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Protest Raytheon at the UMASS Tech and Engineering Career Fair
February 12, 2019 –
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
|Feb 13, '19February 13, 2019|
Film: “Boys Like Us”
February 13, 2019 –
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.
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.
|Feb 14, '19February 14, 2019|
Energy Documentary: Under Pressure
February 14, 2019 –
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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