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Mar
21
Thu
Public Higher Ed Advocacy Day 2019 @ Massachusetts State House
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Public Higher Ed Advocacy Day 2019 @ Massachusetts State House | Boston | MA | United States

Hundreds of students, educators, and activists from our public colleges and universities descend on Beacon Hill to demand that we #FundOurFuture and build a #DebtFreeFuture for every student and family in Massachusetts.

Please go to bit.ly/PHEAD2019 to register! Attendance is free. Lunch and transportation will be provided.

Mar
23
Sat
Building Trauma-Informed Unions and Organizations
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Building Trauma-Informed Unions and Organizations

WILD IN THE WINTER: March 23, 2019, 9am-1pm
(espanol y portugues debajo)

This event is for people who identify as women – we use a primary lens of unions and workers’ organizations but any women are welcome to attend!

Spanish and Portuguese translation available

We all experience trauma. How does it impact us, our work and our organizations?

BEST Training Ctr, Roxbury
2201 Washington St.
Requested donation $5-20
Breakfast and snacks included
Self care 12-1pm
RSVP jparker@wildlabor.org
Childcare available: please request by 3/15

Trauma is an experience that all of us share – our relationships, jobs, and social systems like poverty and racism all cause trauma. Implementing a trauma-informed approach to organizing and community building can transform our unions and organizations. Together we will learn how to use this approach to empower our members to take collective action for justice in the workplace and beyond.

El trauma es una experiencia que todos compartimos. Nuestras relaciones, trabajos y sistemas sociales como la pobreza y el racismo pueden causar trauma. Implementar un enfoque basado en el trauma para organizar y construir la comunidad puede transformar a nuestros sindicatos y organizaciones. Juntos aprenderemos cómo usar este enfoque para capacitar a nuestros miembros para que tomen medidas colectivas por la justicia en el lugar de trabajo y más allá.

O trauma é uma experiência que todos compartilhamos. Nossas relações, trabalhos e sistemas sociais, como pobreza e racismo, podem causar trauma. A implementação de uma abordagem informativa sobre trauma para a organização e construção de comunidades pode transformar nossos sindicatos e organizações. Juntos, aprenderemos como usar essa abordagem para capacitar nossos membros a agir coletivamente por justiça no local de trabalho e além.

3.23 LGBTQ Prisoner Support & Penpals | Allston @ Swissbäkers
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
3.23 LGBTQ Prisoner Support & Penpals | Allston @ Swissbäkers | Allston | MA | United States

Spread the love to our incarcerated LGBTQ+ family with us this week and every week!

Happy Women’s History Month! Our cover photo features CeCe MacDonald, one of the many women leading the movement for abolition.

12-3 pm
EVERY Saturday
Swissbakers in Allston
***Heads Up: this drop in will end regular meetings on 5/25, we’ve had a great run!***

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 one other drop ins weekly:
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain (wheelchair accessible)
Sundays, 3-6 pm, at The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge – partially wheelchair accessible with no accessible bathroom on site

Boston People’s Plan: Build the future of housing in our city! @ First Church in Roxbury
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Boston People's Plan: Build the future of housing in our city! @ First Church in Roxbury | Boston | MA | United States

(Español abajo) **Build real solutions to Boston’s displacement crisis, led by the people most impacted.**

Tired of neighbors, friends and family getting displaced? Think the rent is too damn high? Tired of widespread luxury development?

Then JOIN US for a Boston assembly to build a people’s plan for equitable development and an end to displacement.

LUNCH / CHILDCARE / INTERPRETATION

Hosted by Right to the City Boston and our Homes For All local partners and allies: Action For Regional Equity, Alternatives for Community and Environment, Boston Tenant Coalition Chinese Progressive Association – CPA Boston, City Life/Vida Urbana, Dorchester Not for Sale, Fenway Community Development Corporation, Keep It 100% for Egleston, New England United for Justice, and Reclaim Roxbury.

