April Events

Wicked Queer Film Festival 

Mar. 30-Apr. 9, Various Times

Get ready for 11 days of the year’s best LGBTQ films! Meet flimmakers and other film fans, attend film premieres, and mix and mingle at the 33rd annual festival! For more information visit their website.

Woman on Fire

Apr 3, 6:30-8:30p.m.

Fenway Community Health Center

In February 2015, the Village Voice heralded the arrival of “New York’s Bravest” – Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. As a third-generation firefighter, Brooke has a passion for heroism that runs in her blood. Her father George is a respected lieutenant and 9/11 survivor with a 35-year legacy in the FDNY. People always asked Brooke if she would follow in her father’s footsteps. But when Brooke transitions from male to female in her father’s workplace, it poses not only a challenge to a macho profession, but also to the customs of the people she cares about the most – her traditional family.

Autism and the Social Disability Spectrum: Practical Advice

Apr 4 7:00-8:00p.m 

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library 

Join us to learn about autism and the range of ability to have positive social interactions. Eric Pegnam, LICSW, is a social worker with almost 20 years’ experience working with children and adults on the autism spectrum. In this presentation Mr. Pegnam will look at the diagnosis of autism and its prevalence rate. He will also discuss the strengths and challenges of people with autism and how parents, friends, and professionals can help them.

Cosecha – A Day Without Immigrants and Beyond

Apr 5, 12:00-1:00p.m.

The NonProfit Center 

The NonProfit Center and TSNE are excited to announce a Lunch and Learn session with representatives from Cosecha’s local chapter to inform us about the planned Day Without Immigrants on May 1st and to explain how this fits in to the bigger picture for the immigrant rights movement. Cosecha is a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Jeans for Justice

Apr. 6 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Bill Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street

Much more than an event, Jeans for Justice encourages all campus community members to wear jeans on Thursday, April 6 as a visible protest against all forms of power-based interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, stalking, and abusive relationships. Together, we are visually stating that no one deserves to be harmed, no matter who they are, what they are doing, where they are, or what they are wearing. Participate in this international campaign to demonstrate support for non-violence and those who have experienced power-based interpersonal violence. There will be a Jeans for Justice rally from 12:00-1:00pm in the Bill Bordy Theater, including speakers, performances, recognition, and refreshments. Jeans for Justice is one of a number of activities throughout April honoring Communities United Against Violence.

Fighting Time: Exploring the Social Impact of Wrongful Conviction Presenter: Amy Banks, M.D.

Apr 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Cheever House-Wellesley College 

In April of 1979, a sixteen year-old boy, was tried as an adult and convicted of killing a professor in New Orleans, LA. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and sent to the bloodiest prison in the country, Angola, to live out his days. Twelve years later his conviction was overturned due to prosecution misconduct.  Amy Banks, MD, the daughter of the professor killed in New Orleans, will lead attendees on an exploration of the complicated impact of wrongful conviction on the families of both the victim and the accused. She will weave into the discussion excerpts from her third book project, Fighting Time, a collaboration with Isaac Knapper, the man falsely accused of killing her father.

Lunch & Learn Showcase-Alternative Spring Break

Apr. 6 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Common Ground,  10th Floor Walker Building

On April 6th, participants from the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) programs invite you to join a Lunch & Learn discussion about this important social justice issue. Students and staff who dedicated their spring break week to engage in service in the community will share their experiences and facilitate a conversation about these important topics and what they learned here in Boston and in El Paso, Texas at the Juárez, México border.

Enjoy catered refreshments from local eateries, participate in our dialogue, and learn how you can be involved in the movement for immigrant justice that builds bridges, not walls.

Defending Our Civil Rights in the Age of Trump

Apr 19, 7:30-9:00p.m.

Beacon Hill Friends House

City Councilor Josh Zakim will discuss measures that the Boston City Council has taken to protect and defend civil rights and liberties, especially since President Trump took office, as well as ways that cities, towns, and individuals can speak up and work together to advance legislative and policy solutions to issues of social justice.

Video and Discussion: Non-Violent Resistance

Apr 23, 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Boston Ethical Community

We will be viewing a video of the TED Talk by Jamila Raqib: “The secret to effective nonviolent resistance” and then discuss it and its implications.

Remember When-A Musical Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research

Apr 26, 7:00-9:00p.m.

Coolidge Corner Theater

Mark your calendar to attend this delightful, original musical designed to help fund important research and build awareness of the power of music in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. A heartwarming musical adventure through the past turns out to hold the key to a bright future in this one-woman show to benefit Alzheimer’s research. All donations benefit local charity, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

Not Just on College Campuses: Sexual Violence and Title IX in K-12 Schools

Apr 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Cheever House-Wellesley College 

Just as Title IX sexual violence complaints filed by college students grow monthly, so do complaints filed against K-12 school districts. As of January 4, 2017, 124 sexual violence complaints are under investigation at 110 elementary and secondary institutions. This conversation/presentation by a senior research scientist (Stein), a lawyer (Schwartz) and a senior Wellesley College student researcher (Clark) is a “work in progress.” Their research journey began in December 2014 when they filed their first Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), requesting information about sexual violence complaints filed against K-12 schools. The presenters will share insights derived from their labyrinth-like quest for information and provide lessons to school employees, students, and families to address and mitigate sexual violence.

Attacks Against Girls’ Education as a Tactic of Terror

Apr 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, Room 413 Wellesley College 

From Malala to the girls of Chibok in Nigeria, in many parts of the world, there is a war being waged against girls’ education. Malala remains a powerful symbol of girls whose lives are under attack for attending school, but thousands of other girls are threatened daily for their temerity in attending school. Despite Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women Peace and Security and its progeny, no security council resolution addresses attacks on girl’s education directly. Given that attacks against girl’s education have become strategic weapons of war, it is important to adopt a UNSCR that addresses attacks against girl’s education as a tool of terror.

Housing and Immigrant Rights

Apr 30, 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Boston Ethical Community

John Froio, Deputy Director, Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, will talk about housing issues and CLSACC’s efforts to promote immigration rights.


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