CONFRONTING SYSTEMIC RACISM: LISTENING TO VOICES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Come to Agape’s 36th Anniversary on Sat. Oct. 6th beginning at 10 am.

Our Annual Saint Francis Day Celebration

CONFRONTING SYSTEMIC RACISM: LISTENING TO VOICES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Speakers on White Supremacy, Immigration, DACA, deportation, racism calling us to repent and repair…watch for details.

Keynote Speaker

Professor John H. Bracey Jr.

W.E.B. Du Bois Dept. of Afro-American Studies at the UMass Amherst since 1972;
Academic interests include the interactions between Native Americans and African
Americans, and Afro-Latinos in the US.

Convener of the Day

Fr. Warren Savage

Priest in the Diocese of Springfield, MA; Nat’l Black Catholic Clergy Caucus.  Ministry, talks, travel: anti-racism, multicultural and diversity training; Campus Ministry Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center, Westfield State University.

Respondent and Opening Prayer

Nicole Brathwaite-Hunt

Nicole Brathwaite-Hunt is of Native American and African American descent. Her Native people are of the Blackfoot range from Montana well up into Canada. Her Tuscarora heritage is from the Elizabeth City, North Carolina region (Southern band Tuscarora). She will offer prayer and comments.

Panel Dialogue

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

Chicopee attorney; specializes in religious rights; board member with the Mass. Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; speaks widely on the oppression of Muslim women.

Brenna Cussen Anglada

Catholic Worker (CW) co-founder of the St. Isidore CW Farm, Southwest Wisconsin; anti-racism training participant with #BlackLivesMatter, recognizing her own racism and that of her beloved movement.

Edgar Hayes

Member of Agape’s Mission Council and co-founder with wife, Ann Rader of Freedom Farm in Middletown NY, dedicated to racial harmony, peace, and sustainable agriculture.

Martiza Cruz

Director, Racial and Gender Equity, YWCA of Central Massachusetts; An anti-racist facilitator and advocate for over 35 years; On Attorney General Maura Healey’s Advisory Council on Racial Justice and Equity.

Music * Drumming * Poetry

Dr. Ruth Bass-Green

Founder and president of the Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts; teacher across diverse fields of age, race, and gender in the arts for 50 years including Europe and Africa.

Eduardo Samaniego

Hampshire College student; Youth Organizer and Legislative Advocate at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center; organized marches , civil disobedience and educational forums; walked in 250 mile National Walk for the DREAM Act

Alex Mooradian

Immigration Lawyer in Worcester, MA; representation includes those seeking citizenship and Deferred Action (DACA); Student attorney at Boston University’s Immigrant’s Rights Clinic


Francis Day Schedule

  • Arrive 9am for parking
  • 9:45 Music Opening: Ruth Bass Green
  • 10:00 – 12:00: Greetings and Keynote: John Bracey
  • 12:00 – 1:30: Lunch, Workshops, Displays, Drumming & Dancing
  • 1:30 – 3:30: Panel Discussion on Themes of Immigration, Racism and White Supremacy
  • 3:30 – 4:30: Drumming, Music, Prayer, Tree Planting Ceremony

Rain or Shine!


Download Francis Day 2018 Flyer


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