Oftentimes, community leaders* are sought out for support in times of crisis and are the first to become aware that someone is considering killing themselves. Attend this training to gain the skills to handle the "suicide question" and become knowledgeable about local resources for you and your community.
Due to limited seating, this 2-hour training is being offered on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, May 8 - select your preferred date when registering.
QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer is modeled after the success of the CPR medical intervention and is based on the following concepts:
Those who most need help in a suicidal crisis are the least likely to ask for it.
Prior to making a suicide attempt, a person typically sends warning signs.
Asking "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" is a key step to preventing suicide.
This training will address:
The anxiety we feel when we are talking to someone who is suicidal.
How to specifically ask "the question".
How to persuade someone to seek help.
How to make sure they get the referral they need.
*For the purpose of this training, a community leader is anyone who regularly convenes groups of people.
[float=right][/float]In the last 3 days in Boston, 10 people have been shot and 2 have died from gun shot wounds. In all likelihood, all of these crimes were committed with illegal guns.
www.MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns.org has proposed Federal legislation that would help get illegal guns off the streets. Ask your Congressman, Senators and neighbors if they support it.
The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbies in the USA so we have a lot of work to do to get this passed. Scott Brown says he opposes Federal legislation on this issue because "it is a local issue." Mayors Tom Menino and Mike Bloomberg and mayors from 625 cities in the USA disagree with Scott Brown.
Need a break from the stress of work, the economy, and everyday life? Looking for something to do that is fun, free, and progressive? Join us for Games for Justice at Andala Cafe! Arrive by yourself or bring a friend.
Scrabble, Boggle, Apples to Apples, Scattegories - what's your favorite board game? Bring it!
Look no further if you're seeking like-minded folks to game with, want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while you Boggle, or are new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in. If you want to build a strong cross-issue social justice movement, SoJust is for you!
Join us if you want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while enjoying great cocktails, are new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in, or you've been looking for like-minded progressive to hang with in Boston. Newcomers always welcomed!
The Mayor's new $2.4-Billion budget increases real estate tax 2.5% - the maximum if I'm not mistaken - even as wages for many Bostonians remain flat on the heels of the Great Recession. In addition, the MBTA has announced record increases in fares which will cost some commuters thousands more per year.
Please comment in the thread below and post links to other articles about the Mayor's budget. My questions about the City of Boston's finances and services are are follows:
Ready to take on big banks and greedy corporations? You'll need the skills to articulate the story of our economy and learn how direct action supports the fight for justice.
Join Socializing for Justice for a special skillshare on Direct Action on April 11th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. There is no charge for this training.
SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We host monthly socials that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a monthly Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which increases our individual capacity for movement building.
6:00PM - this skillshare will start promptly at 6
Bring your own dinner. A microwave and a water cooler is available at the venue.
9:00PM - we expect to go until 9 for this skillshare
You have probably seen them on cars around the state, and you may even have one on your car, and that is the “Choose Life” license plate that helps get critical funds to pregnancy resource centers while also promoting the pro-life cause simply by appearing on cars.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, protesters gathered outside a Dracut restaurant in response to Republican U.S. Sen Scott Brown's decision to back a Republican bill which would allow employers or insurers to deny health care coverage of procedures or prescriptions based on religious or moral convictions.
Promising myself I'd explore Boston in ways I haven't previously, I marched myself to West Roxbury for the Ward 20 caucuses. In the process, I ate some tasty donuts and witnessed a side of Boston I'd only read about in history books.
Passing the threshold from semi-dreary grey daylight to the inside of the West Roxbury Pub brought with it a number of surprises, none of which should have actually been surprising. First was the sheer number of people. There had to be a hundred people crammed into this little function room. At the sign-in desk, I was questioned by a trio of pleasant, preened ladies who needed to know my precinct. I didn’t know what it was, and they were kind enough to look it up for me. While waiting, I was pushed and pressed back and forth by the deluge of democrats coming through the door. Finally, I was given the precinct number and instructed by a friendly middle-aged woman in a red suit who seemed to know what was going on that I was to sign in, take a ballot for female delegates, and move along.
Are you a fan of equal justice for all? Join Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders on Wednesday, February 22nd at our next GLADHour, a free after-work happy hour! Enjoy great food and drinks in a relaxed and fun atmosphere while networking with fellow supporters of LGBT equality.
Connolly to Lead Council's Review of Student Assignment Process
City Councilor John Connolly will lead the Council's review of the Boston Public Schools student assignment plan. His announcement comes days after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's State of the City Address in which the Mayor called for "a radically different student assignment plan."
Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Boston City Council readily presented their version of Boston race relations by making an example out of Charles Yancey, a black City Councilor who committed the egregious offense of actually trying to do his job and look out for his constituents.
The annual release of City Council Committee chairs is always a good way to get a sense of where the councilors stand in the eyes of the City Council power structure and this year was no different.
When Council President Stephen Murphy released his assignments last week, we learned that Matt O’Malley has proven himself as a willing stooge of the status quo, so of course he was handed the chair of the Government Operations Committee, which had been left available when Maureen Feeney finally decided to drop any pretense of giving a shit about her Dorchester constituents and went after a major pay raise.
Another major change was that Charles Yancey was removed from his chairmanship of the Post Audit and Oversight Committee.
Among councilors, Yancey is often criticized for not doing anything, but only because trying to improve the community in Mattapan doesn’t count among City Hall’s paler politicians.
It’s been years since the eponymous WBCN radio graced the airwaves but its legacy has not been forgotten. During the golden era of underground stations, WBCN was belting out its message of revolution during the civil rights times of 1968 to 1974. Keeping the nostalgia alive, curator Bill Lichtenstein has compiled a vast library of archival footage for a new documentary film about the station and the time it affected. “We’ve received more than 50,000 pieces of memorabilia, donated by people across the country…we’re counting on this nationwide enthusiasm — from both those who were there and from young people inspired by what WBCN meant,” Lichtenstein said. Like many other artists today, Bill has taken to the internet with a call to arms. The project will be funded by those who care about it most on Kickstarter.com
Even famed Boston Red Sox pitcher, Bill “Spaceman” Lee has signed on to help the project in its homerun stretch before its Monday, December 19th deadline. Earlier today he sent out this blast:
A Special Message from former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee about the www.KickstartWBCN.com campaign for "The American Revolution."
Attention! This is Bill "Spaceman" Lee.
The premiere of Unreliable Narrator's first web series The Way of the Warrior-Bunny is taking place Tuesday, November 29. Performances are at 7 and 9 PM at the microcinema at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA). Admission is $6.00; for reservations email [email protected].