Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 29 Climate support Rally in Boston

Boston People’s Climate Mobilization

Start: April 29, 201712:00 PM
End: April 29, 2017 3:30 PM
Boston Common 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
Host Contact Info: lisa@betterfutureproject.org

On April 29, the People’s Climate March will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand jobs, justice and real climate solutions. Here in Boston, we’ll have a full day of workshops and activities to build and grow our movement, starting with an energizing rally at 12:00 pm on Boston Common. Join us! (Facebook page)

Schedule
12:00-1:00pm

  • Rally for jobs, justice and bold action on climate on Boston Common

1:00-3:30pm

  • Action tables, activities, and art-making on Boston Common
  • Teach-ins on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice–including racial justice, immigrant justice, worker justice, and more–at SEIU 32BJ (26 West St, Boston, next to the Common)

Other Marches to Support
On May 1, just two days later, immigrants, workers and supporters across the country, including in Boston, will be marching and striking for dignity and respect. Instead of hosting a separate march on April 29, we’ll be asking the Boston climate movement to show up in force and take to the streets on May 1. Join us as we mobilize alongside our brothers and sisters in the immigrants’ rights and labor movements. More details soon!

And for more on the connection between this event and the March for Science on April 22, see here.

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Who is organizing this?
A local coalition of labor unions, environmental justice groups, faith organizations, youth groups, and climate activism groups has been meeting over the last several months to both a) send hundreds of people from the Boston area to the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC (buy your ticket here and/or donate to help others go!) and b) plan a local PCM action here in Boston. We’re joining forces because we think this could be a transformative moment for the Massachusetts climate movement. We share a powerful vision: together, we want to build a forceful, justice-centered movement that lifts up the voices and leadership of those most affected by climate change. Our work together is grounded in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.

Boston PCM Organizing Table

Alternatives for Community & Environment
Chelsea GreenRoots
Alliance for Climate Education
Youth on Board / Boston Student Advisory Council
1199 SEIU
32BJ SEIU
509 SEIU
Boston Teachers Union
Jobs with Justice
MA Nurses Association
Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action
MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action
Moral Revival Boston
350 Mass for a Better Future
Boston Climate Action Network
Boston EcoWomen
Corporate Accountability International
MA Climate Action Network
Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Mothers Out Front
Sierra Club Massachusetts
Toxics Action Center

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Jane Doe Inc.’s Prevention Summit 2017

Transforming Communities

1 day of 2-way inspiration and education.

Counting down 23 DAYS

 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about innovative community-based prevention programming specific to sexual and domestic violence that are underway at the local, state and national levels as well as engage and network with prevention colleagues from across the state.
WHEN: Thursday, April 27 9:00AM – 4:00PM
WHERE: DCU, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608

BUY TICKET NOW! 

*Special appearance* 

 

Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito
and
Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.

 

KEYNOTE: Nubia Peña

In this talk, Nubia Peña of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Violence outlines how prevention practitioners can become involved beyond the classroom by advocating and advancing policy reforms in schools.

In Our Own Voices says “NO MORE Excuses”

NO MORE: A Community Response to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People of Color Violence.

 Performance by Flatline 

Flatline Poetry is a collective of artists who perform, teach, and host open mics throughout the United States. Combining their skills in spoken word, community organizing, visual art, and music, the members of Flatline create an interactive experience that confronts topics of sexual and gender identity, love and loss, race and heritage, and the intersections between them.

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS:

Registration for JDI members and RPE funded programs.

General Registration will open after March 13th. 

  • $40 per person for staff at JDI member programs
  • $55 per person for staff at allied organizations

·         $10 per student

  • Each person must register individually. There is no group registration or group discounts.

A few important notes about registration:

  1. Space is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. If necessary, JDI may create a waiting list.
  2. No refunds will be issued.
  3. If you are unable to attend, please notify JDI at dmancera@janedoe.org at least 48 hours in advance of the program date.

 

Food will be served.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Jane Doe Inc. at ph: 617-557-1806, fax: 617-248-0902, email: dmancera@janedoe.org, by April 6, 2017.  In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request.

This workshop has been developed for JDI member programs, DPH funded rape crisis centers and JDI invited guests.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

 

Questions? Please contact JDI at 617-557-1821 or dmancera@janedoe.org

Funding for this event was made possible in part by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Copyright © 2016 Jane Doe Inc..
All rights reserved.
Contact email: info@janedoe.org

News From MASS BUDGET

  MASSBudget
Across the Commonwealth, educators seek to establish positive learning environments where all young people can be successful. Encouraging positive behavior is critical to creating the classrooms that our kids need to reach their full potential. Excluding students from the classroom through suspensions and expulsions interrupts their learning time and often creates negative cycles that can harm students and the learning climate.
MassBudget’s new report, “Learning Uninterrupted: Supporting Positive Culture and Behavior in Schools,” examines new approaches to school discipline that have been effective in fostering a positive school climate and reducing student suspensions while contributing to academic achievement. One approach emphasizes preventative measures promoting positive school culture, reinforcing expectations with incentives and logical consequences, and providing additional support for the kids most in need. Another approach, “Restorative Justice” brings together young people who have broken rules with other affected parties to discuss the impact of the bad behavior, determine corrective action, and empower those harmed.
As Massachusetts schools move beyond strict “zero tolerance” discipline policies, the report examines how school districts could implement these types of effective reforms and what the costs might be.
The stakes are high for reducing school suspensions and expulsions. Recent research has found a 12 percentage point decline in the probability of graduating high school for suspended students after controlling for other background factors. Students excluded from class time often become more disengaged and alienated. Research links dropping out of school to lower lifetime earnings and increased social costs.
In Massachusetts, the passage of Chapter 222 aims to reduce the prevalence of exclusionary discipline by directing schools to limit suspensions to severe issues, increase due process, and to work with the families and provide services for kids facing discipline. These reforms have helped to reduce exclusionary discipline by 17.7 percent over two years. MassBudget’s new study identifies ways that our schools could build on this progress by adopting innovative policies that have a strong record of success in other states: proactive strategies to create a positive school climate so that the behaviors that lead to exclusionary discipline are less likely to occur and Restorative Justice programs that rebuild positive relationships when incidents occur.
Studies show schools are more likely to suspend black and Latino students, as well as students with disabilities, even for similar kinds of behavior. Massachusetts’ Chapter 222 requires schools to monitor and report data on these disparities.
To see data on student suspensions for each school district for minor and major offenses going back to 2012, click here.
To read the full report, “Learning Uninterrupted: Supporting Positive Culture and Behavior in Schools,” click here.
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state’s economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.
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