July/August 2023 Newsletter

In This Issue:


From the Director 

Mark your calendars! It is almost here!   The Truth School Fall Catalogue goes online on August 1st and we have heard the buzz already.   Seriously!  People are eager to sign up for classes.  We are thrilled that folks are asking us repeatedly when registration for Fall classes begins!   We cannot believe that the School has become so popular and people are so eager to register for one, two, or a dozen Fall classes!   We are delighted that our classes have had an impact and are now in demand.

And the Fall classes are great…truly great.   You will see when you open the online catalogue.   Wow!  I will be registering for some classes on August 1st, and make sure you do also so you can get a spot in the classes that have caps on the number of participants.

Also, if you are a paper person (as I am) and would like a hard copy catalogue mailed to your door through the good old USPS, please email me at revandrea@comcast.net and I will (so happily!!) pop a catalogue in the mail to you.   The hard copy catalogues are a treat because you can feel the heft of our classes—it is like the School is worthwhile and weighty!   I keep a catalogue on my desk all the time and revel in the diversity and creativity of the class line-up.

And now…with the month of August still ahead…may your final weeks of summer be not-too-busy.   May you find big swaths of time to “chill-ax,” as my son would say.   May you renew and refuel.  The road ahead is long.   Take time to refresh and regroup…we need you, each one of you…we need you to be your most rested, energetic, and brilliant selves.   Being an activist, being a leader, being a change-agent is hard hard hard work.   Take good care of your precious selves. If you burn out, we are all diminished.

And my friends, take and create joy whenever and wherever you can…even in small bursts.   Remember: experiencing joy is an act of resistance.


Blessings and love, Andrea

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Kids holding Black Lives Matter signs and wearing BLM shirts: "None of us is free until all of us are free!"


September Classes


Below is a list of September classes.  Classes will be open for registration on August 1st. All classes for our fall semester will be on Zoom.  All class times are Eastern Time.  Please visit our website for more info and to register: 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.


Keep the Light Bright! A Writing Workshop for a Community with Something to Say
Saturday, September 9, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
with Sauda Garrett


Reproductive Justice Post-Roe

Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
with Sheila Ramirez and Carrie N. Baker


The Stolen Beam Series: A Study of Reparations for Descendants of African Slaves in the U.S
with Andrea Battle and Jeffrey Gold
Tuesdays from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM:
September 19, 2023
October 3, 2023
October 17, 2023
November 7, 2023
November 21, 2023


And Still We Rise: Six-Month Leadership Forum for Womxn of Color Series
with Amihan Jennifer Matias
Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM:
September 23, 2023
October 21, 2023
November 18, 2023
December 16, 2023
January 20, 2023
February 17, 2023


Activism for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People
Saturday, September 30, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
with Omkari Williams

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

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I grew up in a New Jersey suburb until age nine, when my family moved to Saranac Lake, New York, deep in the Adirondack Mountains. Our New Jersey neighbors said we were lucky to be moving to what they called “God’s country.” Maybe it seemed like “God’s Country” to them but it was a challenging place to live for an Armenian family — we were viewed as oddballs in our new community. No one knew the history of the genocide by the Turks, or could fathom the fact that my father was a survivor of the genocide. No one could pronounce our name; it seemed as though no one had ever previously met an Armenian.

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