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AMOR is happy to announce its very first community assembly, which will happen in the West End neighborhood! Please join us for an evening dedicated to building with and learning from folks who live, work, and play in the West End.
If you live in the West End, this event is for you! We want you to know what we can offer you and what you want and need from us as community organizations!
Free food, free childcare, free services, and free stuff + raffles!
What are Community Assemblies?
Community assemblies are AMOR’s form of conducting on-the-ground outreach. Inspired from Migrant Justice’s assemblies, we wanted to find ways to create a space for community members from a specific neighborhood to come together and tell us what they need so that their voices and experiences continue to shape our work. We also want to create a space that leads to solidarity-building and unity with the different communities that exist within a neighborhood.
¡AMOR se complace en anunciar su primera asamblea comunitaria que sucederá en el vecindario de West End! Únase a nosotros para una noche dedicada a construir y aprender de personas que viven, trabajan y juegan en el West End.
Si vives en el West End, ¡este evento es para ti! ¡Queremos que sepa lo que podemos ofrecerle y lo que quiere y necesita de nosotros como organizaciones comunitarias!
¡Comida gratis, cuidado de niños gratis, servicios gratis y regalos + rifas!
¿Qué son las asambleas comunitarias?
Las asambleas comunitarias son la forma en que AMOR lleva a cabo actividades de divulgación. Inspirados en las asambleas de Justicia Migrante, queríamos encontrar formas de crear un espacio para que los miembros de la comunidad de un vecindario específico se reúnan y nos digan qué necesitan para que sus voces y experiencias sigan dando forma a nuestro trabajo. También queremos crear un espacio que conduzca a la creación de solidaridad y la unidad con las diferentes comunidades que existen dentro de un vecindario.
Join us for our Annual Earth Day Celebration! We will be meeting at 8:30 AM at City Hall (500 Broadway) to kickoff the event with breakfast. Teams will choose where they’d like to go and will receive supplies for the clean-up. At 12:30 we will meet at Eastern Minerals (37 Marginal Street) for to celebrate! Lunch will be provided.
¡Únete con nosotros para nuestra Celebración Anual del Día de la Tierra! Nos reuniremos a las 8:30 AM en Chelsea City Hall (500 Broadway) para comenzar el evento con desayuno. Los equipos elegirán a dónde les gustaría ir y recibirán materiales para la limpieza. A las 12:30 nos reuniremos en Eastern Minerals (37 Marginal Street) para celebrar! Proveeremos almuerzo.
Do you have a balcony, porch or some bit of outdoor space? Why not get growing on some salad greens, herbs, and for some even mushrooms. There is a lot you can grow in a pot, bucket, or containers. The workshop will include hands on growing techniques and intro to growing mushrooms.
Community educator, activists, politician, innovator Mel King, says we should be growing everywhere. Bring the family to learn about ways you can create a garden in or around your home without much space.
Donations welcome to help maintain the farm!
Thousands of families are threatened with displacement in Dorchester and other Boston neighborhoods. They’re facing “no-fault” eviction. Simply put, real estate corporations can make huge profits by evicting people, flipping buildings, and breaking apart neighborhoods.
This disruption is having an especially dramatic effect on communities of color. The very work that residents do to improve their neighborhoods is being used against us to evict us.
The good news? People are organizing. Residents faced with building clear-outs (mass no-fault evictions) are organizing tenant associations and refusing to move. Each week at City Life meetings, over 100 people faced with displacement show up to get support. These include many homeowners faced with eviction after foreclosure.
Neighborhood residents opposed to luxury developments in Dorchester are organizing with Dorchester Not for Sale to demand a much higher level of affordability.
18-20 Brent St. is one example of where tenants have organized to stop a mass eviction. We will turn out to support them at a rally on Saturday.
Residents of other buildings facing mass eviction (and their supporters!) will speak at the rally.
The widespread experience of the displacement crisis and threatened no-fault eviction is one reason so many people are again discussing rent control. We’re all asking, “How much profit is enough?”
6 Humphreys Pl., Dorchester: These residents faced their first no-fault eviction in February of 2018. The investor who purchased this building just sent a new eviction notice.
34 Ashton St., Dorchester: A new owner is seeking a no-fault eviction from this townhouse.
8 Leslie St., Dorchester: Residents are fighting no-fault evictions in this 3-family.
14 Alaska St., Roxbury: A new owner is seeking an eviction of both households in this 2-family.
22 Rexford St., Mattapan: After residents couldn’t pay an initial $700 rent increase, the new owner is seeking no-fault evictions.
25 Dunlap St., Dorchester: A new owner is seeking no-fault eviction.
Resilient Coders is gearing up for the next Summer Bootcamp program!
