Jun
14
Fri
RISE Meeting @ Middlesex Community College
Jun 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Lowell RISE Coalition (Refugee and Immigrant Support and Engagement) invites any interested residents, leaders, business owners, nonprofit or city personnel to join these meetings or contact us to be active with either the Welcoming Week Lowell 2019 or Gateways for Growth initiatives. Agendas will be posted monthly the week of the meeting.

Quarterly, meetings take place at Lowell Community Health Center’s 6th floor training room to join the Refugee Consultation meeting to update the State. (2019 schedule: January, April, July, October)

Jun
16
Sun
Decoding LGBTQ+ History in Lowell @ Lowell National Historical Park
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a special two part program taking place on Sunday, June 16.

Our 3 PM walk will focus on some figures from the 1800s, and how we can understand LGBTQ+ history of Lowell in this era. This walk will end with some time to explore our Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit (40 French St). Walk begins at the Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell, MA.

Our 6 PM program will explore local LGBTQ+ in the twentieth century. We will discuss the nightlife of the 1950s and 1960s and more recent history in Lowell. This talk will also address the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall raid and riot of 1969. Held at the Visitor Center, 246 Market St.

Both are free & open to all. www.nps.gov/lowell

Jun
24
Mon
History UnErased Educator Conference @ Middlesex Community College
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

PUTTING LGBT+ HISTORY IN ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE – THE CLASSROOM.
This intellectually inspiring training will prepare K-12 educators to present all students with a more complete story of America.

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE

unique, high-quality instructional materials grounded in primary and secondary sources from the Library of Congress, National Park Service, National Archives, Massachusetts Historical Society, and more
reasonable methods and strategies for implementation of LGBT+ history
expanded understanding of who, and which groups, have influenced social, political, cultural, economic, and scientific aspects of our world
22 PDPs
*Email [email protected] for information about our micro-credential option to become a Certified History UnErased Teacher

Jun
25
Tue
QTBIPOC Survivors Retreat @ Old Oak Dojo
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Come build community with other LGBQ/TI and non-binary POC, as we navigate through our journey of healing from child sexual abuse.

The Center for Hope and Healing and The Victim Rights Law Center invite you to join us for a groundbreaking, one-day healing retreat for queer, transgender, non-binary, intersex and/or gender non-conforming Black, Indigenous folks and other People of Color, who survived childhood rape and/or sexual assault.

This retreat is specifically for those who work in domestic violence, sexual assault or other anti-violence programs. Led by extraordinary human, National Trainer and Advocate, Amita Swadhin. Allow yourself the space to heal with others who can relate, the space to grow, and an outlet to empower yourself through story-telling, body movement and circle style community.

Note on the location: Old Oak Dojo: It is the second house, at the end of the road. Please come to the top of the driveway. The Old Oak Dojo is behind the house.

Questions? Tix sold out? Email Isa Woldeguiorguis, Executive Director of The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc.: [email protected]

History UnErased Educator Conference @ Middlesex Community College
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

PUTTING LGBT+ HISTORY IN ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE – THE CLASSROOM.
This intellectually inspiring training will prepare K-12 educators to present all students with a more complete story of America.

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE

unique, high-quality instructional materials grounded in primary and secondary sources from the Library of Congress, National Park Service, National Archives, Massachusetts Historical Society, and more
reasonable methods and strategies for implementation of LGBT+ history
expanded understanding of who, and which groups, have influenced social, political, cultural, economic, and scientific aspects of our world
22 PDPs
*Email [email protected] for information about our micro-credential option to become a Certified History UnErased Teacher

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
Jun
28
Fri
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
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 – [email protected]

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