Western Massachusetts Social Justice Calendar

This calendar can also be reached by going to http://socialjusticecalendar.org. To submit an event, email calendar@afscwm.org

May
27
Sat
Film Screening – Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock @ Wendell Town Hall
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film Screening - Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock @ Wendell Town Hall | Wendell | Massachusetts | United States

Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock
Saturday, May 27, Wendell Town Hall
6 pm — Potluck Supper, 7 pm — Film Showing and Panel Discussion

Co-sponsored by the Wendell Energy Committee and North Quabbin Energy.
For more information: 978-544-3686
Donations welcome to support the Indigenous Media Fund and Pipeline Fighters Fund, created by the filmmakers and Indigenous leaders.

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POT LUCK AND FILM SHOWING: Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock  @ Wendell Town Hall
May 27 @ 6:00 pm

6 pm — Potluck Supper, 7 pm — Film Showing and Panel Discussion

The Wendell Energy Committee and North Quabbin Energy invite all interested to a potluck supper and viewing of the new documentary by Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey and Floris White Bull. Donations welcome to support the Indigenous Media Fund and Pipeline Fighters Fund, created by the filmmakers and Indigenous leaders.

Please encourage your friends to come to the event with this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/295807474201366/

 For more information: 978-544-3686

AWAKE follows the dramatic rise of the historic native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, which captured the world’s attention as one of the biggest stories of 2016. Thousands of activists converged from around the country to stand in solidarity with the water protectors (activists) protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is intended to carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through sovereign land and under the Missouri River, the water source for the Standing Rock reservation and 17 million people downstream. 

A unique collaborative documentary created in three chapters, each filmed by a different filmmaker, the feature length film is directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker and activist Josh Fox (Gasland, How To Let Go Of The World And Learn To Love Everything Climate Can’t Change), Academy Award nominated filmmaker James Spione (Silenced, Incident in New Baghdad) and indigenous filmmaker and Digital Smoke Signals founder Myron Dewey.

May
28
Sun
15th Annual Sojourner Truth Memorial Celebration! @ Sojourner Truth Statue
May 28 @ 12:00 pm

Each year, we gather at Sojourner Truth’s statue to honor her legacy and recognize the next generation of young people who follow in her footsteps. This year’s celebration will be highlighted by an address by Ingrid Askew, theatre artist and cultural activist, and a performance by the Amherst Area Gospel Choir. We will also recognize this year’s recipients of the Sojourner Truth Scholarship for Social Justice, Dorilyn Castillo, Chicopee High School; Mugisha Cutsimpumu, Springfield Central High School; and Bridget MacNeill, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Academy.

The day’s events will start with a walking tour of “Sojourner Truth’s Footsteps in Florence,” which will meet at 12:00 pm at the Sojourner Truth statue. After the celebration, the David Ruggles Center, located at 225 Nonotuck Street in Florence, will be hosting a reception and open house, and all are welcome to attend. In case of rain, the celebration will be indoors at the Florence Community Center, just across Pine Street from the statue.

We hope you’ll join us for this special day!

May
30
Tue
Action Through Each Other’s Eyes: Faith and Community Leeaders Reflect on Activism @ Congregation B'nai Israel
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Action Through Each Other's Eyes: Faith and Community Leeaders Reflect on Activism @ Congregation B'nai Israel | Northampton | Massachusetts | United States

A dialogue on activism, as seen through the lenses of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Presenters include Rev. Andrea Ayvazian, recently retired minister of the Haydenville Congregational Church, Founder of The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, and an Interfaith Climate Fellow at CBI; Rabbi Justin David of CBI Northampton, most recently one of a group of rabbis arrested in New York City protesting the adminsitration’s travel ban; and Mehlaqa Samdani, Founder and Executive Director of Critical Connections, who has worked extensively with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, and teaches Peacebuilding at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT.

Jun
2
Fri
Holyoke Training for the Rapid Response Network of Western Mass @ TBA
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Holyoke Training for the Rapid Response Network of Western Mass!

WHENFriday, 6/2 5-8PM
WHERE: Holyoke, MA
(Exact location TBA)
WHAT: If you would like to be a part of building our rapid response network you must attend a training to learn techniques and philosophy for supporting individuals and families and responding to moments of crisis.
RSVP: The training is capped at 100 so please be sure to sign up! https://goo.gl/forms/bLXfvCSO2U55xWD53

If you can, join us at Las Cafeteras music show at Gateway City Arts after the training! 
Our Goals:

  • Stand in solidarity and accompany families targeted by raids
  • Peacefully disrupt raids – we will bring our presence, songs, prayers, to peacefully disrupt a raid.
  • Put public pressure on ICE and the Trump Administration to stop all raids and deportations.  These raids violate our values and we will not stand silent when ICE comes into a neighborhood and tears apart families. This action will shine a light on raids and uncover the persecution of immigrant communities in the US today.
  • Raids and the threat of raids send a wave of terror through the immigrant community.  Sanctuary in the Streets counters this with a message of hope, faith and planned action in immigrant communities.
Jun
3
Sat
Film Screening – Waking the Sleeping Giant @ Latchis Theater
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm
Film Screening - Waking the Sleeping Giant @ Latchis Theater | Guilford | Vermont | United States

A new film, Waking the Sleeping Giant

Saturday June 3 at 4:00 

Latchis Theater, Main St. Brattleboro 

Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution is the story of the attempt to build a 21st century progressive movement in the United States. Five remarkable individuals wrestle with persistent racial injustice, growing economic inequality, and the corrupting influence of money in politics that shaped this extraordinary election cycle.

From the presidential campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local political race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia, from a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles, Waking the Sleeping Giant makes sense of this singular moment in American politics, probing the widespread discontent of the past two years, Donald Trump’s dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead for those hoping to build a reenergized progressive movement.​
Jun
4
Sun
Peacekeeper Training for Marches and Other Action @ Sojourner Truth School for Social Action Leadership
Jun 4 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn skills for peacekeeper training at marches and other actions. Prerequisite: Attendees must have completed a full nonviolent direct action training. Experience in large demonstrations where arrests have occurred preferred, even if the participant has not been arrested. Trainers are Andrea Ayvazian and Cate Woolner.

 

 

Register through the link!

Jun
11
Sun
General Assembly Meeting, Franklin County Continuing Political Revolution (FCCPR) @ Guiding Star Grange #1
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING, FRANKLIN COUNTY CONTINUING POLITICAL REVOLUTION (FCCPR)

WHEN:  Sunday, June 11, 2-4 pm (Note date change due to Grange availability.)
WHERE:  Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield

WHAT:  All are invited for a review of recent work, addressing some key questions, and planning for the future.

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Jun
12
Mon
Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour: MA Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change
Jun 12 all-day

MASSACHUSETTS CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE TOUR
MA Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change

WHEN & WHERE:  
Monday, June 12, Springfield, location TBD;
Monday, June 19, Pittsfield, 
 Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield

WHAT:  The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input on pressing issues in clean energy and climate.  How do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong?  Come to the meeting and give your input on this important issue.

Jun
17
Sat
Nonviolent Direct Action Training @ Sojourner Truth School for Social Action Leadership
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Training for those who want to learn the basics of non-violent philosophy and strategy, and consider whether or not to risk arrest in a non-violent direct action. Also appropriate for anyone wanting to join the Sugar Shack Alliance. Trainers are Jeff Napolitano and Paki Wieland

 

Please fill out the registration form on the website!