Join us for an evening of community, story sharing, art and memories. Over a decade ago, a group of artists and activist got together with a dream of collectively owning a community center. In December of 2006, that dream found a physical home at 4 King Street. Our dream has slowly evolved with contributions from hundreds of people to create this space. Come celebrate Stone Soup and share what this space and community has meant to you.
This is a potluck – please bring something to share.
Please spread the word in your group, with your friends, and to anyone who has been involved in Stone Soup over the years.
Donations will be collected to help fund the next decade of Stone Soup but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Friday, April 22nd, 2016
3:00 – 4:30pm
Jonas Clark Room 104
Clark University, 950 Main St, Worcester
Taina Asili and Michael Reye’s Reclaim the Thunder: Songs and Poetry for Social Change Workshop brings the history and songwriting and poetry techniques of social justice music and poetry together in an interactive radical creative jam to reinvent our world.
Taina Asili and Michael Reyes will discuss how songs and poetry reclaim power, break barriers inspire, and unite. This workshop is open to people of all ages and artistic levels, from beginner poets to experienced mcees and singers.
Taína Asili is a US born Puerto Rican vocalist and songwriter carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is as band leader of Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, a six piece ensemble based in Albany, NY. Taina has taught writing workshops for over 10 years. Beginning as a poetry workshop facilitator at Taller Puertorriqueño, a Puerto Rican cultural center based in North Philadelphia, Taína has since taught poetry writing workshops for both children and adults, with a focus on marginalized populations including incarcerated women, refugees and union workers. She has her MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College. Taina organizes with the Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration in Albany, New York and helped to found the New York State Prisoner Justice Network (www.nysprisonerjustice.org). For many years, she has worked on the campaign to free former death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal (www.freemumia.com) and many other types of movement work such as Puerto Rican independence, indigenous rights, environmental justice, and holistic health movements. And she considers parenting to be her most important activist work.
As a poet, artist and organizer, Reyes performs internationally and facilitates educational performances and workshops by merging creative expression and critical thought. His mission is to provide a participatory educational environment through poetry and hip-hop to address issues of social justice and cultural identity. The grandson of migrant workers and having worked in the fields of Michigan himself he knows all too well the inequalities that exist in the U.S. Combined with community activism and artistic contributions in both Chicago and Detroit his work has added to the multiple layers of Chican@/Latino identity. Michael is a founding member of Café Teatro Batey Urbano Chicago, IL where he organizes youth hip-hop/spoken word cd’s, poetry chatbooks, and summer programs offering creative arts and community organizing workshops focused on the principles of participatory democracy. He is also a Freelance Journalist with Chicago Public Radio (Ear to the Ground Program).
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 2-4pm, and Fridays 3-5pm. Email us for additional events and gaming nights.
What else Stone Soup Offers (concretely):
Our 40 person event space is equipped with video conference capabilities, projector and sound system. Contact a Stone Soup member group to book the space. If you don’t know anyone at a member group, email us and we’ll help you find the best fit. See if the space is available by checking our Calendar.
We also have:
A deck and large back lot for outdoor events.
A computer lab.
A community kitchen.
We are a space to connect with other grassroots organizations in the Worcester area.
We offer below market office space for community organizations, cooperatives and other mission-based businesses.
And we’re run collectively by consensus and democratically with member organizations have a voice and a seat on our board of directors.
The public areas are wheelchair accessible. Stone Soup is easily accessible, just off Main Street in Worcester, near bus routes 33, 27, 19, and 7 and free parking is available.
Production of a 14th Century Japanese Folk Play, Thunder-god – who falls from heaven – with a climate change modern adaptation!
