2021 April Engagements:
Join us for Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 18, 2021
In honor of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Birthday, we are offering a series of community gatherings. We will start with a Day of Service where we will gather to create projects, sign up for stations for family tech help and have an “I Have a Dream” corner listening to Dr. King’s Speech in community and also reading a children’s book of his incredible life story.
10:00-11:30 MLK Day of Service, “Safety & Justice in our Beloved Community”
10:00 Zoom Session: Gather and Welcome;
“Discover the element of good in your enemy. And as you seek to hate him, find the center of goodness and place your attention there and you will take a new attitude.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hate destroys the hater as well as the hated … Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. … And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
10:10-10:40 Listen to MLK Speech of I Have A Dream in community
10:45-11:15 Zoom Rooms:
11:15 Closing (15 min)
12:00-1:00 MLK Program “Safety & Justice in our Beloved Community” - Rev. Forte, Rev. Allman Morton and Rev Letman IV with Gwendolyn VanSant, Stephanie Wright & more:
2:15-3:00 New Pathways Lab: Listening Session and Community Forum on Safety in Community: Talking through Concerns regarding Hate Crimes and How to Protect our Community
In this New Pathways Lab, we will talk about our rising concerns around safety and justice in our community with District Attorney Andrea Harrington, Director of Community Engagement Bryan House, Assistant US Attorney Scott Garland (Hate Crimes Specialist), Assistant US Attorney Deepika Shukla (Chief of Springfield Office) and Community Outreach Specialist Cara Henderson to discuss safety in our community, what has been threatening it and what we want to do about it? These representatives from our local and regional justice offices will come to listen to community voices and plan for future work alongside our communities and houses of worship.
BRIDGE has developed this program in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire, District Attorney's Office of Berkshire County, United States Attorney Office, First Congregational Church and Macedonia Baptist Church.
If you are having trouble with the registration button, you can use this link or copy and paste the URL into your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsduurqTkjGdcV_tbXGRaualBQxWxbJQSZ
Special Event: A talk by Tehama M Lopez Bunyasi author of “Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter”
January 7 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
For more info, click here.
Please check out our Moonlight Mile auction to raise funds to keep our Building Bridges campaigns active and responsive to community needs!
To start your bidding: click here: https://www.32auctions.com/MoonlightMileBRIDGE2020
Support us at the auction and let your artsy friends know!
Be a Positive Bystander. Join our #allhandsin campaign!
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Saturday #AllHandsIn
We are asking residents of Great Barrington to join us in speaking to businesses and your neighbors about the hate crimes and other acts of bias and intolerance and to take the pledge with us! It is also a good time to renew your pledge!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can join us! 9:30 Sign up, receive supplies and Not in our County training. 10:00 AM -12 noon Engagement.
At 9:30AM, there will be a Not in Our County pledge orientation at Town Hall in Great Barrington by Gwendolyn and then from 10AM-12PM, we will be door knocking and asking folks to sign the pledge for business allyship. We also ask for individual pledges for positive bystander commitments in solidarity for the victims affected by the recent hate incidents at the Church.
In the meantime please read up and study our NIOC campaign: here
Please also study up on the national campaign that NIOC is a part of: here
Not In Our Town is a movement to stop hate, racism and bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.
Please make sure you will be following all Covid-19 protocols:
I hope you all can show up and show out for our communities this weekend! We are all that we have! #Allhandsin #BRIDGE413 #BlackLivesMatter
Please email@example.com if you plan on attending this Saturday.
This Saturday there is a 2nd annual fundraiser at Mulberry Salon for BRIDGE!
WHAT: Beauty editor sells accumulated inventory at a fraction of retail prices.
WHO: Nars, Dior, Fenty, Chanel, Milk, Kerastase, Bobbi Brown, TONS OF CBD PRODUCTS and more!
WHERE: Mulberry Hair Company, 27 1/2 Rosseter Street, Great Barrington (side street just south of Prairie Whale restaurant)
WHEN: Saturday, October 10th, 12-5pm. ***The sale will take place OUTSIDE, under a tent. To maintain safety precautions, only 3-4 people will be allowed in at a time, but inventory will be restocked throughout the afternoon.
WHY: Because charity has never been more important. All proceeds are going to Multicultural Bridge, a grassroots organization dedicated to advancing equity and justice by promoting cultural competence, positive psychology, and mutual understanding and acceptance.
Cash and credit cards accepted!
ONE MORE THING: NO MASK, NO ENTRY. If there is a line outside, please practice distancing while you wait. (Or just come back a little later!) WE'LL HAVE HAND SANITIZER ON HAND, TOO.
JUST IN: October 19-23rd. Third annual community collaboration on Statewide Cultural Appreciation Week with the Cultural Proficiency Team of the Massachusetts Court System.
Our Southern Berkshire District Court Cultural Proficiency Liaison is joining with BRIDGE to run a food drive for our mutual aid Food Sovereignty program as we enter the colder season and the final harvests draw near with less work and still facing a pandemic. We are in week 30 and need all of the support our community can share to continue to serve the 90 families we do.
BRIDGE, BRIDGE Race Task Force and the Southern Berkshire Regional District Court will hold a zoom session to meet members of the justice system and have an introduction, education and dialogue, “A Conversation about Justice & Equity in Berkshire County.”
Tentative Dates/Time Oct. 20th or 23rd 2:30-4 (hold these dates). Register in advance for this meeting:
Week of 9/28:
MCLA 125th Anniversary Toast where Gwendolyn is being honored on 9/29 4-6pm
Men's Caucus for Racial Justice on 9/28 7-9pm
Towards Racial Justice on 10/1 6:30-9pm
Week of 10/5:
BRIDGE Race Task Force Meeting on 10/5 12:30-2pm
SSS Garden Class on 10/7 5-7pm
Update: Recent Canning Class held on Sept. 9th 5-7pm on Woven Roots Farm with NOFA Mass
Week of 10/19:
White Caucus for Racial Justice on 10/22 7-9pm
Week of 10/26:
Men's Caucus for Racial Justice on 10/26 7-9pm
POC Caucus in 10/28
New Pathways Conference on Nov. 6th, 7th, 8th
See our recent updates and announcements here for more information.
(Volunteers needed for rideshares, food distribution and packing and office support!) contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
August 31 | New Pathways Lab with Dr. Tatum
Sept 3 | BHRSD School Committee as our Towards Racial Justice Action in lieu of our regular TRJ-South meeting. All voting members of Stockbridge, West Stockbridge and Great Barrington, MA! We need your voice! Details here. https://www.bhrsd.org/school-committee-meeting-agenda-upcoming/
Sept 12 | Happiness Toolbox Day | RSVP to come visit or try it out. We will have interactive Zoom early in the day and an excursion with socially distanced activities that afternoon.
September 14th | Race Task Force
September 15th | NPC Berkshires hosts BRIDGE CEO on Cultural Reflexivity and IDEA (follow up session on Navigating Racial BiasOctober 2nd)
September 26th | Call Center
Sept 29th | MCLA 125th Celebration
Read our recent update for more information.
Explore how to engage or how you might join in the action:
A heartfelt shoutout of gratitude to the many many volunteers that make all of this happen! Together we win the fight for justice and equity!
Events posted here are hosted by or sponsored by BRIDGE.