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Dec
21
Thu
Black Spaces Matter exhibition @ Boston Architectural College
Dec 21 2017 @ 8:00 am – Jan 21 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Black Spaces Matter exhibition @ Boston Architectural College | Boston | MA | United States

Every day from 12/21/17 to 1/21/18, 8am to 8pm

This exhibit showcases the abolitionist neighborhood near the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. This neighborhood, which was the home of many African-Americans, white and black abolitionists, and former slaves, provides a lens through which we may study interracial aspects of American cities. Massachusetts abolished slavery in 1783, more than 80 years before the Thirteenth Amendment; however, federal law supporting slave owners superseded this law and there were cases of slaves being “reclaimed” from Massachusetts in the years that followed. A strong network of abolitionists, both black and white, gave New Bedford its claim to fame that no slave was ever forcibly “reclaimed” from it.

New Bedford’s architecture reflects a period of relative racial equality and tolerance in “the city that lit the world” during its whaling boom. This neighborhood includes a mixture of Gothic Revival, Federal, Greek Revival, and early Italianate homes, as well as modest cottages. Important historical figures, such as Fredrick Douglass and Lewis Temple, resided in these homes.

In recent years we have seen a growing body of literature on race and architecture; however, this scholarship has focused mostly on the negative side of such built environments; lacking is an in-depth exploration of the form and function of interracial neighborhoods. This exhibit celebrates the aesthetics and architectonics of a neighborhood where many former slaves lived side-by-side with the rest of the population and engaged multiple aspects of the city’s interracial architecture. Through this exhibit, local New Bedford experts along with students and faculty from UMass Dartmouth and the BAC will reveal a lesser-known progressive interracial neighborhood in the United States.

Black Spaces Matter is supported in part by the following organizations: UMASS Dartmouth, UMASS Office of the President, Perkins + Will Boston, New Bedford Historical Society, and Spinner Publications

Watch the special panel discussion for Black Spaces Matter: https://www.facebook.com/BACAdmissions/videos/10154982579616700/

Jan
18
Thu
Research, Race, and Trust @ Northeastern Crossing
Jan 18 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Research, Race, and Trust @ Northeastern Crossing | Boston | MA | United States

The Boston BRI…DGE and CCHERS invite you to a Community Symposium on Research, Race, and Trust.

Featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Nancy Krieger and her presentation on Scientific Racism, Embodiment & Fighting for Health Equity: Black Health Matters. Dr. Krieger’s presentation is followed by a panel of Researchers, Community Members, Patients, and other Stakeholders responding to this important topic.

We will end with small group discussions and a networking reception.

Questions? email Project Coordinator, Yareliz Diaz, at y.diaz@northeastern.edu

MFA Film: The Murder of Fred Hampton (35mm) @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
MFA Film: The Murder of Fred Hampton (35mm) @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Boston | MA | United States

Join MFA Film for a screening of “The Murder of Fred Hampton,” co-presented with Roxbury International Film Festival and part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation!

The 1971 documentary was made by a group of independent filmmakers in Chicago, fashioning themselves as The Film Group. They set out to profile Fred Hampton, the charismatic 21-year-old leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, and ended up documenting the last nine months of his life.

The film will be preceded by a screening of “The Jungle” (1967, 35mm), a short documentary created by inner city high school students in North Philadelphia through a project initiated by Temple University social worker Harold Haskins. With the students creating everything from the credits to the soundtrack, this short is an early example of modern, independent African American filmmaking that shows a unique view into street life through the lens of gang members themselves.

The UCLA Festival of Preservation is produced by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, celebrating the science and spirit of film conservation and showcasing films that have been rescued from extinction by the skilled conservators who work tirelessly to protect them. This year’s festival screens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from January 18–31: bit.ly/2lFgbo3

In the month of January, bring your ticket stub from any January MFA film to the Harvard Film Archive for a $2 discount. Members of the Harvard Film Archive also receive a $2 discount on MFA films in January. Applies only to regularly priced films, pending availability.

