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September 2020

Thursday September 24

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Paramilitaries and the Far Right: Advancing a Vision of Civil War
Since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, PRA has documented over 180 incidents of armed far-right actors showing up at racial justice protests. They have threatened, harassed, and killed racial justice protesters, collaborated with the police, claimed to support police accountability, and shot and killed law enforcement personnel. We have been here before. Far Right paramilitaries have been a part of the American landscape since slave patrols, anti-Indian militias, “rangers,” and private company security forces evolved into modern day police departments.

Join us as we discuss how paramilitaries have recently become more numerous, visible, and active under the Trump administration. To keep our movements safe, we all need to better understand who these paramilitaries are, what threats they pose, and what to do when they are present. Register:
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Action Meeting on Racial Equity and Police Reform
Zoom
United Interfaith Action of Southeastern MA in Partnership with the NAACP New Bedford
Branch invites You to a Community Action Meeting on Racial Equity and Police Reform
on Thursday, September 24, 6:30 - 8:00pm.

Join us with the Police Chiefs of New Bedford and Fall River as we begin our conversation and work together moving from protest, to policy, to power!

Pre-register for the Zoom at the following link:
http://bit.ly/communityactionmeeting

For more information, call:
UIA New Bedford: andrea.uia@mcan.us
UIA Fall River: sandra.uia@mcan.us
NAACP: president@naacpnewbedford.org

Saturday September 26

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Green-Rainbow Party Convention
The 2020 Green-Rainbow Party convention will take place online via Zoom, due to the pandemic. The convention will consist of a series of exciting weekly workshops, beginning Saturday, August 8. These will be followed by a business meeting, including keynote speakers, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sunday September 27

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Malcolm Gracia Story: part 4
In 2012 fifteen year-old Malcolm Gracia was shot three times in the back and once through his head during the course of a "stop and frisk" later ruled illegal. Although both civil and legal options have already been exhausted, on August 30th Gracia family attorney Don Brisson began a four-part series presenting the entitled "The Malcolm Gracia Story: A Presentation of Evidence." This is the final presentation.

On September 27th evidence surrounding the shooting and death of Malcolm will be presented. We encourage all to attend. Please register for the virtual presentation by emailing:

MalcolmGraciaEvidence@gmail.com

October 2020

Thursday October 8

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Austerity Kills
Within weeks of Joe Biden announcing a $3.5 trillion economic plan, the head of his transition team, former senator Ted Kaufman, told the Wall Street Journal: “When you see what Trump’s done to the deficit … forget about Covid-19, all the deficits that he built with the incredible tax cuts. So we’re going to be limited.” With Kaufman sounding the death knell of Biden’s economic plan and mentions of austerity cropping up across Europe as a possible approach to post-COVID recovery, the further dismantling of welfare programs, when people will need them most, seems imminent.

Join us for a deep dive on U.S. austerity with experts and movement organizers advocating for investment, not divestment, in the American people. Register:

Thursday October 15

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mobilizing Misogyny in the Service of Authoritarianism
Mobilized in the 2016 election, misogyny has become a defining characteristic of the past four years. Manifesting in mass shootings, endemic in the treatment of prominent female political leaders, and bolstering White supremacy, misogyny is contributing to the steady rise of authoritarianism in the U.S. and abroad.

Join us for a discussion on how misogyny unites disparate sectors of the Right with experts and movement organizers who center feminist practice in building democracy. Register:

Thursday October 22

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Christian Zionism: The End Times Agenda in U.S. Domestic and Foreign Policy
President Trump’s administration flaunted numerous political norms and regulations during this year’s Republican National Convention; one of the most conspicuous instances was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s pre-recorded participation broadcast from the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. A clear violation of diplomatic norms, Pompeo’s participation sent a clear message to Trump’s evangelical Christian base: Christian Zionists occupy and will continue to occupy a place of influence in his administration.

Join us as experts and movement leaders discuss the deeply antisemitic, anti Muslim, and anti-democratic Christian Zionist movement, its outsized influence in the Trump administration, and the significant impact it has on domestic and foreign policy. Register:

Thursday October 29

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Election Eve: State of Democracy Report
Democratic backsliding has accelerated in the U.S. over the past four years under a presidential administration and congress that has worked diligently to reverse environmental protections, civil and reproductive rights, diplomacy, and welfare programs, to name a few. During a global pandemic and recession, millions more Americans have entered an indefinite state of precarity with inconsistent messaging, inadequate protections, and condescending treatment ranging from disinterest to contempt being delivered from on high.

Join PRA on the eve of the 2020 election for a comprehensive look at the last four years under President Trump and his administration and the “what-ifs” of four more years to come. Register: