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Save the Date!

BRIDGE is having a Birthday Party!
at Crissey Farm
Stockbridge, Rd, Great Barrington

Saturday, April 20, 2013 6 PM
Dancing, Food, Music, Good Friends Silent Auction & Celebration! Cash Bar.
feat. Boston's Fat Giraffe, a jazz, funk & blues band 
(with Berkshire's Sam Crawford on guitar and Andy Crawford on drums)

For early bird reservations, email: bdayparty@multiculturalbridge.org
Tickets: $35 for members
Non-members: $45 (includes free 2013 membership- membership $30)

Sponsors: 
Catalysts-$750 (8 free tickets*, support the band & party favors--logo incl.)
Ambassadors-$500 (8 free tickets and advertising)
Stewards-$250: (4 free tickets and special recognition)
Friends-$150: (2 free tickets and special recognition)
* Free tickets could sponsor members of your party/organization or discounted BRIDGE tickets, please specify.

Make checks to Multicultural BRIDGE (a tax deductible donation)
Include name, how many in party.

Online reservation form coming soon!

Put your dancing shoes on!!!!




To RSVP to any event below, click here.


Multicultural BRIDGE Annual Meeting 
Friday, November 30, 2012 
5:30 - 7pm 
Riverbend Cafe, Stockbridge Rd., Gt. Barrington 
Join us for multicultural music & light fare! Celebration time in community!
  • Vote in our 2013 Board of Directors and Officers
  • Have an open discussion on member privileges & commitments
  • Update you on 2012 & BRIDGE's last five years and vision for the next five years 
  • Launch our Engagement campaign & Membership Drive for 2013 and have fun!

Celebration with Rodney Mashia and Multicultural Bridges children & youth. All of our BRIDGE constituents, members, volunteers, task force members and directors are invited. We need your vote and your participation!

RSVP no later than 11/26/12 to be prepared with food, spirits & space! 413-274-1001 or adminsupport@multiculturalbridge.org

2012 Members: Free admission New members: $10 entrance fee (to be applied towards membership pledge) Non-members: $20 entrance fee ($10 applied to membership pledge if you join)




Photo: Last call for a fun afternoon...stop by the Berkshire Botanical Gardens and then join us for honoring the Hispanic Heritage in the Berkshires. Hear immigrant women and Senator Downing's reflections!  Delicious food sharing, folkloric dance, popular Latin songs and dance, some children performances. A family affair of building neighbor and honoring diversity in our Berkshire community! FUN!








TO RSVP FOR OUR CULTURAL COMPETENCY AWARD CEREMONY, CLICK HERE.


Multicultural BRIDGE’s
Cultural Competence &
Community Stewardship
Awards Celebration

July 14, 2012 • 3:30 - 6 pm
Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA

∂Multicultural Fare & Performances
∂Official Citations
∂Professor Darius Jonathan, Speaker
∂Featured Organization:
Gladys Allen Brigham Center



To RSVP to any event below, click here.
Celebrating Mexican Heritage in the Berkshires

presented by
Women to Women ProjectMulticultural BRIDGE
Saturday, May 12th
3:30 - 6pm
Join us for Authentic Food, Traditional Stories, 
& learn about the State of Puebla, Mexico
Where: Multicultural BRIDGE
207 Pleasant St, Housatonic, MA
How much: $10/adult $5/children
Raffle Prizes
Donations to Multicultural BRIDGE Accepted

RSVP by May 7th

Phone: 413-274-1001 Fax: 413-274-1033
Email: info@multiculturalbridge.org


Multicultural Presentation Ecuadorian Heritage of the Berkshires Saturday, April 14th 3:30 - 6pm

presented by Multicultural BRIDGE Women to Women Project


Join us for Authentic Food, Traditional Dance & Learn about the Ecuadorian Coast


Where: Multicultural BRIDGE
207 Pleasant St (Old Housatonic School) Housatonic, MA 01236
How much: $10/person (by April 9th) see below
Donations to Multicultural BRIDGE Accepted..we are fundraising through raffle prizes and donations!
RSVP by April 9th 
Phone: 413-274-1001 Fax: 413-274-1033 Email: info@multiculturalbridge.org

MENU
Entrada/Appetizer: Empanada de Carne
Plato Típico/Typical Dish: Seco de Pollo Arroz/Rice Pollo Guisado/ Stewed Chicken Maduro Frito/Fried Sweet Plaintains Ensalada/Salad
Postre/Dessert: Queso de fresa/ Ecuadorian Strawberry Cheesecake

Women to Women Project Fundraising Series for Multicultural BRIDGE
co-sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Housatonic Curtains & Stop n Shop
Saturdays at Old Housatonic School Building (207 Pleasant St Housatonic, MA 01236)

April 14th: Celebrating Ecuadorian Heritage of the Berkshires
3:30 pm Presentation and Gallery Walk
5:15 pm Dinner at BRIDGE
*Raffle prizes: Free Shiatsu Massage, Two adult/ two children tickets (4) to a BRIDGE Multicultural Presentation, Ecuadorian Tablecloth, and gift certificates to local stores.
Donations for future raffles accepted!

