Category Archives: Community Works

WATCH Celebrates 30th Anniversary

WATCH CELEBRATES 30TH
ANNIVERSARY IN THE WAKE OF RECENT EXPANSIONS
By Bob Hachey

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On Friday, May 13,  2018, the Waltham Alliance for Teaching, Community Organizing and Housing, (WATCH), celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham. For its first 20 years, WATCH advocated for and developed affordable housing in Waltham. The lack of affordable housing means that many people who work in cities like Waltham cannot afford to live there. Fifteen years ago, WATCH merged with Breaking Barriers, which offered English as a second Language, (ESL) classes to Waltham’s immigrant population. This was a good fit as both organizations were in the business of empowering disenfranchised populations.

In 2015, the board of WATCH made a bold decision to undertake a substantial expansion. WATCH doubled the size of its office space and added more ESL classrooms. This was a considerable leap of faith at the time as we were not sure where all of the funding to make this happen would come from. AS we voted to take this leap, many of us worried that it might be a leap too far.

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Left to Right – Evan Diamond, Marissa and Marci Diamond (no relation)

However, due to the hard work of our development director, the generosity of our donors and a bit of luck, all went well. Before the expansion, we had a waiting list of over 300 persons for our ESL classes. Daria Gere, WATCH’s executive director has been working for WATCH for around 14 years is very proud of the progress WATCH has made under her stewardship:  “Our biggest accomplishment has been ending our waiting list for ESL classes. By going to a volunteer taught model, we’ve been able to move to rolling enrollment for nearly all our classes. A student can come in on a Monday, get screened on Tuesday, and start classes on Wednesday. It’s so exciting to be able to meet that community need!”

In addition, WATCH has been able to hire more staff, which has allowed for the creation of new programs.   ”We are growing in a sustainable way to meet the needs of our low income and immigrant communities. We’ve been able to connect with free immigration and job support services as well as add a citizenship class.  Our growth has been supported by the community from all sectors- churches, individual donors, businesses, banks, foundations. This growing support lets us know we are on the right track”, explained Daria.

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WATCH Executive Director Daria Gere, Housing Clinic Coordinator Suzi Solomon thank BC Legal Assistance Clinic Professors Alan Minuskin and Paul Tremblay for their support of Waltham tenants.

On empowering disenfranchised communities, Daria had this to say:  “We hear from the community every day through phone calls and walk-ins and we respond to what the community needs.   With our walk-in housing clinic we can let people know about their rights as tenants and give them the tools to advocate for themselves.”

WATCH has continued offering first time homebuyer classes as well as assisting low-income homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient. IF that weren’t enough, WATCH is also encouraging increased voter registration. While there is still a lot of work to do, the future of WATCH is looking very good.

Here is how Daria describes WATCH’s goals moving forward: “We are finishing our 5 year plan and thinking about new goals.  One big goal is to try and figure out a way to combat gentrification and grow our stock of safe and affordable housing. That’s such an important part of our work and we will be engaging the community to come up with creative and viable solutions to this urgent problem.”

To learn more about WATCH, go to
watchcdc.org.

WATCH is member of Community Works.

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What Social Justice Means to Us

What Social Justice Means to Us. 

Community Works had table at 11th Annual Boston GreenFest this past August and we gathered thoughts from the public about what social justice means to them.  We understand the process of social justice to be dialog and a collaboration.

This is what we heard:
 

No one left behind

When all Peoples of the Earth get along as one human community

Standing up to Tyranny & All Rights , Humans, Animals, Society for All Beings

Everybody can gets to stay where they are renting and they can’t be kicked out by developers turning it into a condo

Same Opportunities for All

Freedom & Equity

Free Lula – Lula Livre

Climate Justice for ALL

SJ (social justice) is a 24/7 thing

That all people of color are treated equally

Opportunities to become citizens and to vote if you work for wages in USA.

Stop separating Families from Asylum people and citizens and young girls, homeless with babies & nationalism, civic duties for All

EQUALITY

Everyone having equal opportunities

Treating all people like humans

Human Kindness

No Big Brother watching

Giving a Damn!

Equal Rights

Equal fights for all People born and unborn…

Equitable access to affordable, clean, healthy housing

Equal opportunity & equal consequences

Justice for ALL VOTE

Vote out the Republicans!!

