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”
12:00-1:00 MLK Program
2:15-3:00 Listening Session on Safety in Community: Talking through Concerns regarding Hate Crimes and How to Protect our Community
Finally we plan to host a New Pathways Lab at 2:15 where we 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 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.
This program is created with Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire, District Attorneys Office of Berkshire County, United States Attorney Office, First Congregational Church and Macedonia Baptist Church.
**Community challenge: Tell us your dream for 2021. What will you do to get us there in community? Take pictures and post on social media and tag BRIDGE. Find us at BRIDGE413 ,on IG multicultural-bridge and friends of BRIDGE, on Twitter at BRIDGE413, tag us on Facebook. Use hashtags #bridge413 #revdrmlkjr #ihaveadream #allhandsin.
Tag us and let us know at BRIDGE your dream ~families and children welcome!
We are running a food drive and will accept food donations at our office in Lee at our Main office or at the First Congregational Church. This will support our mutual aid efforts. Helpful items will include: Household supplies for cleaning and hygiene, sanitizer, gloves, masks, non-perishable food, food storage and jar and canning supplies, gas cards, acts of kindness, warm clothes, seeds for the spring planting, clean (or new) reusable bags for distribution. Increments of same item in 25 would assist. We serve 100 families biweekly.
You can also donate here to support our mutual aid efforts (please write in "mutual aid support" in the Paypal form), and find more ways to support BRIDGE here.
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!
Dr. Beverly Tatum joins CBRSD and BRIDGE on August 31st for a fireside chat, book club and strategy session. Thank you to Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Money Management and Williams College for joining as sponsors!
Join us on Zoom for Dr. Beverly Tatum as she supports Central Berkshire School District’s Equity & Inclusion Committee in launching our Berkshire academic year.
Members of the Berkshire educational system and larger community will spend the entire morning with Dr. Tatum.
Dr. Tatum and Gwendolyn VanSant of BRIDGE will be engaged in a fireside chat. The morning session will be moderated by Aseante Renee. Then participants will break in to small groups and return for a debrief in our New Pathways Lab format.
Register in advance for this meeting:
President Emerita, Spelman College
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award. The author of several books including the best-selling “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race” (now in a new 2017 20th anniversary edition) and “Can We Talk About Race?” and “Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation” (2007), Tatum is a sought-after speaker on the topics of racial identity development, race and education, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments, and higher education leadership.
Also, one more New Pathway Talk has been uploaded. Join me and Amber on a New Pathways reflection.
In case you have missed any of the New Pathways Labs, we invite you to listen to our podcast as we upload two a week.
Newell Eaton (New Pathways Lab) and Aseante Renee join Gwendolyn VanSant for a conversation on White Allyship in the time of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Join us for probing questions and deep dialogue on how to advance racial justice in authentic relationship, care and action.
Black Community members: Join to make the asks and requests of White People in your community for racial justice and equity. Submit requests ahead or come to the New Pathways Lab for an intergroup dialogue and action planning.
White Community members: Whose Black Lives are you prioritizing, protecting and honoring? What Black Communities are you supporting? Whose Black Leadership are you amplifying?
How do white allies support Black people in the pandemic facing injustice and disparities and the threat our future holds in communities and workplaces?
When: Aug 6, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Events posted here are hosted by or sponsored by BRIDGE.