The Power of Nonviolent Direct Action

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Author and Activits Rivera Sun will speak on building a culture of active nonviolence, the Movement of Movements, and how to nonviolent direct action has been used around the world to make change. In her lively, invigorating speaking events, Ms. Sun connects the dots between the issues we face, relates stories from historic nonviolent struggles, covers groundbreaking new understandings of nonviolent struggles, and brings a pertinent and timely message to youth, elders, students, and ordinary, extraordinary people everywhere!

MEDIATING GENTRIFICATION: HOW ONE COMMUNITY CREATED UNITY OUT OF DIVISIVENESS

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It is possible for communities to come together in respect for the needs of all residents, both old and new. It is possible for people to grow and for community life to benefit from honest contention that is respectfully shared.

Beth Roy will talk about an example of such an approach when she mediated an intense dispute in a San Francisco neighborhood. Drawing on her mediation there, she extracts directions for re-thinking facets of the work with a social justice perspective.

Housing Justice and Racial Inequality in Jamaica Plain

The 5th annual State of Our Neighborhood, organized by JPNET, JPNDC, SJPHC, ESMS, JP Forum and numerous neighborhood organizational co-sponsors was held on Febuary 26th. Over three hundred people came together to discuss housing justice issues within Jamaica Plain and Boston. The audience heard from several local officials as they committed to promote just-cause evictions, secure more affordable housing and fight for livable wages.

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