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SpeakOUT Spring Speaker Training

When: Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Boston

Spring LGBTQ+ Speaker Training for SpeakOUT: Sat, March 28, 8:30-6:00, Suffolk Univ, Boston. Become a Voice for Change! One-day speaker training prepares volunteer speakers to conduct interactive speaking engagements in schools, colleges, workplaces, faith communities, and more in Greater Boston area & beyond. Especially looking for interested people of color, transgender and younger speakers. Cost: $75, $35 seniors/students, includes breakfast, lunch & snacks. Ask about scholarships.

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“Dreaming of Community: A Look at ‘Families Sharing Together’” with Ed Pazzanese and Judith Woodruff

When: Sunday, October 27, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Families Creating Together is a award-winning intergenerational multilingual free program that serves the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury communities. Ed Pazzanese will share a short media presentation, stories and art projects created by participating families. FCT invites the full participation of children of all abilities, their parents, siblings, and caregivers with the intent to counteract the risk of marginalization and isolation experienced by individuals who are non-speakers, living with disabilities; are homeless and; grandparents raising grandchildren.

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"Parole in Massachusetts: Why We Need More Second Chances" with Jean Trounstine

When: Sunday, March 31, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The longer we keep people behind bars, the more we continue to fuel the engine of mass incarceration. Why then, is Massachusetts not paroling more people and supporting them to stay out of prison? What are the ways we could improve our ailing parole system? We must demand that more men and women serve the remainder of time in their communities?

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@CCB: "Free Yoga for Success" class by Isha Foundation

When: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
Free Yoga for Success class at CCB by Isha Foundation
Whether you’re seeking health and joy or peace and love, whether it’s success
in the world or inner exploration you’re striving for, these simple practices are
designed to help you cut through the struggle and walk through life with ease.
Anyone ages 7+ can attend.
Date: June 24th, 2018 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Venue: The Community Church of Boston, 
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How to Get Press for Peace and Progressive Issues

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Workbar Central Square • 45 Prospect St. • Cambridge


Chris Faraone and Jason Pramas

Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and DigBoston

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Film-The Glorious Future with Susan McLucas

When: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The Glorious Future is a 20-minute documentary about long-time Community Church friend, Susan McLucas. Susan is an anti-war and human rights activist, with a project against female genital mutilation in Mali. She also teaches people how to ride bicycles. She finds her most direct impact and certainly the most joyful part of her life is at home: transforming adults who never learned to ride into cyclists at the Bicycle Riding School. Changing the world one cyclist at a time.

Join us for lunch after the program.

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Jill Stein Speaks: Building Power in Boston & Beyond: Resisting Militarism, McCarthyism, Austerity, Deportations & more”

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“Building Power in Boston & Beyond: Resisting Militarism, McCarthyism, Austerity,
Deportations & more” with Dr. Jill Stein

Special 3 p.m. Service (No 11 a.m. service): 

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Information Security and Organizing Workshop

When: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 9 Hamilton Place • Boston

Join activists from Cryptoparty Boston for a hands-on workshop to learn about encryption tools and how we can protect our privacy against the surveillance state and other intrusive forces.  We'll "hang out" with computers and try to get rid of the fear that the panopticon (the "all-seeing eye" of the state) wants us to live under.  Bring your questions, laptops, phones and devices and together we will help set you up with various tools to encrypt your communication and be anonymous on the internet.

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Gov. Michael Dukakis: "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Join us for a talk by the former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis who will answer the question "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

Michael Dukakis was nominated by President Clinton for a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation on May 21, 1998 and was confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. 

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Upstander Workshop: with true story theater

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: First Unitarian Society in Newton • 1326 Washington Street • Parish Hall • Newton

Learn how to support people targeted by bigotry. Workshop includes dramatically exploring the challenges of intervening, short presentations and handouts, and role plays.

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The Next Four Years: Organizing Followup

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge • 11 Garden St • Cambridge

People at "The Next Four Years" conference, Dec 3, 2016, BostonAt The Next Four Years conference at Simmons College on December 3, we discussed the political situation we find ourselves in and the need for a unified progressive resistance to Trumpism.

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Bikes Not Bombs - Film Showing on Cycloville

When: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Ride Studio Cafe • 720 Massachusetts Avenue • Lexington Center • Lexington

Join Bikes Not Bombs for a Cycloville Film Screening! We are partnering with Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA, to premiere our video on our newest International Partner, Cycloville, in Nairobi, Kenya!

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Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Militarization

When: Friday, October 21, 2011, 4:00 pm to Saturday, October 22, 2011, 3:00 pm
Where: American University • Washington

A U.S. peace movement capacity building conference

Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, Historians Against the War, Korean Policy Initiative, Nodutol, Peace Action, (initial listing)

Panels on Northeast and Southeast Security Issues, Peace Movement Campaigns and Workshops (see below).

Additional information, including registration, is accessible at

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Fearless Presenting - additional session

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:00 am to 9:30 am
Where: TSNE NonProfit Center • 89 South Street • Boston 02111

Join us for a lively and interactive workshop and learn how you can become a more effective, engaging, and confident presenter.

We'll address:

• Managing Those Nerves
• Planning and Organizing your Presentation
• Engaging with your audience in a conversational way
• Conducting effective Q and A
• Using PowerPoint not as a script or crutch but as a way to enliven your presentation

Target Audience:

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Video Storytelling: Not as Daunting as it Seems

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:30 am to 8:30 am
Where: TSNE NonProfit Center • 89 South Street • Boston 02111

Nonprofits know they need to create video, but too often they are at a loss when it comes to planning, production, and promotion. According to a study done by Google, 57% of people who watch nonprofit videos go on to make a donation. However, many nonprofits do not have a viable, sustainable video strategy.

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