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  • First to Freedom: Celebrating Elizabeth Freeman First to Freedom: Celebrating Elizabeth FreemanSaturday, Aug 22, 2015 | 1PM to 4:30PMAshley House |  Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls | Sheffield MASheffield, MA -- Slavery began to crumble in ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:22 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant
  • Cracking The Codes   Cracking The CodesThis film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2015, 1:24 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant
  • Berkshire Mosaic Book Launches Please join us for a Berkshire Mosaic book launch near you. This is a part of our Social Justice in Action fundraising Campaign. These books are meant to capture the ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2015, 12:29 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant
  • Cracking The Codes Multicultural Bridge and BRIDGE Race Task Force Present Film and Conversation Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a film by Shakti Butler June 13, 2015 at 7:00pm ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2015, 10:48 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant
  • The Fix and The Anonymous People Questions, Comments, Concerns? Please email: emily.v@multiculturalbridge.org
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 1:48 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant
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First to Freedom: Celebrating Elizabeth Freeman

posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:17 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jul 30, 2015, 9:22 AM ]

First to Freedom: Celebrating Elizabeth Freeman

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 | 1PM to 4:30PM

Ashley House |  Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls | Sheffield MA

Sheffield, MA -- Slavery began to crumble in Massachusetts when Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery and did it more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.


On Saturday, August 22nd, from 1-4:30PM, the Trustees will host an afternoon of activities to celebrate and illuminate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield, MA. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House, presentations of new artwork featuring Elizabeth Freeman by youth from the Berkshire’s Multicultural Bridge, and a performance by storyteller an actress Tammy Denease with her dramatic re-telling of  “Mum Bet’s Story.”  Readings from the recently released anthology, “Berkshire Mosaic, “will also be featured. Refreshments will be served.


First to Freedom is co-sponsored by Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival, a summer long series of special events celebrating the rich traditions of African-American community, arts, and culture, history and heritage found within Berkshire County.  








The Colonel John Ashley House—where Elizabeth Freeman was enslaved—was built in 1735 and is the oldest house still standing in the Berkshires.  It came into the care and protection of the Trustees, the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, over forty years ago. With it came one of the most incredible stories of liberty and freedom to come out of Massachusetts: The intertwined lives of Colonel John Ashley, a patriot and author of the Sheffield Resolves – a pre-revolutionary petition against British tyranny and manifesto for individual rights – and Elizabeth Freeman, an African-American woman enslaved in the Ashley home and who was inspired by that same manifesto.


It was while she was there in the Ashley household, that Freeman first overheard the ideals of freedom and equality then compelling the American Revolution through conversations between Colonel Ashley and his political colleagues.  She eventually sued with an argument based on those founding ideals, and that set a legal precedent that would ultimately help end slavery as an institution in Massachusetts.   


The Ashley House is also open for tours during July and August on Saturdays and Sundays at 1PM and 2PM or for groups at other times by appointment.  Or check out a self-guided exhibit in the Interpretive Center next to the house, which is open daily.   Visitors can also walk the trails of nearby Bartholomew’s Cobble, a National Natural Landmark and which was once owned by Col. Ashley. For an online, virtual exhibit about Elizabeth Freeman, visit: http://bit.ly/1k5PqiR


Cracking The Codes

posted Jul 16, 2015, 1:12 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jul 16, 2015, 1:24 PM ]

  
Cracking The Codes


This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities. Cracking the Codes supports institutions and communities to deepen and shift the framing of racial disparities. The current conversation is not only shallow, but actually harmful. We continue to primarily focus on individuals, when institutional and structural inequities are the bigger problem.


The film contains three sections that correspond to World Trust’s framing of the self-perpetuating system of racial inequity:

Section 1: Social Determinants: History, Identity & Culture

Section 2: Internal Components: Bias, Privilege, Internalized Racism

Section 3: External Relationships: Interpersonal, Institutional, Structural


The film features moving stories from twenty-four racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Harley Eagle, Ericka Huggins, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tillman Smith and Tim Wise.


July 21, 2015- 5:30 pm

First United Methodist Church

55 Fenn Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201



Berkshire Mosaic Book Launches

posted Jun 16, 2015, 10:05 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jul 29, 2015, 12:29 PM ]

Please join us for a Berkshire Mosaic book launch near you. This is a part of our Social Justice in Action fundraising Campaign. These books are meant to capture the vibrant diversity and be a symbol of our rich heritage and legacy in the Berkshires. Every school, home, and office should have a copy. They make great gifts. Thank you for supporting Multicultural BRIDGE and our mission to serve as catalysts for systemic change and the integration of diverse groups through education, dialogue, fellowship, training and advocacy. Your donations help our programs succeed in Berkshire County and beyond.


