Spring 2019 Trainings

Our Spring Semester through May 26th, 2019.

There are series classes and one-time sesssions. There are classes geared to elders, people of color, white people, transgender individuals, people of faith, seasoned activists and newly activated activists. There are trainings on circle practice, sanctuary, planning meetings that get things done, reparations, abolition, workers’ rights, nonviolent direct action and so much more. Each training connects to some dimension of building social justice movements – the gathering of people and resources together to create a more just society. Find something that speaks to you, a class that might challenge you, a place where you might connect with others and register.

All Truth School trainings are free. Free. Free. Registration is required. From the title of any of the following classes, you can move through to the class information page to learn more and to register.  

MAY TRAININGS

CIRCLE PRACTICE TO BUILD STRENGTH AND TRUST
When: Thursday, May 2, 2019; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke

CIVICS 101: YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR LEADERS, YOUR LAWS
When
: Thursday, May 9, 2019; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Unitarian Society, Sojourner Truth Room, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

CANCELLED:
WRITING WITH FIRE: USING NARRATIVE FOR ADVOCACY AND CHANGE
When
: Saturday, May 11, 2019; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton

HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT: EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY FOR SINGLE PAYER IN MASSACHUSETTS
When
: Thursday, May 16, 2019; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 170 Main Street, Greenfield

TAKE A WALK IN SOJOURNER TRUTH’S SHOES
When
: Saturday, May 18, 2019; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Meet at the Sojourner Truth Statue, corner of Park and Pine Streets, Florence, MA

SING FOR FREEDOM: USING OUR VOICES TO CREATE THE WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN
When
: Thursday, May 23, 2019; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton

ABOLITION AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: PRESENT DAY
When
: Sunday, May 26, 2019; 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: The Churches at Island Pond (also known as Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church) in the Gym, 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA

GOING DEEPER: Series Trainings
Series classes meet more than once and are centered on going deeper into the topic and building relationships with others in the group. Most series trainings require a commitment of attendance at all the classes in the series.

AND STILL WE RISE: LEADERSHIP FORUM FOR WOMEN OF COLOR LEADERS
When: Saturdays, January 26, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18 and June 15, 2019; 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 741 State Street, Parlor Room, Springfield

ENDED:
TRANSGENDER SUPPORT AND EMPOWERMENT: TELLING OUR STORIES
When: Fridays, February 8, March 8, April 5 & May 3, 2019; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 170 Main Street, Greenfield

RESPONSIBLE WHITENESS
When: Thursdays, March 7, March 21 & April 4, 2019; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: 170 Main Street, Greenfield

SUPPORT AND ACTIVIST DISCUSSION GROUP FOR MEN OF COLOR
When: Sundays, March 10 & March 24, 2019
Where: The Churches at Island Pond, 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield

WE WILL NOT BE DIVIDED: JEWS AND ALLIES STANDING TOGETHER AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM
When: Sundays, March 17 & March 24, 2019; 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Where: Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street, Springfield

APRIL TRAININGS

HOW DIRECT ACTION CAMPAIGNS CAN BUILD TRANSFORMATIONAL MOVEMENTS
When
: Tuesday, April 2, 2019; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: SHOWING UP WHOLE IN RACIAL JUSTICE WORK
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019; 9:30 – 5:00 pm & Sunday, April 7, 2019; 9:30 – 4:00 pm
Where: Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Community Room, 123 Elm Street, Northampton

CANCELLED:
$10 MILLION PER HOUSE: NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SOCIAL JUSTICE and ENVIRONMENTALISM
When
: Saturday, April 13, 2019; 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Where: Forest Park Branch, Springfield Public Library, Springfield

Cancelled:
THE PEACE PUZZLE: A GROUP BRIDGE-BUILDING EXERCISE
When
: Thursday, April 25, 2019; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton

CHANGE HAPPENS AT THE SPEED OF TRUST
When
: Saturday, April 27, 2019; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke

WILL PROGRESSIVES’ INFIGHTING IMPEDE OUR PROGRESS? A DIALOGUE
When
: Saturday, April 27, 2019; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Easthampton Council on Aging, 19 Union Street, Easthampton

MARCH TRAININGS

CANCELLED:
INVOCATION TO FREDERICK DOUGLASS: CONTEMPLATING THE HEART OF THE MATTER
When
: Saturday, March 2, 2019; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: 208 Race Street, Suite 305, Holyoke

POETRY, CURIOSITY AND FEARLESSNESS
When: Sunday, March 3, 2019; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton

INVOCATION TO JAMES BALDWIN: CONTEMPLATING THE HEART OF THE MATTER
When
: Saturday, March 9, 2019; 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: The Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street, Springfield

WORKERS’ RIGHTS 101
When
: Thursday, March 14, 2019; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 200 Hampton Ave, #200, Northampton

WHEN SELF-CARE IS NOT ENOUGH
When
: Saturday, March 16, 2019; 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Where: Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke – Community Room

CREATIVE WRITING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
When
: Saturday, March 23, 2019; 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Where: Springfield Public Library, Mason Square Branch, 765 State Street, Springfield

NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION TRAINING
When
: Saturday, March 23, 2019; 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Where: The Churches at Island Pond, 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield

CANCELLED:
DO MUSLIM WOMEN NEED SAVING?
When
: Thursday, March 28, 2019; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton

CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND CULTURAL HUMILITY: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE
When
: Saturday, March 30, 2019; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Treehouse Community Room, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton

GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING: RAISING MONEY FOR OUR MOVEMENTS!
When
: Sunday, March 31, 2019; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street, Greenfield – LeVanway Room

FEBRUARY TRAININGS

CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND CULTURAL HUMILITY: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE
When:
Saturday, February 2, 2019; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Where: Treehouse Community Room, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton

THE GROWING DANGER OF NUCLEAR WAR AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
When:
Saturday, February 2, 2019; 1:30 – 3:00 pm  
Where: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton

READING AND WRITING WORK THAT INSPIRES
When: Sunday, February 3, 2019; 4:00 – 5:30 pm 
Where: Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street, LeVanway Room, Greenfield

“SECTION 7” ORGANIZING AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTED UNIONISM
When
: Saturday, February 9, 2019; 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Where: St. Philip’s Church, 128 Main Street, Easthampton

BUILDING CHANGE THROUGH BETTER MEETINGS
When
: Sunday, February 10, 2019; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: 170 Main Street, Greenfield

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER:
MAKING POSITIVE CHANGE: EXPLORING INTERNALIZED WHITE SUPREMACY IN PREDOMINANTLY WHITE COMMUNITIES
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019; 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Greenfield Community College, E123, 1 College Drive, Greenfield

REPARATIONS? WHY? HOW?
When: Sunday, February 17, 2019; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton

ELDER WORKSHOP: LIVING AS THOUGH THIS WERE YOUR LAST DAY WHILE PLANNING TO LIVE FOREVER
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Easthampton Council on Aging, 19 Union Street, Easthampton

VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE MOVEMENT
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019; 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Where: Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke – Board Room

CANCELLED:
A THEOLOGY OF SANCTUARY, ACCOMPANIMENT and LIBERATION
When
: Sunday, February 24, 2019; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: The Churches at Island Pond, 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA