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Film: “Unfinished Business—The Japanese-American Interment Cases”
September 6, 2019N/A
Wed. Sept. 11 Film at Forbes Library (6:30 - 8:30pm)
“Unfinished Business—The Japanese-American Interment Cases”
The film tells the story of three Japanese-American resistors--Gorden Hirabayashi, Fred Korematsu, and Minoru Yasui--who were imprisoned for defying government orders to go to a "detention" camp. It traces Pres. Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, decreed after Pearl Harbor that Japanese-American U.S. citizens living on the U.S. west coast should be uprooted and placed in relocation camps. In the spring of 1942, more than 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and taken to detention camps. Post-film discussion with Jewish activists from the Valley who visited a refugee camp in Florida --and one in Texas--holding immigrant children in deplorable conditions.
This was a film Frances Crowe was most insistent we show and discuss. She surely would have been with us if she could have. She started this film series some 15 years ago. I became her co-coordinator only 3 1/2 years ago but am determined to go on. If anyone on this list wishes to work with me on a film committee, please email me.
|September 7, 2019|
This Bridge Called My Voice
September 7, 2019 –
|September 8, 2019|
Do Something! A Celebration of Frances Crowe
September 8, 2019 –
Sunday, Sept. 8, 12-1:30 p.m.
Pulaski Park , Northampton
Followed by Assembly & Program:
2 - 4 p.m. John M. Green Hall,
Smith College, Northampton
|September 9, 2019||September 10, 2019|
A Funeral for Wendell State Forest
September 10, 2019
A Funeral for Wendell State Forest
On Tuesday morning September 10 beginning at 8AM forest protectors
from the Wendell State Forest Alliance (WSFA) will gather at the
Wendell State Forest ranger station on Montague Road in Wendell for a
"Funeral for the Forest" to memorialize all the trees clear cut from
the forest and the wildlife and microorganisms displaced or destroyed
by the logging operation conducted by the Massachusetts Department of
Conservation & Recreation.
Please join us. Wear black and -- if so moved -- carry appropriate signs.
For the past few weeks WSFA has been attempting to stop what they say
"The people have been denied any administrative or judicial process,
Save the Forest. Save the Climate
Sean Chabot Talk: Nonviolent Resistance Beyond the Single Story
September 10, 2019 –
Resistance Studies Initiative Fall Speaker Series:
Sean Chabot Talk: Nonviolent Resistance Beyond the Single Story
September 10, 2019 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Integrated Science Building Room 145, UMass Amherst, USA
Sean Chabot is Professor of Sociology at Eastern Washington University and book review editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies. His book, Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement (2012), discusses the Gandhian repertoire's transnational journey from the Indian independence movement to the Black liberation movement in the United States. He has also published on the gay and lesbian movement, Brazilian landless movement (MST), Iran's Green Movement, the Egyptian uprising, and revolutionary love, among other subjects related to resistance. His current projects focus on decolonizing resistance (with Stellan Vinthagen) and counter-stories of nonviolent resistance beyond the strategic paradigm.
Abstract: The field of nonviolent resistance studies is facing the danger of what novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls a "single story." Single stories normalize dominant ways of knowing, while limiting the imagination and possibilities of people in marginalized communities. Chabot will argue that the strategic repertoire of nonviolent resistance is grounded in such a single story. It asserts that unarmed struggles are most effective if they follow the same strategic logic as corporations and military forces: unity of movement leadership and purpose, systematic planning of nonviolent campaigns, and disciplined behavior during nonviolent actions. This dominant narrative is popular and persuasive, but also relies on one-dimensional concepts of violence and nonviolence, and Western forms of capitalist liberal democracy as ideal.
Building on Stellan Vinthagen’s theory, Chabot will show that the strategic repertoire focuses on one form of “against violence” (against violent non-democratic regimes) and one form of “without violence” (nonviolent methods by popular movements against non-democratic regimes), while ignoring the continuum of direct, structural, and cultural violence associated with capitalist liberal democracy. The strategic repertoire’s single story therefore hides other ways of thinking about violence and nonviolence, and underestimates the complex entanglements of violence and nonviolence. He will use Michel Foucault’s concepts of “regime of truth” (established knowledge produced by power struggles) and “subjugated knowledges” (knowledges buried or disqualified by the regime of truth) for further insights into the danger of the single story on nonviolent resistance.
