American Friends Service MLK Day Mon. Jan 16, 2017: "How We Shall Resist"

This year, on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am the AFSC’s 33rd hosts it's Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at various churches in downtown Northampton.

AFSC will sponsor a series of events over the course of the day – from the Sojourner Truth Walking Tour and a Children’s Program (run by Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene) – to a series of workshops and trainings in various spaces in downtown Northampton by local activists and activist groups.

9am: Sojourner Truth Walking Tour (with Steve Strimer of the Ruggles Center)
Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue
Park and Pine Streets, Florence

10am: Children’s MLK Jr. Celebration (with Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene)
Jackson Street School
120 Jackson St, Northampton

12 – 5pm: Informational Tabling
+ Come get a schedule and directions to the workshops, get a “Black Lives Matter” or “Good Neighbor” lawn sign, or visit organization’s tables.
Edwards Church
297 Main St, Northampton

1pm – 5pm: Social Justice Workshops
Various locations at Edwards Church, First Churches, the Unitarian Universalist Society, Northampton Friends Meeting
To see the complete schedule of workshops and trainings click on this link   

6pm: MLK Sing-a-long Celebration (with Evelyn Harris and more)
First Churches
129 Main Street, Northampton

 For complete information about this action  click here to link to the AFSC website.

All are invited to participate in the Greenfield location "Women Standing Our Ground" event organized by Cynthia Bleil and Mary MCClintock

For: Additional details, Directions, Carpooling, Parking, What to Wear/Bring visit the Women Standing Our Ground Facebook link or phone number shown below.

Please spread the word to everyone you know who isn’t able to go to DC or Boston or NYC!

Women Standing Our Ground Rally in Solidarity with Women’s March on Washington

On Saturday, January 21 at 12:30 p.m., women and their allies will gather on the Greenfield Town Common (Court Square) for a rally in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.

Echoing the message of the Washington March, local speakers, songs, signs, and personal testimony will focus on standing together for women’s and human rights. Intended as a call to action, the rally will provide information about concrete actions participants can take to protect their rights, safety, health, and families.

At 1 p.m., participants in the Greenfield rally will join individuals and groups across the country in observing the One Minute of Silence for Equality. The 1@1 action is a call for women’s equality, women’s rights, and human rights.

Women Standing Our Ground Rally co-organizer Mary McClintock, of Conway, said “Many women I know will travel to Washington for the Women’s March on Washington and many of us can’t be in Washington that day. I am helping create this local rally so we can show solidarity with the national March and add our voices to the call for women’s rights. I encourage all women and our allies to stand up for women’s rights and human rights on January 21st and every day.” 

All are invited to attend the rally and are encouraged to dress warmly for an outdoor event and to bring signs that express their vision for women’s rights and human rights, locally, nationally, and globally.

To volunteer to help with organizing or for more information, visit the Rally’s Facebook event page at:
or call 877-925-2999.

2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture

The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Overview Fall Calendar | Spring Preview | K-12 Offerings | Curricular Connections |Transportation and Accessibility | About the Lecture Series About Kenneth Feinberg | PosterHow is it that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world? What forces led us here? What alternatives are on the horizon?
The 2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series will explore the ways that state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society. More than a dozen panels, performances, gallery exhibitions, and lectures by the nation's leading scholars, artists and activists will explore a wide range of topics, from police brutality, immigration detention, and carceral feminism to the consequences of incarceration for women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals. The series will culminate in the opening of the national traveling exhibition States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Stories.
This Feinberg Series aims to offer meaningful events that consider the carceral state in historical perspective and that will support and amplify ongoing work by community groups and activists, enriching undergraduate and graduate education at UMass and surrounding educational institutions. Taken together, these powerful events will explore the many ways in which the carceral state impacts our lives and our world in deep and far-reaching ways.
All events are FREE and open to the public. 

Link here for Fall 2016-2017 Calendar of Events

Offerings for K-12 Teachers and Students

K-12 Educators! Please join us for an associated professional development series led by award-winning social justice educator Dr. Antonio Nieves Martinez (UMass Amherst)This free series,Teaching in the Age of Mass Incarceration, will support educators across content areas in exploring these issues in their classrooms. PDPs and graduate credit available (additional fees may apply for graduate credit). This series is offered with the Collaborative for Educational Services. More info here.
Additionally, financial support is available for school field trips to series events and exhibits. Contact for more information.

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*Candidates Night Forum*

Monday, Aug., 8 2016, 6:30 to 9:00pm
Town Room, 
2nd floor
Amherst Town Hall

Candidates for State Representative 3rd District Hampshire County

This community organized forum will  be
co-moderated by Manuel Frau-Ramos, co-founder/editor of El Sol Latino newspaper, & Carlie Tartakov and Jacqueline Smith-Crooks, hosts of WHMP's "Black In The Valley" radio show.  This is our community's opportunity to learn more about the candidates for the upcoming state and local elections.
Primary election Thurs., September 8th; General election Tues., November 8th.

You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates for State Representative for our district.
You will also get to meet and ask questions of the candidates running for Hampshire County Sheriff.  

Candidates for Hampshire County Sheriff

Bring your questions and concerns to those who seek to represent you.

Submit your questions and topics to:  by Friday, Aug 5th.
Put "Candidate Questions" in the subject field.

This event is co-sponsored by

5 K Walk For Justice, September 19, 2015

Photo by Rene Theberge

 The Amherst Area NAACP and
the New England Area Conference  NAACP
5K Walk For Justice

In Amherst our walk will begin at 10:00 am from Haigis Mall, UMass.  We will conclude at Sweetser Park Amherst Center, across from the police station and the Black Sheep Deli.

We have organized a "Cane Brigade" for those unable to complete the walk.  Cane Brigade members will begin arriving at Sweetser Park between 10:30 and 11:00 am.

Remember to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes.  Be sure to carry your water with you during the walk.

The Goal & Purpose is 
To develop a multi-racial, multi-age group of thousands of people who will participate in some leg of the Relay to demand legislative changes. A significant and diverse participant group will send a powerful message to the different legislative bodies that a broad cross-section of citizens is demanding change.  The desired legislative changes, include:

1.      Cultural competency of police forces, and at all command levels

2.      Independent or special prosecutors when police are subject to prosecution for serious crimes, including assault, excessive force and killings

3.      Requirement for police body cameras

4.      Other policies and practices which may lead to better and more effective policing and the elimination of race based policing and discrimination against the disabled.

The Relay will endeavor to gain the sponsorship and active support of significant numbers of civil rights organizations, religious groups, community groups and unions.  To be effective, the Relay must appeal to youngsters, college students, young workers, and older people --  in short, people of all ages.
Organization co-sponsors
My organization wants to make a donation to the Amherst Area NAACP:
Make Checks payable to:
Amherst Area NAACP
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box175
Amherst, MA 01004