Jan
19
Fri
Crónicas y cuentos II: a bilingual creative writing workshop @ Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Crónicas y cuentos II: a bilingual creative writing workshop @ Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library | Roxbury | MA | United States

***THIS IS A FREE WRITING WORKSHOP. REGISTER BY THURSDAY, JANUARY 11TH TO ATTEND***

Some of us—we with the busy imaginations, we who have lived through what seemed insurmountable—can’t shake the feeling we should be writing things down. Let’s make stories together. For six weeks we’ll read and write creatively in a bilingual space that welcomes all writers: in English for those who prefer it, español para los que lo prefieren, and Spanglish para todos in between. We’ll read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir with an emphasis on Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean writers. Weekly writing exercises, language games, and paired discussions will offer us richer ways to use language and storytelling. Finally, we’ll share our fiction and narrative nonfiction with each other to get feedback.

The workshop is open to students with any level of experience (including none) prepared to be part of a dynamic writing community. Students who have taken Crónicas y cuentos I and students enrolling for the first time are welcome. Snacks and coffee at every class; families welcome.

Radical Dreaming, King, and Intersectional Activism @ Clark University
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm
Radical Dreaming, King, and Intersectional Activism @ Clark University | Worcester | MA | United States

Radical Dreaming, King, and Intersectional Activism: A series of events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19th, Friday Afternoon: (12-2pm) Tilton Hall
“Radical Dreaming: re-evaluating MLK’s Radical Vision for Change”
A talk lead by Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene followed by a conversation cafe

January 19th, Friday Night: (7:00pm) Dana Commons
“Floetic Fridays”
Creative self-expression and community open mic

January 20th, Saturday: (9am) Dana Commons
“Daring to Dream Today: Education and Hope in Difficult Times”
A conference on our role in radical education

Clark University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Peace Studies department, Hiatt Center for Urban Education, Center for Gender Race and Area studies, Multicultural and First Generation Student Support, Community Youth and Education Studies, International Development Community and Environment, and “Floetic Fridays” are collaborating to bring a connected series of events to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We see the need for spaces where we can critically understand our current reality, unpack the history that brought us to this moment, and radically imagine where we can go from here. Where do we stand 50 years after the assassination of MLK, one of our country’s biggest dreamers? Are we in a position to imagine our future, or are we concerned with the fight to survive? How can we dream into existence a just world?

This event series kicks off with a talk on Friday afternoon, January 19th, lead by Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene, titled “Radical Dreaming: re-evaluating MLK’s Radical Vision for Change. Dr. Power-Greene will examine Dr. King’s work in its historical context and asks the questions how radical was MLK? How has the narrative of his legacy been white washed? And how do we remember and honor him today? Following the talk there will be facilitated conversations at roundtables on the intersections of Dr. King’s work, racial justice, and contemporary activism. Examples of topics include: spirituality and theology, anti-war and anti-imperialism, community education, jobs/labor organizing, student activism, White supremacy and liberalism, and gender and sexuality politics.

Friday night, January 19th, “Floetic Fridays” will host their monthly space for uncensored and unapologetic creative self-expression. This is a time for our community to come together, open up, be vulnerable, listen, feel, and connect with each other over poetry, music, dance, visual art, and other forms of culture and expression.

Saturday’s all day conference, “Daring to Dream Today: Education and Hope in Difficult Times” is January 20th. The conference aims to look at the role of critical pedagogy and radical education in the movement for justice. Along with the assassination of MLK, this year marks 50 years since Paulo Freire first published Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a foundational text in the movement for popular education. Looking at where we are now, a time when our social movements are struggling to fight for survival, we want to know how the radical education movement has failed us, or how we have failed it. Can we reignite the flames of radical education that Paulo Freire and Septima Clark sparked? How can we begin to re-imagine and transform our world together. The day will begin with breakfast and an opening plenary dialogue on the question of where we are now and how did we get here? There will then be three workshops covering topics on the role of art in the movement, the role of healing in the movement, and a critical look into Clark and the Worcester communities relationship. These will be followed by lunch, then creative participatory workshops. The day will end with a closing plenary on the question of where do we go now and how do we get there? Special guest activists and educators, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Professor Colette Cann, and Italo Fini will be convening for our plenary dialogues, and Lulama Moyo, Cheyenne Jones, and Florcy Coyolxauhqui will be leading breakout workshops.

