Book Discussion: Unraveling the "Model Minority" Stereotype
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Book Discussion: Unraveling the "Model Minority" Stereotype

Join us to discuss this book as we learn better together. Let's share what stood out for us...what challenged us, what we learned, favorite passage, and more. Come with a question you have for others about the book.

All are welcome. Registration is required; more info HERE

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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Racial Justice Dialogue: Islamophobia 101
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

Racial Justice Dialogue: Islamophobia 101

This month we will address the problem of Islamophobia with the leadership of Salman Banday, an educator in the local Muslim community. Salman will help us to define and understand Islamophobia, or fear of Islam, which has been on the rise in the U.S. since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Salman's presentation will cover prominent features of Islamophobia, including major stereotypes that fuel widespread fear, hatred, prejudice and violence towards Islam and Muslims.

All are welcome. Please register in advance; more info HERE

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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The Guys Next Door: A Documentary Film
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Guys Next Door: A Documentary Film

Join us for a screening of this award-winning documentary film that follows the life of a real “modern family”—a gay married couple whose friend is a surrogate for their children. The movie shows their ups, downs, and the humanity that connects us all. Q & A with members of the cast will follow the screening.

Hosted by the Natick High School Peer Advocates.

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EJI Chronology...a racial (in)justice history activity
Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

EJI Chronology...a racial (in)justice history activity

  • Green Leaf Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ever want to learn more about history not taught about racial injustices? In this activity made from Equal Justice Initiative's "A History of Racial Injustice" calendar, teams (or individuals depending on the attendance) build their own timeline of events from the calendar (and learn more about the events in the process).

All are welcome. Registration is required; more info HERE

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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Natick Peace Meal: A Community Celebration Open to All
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

Natick Peace Meal: A Community Celebration Open to All

Natick Peace Meal is a celebration that connects community by bringing people together over a shared vegetarian potluck meal. It is an opportunity to meet neighbors from all backgrounds and get a taste of the remarkable diversity of our town. All are invited!

Hosted by Natick is United

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EJI Chronology...a racial (in)justice history activity
Oct
5
5:30 PM17:30

EJI Chronology...a racial (in)justice history activity

Ever want to learn more about history not taught about racial injustices? In this activity made from Equal Justice Initiative's "A History of Racial Injustice" calendar, teams (or individuals depending on the attendance) build their own timeline of events from the calendar (and learn more about the events in the process).

All are welcome. Registration is required; more info HERE

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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Natick International Film Festival - Students' Short Films
Oct
5
4:00 PM16:00

Natick International Film Festival - Students' Short Films

Student Short Films from Arlington International' s Film Festival student film makers will be screened, followed by a panel discussion with two of the student film makers. The line up of movies touch upon a myriad of topics and themes from undocumented people in the US to the refugee crisis to our generation’s over consumption of social media as well as documentary about Massachusetts’ first dragon boat team for cancer survivors.

Hosted by Natick Center Cultural District

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Racial Justice Dialogue: History and Currency
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Racial Justice Dialogue: History and Currency

We will discuss history and the power of what's on currency. Specifically history about Andrew Jackson, Harriet Tubman, and the currency controversy. We will share reactions to the stamping of $20 bills before the Treasury Department actually starts printing the new Tubman twenties in 2028 (maybe). Collect your $20 bills to bring and stamp during this meetup!

All are welcome. Please register in advance; more info HERE

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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Natick Powwow 2019
Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

Natick Powwow 2019

Annual Harvest Moon and Creator Praise Celebration - Please join us for our annual powwow featuring: Honoring the Elders, Special Guest, food, singing, dancing, storytelling and more. Gates open at 11am and Grand Entry begins at 1pm. All are welcome!

Hosted by the Praying Indians of Natick Tribe


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Book Discussion: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Book Discussion: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Please join us to discuss this New York Times best-selling book that explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

For more information and/or to RSVP, use our Meetup page or email (4change.resource@gmail.com). RSVP’s are required.

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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 Film Screening : The Lavender Scare
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening : The Lavender Scare

Learn the untold story of how tens of thousands of homosexual federal workers were either fired or denied employment in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront. Guided Q&A following the movie.

Hosted by Diversity through Collaboration: The Councils on Aging of Natick, Framingham, Hudson, Marlborough, and Northborough

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Racial Justice Dialogue: The Plight of One Woman is the Plight of All Women
Sep
7
2:00 PM14:00

Racial Justice Dialogue: The Plight of One Woman is the Plight of All Women

We are honored to have Lilly Marcelin, the Founding and Executive Director of Resilient Sisterhood Project, be our guest speaker for this follow up discussion about reproductive rights. We will discuss statistics and build our awareness of the plight of women in health care. Lilly's grandma used to say what we are using for the title of this meeting; this reminds us about the ongoing practice of seeing commonality and finding empathy.