(drop in any week starting now!)
at the LaGrange St Studio (Call for more info: 508-755-5830)
*Storytelling based on our own life experience
*A look at personal, institutional, and cultural racism
*A history of the race construct
*Addressing white privilege
*Internalized racial superiority and inferiority
*People of color and white caucusing
*Moving from analysis to action
Cost: $0 – $250 based on your ability to pay (reduced rates for groups of 3+)
CO-SPONSORED BY WORCESTER IMMIGRANT COALITION, STONE SOUP, ACCESS CONSULTING SERVICES, WORCESTER ROOTS, AND SOLIDARITY AND GREE ECONOMY (SAGE) ALLIANCE MORE INFO: email@example.com ~ 508-322-8277
Capacitación “Desmantelamiento del Racismo”
Un taller de 40 horas. A partir de marzo de 2014 en Stone Soup, 4 King St, Worcester, MA 01610.
* Narración de Historias basadas en nuestra propia experiencia de vida
* Un vistazo al racismo personal, institucional y cultural
* La historia de la construcción de la raza
* Desifrando el privilegio blanco
* Internalización de Superioridad Inferioridad racial
* Las personas de color y caucasismo blanco
* Pasar de análisis a la acción
Costo: $ 0 – $ 250 basado en su capacidad de pagar (tarifas reducidas para grupos de 3 +)
Copatrocinio de: Coalición de Inmigrantes de Worcester, Stone Soup, Servicios de Consultoría ACCESS, Projecto Raices Worcester, Y La Alianza de Economía Solidaria Verde (SAGE) MAS INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 508-322-8277
Stone Soup General meeting decided that Stone Soup and Time Trade Circle should work together.
TIME TRADE CIRCLE
CONTACT: Curtis Falzoi, Time Trade Circle, 310-980-2644, email@example.com
What: Time Trade Orientation at Stone Soup in Worcester
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 4pm
Where: Stone Soup, 4 King Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Worcester, MA – On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 4pm, The Time Trade Circle, Massachusetts’ Time Bank, will be holding on orientation open to the general public to learn more about time banking and register for the Time Trade Circle. The location of the orientation is Stone Soup, 4 King Street in Worcester.
The Time Trade Circle http://timetradecircle.org/ is a local bank – but keeps track of time instead of money. The idea is simple: I earn a time credit by doing something for you. It doesn’t matter what that “something” is. You turnaround and earn a time credit doing something for someone else. For example, an hour of gardening equals an hour of child-care equals an hour of dentistry equals an hour of home repair equals an hour of teaching someone to play chess. All people’s time are valued equally, regardless of color, gender, level of education, or geographic location.
TimeBanking builds on the magic of “pay it forward,” one good turn leading to another and another and another. Through pay-it-forward, TimeBanking joins unused resources in a community to needs that are not being met.
Time banking is the brain-child of University of the District of Columbia law professor Edgar Cahn. “From probably caveman days, there was always an invisible core economy of home, family, neighborhood, and community. Families grew up. Neighborhoods were safe. Seniors were taken care of. We’ve seen that erode. That core economy was subsidized by the labor of women and the exploitation of minorities and immigrants. We have to find a way to honor and give economic value to the universal capacities to care, to love, to help.”
Unlike the monetary economy, which values a doctor’s time more than a day-care worker’s, in time banks the lawyer’s hour equals the same time dollar as the laborer’s. Unlike a barter economy of traded favors – the auto mechanic tunes up the car of the plumber who then fixes the mechanic’s leaky sink – time bank members pay it forward. Unlike a traditional bank, time banks regularly schedule social events and, in more diverse communities, build bridges across racial and ethnic divides.
Anyone can become a member of the Time Trade Circle. Individuals, groups, organizations, government agencies, churches, businesses; they all can become members, and contribute time, energies, skills and resources.
To join, one must:
attend an orientation meeting
create an account on the Time Trade Circle website
Since 2007, The Time Trade Circle has steadily grown in number, hours traded, and geographic scope. Originally centered around the community of Cambridge, MA, the Time Trade Circle now includes over 900 members throughout the state of Massachusetts, including Worcester, Boston metro area, South Shore, North Shore, and Western Massachusetts.
Stone Soup, http://www.stonesoupworcester.org/, the host of the orientation, is a volunteer run organization that brings together various Worcester leadership development and organizing groups doing social, environmental and economic justice work in the city of Worcester MA.