DC Stampede Letter Writing
Sep
27
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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Outcasted Comedy Tour
Oct
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Outcasted Comedy Tour

"Where are you from?" is a question that is incredibly annoying to many Americans - especially to this comedy trio. AK, Sabeen, and Sharup are Muslim-American comedians from three different immigrant backgrounds that will forever struggle with their own identity issues. Their renowned standup comedy delves into the hilarious journey to define their own unique American identity while feeling outcasted at times by the world around them.

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In the Shadows of the American Century Author Talk with Alfred McCoy
Oct
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

In the Shadows of the American Century Author Talk with Alfred McCoy

Come join us for a talk with Alfred McCoy on his new book In the Shadows of the American Century!

In a completely original analysis, prize-winning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America’s rise as a world power—from the 1890s through the Cold War—and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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