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BRATTLEBORO "The Wobblies": Free Documentary on May Day: The Industrial Workers of the World, aka the Wobblies, were one of the few unions to be racially and sexually integrated. Newly restored by the Museum of Modern Art and recently inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, this provocative film pays tribute to American workers who took the ideals of equality and free speech seriously enough to die for them. Directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer in 1978, this radical documentary is a rare and challenging invitation to rethink both past and present through the eyes of an organization largely omitted from public memory. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) welcomed all workers regardless of their trade, gender, race. Wobblies, as they were known, came from textile mills, copper mines, logging camps, and everywhere in between, and together generated more controversy perhaps than any other organized-labor group in U.S. history. "Solidarity! All for One and One for All!" With that slogan, they took to organizing unskilled workers into one big union and changing the course of history. Along the way to winning an eight-hour workday and fair wages in the early 20th century, the IWW, one of the few unions to be racially and sexually integrated often met with imprisonment, violence, and the privations of prolonged strikes. 8-10 p.m. Free. Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Information: RSVP:


BRATTLEBORO "The Ukraine Crisis: Why It Happened and What Are the Ramifications?": While most of us are now painfully familiar with the names of Ukrainian cities such as Mariupol and Kharkiv, what is less well known are the core reasons behind the conflict, as well as the potential mid to long term consequences of the war for the combatant nations, the US and its allies. Guest speaker Robert "Bob" Beck had a 30+ year career overseas serving in US Embassies in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and will address these issues. 10 a.m. Beck has a BA in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from the University of Maryland and an MA in International Relations from Boston University. He teaches Foreign Policy for Keene State's Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning. Today's service is presented by the Social and Environmental Action Committee on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's Emergency Response Fund for Ukraine Aid. Sunday offerings for the month of May will be shared with Emergency Response Fund for Ukraine Aid. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information: 802.254.9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GREENFIELD Pioneer Valley Tea Dance : "These local dances are fun, safe and in a welcoming space for Lesbian/Queer women identified people to get together and dance. We recognize and appreciate the complexity and beauty of all genders. Our aim is to create an enjoyable space specifically for women and adjacent individuals who love women. Therefore, our dances are specifically for this group. Trans women and non-binary folk who connect with femininity are part of our community." . 2 p.m. First Sunday of every month. These dances are a collaborative effort of Holyoke Lesbian Meetup and Hawks and Reed. Cocina Lupita serves authentic Salvadoran street food. Try their pupusas, tacos, burritos and fresh horchata, directly from the streets of San Salvador to downtown Greenfield. (Note: Masks are highly recommended.). Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.



May 2022