Beyond Respectability - Author Talk with Dr. Brittney Cooper
Aug
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Beyond Respectability - Author Talk with Dr. Brittney Cooper

Beyond Respectability charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Brittney C. Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists

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Anti-Gentrificaiton Housing Struggles in Los Angeles and Berlin
Aug
31
6:30pm 6:30pm

Anti-Gentrificaiton Housing Struggles in Los Angeles and Berlin

Communities around the world are mobilizing urban social movements against rising inequality and economic hardship, in order to transform local neighborhoods, urban planning practices, and city policies. Minority and immigrant communities and their mobilizations play a pivotal role challenging the ongoing global political shifts right that have been propagating xenophobia, racism, and economic, political, and social isolationism. In this historic configuration, housing serves as a central site of struggle, as a fundamental human right.

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Wisdom Circle
Sep
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Wisdom Circle

There are some conversations you could not have prepared for, but then you stand amazed and grateful you could be part of them. How do those conversations happen? In the Firelight Wisdom Circle, we will practice careful listening and clear speaking to each other. We will invite one another to risk sharing what's most valued in our minds, hearts, and souls based on our lived experience and the wisdom of our being.

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Art Between Us - An All Women's Open Mic
Sep
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Art Between Us - An All Women's Open Mic

“Art Between Us” is the DMV's quarterly all-women’s event for an all-women audience. (All persons who identify as women are welcome!) In an effort to create safe spaces for ladies from marginalized arts communities, “Art Between Us” aims to encourage creativity, develop sisterhood within the arts, and build a support network for women and girls of all backgrounds to connect with each other over artistic expression and celebrate our diverse voices and experiences in a space that's just for us. 
 

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A Courageous Fool - Author Talk
Sep
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

A Courageous Fool - Author Talk

There have been many heroes and victims in the battle to abolish the death penalty, and Marie Deans fits into both of those categories. A South Carolina native who yearned to be a fiction writer, Marie was thrust by a combination of circumstances―including the murder of her beloved mother-in-law―into a world much stranger than fiction.

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Crafternoon
Aug
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Crafternoon

Crafternoons are made for being creative and relaxing. Come meet fellow crafters and spend a couple of hours using your right brain with a simple craft that you can take home with you. We'll provide light refreshments, and the crafting supplies and materials, you just bring yourself!

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Palestinian Tales: A Storytelling Workshop
Jul
30
2:00pm 2:00pm

Palestinian Tales: A Storytelling Workshop

Since 2015, the Boston-based Palestinians Podcast has hosted a series of live storytelling events, where 5-8 storytellers share their truths, trials, triumphs, and tribulations. Palestinians Podcast frequently partners with festivals, museums and student groups, and is partnering with the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to bring a unique Palestinian perspective to the District.

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Soteria Training: Confronting Racism in the Church with Drew Hart
Jul
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Soteria Training: Confronting Racism in the Church with Drew Hart

In his provocative book "Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism," theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, anti black stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. On July 22nd, Drew will be at the Festival Center to guide attendees through the often difficult conversation of confronting racism within our own churches. Always leading toward Jesus, Hart will offered concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.

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Anti-bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom - Author Talk
Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Anti-bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom - Author Talk

Now more than ever, is the time to commit to anti-bias education with our children. We need the skills and framework as families, and the curriculum and practice as educators, to support our young people in feeling good about themselves, curious and positive about people who are different than them, and to notice, name, and act when they see differences treated unfairly. 

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Transform the World Inside Out
Jul
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Transform the World Inside Out

Transform the World Inside Out : An Experiential Workhop on Creative Business Development for Social Impact and Personal Growth

This free live workshop will provide actionable insights and strategies to visionary entrepreneurs and business leaders that take creativity, social change, and Nicki Minaj references, seriously...

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What's Up Lanier Heights?
Jul
7
3:30pm 3:30pm

What's Up Lanier Heights?

We invite you to join us, the University of Maryland Summer Architecture Studio, for our final exhibition of Lanier Heights research and design proposals! Eleven students have spent six tireless weeks researching and designing in preparation to present to the community of DC. Our event will feature the release of our booklet, What's UP, Lanier Heights?, and the presentation of the student residential designs. 

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Invisible Knapsack
Jun
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Invisible Knapsack

Invisible Knapsack makes people laugh while also speaking to truths about the most pressing social justice issues of our time. A subversive improv comedy show named for Peggy McIntosh’s seminal article unpacking the daily effects of white privilege, Invisible Knapsack aims to unpack, examine, and scramble the harmful “isms” and power paradigms that exist in life and on stage.

