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

Non-Violent Direct Action Training @ Friends Meeting House Northampton
Jul 22 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

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Would you consider participating in an action that could involve risking arrest? Interested in finding out more about Sugar Shack Alliance and possibly joining an Affinity Group so that you could participate with us in an action that could involve arrest? Interested in deepening your understanding of what non-violence is and what makes an effective action? Interested in examining how privilege intersects with the decision to offer oneself for arrest?

If so, REGISTER TODAY for a day-long training session in Non Violent Direct Action, to be held by the Sugar Shack Alliance on Saturday, July 22 from 9:30am– 5pm at the Northampton Friends Meeting House 43 Center St in Northampton.

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The training is free but we do pass the hat to cover costs.


Justice Cup 2017 @ Crosier Field, Holyoke
Jul 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join Jobs with Justice and the Pioneer Valley Workers Center for their annual Justice Cup fundraiser! Teams from Holyoke to Greenfield play soccer, enjoy good food, and celebrate the amazing social justice work being done across the Pioneer Valley. You don’t have to play soccer to come and enjoy the fun. The tournament also provides a platform for local workers to lift their voices and speak up at the mic about their experiences on the job.

The first five individuals to respond will receive free registration!


  1. Signup: Create a soccer team of 5-10 players or sign up as an individual and we will assign you to a team.
  2. Pick a division: Competitive, Just for Fun, or Family.
  3. If registering as a team, pick a team name and designate a Team Captain to stay in touch with the planning crew.
  • You will be guaranteed 3-5 games depending on registration numbers.
  • The games will be 5 vs 5 with small goals and no goalie.
  • Each game will be 30 minutes long with two 15-minute halves.
  • All players/teams are expected to bring a light and dark team jersey.
  • There will be a strict no slide-tackling rule.
  • Amateur referees will call the games.

SCHEDULE: Sunday, July 23

Crosier Field, Holyoke

  • Individual Registration at 8:00 AM
  • Team Registration at 8:30AM
  • First Round of Games: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Second Round of Games:  12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Acknowledgements and Trophy Presentations: 3:00 PM
    The first five individuals to respond will receive free registration!
Facilitation Deepening Weekend @ Starseed Healing Sanctuary
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

This weekend is a special opportunity to work with Sarah Pirtle, one of the early developers of the Work That Reconnects (founded by Joanna Macy as Despair and Empowerment work). It will also be presented by Aravinda Ananda, Joseph Rotella, song leader Anne Goodwin and others. Starseed is a quiet and lovely rural retreat center in western Massachusetts. Registration by July 15 is requested, so please act quickly if you would like to come!

Both newer and more experienced facilitators are welcome. Information and registration here.

food coordinator/cook for this event is being sought; a stipend will be paid. Inquire of Aravinda.

Agape’s Francis Day: Listening to Native Voices @ Agape Community
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Agape welcomes Paula Horne Mullen and Chief Avrol Looking Horse of Standing Rock, North Dakota

Join the Agape Community on St. Francis Day for “Listening to Native Voices: Standing Rock is Everywhere” with guests Chief Avrol Looking Horse of Standing Rock, Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations, Paula Horne Mullen, Volunteer Executive Coordinator of World Peace and Prayer Day, and Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, who will conduct a sacred water ceremony.

Co-sponsored by:

Nehemiah Community, Springfield, Just Faith-Springfield, MA

Pax Christi, MA, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, MA


2017 Interhelp Gathering @ Woolman Hill Retreat Center
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day

Each autumn we gather to journey around the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects. If you are new to the Work, you are welcome to come; you are equally welcome if you have made this journey many times. See the Gathering Flyer to learn more.
Parents take note: this year we plan to offer a children’s program…. but only if registrations that include children are received by Friday, August 18. We will need a minimum of four children registered to proceed with planning the program.
Location: We meet in the quiet of early November at Woolman Hill in rural western Massachusetts. Meals and group activity times take place in a lovely old farmhouse.
Timing: We begin with dinner on Friday and finish up with lunch and cleanup on Sunday.
Accommodations: Options include farmhouse bunkrooms, sleeping lofts (mattresses on the floor) and wood-heated cabins. Every effort will be made to accommodate housing preferences but cannot be guaranteed. The farmhouse is handicapped accessible.
Meals: Meals are vegetarian with some vegan options
     Indoor accommodation: $225
     Commuters and campers: $190
     Children indoor: $150 for children age 12 and under
     Children commuters and campers: $100 for children age 12 and under
A $50 nonrefundable deposit will hold your space.
Scholarship contributions:
If you are able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Interhelp, Inc. for our scholarship fund. This fund directly assists those who need financial support to attend this year’s Gathering.*
To request a scholarship:
Please let us know how much you need in addition to a $50 required minimum fee. If a scholarship is not available for you to attend, your $50 deposit will be refunded. Please include, with your registration, a description of your interest in the Work That Reconnects and why you wish to come to Gathering.
Register Online herePrintable registration form available here.
 Payment Options:
     by check made out to Interhelp, Inc. Send to Kristina Orchard, 10A Powdermill Circle, Maynard, MA 01754.
     by Paypal: see Online Registration page.
Questions? Contact Kristina Orchard (978) 266-2912 or email.
*Here’s one way to decide how much to donate: $5 per $1,000 of per person household income over $30,000. (Example: If your per-person income is $40,000—$10 thousand above $30,000—you are asked to contribute 10 times $5, or $50.)