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.
All proceeds benefit a Friends of the Homeless - DIAL/SELF program to provide supportive affordable housing for unaccompanied youth, ages 18-24. For details, visit http://www.hamphomeless.org/
Join us Tuesday February 12 from 1-3pm to protest Raytheon at the UMASS Tech and Engineering Career Fair. Raytheon is a Massachusetts based Defense Contracting Company complicit in some of the worst war crimes in recent history. They are the third largest weapons producer in the world, manufacturing everything from the missiles used to deliver US nuclear weapons, to the bombs dropped on Yemen, and the munitions used by Israel against Gaza and Lebanon.
Raytheon also has deep ties to UMass Amherst Engineering department. The University and weapons company have been partners since 1980 through the Advanced Studies Program. Join us as we protest Raytheon’s involvement in war crimes and call on Umass Amherst to cut ties with Raytheon.
The war in Yemen has drawn condemnation from international human rights groups and from U.N. agencies. Human Rights Watch has documented multiple airstrikes by the Saudi coalition which violated the rules of war, including the bombing of a school bus in August 2018 which killed forty-four children. The war in Yemen has created conditions of famine and extreme food scarcity throughout the country. The United Nations World Food Programme stated that “Yemen is undeniably the world’s worst humanitarian crisis by far” and estimated that as many as 18 million people are at risk of famine. A study done by the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University concluded that these conditions were the direct result of the coalition’s strategy of targeting food and water infrastructure in the country.
Address: Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
(Please meet outside the Campus Center’s main entrance to coordinate and plan)
Resistance Films 2/13/19 Wed. 6:30 – 8:30 pm Forbes Library
“Boys Like Us” –filmed in Northampton by a Northampton High School senior --explores how masculinity in progressive communities is expressed and how men participate in gender equality. Interviews are with local with community leaders, men’s group members, parents, students, teachers, and professors. The documentary focuses on Northampton, Massachusetts, a city with a history of female empowerment from the founding of the all women's Smith College in 1871 to being dubbed "Lesbianville" U.S.A in 1992. The film engages men with privilege and power as important actors of social justice in order to understand how they can help advance feminism and destroy toxic masculinity. (Filmmaker Syl Shread is now at Bard College.)
Repeat of last month’s showing because many people could not fit into the room.
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.
High School Seniors Produce Documentary Under Pressure
Thursday 2/14/19, Greenfield Garden Cinema
Greenfield, MA - The senior class at Four Rivers Charter Public School has just finished a documentary film covering the September Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas explosions and the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and nationally. The documentary, Under Pressure, explores the complex truth of natural gas as an energy source as well as the struggles of local families and small businesses as they attempt to rebuild their lives after disaster.
The film will be showing for one night only at the Greenfield Garden Cinema on Thursday, February 14th. Events begin at 7pm with a gallery walk of student work followed by a showing of the film and accompanying mini-features. The showing will be open to the public. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for students and seniors, and proceeds benefit the Four Rivers Sustainability Fund.
This documentary has been five months in the making. The Class of 2019 were responsible for all stages of the documentary from initial creative planning to filming to post-production. In December, all 30 members of the class traveled to Boston, Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence to interview politicians, business owners, residents, and scientists for the documentary.
Four Rivers Charter Public School is a college preparatory middle and high school for Franklin County. Four Rivers is affiliated with Expeditionary Learning Schools, a national non-profit organization that partners with schools to improve student achievement, build student character, enhance teacher practices, and instill a positive school culture.
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The Leverett AllianceThe February meeting of the Leverett Alliance will feature:
"The Growing Danger of Nuclear War and What We Can Do About It"February 21st, 7 PM
Leverett Town Hall
Ira Helfand, MD, is a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, which was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the founding partner of ICAN, itself recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s US affiliate.
Co-sponsored by Traprock Center for Peace and Justice.All are Welcome!
U S Hands off Venezuela! rally
Saturday, February 23, 1-2pm
at Park Street Station, on the Boston Common
Join us as we support Venezuelan sovereignty and oppose US meddling in Venezuelan affairs, through sanctions and military threats.
We support Venezuela’s right to chart its own course, without interference from the US or other imperialist powers.
This rally is sponsored by the Committee for Peace and Human Rights, the International Action Center (IAC) and Workers World.
Rallies will be held on Feb 23 all over the US and Canada, called by the IAC, on the month anniversary of the US recognition of the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela. To see the statement by the organizers, go to: https://www.NoWarOnVenezuela.org/
Dialogues Across Race: South Carolina, Massachusetts, Kentucky
February 24, 2019 2:00-4:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Society
121 North Pleasant St., Amherst
Free and Open to the Public
January 24-27, 2019 – Eighteen of us from the Pioneer Valley—people of African, Indigenous and European descent—traveled to the Low Country of South Carolina for a weekend of dialogue and cultural exchange focusing on racism and white privilege. We gathered with 12 South Carolinians as well as 4 of our Hands Across the Hills Kentucky friends in intense dialogue circles. Come hear B4U members, including facilitator Paula Green and Steering Committee member Amilcar Shabazz describe their experience.
Bridge4Unity, founded in 2018, and affiliated with Hands Across the Hills is a grass-roots project committed to confronting racism and white privilege through interracial dialogues that promote community healing.
Event co-sponsored by the Dismantling White Supremacy Task Force