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April 2019

Change the MA state flag and seal, Shelburne Falls meeting

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE FLAG & Seal? Local State Senators Adam Hinds and Jo Comerford and local State Representatives Natalie Blais, Lindsay Sabadosa, Susannah Whipps, and Paul Mark – and many others across the state - are sponsoring a resolution to change our state flag. State symbols portray the official image of the state to its residents and to the nation and the world at large. All 50 states have official flags and seals. In recent…

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Green New Earth Day Dance and Climate March for Green New Deal

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA United States
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Free

Green New Earth Day Dance & Climate March 2:00 Dancing & performaces First Churches Northampton (lawn) (moves to Sanctuary if inclement weather) Dance, music, meditation, ritual theater, drums and bells 4:45 People’s March for Climate Action Leave First Churches Northampton at 5 PM Bring signs, banners and flags in support of the Green New Deal! March to Northampton High School to the Sunrise Green New Deal forum at the high school, which starts at 6:00 pm

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The Peace Puzzle: A Group Bridge-Building Exercise

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle
Easthampton, MA
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Free

The Peace Puzzle is a challenging and fun interactive geometric puzzle, solved simultaneously by groups who work in clusters of six. The structure of the puzzle offers players an opportunity to viscerally experience the positions of other players. The Peace Puzzle is an experiential learning tool that gives players the language to discuss sensitive personal, cultural, or political issues. It also enables individuals from opposing perspectives to gain deeper insight and respect for differing points of view. The goal of…

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Civics 101: Your Government, Your Leaders, Your Laws

April 25 @ 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. Trainer: Shelly Abend Zimbalist, has directed advocacy and organizing campaigns both locally and statewide and…

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Will Progressives’ Infighting Impede Our Progress? A Dialogue

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Easthampton Council on Aging, 19 Union Street
Easthampton, 01027
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Free

Many observers have raised the problem that progressives’ internal disagreements weaken the power of our collective voice to effectuate change. In this class we will seek to identify the differences within this broad coalition and the recurrent tensions that can threaten our momentum as we advance toward the 2020 election. We will use a dialogue format to explore the values underlying differing positions and approaches. We will seek a nuanced understanding of the best uses of each approach and explore…

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Change Happens at the Speed of Trust

April 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Trainer: Jade Barker is a Co-operative Activist, Trauma Educator, Trained Mediator, and Board Leadership Development Consultant We strive to bring positive change to the world, but sometimes our organizations feel anything but positive. Some people joke that social movements on the left have perfected the “circular firing squad.” But, does it have to be this way? In my experience, making positive change can be fun, healing, and transformative. In this interactive workshop, we will explore ways to increase trust and…

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PETE’S 100TH – NORTHAMPTON

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Come to this stirring celebration of the life and work of Pete Seeger! We will be joined at this singalong concert by Emma's Revolution (Pat Humphries & Sandy O), Charlie King, and Sally Rogers. We will be singing out of a new collection of songs that Pete wrote or was great at performing and leading that we are making specially to honor his 100th anniversary. Copies will be available to borrow or buy at the concert. This concert is a benefit for Climate Action Now MA…

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May 2019

Circle Practice to Build Strength and Trust

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Building a circle can bring energy, strength, healing and focus to a group either just starting out of long standing looking for positive change. It creates a bond and a trust not found everywhere in the world today. Circle Practice promotes understanding and creates a united approach to any goal. By gathering in this particular shape you create an unending line filled with purpose. It places nobody above or below anyone, which makes everyone a leader. This means that all…

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If I Had a Hammer: The Nields Celebrate Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA United States
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$10

If I Had a Hammer: The Nields Celebrate Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday a Benefit for Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Interfaith Build (Northampton, MA, March 2019) – The public is invited to join The Nields and special guests on Friday 3 May at 7 pm at First Churches in Northampton for a community sing-along to benefit an organization that relies on community volunteers to build affordable homes for families with low incomes. What better way to mark the 100th birthday…

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Annual May Day Celebration and Left Wing Chicken Barbecue

May 4 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
37 Salem Street, 37 Salem Street
Amherst, MA
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$15

At the home of Bob and Janet Winston - A fundraiser for The Performance Project and First Generation youth ensemble. A potluck with BBQ chicken provided and fantastic blues by the Fred Clayton Trio! Featuring a sneak preview of Stand Tall, Mi Gente!, First Generation's new performance about the power of youth voices and the importance of speaking out. Come! Eat! Enjoy! And contribute to First Generation as they get ready to premier their new show! Gently suggested donation: $15…

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