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Racial Justice - Climate Justice
June 2, 2018 –
RACIAL JUSTICE RISING presents its free monthly program
RACIAL JUSTICE – CLIMATE JUSTICE
When: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Doors open at 9:45
Where: First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA
Racism and climate change are connected. Our awareness of the connections will help us be more effective in eliminating both. Of color and indigenous people are already bearing the harmful effects of climate change. In poetry and prose Tem and Russ will challenge us to take these issues on together and offer signs of hope for the inclusive, just world we are building together.
Tem Blessed is a spoken word artist and member of #LoveArmy
Russ Vernon-Jones is active in the Coming Together anti-racism project and Climate Action Now
Child care is available, please RSVP with number & ages of children. For more information or to reserve childcare: firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is FREE! Donations appreciated
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Poor People’s Campaign rally and action
June 4, 2018 –
Please join us for a Poor People’s Campaign rally and action on Monday, June 4, at 1 PM
Court Square, Springfield, MA
to demand Climate Justice and Healthcare as a Human Right!
Join us in a planning meeting Thursday, May 31 at 5:30 at the Arise for Social Justice Office 467 State Street, Springfield.
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Film: Memory of Forgotten War
June 13, 2018 –
Wed., June 13, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Forbes Library
MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today.
The film's personal accounts are interwoven with thoughtful analysis and interpretation of events by historians Bruce Cumings and Ji-Yeon Yuh who situate these stories in a broader historical context. Additional visual materials, including newsreels, U.S. military footage, and archival photographs bring to life the political, social and historical forces that set in motion the tumultuous events of the War and its aftermath.
Local Korean-Americans and academic experts will participate in the post-film discussions.
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Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark
June 14, 2018 –
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark – Human Rights Defenders Profiled
Greenfield, MA – Four Rivers Charter Public School proudly presents Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark by Ariel Dorfman.
Directed by Leah Plath and featuring Four Rivers High School Juniors, this production will bring the struggle for dignity and human rights to the Pioneer Valley.
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark is a multi-faceted project that has grown from a book written by human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy, which has inspired a moving and inspirational play by esteemed Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. The book is based on interviews and stories of courage gathered over two years by Ms. Kennedy who interviewed an inspiring array of defenders from more than 36 countries and five continents. With 51 compelling stories of triumph over adversity, the book features human rights defenders who are willing to stand up in the face of imminent danger, speak out and make a difference.
The play examines human rights with issues as far ranging as political rights, free expression, honor killings, demilitarization, environmental activism, mental health, women’s and children’s rights, and national self-determination. The defenders come from all parts of the world and face every form of oppression and abuse, but they hold in common a profound capacity to ignite change.
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark is on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA.
The price of admission will be on a sliding scale from $5-$15, though no one will be turned away from attending. All proceeds will go to the Traprock Center For Peace and Justice.
In conjunction with the play, students will present a photo exhibition based on the defenders and adapted from the original Speak Truth to Power publication.
Speak Truth to Power seeks to promote a more just and peaceful world by galvanizing public support for international human rights through cultural, educational and web-based programs. Speak Truth is a core program of the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights (www.rfkhumanrights.org).
For more information, please contact:
Alex Wilson, History Teacher, Four Rivers Charter Public School
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Hampshire-Franklin Senate Forum on Climate and Energy
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EcoLiving Workshops - postponed to June 24
June 24, 2018All day
May 19, 2018 (POSTPONED TO JUNE 24)
9:30am - 5:00pm
For more information
Workshop descriptions on Greening Greenfield website: http://greeninggreenfieldma.org/events/708-ecoliving-workshops-just-roots-festival
Farm fest: http://justroots.org/events/spring-fest
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June 27, 2018 –
"Censored Voices" is an Israeli film drawn from censored audio tapes made within weeks of soldiers returning from the 1967 Six Day War. The film project was the initiative of Israel's best known anti-war author and activist Amos Oz to be shown in advance of the current 70th anniversary of the Israeli state and the Palestinian Nakba. These men were appalled at what they were required to in the 1967 war and nearly 50 years later gather to discuss the tapes in a 2015 film made by Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy complete with raw, real military footage.
Oz and his friends are seen a half-century later listening to those tapes of their younger selves and discussing how they see the impact of that war on current Israel/Palestine, and the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
Trailer for film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oB8EFlf4-M
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