A weekly update on ways to fight racism and build a more equitable town.

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LEARN Opportunities to unlearn bias and see society through others' eyes
Legacies of 1619: Recognition and Resilience
Saturday, September 7, 3:30-5pm
Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston
In 1619, the first enslaved Africans arrived in English North America. To mark the 400th anniversary of this historic event, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of African American History, and Roxbury Community College offer four programs to discuss the history of Africans and African Americans in the American past. Each program features leading scholars who will elaborate on a theme from the perspective of the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Reception at 3:30, panel at 4. Reserve your FREE ticket here.
White People Challenging Racism
CAMBRIDGE: Saturdays from September 14-28 from 9:30am-1pm
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street
BROOKLINE: Saturdays from October 19-November 2 from 9:30am-1pm
Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street
White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk To Action returns to Brookline for three Saturday sessions, co-facilitated by Lavette Coney and the editor of this newsletter, Colin Stokes. Topics include the history of racism and white supremacy, how they operate both interpersonally and systemically, and how white people can effectively disrupt them in our workplaces, communities, and personal circles. Each session combines awareness, practice, and planning for individual action. Register here.
Telling Stories: Allegories on “Race” and Anti-Racism
Wednesday, September 18, 4pm
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
During her Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute, epidemiologist Camara Phyllis Jones is developing tools to engage all Americans in a national campaign against racism. Allegories on “race” and racism are designed equip both children and adults to name racism, ask “How is racism operating here?” and organize and strategize to act. Learn more here.
LeadBoston 2020 Open House
Thursday, September 26, noon-1pm, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston
LeadBoston, a one-year monthly fellowship from YW Boston, takes leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors behind the scenes of Boston: transportation, education, healthcare, criminal justice, and more. Applying an equity lens and embracing complexity, LeadBoston equips participants with skills, knowledge, and networks to be inclusive change agents in their organizations and communities. Join our September Info Session to learn about how you or your colleagues will gain a deeper understanding of systemic inequities and a greater ability to communicate across difference through LeadBoston. Register here.
Workshop on White Fragility
Mondays from September 23-November 4, 6:30-8:30pm
Brookline High School, 110 Greenough Street
Former Pierce School principal Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford joins colleague Joshua Frank to lead a six-session workshop engaging with Dr. Robin DiAngelo's best-selling book White Fragility. Gain new insights and share perspectives, on the way to liberating yourself from avoidance, division, and despair that white supremacy often causes--toward a greater sense of agency, community, and hope for the future. Register at Brookline Adult Education here.
New England White Privilege Symposium
Friday October 4, 6-10pm & Saturday, October 5, 8am-4pm
Lesley University, 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge
The White Privilege Symposium is a regional presentation of the White Privilege Conference (WPC), now in its 18th year providing a high-energy and loving community space for seeking truth, speaking truth, and taking action about white supremacy, power, privilege, leadership, oppression, and the impact of structural inequities. With keynote speakers Darnisa Amante, Ed.L.D (DEEP, Harvard University Graduate School of Education), ​ Robin DiAngelo  (author of White Fragility ), and Yusef Salaam  (member of the "Central Park Five"). Register here.
White People Challenging Racism:
20th Anniversary Symposium
Sunday, October 6, 10am-4pm
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Since its first run at CCAE in the fall of 1999, more than 1,500 people have taken the White People Challenging Racism (WPCR) workshop at venues throughout New England and beyond. Mark the occasion by gathering with WPCR alumni, current and former WPCR co-facilitators, and other interested people to share the challenges we’ve faced, our questions, and our successes. With keynote speakers Nwamaka Agbo and Sadada Jackson. Register here.

ACTION OPPORTUNITY: Support White People Challenging Racism and share your message with the aspiring anti-racist community by taking out an ad in the Symposium program, $25-$100. Contact Colin .
The ABCs of Racism from Wee the People
October 12, 10am-noon
Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston
Join the acclaimed, Black-women-led social justice project Wee The People for its most popular workshop for educators and parent groups: The ABCs of Racism: Starting the Conversation About Racism With Kids . This interactive workshop will explore the barriers that prevent adults from talking about race and racism with kids, examine the social science of race awareness in children, and identify and practice strategies to begin the conversation with kids about the complexities of race and racism. Child care provided. Register here.
Undesign the Redline
through December 31, 8am-9pm daily
City Life/Vida Urbana + Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
284 Amory Street, First Floor Jamaica Plain
Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit connecting the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of today, through the powerful narratives of the people and communities affected by redlining and its legacy. Explore the history, be inspired by stories of vision and change, and become part of the conversation for new equitable policies and practices. Learn more about the interactive exhibit here.

BUILD COMMUNITY Connect and refuel through authentic relationships
TODrinks: Transit-Oriented Meet & Mingle
Thursday, September 5, 6:30pm
Hops N Scotch, Coolidge Corner
TODrinks are regional events where folks gather to meet like-minded neighbors who are interested in more affordable, walkable, welcoming, and vibrant neighborhoods. Brookline's Commission for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations' Fair Housing Committee (along with other Brookline residents) have partnered with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance to host an event here. Appetizers provided + cash bar. RSVP here.

TAKE ACTION Give your time, money, and expertise toward real change
Mass POWER Eastern MA Fall Kickoff
Monday, September 9, 6:30-7:45pm, Lecture Hall (basement level)
Connolly Library, 433 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
Prisoners are some of the most impacted by the policies made and implemented by elected officials, yet they do not have a say in who is elected. This must change. Join Mass POWER (Prisoners and Organizers Working for Enfranchisement and Restoration) to restore the right to vote for prisoners in Massachusetts. To do this, we are going to collect 80,000+ signatures this fall. We need all hands on deck to make this happen. Come out to learn a quick history of the right to vote for people ensnared in our criminal punishment system, the process to restore the right to vote, and how we are collectively going to do it! RSVP on Facebook.
Table for Justice in Coolidge Corner
Saturday, September 14, 10am-noon, Beacon & St. Mary's
Saturday, September 28, noon-2pm, Beacon & St. Mary's
Saturday, October 17th, 2-4pm, Farmers Market on Centre Street
Organizing begins with eye contact and a conversation. Join Irving Kurki of Pledge to Future Generations to greet passers-by and engage in dialogue about social justice, including Warrant Articles, organizations and campaigns, and education about anti-racism. Bring a friend and build your bravery in 30-minute slots. Email or call (617) 731-8725 to learn more.
Training for Grannies Respond's Overground Railroad
Tuesday, September 17, 6:30pm, 150 Erie St., Cambridge
Grannies Respond/ Abuelas Responden is a grassroots movement that formed in spring 2018 in response to the separation of families seeking asylum at the southern border of the U.S. Beth Yeager from the national Grannies Respond team is coming to Massachusetts to provide training for volunteers to participate in the Grannies Overground Railroad, which assists immigrants at bus stops across the country, as they make their way to family members and community hosts who will house them while they await court dates . Cheese pizzas and wi-fi available; please bring your own water or non-alcoholic beverage.

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