Join us for two days of dreaming together. Let’s engage with our history, our current situation, and our dreams for the future. What do we need to learn about our past, to understand where we are today, and to imagine where we could go tomorrow? To honor the powerful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., come and create a radical and loving community, critically interrogate our current reality, and creatively dream into existence a just and equitable world.

Interested in contributing? Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/dhvwYuP1hVDro1jq1

Resist Deportations! Save DACA and TPS as a deadline looms!
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Resist Deportations! Save DACA and TPS as a deadline looms!

Resist Deportations! Save DACA and TPS!
Permanent residence for all undocumented migrants!

Friday, Jan. 19, 5:00 – 7PM
Park Street T stop, Boston MA

The government in Washington has stepped up attacks on migrants to levels not seen in years. Trump’s attacks on Muslim migrants were only the beginning. Deportations are accelerating. Over 1 million migrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the Temporary Protective Status program (TPS) now face deportation. Prospects for a bipartisan agreement to protect these folks and prevent a government shutdown on Friday have faded.

Washington is leading a generalized assault on our lives, rights, and living conditions. From attacks on healthcare, women, and LGBT folks, to attacks on our environment and education, to perpetual wars, working people are under fire. The leading edge of this assault is the criminalization and attacks on Migrants. Millions of youth and decent hard working people are under attack! The powers in Washington have no solutions that benefit us as working people. Our only choice is to build a fighting movement. Enough is enough! An injury to one is an injury to all! Join us on Friday. Demand an end to the deportations. Jobs, healthcare, education, and human rights for all!.

Jan
20
Sat
Resisting Surveillance Forum @ Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Resisting Surveillance Forum @ Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry | Roxbury | MA | United States

Join us at this community forum to learn and discuss local methods of surveillance and share tactics and strategies to resist!
This is part of our Resisting Surveillance series, which we’ve taken to Montgomery County, MD; Minneapolis, Chicago and are bringing it back to Boston. Read more about what we’ve learned so far at www.resistingsurveillance.org

We’ll have incredible organizers from Young Muslim Collective in Minneapolis as well as local speakers and light refreshments.

Co-sponsored by our Resisting Surveillance partners (American Friends Service Committee, Defending Rights and Dissent, and Boston Worker’s Circle); Northeastern Somali Student Association and ACEDONE.

Agrotowns: ecological pathways to development @ Center for Marxist Education
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Agrotowns: ecological pathways to development @ Center for Marxist Education | Cambridge | MA | United States

Agrotowns: ecological pathways to development

Presented by Donald Donato, CPUSA-Boston

Imagine living in a town surrounded by ecologically friendly farms; walkable, green, with world-class cultural and health institutions, and flexible working schedules. Envision a comfortable, rural town, devoted to growing the highest quality produce with the least amount of chemicals, packaging and transportation costs. These are the basic concepts an “agrotown”, which are rooted in the Communist Manifesto.

Thanks to the work of the late Richard Levins at the Harvard School of Public Health, and W.A. Halabi at the Center for Marxist Education, there is revived interest in agrotowns as a part of ongoing work on agroecology and sustainable development. Agrotowns were first developed in the USSR in the 1930s, but they were almost completely forgotten in recent decades. In a forthcoming article published by Routledge in International Critical Thought, the Journal of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Donald Donato has reviewed a selection of research and historical resources on agrotowns which explores early examples and provides evidence that they can play a vital role in the successful implementation of agroecology.

An Evening of Palestinian Food and Music: Benefit for the Laylac Center @ The Loading Dock
Jan 20 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
An Evening of Palestinian Food and Music: Benefit for the Laylac Center @ The Loading Dock | Belmont | MA | United States

Please join us for an evening of live Palestinian music and delicious Palestinian food to benefit the Laylac Center in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp. The event will also include a raffle with items such as Palestinian embroidery pieces, Palestinian films, gift cards to local Palestinian establishments in Boston, and many more to come!

The Laylac Center (Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston’s sister organization) is an all-volunteer organization that runs arts, cultural, media, and therapeutic programming for youth of the camp. We invite you to learn more about Laylac on their website and follow them on Facebook.

We would like to give a huge thank you to The Loading Dock restaurant for donating the space for this event, and to Ghassan Sawalhi and Fares Btoush for providing the music.