Dump Trump

Promoting equality to all different types of people.

 

Community Works 4/11-4/18

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday April 11th, 2016.

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1. American Civil Liberties Union of MassachusettsScreening and discussion of TRAPPED

Date: Wednesday, April 13th 2016.

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed by conservative state legislatures. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary measures, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), TRAPPED follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

Staff attorney Jessie Rossman will lead a Q&A after the screening of this film.

Purchase general admission tickets here.

This event is sponsored by Young Friends of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund’s Leadership and Advocacy Team.

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2. Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice: Action Up Roxbury!

Date: Thursday, April 14th 2016

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 2201 Washington Street,
Suite 302 (rear entrance off Ruggles St.)
Roxbury, MA. 02119

Do you believe in community control and our right to remain? Join Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice (ACE) to confront local development that doesn’t serve our community. Come and take action to move forward on the Roxbury Right to Remain Campaign on the issue of gentrification in the neighborhood. When we fight, we win!

Please contact Tyree@ace-ej.org for more information.

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3. The Welcome Project: 7th Annual YUM- A Taste of Immigrant City

Date: Thursday, April 14th 2016.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Somerville Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143

Explore food from around the world at the 7th Annual YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City on Thursday, April 14 from 7pm-9pm. Enjoy delicious dishes from eight immigrant-owned restaurants, including cuisine from Mexico, Ethiopia, India, and more. The evening will include a silent auction and raffle and the event will honor the work of Rep. Denise Provost and Elena Letona for their work in the community. All proceeds support the work of The Welcome Project, an organization that builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions.

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4. Asian American Resource Workshop: April Member Meeting 

Date: Sunday, April 17th 2016.

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Viet-AID, 42 Charles St, Ste E, Boston, MA 02122

AARW invites you to brunch for this month’s member meeting. Volunteers from the Sticky Rice Project (SRP) will be previewing curriculum from the Fighting Anti-Black Racism working group. Come to support the working group, engage in activities from the anti-racism curriculum, eat wonderful food, and build relationships with other AARW community members.

Food will be provided, but feel free to bring any food or drink if you are able!

Please email uma@aarw.org with any questions or concerns.

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Community Works Events: 4/4-4/11

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday April 4th, 2016.

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1. Asian American Resource WorkshopA Little Peace

Date: Saturday, April 9th 2016.

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Viet-AID, 42 Charles St, Ste E, Boston, MA 02122

Please join AARW for a night of appetizers and desserts to celebrate and show appreciation for their former Executive Direct0r and to welcome the incoming director!

Childcare will be available. Contact carolyn@aarw.org for more information.

If you would like to contribute baked goods, please sign using this form.

 

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2. Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice: Volunteer Nights

Date: Wednesday, April 6th 2016 (and every first and third Wednesday of the month)

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 2201 Washington Street,
Suite 302 (rear entrance off Ruggles St.)
Roxbury, MA. 02119

ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. ACE needs your help on different projects that help move us toward our mission. Food will be provided. Childcare & interpretation available upon request.

For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit the Facebook event page.

 

 

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3.Haley HouseThe House Slam- LAST CHANCE SLAM!

Date: Friday , April 8th 2016.

Time: 6:30pm-10:30pm

Location: Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Boston, MA 02119

“The House Slam” at the Haley House Café is Boston’s New Poetry Slam venue located in the heart of Dudley Square. The venue offers awesome food, an open mic, a featured poet and a poetry slam every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Admission is free of charge and open to all (18+).

There will be NO open mic this week! Instead, we are hosting our very first Last Chance Slam!

The Last Chance Slam is an opportunity for a poet to literally “sneak” their way into House Slam Team Finals. Meaning, any poet who hasn’t already qualified, can slam on April 8th for the chance to compete in our Finals/Team Selection Slam on April 22, 2016. The last team to be selected for The House Slam went on to win the National Poetry Slam in 2015!

Don’t know what a slam is? Check out the description at:
www.houseslamboston.org

Visit the Facebook event page for further details on how to participate in the Last Chance Slam.

 

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Community Works Events: 3/28-4/3

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday March 28th, 2016.