Resilient Coders trains people of color from Boston’s low-income communities for high growth careers as software engineers, and connects them with employment opportunities. Interested in launching your career in tech? Believe in our vision for an equitable and inclusive Boston tech industry? Come join our recruiting hackathon event on April 29th, 2019. This hackathon is for women, queer and non-binary folks of color only!
What is the Resilient Coders Hackathon?
This is an opportunity for you to assess your interest in coding, and explore whether Resilient Coders’ 14-week Bootcamp is for you. During this one-day program, you’ll learn some Web Development (coding) basics and explore how tech can be used to create change in your community. A select number of participants will be invited to apply to the Bootcamp (May-August), with the long term goal of placing participants in a high-paid job as a software engineer.
Who can attend the Bootcamp?
We are inviting people ages 18 to 30, with a high school diploma, GED or its equivalency. No prior technical experience necessary. Those admitted into the program receive a bi-weekly stipend ($500).
Ready to apply?
Grab a ticket and Fill out this form:
Have more questions?
Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we get engaged in social change as individuals we are excited and put our voice, time and resources into it. After a while we realize that to create real change we need organizations. We become participants, take on more and more responsibility to build the organization, and eventually become its leaders.
As directors we realize that there are all these problems though: staffing, infrastructure, fundraising, etc. Problems that we did not understand as participants and it is overwhelming. We continue directing and improving ourselves and our staff to deal with these issues only to realize that its just not enough. It is actually the organizational and structure (aka design) that must change. This workshop is for Directors thinking about improving this design and creating a better culture at their workplace.
This training is exclusively for people who are directing organizations, preparing to direct, or have directed them in the past.
This intimate workshop will be led by Carlos Saavedra, Director of Ayni Institute. Find out more about Carlos here: https://ayni.institute/carlos/.
Join JP Progressives for a community conversation with housing and policy experts on What is a Progressive Housing Policy
The City of Boston is rapidly becoming more unequal and segregated than at any time in its recent history. Boston is one of the least affordable major housing markets in the world, and Massachusetts is one of the most unequal states in the country. Our community in Jamaica Plain is at the forefront of this crisis. In JPP’s first community conversation dedicated to housing we will bring together policymakers, local activists, and housing researchers to address some of the basic problems in housing policy and discuss possible solutions. We hope that this conversation will be one of many that are dedicated to better defining: “what is a progressive housing policy?
Moderated by: qainat khan, WBUR/GroundTruth Journalist who has reported extensively on housing in Boston
****Post your questions at www.slido.com/Q133 (or enter event #Q133)****
*****PLEASE NOTE TICKETS DO NOT GUARANTEE ENTRANCE BUT TICKET HOLDERS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY*****
Rally 3:00 PM – Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand
Followed by a March to the Government Center T stop where we will depart for the Rally in East Boston.
Join in the resistance! Are you fed up and think it is time to end the empire? Join us then on May Day where folks will gather to oppose the wars, the border wall, deportations, and racism. Let’s come together to support free healthcare, education, childcare, $15 minimum wage, affordable housing, and rights for working people. Instead of declaring a national emergency to build a wall, let’s declare a national emergency to combat climate change, rebuild the crumbling infrastructure, and end police brutality.
This year’s May Day will feature a “Puppet March” including a funeral procession for capitalism. Let’s usher in spring with a fresh and energetic rally and parade which will celebrate the resistance of working people and the oppressed worldwide. May Day originated in the US in 1886 when workers conducted a general strike demanding the 8-hour day. It is officially celebrated around the world but not here in the US. International Workers’ Day should be a national holiday!
This year’s May Day comes in the context of a generalized assault coming down on working people and youth. Today, 140 million people in the US are living either in poverty or in low income households and the wealth gap continues to widen. The polarization is deepening. Attacks are coming down on migrants, women, Muslims, LGBT folks, oppressed nationalities, and more… Let’s join together in the struggle to make a better world.
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On Wednesday, May 1st, join Belmont Public Schools and Belmont BASEC for the final talk of their three part lecture series – Thriving in a Diverse World: Raising Racially Aware Children.
Dr. Kalise Wornum is the Senior Director of Educational Equity for the Public Schools of Brookline and former METCO Director of Wellesley Public Schools. She is an educational consultant through her private group KW Diversity Inc.
Earlier this year, Dr. Wornum spoke to all BPS faculty and staff during a training on cultural competency and “marking the moment.” Her parent lecture will close out our series with concrete tips on how to talk to children about race and cultural differences, and how we all can learn to address racism and micro-aggressions.
