Two local activists who are fifty years apart in age have teamed up to create a rare opportunity for people of all ages to dialogue and build understanding on Saturday January 6th. The dialogue, called "Connecting Ages, Changing Ageism" will be held 10 am to 3:30 pm at the Northampton Quaker Meetinghouse, 43 Center Street, and is sponsored by Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. It is offered at no cost, made possible by the Markam-Nathan Fund for Social Justice.
According to the organizers, Larkin Christie and Sarah PIrtle, this dialogue conference is based on the idea that every age has something to teach and something to learn. Pirtle and Christie work together at Journey Camp, which is now in its 25th year in the Valley and is a place where ages share leadership.They explain, “We want to nurture a generative relationship that fosters mutual respect and support. Ageism is one of the spokes in the wheel of oppression that often isn't spoken about."
Larkin Christie received a Peacemakers Award from Traprock and the Interfaith Council of Franklin County. Larkin is one of the founders of Youth Rise Together and an intern at the Resistance Center. Larkin offers these questions, “What do you want to share with someone of a different age engaged in progressive work? What do you want to ask? How do you wish people of other ages acted towards you and how is that different from how they do?
Sarah Pirtle, who directs the Common Threads Program for Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, comments, “We have structured conversations in three ways. At the start, similar ages will convene, then small groups diverse by age will meet, and in the afternoon there will be a choice of four dialogue topics offered." Pirtle participates in the "Hand Across the Hills" dialogue between Leverett and Letcher County, Kentucky.
Pirtle wrote, “Keepers of the Fire: Dialogue to Change Sexism and Foster Gender Reconciliation” which can be read or downloaded free online at traprock.org.
Topics planned for afternoon sessions include: “Gender and Age,” “Everyday Interactions,” “Generations addressing Sexism and Patriarchy," and “Racism, Ageism, and Intersectionality.”
Registration is suggested at traprock.org, but people can also arrive the day of the conference,
bringing their own lunch. All ages can attend, however, any families needing child care are required to register by Dec. 29th on the website.
Join Racial Justice Rising for a screening of Ava DuVernay's in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. The film will be followed by facilitated discussion.
The film's title refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”
The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.
The Resistance Film Series at Forbes is showing
Carolyn Oppenheim, Film Series co-coordinator with Frances Crowe.
Cracking the Code:
Examining Racial Bias, Supporting Racial Justice
Hosted by Interfaith Council of Franklin County
Thursday, January 18, 2018
5:30pm vegetarian potluck, 6pm program
Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., Greenfield
The Interfaith Council of Franklin County will present an evening training on understanding systemic racial bias, Thursday January 18 at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce Street in Greenfield. The program will begin with a shared meal at 5:30 pm followed by a film and discussion at 6 pm and is open to the public and free of charge.
“The council wants to contribute to civic dialogue and intergroup relations,” according to Ben Tousley, president of ICFC.“This training is our regular monthly meeting and we are very pleased to share this program with the community.”
The program will begin at 6:00PM sharp with the screening of a film called “Cracking the Code” and a facilitated discussion by Lora Wondoloski and Zaida Govan. Both women have extensive experience in human development and undoing racism. Wondolowski is the founder of Leadership Pioneer Valley and Govan is a professor at Simmons College and UMass in social and family systems.
Temple Israel will provide a main dish of lasagna. Participants are welcome to bring a salad, beverage, vegetable side or dessert. Temple Israel is a vegetarian facility.
The Interfaith Council of Franklin County seeks to bring together faith communities and organizations for the purpose of dialogue, information sharing, celebration and social transformation, with forums for greater understanding, spiritual enrichment and social justice. For more information please contact Interfaith Council president Ben Tousley at 413-475-3592.
The Leverett Alliance
presents an informal talk
TIM BULLOCK & DAVID DETMOLD on
Its Success in the Election
of Doug Jones in Alabama
“If grassroots activism can elect a Democrat to the Senate
from the reddest state in the nation, then it can elect
progressive candidates anywhere.”—David Detmold
Thursday, January 18, 2018 7 pm
Leverett Town Hall
9 Montague Road, Leverett
Both Tim and David canvassed on behalf of Doug Jones’ campaign for U.S. Senate in December 2017 and are eager to share their experiences with us. Leverett’s Tim Bullock is a member of the New England Peace Pagoda and is dedicated to building unity though our commonality. Longtime grassroots activist David Detmold of Turners Falls was founder of the Montague Reporter.
Time for questions, answers and discussion will follow their talk.
This talk is a feature of this month’s regular meeting of the Leverett Alliance.
Come early for 6:30 pm Dessert Potluck
7-8:00 pm Talk & Questions; 8:00-8:30 Alliance meeting
reviewing activities of our working groups:
Hands Across the Hills Sanctuary Building Bridges
Community Building Climate Change Book Group
ALL ARE WELCOME. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY & NEIGHBORS
For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secrecy, Surveillance, and National Security: A Conversation on Government Accountability
Tuesday, January 30th
Amherst Jones Library
43 Amity Street, Amherst MA 01002
Speaker: Professor Sudha Setty
The thin line between effective national security and the preservation of civil liberties and democratic rule of law in the U.S. is an ongoing debate that underpins American societal values and ignites the discussion on the place for secrecy in a government accountable to the people. In 2018, as the Trump administration doubles down on its national security strategy, how do we ensure the rights of all Americans are protected? What models do other nations offer that strike the balance between security and privacy? To understand the Trump administration's approach to secrecy in matters of national security, join us as constitutional law expert Sudha Setty unpacks this complex issue and discusses her new book, National Security Secrecy: Comparative Effects on Democracy and the Rule of Law.
Sudha Setty is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Intellectual Life and a Professor of Law at Western New England University School of Law, in Springfield, MA, where she has twice won teaching awards. She teaches Law and Terrorism, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Business Organizations and Contracts. Her scholarly work focuses on comparative analysis of separation of powers, rule of law and national security issues and she currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. She has served as defense counsel in civil, regulatory and criminal matters involving national security issues, including terrorism financing investigations and lawsuits, and a pro bono matter challenging sentencing guidelines for those convicted of terrorist acts. Professor Setty graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School and received her A.B. in History (concentration in comparative civil rights) with honors from Stanford University.
Co-sponsors: Critical Connections and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. This event is made possible through the generous funding of Mass Humanities, whose grants inspire considered thought, conversations, and action.