Gathering Resilience: Moving from Woke to Woven

May 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Holyoke Rows, 25 Jones Ferry Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040

This social justice gathering offers a unique experience in quality conversation.

The semi-structured programs of Gathering Resilience remix traditional elements of social justice organizing. The May 18, 2019 program runs from 2:00-6:30pm. Please plan to attend the entire time. Attendance is limited! Registration required.

*Childcare will be provided.

*Some snacks and beverages will be provided and please bring any favorites or specialty items that suit your own needs.

*All facilitators, moderators and others working the event are being compensated.

Participants will contribute to cultivating a network of diverse leaders on a range of issues relevant to various ethnic communities of western Massachusetts—and have fun!

Social Justice Savvy Co-Moderation Team

Cynthia Espinosa Director, Nueva Esperanza

Shakuntala Ray PhD Teacher of the Year, UMass-Amherst 2017

Anna Rita Napoleone PhD Director UMass Writing Center

Opening Entertainmentdebut performance of Lyrical Tomfoolery! 

Panel and Small Group Conversations with young, local leaders on their most passionate issues and experienced experts from a select fields.

Selected Youth Leaders from The Performance Project and Pa’lante

Neftalí Duran, member of i-Collective, on the disconnect between food justice and hunger

Eileen Forestal PhD, world-renowned expert in ASL discourse and use of Deaf Interpreters

Nia Holley is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is deeply influenced by what survival and healing look like within Black and Indigenous communities. Her work ranges from printmaking, ceramics, metalsmithing, and traditional arts to bringing tribal communities together around food justice, agroecology, land, & history. She strives to cultivate relationships across tribal borders to rebuild a more inclusive and historical process of kinship and survival. She has worked as an outreach and project coordinator with a Native-led grassroots organization, and has been actively involved in Nipmuc programs since she could walk and talk. She currently works transcribing Native American petitions at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.

Ambarish Karmalkar PhD, on Climate Modeling Predictions for New England

Stickii Quest & ShaeShae Quest on Reparations.  ShaeShae and Stickii are community organizers and staff at Out Now, Springfield’s only LGBTQIA+ youth organization, and two of the lead organizers of BLM413.

…more to come…

Optional Brief Activities just to mix things up: try a 20-minute taichi lesson, a 20 minute barn dance lesson, and/or just schmooze and enjoy the snacks.

Social! All are welcome for dinner at 6:30 and dancing and more schmoozing until 10:30pm. Please indicate if you plan to join us on the Registration Form. You can also decide on the spot—it will just help us plan if we know you’re expecting to stay!)


Remember, attendance is limited. Secure your spot now!