FORJ meetings planned for March, April

FORJ City-wide Meeting on Affordable Housing, Equity and Race in Newton - for upper elementary and older kids and adults, March 12 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m., at Angier Elementary

Join us to explore the relationship between housing, equity, and race. There will be pizza, a discussion, short video, and an interactive small group activity that could work for kids 2nd grade and above. Younger kids are welcome to be in the room to color or sit with their parents but they might not follow all the content. Hope to see you there! Feel free to bring interested friends.

R.s.v.p. here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScd-nEpwu7NpBYYnIrz8iepPRU3E1qJSro9Gwy2H6pgRHeD2A/viewform?usp=sf_link

METCO Advocacy Day March 19, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Raise your voice for school integration and educational equity! METCO's annual Advocacy Day is set for Tuesday, March 19th at the State House. The rally begins at 9am in Nurse's Hall and the Grand Staircase. The program will include students, district leaders, and elected officials speaking about the impact of the program. Then at 10:45am, groups visit legislators and remind them how essential METCO is to Boston and the suburbs.

To make an appointment with your legislator, visit metcoinc.org/advocacy!

Interested in understanding more about what sophomore students at NSHS are learning in the peer-led programs "Courageous Conversations about Race"? March 20, 7pm-8:30pm at Newton South High School

Faculty leaders, Gerry Gagnon (Science Department Head) and Katani Sumner (METCO Counselor & English Teacher) and student peer leaders will host a workshop and answer questions about how NSHS is supporting all students to better understand issues of race and ethnic identity and build healthy, inclusive spaces and school culture. This program is organized by the Newton South High School FORJ team (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) and a team of teachers at South.

R.s.v.p. here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-JP5-R88czhMMkS0eVxWOjosH1JvCf-ctPYkFQuvq6km0rQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Facilitative Leadership Training with Madeline McNeely--ideal for FORJ teams--March 26 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Mason-Rice Elementary

Join us for an interactive evening with Madeline McNeely, founder of Conditioning Leaders. She is a facilitator, trainer, coach and consultant who will share with us practices gleaned from her most popular trainings on good group leadership practices to ensure your FORJ team is operating at its best. This is a special opportunity for your FORJ team to reflect on your experiences and learn helpful tools for sustainability and success!

R.s.v.p. here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc74cQT-4jCPkwckCkakmhwOzF3R7v5i2rLXeNcOhf2mKrJ-g/viewform?usp=sf_link

A Cross-Racial Conversation with Debby Irving, racial justice educator and author of Waking Up White and Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director, Community Change, Inc. and blogger of Black Girl In Maine, Tuesday, April 9

More info soon!