Full schedule of 2019 Boston People’s Plan assemblies:

• Saturday, March 23rd
• Saturday, June 29th
• Saturday, September 21st
• Saturday, December 7th

Español:
¿Está cansado de ver a tus vecinos, amigos y familiares desplazados? ¿Cree que la renta es demasiada alta? ¿Está cansado del desarrollo de lujo? Entonces únase con nosotros para una asamblea de Boston. Costruiremos un plan del pueblo para ver desarrollo que nos conviene y poner fin al desplazamiento.

Crea una solución real para la crisis de desplazamiento
de Boston, liderada por las personas mas afectadas.

almuerzo ligero / cuidado de niños / interpretación

Brighton Marcha de Licencias Para Todos / Licenses For All @ Oak Square YMCA
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Brighton Marcha de Licencias Para Todos / Licenses For All @ Oak Square YMCA | Brighton | MA | United States

English/Spanish /Portuguese Below

Que: Marcha para la campaña de Licencias de Conducir , residentes en Brighton, Allston, Waltham y ciudades cercanas
Donde: Iniciaremos la caminata en la YMCA Oak Square, 615 Washington St, Brighton, MA
Cuando: 23 de Marzo 3:00pm

Porque:
Las promesas acerca de las licencias tienen trayectoria de mas de 15 años. Ya estamos cansados de promesas. Por esta razón, este año tenemos que hacer que todos en Massachusetts sepan que todavía seguimos luchando. Si, es importante que legisladores conozcan la urgencia que tenemos por las licencias, pero es crucial que nuestra comunidad lo sepa tambien.

Las leyes solo cambian cuando mayoría del pueblo queremos cambiarlas. Por esto mismo vamos a caminar por Brighton y otras ciudades en Massachusetts Queremos informarle a la comunidad que necesitamos unirnos para llegar al cambio y que nos necesitamos entre nosotros. Queremos que el tema de las licencias sea el tema más hablado y que esta atención llegue mas aya del capitolio en Boston.
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What: March for the Drivers License Campaign
Where: We will start the walk at YMCA Oak Square, 615 Washington St, Brighton, MA
When: March 23, 3:00 pm

Why:
The fight for licenses have a history of more than 15 years but we are tired of empty promises from politicians. This year we must let everyone in Massachusetts know that we will continue this fight and win. Yes, it is important that legislators know the urgency of this campaign, but it is critical that our community feels it.

The laws only change when the majority of the people want to change them. For this reason, we are going to walk through Brighton and other cities in Massachusetts. We want to inform the community that we need to unite to win and that we need each other. We want the issue of driver’s licenses to be the most talked about issue and that it spreads even further than the capitol in Boston.
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O que: março para a campanha de carteira de motorista
Onde: Vamos começar a caminhada no YMCA Oak Square, 615 Washington St, Brighton, MA
Quando: 15 de março, 3:30 pm

Porque:
As promessas sobre licenças têm uma história de mais de 15 anos. Já estamos cansados ​​de promessas. Por este motivo, este ano temos que fazer com que todos em Massachusetts saibam que ainda estamos lutando. Sim, é importante que os legisladores saibam a urgência que temos para o licenciamento, mas é crucial que nossa comunidade também saiba disso.

As leis só mudam quando a maioria das pessoas quer mudá-las. Por essa razão, vamos percorrer New Bedford e outras cidades em Massachusetts, queremos informar a comunidade de que precisamos nos unir para alcançar a mudança e que precisamos uns dos outros. Queremos que a questão do licenciamento seja a questão mais comentada e que essa atenção alcance mais do que a capital em Boston.

Spring into healing with herbal companions @ Shillman Hall
Mar 23 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Spring into healing with herbal companions @ Shillman Hall | Boston | MA | United States

Spring into healing with herbal companions

Spring is here! With it, our new green shoots are rising offering rebirth, reconnection + infinite possibilities for this cycle. During our wisdom-shop we will weave with native New England herbal companions to activate our vitality. We will tap into the energetic, medicinal, and physical uses of herbs for Spring, whose primary role is to offer us nourishment, liver cleansing, and preparing our bodies for the seasonal transition. Our wisdom-shop will include herbal medicine making and resources for herbal + vegetable companion planting.

