Welcome

Please join us for our next event – a video and advancing action projects:

Thursday, December 8th at 7PM
The Jones Library in Amherst

“The Danger of a Single Story”
video of a renowned brief talk by Chimamanda Adichieadichie

 

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
This is a two-part meeting.
After the video and a brief discussion of its relevance to Amherst, small groups will meet to discuss and advance the Action Projects underway with the Coming Together project.  Everyone is invited to participate in the discussion and planning of one of the projects.

The Coming Together Action Projects include:
State Legislative Initiative
Listening Project Initiative
Schools Initiative
Local Business Initiative
and a proposed new project on protecting local immigrants from deportation as the new administration takes office.

For more information please see: Join One of the Current Coming Together Projects

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“Coming Together” is a project for the greater Amherst, MA area to engage the community to talk about race, better understand each other, stand against racism, and build a healthier community.

How much racism is there in the Amherst area?
“Not much”, say many white people.  “I experience it all the time”, say many people of color.  Racism can be hard to see when you are white.

Painful realities, but not about blame or guilt
Although there are painful realities that must be faced in understanding contemporary racism, this project is not built around blame or guilt.  It is designed to engage people of good will of all racial identities in getting more connected with each other to create a community with more equitable access, participation, outcomes, and understanding.  (We do suggest that most white people have more to learn about contemporary racism.)

Who is this for?
Everyone in and around Amherst, MA, of all racial backgrounds, is invited to embark on this exploration together.  Use this site to: