Sanctuary in the Streets
Our Sanctuary in the Streets Rapid Response network meets every first Monday of the month from 6-8pm at the Parlor Room. (32 Masonic St, Northampton.)
UPCOMING DATES: 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7
Are you looking for a welcoming place to practice your Spanish? Did you take Spanish in high school, but find that you are a bit out of practice? Or would you like to start from the beginning and learn to greet friends and neighbors?
Come join us! Lucio is hosting Spanish conversation classes and would love for you to attend. These casual conversation sessions will be an opportunity for people of varying Spanish ability to develop their vocabulary and confidence in the language. Both individual and group sessions are available.
Classes are taught at First Church Amherst (165 Main St, Amherst MA 01002) in individual and group formats
Justice Cup | 2018 Date Coming Soon!
The Justice Cup is our annual summer soccer tournament. Teams from Holyoke to Greenfield play soccer, enjoy good food, and celebrate the amazing social justice work being done across the Pioneer Valley. You don’t have to play soccer to come and enjoy the fun. The tournament also provides a platform for local workers to lift their voices and speak up at the mic about their experiences on the job.
Art on the Menu
Thursday, December 7 – Friday, December 8, 2018
Every winter, this event showcases the many talents of the workers who fuel our downtown restaurant scene. They are parents, immigrants, artists, musicians, students, and much more. We celebrate the creativity of these people be providing an opportunity for them to sell their artwork and play their music and dance.
Interested in participating in next fall’s show or want to help plan it? Contact us!
No Somos Máquinas / We Are Not Machines
No Somos Máquinas first opened as a week-long exhibit in July 2016 at the APE gallery in downtown Northampton, where hundreds of people flocked to see it and to participate in a series of events that we hosted throughout that week.
Western Massachusetts workers called for a general strike on May 1, 2017. Immigrant and U.S.-born workers stayed home from their jobs, businesses shut down, and consumers closed their wallets. On May 1, we joined millions nationwide, including the Food Chain Workers Alliance and Jobs with Justice, to demand full protection of immigrants and low-wage workers in the United States. We organized actions and events up and down the valley, growing the movement and making all kinds of headlines.
On May Day, we shut down the streets and articulated these demands alongside hundreds of our members and allies. May Day has come and gone this year, but our demands remain the same:
- We demand full protection of immigrants living in the United States.
- We call for an end to the deportation machine that is ripping immigrants from our families and communities.
- We call for a living wage of $15/hour, the right to organize unions, dignity and respect for immigrants and all workers nationwide, and an end to the growing war machine.
We will continue fighting to protect the most vulnerable members of the working class: people of color, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ people.
We are committed to actively supporting workers who want to improve conditions, many of who striked on May 1. We also asked businesses to join this strike by committing to close their doors on May 1, pay full wages to workers, and not retaliate against workers who participate in the strike. In participating, businesses demonstrate their solidarity with immigrants and low-wage workers.
Businesses that Resisted
Check out the Western Massachusetts’ businesses that closed on May Day.