Looking forward to healing with you!

This wisdomshop will be offered at this year’s 44th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering [https://www.facebook.com/events/2098217683824821/].

**Free **

Mar
24
Sun
Marcha Licencias Para Todos/ Drivers Licenses 4 All Local March
Mar 24 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Marcha Licencias Para Todos/ Drivers Licenses 4 All Local March

**(English Below)**

El Comité Obrero de Springfield invita a la comunidad inmigrante y de aliados a participar en una marcha pacífica para apoyar la campaña estatal de LICENCIAS PARA TODOS en Massachusetts! Hemos organizado esta marcha para crecer nuestro poder popular a nivel local y lo hacemos en conjunto con Cosecha Massachusetts como parte de la lucha a nivel estatal. Habrán marchas pacificas por todo el estado para demandar que la comunidad inmigrante pueda tener acesso a licencias. Las licencias no son un lujo! Son una necesidad para que podamos vivir sin miedo como inmigrantes, trabajadores, y miembros de la comunidad en Springfield y por todo Massachusetts. Hay que unirnos y demonstrar nuestro poder comunitario para ganar!

CUANDO/DONDE: Domingo, 24 de Marzo a la 1:30 en la esquina de Waverly St. y Main St. en Springfield

Marcharemos hasta Court Square en el centro de Springfield. Tendremos musica, comida, bebidas, seguridad de trafico, y vamos a compartir testimonios de miembros de la comunidad. Tambien tendremos apoyo de representantes del estado como Lindsay Sabadosa y Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

***Si tiene preguntas, llame al (954)804-4241 o mandele un mensaje a la pagina del Centro Obrero*****

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The Springfield Worker Committee invites the immigrant community and its allies to join our local march to build support and power for our campaign to win DRIVERS LICENCES FOR ALL in Massachusetts!
We have organized this march to strengthen our popular power and are doing it in collaboration with Cosecha Massachusetts who is coordinating the statewide grassroots campaign.
Drivers licenses are not a luxury, they are a necessity for everyone in the community to live safely and without fear. As immigrants and workers, we play a crucial role in the community of western MA and throughout the state. We have a right to mobility and to live without fear. We invite you to join our struggle and stand in solidarity to win!

WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, March 24th at 1:30 pm on the corner of Waverly St. and Main St. in Springfield

We will march to Court Sq. in downtown. We will have music, food, drinks, and volunteers to support with traffic safety. We will also have members of the community share testimonies and the support of MA State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa and Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

***If you have any questions, call/text (954)804-4241 or message the PVWC FB page****

**(Español arriba)**

Mar
27
Wed
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

All are welcome to attend our #UjimaWednesday workshops every Wednesday from 6-8:30 PM.

Light dinner is provided, and we encourage you to bring a dish or snack to share!

Please register here: tinyurl.com/registerujimameetings.

Free Intro To Web Development Class @ North American Indian Center Of Boston
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Intro To Web Development Class @ North American Indian Center Of Boston | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

Join us for an introductory workshop on building a simple website with using free online tools. No prior experience necessary. We have computers at NAICOB so you do not need to bring one, but you are welcome to bring a laptop if you have one. Please RSVP 💖

Mar
30
Sat
How We Win: A Workshop with George Lakey on Nonviolent Direct Action… @ Beacon Hill Friends House
Mar 30 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
How We Win: A Workshop with George Lakey on Nonviolent Direct Action... @ Beacon Hill Friends House | Boston | MA | United States

In this participatory workshop led by internationally known trainer George Lakey, participants will engage in a lively exploration of how to use direct action campaigns to build power toward a movement of movements.

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 lunch and eat in community together at 12:30pm, or arrive by 1pm for the workshop.

This event is cosponsored by Beacon Hill Friends House and the Boston Democratic Socialists of America.

