Fall 2019 Classes

                                          SEPTEMBER CLASSES

Every class in this catalogue is taught by a person of color, and some classes are taught by biracial pairs. We believe it is simply the right thing to do – to lift up the expertise of people of color and honor their gifts, talents, experience and leadership. This decision, made in the winter of 2019, has meant that we have new offerings and new trainers working with us, and we are delighted. One trainer of color, upon hearing this news, called the Truth School decision “a small but significant step towards reparations.”

Restorative Practices Based on Indigenous Values

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Trainer: Irene “Strong Oak” Lefebvre
When: Thursday, September 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Second Congregational Church, UCC, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA

Picture Books: Starting Conversations with Children About Social Justice

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Trainer: Waleska Santiago-Centeno & Alice Levine
When: Sunday September 8, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA

Disability 101

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Trainer: Dr. Madeline L. Peters
When: Saturday, September 14, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Greenfield Community College – President’s Conference Room (C201), 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA

Voices for Community Building

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Trainer: Evelyn Harris
When: Tuesday, September 17, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Where: Sandra Costello’s Photography Studio – Eastworks, Suite 147, Eastworks – 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA

Sacred Music: A Journey to Freedom

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Trainer: Dr. Ruth Bass Green
When: Thursday September 19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: Community Music School of Springfield – Room 201, 127 State Street, Springfield, MA

Preparing to Run for Office: A Workshop for Potential Candidates and Their Support Teams

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Trainer: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud & Yasmin Abdulatheem
When: Thursday, September 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Arise for Social Justice, 38 School Street, Springfield, MA

Guided by the Spirit: How Faith Motivates and Sustains Social Activism

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Trainer: Rev. Dr. Karen-Louise Rucks
When: Saturday, September 7, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

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Trainer: Mehlaqa Samdani & Naz Mohamed
When: Thursday, September 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Easthampton Council on Aging (the old Post Office), 19 Union Street, Easthampton, MA

Organizational Change: A Coaching Seminar for Activists Working Inside Organizations

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Trainer: Dr. Patricia Romney
When: Sunday, September 15, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Flywheel Arts Collective, 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA

LGBTQIA Support and Advocacy

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Trainers: Cynthia Espinosa Marrero & Juan Sanchez
When: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18
Where: Nueva Esperanza, 401 Main Street, Holyoke, MA

The Color of Class

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Trainer: Rhonda Soto
When: Saturday, September 21, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Where: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA

Invocation to James Baldwin: Contemplating the Heart of the Matter

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Trainer: Amma Bigbi & Rose Sackey-Milligan, Ph.D.
When: Sat Sep 28, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA

                                          OCTOBER CLASSES

Cultural Humility and Cross Cultural Communication: Bridging the Divide – Part 1

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Trainer: Jen Matias
When: Saturday, October 5, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

Poetry: How Pain Becomes Beautiful Power

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Trainer: Jennifer Ladd & Johnie Sanders
When: Saturday, October 5, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Arise for Social Justice, 38 School Street, Springfield, MA

Effective Mentoring of Young People of Color

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Trainer: Olivia Ilano Davis & Thulani Davis
When: Sunday, October 13, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

Public Speaking for the Terrified

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Trainer: Claudia Quintero
When: Saturday, October 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA

Showing Up Whole in Racial Justice: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and Community Leaders

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Trainer: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
When: Thursday, October 17, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Northampton Center for the Arts – The Flex Space, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA

Labyrinth Through Fear: A Gift Event

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Trainer: Ingrid Askew & Janet Aalfs
When: Saturday, October 26, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: The Pan African Historical Museum USA, Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, #2, Springfield, MA

Running Effective and Productive Meetings

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Trainer: Tanisha Arena, M.S.
When: Thursday, October 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Arise for Social Justice, 38 School Street, Springfield, MA

Helping Your Group/Team Grow to Become More Effective and How to Give Hard-To-Hear Feedback Without Name-Calling

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Trainer: Dr. Jacqueline Bearce
When: Thursday, October 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM & Thursday, October 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Arise for Social Justice, 38 School Street, Springfield, MA

Beyond the Word: Becoming an Active Ally

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Trainer: SaraMae Afriam & Xinef Afriam
When: Saturday, October 12, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA

Voices for Community Building

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Trainer: Evelyn Harris
When: Tuesday, October 15, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Where: Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

Immigrant Stories of Challenge and Success in U.S. Culture

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Trainer: Senimar Gonzalez-Amaro and Carolyn Shakti Sadeh
When: Sunday, October 20, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: The Churches at Island Pond (Bethesda Lutheran Church), 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA

Cultural Humility and Cross Cultural Communication: Bridging the Divide – Part 2

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Trainer: Jen Matias
When: Sunday, October 27, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

                                         NOVEMBER CLASSES

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Trainer: Dr. Madeline L. Peters
When: Saturday, November 2, 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Where: Flywheel Arts Collective, 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA

Circle Practice to Build Strength and Trust

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Trainer: Tasondra Jardine
When: Sunday, November 3, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Where: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA

Leading Volunteers? Resist Doing “All” of the Work!

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Trainer: Pamela Marsh-Williams
When: Saturday, November 9, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Easthampton Council on Aging (the old Post Office), 19 Union Street, Easthampton, MA

Voices for Community Building

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Trainer: Evelyn Harris
When: Tuesday, November 12, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Where: Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

Social Activism for Senior Citizens

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Trainer: Carmen Montes & Katharine Baker
When: Sunday, November 17, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: 170 Main Street, 170 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

Positive Social Change through Education: Views from Inside an Elementary School

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Trainer: Gwen Agna & Tom Chang
When: Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
November 2, November 9 and November 16
Where: Jackson Street School, 120 Jackson Street, Northampton, MA

Unpacking the Man Box: Cross-Gender Dialogue About Masculinity and Movement Building

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Trainer: James Arana & Steven Botkin
When: Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
November 7 and November 21
Where: Holyoke Public Library – Board Room, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA

Infighting on the Left: A Structured Dialogue

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Trainer: Gail Perlman & Norma Akamatsu
When: Sunday, November 10, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Greenfield Public Library – LeVanway Room, 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

Sacred Music: A Journey to Freedom

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Trainer: Dr. Ruth Bass Green
When: Thursday, November 14, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: First Churches – Lyman Hall, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA

                                          DECEMBER CLASSES

Writing for Social Change

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Trainer: Tanisha Arena, M.S.
When: Thursday, December 5, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Where: Arise for Social Justice, 38 School Street, Springfield, MA

Movement for Movement People

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Trainer: Claudia Quintero
When: Sat Dec 7, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Where: The Churches at Island Pond (Bethesda Lutheran Church), 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA

Invocation to Martin Luther King, Jr.: Contemplating the Heart of the Matter

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Trainer: Rose Sackey-Milligan, Ph.D.
When: Saturday, December 14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

Change Happens at the Speed of Trust

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Trainer: Jade Barker
When: Saturday, December 7, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: 170 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

Restorative Practices Based on Indigenous Values

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Trainer: Irene “Strong Oak” Lefebvre, MSSA
When: Sunday, December 8, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Greenfield Public Library – LeVanway Room, 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA