Jun
26
Wed
Mirror Memoirs @ CIC Boston
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Child sexual abuse is a public health epidemic that affects us all – 20% of Americans (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys) experience sexual violence before the age of 18. Even if you are not a survivor, someone you know and love is. And we are all raised in rape culture. Perpetrators are in the highest positions of power in our government, media, religious institutions, corporations and educational institutions. Awakening to this reality can feel overwhelming – is it really possible for us to create a world without rape?

Through experiences of collective healing and organizing, many survivors are beginning to assert our visions for an end to this violence.

Join us on Wednesday, June 26 to learn about Mirror Memoirs, a storytelling and organizing project uplifting the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQI+ people of color who survived child sexual abuse, as a strategy to end rape culture and other forms of oppression. Mirror Memoirs is a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation located in Los Angeles, California, qualified as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”).

Founded by Amita Swadhin in 2016 (through a fellowship from the Just Beginnings Collaborative), this national oral history archive now includes the stories of 60 survivors across 15 states.

In the archive:
* 68% are transgender or non-binary folks
* 42% are Black
* 10% are indigenous
* 37% are Latinx
* 28% are Asian American
(percentages greater than 100 because of mixed race folks)
* 9% were raped or sexually assaulted by a cisgender woman

In this salon, you will hear an excerpt focused on three questions: what do you need to continue to heal? what should be done with people who commit child sexual abuse? and what is your personal vision for how humanity can end child sexual abuse?

You’ll also learn how to support this project’s dissemination (with plans for a podcast, animated videos, multimedia art exhibit and a training institute). Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Accessibility: CIC has elevators & is fully wheelchair accessible. The bathrooms on all floors are gendered M/F multistall, but we will post signs as this is an after-hours event, making them gender-neutral. There is 1 single-stall, accessible all-gender bathroom on the first floor of the building, through a cafeteria/café space. It’s not a scent-free space but we will substitute non-scented soaps to the bathrooms and ask the cleaning company to refrain from using a heavily scented cleaner before the event.

This space has generously been provided by Futures Without Violence.

Host Committee (affiliations for identification purposes only):
Lonna Davis (Futures Without Violence)
Leiana Kinnicutt (Futures Without Violence)
Hema Sarang-Sieminski (Victim Rights Law Center)
Isa Woldeguiorguis (Center for Hope and Healing)

Jun
27
Thu
4th Annual 6 Degrees of The Acre @ The Ayer Mansion
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Center for Hope and Healing Fundraiser @ Scola's Restaurant
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*Join Sabrina Curtis and JJArtworks on Thursday, June 27th for a fun night out to benefit The Center of Hope and Healing (https://chhinc.org) in Lowell, MA.The Center for Hope and Healing Inc. has served survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones in the Greater Lowell area for over 40 years.

$15 from every ticket will be donated to The Center of Hope and Healing as well as 25% of anything sold at the JJArtworks merch table that evening. Scola’s Restaurant is also kindly donating 15% of food and drink purchases at the restaurant, so bring your thirst and an appetite! Lastly we will also be raffling off gift baskets and other items to help raise money for The Center for Hope and Healing as well!

*This is a digital ticket to confirm your spot for the paint party. A physical ticket will not be mailed to you in the mail so you will not be charged for shipping. Instead your name will be added to the event guest list. Also you will not be charged for tax, this is already factored into the ticket price.

Jun
28
Fri
GLADLY
Jun 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GLADLY is a group for high school aged LGBQ/T young people to come together once a week and give voice to their experiences while being in community with others. We share resources and stories with one another while providing relevant psychoeducational tools related to coping with things like dysphoria, transitions (social, legal, and/or medical), and other things that may be coming up in their lives. We also set aside time to engage in creative self-care activities like drawing, painting, beading, etc.

Youth BBQueer @ The Center for Hope and Healing Inc.
Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This year for Youth Pride we’ll be hosting a BBQ and our event name is Youth BBQueer:
A Block Party where we’ll have snow cones, music, tie-dye, and food to celebrate together and in community! Feel free to bring friends and family to celebrate with you and us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall by thriving together!

Jun
29
Sat
Hope Benefit @ Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jun
30
Sun
Community Discussion: Colombian Immigrant Experience in Lowell @ Lowell National Historical Park
Jun 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Professor Robert Forrant and Ranger Sebastian Cardona for a tour and conversation on Colombian immigration in the Mogan Cultural Center (40 French Street). Though many migrants and immigrants came to Lowell to find work, some were specifically recruited. Cardona will share his insights and research on the settlement and evolution of the Colombian community in Lowell. Free and open to all.

This talk is made possible with funds from Mass Humanities.

Free parking is located at 304 Dutton Street, a 10 minute walk from the museum. On Sundays street parking is also free in metered spaces.

Jul
3
Wed
Reading Frederick Douglass Lowell 2019 @ St. Anne's Church
Jul 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for a community reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” at St. Anne’s Church in Lowell, MA on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Held at 12:00 p.m.

Invited guests and visitors may take turns reading the oration aloud. If you’d like to be a reader, or if you have a selection in mind, email Allison – allison_horrocks@nps.gov.

Curious about the speech? The full text can be found here: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july/

Location: St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (8 Kirk Street)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Fee Information: Free
Contact Phone Number: 978-970-5000

Jul
5
Fri
DCF Support Group @ NFI Family Resource Center of Lowell
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A support group for caregivers who are working with DCF. Especially those whose children have been removed from their care. Come and talk to other parents who are going through what you are. Learn how to navigate the DCF system and also techniques for staying connected to your children when they are not in your care and how to take care of yourself during this stressful time.

GLADLY
Jul 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GLADLY is a group for high school aged LGBQ/T young people to come together once a week and give voice to their experiences while being in community with others. We share resources and stories with one another while providing relevant psychoeducational tools related to coping with things like dysphoria, transitions (social, legal, and/or medical), and other things that may be coming up in their lives. We also set aside time to engage in creative self-care activities like drawing, painting, beading, etc.