Upcoming Partner Events

Black Lives Matter Vigil December 2020

Date: December 2, 2020

Time: 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Location: UU Wellesley Hills, 309 Washington St

Black Lives Matter UU Wellesley

Members and friends of UU Wellesley Hills invite everyone to protest and honor the Black lives harmed and lost, those victims of racial violence and injustice, known and unknown, this fall as part of 2020 Congregational Resolution to strengthen our antiracist commitments and affirm that Black Lives Matter – that they always have and always will. Please join for a monthly, 15-minute silent vigils on the sidewalk in front of 309 Washington St. All are welcome to join on Tues. Oct. 6th at 6:00 pm, Wed. Nov. 4th at 12:30 pm, and Wed. Dec. 2nd at 12:30 pm. Stand with us this season for racial justice!

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

How to Run for Local Public Office

Date: December 2, 2020

Time: 7:30

Location: Online Event

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Individuals who are curious, concerned or interested in following the direction of Wellesley’s  current projects are encouraged to consider becoming more directly involved in their  community by running for Town Meeting Member or an elected board. Now’s the time to get organized for the March 2, 2021 Town Election!  

The League of Women Voters of Wellesley invites members of the community to learn all about  the process and about Town government at a virtual presentation, “How to Run for Local  Public Officeon Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. The featured speakers, Mark Kaplan  (Town Moderator) will cover Town Government structure and how it works, and Kathy Nagle  (past Town Clerk) will review offices on the ballot and the pragmatic nuts and bolts of running a  campaign. Questions will be welcomed from the audience.

The 2021 Candidate Handbook will be posted on the League’s website on November 17:  https://my.lwv.org/massachusetts/wellesley. The League’s Town Government Handbook (a  detailed guide to Town Meeting, Wellesley’s representational form of government) is also  found on the website. Both publications are updated by the League annually.  

Workshops 4 Reparations: A Wee The People Weekend Workshop Marathon

Start date: December 4, 2020

End date: December 5, 2020

Location: Online Event

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A weekend of virtual workshops to fund wellness reparations, from Wee The People, 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness, & JP’s Massage Therapy Center

The year 2020 has delivered bodyblows of collective trauma to Black and Brown communities — trauma that is sure to continue after the election. In response, the Boston-based social justice project Wee The People has teamed up with 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness and JP’s Massage Therapy Center for Workshops 4 Reparations, a weekend marathon of antiracism workshops to fund wellness services for Black and Brown people in Boston.

On Dec. 4-5, we will offer our high-impact, foundational antiracism workshops — What Is Racism? for kids and The ABCs of Racism for adults — as a fundraising action to bring wellness and bodywork reparations to Black and Brown folks in need.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

Friday, Dec. 4, 4-5pm: What Is Racism?: An interactive workshop for kids ($15, ages 6-10)

Saturday, Dec. 5, 8-10am: The ABCs of Racism: Starting and Sustaining Conversations + Action about Race and Racism with Kids ($36)

Saturday, Dec. 5, 7-9pm: The ABCs of Racism: Starting and Sustaining Conversations + Action about Race and Racism with Kids ($36)

ALL FUNDS from this Eventbrite series will pay for gift cards for massage, yoga, or other wellness treatments at 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness, a Black-owned wellness center based in Dorchester, and JP’s Massage Therapy Center, based in Jamaica Plain. Gift cards will be distributed in partnership with local community-based health centers.

Past Partner Events

National Day of Mourning 2020

Date: November 26, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Online

National Day of Mourning 2020

The livestream and pre-recorded content for the National Day of Mourning on November 26 can be viewed beginning at approximately 12 noon EST via the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) website, at the UAINE facebook group, on Youtube, and at the hate5six website.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service led by Wellesley Clergy

Date: November 23, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:00 pm

Location: Online Event

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During this time of year, we feel the need to gather in unity, return to our values, and offer gratitude. Wellesley area clergy invite you to join them in fellowship for a Zoom Interfaith Thanksgiving service. Our clergy will lead us in prayer, scriptural readings, song, and words of comfort. Rabbi Saphire will deliver the homily. We hope this service will help to ease the feelings of loss and loneliness caused by our inability to gather this Thanksgiving. You are welcome to share this invitation with another friend of faith. All are welcome, whether or not you have a congregational home or religious practice.

This event will take place through a video conference call. Pre-registration is required. Please click the registration button above to pre-register. Once you have registered, your unique access link will be emailed to you. If you’re new to Zoom, watch a tutorial or read written instructions on how to join a Zoom video call. Link coming soon!

Hosted by: Temple Beth Elohim, Hills Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. John – St. Paul Catholic Collaborative, UU Wellesley Hills, Village Church, World of Wellesley

Richard Rothstein – The Color of Law

Date: November 17, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00

Location: Online Event

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In, The Color of Law, A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, national best selling author Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state and federal levels. Join us for a moderated virtual plenary session with Mr. Rothstein. Jared Johnson, Executive Director of Transit Matters, will moderate.

Following the plenary, Newton-native and Community Activist, Richard Evans, will speak about the devastating impact the building of the Mass Pike had on, “The Village”, his family and Newton’s historic African American community. City Councilor, Deb Crossley, who is Chair of the Zoning and Planning Committee and is also an architect, will then give an overview of Newton’s zoning reform planning process. Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the systemic issues that contribute current housing inequities, particularly as Newton engages in a comprehensive review of its zoning codes.

This event is cosposored by FORJ and the League of Women Voters/Newton.

In preparation for this event, attendees are encouraged to watch the the 17-minute video, Segregated by Design, which was written and narrated by Richard Rothstein and directed by Mark Lopez.

This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton, a city-wide read and series of events and conversations on race and racism and is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters/Newton.

Check out this guide for more anti-racism resources. You can order a copy of The Color of Law from Newtonville Books.

Needham Diversity Initiative’s 9th Annual Diversity Summit

Date: November 15, 2020

Time: 12:00-5:00 pm

Location: Online Event

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This year’s theme is “Hate Has No Home Here – Beyond the Yard Signs”

Grab T with Nikki Turpin: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall. Nikki joins us to discuss how to support racial justice, diversity and activism beyond the yard signs – includes a 20 min audience Q&A.

HEAR Needham leaders, residents & students share their diverse journeys, ATTEND 9+ interactive, breakout sessions on topical issues, BE MOVED by multimedia video & musical presentations and MORE..

The Needham Diversity Summit is co-sponsored by The Needham Human Rights Committee, Equal Justice in Needham, METCO Needham Parent Council, SEPAC, Progressive Needham, The Needham Free Library, and NHS S.A.F.E. – Students Advocating for Equity.

Black Lives Matter Vigil November 2020

Date: November 4, 2020

Time: 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Location: UU Wellesley Hills, 309 Washington St

Black Lives Matter UU Wellesley

Members and friends of UU Wellesley Hills invite everyone to protest and honor the Black lives harmed and lost, those victims of racial violence and injustice, known and unknown, this fall as part of 2020 Congregational Resolution to strengthen our antiracist commitments and affirm that Black Lives Matter – that they always have and always will. Please join for a monthly, 15-minute silent vigils on the sidewalk in front of 309 Washington St. All are welcome to join on Tues. Oct. 6th at 6:00 pm, Wed. Nov. 4th at 12:30 pm, and Wed. Dec. 2nd at 12:30 pm. Stand with us this season for racial justice!

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.