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1. ACLU of Massachusetts: Community Town Hall Forum on Police Decertification in Massachusetts

Date: Monday, March 28th 2016

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Media Arts Auditorium, Roxbury Community College,  1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing 02120

Massachusetts is one of only six states without revocation authority. The others are California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

Many professionals are licensed, and if found guilty of wrongdoing, they can lose their license to practice. Lawyers, doctors, plumbers, electricians, accountants, taxi drivers, teachers, real estate brokers, architects, psychologists and barbers are all subject to losing their license or being decertified. Even your personal driver’s license can be revoked for serious infractions.

Why not police?

This panel discussion will be moderated by Prof. Roger L. Goldman, Callis Family Professor of Law Emeritus at Saint Louis University School of Law. Don’t miss out on a thought-provoking discussion very relevant to our time.

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2.  Boston Women’s Fund: When Race Meets Gender

Description: You are invited to a discussion with Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Younger has been on the front lines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic security. She is a tireless advocate and well-respected feminist leader, with a proven track record in nonprofit management and fundraising. She most recently served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), where she has spearheaded successful campaigns for women’s health, safety and economic empowerment.

Date: Tuesday, March 29th 2016.

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: Semel Theater, Emerson College, 10 Boylston Place, Boston, MA 02116

emerge logo   3.  Emerge (Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence): Registration for      Counseling Abusers Training

Description: This course is intended for anyone working with families affected by domestic violence. The course meets BIP group leader training requirements in Massachusetts and in many other states. Over the past 6 years, over 1000 people from 45 states and 15 nations have taken this course.  

Dates: Wednesday, May 18th-Friday, May 20th 2016

Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
630 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476

Tuition: $250 for the first person and $175 for each additional person from an agency.

For more information and to register, visit the website.

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4. Greater Four Corners Action Coalition: Call to Action- Save our Parks!

Boston Park Advocates is part of a coalition that is working to get the Community Preservation Act (CPA) adopted in Boston this year.

The CPA is a state program that would allow Boston to raise $20 million/year for parks and recreation, historic preservation, and affordable housing, by adding a 1% surcharge to property tax bills. Almost half of the cities and towns in Massachusetts have already adopted the CPA and have collectively generated a total of $1.4 billion to address community needs.  During last year alone, CPA enabled Massachusetts communities to undertake over 300 land acquisition, open space, and recreation projects. Take a look at the project database.

Our city councilors need to hear from us that we want CPA to be on the ballot for this fall.  The time to let them know is now.  There are two ways to send the message:

A. City Hall Hearing

Date: Tuesday, March 29th 2016.

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Christopher Iannella Chamber 5th floor, 1 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02108.

B. Contact your Councilors
Communicate to your district city councilor and the four at-large city councilors that you support the CPA.  See below for sample message and contact information. We encourage you to personalize the message, i.e. why is it important to you for Boston to preserve open space, improve parks, and enhance recreational amenities? Please copy mail@bostonparks.org on the e-mail to your district councilor or let us know what response you receive.

For further information on how you can participate, visit the campaign website.

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5. Paige Academy: Spring Has Sprung! Party 

Description: Parents for Paige (P4P) will hold a school-wide party for Paige Academy parents, students and staff. There will be snacks and activities– cookie decorating, face painting, jewelry making– and a dance party for all. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Date: Friday, April 1st 2016

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Umoja Room, Paige Academy, 26/28 Highland Ave., Roxbury, MA 02119.

 

 

 

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Community Works Welcomes YWCA Cambridge!

YWCA Cambridge is the latest institution to become a Community Works member, but the organization is no newcomer to social justice work. Founded in 1891, the YWCA has established extensive programming and facilities with the aim of empowering women and upholding human rights.

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YWCA Cambridge is working towards racial and economic equity using a variety of different initiatives and platforms for community engagement. The organization’s commitment to social justice manifests itself in programs such as Cambridge GOLD (Girls Only Leadership Development). GOLD is a collaboration between YWCA and other community partners that runs monthly workshops for 8th grade girls on life and leadership skills. The thirty participants interact with a diverse group of local female leaders as they learn about relevant topics including high school and college preparation, career development, and interpersonal and networking skills. In addition, the YWCA is organizing a string of events under the theme, “Stand Against Racism,” a national campaign tackling systemic racism in the U.S. The theme for this year’s campaign is “On a Mission for Girls of Color,” expressing the objective of centering the discussion of the effects of racism on girls of color. The YWCA also serves as a host for various fitness, dance, martial arts and other recreational programs.

