This year, because of the unwavering advocacy of directly impacted people and organizations across the state, a historic package of bail, discovery, and speedy trial legislation passed in the state budget. On July 10th, join us for a #FREEnewyork Town Hall in Yonkers. You will learn details about the new legislation, hear from directly impacted individuals and understand what this legislation means for Westchester County.
Together, we will:
- CELEBRATE the thousands of people who will no longer be subject to the trauma of pretrial jailing
- ACKNOWLEDGE those who were carved out of the legislation
- STRATEGIZE the next stage of bail reform to end money bail and protect due process for all people regardless of charge.
At the Town Hall, we will hear from directly impacted people as well as our allies in this work.
RSVP FOR THE FREEnewyork Town Hall: Westchester
The event is sponsored by JustLeadershipUSA, VOCAL-NY, NYCLU, Westchester Children’s Association, WESPAC Foundation, Westchester for Change, Irvington Activists and LPS Progressive Life Services.
- Date: July 10th
- Time: 6-8 PM PM (dinner at 5:30 PM)
- Location: Yonkers Public Library (Riverfront, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers)
- RSVP HERE
- Spread the word on Facebook& with the attached flyer
- Free & open to the public
Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty
An Evening with Amani Olugbala and Soul Fire Farm
Wednesday, November 28th at 7pm at WESPAC
77 Tarrytown Road, Suite 2W
White Plains, NY 10607
“Stewarding our own land, growing our own food, educating our own youth, participating in our own healthcare and justice systems, this is the source of real power and dignity,” writes Leah Penniman, co-founder of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. Her brand new book, “Farming While Black” is the centerpiece for a special gathering at WESPAC.
Come hear Amani Olugbala, Assistant Director of Programs at Soul Fire Farm, tell how our most cherished sustainable farming practices – from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA – have roots in African wisdom. She is a gifted storyteller and food justice advocate with over 15 years of experience in youth education and community outreach and a vital part of Soul Fire Farm.
Soul Fire Farm is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid.
Books will be available for sale. This event is free and open to the public. Plenty of free parking on site. Contributions to support this work will be gratefully accepted.
Susan Sheppard’s class at WESPAC has begun!
Quote from Roger: “I want to say: Today’s class was truly amazing, fun, healing, relaxing and a lot of other positive things!
I absolutely loved this and really suggest this to anyone that can make it. Susan was incredible! Thank you so much for guiding us today.”
It is not too late to sign up!
Art Journaling Class at WESPAC every Wednesday with Susan Sheppard alternating start time 6pm or noon. Next Wednesday, July 25th, the class starts at noon. Please contact Susan with all questions and to register [email protected]optonline.net . $20 per class towards WESPAC – no one turned away:
From Susan: An art journal is a “visual diary.” In addition to (or maybe in place of ) words, the journal keeper uses visual images to portray his/her thoughts and feelings. During these very stressful times an art journal can serve as a little haven in a world of madness.
My vision of this class is having the participants create an art journal over a series of workshops with or without the guidance of prompts combined with a variety of art techniques. For example, for the first class I would like to prepare the first few pages for future work and creating a self-portrait using collage. The prompt would be “The Me Nobody Knows.” The class would occur over several weeks depending on interest. Each participant would have to provide a “journal” (water color pad, composition book, or a hard cover book) , magazines and images that appeal to them, and writing tools of their choice. I would provide other tools and materials.
Some techniques are collage, printing, stenciling, drawing, painting, Zentangle, etc. The prompts can be whole class , personal to the participants, or pulled from a jar.
Racial Impact of Marijuana Policing in Westchester County
Community Forum on the Racial Impact of Marijuana Policing
in Westchester County
Thursday, July 26th at 7pm
White Plains Library Auditorium
100 Martine Avenue in White Plains, NY 10601
In a state where racially biased policing is the norm, Westchester County stands out as one of the worst offenders.
Between 2013 and 2017, Black and Latino people were vastly overrepresented among those arrested for marijuana possession relative to their presence in Westchester’s population–despite data showing similar rates of use across populations. While only 14 percent of the County’s residents are Black, Black people comprised over half (52 percent) of those arrested for marijuana possession. Latinx people have also been disproportionately impacted, comprising just 17% of residents, but 34% of arrestees.
This massive increase of Westchester residents involved with the criminal justice system has had significant reverberations. A marijuana arrest creates a permanent criminal record that can easily be found by employers, landlords, schools, credit agencies and banks.
This public discussion will examine the long-term costs and consequences of unequal enforcement of marijuana prohibition in Westchester, solutions to address the harms caused to communities, and efforts to legalize marijuana in New York State while creating a diverse and inclusive industry.
Sponsored by: Drug Policy Alliance, WESPAC Foundation, Westchester Coalition for Police Reform, NYCLU, VOCAL-NY, and more
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2128989074044735/
At this year’s Summer Solstice, Nathalie “BioDame” Reynoso will lead us in ceremony as we open the space to check in on our milestones. How have our baby-steps added up? What have we mulled over? We’ll press pause and resume for health, happiness, equilibrium, and equity’s sake.
Join us for a healing evening at “Honoring the Summer Solstice through Intercultural Community Ceremony.” The space will facilitate us in honoring our paths and realigning ourselves with what is and is not serving us during this time in which we have the most daylight
..so if you can, allow yourself this time to simply be and charge yourself up with that Community Solstice Sun
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•Mantra and Manifest Actualization•
Free and Open to the Public
Tuesday June 19, 2018 Led by Local Ceremonialist
6:30pm Nathalie “BioDame” Reynoso
WESPAC Foundation of the Westchester-based
77 Tarrytown Rd, Suite 2W grassroots organization
White Plains, NY 10607 Ceremony Cerebellum
On-site Parking Available cer[email protected]
*Bring items you’d like to add to the shrine ~ love ~
Join us at WESPAC, our local social justice center, for some fun art classes!
With experienced art teacher Gayle Dunkelberger
June 5th and June 12th
Appropriate for ages 10 and up
When: 4 PM to 5:30 PM
How much: $20 per class
(All funds to support WESPAC)
Scholarship funds available
To register email [email protected]