. Engaging the…

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Gathering Resilience: Moving from Woke to Woven

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jones Ferry Landing / Holyoke Rows, 25 Jones Ferry Road
Holyoke, 01040
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This social justice gathering offers a unique experience in quality conversation. Participants will contribute to cultivating a network of diverse leaders on a range of issues relevant to various ethnic communities of western Massachusetts—and have fun! This is an inaugural event, registration required. Attendance is limited.

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Report Back from Western Mass Venezuela Solidarity Coalition

May 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St, Ste 202
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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The Western Massachusetts Venezuela Solidarity Coalition invites you to a report back from Lee Schlenker, who accompanied the End US and Canada Sanctions Against Venezuela Campaign delegation to Washington DC in protest, and Priscilla Lynch (among others), who traveled to protect the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. For more information, contact martygjf@comcast.net or (413) 531-9915.

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Music and Social Justice Series: Charlie King & Candace Cassin

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Forbes Library, 20 West St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Forbes Library presents a series of workshop-performances about the role of music in social justice.May 22: Charlie King & Candace Cassin "Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn me ‘Round" offers a history of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting activists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker. Charlie King & Candace Cassin recreate these dramatic events using historic narrative, original music and over 230 PowerPoint images. It is a dramatic performance half a…

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