Foucault suggests that “universal intellectuals” seek to represent the global interests of humanity as a whole, while “specific intellectuals” work toward “the insurrection of subjugated knowledges" by revealing particular counter-stories of marginalized ways of life. Leading scholars such as Sharp and Chenoweth serve as Foucault’s “universal intellectuals,” propagating strategic nonviolent resistance as global antidote against dictatorial regimes and recipe for building capitalist liberal democracy. Chabot tries to think and act like a “specific intellectual” who carefully listens to and learns from counter-stories of marginalized nonviolent resistance repertoires.
After briefly describing the strategic repertoire of nonviolent resistance, he will shift attention to two subjugated knowledges. First the glorified yet distorted Gandhian repertoire will be discussed; then turning to the emerging commoning repertoire that most do not perceive as nonviolent resistance. Here, commoning refers to communal living that prefigures post-capitalist, post-liberal, and pluriversal modes of sharing resources, self-government, and trans-local politics. Examples of popular movements experimenting with the commoning repertoire include the Zapatistas in Mexico, Abahlali shackdwellers in South Africa, and prison abolitionists in the United States.
To highlight what makes the Gandhian and the commoning repertoire different, Chabot will add a third dimension to Stellan’s concept of nonviolence as against and without violence: beyond violence. Gandhian and commoning communities realize that violence and nonviolence are always entangled, and that no form of nonviolent resistance can ever fully escape the continuum of violence. But they also recognize that the potential for less violent and more humanizing interactions is endless. For Gandhian and commoning activists, therefore, nonviolent resistance implies resistance against-without-and-beyond violence as a holistic way of life.
Refreshments will be served
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Interfaith Council--Enough Food for All Local Food Potluck and Panel
September 18, 2019
Join the Interfaith Council at First Congregational Church on Silver Street in Greenfield on Wednesday, September 18, for a local foods potluck at 5:30pm and a panel discussion at 6:15pm with Hunger Task Force, Just Roots, Compost Collective, Stone Soup Cafe, Rachel's Table and other community food activists. We'll nourish your body, feed your soul, and pique your hunger for justice as we talk about ways to make sure there's enough food for all of us.
Women of Cancer Alley Film & Conversation: Short Films by Women Living Alongside the Petrochemical Industry & Conversation with Frontline Activists from LouisianaWomen of Cancer Alley Film & Conversation: Short Films by Women Living Alongside the Petrochemical Industry & Conversation with Frontline Activists from Louisiana
September 18, 2019 –
Women of Cancer Alley Film & Conversation: Short Films by Women Living Alongside the Petrochemical Industry & Conversation with Frontline Activists from Louisiana
Hitchcock Center845 West St. Amherst
Wednesday, September 18, 7:00-8pm,
In anticipation of the global climate strike on Friday, September 20th, we welcome The Women of Cancer Alley, a first-ever collection of films made by women who live adjacent to chemical plants, tank farms and refineries along the Mississippi River in south Louisiana.
Seven two-minute films depict the lives, concerns and activism of eight women working to stop the country’s planned build out of plastics plants, including a proposed Formosa complex of 14 facilities that will produce single use plastics and an estimated 26 million tons of greenhouse gases in the already-burdened St. James Parish. The nearby community in St. John Parish has the highest cancer risk in the nation because of unregulated emissions from Denka’s neoprene plant. These communities are ground zero to halt what would be an enormous climate, sustainability and environmental disaster — industry plans to expand by 35% over the next 6 years! Come talk with two of the grassroots leaders mobilizing to keep families from the harm of additional toxic emissions, while protecting the global climate from more greenhouse gases.
This program will feature the film shorts as well as a discussion. You can read more about this here and here and here. Join Anne Rolfes Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Sharon Lavigne Founder & Director of RISE St. James in conversation.
|September 19, 2019||September 20, 2019|
Global Climate Strike
September 20, 2019N/A
Join, Support Global Climate Strike: Friday, September 20
September 20, 2019 –
Join, Support Global Climate Strike: Friday, September 20
Area students and others will travel to Boston for a major climate rally on Friday, September 20, while supporters will hold events during the day, culminating in a 5 pm rally on the Greenfield Common.
Bus to Boston! Seats are still available, if reserved by Monday, Sept. 16th, at http://bit.ly/wmass-rsvp. There is no charge, but donations are welcome.
September 20, three days before the Global Climate summit meeting at the United Nations, will see thousands of strike actions and rallies around the world. The demands: urgent government action to phase out fossil fuels and speedy transition to a sustainable, renewable energy powered future, with climate justice and equity at its core.