The provision of safe and affordable housing is another element that is central to the YWCA’s mission. The Tanner Residence is the largest women’s residence in the Cambridge and provides housing options for women who are survivors of physical, emotional and financial hardship. At present, 103 women from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds live in the residence.

Community Works is thrilled to welcome YWCA Cambridge as a member! For more updates about upcoming YWCA events and projects, follow their page on Facebook.

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Community Works Events: 3/14- 3/20

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday March 14th, 2016.

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1. ACLU of Massachusetts: Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform

Date: Sunday, March 16th 2016

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Location: First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Journalist Jesse Wegman, on the editorial board of The New York Times, will lead a panel to examine the current broken justice system and focus on necessary changes. Panelists include State Sen. Will Brownsberger, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary; Margaret Burnham, founder of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern School of Law; attorney Adam J. Foss, assistant district attorney in the juvenile division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office; attorney Rahsaan D. Hall, director of the Racial Justice Program for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Vincent Schiraldi, director of the program on criminal justice policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Accompanying the forum will be an exhibit of small quilts titled “Black Lives Matter: A Journey Toward Justice.” A reception will follow.

The Elizabeth Howe Lecture is free; parking is available in the First Parish Lot; enter off Harrington Road. First Parish is handicapped-accessible.

Cosponsored by the Mass Incarceration Working Group of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington. For information: 781-862-8200; fplex.org.

 

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2. Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice: Volunteer Nights

Date: Wednesday, March 16th 2016 (and every first and third Wednesday of the month)

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 2201 Washington Street,
Suite 302 (rear entrance off Ruggles St.)
Roxbury, MA. 02119

ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. ACE needs your help on different projects that help move us toward our mission. Food will be provided. Childcare & interpretation available upon request.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

 

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3. Asian American Resource WorkshopAARW March Member Meeting

Date: Sunday, March 20th 2016.

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Viet-AID, 42 Charles St, Ste E, Boston, MA 02122

Please join AARW for the March member meeting! The meeting will be held in the new office space at Viet-AID. AARW’s new membership structure will be up for discussion. Please join and help shape the direction of membership in the organization.
You do not have to be a member to attend–anyone is welcome! Don’t miss out on delicious food and opportunities for community building.

Please email uma@aarw.org or carolyn@aarw.org for further information.

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4. Boston Tenant CoalitionJust Cause Eviction Hearing

Date: Monday, March 14th 2016.

Time: 4:00pm

Location: City Hall Plaza-5th Floor Iannella Chamber, 1 City Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02201

Boston is an epicenter of gentrification and displacement, but communities throughout the city are coming together to win #JustCause Eviction Protections that would stop developers and landlords from evicting thousands of tenants, prevent massive rent increases and put power in the hands of organized tenant associations to reclaim and remain in their homes! Come join us to advocate for Boston’s tenant rights!

For more information please contact kadineyse@bostontenant.org or darnell@righttothecity.org

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5. Haley House: Art is Life Itself!

Date: Thursday, March 17th 2016.

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury 02119

Celebrate Womens Herstory Month with Beatrice Greene, an accomplished composer who also plays the piano and trumpet. Come early for a seat and dinner and stay for the fun!

 

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Community Works Events: 3/7-3/14

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday March 7th, 2016.

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1. Boston Tenant CoalitionJust Cause Eviction Hearing

Date: Monday, March 14th 2016.

Time: 4:00pm

Location: City Hall Plaza-5th Floor Iannella Chamber, 1 City Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02201

Boston is an epicenter of gentrification and displacement, but communities throughout the city are coming together to win #JustCause Eviction Protections that would stop developers and landlords from evicting thousands of tenants, prevent massive rent increases and put power in the hands of organized tenant associations to reclaim and remain in their homes! Come join us to advocate for Boston’s tenant rights!

For more information please contact kadineyse@bostontenant.org or darnell@righttothecity.org

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2.  Greater Four Corners Action Coalition: #BOSTONSHINES2016

Greater Four Corners Action Coalition and neighbors will be participating in #‎BOSTONSHINES‬ 2016 neighborhood clean up campaign! Want to join the Four Corners Clean Up Crew?

Email greater4cornersactioncoalition@gmail.com and type “Boston Shines” in the subject line. In the message, include your name and contact information and we will add you to the list of loving neighbors who care about the community.

