May
8
Wed
A Talk With Valerie Spencer @ Lowell Community Health Center
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Valerie Spencer is a renown speaker on the issues and disparities that transgender individuals face in society.
About this Event
Please join us as we continue to expand our understanding of trans health issues, and work to become a more welcoming, informed and inclusive community. We are excited to have our guest speaker, Valerie Spencer, a national speaker on trans health, health literacy, and cultural competency for over 20 years, who will bring a national perspective to the discussion.

May
10
Fri
The 7th State of Asian Women’s Health in Massachusetts Conference @ NE Carpenters Training Center
May 10 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Our 2019 conference focuses on how to identify, collect and interpret meaningful small population data to inform program implementation & advocacy. This important state-wide gathering of community members, advocates, public health officials, service providers, business leaders, community-based organizations, researchers and policy makers provides a rich co-learning platform for engaging key stakeholders and facilitating cross-sector collaborations.

May
18
Sat
10th Asian American Mental Health Forum @ Malden Senior Community Center
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Recognizing Our Value:
Forging Solutions to Combat Stigma and Internalized Racism

Keynote Speaker: Josephine Kim, Ph.D.
Faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Master of Ceremonies: Joy Lim Nakrin, J.D.
News Anchor and Reporter at NBC Boston/NECN

Admission is free. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Jun
8
Sat
Hair Tales: Stories of Black Hair-i-Tage @ Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Hair Tales: Stories of Black Hair-i-Tage” is an original staged reading written by Christa Brown and developed by the Free Soil Arts Collective, a program proudly supported by funds from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. This artistic work details the personal stories of five black women and the complex relationships with their hair. Join us as we explore issues surrounding identity, the KINKS of self-acceptance, and how to embrace the CROWNS that we are given as black women. Through each woman’s individual story, we go on a journey towards understanding the importance of defining who you are for yourself.

Cast:
Kesiah Bascom
Christa Brown
Naychelle Gandia
Maritza Grooms
Masada Jones

Jun
9
Sun
Hair Tales: Stories of Black Hair-i-Tage @ Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“Hair Tales: Stories of Black Hair-i-Tage” is an original staged reading written by Christa Brown and developed by the Free Soil Arts Collective, a program proudly supported by funds from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. This artistic work details the personal stories of five black women and the complex relationships with their hair. Join us as we explore issues surrounding identity, the KINKS of self-acceptance, and how to embrace the CROWNS that we are given as black women. Through each woman’s individual story, we go on a journey towards understanding the importance of defining who you are for yourself.

Cast:
Kesiah Bascom
Christa Brown
Naychelle Gandia
Maritza Grooms
Masada Jones

Hair Tales: Stories of Black Hair-i-Tage @ Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Hair Tales: Stories of Black Hair-i-Tage” is an original staged reading written by Christa Brown and developed by the Free Soil Arts Collective, a program proudly supported by funds from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. This artistic work details the personal stories of five black women and the complex relationships with their hair. Join us as we explore issues surrounding identity, the KINKS of self-acceptance, and how to embrace the CROWNS that we are given as black women. Through each woman’s individual story, we go on a journey towards understanding the importance of defining who you are for yourself.

Cast:
Kesiah Bascom
Christa Brown
Naychelle Gandia
Maritza Grooms
Masada Jones

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)

Jul
23
Tue
Screening of 13th and Discussion @ Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center
Jul 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a screening of Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, which
covers the connections between the 13th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution and the high rates of incarceration among African
Americans in the United States today. This discussion is the
culminating event in the part “Black History in Lowell: A Special
Series on Race, Freedom, and the Spindle City.” This free film
screening will be hosted at the Lowell National Historical Park
Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. on July 23rd.

More about the film: In 13th, “Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the
history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the
fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with
African-Americans.”

Note: This program is part “Black History in Lowell: A Special Series
on Race, Freedom, and the Spindle City.”