Admission
Admission is on a sliding scale. Recommended range $10-$30; all donations gratefully accepted. Scholarships are available: please email program@bhfh.org. Advance registration is required.

About George Lakey
“If you want to be a soldier, you can go to West Point. If you want to be a nonviolent change-maker, George Lakey 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.

Public Transportation
The Friends House is located just off Boston Common, convenient to all transit lines (nearby stops: Park St., Charles MGH, Downtown Crossing, Bowdoin).

Parking
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).

Accessibility
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.

Contact
For questions about the event, please contact Emily Savin at program@bhfh.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 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 bold yellow background: “Saturday, March 30, 2019. Bag lunch 12:30pm; Workshop 1-4pm. Advance Registration Required. Sliding Scale Admission.”]

Protest: The Great March of Return in Gaza, One Year On @ Park Street MBTA Station - Green & Red Line
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Protest: The Great March of Return in Gaza, One Year On @ Park Street MBTA Station - Green & Red Line | Boston | MA | United States

PROTEST

Tear Down the Walls: The Great March of Return in Gaza, One Year On

March 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Boston Commons (Park Street Station)

On March 30, 2019, Palestinians and their allies in Boston and across the world will gather to commemorate the first anniversary of the Great March of Return, which began in the Gaza Strip last year. On Land Day 2018, 30,000 Palestinians marched in an attempt to return home to the villages they were forced to flee 70 years ago, many of which lay just across the fences that surround Gaza. The protests were planned to last six weeks, from Land Day on March 30 to Nakba Day on May 15. During that time, the Israeli military killed over 100 protestors and injured thousands more, most of whom were civilians, including medics, journalists, and many children. Protests continued after May 15 as a result and many more Palestinians have been killed and injured since.

Land is vitally important. It literally and figuratively feeds the people that live upon it. The settler-colonial practices of stealing, controlling, and abusing land has occurred all over the world, from the Americas to Africa to Palestine, and has been used to limit the ability of people to survive at the expense of others. The purpose of Land Day is to center Palestinians’ right to be on their land. Therefore, as we commemorate the bold and brave actions of Palestinians in Gaza, we also recognize many other peoples around the world who have been impoverished, oppressed, and killed for generations as a result of settler-colonial projects, including the indigenous peoples of the Americas. As we support the UN report identifying Israeli war crimes during the Great March of Return, we also demandan examination of the crimes being committed by ICE. As we stand in support of Rep. Ilhan Omar and others that have bravely fought for the rights of the oppressed, we call on other leaders to do the same. As we stand for one oppressed people, we stand for all oppressed peoples.

Mar
31
Sun
DespeloteX – An LGBTQ Afro Latin Dance Event @ Hard Rock Cafe Boston
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 1 @ 1:00 am
DespeloteX - An LGBTQ Afro Latin Dance Event @ Hard Rock Cafe Boston | Boston | MA | United States

DespeloteX at the Hard Rock Cafe, Boston
Sun, March 31st | 8pm-1am | $15 Cover | 18+
An LGBTQ Afro-Latin Dance Event

Save the Date! And please invite your friends!
Presented by friends of the Boston Salsa/Bachata Community

8:00-8:45pm Bachata Lessons
Beginners Bachata with Martin Rivera, Providence
Intermediate Bachata with Tina Cavicchio, Boston

8:45-9:30pm Salsa Lessons
Beginners Salsa with Robbie Sky & Ricardo Contreras, Austin, TX & Boston
Intermediate Salsa with Angie Egea, Boston

9:30-10:00pm Afro Cuban Movement
All Levels with Sandra Marcelino, Boston

10:00pm-1:00am Dancing to music by DJ Rob Suave

11:00pm Evening Shows by:
Angie and Audrey
Martin Rivera & Henry Rodriguez

Location:
Hard Rock Cafe Boston (Cavern Club)
22-24 Clinton St; Boston, MA 02109

Check back often for updates!

