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

Anti-Racism Training: Tools for Collective Liberation @ Cape Cod Lounge
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Join the Social Thought and Political Economy Program for TOOLS FOR COLLECTIVE LIBERATION: ADVANCING ECONOMIC JUSTICE THROUGH MULTIRACIAL SOLIDARITY with ESTEBAN KELLY of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives:

Challenging racism requires pairing principled commitment to solidarity with clear tactics for community economic development. In this workshop, we will discuss the connections among islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-black racism. By placing accountable, multi-racial organizing at the center, we will build analysis of how racial and ethnic liberation are linked with all forms of liberation. Together we will delve into practical approaches to inclusion, allyship, and solidarity principles in order to improve our relationships and communities while advancing toward collective liberation. Participants will reflect on the “Vision for Black Lives,” a #BLM policy platform, as it relates to student learning & organizing on campus. To conclude, students will develop concrete action steps to influence conditions in their communities and in these times of deep uncertainty.

Esteban is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and a founder of AORTA, (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op whose consulting supports organizations fighting for social justice and a solidarity economy. He was the first Board President of the cross-sector Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, and recently worked at the New Economy Coalition. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to the Philly Food Policy Advisory Council following eight years as a worker-owner in Mariposa Food Co-op’s Staff Collective. Esteban holds a B.S from UC Berkeley, and is a Doctoral / Phd Candidate at CUNY’s Graduate Center where he received a Master’s Degree in Anthropology.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/380298709009152/

Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ed Markey @ Sweeney Concert Hall
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Senator Ed Markey’s Policy Director Amaad Rivera announced that Senator Markey is holding a Town Hall meeting in Northampton on Thursday, February 23.

The Town Hall announcement was made as over 400 area Democratic activists gathered for a high-energy, standing-room-only meeting “Mobilizing the Democratic Party from the Bottom Up” held in Northampton on February 15th.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1836458143289148/?active_tab=about

Seniors 4 a Democratic Society @ Blue Heron Restaurant
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Open informational meeting of a group dedicated to promoting, sustaining, and defending an inclusive and egalitarian democracy. Space is limited, so please register at our website.

First Organizational Meeting @ First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, UCC
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport.

Please join Rise Up Western Mass for our first meeting where you can learn a bit about who we are and what we hope to accomplish together. More importantly, we will get to meet YOU! There is no commitment required or expected – just come to listen, share your ideas, or if you wish, share your time or expertise. All levels of interest are encouraged to attend!

RSVP appreciated riseupwesternmass@gmail.com – and also PLEASE SHARE THIS with any local friends!

See you on the 23rd

* We will be meeting in Bailey Hall, First Church, lower level. Easiest to enter the church via the side door and down the stairs to the left.

Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO Annual Legislative Breakfast @ The Castle of Knights
Feb 24 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Annual Legislative Breakfast

Friday, February 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA

No tickets sold at the door. $22.00 per person
Please return this form with payment by Thursday, February 9, 2017

Union/Organization & Local Number: __________________________________

Email address _________________________________________________________



City, State, Zip_________________________________________________________

Number Attending or (Table Reservation 10 seats $220)________________

Amount Enclosed______________________________________________________

(Optional) Please seat a Representative or Senator at our table.
Name of Legislator:_____________________________________________________

Our Legislators are invited to confer with us on Labor’s Agenda.
To ensure a successful event, I urge every Union and Ally to participate.
Let’s show them our strength in numbers. Your support and cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

Carol Rickless, PVCLC AFL-CIO, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA 01104, Office: (413) 732-7970, Fax: (413) 732-1881, www.pvaflcio.org

Non Violent Direct Action Training
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The next scheduled training is February 25th in Northampton. This one is being organized by American Friends Service Committee although the trainers are also on the Sugar Shack roster. There will be some folks there who are training for purposes other than joining Sugar Shack Alliance to participate in our actions as members of Sugar Shack affinity groups. However, we want to encourage you, urge you, implore you to sign up for this training which will well prepare you for joining us.
To register and get more information, go to www.AFSCwm.org and click on trainings at the top in bright green.
The sooner you get trained the better! We would love to have you.

You must register with AFSC to be signed up for this training. Clicking “going” on Facebook will not sign you up. You will receive further information with details of this training from AFSC.

Knit the Resistance
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Free Pussy Cat Hat knitting workshop, open to beginners. Limited to 20 participants.  RSVP, email Aliza Ansell

Organizing and Advocacy Training @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is an opportunity to learn about how to recruit and retain new members, how to push your city or town to go 100% renewable, and how to advocate for better clean energy and climate policy at the State House. Coming to one of our trainings is one of the best ways to get the skills and information you need to be a powerful advocate for bold action on climate!

In order to make this free training possible, we need another 5 people to register TODAY. If you’re interested, sign up now! 

NAACP’s Jacqueline Patterson at the SCJC Full Coalition Meeting @ Gasoline Alley Foundation
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition will host a Full Coalition Meeting on February 25 from 2-4 PM with special guest Jacqueline Patterson!

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the national NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice.

Jacquie will speak on her work across the United States and around the world, and give input to the work of the SCJC here in Springfield.

A special presentation will also be given by the Gasoline Alley Foundation on their work with youth and businesses here in Springfield.

The event is free and open to the public! Come network, meet Jacquie, and get involved. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact Jesse Lederman at 413-351-6785.

Children of Syria film screening @ Unitarian Universalist Society
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Film Screening! FRONTLINE’s Children of Syria is a story of war, grief, hope, and what it means to start again.

Filmed on the ground as the fighting rages, the documentary follows four Syrian children — Sara, Farah, Helen and Mohammed — for three years, from their struggle to live through the Assad regime’s siege of their city, to the devastating kidnapping of their father, to the beginning of their new lives as refugees.


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