This week in Kalamazoo 3/28/2016

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

March 28th:

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

March 29th:

March film viewing and discussion,  In honor of Women’s History Month we’ll be screening What Happened Miss Simone? 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the YWCA
Come and enjoy the film followed by a discussion with our guest panelists…
Internationally recognized artist, vocalist, writer and musician, Nashon Holloway, Dr. Michelle Johnson, co-founder and previous Executive Director of Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, artist and public scholar whose work focuses on American Culture and promoting social justice through the fields of historical, arts and cultural production and Sherry Brockway, MSW, who has been a valuable asset to the YWCA Kalamazoo since December 2003 due to her adept knowledge on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Racial Equity. She is currently the Program Manager of Housing & Shelter, actively involved in public education, and racial justice initiatives throughout the Kalamazoo County.

Childcare will be provided for those who register at the link below. ONLY 16 SPOTS AVAILABLE.

Refreshments will be provided.
For more details call 269-349-1035 or email

March 30th:

Campus Beet Luncheon in Wesley at 11am

Feminist Tea Party: Community Perception w/Elisheva Johnson, 4pm in Bernhard Center Rm 205 onWMU’s campus. This Feminist Tea Party discussion will be facilitated 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.



April 1st:

MyExistenceIsResistance is a Kalamazoo photography series that collaboratively explores to complex ways in which Black people resist systems of destruction. Come and view the work in studio #312 of Park Trades Center to see the work of featured community artist, Kaitlin LaMoine Martin.

People of Color Coalition, 4-6pm at Michigan United 1009 Stockbridge Ave. Upstairs Suite 300 & 302, Kalamazoo MI

Our discussion topics are… (And, like I have stated before this isn’t a dictatorship so please if you would like to add a topic please feel free to drop it as a comment)

– The origin of the group (for the purposes of context)

– How will we be with one another

–  Urban Democracy Feast

–   MU possible Focus on Youth

Please Read The Message to Grassroots by Malcolm X and the 12 pt program of RAM

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 and Link provided below.

April 3rd:

Earth First! Benefit Show at Rupert’s Brew House feat. The Brothers of Ina and Allegan County Tire Fire at 7pm

Grab your friends and come out to this fundraiser for the 2016 Earth First! Round River Rendevous. Enjoy local beer and local music as you learn about an environmental movement who’s history has spanned more than 37 years.

We will be collecting donations and selling raffle tickets for a tattoo from Beck McGinnis of Kitten Flower Boutique. Tickets will be $2 each or $5 for three.



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