Hundreds of community activists, some representing over 20 local and grassroots groups from all over the North Shore, will gather on March 23rd at Salem State University’s Veterans Hall for the 2019 Activism & Social Justice Forum on the North Shore.
“Activists from Salem, Lynn, Marblehead, Swampscott, Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Mansfield, Gloucester and Cape Ann will be connecting, socializing, and sharing strategies,” said Sue Kirby of Together North Shore. “Our objective is to build a stronger, more unified progressive movement on Boston’s North Shore. It’s exciting to see the burst of new energy directed towards issues related to social justice happening everywhere.”
Several Marbleheaders will be featured on the program. Judith Black, an award-winning storyteller and a co founder of Sustainable Marblehead, will be on hand to tell a tale. Nikki Moore and Mary Gardner, members of the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and co-facilitators of Conversations on Race, will speak and the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team are among the sponsors of the forum.
The daylong event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. Panels of activists whose ages range from 17 to 75 years old will discuss their work. Dozens of groups from Lynn to Cape Ann will host tables with information on their organizing activities and the issues they address.
Participating organizations (to date) include North Shore Labor Council, New Lynn Coalition, Salem No Place for Hate, Together North Shore, The MultiCultural Society of North Shore Community College, Stop Handgun Violence, The Welcome Immigrant Network, Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), Real Progressives, Citizens’ Climate Lobby North Shore, ECCO, 350 Mass North Shore, Voter Choice MA, North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice, Marblehead Racial Justice Team, Awasqa: Green Network Project, Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates, Green-Rainbow Party North Shore, We the People, Project Out, and Marblehead Democratic Town Committee.
Admission is free, lunch will be provided, and the public is invited. Space is limited, however. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to reserve a ticket soon at bit.ly/ActNow19.