Pre-order tickets by phone (274-1001) or by email (info@multiculturalbridge.org) or online:
(at the door) Adults, $12 ; Children Ages 10-18, $8;  Children Ages 5-9 -$5 Children under 5 free  
Prior to RSVP deadlines Adults $10 and all children $5.
BRIDGE Multicultural Presentations
Women to Women Project Fundraising Series for Multicultural BRIDGE
Saturdays at Old Housatonic School Building (207 Pleasant St Housatonic, MA 01236)

April 14th: Celebrating Ecuadorian Heritage of the Berkshires
3:30 pm Presentation and Gallery Walk
5:15 pm Dinner at BRIDGE
*Raffle prizes: Free Shiatsu Massage, Two adult/ two children tickets (4) to a BRIDGE Multicultural Presentation, Ecuadorian Tablecloth, and gift certificates to local stores.
Donations for future raffles accepted!

Pre-order tickets by phone (274-1001) or by email (info@multiculturalbridge.org) or online:
(at the door) Adults, $12 ; Children Ages 10-18, $8;  Children Ages 5-9 -$5 Children under 5 free  
Prior to RSVP deadlines Adults $10 and all children $5.

Monthly Presentations:
May 12th Mexican (La Batalla de Puebla and the Legend of Popocatepetl & Iztaccihuatl)
RSVP Deadline May 7th
July 21st -- Colombian
August 4th --Dominican
September 1st- Guatemalan
October 6th --Multicultural Latino Heritage for Latino Heritage Month  


Spanish Classes
BRIDGE Instructor: Luis Guerrero
$160 + $15 registration fee for 8 week session
$120 + $15 registration fee for 6 week session
Beginning Conversational Tuesdays 2 pm to 3:30pm
Intermediate Conversational Fridays 12:30 pm-2pm
Advanced Conversational Tuesdays 12:30-2pm


Jan 17th- March 9th 8 week Spanish classes
April 17th-June 8 week Spanish classes
July 3-August 10th 6 week Spanish classes
Oct. 9-November 30th 8 week Spanish classes


Youth Corps Diversity Leadership trainings
$35 per student, scholarships available

Saturday April 28th 10 AM-5 PM (Great Barrington, 207 Pleasant St Old Housatonic School building)..postponed til May 2012
Saturday June 9th 10 AM-5PM
Saturday November 10th 10 AM-5PM


Multicultural Bridges Children’s Bilingual Literacy & Embracing Diversity program
$250/week, scholarships available (grant dependent)
May After School and Enrichment Program in Lee, Monterey and Great Barrington (Muddy Brook) Elementary Schools
Beginning week of April 30th

Summer Day Long Program at Hevreh Temple in Great Barrington 
July 30th -August 24th.

June Ethnic Fair (postponed to June 2012)

July Cultural Competence Awards Ceremony
Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA
July 14th 3 pm -6:30 pm

December BRIDGE Membership Gathering & Celebration
Dec. 15th 6 pm Reception & Celebration, Meeting 7:30-8 pm


Monthly meetings Multicultural BRIDGE Race Task Force
first Fridays...Multicultural BRIDGE Race Task Force North (Williams College Paresky Center) 3-4:30

first Mondays...Multicultural BRIDGE Race Task Force (Pittsfield Senior Center North Street) 12-1:30 pm Pittsfield-- $5 lunch fee (RSVP required)

Women to Women Project
Immigrant Women’s Group
2nd and 4th Thursdays monthly (except holidays)...free childcare for children under 5 & potluck 6:30

January 12, 26
February 9, 26
March    8, 22
April      12, 26
May      10, 24
June      14, 28
July        12, 26
August   9, 23
Sept.     13, 27
Oct.       11, 25
November 8, 22
December 13   Christmas Party

Board Meetings (BRIDGE members welcome for presentations or Q&A)
Third Wednesday 4:30-6:30 pm (alternating Pittsfield Berkshire Bank Conference Room and BRIDGE Community Room) January--BRIDGE

Connections:Embracing Diversity, Empowering Community...community Access TV show
taping third Thursday of month 1:00 pm North Adams (location: NBCTC)

Airs County-wide monthly on topics of integrating diversity in our community. WilliNet, NBCTC, PCTV, and CTSB!  Let us know what you think...we and the TV stations want to know! info@multiculturalbridg.org

in building our leadership: BRIDGE’s new train the trainer program launching in Fall 2012! Stay tuned for details. It will be a 25 hr. course plus 16 hours of shadowing. Let us know if you want to be on the list of those that receive updates as the program develops

Also, please join our membership today. Please email info@multiculturalbridge.org or  call 274-1001 to list yourself as supporter and sponsor of BRIDGE and our mission. With the membership you will receive free and reduced rates on BRIDGE events throughout the year

Previous events!

