Fall 2018 Classes

The Truth School feeds my heart and my head.
Classes remind me that we people of conscience and kindness are not alone. It is our regions’ most significant new gem. – J.M. Sorrell, Truth School Participant

All Truth School classes are FREE.

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Re-Imagining the Practice of Social Justice: Bringing Head, Heart, and Hands to Our Work
SERIES CLASS: This is a two-part series. Participants are expected to attend both Saturday sessions.
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Holyoke Public Library, Board Room, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke

The influence of the dominant culture in the U.S. on social justice activism and organizing often goes unnoticed. In our culture, busyness, mind over heart, getting immediate results, and overestimating one’s individual power to produce and control are valued more than BEING. In this experiential workshop, participants are invited to explore the principles of evolutionary leadership and the implications for enduring social action. Through a combination of exercises and dialogue, participants will consider and make meaning of taking action from the heart center, acting boldly in the face of uncertainty, and surrendering the fruits of action, patience, and fierce compassion.
Rose Sackey Milligan
Rose Sackey-Milligan


Trainer: Rose Sackey-Milligan, Contemplative Educator for Social Action




Poetry: How Pain Becomes Beautiful Power
When: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Community Music School of Springfield , 127 State Street, Springfield

In this class Johnie Sanders and Jennifer Ladd will share poems we know and will have time to write our own poems as well. We encourage each person to bring a poem that has moved them deeply, that has helped them name something. We will share those poems and then take time to write our own poems that we will read to one another (if people wish to do that), without critique. The focus of the gathering is on hearing and creating poems that speak to transformation. We will be witness to each other’s poems of transformation to strengthen our work for change.
Johnie Sanders
Jennifer Ladd
Jennifer Ladd

Trainers: Johnie Sanders, Poet and part of ARISE for Social Justice; and Jennifer Ladd, Poet, Donor Organizer and Co-Founder of Class Action

Publish or Perish: How to Write for and Get Published in the Mass Media
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 40 Center Street, Community Room, Northampton MA

In this class, we will explore how to write short opinion articles for newspapers, magazines, and online sites. The focus of our work together will be on developing useful skills for composing articles that will attract the interest of editors and express a strong point of view.
Dr. Michael Klare
Dr. Michael Klare

Trainer: Dr. Michael Klare, Former Director, Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, currently Senior Research Fellow, Arms Control Association, Washington DC. Dr. Klare is also the Defense Correspondent for The Nation.


Activists Greet the Light: Celebrating with Freedom Songs
When: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Treehouse Community at Easthampton Meadow, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

Working and living for justice can be nourishing in our best moments, yet we’re sometimes drained when struggles get hard. Come learn and sing freedom songs from around the world that will brighten spirits, welcome returning light, and recharge batteries so we can keep going in movements that bring justice. Group singing is well-proven to achieve these goals!
Eveline MacDougal
Eveline MacDougall


Trainer: Eveline MacDougall, Founder and Director, Amandla Chorus


What Do You Stand For?
When: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Greenfield Public Library, LeVanway Room, 402 Main Street, Greenfield

Knowing the deepest truth of what you truly stand for empowers you to embody and work towards the biggest dreams you have for the world. And, when you show up as the powerful change maker you are, others are drawn and inspired to collaborate and join with you. Bring to this workshop a written description of a project or campaign you are working on and, if possible, come with a few of the people you are working with.

Vivienne Simon
Vivienne Simon

Trainer: Vivienne Simon is a life-long campaigner for international environmental and human rights, retired lawyer, life coach, and Sugar Shack Alliance activist and legal advisor.


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