Childcare will be provided.
The Loading Dock is located about a mile from the Alewife T station.
Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door; $20 for children (enter promotional code “Child” at checkout)

Festive attire requested.

Break the Chains queer dance party! @ Make Shift Boston
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Break the Chains queer dance party! @ Make Shift Boston | Boston | MA | United States

THIS EVENT PAGES IS FOR JAN 20! NEXT BREAK THE CHAINS PARTY IS DECEMBER 16 AT MILKY WAY DETAILS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/198472117362897/

Break the Chains is a semi-monthly all ages, all gender radical dance party featuring local and touring queer and trans performers.

This month featuring: Medino Green, DJ Rufaro Oxun, Ms DJ Lotus, and Lightning Pill. Hosted by Evan Greer.

Boston’s Best Dance Party 2017 – Improper Bostonian

“Wildly Popular” – WBUR

“Dismantling the system one dance party at a time” – DigBoston

$10 – 20 sliding scale suggested donation at the door to support our community’s working queer artists. Cash or Venmo accepted.

This space is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessbile bathroom. Concact: evangreer@gmail.com with quesions.

InIt 2018 Social Justice Arts Slam @ City Year
Jan 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
InIt 2018 Social Justice Arts Slam @ City Year | Boston | MA | United States

Join us for an evening of celebration and performances from current InIt delegates, volunteers, alumni, and staff as we take the stage to raise our voices for social change!

We will be showcasing some incredible talent of poets, musicians, singers, writers, dancers, and a gallery wall space for visual artists. There will also be an open mic section of the night where audience members can sign up to perform!

Food will be provided 🙂

Please email Lin at kpang@ywboston.org with any questions!

Jan
21
Sun
Climate Change & Resilience of Native American Communities @ The Community Church of Boston
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Climate Change & Resilience of Native American Communities @ The Community Church of Boston | Boston | MA | United States

“Climate Change & Resilience of Native American Coastal Communities” with Jean Luc Pierite

On January 21, 2016, the Obama Administration awarded $48 million to relocate the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians due to rising sea levels disintegrating their traditional homeland. The Louisiana tribe became the first climate change refugee community, but were not isolated in impact by climate change. In solidarity with all impacted nations, Jean-Luc shares his story Post-Katrina and indigenous perspectives on The Paris Agreement and The Sustainable Development Goals.

Jean-Luc Pierite is a member of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and President of the Board, North American Indian Center of Boston.

Music by Veronique Epiter

Join us for lunch and conversation after the program.

All Programs are held on the second floor in the Lothrop Auditorium.
Wheelchair accessible. CCB is located near the Orange line-Back Bay or the Green line-Copley T Stops. On Street Parking and at Back Bay Parking Garage, 199 Clarendon Street. Discount Vouchers available for parking in the garage.

Community Church of Boston is located at
565 Boylston Street, 2nd fl., Boston, MA 02116. For more information: www.communitychurchofboston.org; info@communitchurchofboston.org; 617-266-6710

Imagine!: Art as Resistance
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Imagine!: Art as Resistance

IMAGINE! Encouragement, Inspiration, and Radical Imagination

Art as Resistance

In partnership with the historic Arlington Street Church in Boston, we will center the black radical imagination, revolutionary art and its role in social movements. What is the role of art in radical Black liberation struggles? The evening is filled with ritual, art and artistic expressions, audience participation and dialogue for deepening community understanding, strengthening human solidarity, and radical movement building.

Ticketed Event: $35.00 (No one turned away due to funds.)

Event Brite to Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-imagine-art-as-resistance-tickets-41990118575

Email:m4blmboston@gmail.com For More Info

Young Muslim Collective Workshop @ Boston's NonProfit Center
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Young Muslim Collective Workshop @ Boston's NonProfit Center | Boston | MA | United States

Young Muslim Collective, a grassroots Somali organization from Minneapolis, will be providing a workshop for Muslim youth!

The workshop will be focused on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs, the harms that CVE programs cause to Muslims, and in particular the Somali community both in Minneapolis and locally in Massachusetts. We’ll talk about what CVE looks like there and here in Boston, how YMC has organized against CVE, and what we can do locally!

This workshop is for Muslim youth ages 14-30 and food will be provided.