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Film Series 2012 Towards Racial Justice in the Berkshires: A community Dialogue on Race continued
In honor of Black History Month, WEB DuBois & Martin Luther King Jr.

Race: the Power of an Illusion, Film discussion & Reception
Central County Screening
January 16th at 5:30 (Episode 1)Beacon Cinema Martin Luther King Day opening remarks by Dr. Stewart Burns and Rev. Natalie Shiras
January 23rd at 5:30 (Episode 2)
January 30th at 5:30 (Episode 3)


South County Screening
February 12th at 11:00 AM (Episode 1)Triplex Cinema remarks by Dr. Lara Setti
February 19 th at 11:00 AM (Episode 2)
February  26th at 11:00 AM (Episode 3)


North County Screening
February 28th at 5:15 pm (Episode 1) Images Cinema
remarks by Dr. Frances Jones Sneed
March 6th at 5:15 pm (Episode 2)
March 13h at 5:15 pm (Episode 3)








March 24th at 10:00 AM Traces of Trade movie & facilitated conversation
Drury High School (tentative loc.) in North Adams 
incl. Presentation on their personal family legacy by:
  • Rachel I. Branch
  • Stockbridge Police Chief Richard Wilcox
The event also includes: Rodney Mashia through song
Otha Day leads Drum Circle
Luncheon by Wild Oats
















Facing Our Truth: February 6th

posted Jan 4, 2016, 10:06 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 12:35 PM ]

https://tickets.thecolonialtheatre.org/TheatreManager/1/online

In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing our Truth which continue to be presented around the country often around February 5th, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. Facing Our Truth‘s purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues. 
In light of recent tragic events in our own community and the need for an effective response to our County’s challenges around race, bias and privilege, Yvette Jamuna Sirker, Kristen van Ginhoven and Gwendolyn VanSant present a staged reading of these plays. Professional actors will perform alongside community members. A facilitated community conversation will follow. This event is sponsored by Berkshire Theater Group and Mass Humanities. Proceeds from this event support the work of Multicultural BRIDGE.

African American Leadership Caucus

posted Sep 22, 2015, 11:27 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:45 PM ]


The African American Leadership Caucus of the Berkshires has been conceived by organizers, Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant and Luci Leonard, representing their multiple community affiliations through the auspices of Multicultural BRIDGE. Leaders from across the New England region have been hired to come and facilitate a momentous caucus--a meeting of the minds-- where the leaders of Berkshire County of African American heritage and identity come together towards the health and success of our African American communities and residents. The focus is a reduction (​towards elimination of) ​ in racialized disparities in health, workforce and education. The essential questions are what is the Berkshire experience in those sectors, what is the supporting data, and how can we come together to further empower and support the greater communities in our individual and collective leadership as African American leaders. This event is sponsored by the Greylock Federal Credit Union.

African American Leadership Caucus 
Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 8am - 4pm 
Cost: $30/day (lunch and snacks included). 
Limited scholarship available. Certificate of completion, CEUs/PDPs available.
Contact: adminsupport@multiculturalbridge.org to register or for more information.

Essential questions: 
• How do we support the African American community of the Berkshires? 
⚬ How do we continue to identify and find out what the community wants and needs and organize to facilitate those goals? 
• How do we reduce (towards elimination of) racial disparities in health, education and workforce? 
⚬ What is the relevant data? 
• How do we deconstruct internalized and institutional/systemic racism together? 
⚬ What is the Berkshire experience? 
• How do we support one another in our individual authentic leadership styles within our own Berkshire African American community & beyond?

Fall Book Launches

posted Sep 2, 2015, 12:08 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:40 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. 


Thursday September 3rd, 6:30 PM

LEE Library,

100 Main Street,
Lee, MA

First to Freedom: Celebrating Elizabeth Freeman

posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:17 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:40 PM ]

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 Jan 5, 2016, 12:41 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



Cracking The Codes

posted Jun 3, 2015, 10:48 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:41 PM ]


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.

Chico's Fashion Show Fundraiser

posted Oct 31, 2014, 10:56 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:40 PM ]


Civil Rights Conference

posted Sep 24, 2014, 12:24 PM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:41 PM ]

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 Jan 5, 2016, 12:40 PM ]



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

Cultural Literacy 201: Mapping a road to Cultural Literacy & Equity

posted Aug 14, 2014, 11:50 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:40 PM ]

This more intensive course will build your resource kit developing cultural literacy. We will explore our understanding of cultural competence and proficiency. Small group work is used to create pathways to inclusion, integration and action plans in areas of interest. From "melting pot" to "mosaic", we will explore multicultural attitudes, beliefs and values.

16 hour course (Certificate available in the end with final project and homework reflections)

Pre-Requisite: Cultural Literacy 101 for Continuing Education and Professional Development credit

Thursdays 1-3 PM or 7 - 9 PM October Through May. (Oct 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7)



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