Have you heard about the work that Parents Leading for Educational Equity is doing across the state? Now's the time to come find out more. Join us for this timely conversation!
Parents Leading for Educational Equity (PLEE) is a newly founded, parent-led, grassroots organization with a mission to fight for parent voice in education decision-making, and for access to a high-quality public school option for all children of color.
Leverage collective knowledge and power amongst RI families to exercise our right to advocate for high-quality public schools, policy decisions that impact our kids; and
Demand the voice of parents in education decision-making at the local and state level; and
Advocate for policies that positively impact outcomes for children of color; and
Collaborate with other RI organizations aligned with PLEE’s mission and vision.
Jenny Brown is a women’s liberation organizer and former editor of Labor Notes. She is coauthor of the Redstockings book Women’s Liberation and National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of America.
More recently she worked as a staff writer and editor for Labor Notes magazine, covering labor struggles in hotels, restaurants, retail, farmwork, airlines, telecommunications and the building trades, and co-authored, with other Labor Notes staff, How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers (2014). She is author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women’s Work, forthcoming from PM Press in March. She writes, teaches, and organizes with the dues-funded feminist group National Women’s Liberation (womensliberation.org).
Jenny will be discussing her new book Birth Strike.
Living Workers need Living Wages. Join us for a timely and urgent conversation about how we can advocate for living wages in Rhode Island. We especially want to make sure the voices of those who are making minimum wage are heard! We hope to be joined by elected officials and policy makers. Don't miss an opportunity to share your story.
Addressing Mental Suffering through Faith, Story, Community, and Meaningful Work.
Join our guests Clay Berry, author of Through a Shattered Looking Glass, and Cindy Duncan, owner of Harvest Acres Farm, for a thoughtful and timely discussion.
Join us for our second Kids Art Fest! See all of the children's artwork on display on Feb 2nd. Artwork will be for sale. The art show and celebration will include refreshments and fun children's activities too!
Donations will be collected at the event for the International Rescue Committee to provide relief to children in Yemen. All proceeds from the artwork will go directly to the little artists themselves.
If your child would like to display and sell their creations at the event Feb 2nd, drop their pieces off at The Collective between January 15th-February 1st to be included.
Join us at The Collective to talk with Kari Kurto, member of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, IDA Dyslexia Practitioner, VP Decoding Dyslexia RI, and member of the special legislative commission to assess and make recommendations on the educational needs of children with dyslexia and/or reading disabilities.
Kari will make a short presentation on her work on dyslexia advocacy and lead us in a discussion.
Soup will be served, of course!
Climate Sense: A Practical Guide To the Overwhelm of the Changing Climate
Like millions of other people, do you feel frozen in place at the mere mention of climate? Do you want to put your head under a pillow and ignore it all?
What if you could understand how important you are to our world?
Climate Sense: A Practical Guide To the Overwhelm of the Changing Climate is an invitation to take up constructive actions. Becoming part of the solutions feels good. Climate Sense gives context by way of positive responses to past environmental disasters. This engaging and understandable book takes a hard look at where we are now in terms of the climate changing, and then walks us through actions each person can take. Expect to come away with a clear and inspiring sense of what you can do.
Patricia Hinkley, author, instructor and Climate Concerns Counselor is dedicated to helping people navigate these times. She is the author of Climate Sense: A Practical Guide to Finding Solutions and Keeping Your Cool, Chasing Sleep/Lonely Tussles in the Dark and Claiming Space/Finding Stillness that Inspires Action. Pat’s medical experience as an RN, and holistic psychotherapist inform her unique perspective and ability to help people manage their responses to the stressors and situations in their lives, bringing the seemingly out of control back into balance. She lives near the beach in southern Rhode Island with her doodle dog and fluffy, gray cat.
Visit https://www.PatriciaHinkley.com to learn more.
Stories for kids. Coffee and tea for grown ups.
Join us for this informal event and get to know local candidates running for School Committee and Town Council. We will update the event details as we get closer with exactly which candidates are able to join us.
Don't miss the opportunity to have a 1on1 conversation with folks running for office and find out more about their vision and stance on key issues.
Join us for our first ever teen book discussion. Teens age 13-15 are invited to read I Am Alfonso Jones, a graphic novel by Tony Medina. And join others their age for pizza and a book discussion!
About I Am Alfonso Jones: In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak—and the living yield even more surprises.
Foreword by Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy.
Copies of the graphic novel will be available at The Collective while supplies last.
Join us for a discussion with André Poliquin, a labor activist with The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE). CAPE is the third largest labour union in the federal public service. They represent 13,000 economists, policy analysts, researchers, statisticians, translators, interpreters and terminologists – among many others.
We will have a lively discussion about work in Canada, coordination between US/Canadian unions, and the future of grassroots labour activism in Canada.
Refreshments will be served.
In 2016 Hilary Salk self-published a novel called Eavesdropping in Oberammergau that draws on her experiences as an American Jewish girl living with her parents in Germany three years after the Holocaust. She now asks the questions: Did I feel safe then? Am I safe now?
Hilary Salk has degrees from Brown University and Rhode Island College. She founded the Rhode Island Women’s Health Collective in 1975, ran for Governor in 1982, and worked as a real estate broker in Providence for 25 years.
Alejandro Reuss is a historian and economist, having studied Latin American history and immigration history at Tufts (MA, 1993) and economics at UMass Amherst (Ph.D., 2013). He is a past co-editor of Dollars & Sense magazine and the author of the book Labor and the Global Economy. His activism has included work on labor, war and militarism, immigrants’ rights, the environment, the global economy, and other issues.
Join us for a vibrant presentation and discussion!
Join us to celebrate International Workers' Day! The origin of May Day is intertwined with the struggle for a shorter work day, but it is about so much more. Come learn about the history of May Day, in the U.S. and abroad and enjoy some music, featured speakers and activities.
Hi this event is open to anyone who would like to read and discuss the book "The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life" by Lauren Markham.
If you need a copy, we have a few available for sale at The Collective.
Snacks and beverages will be served. See you there!
Join us for The Collective's April Souper Sunday! Each month a guest speaker will offer a discussion on a topic that relates to social justice and/or human rights and The Collective will provide delicious homemade soups.
This month we are very excited to host Aniece Germain, Assistant Director of Hope and Change for Haiti, a local non-profit organization led by group of Haitian-American professionals concerned about the condition of life of Haitian Community, and Haiti. Hope and Change for Haiti works to contribute to the effort of rebuilding the country and facilitate the recovery of the people from natural disasters.
Aniece was born and raised in Haiti, and moved to the United States in 2009 after she escaped from a life-threatening situation. Like the majority of children who grew up in Haiti, she experienced extreme limited access to basic needs such as food, water, clothing, healthcare, and decent living space. Despite her limited options for schools in Haiti, she was able to attend the State University of Haiti where she completed a degree in Science of Communication majoring in journalism. Aniece worked as a reporter in a daily newspaper and also anchored a television show. In 2007, she accepted a position as communication technician at the Ministry of Condition Feminine and Women’s Rights in Haiti.
We are excited to hear more about Aniece's story and learn about Hope and Change for Haiti!