In Franklin County, the day will start with a send-off for the bus to Boston at 8 am in the Big Y parking lot.
Then from 11am to 1pm, students from the Center School will rally and speak out at the Greenfield Common, inviting all interested to join them.
From 1-4 pm, people are invited to join a “300 foot long roadside protest” along Route 2, at the Bittersweet Herb Farm, 635 Mohawk Trail.
The Global Climate Action Rally on the Greenfield Common, from 5-7 pm, will feature music and art, with groups highlighting different aspects of the climate crisis and how to take action.
The newly formed Franklin County Global Climate Action Network has already counted scores of supporting groups, including the League of Women Voters, Pioneer Valley Women’s March and the Wendell State Forest Alliance, along with the founding groups: Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, Greening Greenfield and the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice. For more information: fccpr.us/
March and Rally to Demand Action on Climate Emergency
September 20, 2019
“March and Rally in Northampton to Demand Action on Climate Emergency”
NORTHAMPTON. A coalition of climate and justice groups are planning a Climate Emergency March for a Just Future in Northampton on Friday, September 20, the first day of the Global Climate Strike Week of Action. The march will step off at Sheldon Field at 4:30 PM and rally with music and speakers at 5 pm on the steps of Northampton City Hall. Over fifty groups are co-sponsoring the action which demands that politicians declare a climate emergency, act on it by immediately and swiftly cutting fossil fuel emissions, and provide justice for economically and socially vulnerable groups at greatest risk from the heating of the globe though they did the least to cause it.
The group encourages all who possibly can to go to Boston that day to attend the youth-led Global Climate Strike at 11 am at Boston City Hall Plaza. Those who cannot go or who return in time are encouraged to march in Northampton to the beat of local drummers to City Hall where Mayor David Narkewicz will welcome them and State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, speakers from the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and Neighbor to Neighbor and others will speak to the growing menace of climate chaos, its effects on our society and what we can do to prevent the worst manifestations while creating a more just community. Emphasis will be given to the Green New Deal proposed by Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey and NY Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but many other regional and local solutions will be presented.
“The march in Northampton is part of a global coordinated grassroots effort to demand that our government at all levels respond with the kind of urgency and resources that the moment requires,” stated Marty Nathan MD of Climate Action Now. “The national discourse in our country has been dominated by climate denial manufactured by the fossil fuel companies who have bought and paid for many of our politicians. It is up to us, all of us with consciences and love for our earth and our children, to vociferously demand a reorientation of our values to support human life which depends on a stable climate.
“Those same corporations that once said climate change is not happening are now saying that the costs to prevent disaster are too great,” said Emmalie Dropkin of Extinction Rebellion. “We have given hundreds of billions through taxes to the fossil fuel industry and its allied corporations. Now we must transfer that investment to our survival with adoption of conservation and renewable energy building justice into the necessary new economy.”
The action in Northampton is one of many throughout the region from Greenfield to Springfield on that day and the following week. The coalition encourages the involvement of Valley residents in all Global Climate Strike events and to the movement that it will take to transform to a green and just economy.
Climate Emergency March for a Just Future Co-sponsors
Climate Action Now, Western Mass Extinction Rebellion, Indivisible Northampton
2degreesatgreenneighbors.earth, Arcadia Center Mass Audubon, Arise for Social Justice, Congregation Beth Israel Tikkun Olam, Co-op Power, Divest Smith, Easthampton Democratic Committee, Edwards Chulliorch of Northampton, First Churches Peace & Justice, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, Green Team at South Congregational Church, Green-Rainbow Party Pioneer Valley Chapter, Havurat ha-Emek, State Senator Jo Comerford, State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group, Mass Sierra Club, Northampton Area School Employees, Northampton City Lights, Northampton Committee to Stop War, Northampton City Democratic Committee, Northampton Friends Meeting, NuclearBan.US, Out NOW!, Peddle People, Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America, Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley Physicians for Social Responsibility, Pioneer Valley Resist, Pioneer Valley Women’s March, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Progressive Democrats of America, Riseup Western Mass, Science for the People, Smith College Center for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Smith College Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Social Justice Commission (Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass), Sojourner Truth School for Social Justice, Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Springfield No-one Leaves, The Enviro Show, The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, The Resistance Center, Tikkun Olam Committee of the Jewish Community of Amherst, Toxics Action Center, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, UMass Democrats, Unitarian Universalist Society of Northampton & Florence Climate Action Group, Wendell State Forest Protectors, Western Mass Code Pink, Western Mass Medicare for All, Western Mass Neighbor to Neighbor, Western Mass Venezuela Solidarity Committee.