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Parking & Transportation Options!
>> Please note Hard Rock Cafe is close to the following train stations: State St, Government Center, Haymarket Station
>> Dock Square Garage (attached to Hard Rock Cafe)
$15 parking if reserved in advanced via this link:
https://www.lazparking.com/local/boston-ma/dock-square-garage

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DespeloteX aims to nurture inclusive, supportive social spaces for the queer community and connect our LGBTQIA family and friends through Afro-Latin dance & culture.

Apr
1
Mon
Mass POWER Kickoff @ Union Capital Boston
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mass POWER Kickoff @ Union Capital Boston | Roxbury | MA | United States

Come out for the launch of MASS POWER – Massachusetts Prisoners and Organizers Working for Enfranchisement and Restoration – which was founded to restore the #right2vote to prisoners in Massachusetts. Come learn more and get involved in the fight to restore the #right2vote!

In Massachusetts, people currently incarcerated on a felony conviction cannot vote. That #right2vote is immediately restored upon release. Up until 2000, people inside prison could vote. Mass POWER has formed to restore that #right2vote to prisoners because they are some of the most impacted by the policies made and implemented by elected officials, and yet they do not have a say in who is elected. This must change.

In Massachusetts, people CAN vote if they are currently on parole or probation. In Massachusetts, people who are locked up pre-trial CAN vote. People incarcerated on a misdemeanor conviction CAN still vote in Massachusetts while they are incarcerated. We are also here to dispel misinformation and increase civic engagement.

You will hear from people currently in prison on why they want their #right2vote, there will be opportunities to register to vote, share why you believe in the #right2vote, strategize about how we can build support for this movement and more!

#mapoli
#cjreform
#right2vote
#MassPOWER

Transportation Orientation + ICE Watch Training @ PrYSM
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Transportation Orientation + ICE Watch Training @ PrYSM | Providence | RI | United States

Come support AMOR’s work by signing up to become a volunteer with our transportation team! AMOR regularly receives requests for rides from community members who need to get to court dates, ICE check-ins, go visit incarcerated loved ones, etc., and we aim to support our community by helping them get where they need to go. In this orientation, you will learn the how the transportation team works and how to plug in!

The second half of the event will be an ICE Watch training, where volunteers can learn the basics of ICE watching and be able to become a part of AMOR’s ICE Watch group. We encourage all transportation volunteers (even if you have gone through an orientation with us before) to come to the ICE Watch training so that you can be prepared for different scenarios that may come up when you are giving rides.

**Dinner will be provided. Please come at 6:15 to get food so that we can start promptly at 6:30. Let us know if you need childcare to attend this event, have dietary retrictions, or have any other needs or requests in order to make this event accessible to you**

Apr
3
Wed
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

All are welcome to attend our #UjimaWednesday workshops every Wednesday from 6-8:30 PM.

Light dinner is provided, and we encourage you to bring a dish or snack to share!

Please register here: tinyurl.com/registerujimameetings.

The City Talks: Representation @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City Talks: Representation @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Boston | MA | United States

How should museums represent race?

Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists for a discussion inspired by themes found in the exhibition “Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity,” on view through May 12, 2019.

Our moderator will be Maria Garcia (she/her/hers), Senior Editor of The ARTery, WBUR 90.9 FM’s Arts and Culture Team. Panelists include:

• Amanda Figueroa (she/her/hers), Managing Curator, Brown Art Ink

• Barbara B. Lewis, PhD (she/her/hers), Director, Trotter Institute, UMass Boston

• Dell Marie Hamilton (she/her/hers), writer, educator and practicing artist

Presented with support from the Dori H. Rahbar and Cameron R. Rahbar Fund, and the Esther Steinberg Fund.

Apr
6
Sat
Boston-area Education for Social Justice Conference
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Boston-area Education for Social Justice Conference

BUILD US UP DON’T TEAR US DOWN!

Join us at the 9th Annual Boston-area Education for Social Justice Conference to learn, discuss, and build community with fellow educators working toward an equitable education for all students.