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Community Learning Lab
Jun
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Community Learning Lab

The Community Learning Lab (CL^2) is a space for scientists, scholars and artists to engage the community with an authentic learning experience. Through CL^2, people will explore an area of science, the humanities, or the arts alongside a passionate subject matter expert. Our goal is to share fascinating ideas that have transformed society, make them accessible, and highlight their importance to our communities.

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Manna and Mercy Study
Jun
28
12:00pm12:00pm

Manna and Mercy Study

Pastors Jim Marsh and Becca Stelle will lead a summer introduction to the major themes and stories of the Bible, including the exodus, the Babylonian exile, the prophets, Jesus ministry and death and resurrection, and the early church. We will use Dan Erlander’s brilliant and delightful book, Manna and Mercy, as a guide for our conversations.

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Tuesday Discussion Table: Exploring Calling
Jun
27
12:30pm12:30pm

Tuesday Discussion Table: Exploring Calling

Calling is a sense that something bigger than you invites you to greater purpose; that risk and trust are required; and that saying yes will ultimately lead to a deeper understanding of self. Part of exploring calling is understanding what it means to you. How broad or narrow is it? What areas of life does it touch? What has grabbed you?

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Jazz Night with the Ethan Philion Trio
Jun
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jazz Night with the Ethan Philion Trio

Come join us for a great night of music, featuring the Ethan Philion Trio! Ethan Philion is a Washington DC based bassist, composer, and bandleader. A 2014 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Ethan has already performed with renowned musicians such as Rufus Reid, Chris Thile, Howard Levy, Gary Bartz, Steve Turre, Leo Blanco, Sharon Clark, Klauss Mueller, and more. He has played across the United States in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Millenium Park, and Severance Hall. 

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Be Humble: A Healing Salon
Jun
18
3:00pm 3:00pm

Be Humble: A Healing Salon

Be Humble: A Healing Salon is an experience designed for insightful, intellectual, and inspired talk about social justice community peculiarities & intervention strategies. This salon invites you into a curated conversation about the intersections of ego, self-care, and social media, and how we intentionally embody radical living. 

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Tratamiento Para Tod@s / Treatment for All - Film Screening
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tratamiento Para Tod@s / Treatment for All - Film Screening

The Association of People Affected by Hepatitis C (La Plataforma de Afectad@s por la Hepatitis C) was formed in November 2014 to fight for the human right of patients to receive new life-saving drugs. TRATAMIENTO PARA TOD@S/TREATMENT FOR ALL traces the organization's struggle from its inception through May 2015, during which time the group organized mass mobilizations to defend and strengthen Spain's free, high quality, universal public health system, and to fight against the neoliberal restructuring of healthcare.

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BeatsNBeans
Jun
10
11:00am11:00am

BeatsNBeans

Join us on Saturday, June 10th at the Potters House for our next installment of the BeatsNBeans discussion series. Moderator KOKAYI will be chatting it up with award winning singer/songwriter Sara Curtin and Killa Cal of legendary Rare Essence about their creative process, spaces and more. Free. Positive Vibes Only. Presented by The General Store Inc.

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Wade Through Deep Water
Jun
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Wade Through Deep Water

Join us at the Festival Center for Holy Fool Arts show, Wade Through Deep Water, a Ceremonial Theater event tracing the soggy footprints of a people through the wombs of the Red Sea and Jordan River to birth an Exodus thirsting for collective liberation. Come and hear the voice of water’s lament as told by Miriam, Moses’ sister, and John the Baptist – two of God’s prophets whose water-logged lives kept them swimming in transformation.

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Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars - Author Talk
Jun
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars - Author Talk

Thousands of pregnant women pass through our nation’s jails every year. What happens to them as they carry their pregnancies in a space of punishment? In this time when the public safety net is frayed, incarceration has become a central and racialized strategy for managing the poor. Using her ethnographic fieldwork and clinical work as an ob-gyn in a women’s jail, Carolyn Sufrin explores how jail has, paradoxically, become a place where women can find care.

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DC Stampede Letter Writing
May
31
6:30pm 6:30pm

DC Stampede Letter Writing

Recent Political Prisoners: While resistance takes root in new communities, activists on the front lines are also facing more repression. We’ll use this month’s letter writing night to focus on newer political prisoners, like water protectors Red Fawn and Krow; Occupy activists The Cleveland 4; and animal liberationists Nicole and Joseph. Join us! We’ll provide a quick how-to on writing to prisoners, materials, and good company.

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