Jan
22
Mon
FILM: We Still Live Here by Anne Makepeace @ The Community Church of Boston
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
FILM: We Still Live Here by Anne Makepeace @ The Community Church of Boston | Boston | MA | United States

Documentary and Discussion Series.

A film series at Community Church of Boston starting on Monday January 22nd. One of seven films featured on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

First in the Series is “WE STILL LIVE HERE: As Nutayunean”

WE STILL LIVE HERE: As Nutayunean tells the amazing story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Four centuries ago, Wampanoag people helped the first English settlers in America- the Pilgrims – to survive. Although Americans celebrate ‘the Indians’ every year at Thanksgiving, few know that their descendants are still on their homelands in Southeastern Massachusetts. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back.

—Anonymous _IMDb

Let’s watch videos, chat about them, and get to know each other.
Sponsored by the Green-Rainbow.org

All Programs are held on the second floor in the Lothrop Auditorium.
Wheelchair accessible. CCB is located near the Orange line-Back Bay or the Green line-Copley T Stops. On Street Parking and at Back Bay Parking Garage, 199 Clarendon Street.
www.communitychurchofboston.org

Jan
23
Tue
Save Affordable Housing: Enabling Act Hearing @ Massachusetts State House
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Save Affordable Housing: Enabling Act Hearing @ Massachusetts State House | Boston | MA | United States

When affordable housing is under attack, what do we do? STAND UP! FIGHT BACK!

Since 1996, Massachusetts has lost 8,637 subsidized apartments as owners converted to high market rents and over 14,000 Affordable Homes are at risk in the next 2 years! The Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) is pushing The Enabling Act, which will help us save them by giving cities and towns the right to require Section 8 contracts to be renewed and 13A apartments to remain affordable. This bill can prevent our affordable homes from being converted into luxury condos and even reclaim units for affordable housing!

We need tenants, advocates and community organizers to show up and support this bill to SAVE OUR HOMES!

More details on the bills are included below.

What: Public Hearing on Bill S.716/H.2246/H.3019

When: Tuesday, January 23rd, 10AM*

Where: MA State House, Room B2

*Please arrive at 9:30AM to get a seat!

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Since 1983, the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) has helped tenants save more than 12,200 apartments as affordable housing through tenant organizing, one building at a time. The only statewide union of HUD tenants, MAHT has led the fight for legislation to save “expiring use” HUD housing.

Despite our efforts, since 1996 Massachusetts has lost 8,637 subsidized apartments as owners converted to high market rents. 14,231 more remain at risk through 2019. A new crisis in state Chapter 13A “expiring mortgage” buildings threatens 4,200 families with displacement and loss of housing in the next several years.

In 2009, the legislature adopted Chapter 40T, which provided important tools to address this crisis, notably a Right of First Refusal in the event of a sale. However, some owners are not selling, but simply converting their buildings to market rents, and thus escaping the regulatory tools of 40T.

Since the passage of 40T, owners have converted more than 2,747 units to high market rents in Plymouth, Brockton, Taunton, Worcester, Weymouth, Adams, Lawrence, Stoughton and Boston, including Burbank Apartments in the Fenway and Rutland Housing in the South End. The rate of loss since 1996 has actually accelerated since the passage of 40T, and will speed up more with the Chapter 13A crisis.

Clearly, additional legislation is needed to save at-risk “expiring use” housing.

To supplement Chapter 40T, the legislature can pass the Enabling Act to Save Affordable Housing, to “enable” any city or town to save expiring use housing, if they choose, at NO COST to the State or localities.

S.716 or H 2246 would allow cities or towns to:

-Require “expiring use” owners to renew expiring Section 8 contracts with HUD to preserve apartments for future low income seniors and families

-Require “expiring use” owners to convert HUD rental vouchers to Project Based Vouchers, preserving affordable housing for future tenants while allowing current tenants to move

-Prevent conversion to condominiums

-Allow cities to restore affordable rents for at least some of the 8,637 apartments which have already been converted

-Promote sales to nonprofits who pledge to keep the property affordable, when they can assemble the funds

H 3019 also includes a provision to extend expiring use restrictions after 13A mortgages end, a key provision needed to prevent mass displacement of 4,200 13A mortgage tenants

Rep. Rushing has also filed H 3541, a Home Rule Petition passed unanimously by the City of Boston to provide identical protections as H 3019, to prevent displacement of 600 families at Mercantile Wharf, Babcock Towers, Forbes Building, Newcastle-Saranac and other 13A buildings in Boston.