Gwendolyn VanSant,
CEO and Founding Director
Multicultural BRIDGE



Berkshire Mosaic Book Launch
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Lichtenstein Center for The Arts
28 Renee Ave, Pittsfield, MA
2:00-4:00pm


"Elizabeth Freeman Day"
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Ashley House
Ashley Falls, MA
1:00-4:30pm


Berkshire Mosaic Book Launch
Thursday,September 3, 2015
Lee Library
100 Main St, Lee, MA
6:30-8:00pm

Cracking The Codes

posted Jun 3, 2015, 10:48 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant


Multicultural Bridge and BRIDGE Race Task Force Present Film and Conversation 

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a film by Shakti Butler 

June 13, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee, MA 01238
June 14, 2015 at 11:00am at the Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is a feature documentary film focusing on how the system of inequity is embedded into our society through various factors such as history, culture and identity. Stories of racial inequality are told through faces of racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Erika Huggins, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Time Wise. The film “asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity,” according to www.crackingthecodes.org . Speakers from areas such as Puerto Rico, Asia, Hawaii and many others share their experiences throughout the film, and explain how history has shaped their lives and beliefs about racism and social inequity as a whole.

The film contains three sections that correspond to World Trusts’s framing of the self-perpetuating system of racial inequity:

Section 1: Social Determinants: History, Identity & Culture
Section 2: Internal Components: Bias, Privilege, Internalized Racism
Section 3: External Relationships: Interpersonal, Institutional, Structural

Multicultural BRIDGE is holding a series of events in response to the events in Ferguson and Baltimore and across the US, as well as the ongoing racial justice disparity that this Black Lives Matter Movement and Revolution is highlighting. This is an opportunity for Berkshire community members to join in on facilitated dialogue and discussion of the system of racial inequity, as well as its causes and consequences prompted by the film. What will be our Berkshire collective action to respond?

All showings are free and open to the public.

The Fix and The Anonymous People

posted Feb 25, 2015, 1:48 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant



Questions, Comments, Concerns? Please email: emily.v@multiculturalbridge.org

The Mask You Like In

posted Feb 25, 2015, 1:42 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant



Questions, comments, concerns? please contact: JV@multiculturalbridge.org

MissRepresentation

posted Feb 25, 2015, 1:35 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 1:37 PM ]



Any questions, comments or concerns? Email: JV@multiculturalBRIDGE.org

Chico's Fashion Show Fundraiser

posted Oct 31, 2014, 10:56 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 10:57 AM ]


Civil Rights Conference

posted Sep 24, 2014, 12:24 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Sep 25, 2014, 10:38 AM ]

Civil Rights Conference
November 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Lenox Town Hall
As an Advisory Council Member, I write to you today to ask you to Save the Date for the upcoming Civil Rights Conference with US Attorney Carmen Ortiz for Multicultural BRIDGE which will be held on November 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM at the Lenox Town Hall.

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and members of her local Western MA and Boston offices will be delivering a Civil Rights presentation covering the civil and criminal aspects. Topics will be: Civil Rights (Criminal & Civil), Affirmative Action, Police Activity, Hate Crimes, Immigrant Rights, Equitable Pay, Reproductive Rights, Labor Rights, & Employment Law. A panel discussion, local civil rights case study and community opportunity to connect and ask questions are included in the conference time.

During the pre-reception, BRIDGE will be honoring the presence of Carmen Ortiz with their annual cultural competence and community stewardship by honoring local women and highlighting our local Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women.

I hope to see you there,
State Rep Smitty Pignatelli
Any questions, contact
gwendolyn@multiculturalbridge.org

Free Home Buyer's Seminar

posted Sep 22, 2014, 9:42 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 9:43 AM ]



OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Free Home Buyers Seminar
Tuesday, Sept. 30th and Tuesday, Oct. 14th
Where: Lee Public Library, 100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

Call to register: 413-243-3322
or Email Judy Turtz at Jturtz@villagemtg.com

JOin us for two informational seminars on the homebuying process featuring speakers from:
Village Mortgage Company
Multicultural BRIDGE
Strategic Information Resources

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