April 2023 Newsletter

In This Issue:


From the Director 
Friends, we do not ask often but we are asking now. The Truth School is thriving, AND we need, each year, to make our budget and meet our expenses! Can you click on the DONATE button below and contribute to the ongoing work of our feisty and fabulous movement-building School?

We run a tight ship, every dollar you contribute will be very well used—there is no fluff in our $112,000 annual budget. We pay a small, hard-working staff and all our trainers and hosts, and cover other expenses that include making thousands of hard copy catalogues each semester, postage, board insurance, fees for our various social media platforms and other not-glamorous expenses.

I do not have a new project, a sexy new strategic plan, a remarkable new vision, or the roll-out of a new direction for the School to entice you into giving. That is because what is written on the cover of every single one of our catalogues (over the last six years) remains true: “We do one thing.  Well.  We teach movement-building skills. Class after class, week after week, month after month.  We prepare social change leaders to win movement struggles.” If you believe this is accurate, if the Truth School has helped hone your skills as a seasoned or budding activist, if you are grateful that our work goes on week after week at such a high level, if you have taken a class that improved your organizing skills or touched your heart or both, please give.

We welcome gifts of any size, we welcome one-time donations and ongoing monthly giving, and we assure you, we know how to use every dime and stretch every dollar.
I am a donor to the Truth School, I give repeatedly throughout the year, and writing those checks gives me great pleasure.  I have experienced buyers’ remorse in my life (that orange sweater…what was I thinking?) but I have never experienced givers’ remorse when I contribute to the ongoing work of the Truth School.

My message to you is this: please join me and give a contribution to sustain the needed and making-a-difference Truth School. Thank you for being a part of our “extended family,” and thank you in advance for your generosity.

In the struggle with you, and grateful to you,

Donate to the Truth School

Our 2022 Annual Report is now available. Click HERE to view it.


"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time." --Angela Davis



Below is a list of April classes.  All classes for our spring semester will be on Zoom.  All class times are Eastern Standard Time. Click on the class title or the class flyer for more info or visit www.truthschool.org.
If you register for a class but can’t make it, please let us know at registrar@truthschool.org. Accurate information about class size is important for trainers to know for preparation and planning purposes.
Thank you for this courtesy.


Multiracial and Interfaith Families
Zion Chamble, Emily Mentin-Chamble, and Dwayne Chamble
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Producing Radio Ready Podcasts
Netfa Freeman
Saturday, April 8, 2023, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Cross-Racial Friendships, Anti-Racism Organizing, and the Commitment to Keeping On Keeping On: A Conversation with Amihan Matias and Andrea Ayvazian
Moderated by: Mehlaqa Samdani
Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Beyond Racism 101: A Workshop for Activists Taking New Leaps Forward
Tanisha Arena
Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Connecting to the Land and to Each Other: An Earth Day Circle
Irene “Strong Oak” Lefebvre
Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Racial Disparities in Health Care
Dr. Booker Bush
Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Walk the Talk: A Workshop for Men
Natalia Muñoz
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Reproductive Justice 101: How We Liberate Abortion
Kate Glynn and Marisa Pizii
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Zoom Hosts Needed! The Truth School (TS) is looking for Hosts for Zoom-based classes later this semester and in the future. A small stipend will be provided. We are looking for folk who: • know and believe in the Truth School's social justice mission • have attended at least 2 TS classes in the last 2 years • are experienced with Zoom technology • have some familiarity with Google Suite or MS Office • want to strengthen their leadership skills If this sounds like you, we'd like to talk to you about becoming a Host. Please reach out to the Co-Coordinator of the Host Program, ivy tillman at ivy@truthschool.org

"I think it's important to move people beyond just dreaming into doing. They have to be able to see that you are just like them, and you made it. --Sonia Sotomayor

What Participants are Saying


"The pacing, the community, the groundedness were all what I was hoping for. The trainer provided a space for us to explore conceptually and practically how rest is part of the revolution. --Participant, Resting to Rise "Engaging, warm, welcoming. Useful framework and new ideas for me. The instructor modeled addressing charged/inflammatory language in a very constructive way. Great resources shaped both by the instructor and participants." --Participant, Healing Separation from the Inside Out


Mondragon Natalia Munoz



Mondragon Natalia Munoz is an award-winning, Pulitzer Prize nominated, multimedia journalist from San Juan, Puerto Rico who advocates for women’s freedom.

Can you tell us about yourself and why you got involved as a Truth School trainer?

I am Boricua from the stolen lands of what is called Puerto Rico. I was born into a family of activists and saw with my own eyes how being activated is the first step in saying, “I can do something.”


You will be teaching a class on April 27th called, “Walk the Talk: A Workshop for Men.” Can you tell us about the class and your motivation for facilitating a workshop on this topic?


Progressive or liberal men are not in solidarity with men enough. I was at the Women’s March in 2017 and saw sprinkles of men. Less than a quarter of the participants were men. It was desperately disappointing. It seems to me that the very people that can accelerate positive change think that because they support “Elizabeth” and donate money to whatever causes and people, they are all set. Well, they are not all set. Women need their active solidarity. That means speaking up, showing up, and interrupting the oppression and sexual harassment of girls and women.
In my workshop, I want to hear from men about what extraordinary steps they are taking so that other extraordinary men can learn from them. Our movement towards justice needs all of us, whether we think we do enough or not. 


What are the most important ways that men can be allies/accomplices/co-conspirators to women?


Solidarity is the foundation of justice. Show up, say something. Listen and do. 


Why do you believe the work of the Truth School matters?


The Truth School is a way of living our wildest dreams for justice. It is a conglomeration of answered prayers. 

"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." --Audre Lorde

Daily Hampshire Gazette

Columnist Andrea Ayvazian: Small acts with big impacts — community

Every day around noon, my husband Michael, a political scientist and prolific writer, stops writing at his desk and walks to downtown Northampton for lunch. He always goes to the same place, Balagan Café, and orders a sandwich and café latte. The servers at Balagan know Michael well and they always share in conversations about politics, the city, the weather, and, more recently, updates about our granddaughter, Fiona.

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