Keepers of the Culture: A Celebration of Two Artists @ PRX Podcast Garage
Jan 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Keepers of the Culture: A Celebration of Two Artists @ PRX Podcast Garage | Boston | MA | United States

Join us for a celebration of two award-winning artists, collaborators, and friends: Vusumuzi “Vuzi” Maduna and Ekua Holmes. A joint exhibit of Vuzi and Ekua’s works are currently on display at the PRX Podcast Garage. Their sculptures, masks, and collage-based works are an exploration of ancestral voices, family histories, and the power of hope, faith and self-determination.

During the reception, Tamar Avishai – a member of the Podcast Garage and host of The Lonely Palette – will lead a short discussion with Ekua about her art.

This event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be provided.

Jan
24
Wed
New Realities for Philanthropists in the Trump Era @ Haymarket People's Fund
Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Realities for Philanthropists in the Trump Era @ Haymarket People's Fund | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

On January 20th 2017, the world witnessed the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States. Since that day, many philanthropists and activists have struggled with where to place their time, talents and treasure in the new socio-political landscape. Faces with as many challenges as opportunities, this past year has been difficult for many philanthropists, as they seek to fund so many urgent needs to keep the most vulnerable in our country safe and secure.

Join two local philanthropic advisors, Sarah DeLuca and Alyssa Wright, for an evening of discussion and strategic planning, as they both share the current philanthropic landscape after a year under Trump. Offering insight and sharing stories, attendees will leave with new, creative & smart ways to give, live and lead with their values at the forefront. Please come prepared with a rough outline of how you donated your time, talents and treasure in 2017, whether you gave away $1,000 or $1,000,000. This workshop is for anyone on the socio-economic spectrum committed to giving boldly to the causes they care about.

Jan
25
Thu
Advancing Cannabis Research in Massachusetts @ Canopy City 14 Tyler St
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Advancing Cannabis Research in Massachusetts @ Canopy City 14 Tyler St | Somerville | MA | United States

Join us for the launch of our 2018 Cannabis Science, Education, and Networking Series!

January 25, 2018 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Canopy City – 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143

How can we advance cannabis research in Massachusetts?

Opportunities for cannabis cultivation, laboratory, clinical, social, and public health research in Massachusetts

Event Schedule

6:00 – 6:45 Registration and Networking

6:45 – 8:00 Panel Discussion

8:00 – 9:30 Networking and Vendor Walk

Panel Presentations

Dr. Staci Gruber – Director, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core and Director, Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) at McLean Hospital, Harvard University

State of medical cannabis research from the clinical and academic perspectives: barriers, opportunities, and areas for future investigation.

Nichole Snow – President, Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance (MPAA)

State of the medical cannabis program, new regulatory recommendations to expand medical care and education in Massachusetts.

Michael Kahn – President and Founder, MCR Labs

State of laboratory cannabis science, standards, and opportunities for future research.

Winner of the Harvest Cup – TBD, Medical Cannabis Cultivator/Processor

Genetics and the potential for advancing medical cannabis research from the cannabis expert perspective.

Moderator – Dr. Marion McNabb – CEO, Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN)

Opportunities to collaboratively develop a virtual Cannabis Center of Excellence.

What can you expect?

Expert panel discussions
Networking with clinical, research, and cannabis industry leaders
Interactive vendor learning opportunities that drive science and research
Cannabis product and services raffle and prizes
Event report summary emailed post event
Hors d’oeuvres and bar

Who will be there?

Local cannabis industry, clinical, public health, academic, policy, advocacy, patient, consumer, and community leaders

What’s the cost? Purchase tickets at http://cannacenterofexcellence.org/news-events/

Ticket price: $60 and get a free Cannabinoid profile lab test*
Three event package: $150
Six event package: $300
Students, patients, nonprofits, and startups get 40% off!

We also encourage sponsoring a ticket for someone who cannot afford it

*Cannabinoid profile lab tests courtesy of Seaweed technologies!

January – June 2018 C3RN Event Series Details

January 2018 – How can we advance cannabis research?

