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March 2019

Demilitarization Committee Meeting

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, 2 Conz St, Ste 2B
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Join The Resistance Center at 6pm on Wednesday March 13th to learn about the work of our Demilitarization Committee. Together, we can demilitarize Western Mass!

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Confronting Our Past: The Role of Memorials and Memorialization

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edwards Church, 297 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Public monuments and memorials reflect the values and attitudes of communities that build them, and shape the way societies choose to remember particular moments in their history. How should a country memorialize aspects of its past that are shameful and regrettable? What should be done with public symbols of slavery? What lessons can we draw from other countries that have addressed injustices of the past through memorializations that heal? Please join Critical Connections and the Karuna Center Wednesday, March 13,…

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Workers’ Rights 101

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave Suite 200
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Can my boss do that? Should I get overtime? Is there a different minimum wage for waitresses? Do the laws apply to me if I am undocumented? If I speak up can I be fired? Join us for this interactive workshop which will answer these questions. In this workers rights workshop, we will cover basic wage and hour laws along with protections for organizing or taking collective action. Knowledge is power and learning can be fun!   Trainer: Rose Bookbinder, Lead…

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Pollinators: Silent Spring and Rachel Carson’s Legacy

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jon Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
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Pat Hynes, An environmental engineer, former EPA employee, author, and director of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, will share Rachel Carson’s story in a talk entitled, Pollinators: Silent Spring and Rachel Carson’s Legacy. Her talk will be followed by experts from the Western Massachusetts Pollinators Network  and the  Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners about what their organizations can offer. In addition to introducing its campaign, Greening Greenfield will offer an action we can all do this spring as we purchase…

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A Listening Session with Local Legislators

March 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Amherst’s Jones Library, 43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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  A Listening Session with local legislators Sen. Comerford and Reps. Blais, Carey, Domb and Sabadosa. Several Western Mass. Medicare for All folks will share personal experiences demonstrating the failure of our current healthcare system from different perspectives. Open to the public. (The full session is 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; WMM4A is scheduled to present 2:00 p.m. - 2.45 p.m.)

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PVP Youth Voices United: Students Taking Action on Gun Violence

March 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Smith and Wesson, 2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA United States
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Much has happened in the campaigns to end gun violence over the last year and people of faith and young people have played a key role in moving the conversation forward. Last year also saw the addition of shareholder organizing as a tactic to put public pressure on gun manufacturers. We know that we are uniquely situated with Smith and Wesson in our own backyard. Our young people know that they can make an impact in the fight to end…

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100 Signs for 100 Years: A Celebration of Frances Crowe and the Struggle for Peace and Justice

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA (The Arts Trust), 33 Hawley Street
Northampton, 01060
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Free

We invite people to bring a sign about an issue that concerns them/they are working on. We will meet at 33 Hawley Street (The Arts Trust) in Northampton at 1:00 p.m. and walk, led by the Expandable Brass Band, to City Hall and back to Hawley Street where we will go inside for a proper tribute and celebration.

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When Self-Care is Not Enough

March 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street
Holyoke, MA, 01040
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Free

This class will delve into the intersection between spirituality and social justice. Through discussion, reflection and various activities, we will explore together what this intersection is, why it is important and what it could look like in our own lives. This class is for anyone who struggles with despair; anyone who struggles with burnout; anyone who is spiritual and anyone who has never been spiritual. This class is for anyone trying to build a just world but unsure how to…

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Atomic Energy and Human Arrogance: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

March 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith College, 10 Elm St
Northampton, MA 01063 United States
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“Atomic Energy and Human Arrogance: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster” by Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University.  On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In his talk based on the award-winning book, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, Plokhii draws on new sources to lay…

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Indigenous Resistance, Environmental Struggle & 21st Century Survival

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UMasss, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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This PUBLIC Inter-tribal, International Forum follows a weekend of private meetings of Native leaders from throughout the hemisphere. Join us for music, poetry, and presentations. Local and regional attendees will include PennElyz Droz (Anishinaabe/Wyandot), Gizelxanath Rodriguez (Yaqui, Afro-Yaqui Music Collective), Nia Holley (Nipmuc) and solidary activist and ally Matt Meyer (International Peace Research Association). Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Resistance Studies Initiative and the Gathering for the Revilatization of Native American Resistance Movements, with support by the W.E.B. DuBois Department…

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