FREE ADMISSION, FREE BREAKFAST, FREE LUNCH, AND FREE CHILDCARE!

Please register at besj.weebly.com

You can also find the schedule on the website!

Bookfair & Discussion w/ Indigenous Authors, Educators & Artists @ Ayni Institute
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bookfair & Discussion w/ Indigenous Authors, Educators & Artists @ Ayni Institute | Boston | MA | United States

Hello Everyone!

We invite you to our Community Bookfair and Discussion with Indigenous Authors, Educators, and Artists that’s taking place on Saturday, April 6th from 10AM-6PM. The location of the event, which will take place in Boston, will be announced soon.

Learn more about the event below:
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We will be hosting a day-long event that encourages participants to imagine what it would look like if they had access to indigenous educational materials in their schools and community organizations. The event will showcase indigenous educational materials from the Americas through panel discussions with indigenous authors, classes on different aspects of indigenous philosophy and culture, and a book fair where these materials will be available for purchase. This event is a part of Our Voices, learn more about Our Voices below.

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Our Voices is a campaign from the Ayni Institute that was developed out of the need for a larger presence of Indigenous voices in our educational institutions, cultural organizations, libraries and more.

Our first steps towards making a change is creating an online platform where we highlight content developed by indigenous authors and educators and share it in the form of a monthly newsletter. You can learn more about Our Voices and sign up for the newsletter at ourvoicescommunity.org

Apr
7
Sun
Confronting Anti-Muslim Oppression Workshop @ Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Confronting Anti-Muslim Oppression Workshop @ Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice | Brookline | MA | United States

Join the Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee of Boston Workmen’s Circle and Kavod House Community to unpack how Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism underpin both interpersonal bias and structural oppression, and identify ways to combat both.

The workshop will address questions including:
> What are Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism, and how do they operate, both nationally and locally?
> How do our individual and group identities impact our allyship?
> How does this oppression show up in our own communities and what can we do to address it?
> How can we support Muslim-led organizing against racism and Islamophobia?

Attendance is limited to 50, so please RSVP: bit.ly/MuslimSolidarityWorkshop

Suggested donation: $10-20, to support Muslim Justice League and program costs. Cost should not be a barrier to attendance.

Light snacks will be provided.

Accessibility: The workshop takes place on the second floor and requires ascending two flights of stairs; we apologize to anyone whom this excludes. BWC is currently in the process of designing and moving into a mobility-accessible home for future events.

The workshop is open to all. It was planned with a Jewish audience in mind but we welcome non-Jews to attend as well.

Healing the BIPOC Heart @ Urban Farming Institute of Boston
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Healing the BIPOC Heart @ Urban Farming Institute of Boston | Mattapan | MA | United States

In community, we take up space to recognize and honor all that our hearts carry. The heaviness of loving and living as black and brown folk. We allow our hearts to rest and heal. Join us for a day of decolonizing our heart health. We will offer
Herbal,
Music,
Food,
Movement,
Mindfulness practices,
MEDICINE. 🌑

Stay tuned for more information/details. In the meantime, please save the date and share with your networks and peoples!

Sliding scale: $20-$40 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

ps
This space is open to BIPOC folks only. If you are an ally and wish to support, send a donation to PayPal: snbrujxshealingcollective@gmail.com
🌈

Apr
10
Wed
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

All are welcome to attend our #UjimaWednesday workshops every Wednesday from 6-8:30 PM.

Light dinner is provided, and we encourage you to bring a dish or snack to share!

Please register here: tinyurl.com/registerujimameetings.

Apr
11
Thu
Noam Chomsky & Amy Goodman, Movie Premiere & Live Presentations @ Old South Church in Boston
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Noam Chomsky & Amy Goodman, Movie Premiere & Live Presentations @ Old South Church in Boston | Boston | MA | United States

Noam Chomsky premieres “Internationalism or Extinction” and surveys the political moment in his first major talk in the Boston area in two years. Noam will be joined by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.

