Make a plan to vote! You can request a ballot and register easily in MA. Everyone in MA can get a mail-in/absentee/whatever you want to call it ballot AND if you’re nervous about how the USPS is getting fucked around with, you can drop it off early! You can find more information here: https://www.wgbh.org/news/politics/2020/07/30/13-questions-about-voting-by-mail-in-massachusetts-answered!
Your application for a vote-by-mail ballot for the state primary must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 26. Your application for a vote-by-mail ballot for the November general election must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.
These are both “received by” deadlines and not “postmarked by” deadlines.
Make a plan, vote early.
Protests are still ongoing! It’s important to keep supporting folks, not just so that we see actual lasting change but also so that we keep protesters safe from retaliation.
Support protesters by donating to:
- Critical Resistance
- Black Lives Matter
- Split a donation between 70+ bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Do whatever you can. Find a protest (wear a mask, stay distant, stay safe), donate what you can, call your local government officials and ask why they’re spending more on police than they are on providing for people, go to virtual council meetings, write letters because some people still think letters mean more than emails, support your community any way you can.
Next Monday Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom is going to have a special ticketed all-ages event! They’re a pretty danged large indoor space, so masked hanging out seems alright we suppose? Gosh this is not a fun time for anyone.
This is a closed event only allowing admission with presale from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, September 14. Presales are just $10 per human for all access to Prodigy between 4pm to 7pm. Masks must be worn by all and tickets for admission are limited. Details at www.prodigyminigolf.com/presales.
Check out interesting movies at Images Cinema Online!
Far Out Film Discussion Monday from 8PM – 10PM will be discussing Funeral Parade of Roses! It’s a Japanese queer arthouse film from 1969 directed by Toshio Matumoto. You can as always find it on Kanopy with your Forbes Library Card. To attend the discussion use this link!
Tuesday from 1PM – 2PM you can do a fun book chat with the folks from the Westfield Athenaeum! You’ll need to register here!
From 1:30PM – 2:30PM on Tuesday you can get some assistance with Unemployment Insurance from Forbes Library.
This seminar provides Unemployment Insurance (UI) recipients and other prospective customers with an overview of events, programs, and resources available at One-Stop Career Centers. This seminar will be conducted via the Webex platform. Participants must have an email address to participate. Once registered, you will receive separately instructions on how to join webinar.
To register for a webinar, call the Greenfield Career Center at 413-774-4361 or 800-457-2603. Please note: Those who register less than 24 hours ahead of the scheduled start time may not be accommodated, due to the technical aspects involved with registration. All participants must have an email address (created beforehand). When calling to register, please confirm with Career Center staff that the email address on record is your current email address.
Tuesday from 3PM – 4PM teens can hang out with the Anime & Manga Club!! (for teens)! They’ll stream anime, hang out in voice chat, do crafts, and learn about Japanese culture! Newcomers welcome. Fill out a super short form here to register: https://bit.ly/2DK8WqH.
On Tuesday from 7PM – 8:30PM you can learn at the virtual presentation: Opiod Crisis in the Age of Pandemic. You’ll need to register here!
Join us on Zoom for a panel discussion with local experts and practitioners. How has quarantine, social distancing, and the coronavirus impacted those living with opioid use disorder and those who support and care for them? What’s it like to have one public health crisis stacked on top of another public health crisis? What can the principals of harm reduction teach us about responding to health crises of all kinds?
More Career stuff on Wednesday from 10:30AM – 11:30AM! Resumes that Rock!
Call Greenfield office at 800-457-2603 or 413-774-4361 by 4:30 pm the day before to sign up; you must provide an email address to participate. Instructions on how to join webinar will be provided separately.
Yet another good career thing on Wednesday from 1:30PM – 2:30PM! Learn how to write a captivating cover letter! It’s good to learn how to write a cover letter, because cover letters are awful and we hate them so much but people still make hiring decisions at least in part based on them. You can’t just write “NOT HAVING A JOB IS VERY BAD IN THE U.S.” even though that’s basically the reason to apply to most jobs. If you’re ever in a position to hire folks, please just never bother reading the cover letter or the thank you or whatever extra fluff people provide because some folks have trouble with it and it’s all fluff. Anyway once again:
Call Greenfield office at 800-457-2603 or 413-774-4361 by 10:00 am the day of to sign up; you must provide an email address to participate. Instructions on how to join webinar will be provided separately.
From 4PM – 4:30PM on Wednesday you can check out a livestreamed discussion by local author Owen Wormser about his new book “Lawn into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape”. That sounds neat! Meadows are nice, lawns are the worst. This event will be livestreamed on the Jones Library Facebook page.
On Wednesday there’s a Zine Club! Zines! What’s not to like. You can join the Zoom from 7PM – 9PM via this link here! Psst the password is 614664!
Also on Wednesday from 7PM – 11:30PM, it’s Start Playing Games as always! A delightful mid-week celebration of board game fun. Join the Discord here: https://discord.gg/fAM8yJw and you can hang out and chat any time, and attend game night on Wednesday! We’ll be happy to have you.
Thursday at 12:30PM you can check out a speech by Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry.
The Center for Social Justice and Springfield Public Forum are thrilled to welcome Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry—the successful campaign for marriage equality in the United States—as the Center’s inaugural Gervino-Ward LGBTQ+ Speaker. Wolfson will be joined by WNE School of Law Professor Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project, who will moderate a Q&A-style event. Please register for this online event HERE.
Another career thing! Thursday from 1PM – 3PM: Resume or Cover Letter Consulations!
Meet virtually with a workshop facilitator who will give you feedback on the content and format of your resume OR your cover letter content. 30-minute sessions will be conducted using the Zoom platform; be ready with your particular questions. Prerequisite: must participate in relevant webinar beforehand and have an email address. For Cover Letter Consultation, it is essential to have a job posting ready.
Sign up by 10:00 am the day of, by calling the Greenfield office: 413-774-4361 or 800-457-2603. Appointments are at 1:00, 1:45, and 2:30 pm. Separately, you will receive an invitation and instructions on how to participate through Zoom. (Accommodations will be made for those who do not have access to a computer.)
Thursday from 2PM – 3PM you can check out the presentation Keeping the Lights on for Ike, a book reading by local author Rebecca Daniels about support soldiers during WW2! Rebecca’s September 10th Zoom meeting book discussion can be found Zoom meeting https://zoom.us/j/98164803876 Meeting ID: 981 6480 3876
Thursday from 7PM – 8PM you can check out a Director Q&A about “The Adventures of Saul Bellow” with Asaf Galay! Register here!
Asaf Galay’s “The Adventures of Saul Bellow” is the first-ever documentary film on the man described by the critic James Wood as the “greatest of American prose stylists in the twentieth century.” Marking the centennial of his birth and the tenth anniversary of his death, the film features original interviews along with previously restricted footage and takes the viewer to the locations that shaped Bellow and his fiction.
As always, there’s a book chat Friday from 1PM – 2PM at Forbes! Just chat about books! Join the meeting here!
Saturday from 7PM – 8PM you can see Yaa Gyasi, the authoer of Transcendent Kingdom, in conversation with Kijua Sanders-McMurtry. “Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.”
Battle Brothers is a fantastically fun game! Just pop around a big old map trying to keep a mercenary company together while having fights. It’s very much about travel and juggling tasks in an increasingly dangerous world and that’s a game type we like. Reminds us of our favorite spaceship-trader games. But like, the violence is more specifically indicated and the delivery trips are more sparse.