The Fall 2019 Semester of Truth School Classes!

Thu Oct 1, 6:30 - 9:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

This class will focus on the racial dimension of Donald Trump’s appeal to the white working class, which cuts across class and gender lines, highlighting issues of economic insecurity.

Sat Oct 3, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to transform the energy of fear and adversity into courage and hope.

Sat Oct 3, 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

Families, school employees, students, and anyone else interested in social justice in our schools are encouraged to join this class. Our goal is to build capacity, connection, and community in the fight to make our schools places of empowerment and restorative justice.

Tue Oct 6, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (EDT)

Zoom

Like every other region of the world, the Middle East will be profoundly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But given the region’s pre-existing schisms and vulnerabilities, the pandemic is likely to have an especially profound impact there.

Thu Oct 8, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (EDT)

Zoom

This workshop is designed for participants to hear and enjoy the musically gifted pianist Dr. Ruth Bass Green play selections of sacred songs and Negro spirituals that inspired and motivated the enslaved people and later Civil Rights activists to work for social justice and freedom for all.

Sat Oct 10, 1:00 - 2:15 PM (EDT)

Zoom

Join dancer, educator, and beautiful-spirit Miss Olivia for a time to stretch, move, dance, carry on, enjoy good music, let go, and feel free.

Sun Oct 11, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

Building a circle can bring energy, strength, healing and focus to a group, either just starting out or long standing looking for a positive change. It creates a bond and a trust not found everywhere in the world today.

Tue Oct 13, 7:00 PM - Tue Nov 10, 9:00 PM (EDT)

How do young men committed to social justice issues hone their leadership skills, step forward to organize in their communities, make change in their spheres of influence, and inspire others to join them in the struggle?

This is a two-part series. Participants are expected to attend both sessions.
This workshop is open to anyone who identifies as male.

Thu Oct 15, 5:00 - 7:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

Sat Oct 17, 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

Why are so many activist spaces so white? How do blame, shame and guilt get in the way of transformation?

Sat Oct 17, 3:30 - 5:30 PM (EDT)

Zoom

As activists working on social, political, economic, and environmental issues with passion and a commitment to create meaningful and lasting change, younger and older adults need each other, can work together harmoniously, and can enhance each other’s efforts with common purpose.

Sun Oct 18, 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

This presentation is an intersectional approach to food justice which focuses on dispelling the myth that ‘food desert’ as a phrase describing communities that require a just and fair food system.

Thu Oct 22, 5:00 - 6:30 PM (EDT)

Zoom

In this class, participants will work with two experts in the field of housing and homelessness – two leaders who have spent years on the front lines of homelessness issues offering direct care, solving administrative challenges, and navigating state and federal policies, programs, and funding.

Sat Oct 24, 1:00 - 3:30 PM (EDT)

Zoom

In this session, using contemplative (mindful) attentiveness, participants will communally read and reflect on selected stories on the consequence of race and skin color in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric.

Sat Oct 24, 3:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

In this class, we will explore the principles of ‘solidarity science’ and what it means for our community.

Sun Oct 25, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Zoom

In this class, we will dig deeper into the spiritual side of circle practice.

Tue Oct 27, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (EDT)

Zoom

This class will examine the structural and societal roots of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in contemporary America.

Thu Oct 29, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (EDT)

Zoom

Anti-Semitism has been used for centuries to divert the rage of working people so that systemic oppression and exploitation can remain unchallenged, especially during times of major crisis.

This class is for Gentiles* – those without Jewish heritage. We are prioritizing registrations from people of the global majority (people of color); at least half the class will be PGM/POC. The class will be no larger than 12.

Sun Nov 1, 3:00 - 5:00 PM (EST)

Zoom

What makes for an effective leader?

Fri Nov 6, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (EST)

Zoom

Join the leadership team of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership in a wide-ranging community conversation on the meaning of the outcome of the 2020 November elections.

Sat Nov 7, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)

Zoom

Take time to invest in and affirm your leadership effectiveness. There are challenges and joys to being a leader in a group or organization that is composed mainly of volunteers. In this workshop, we will work together to tackle a variety of questions, such as: How does a leader cultivate a shared sense of purpose among volunteers?

Sun Nov 8, 4:00 - 5:30 PM (EST)

Zoom

Want to change the world – but are bone tired? Participate in a community nap with other motivated but weary folks interested in personal growth for social transformation.

Thu Nov 12, 6:30 - 9:00 PM (EST)

Zoom

The focus of this class will be the mass incarceration system, which took off in the United States in the 1970s and is directly related to the emerging black freedom struggle.

Sat Nov 14, 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EST)

Zoom

Join two experts in the field of class analysis who have teamed up to offer this needed workshop for activists.

Sun Nov 15, 2:00 - 4:00 PM (EST)

Zoom

In political environments differences of opinion are inevitable and important. Yet too often, differences are inadequately explored

Tue Nov 17, 4:30 PM - Wed Nov 18, 6:30 PM (EST)

Zoom

Human In Common trainings provide a compassionate, experiential approach to learning skills for effectively interrupting bias and preventing harassment, discrimination and harmful behavior.

This is a 2-part series. Participants are expected to be present at both sessions.

Sat Nov 21, 1:00 - 3:30 PM (EST)

Zoom

In such a diverse society, the typical image of beauty does not represent the millions of women of all ages, races, cultures, shapes, and sizes who truly exist. Through fun exercises and activities, we will address ways to maintain positive thoughts about ourselves, build self-esteem, and acknowledge our self-worth.

Tue Dec 1, 6:00 PM - Wed Dec 2, 8:00 PM (EST)

Zoom

In this unique workshop, Dr. Love will reemphasize the critical component and necessity of deconstructing barriers that perpetuate systematic racism by illustrating the importance of developing dynamic, diverse and effective communal collaborations.

This is a 2-part series. Participants are expected to be present at both sessions.

Thu Dec 3, 5:00 - 6:30 PM (EST)

Zoom

Through personal reflection and cross-gender dialogue, we will examine the socialization of boys and men, discuss how masculinity affects all people regardless of gender, and explore the impact of gender on our work as activists.

Sat Dec 5, 1:00 - 2:15 PM (EST)

Zoom

Tired of working around the clock for peace, justice, and social change? Weary from long meetings, long marches, long rallies, and short nights of sleep? You need to recharge!

Sun Dec 6, 3:00 - 5:00 PM (EST)

Zoom

Jazz musicians draw on some very specific approaches to creating original music while staying mindful of a barrage of sound around them. These approaches may also be helpful to our work in fostering needed change in rapidly shifting social, political, and economic environments.

Sat Dec 12, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (EST)

Zoom

Sun Dec 13, 1:00 - 3:30 PM (EST)

Zoom

Powerful literature highlighting the quest of Black Americans for justice, equal rights, and citizenship serves as a tool to create open and honest dialogue and new ways of thinking about our nation’s history, the enslavement of Black Americans, and the role racism plays in our national discourse.