September 2023 Newsletter

In This Issue:


From the Director 

The experiment is starting!!

The Fall Catalogue (now published in hard copy and also online) is different from all our other catalogues over the last 6 1/2 years!

If you have registered for one of our Fall classes, you may have noticed that things have changed.  At least for this one semester.

Rather than 45 individual classes (as in the past), the Fall Catalogue follows this new experimental “5 and 10” model.  We have 5 series classes that meet four, five, or six times.  And we have 10 stand-alone classes that are workshops that meet once.

We are eager to hear your reaction!  So please sign up for a class or classes (and then show up!!!) and please give us feedback.  How do you like this new model?  We had heard that Truth School class participants wanted to “go deeper” with some classes running over time, so the trainer and participants could build on their learning week after week and really investigate one topic deeply.  So please, if you take a series class, let us know if it met your expectations.

Also some folks like the stand-alone workshops and wanted to make sure those were not dropped–so the Fall Catalogue has 10 stand-alone classes.

We could repeat the “5 and 10” model in the future, maybe one semester a year.  We are still figuring it out.  Our decision will depend on what we hear from you.  So send your thoughts about this new model directly to me at, and we will let you know in a future newsletter what we heard and where we are headed.

Sign up!  Registration is open!  Classes are starting next week!
Here’s to the success of the scrappy and pretty wonderful Truth School!  We aim to be nimble and responsive to your needs.

And here’s to all of you, we honor your good work in the world, we have heard your feedback and requests, and we want to hear more from you! Please be in touch.

With you in the struggle for a just and peaceful world,

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Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples. - Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemalan Feminist, Indigenous Rights Activist and Peacemaker

September Classes


Below is a list of September and October 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:

If you register for a class but can’t make it, please let us know at 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

October Classes


Dream a New Dream: Live a New Story
Sundays from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: October 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2023
with Amber Chand
The Prison Fix
Thursdays from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2023
with Dr. Sut Jhally
Calling In the Call Out Culture
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
with Loretta J. Ross
Holding the In-Between: A Path to Wholeness
Saturday, October 21, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
with Ann Augustine
Finding Joy and Community in a Time of Discord and Disconnection
Saturday, October 28, 2023, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
with Sonji Johnson-Anderson and Susan Theberge

Trainer Spotlight

Omkari Williams

Omkari Williams


Omkari Williams was born and raised in Manhattan. She believes that our stories connect us beyond barriers, including race, gender, and geography. She is the host of the podcast “Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Social Justice and How We All Get Free,” where she interviews people doing activism in their own unique ways. To help people identify their own approach to activism, she created the Activist Archetype Quiz©. Omkari describes herself as an optimistic realist who sees the problems we confront and believes deeply in our collective ability to solve them and bring forth a peaceful, healthy, and just world. Her book Micro Activism: How You Can Make A Difference in the World (Without a Bullhorn) will be published in October 2023. She lives in Western Massachusetts.


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Written by Michael Klare, published by, August 17, 2023

In his 2005 bestseller Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, geographer Jared Diamond focused on past civilizations that confronted severe climate shocks, either adapting and surviving or failing to adapt and disintegrating. Among those were the Puebloan culture of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, the ancient Mayan civilization of Mesoamerica, and the Viking settlers of Greenland. Such societies, having achieved great success, imploded when their governing elites failed to adopt new survival mechanisms to face radically changing climate conditions.

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