Andean communities celebrate the Day of the Chakana on May 2nd and 3rd every year. These two days mark the time when the Southern Cross Constellation is directly pointed at the Southern Pole, which signals the start of the harvest period in the region.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us to learn more about this symbol of reciprocity and the meaning behind it. We will be announcing more details as we get closer to the event.
Las comunidades andinas celebran el Día de la Chakana el 2 y 3 de mayo. En estas fechas la constelación de la Cruz del Sur está en posición vertical respecto al polo sur, y es la época propicia para pedir permiso a la Pachamama para comenzar la cosecha.
Por favor marque su calendario para poder asistir a este evento con el Instituto Ayni. Aprenderemos más sobre este símbolo de la reciprocidad y su significado. Anunciaremos más detalles sobre el evento cuando estemos más cerca a la fecha.
SAVE THE DATE: Paint The Town La Red comes back in 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Network/La Red and we’re having a big celebration. More details soon!
GUARDE LA FECHA: Pinta la Ciudad de Rojo regresa este 2019 para celebrar el aniversario 30 de The Network/La Red y vamos a celebrarlo a lo grande. ¡Mas detalles pronto!
This year again we have selected the best and easiest varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruits.
Buy your Dorchester-grown transplants from growers you know and trust early in the spring to get a jump-start on your garden for the summer!
Come support our farm, ReVision Family Home shelter, and Victory Programs’ other work through your purchase.
SNAP/EBT cards accepted, as well as cash, credit, and check!
Make your choice among 80+ varieties of GMO-free, seedlings! they are grown using only sustainable practices and natural fertilizers.
available from February 26 and are due by Friday, March 22, 2019.
Pre-order pick-up 8am-10am.
No time/space for a garden ? No problem! Check out our CSA Program and enjoy Dorchester-grown, deliciously fresh organic vegetables every week from June through October (Discount available to low-income families living in Dorchester and Mattapan)
Learn more about our CSA : https://www.vpi.org/revision/our-programs/csa/
The ReVision Urban Farm Team.
“Through Struggle to the Stars” is an orchestral celebration of communities that have demonstrated courage and strength in the face of adversity, featuring Latinx immigrant/refugee youth from the Chelsea Collaborative and members of the Women’s Chorus, a program for women experiencing homelessness and severe poverty, in addition to classics of the repertoire.
The concert will include music by Moncayo, Granadino, and Tchaikovsky, as well as a new commission by J. Andrés Ballesteros.
Meetup by the Women’s Chorus
Ballesteros, “Voz de Chelsea” (World Premiere)
– Featuring student performers from Chelsea
Granadino, “Bajo el Almendro”
Tchaikovsky, “Symphony No. 5”
ABOUT THE COMMISSION:
Composer and Eureka Artistic Advisor Andres Ballesteros has been working with students from Chelsea Collaboratives “Deseo Soñar” (I Want to Dream) program on creating a musical work based off of their ideas and musical decisions for singers and orchestra. The students will perform the premiere of this work together with Eureka Ensemble.
ABOUT THE DESEO SOÑAR STUDENTS:
In the last 12 months alone, the Chelsea Public School district experienced an increase of 452 immigrant students – 360 of whom arrived recently after fleeing their Central American homes. Many of those children and youth arrive in Chelsea as unaccompanied minors and nearly all have past histories of trauma stemming form the experience of extreme violence and poverty in their home countries, their journeys north, and/or detentions before arriving in Chelsea.
Through arts, cultural exploration, and social-emotional skill-building, we help newly arrived immigrant children and unaccompanied minors find stability, support, and joy in their new home. We provide a safe space for youth to explore their creativity, reflect on their journeys, and connect to peers who have had similar experiences. Support extends to the parents and families of youth participants to address basic needs, mental and physical health, and other barriers, in order to help families thrive in Chelsea.
THE CAMPAIGN: crowdrise.com/weefreeblackmamas
THE EVENT: a card-making marathon, teach-in, t-shirt station and pop-up book lounge at MassArt’s light-filled DMC Atrium
Imagine not being able to be with your mom on Mother’s Day — no flowers, not even cards — because of laws that unfairly keep moms in jail while they’re awaiting trial. That’s the reality for thousands of women who are separated from loved ones for one reason: They can’t afford to pay their bail.
On May 5, join us for WEE FREE BLACK MAMAS: A Card-Making Marathon and #Bailout Event, where we will TAKE A STAND against an unjust bail system, CREATE Mother’s Day cards to raise awareness, and RAISE FUNDS to free as many mothers as possible before Mother’s Day.