All are welcome. RSVP’s are greatly appreciated; more info HERE

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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Natick Days
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Natick Days

Come join the fun! Natick Days is an annual festival celebrating our community by providing an opportunity for Natick youth groups and non-profit organizations to increase visibility for the great work they do. It's a Natick tradition that highlights the work of the service organizations and volunteers that make the Town of Natick such a great place to live, work and play. The festivities include food, fun and entertainment.

Hosted by Natick Center Cultural District and the Town of Natick

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Natick International Film Festival
Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

Natick International Film Festival

New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) is a collection of documentary films by and about new immigrants from 13 countries of origin. Their stories provide a unique insider perspective on the integration challenges faced by immigrants and the contributions they make to our culture, economy and social fabric.

Hosted by Natick Center Cultural District and the Town of Natick

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Multicultural Day
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Multicultural Day

Join us August 24th on the Natick Common! Multicultural Day celebrates the many cultures within our community through the offering of native foods, music, dance, and performances. This event is free and open to the public and strives to build deeper connections among community members through education, entertainment and fun.

Sponsored by Mutual One Bank

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Book Discussion: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Book Discussion: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Please join us to discuss this New York Times best-selling book that explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

RSVP’s are required; more info HERE

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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Book Discussion: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Jul
29
6:30 PM18:30

Book Discussion: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Please join us to discuss this New York Times best-selling book that explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

RSVP’s are required; more info HERE

Hosted by Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

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Film Screening & Discussion: The Doctrine of Discovery
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening & Discussion: The Doctrine of Discovery

  • Wellesley Free Library (Wakelin Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a community viewing and discussion of Sheldon Wolfchild and Steven Newcomb’s film ‘The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code.” This film sheds light on how documents written during the fifteenth century influenced doctrines of “ultimate dominion” that are used against native nations to this day.

Hosted by World of Wellesley

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NIU Community-Wide Gathering & Facilitated Dialogue
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

NIU Community-Wide Gathering & Facilitated Dialogue

****NEW VENUE Due to the large volume of registrants for tonight's dialogue, we are relocating the meeting just across the street to the sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Natick.

How can we act as agents of hope and inclusion in the face of fear and intolerance? What practical actions can we be doing to build a community that welcomes, supports and celebrates all? We invite you to participate in the conversation. All are welcome, and please REGISTER in advance.

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Womanhood and Gender in Tagore's Songs
Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Womanhood and Gender in Tagore's Songs

Womanhood and Gender in Tagore’s Songs is an examination of what it was to be a woman in the late 19th and early 20th century India — and what it is still to some extent, today. The lyrics of the songs in this program push the boundaries of the traditional roles of women and the expectation that a society has on women. The program includes many topics such as colorism, social immobility, and gender fluidity as they relate to womanhood, what it means to be a woman and society’s expectations from the moment she is born.

Hosted by Natick Center Cultural District

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Current Day Systemic/Institutional Racism in the U.S.
Jun
1
2:00 PM14:00

Current Day Systemic/Institutional Racism in the U.S.

How would you describe systemic racism in America? How can we as individuals work to make systemic/institutional changes? What are you doing now to make some of these changes? Or what do you plan to do? Please join in the conversation as we continue to get real about the problem of racism in our world, and move toward personal and collaborative action. Our Racial Justice Dialogues (RJD) are opportunities to talk openly about racism and other forms of oppression in our society. All are welcome.

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Racial Justice Dialogues: Race and Social Change with author Max Klau
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Racial Justice Dialogues: Race and Social Change with author Max Klau

This month features special guest Max Klau, author of Race & Social Change: A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action. Please join in the conversation as we continue to get real about the problem of racism in our world, and move toward personal and collaborative action. Our Racial Justice Dialogues (RJD) are opportunities to talk openly about racism and other forms of oppression in our society. All are welcome.

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Open Mosque Day at ICB, Wayland
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Open Mosque Day at ICB, Wayland

"No Walls Between Us" is the theme of the 9th Annual Open Mosque Day at the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. This event is meant to educate residents about Islam and the history of the mosque as well as introduce them to their muslim neighbors, if they haven't already met them. There will be interactive displays, free educational materials, short lectures about Islam with opportunities to ask questions, tours of the mosque, and refreshments. All are welcome!

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Thursdays with Lauri
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Thursdays with Lauri

Special guest Kelly Jenkins will join us to share her story. Stay tuned for more details! Members and allies of the LGBTQ community, stop in and visit, have some food - light fare - and social time with neighbors and members of the community. Hosted by Diversity & Inclusion Natick, part of The Natick Community Services Department.

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