The opportunities for cannabis cultivation, laboratory, clinical, social, and public health research in Massachusetts

February 2018 – Community first!

Models and best practices for ensuring engagement and equitable access, consumption, and integration in the industry in Massachusetts

March 2018 – Research collaborations from seed to bedside?

Medical cannabis cultivation, clinical care, and research models in Massachusetts

April 2018 – The relationship between cannabis and opioids: prevention and treatment

Addressing the opioid epidemic using cannabis as a tool in Massachusetts

May 2018 – Connecting through cannabis education and standards?

Creating pathways for multi-sectorial collaboration to advance cannabis science, education, and innovation in Massachusetts

June 2018 – A community-led cannabis research ecosystem

Advancing the medical and adult-use cannabis research agenda in the Commonwealth

Learn More or Sign Up for Updates:
www.cannacenterofexcellence.org

The virtual Cannabis Center of Excellence (CoE), powered by Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN), is a group like minded cannabis industry, advocacy, academic, public health, clinical, patient, policy, and community experts that embrace open-source principles to drive collaborative science in the cannabis industry.

This event series is powered by Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN)

Learn More: www.cannaresearchnetwork.com

Jan
26
Fri
Crónicas y cuentos II: a bilingual creative writing workshop @ Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Crónicas y cuentos II: a bilingual creative writing workshop @ Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library | Roxbury | MA | United States

***THIS IS A FREE WRITING WORKSHOP. REGISTER BY THURSDAY, JANUARY 11TH TO ATTEND***

Some of us—we with the busy imaginations, we who have lived through what seemed insurmountable—can’t shake the feeling we should be writing things down. Let’s make stories together. For six weeks we’ll read and write creatively in a bilingual space that welcomes all writers: in English for those who prefer it, español para los que lo prefieren, and Spanglish para todos in between. We’ll read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir with an emphasis on Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean writers. Weekly writing exercises, language games, and paired discussions will offer us richer ways to use language and storytelling. Finally, we’ll share our fiction and narrative nonfiction with each other to get feedback.

The workshop is open to students with any level of experience (including none) prepared to be part of a dynamic writing community. Students who have taken Crónicas y cuentos I and students enrolling for the first time are welcome. Snacks and coffee at every class; families welcome.

Website Options for Independent Artists, a Skillset Series @ The Studio at 550
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Website Options for Independent Artists, a Skillset Series @ The Studio at 550 | Cambridge | MA | United States

The Skillset Series is a series of professional development workshops geared toward artists and independent contractors that aims to sharpen the business side of things. Topics range from web development, legal concerns, money matters, writing, and PR.

The web is an excellent medium for showcasing and customizing your visual/performing arts portfolio. This workshop will cover both pre-made (“out-of-the-box”) options for websites and provide participants with the vocabulary and resources to design their own. We will cover design options that relate to visual and performing artists specifically. Tips for finding and collaborating with technology professionals will also be provided. Participants will walk away with an outline for their new or re-designed website, and a digital guide to help move their project forward.

Coding skills are not required for attendees, nor will any coding be done in this workshop.

Leah Brunetto is an artist and user interface designer based in Cambridge, MA. She is an alumna of the Cambridge Public Schools and MIT and has contributed toward dozens of dance works and visual art exhibitions. She has worked on interactive media at the Museum of Science, Boston for 5 years, first focusing on web design/development and now on exhibit interface design. As a whole, Leah’s body of work focuses on communicating beauty, energy, and complexity in ideas. Recent projects include The Science Behind Pixar exhibition website, a web re-design for Havana Club Salsa (Central Square), and guest writing for the Learn to Code With Me blog. Visit her portfolio at leahbrunetto.com.

Impact of the Federal budget on Massachusetts Residents and Inst
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Impact of the Federal budget on Massachusetts Residents and Inst

A forum on the impact on the Massachusetts budget of Federal budget decisions, ranging from the Trump/Ryan budget to the People’s Budget.

Funding of transportation, housing, healthcare, education, and the military-industrial complex will be among the topics explored.

How Will the Republican Tax bill and Budget Affect You?