THE CAMPAIGN: crowdrise.com/weefreeblackmamas
From now to May 5, Wee The People IS COUNTING ON YOU to help raise $3,500 in bail funds to help free Black women before Mother’s Day. All funds will benefit the National Bail Out, an organization working to FREE those in pre-trial detention, REUNITE families, and GROW the national movement to end systems of detention and mass incarceration that target Black and POC communities.
We’ve got six weeks — SIX WEEKS, Wee Fam! — to raise $3,500. GIVE, THEN SPREAD THE WORD. AGAIN:
At our free, kid-powered creativity marathon on May 5, we’ll make Mother’s Day cards and #FreeHer t-shirts to honor incarcerated women. We’ll be crafting with stamps, collage papers, fabric, stencils and more. The event will feature face-painting for kids, snacks, a pop-up book lounge with Bibliocycle, the Boston Public Library’s mobile lending library, and booths where you can learn about local orgs leading the movement to #EndMoneyBail — Emancipation Initiative – Against Life Without Parole, Sisters Unchained, the Massachusetts Bail Fund and Families for Justice as Healing.
And of course, we’ll have a Wee The People storytime and teach-in, where kids can learn how money bail hurts our communities, and how we can act:
2:30-2:45pm: #FreeHer storytime and teach-in
3:15-3:30pm: #FreeHer storytime and teach-in
Following the marathon event, a selection of cards will be displayed at sites across Boston to continue raising awareness.
LET’S GET FREE and bail out as many women as we can the week before Mother’s Day!
Wee Free Black Mamas is presented by Wee The People, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Families for Justice as Healing.
(This is a repeat of the sold-out March 30 workshop.)
In this participatory workshop led by social movement veteran George Lakey, participants will explore how to use direct action campaigns strategically, including:
– choosing the right target
– designing a creative campaign
– avoiding burnout within your group
– building a movement of movements to achieve real progressive victories.
Workshop participants who have read How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning will get the most out of the workshop, but it is by no means a prerequisite. Copies of the book will be available for sale and can be ordered at https://www.mhpbooks.com/books/how-we-win/ .
Bring a bag supper and eat in community together at 5:30pm, or arrive by 6pm for the workshop. Light snacks will be provided.
This event is cosponsored by Beacon Hill Friends House and the Boston Democratic Socialists of America.
Admission is on a sliding scale. Recommended range $10-$100; all donations gratefully accepted. Scholarships are available: please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance registration is required.
About George Lakey and How We Win
“If you want to be a soldier, you can go to West Point. If you want to be a nonviolent change-maker– well, this is an awfully good place to start. George Lakey has been near the center of American resistance for decades, and so he has both remarkable stories and remarkable insights—not to mention some remarkable colleagues who add their perspective to this necessary manual.”
— Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org
George Lakey, author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, has led over 1500 workshops on five continents. He was first arrested in the civil rights movement and was a trainer for 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. In 2018 he was arrested campaigning for Power Local Green Jobs. In between he gave leadership to campaigns on neighborhood, city-wide, state, national, and international levels, including cross-race, cross-class coalitions and the LGBTQ movement. He co-led strategy workshops with César Chavez. He’s worked with labor unions, Mohawks, high school students, environmentalists, and the Puerto Rican independence movement. He also taught conflict studies at colleges and universities, most recently Swarthmore College, and authored ten books on how to bring about change.
Childcare is available by advance request (email email@example.com). Please let us know by Monday, April 29 if you need childcare. We will do our best to accommodate you if you make the request afterward, but it can be difficult to find a childcare provider on short notice.
The Friends House is located just off Boston Common, convenient to all transit lines (nearby stops: Park St., Charles MGH, Downtown Crossing, Bowdoin).
The Friends House does not have dedicated parking. For nights (after 4pm) and weekends only, we have $9 parking passes for the Boston Common garage. Park in the garage as usual and purchase the validation here (cash or check preferred).
We’ve worked hard to make our space accessible. Here are the details:
The event space and bathroom are wheelchair-accessible.
Chestnut St. is on a hill. We are a short descent from the intersection with Walnut St., and a relatively sleep climb up from Charles St.
We don’t have dedicated parking.
The speaker will use a microphone connected to a PA system.
We don’t have an ASL interpreter (but please let us know if you’d like to volunteer).
Please let us know what we can do to make the space accessible to you, and we will do our best to accommodate.
For questions about the event, please contact Emily Savin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-227-9118.