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Massachusetts bill H.897, An Act Relative to Forest Protection hearing
September 24, 2019
Tuesday September 24, 2019
Hearing Room B-1
Please attend if you can!
Meanwhile, we are asking that you call or write to the Chairs of the Committee hearing the bill (below), other members of the Committee (also below) and ask them to support H.897.
Also please call your Senator and Representative and ask them to a) support this bill, and b) write a letter of support to the Committee and c) speak in favor of the bill at the hearing.
More information can be found here: https://www.savemassforests.com
Find your legislators here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
Thank you for helping to protect our public land and ushering in 21st century policies that reflect our 21st century concerns.
Spread the word!
Michael Kellett, RESTORE: The North Woods
Janet Sinclair, Concerned Citizens of Franklin County
WHITE SUPREMACISTS: UNDERSTANDING THEIR RISE, RESURGENCE, AND RADICALIZATION
September 24, 2019 –
Please join us for an in-depth discussion with Dr. Pete Simi to understand the conditions that allow the movement to thrive and ways to counter it. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with Dr. Simi around key questions of the White Identity movement, as well as amongst one another.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
American Swastika takes readers through hidden enclaves of hate in America, exploring how White Supremacy movements thrive nationwide, even as the country on the surface advocates racial equality. The authors explain the difference between movements such as the KKK, the Aryan Nation, and Skinheads, among others, then discuss the various ways white Supremacists cultivate, maintain, and spread their beliefs, largely under the radar of most Americans.Authors Pete Simi and Robert Futrell draw on over a decade of research and interviews, from the infamous Hayden Lake Aryan compound in Northern Idaho, to private homes in L.A., to hate music concerts around the country. Through descriptive case studies, the authors look at hate in the home, talking with parents who aim to raise "little Hitler" and discussing the impact home schooling and cultural isolation can have on children. American Swastika shows how White Power groups sustain themselves and grow, even in a nation that preaches equality and tolerance, and looks toward how we can work to prevent future violence."
Pete Semi is the Director of the Earl Babbie Research Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Chapman University in Orange, California. For the past 20 years, he has studied extremist groups and violence, and is a member of the National Consortium in Studies of Terrorism and Reponses to Terrorism (START). His research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. Simi holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nevada.
This event is part of our 'Understanding the Many Dimensions of White Identity: Politics, Power, and Prejudice’, jointly convened with Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. The series will explore the history, prevalence, and resurgence of white identity. It will examine how this ideology has the power to shape violent movements, as well as the root causes, fears, and prejudices that allow it to exist in its less visible dimensions. For a complete listing of events in the series, please visit criticalconnections.org or karunacenter.org. Our series is made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.
Critical Connections is a (501c3) non-profit organization that offers analysis and opportunities for dialogue around issues related to Muslim communities and other minority groups in the U.S.
|September 25, 2019|
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN VENEZUELA? IS IT ABOUT OIL?
September 25, 2019
Join us for a conversation about the crisis in Venezuela after a showing of a documentary made by an Irish television crew about the 2002 coup in Venezuela which briefly deposed president Chavez. This coup is a watershed in the recent history of Venezuela and seeing this event unfolding in the film can help us make sense of the current deadly crisis in Venezuela and US government involvement in this oil rich country.
The Washington Post published a review of the documentary which said: “Gets viewers inside these tense, emotional and occasionally terrifying events with immediacy and, given the confusion of the time, remarkable clarity.” Another reviewer wrote in the Austin Chronicle: “As riveting as a documentary can possibly be, this slim (74-minute) film is also one of the most politically aware films of the year.”
The community including college students and high school students, are invited to take part in the conversation which will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Bangs Community Center, the Large Activity Room, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA
The event is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by the Venezuela Solidarity Coalition of Western Mass and the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice.
|September 26, 2019|
Beat the Bomb: Organizing Against the Nuclear Threat
September 26, 2019 –
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Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism
October 3, 2019
Please join us on October 3rd for an important panel discussion and book launch.
Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism
Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation
Carolyn L. Karcher
Hasia R. Diner
Marjorie N. Feld
Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace/Western Mass.
|October 4, 2019||October 5, 2019|
Celebrating the Agape Story
October 5, 2019 –
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