This week in Kalamazoo (3/14/2016)

Here is a quick rundown of social justice related events being offered in the community

March 14th:

Peace Center General Collective Meeting, 6pm rm 1410 Sangren Hall on WMU’s Campus

Diversity in the Arts in Kalamazoo, 6:30pm at The Kalamazoo Arcus Center for Justice Leadership. Enjoy mixing & mingling, networking, refreshments, a panel discussion with local arts leaders focused on the diversity in the arts in Kalamazoo, facilitated by BACC board member and Truth Tone Records CEO Kevin Lavender Jr., and an open mic.

March 15th:

PUT UP or SHUT UP LBGTQP+ Celebration featuring artist #D, 9pm at The Mix. Come out and celebrate with a night of artistic performances by the Kalamazoo LGBTQ+ community at the Put Up or Shut Up open-mic! FREE SHOW for 21+. $3 for 18+ including free NA beverage. Your hosts for the evening will be none other than Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee, professor, activist, and black genderqueer poet DENISE MILLER and genderfluid, lesbian spoken word poet, activist, and organizer of the Grand Rapids Slam Team, KFG!!!

March 16th:

Feminist Tea Party: Community Perception w/Elisheva Johnson, 4pm in Bernhard Center Rm 205 onWMU’s campus. This Feminist Tea Party discussion will be facillitated by community organizer Elisheva Johnson to discuss Black Experience in Kalamazoo; where we work, relax, and and how we create community in a racially fractured town. This event is free and open to everyone who would like to attend. Elisheva works with Michigan United on incarceration policy her most recent campaign work in Kalamazoo focusing on The Ban Box campaign to adopt more fair hiring practices and not discriminate against those with criminal records in Kalamazoo.

It Starts with Us! “People of Color and White People in Alliance Against Racism”, 6pm to 8pm at The Kalamazoo Arcus Center for Justice Leadership.  A two-part, multiracial workshop aiming to build white allies in the struggle against racism, using the perspectives and experience of people of color as well as white people’s own self-reflection and observation. The goal is to learn new language and new strategies for everyday interventions, turning white privilege into the power to make change. Part One: Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Part Two: Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership 205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI Facilitators: Gail Griffin and Denise Miller. In order to get the full benefit from this workshop, participants are strongly urged to commit to both sessions. To register, call 381-9775 or email
You can also register by following this link

March 17th:

Hello, I am HUMAN: An Interactive Performance, 5pm-7pm at Western Michigan University College of Health & Human Services, Room 4010. What have you been called other than your name? Join Humans Beyond Boxes for an interactive performance reclaiming our names in a world that shames & silences people impacted by incarceration.

Underground Railroad Fundraiser Feast,  6-8pm at Fire Historical and Collaborative Arts Center on 1249 Portage Rd. Join JaRay Reese for this fundraiser for his food truck, Hence Underground Railroad, for $10 a plate with live entertainment. Help local community gardener, activist, and chef by learning about and sharing his vision and plans for economic sustainability within Kalamazoo.

March 18th:

People of Color Coalition, 4-6pm at Interfaith Homes

This meeting we will be discussing:  Structure of group and organization with a focus on a mission, short-term goals and long term-goals. Suggested reading prior to meeting:
” 12 Point Program of RAM (Revolution Action Movement)” this can be found on pg. 231 in the Black Radical Tradition. Link provided below.

Sprouting Peace and Justice K.N.O.W. Soup Dinner Fundraiser, 6pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Free Parking. Delicious, hearty soups, bread and dessert! Larry (Pun) Plamondon will share traditional Odawa storytelling. Silent auction with many useful and beautiful items. Students report from School of Americas Watch Vigil. RSVP requested: Dan at (269)806-8477 or $20/person. $10/student

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