Sign up TODAY!!!

 

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3. Haley House: Summer Internship Application

Deadline: Tuesday, March 8th 2016 at 5pm

Haley House, a 50-year-old nonprofit in Boston, operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, community garden, and housing program in the South End and a Bakery Café in Dudley Square. Haley House is seeking three interns for its summer internship program this year. Internships are unpaid, though room and board are provided. Priority will be given to applicants who have the potential to extend their summer internship into a longer-term commitment (2-year minimum) to Haley House’s Live-In Community, a group of residential volunteers who co-manage Haley House’s direct services, and express this in their application. It is a unique opportunity for people who wish to work and build relationships with soup kitchen guests and fellow volunteers, while living in an intentional community.

For more information on the internship program and application guidelines, visit the Haley House website.

 

 

 

 

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Community Works Events: 2/15-2/21

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas. Check out their programming for the week starting Monday, February 15th 2016.

 

 

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1. Asian American Resource Workshop: AARW February Member Meeting

Date: Sunday, February 21st 2016.

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Chinese Progressive Association, 28 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111

Join AARW for the February Member Meeting. There will  be further discussion about AARW’s work/vision and membership structure, with emphasis on membership decision-making and member-led programs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet and interact with other members while enjoying some wonderful food!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

emerge logo   2.  Emerge (Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence): Registration for      Counseling Abusers Training

Description: This course is intended for anyone working with families affected by domestic violence. The course meets BIP group leader training requirements in Massachusetts and in many other states. Over the past 6 years, over 1000 people from 45 states and 15 nations have taken this course.  

Dates: Wednesday, February 24th-Friday, February 26th 2016

Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
630 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476

Tuition: $250 for the first person and $175 for each additional person from an agency.

For more information and to register, visit the website.

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3. Haley House: The 8th Annual Haley House Souper Bowl

Date: Sunday, February 21st 2016.

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury 02119

At Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury’s Dudley Square, more than a dozen chefs will serve soups made from locally sourced ingredients as a fundraiser for Haley House’s Soup Kitchen in the South End. This event is the first in a series of events marking Haley House’s 50th Anniversary. There are four entry times: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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4. Our Bodies Ourselves: Now hiring Communications Associate

Application deadline: Sunday, January 24th 2016.

Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), a highly respected feminist nonprofit organization, seeks an Executive Director who is passionate about women’s health and social justice to lead its essential work. The Executive Director will be responsible for overall management, including infrastructure development, fundraising, and program oversight. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and skilled communicator who can serve as the organization’s primary public spokesperson and fundraising leader. The position requires the ability to balance visioning and strategic planning with day-to-day supervision of staff as well as coordination with the Board and OBOS founders.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by March 1, 2016 to Joan Rachlin, Search Committee Chair, at EDSearch@ourbodiesourselves.org

For more information, read the full listing here.

 

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Community Works Events: 1/25-1/31

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas. Check out their programming for the week starting Monday, January 25th 2016.

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  1. Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice: Member Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 2201 Washington Street
Suite 302 (rear entrance off Ruggles St.)
Roxbury, MA. 02119

When is it going to matter to you?
Are you ready to take action on the injustices going on in our neighborhoods?
Come join us at our member meeting to discuss how we can take action on current issues going on in our communities!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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   2.  Emerge (Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence): Registration for Counseling Abusers Training

Description: This course is intended for anyone working with families affected by domestic violence. The course meets BIP group leader training requirements in Massachusetts and in many other states. Over the past 6 years, over 1000 people from 45 states and 15 nations have taken this course.  

Dates: Wednesday, February 24th-Friday, February 26th 2016

Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
630 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA. 02476

Tuition: $250 for the first person and $175 for each additional person from an agency.

For more information and to register, visit the website.

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   3.  Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD): The Art of Advocacy

 Date: Thursday, January 28th 2016

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm

Location: Luther Bonney Hall,
85 Bedford Street,
Portland, ME 04103.

The federal courts play a role in all of our lives—even if we don’t always realize it. They can play a powerful role in ensuring that the underrepresented have their voices heard and their rights protected. Hear Mary L. Bonauto of GLAD, Kate Knox of Bernstein Shur, and Zach Heiden of the ACLU of Maine discuss how the federal courts can help propel a movement when legislative or ballot efforts fail the minority.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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