Apr
17
Wed
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

All are welcome to attend our #UjimaWednesday workshops every Wednesday from 6-8:30 PM.

Light dinner is provided, and we encourage you to bring a dish or snack to share!

Please register here: tinyurl.com/registerujimameetings.

Men’s Work: Dismantling Patriarchy Workshop Series @ The Democracy Center
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Men's Work: Dismantling Patriarchy Workshop Series @ The Democracy Center | Cambridge | MA | United States

Men’s Work: Dismantling Patriarchy is a monthly 5-session workshop/discussion experience created to help men engage each other in learning, growth, detoxifying our masculinity and dismantling patriarchy. Each session is about 2.5 hours long and will feature numerous elements including current events/historical discussion regarding misogynoir/misogyny, sexism, heterosexism, intersectionality (how does race, class or ability figure in?), men’s violence and patriarchy, personal and emotional exploration, mind –bodywork and engagement of systemic and structural elements of patriarchy. The elements of these workshops are intended to create space within men for new political, cultural, social and personal awarenesses, vulnerability, expanded conceptions of strength and deepened relational capabilities.

(This is a new duplicate event post. The previous one was cancelled/deleted for this new, public event. Sorry for any inconvenience)

The 5 sessions will be held at the Democracy Center, Rosa Parks Room, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA USAmerica for the participation of 15-20 men on the following dates: 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19. The sessions are offered at a sliding scale of $10-20. If there are men who feel strongly about participating for whom this range is difficult, please contact the facilitator ahead of time. It is expected that participants will make a commitment to attend all 5 sessions, though benefit can be gained if a session has to be missed. Full, consensual participation is also expected during the workshop experience and participants should be willing to address their own self-care, which can include facilitator and/or group engagement.

The Democracy Center is a partially accessible venue space. The Center has an access ramp, but it’s bathrooms are not yet fully accessible, though construction is still in the works. An accessible bathroom is located next door at the Daedalus Restaurant. The facilitator, along with the Democracy Center apologizes for this difficult inconvenience. Details are available at the following URL: http://www.democracycenter.org/accessibility

Men’s Work: Dismantling Patriarchy will be facilitated by Ukumbwa Sauti, M.Ed. (he/him). Ukumbwa has engaged social justice issues throughout over 25 years of teaching, organizational programs, workshops, consultation and conference presentation. He is committed to assisting men and others see and engage pathways to life in service of human liberation, anti-oppression and empowerment. Contact Ukumbwa at ukumbwa@gmail.com. Men’s Work is an initiative of the World Ancestor Concert Team.

Visit and share this event from our website: http://www.worldancestorconcert.com/workshop-mens-work-democracy-center-winter-spring-2019
For more information about Men’s Work and our Workshops-Events, visit our website at the following links:
http://www.worldancestorconcert.com/menswork
http://www.worldancestorconcert.com/workshops

Apr
24
Wed
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

All are welcome to attend our #UjimaWednesday workshops every Wednesday from 6-8:30 PM.

Light dinner is provided, and we encourage you to bring a dish or snack to share!

Please register here: tinyurl.com/registerujimameetings.

Apr
29
Mon
Advanced Organizational Design @ Ayni Institute
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Advanced Organizational Design @ Ayni Institute | Boston | MA | United States

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/.

May
1
Wed
May Day 2019 – International Workers’ Day
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
May Day 2019 - International Workers' Day

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.

Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ujima Wednesday Workshops 2019 @ City Life/Vida Urbana | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

All are welcome to attend our #UjimaWednesday workshops every Wednesday from 6-8:30 PM.

Light dinner is provided, and we encourage you to bring a dish or snack to share!

Please register here: tinyurl.com/registerujimameetings.

May
2
Thu
Día de la Chakana @ Ayni Institute
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Día de la Chakana @ Ayni Institute | Boston | MA | United States

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.

**Español**

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.

Paint The Town (La) Red @ China Pearl Restaurant - Boston
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paint The Town (La) Red @ China Pearl Restaurant - Boston | Boston | MA | United States

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!