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Friday, 20 September 2019

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Community Dialogue: Healing Racism

Thursday, October 20th, 6pm to 8pmMichaelann and Louis
@ the Holyoke Library,
250 Chestnut Street
Facilitated by Louis Mitchell & Michaelann Bewsee
 
This event is intended to create space for people in the local community to come together in recognition of ongoing violence against black people in our nation, and to talk about our own roles in healing racism.
 
We will have the opportunity to explore systemic racism, white privilege, and other issues requiring personal examination in order to make change and not be complicit with the harms being done (though we know, going in, that time will run short and this dialogue will need to be just one of many).
 
Although open to anyone,
this dialogue will particularly be geared toward white individuals,
as it is those of us who benefit most from whiteness that bear the greatest
responsibility for undoing its power. 
 
For more about Louis and Michaelann, click "read more" below.

Read more: Community Dialogue: Healing Racism

Latest Bowen Center Updates

The Bowen Center’s move is now under way. Unfortunately, this means the Bowen Center will remain closed until we can get set up in the new place which includes a number of renovations and all the usual packing and unpacking!
 
The image below is a general layout of the main part of the new space, which is located in downtown Springfield very near the new bus terminal and a number of other community resources.
 
New Bowen Floor Plan
 
See our Bowen website page (click here) for more information on how to stay up-to-date and get involved in helping out!

Community Dialogues on Race

Earl By the WaterDialogue on Creating Space
 
Tuesday, September 6th, 5pm to 7pm
187 High Street, Suite 302, Holyoke
Facilitated by: Earl Miller

This event is intended to create space for people in the local community to come together and talk about the realities of all the traumatic events and violence playing out around us and constantly flooding the news.

We will have the opportunity to share how we have been impacted, network and talk about what our support and advocacy efforts might look like moving forward.

This dialogue is specifically for people of color.

 


 Michaelann and Louis

Community Dialogue: Healing Racism

Tuesday, September 13, 6pm to 8pm
@ the Holyoke Library,
250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke

Facilitated by: Louis Mitchell & Michaelann Bewsee

This event is intended to create space for people in the local community to come together in recognition of ongoing violence against black people in our nation, and to talk about our own roles in healing racism.

We will have the opportunity to explore systemic racism, white privilege, and other issues requiring personal examination in order to make change and not be complicit with the harms being done (though we know, going in, that time will run short and this dialogue will need to be just one of many).

Although open to anyone,
this dialogue will particularly be geared toward white individuals,
as it is those of us who benefit most from whiteness that bear the greatest responsibility for undoing its power.

This dialogue is just one step of many.

Potluck and Movie Night in Greenfield

Friday, April 29th, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
@ the RLC’s Greenfield Center, 74 Federal Street
 
Come enjoy dinner and a movie with community! All are welcome, even if you cannot bring food.
Film decided by mid-month. Drop by to find out what’s playing, or call Jesse: 413-336-3873

Electroshock in the News

At present, the Food and Drug Administration is considering downgrading the Electroshock device used in Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT) from Class III to Class II. Below is an excerpt from an article (“Shock Devices Safe as Eyeglasses?”) by Lauren Tenney, with more details:
 
"The electroshock device, the actual machine that is used to deliver shock treatment (electroconvulsive treatment/ECT), is currently a Class III device as categorized by the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1976. Under FDA standards, a medical device is placed into Class III when its risks and benefits have not been assessed to a degree that allows it to be placed into Class I or Class II, and thus there is potential that its risks outweigh its benefits."
 
To read the full article on Mad in America, click here.
 
Check out Lauren Tenney’s podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkwithtenney
 
To sign a petition demanding the FDA not re-classify shock devices, click here.
 
For additional information on the potential harms of ECT,
visit psychiatrist Peter Breggin’s website at: http://www.ectresources.org/

 

Read more: Electroshock in the News

Technical Assistance Workshops for Career Initiatives Grants

These workshops are NOT required, but are a great opportunity to ask questions and get support around putting your application together!
 
Springfield:
Tuesday May 3rd - 11AM @ RLC’s Springfield (Bowen) Center
340 Main Street, Springfield
 
Greenfield
Friday April 29th - 2PM @ RLC’s Greenfield Center
74 Federal Street, Greenfield
 
Holyoke
Thursday May 5th - 1 PM @ RLC’s Holyoke Center
187 High Street, Suite 303, Holyoke
 
Pittsfield
Monday May 9th - 1:30 PM @ RLC’s Pittsfield Center
152 North Street, Suite 230, Pittsfield
 
If you would like to sign up for a workshop or if you have any other questions,
please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 413.539.5941 ext. 338.
 
To get a grant application, please visit our Employment Supports page by clicking here.

 

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