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Feinberg Series: Pa’lante: Building a Youth-led Transformative Justice Program from the Ground Up
February 2, 2019
Pa’lante Restorative Justice: Building a Youth-led RJ Program From the Ground Up
Schools across the country are turning to restorative justice as an alternative to exclusionary discipline practices that push students out of school. However, many of these efforts are not geared toward building the real youth power and transformative systems change our schools so desperately need. Pa’lante stands out because student leaders not only host circles for a range of issues (accountability, grief, support, conflict), but also engage in participatory action research aimed at fundamentally transforming the conditions of their schooling. Workshops participants will experience being in circle, learn about Pa’lante’s model and apply ideas to their own setting.
Pa’lante is a youth-led transformative justice program at Holyoke High School working to build youth power and dismantle the school to prison pipeline.
Sliding scale suggested donation of $10 (students), $25 (individuals), $50 (schools/organizations). No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations go directly to Pa’lante’s youth leaders.
The 2018 Feinberg Series theme is Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present. Series events and initiatives will explore the radical imaginations of intellectuals, artists, political leaders, renegade thinkers, community organizers, and everyday people who have worked to make another world possible. All events are FREE and open to the public. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is offered every other academic year by the Department of History at UMass Amherst and made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.
Visit the Feinberg Series webpage for more information about the series.
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How to Apologize for Slavery
February 13, 2019 –
How to Apologize for Slavery
Wednesday, February 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
Amherst Jones Library
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Cosponsors: Critical Connections, The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
Speaker: Dr. Theodore R. Johnson
Throughout U.S. history, ongoing resistance to offer a state apology for slavery and Jim Crow has served to deepen divides and continues to adversely impact our nation’s social fabric. Why has the U.S. refused to formally apologize for its treatment of African-Americans, what are the costs associated with a state apology, and what impact would an apology have on addressing historical grievances? (Congressional resolutions apologizing for slavery, passed separately by the House in 2008 and the Senate in 2009, were never reconciled or signed by a president and fall short of a formal state apology) Join us to hear Dr. Theodore R. Johnson, a public policy expert on race and social justice, explore these questions and more on Wednesday, February 13, at the Jones Library, 7-9pm.
Theodore R. Johnson is currently a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. As a public policy scholar and military veteran, Johnson writes and speaks on issues of social justice, race, and politics, as well as cybersecurity and national security. He holds a Doctorate of Law and Policy from Northeastern University and his research has focused on African American political and voting behavior. Johnson also holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from Hampton University.
Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Dr. Johnson was a national fellow at the New America Foundation, where he undertook projects on black voting behavior and the role of national solidarity in addressing racial inequality. Previously, he was a Commander in the United States Navy, serving from 1994 to 2016. While in the service, Johnson also acted as senior policy advisor in the Departments of Defense and Energy, and as speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In recognition of his leadership in public service, Johnson was selected as a White House Fellow during the Obama administration.
Since 2013, Dr. Johnson’s research and writing has explored the interaction of policy and politics with race and racial disparities. In 2016, his examination of African American voting behavior won the Dean’s Medal for most outstanding doctoral work and serves as the basis for first book project on race and solidarity in the United States.
His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, POLITICO, WIRED, National Review, New Republic, and other national and niche publications. His academic lectures and media engagements include appearances at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, UCLA’s Hammer Museum, University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and TEDx.
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Ira Helfand "The Growing Danger of Nuclear War and What We Can Do About It"
February 21, 2019
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Feinberg Series: Beehive Design Collective: Mesoamérica Resiste for Educators
March 2, 2019
Beehive Design Collective: Mesoamérica Resiste for Educators
It’s not easy to talk about climate change, global capitalism, or ecological destruction in a way that feels energizing. Too often we engage in jargon-filled lectures about these issues that leave us feeling alienated from each other, the land, and the other species that we want to protect.
The Beehive’s Mesoamerica Resiste! graphic is a vibrant storytelling device that can help educators and activists to engage in these conversations with playfulness, creativity, and true, relatable stories.
The graphic uses the natural world as a metaphor for how global systems, economies, and social movements work. Participants in Beehive workshops love to pick out their favorite illustrated animals. Maybe it’s the porcupine yelling into a bullhorn to protest paramilitary violence. Or, maybe it’s a honeybee participating in the solidarity economy. Either way, every inch of this detailed image is an entryway into a larger story.
Come learn how you can use this graphic to educate, inspire, and organize. We will discuss the collaborative graphic making process that the Beehive uses, the philosophy and stories within Mesoamerica Resiste!, and the tips and tools that Beehive presenters have learned over the years to make our workshops accessible, dynamic, and impactful!
The Beehive is a collective of artists, activists, and educators dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools. They use an innovative and story-based education strategy to draw connections between social, economic and ecological issues.
Mesoamérica Resiste! explores the legacy of colonialism and the impacts of free trade policies and resource extraction on communities and ecosystems throughout Mesoamerica. The project documents vibrant examples of indigenous-led and grassroots movements taking collective action to defend their land and lifeways, and efforts to create just, democratic, and autonomous regional alternatives to these top-down plans. The stories and perspectives in Mesoamerica Resiste! allow us to make connections between the struggles for justice in our own communities and those that are happening all over the world.