[Header image: on the left, in an image from the cover of the book “How We Win,” bold yellow stripes radiate out from a black-and-white drawing of a hand making the peace sign. On a blue overlay are the words: “The first workshop sold out. You demanded another one. We all win this campaign: We’re bringing George back.” On the right, on a bold black and red background: “BEACON HILL FRIENDS HOUSE and the BOSTON DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA present HOW WE WIN: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, A Workshop with George Lakey.” At the bottom, on a light blue background: “Tuesday, May, 2019. BYO bag supper 5:30pm. Workshop 6-9pm. Light snacks provided. Advance Registration Required. Sliding Scale Admission. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. CHILDCARE AVAILABLE BY ADVANCE REQUEST.”]
Melnea Cass, the “First Lady (or Mayor) of Roxbury”, is well known for organizing the sit-ins over school segregation in Boston and leading the fights over urban renewal and highway construction in the South End and Roxbury. However a young Melnea Cass in 1919 first learned community organizing from her mother-in-law Rosa Brown. Join us to learn how Rosa Brown helped guide Melnea Cass.
This program is part of the National Parks of Boston outreach presentations. To learn more, visit https://www.nps.gov/bost/index.htm.
Join Suffolk University for a celebration of 50 years of Our Bodies Ourselves, and look with us at how to best support the future of feminist health activism.
In 1969, the first Women’s Liberation conference in Boston sparked the creation of Our Bodies Ourselves, and shaped the feminist movement for women’s health. In 2019, we launch a new phase—Our Bodies Ourselves Today—to carry the OBOS torch of the feminist health movement into the future. What are our past accomplishments, our activisms today, and our visions and actions to create the future?
Miriam Hawley, Our Bodies Ourselves Founder
Norma Swenson, Our Bodies Ourselves Founder
Amy Agigian, Director of the Center for Women’s Health & Human Rights, and of the new Our Bodies Ourselves Today initiative
Sabrina Dias, Student Activist
Queen-Cheyenne Wade, Student Activist
Mariya Patwa, Our Bodies Ourselves Board Member
Back by popular demand!!!!!!!
We are opening the doors of our Warehouse located at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester to the public for a one day sale on Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 4pm! Everything is priced to go as is and all sales are final:
-Used mountain, road, hybrid, kids bikes starting as low as $25 from 700c wheel sets to classic 27″ and beyond
-used bike frames
-used parts including wheels, forks, saddles, handle bars, cassettes & more
-apparel including bike jerseys & more
While this sale is happening at our WAREHOUSE in Dorchester, please call the Bike Shop directly at 617.522.0222 with any questions. Hope to see you there!
Help us prepare, design, and plant our vegetable gardens with fun activities all spring:
Soil Testing — Monday, April 1, 4:30 p.m.
Make a Sundial — Monday, April 8, 4:30 p.m.
Design Your Garden (includes taste-testing!) — Tuesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m.
Outdoor Planting Parties — Monday, May 13 & Tuesday, June 4, 4 p.m.
Take-Home Planting Project — Monday, June 10, 4:30 p.m.
…and continue to plant, weed, water, and harvest with us all summer long.
For children ages 7-12. Younger children may attendwith caregiver supervision. Groups must call ahead.
The Democracy Center is launching a series of skills and professional development trainings! We aim to make convenient, more affordable opportunities available to Cambridge and Greater Boston nonprofits and grassroots organizations.
Our first partnership is with The FANG Collective, a community based organization working at the meeting point between racial and environmental justice, who will bring their expertise in creating powerful social media campaigns to you!
In this 3 hour training, the FANG Collective will use interactive activities and their experience at the forefront of online storytelling to train participants in key social media concepts, how to tell your story of an event or action, and how to make effective graphics for your social media campaigns.
REGISTER BY 5/6: We will only host the training if 15 participants register. Registration is capped at 30. Refreshments provided.
Full organization rate: $80
Subsidized organization rate: $40
Full individual rate: $30
Low income rate: $10
Mobility Aid User rate: $5
More about the rates:
– for the organizational rates, we intend these for people who are sending their employees, staff, or volunteers from an organization who is partially or wholly covering the cost
– individual rates are for individuals who are not receiving financial support from an organization
– since our space is not fully accessible to people who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, etc, we are offering discounted tickets to those people.
If these rates are prohibitive, please email email@example.com, subject line “Social Media in Action Training Cost” and we can negotiate a scholarship for you or your organization.
The Democracy Center at 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge is partially wheelchair accessible, no accessible bathroom on site. The Mandela, Parks, and Chavez rooms are accessible, but the Library is not. Wheelchair users are welcome to use the accessible restroom at Daedalus while we plan our improvements for bathroom accessibility. To reach that bathroom, exit the ramp and turn left on Bow St, at the next building (Daedalus) use their accessible entrance and their restroom will be on the right. More information at: democracycenter.org/accessibility. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617 492 8855 as needed