1:00 pm Key Features of the 2018 Federal Budget:

• Congressional Discretionary Budget Priorities – Lindsay Koshgarian (National Priorities Project)
• Increasing Inequality for Families and Students – Josh Hoxie (Institute for Policy Studies)
• Impacts on MIT – Prof. Maria Zuber (V-P for Research)
2:00 pm Impacts on Housing and Healthcare:

• Suzanne Curry (Health Care for All)
• Prof. Randy Albelda (UMass Boston)
• Lee Farris (Cambridge Residents Alliance)
• Prof. Ceasar McDowell (MIT Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning)
2:45 pm Education and Research:

• Lisa Guisbond (Citizens for Public Schools)
• Prof. Jonathan King (MIT Biology)
3:15 pm Transit, Energy and Environment

• Fred Salvucci (former State Sec’y of Transportation)
• State Representative Mike Connolly
• Cambridge City Councilor Quinton Zondervan
• Phineas Baxandall (Mass Budget and Policy Center).
4:00 pm Coffee break

4:15 pm Resisting and Responding

• The People’s Budget Campaign – Cole Harrison
• Poor Peoples Campaign – Savina Martin
• Our Revolution – Rand Wilson
• Massachusetts Peace Action – Dr. Michael Van Elzakker
5:15 Adjourn

There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is requested: http://www.peoplesengagement.org/forumregistration

Jan
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Parent 2 Parent Conference! @ Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Jan 27 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Parent 2 Parent Conference! @ Madison Park Technical Vocational High School | Boston | MA | United States

Our annual conference for parents and educators to share and learn from each other, support parent engagement, and promote parent advocacy.

Full schedule to be released soon! Workshops include: “Real Talk on Inclusion”, “Payment in Lieu of Taxes and Hub Schools: How are our institutions contributing to our students success?”, ” Building Authentic Parent Engagement”, BPS budget, IEPs and more!

This event is FREE! Breakfast & Lunch provided. Child-care and interpretation available with registration.

Register today at www.btu.org/parent2parent !

1.27 Queer Prisoner Support | Allston @ Swissbäkers
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
1.27 Queer Prisoner Support | Allston @ Swissbäkers | Allston | MA | United States

Happy New Year!

This year, we re-dedicate ourselves to building up a world without prisons.

12-3 pm
EVERY Saturday
Swissbakers in Allston

Come read letters, connect prisoners to resources, celebrate birthdays, and share nerdy side commentary at the weekly Allston drop in.

Join us for wholesome work, mouthy community, and lots of love.

***Please bring a laptop and your charger.***

If you can’t bring a laptop, please come anyway (we’d appreciate if you comment that you’ll be coming without a computer). You can participate meaningfully in writing birthday and Pride cards to our incarcerated family.

this location is wheelchair accessible
about 2 minutes from the the 66, 86, and immediately off the 70/70a bus routes
CHILDREN ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND and can participate in outreach by drawing on cards
There is a gender neutral, wheelchair accessible bathroom with a changing table
There is a parking lot with wheelchair accessible spots

We host two other drop ins weekly:
Sundays, 3-6 pm, at Encuentro 5 Downtown (not wheelchair accessible)
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain (wheelchair accessible)

Justice4Siham and Justice4Naseem Rally @ US Immigration Courts at JFK Federal Building
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Justice4Siham and Justice4Naseem Rally @ US Immigration Courts at JFK Federal Building | Boston | MA | United States

Join us for a rally in support of Siham Byah and all immigrants under attack by ICE. If we fight back, we can win!

In solidarity with Siham, we demand that:
1. DCF allow Siham to freely communicate with Naseem whenever and however they wish.
2. DCF does not put Naseem up for adoption against Siham’s wishes.
3. DCF help Naseem get a passport so that he can be reunited with Siham.
4. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families release a public statement against Siham Byah’s deportation, and that they end any collaboration with the ICE attacks that are devastating Massachusetts families.
5. Siham Byah be returned to the United States immediately and given the opportunity to present her case for asylum in the United States.
6. ICE immediately stop terrorizing our communities and ripping apart families.

This event is being hosted and organized by a coalition of activists and organizations in the Boston area that seeks to mobilize large numbers of people against ICE’s attacks on our undocumented friends, family, and neighbors. If your organization would like to co-sponsor this event, or join our efforts, please contact freesihamboston@gmail.com.