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.: Isa@chhinc.org

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)

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!

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.

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

Summer Fun at Shedd Park @ Shedd Park
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

July 20th 10am-2pm
Location: 453 Rogers St. Lowell, MA

Enjoy the warm and beautiful weather while having some summer fun. Activities will be facilitated by the FRC staff. Kids of all ages welcome! Lunch bags and refreshments will be provided. Families and individuals welcome to come. Please note: This is the only event that will be held outside the FRC. Event will be held at Shedd Park, address will be listed above.

If you have any questions regarding Summer Fun, please contact Wanda Montes at 978-455-0701 ext. 209 or email at wandamontes@nafi.com