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Monday, 11 December 2017

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The Western Mass RLC's Pittsfield Center is Closing

By now, many of you will have heard that we are closing one of the Western Mass RLC’s spaces—the Pittsfield Center. This was a difficult decision and was based largely on some unexpected turns in our budget related to Chapter 257 (a state-wide process of ‘rate setting’ that began to affect us about a year ago).

The last day of official open hours for our Pittsfield Center will be Thursday, November 3rd.

Please consider taking some time between now and then to stop in and help us say goodbye to the space, and to connect with and thank everyone else who’s played a role in holding and helping to shape our community based in Pittsfield.

On that note, a special thanks to both Cate and Alan who have played such key roles in developing the RLC in our most Western parts of Western Massachusetts. They’ve given so much heart and energy to what we have accomplished. Although they will be leaving their formal roles as Coordinator and Advocate as we close the center, we do anticipate you’ll still be able to find them around town facilitating groups, in community, and helping us learn and think through how we might move forward.

If you have any questions, or would like to get involved in the new visioning process, please contact Dani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keep checking our website and Facebook page for the
most current information on the Pittsfield schedule.

Click "Read more" below to learn more about what went into making this decision.

Read more: The Western Mass RLC's Pittsfield Center is Closing

The RLC's Springfield Center Re-Opens!

235 Chestnut Street in Springfield
 
The RLC’s Springfield (Bowen) Center is set to
re-open on Tuesday, November 1!
 
Old Bowen Mural
 
The new center is located at 235 Chestnut Street in Springfield - downtown, near the YMCA and right next to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Our center is located right on the first floor, with a fully accessible entrance, so we’re super easy to find. Stop in to check the place out!
 
Our hours will be the same as at the old center:
 
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 2pm

Saturday 11am to 3pm
 
The new center will offer everything that the old Bowen did (computers, gym equipment, space to connect with others, chess!), and more. Some of the newer features will be available right away (like a shower!), and others will take a bit more time to get up and running (food pantry, etc.), but we’re excited about how it’s all taking shape.
 
We’ll also need help developing a new mural (the image above comes from our original mural at the old Bowen Center), so come with your creative ideas.
 
Got questions? Give Earl a call at 413.539.8603 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Alternatives - Call for Presentations

30 Years: Looking Back - Looking Forward
Alternatives Flyer small
September 19-23
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
San Diego, CA
 
‘Alternatives’ is the largest annual conference in the country focused on peer-to-peer support. This year it will be held in San Diego, California, at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center.
 
The Alternatives Conference 2016 website is in development and will be published as soon as possible at http://www.peerlinktac.org/.
 
There, you will find the Call for Presentations brochure, an online submission link, and a hotel reservations information; visit their hotel & travel page (click here), to make hotel room reservations online.
 
To get an application to host a workshop,
visit the Alternatives website by clicking here.
 
Click here or on the image above to get a flyer.

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